• Middle School Curriculum

    The Language Arts Literacy Curriculum in grades 6 – 8 incorporates the recently adopted English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards ( Reading - Literature and Informational Texts, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and Language). In addition, analytical and critical thinking are prevalent throughout the curriculum. To embrace the areas of focus within each ELA strand, the curriculum is set up in units of study with specific reading and writing skills/strategies at the center of each unit.

     

    The units of study are supported with the adopted McDougal Littell Literature series. To meet the middle school needs of all of our readers and writers, numerous resources are available within the series. Technology is embedded in this series in many ways, from student accessibility through the Internet to students highlighting and writing notes on the computer as they read. The curriculum supports the needs of all our students by providing them with the necessary skills and strategies to stretch their thinking and to grow as readers and writers throughout their middle school years.

     

    For more information on the 2009 English Language Arts Common Core State Standards, visit:

    http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards/english-language-arts-standards.

     
    To activate the online version of the pupil edition of the McDougal Littell Literature series,
    visit: http://www.classzone.com . Please note that the language arts literacy teachers
    give students an activation code in order to set up their own access into their grade-level
    pupil edition.

    Grades 6-8 Language Arts/Literacy Course Overview
     
     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS

    Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math from kindergarten through 12th grade. The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful. (cited- Common Core State Standards Initiative: www.corestandards.org)

     

    With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the expectations of the middle school math student have changed. Most computational skills are now mastered in elementary school opening the door for a deeper understanding of math concepts at the middle school level. Math curriculums are more rigorous than in the past. With that in mind, Medford Township Public Schools implemented the Big Ideas Math program in the fall of 2013.  This program gives our teachers and students the resources needed to cover all the CCSS and the Mathematical Processes in depth.  

     

    For more information on Common Core State Standards and Big Ideas Math visit:

    Grade 6: http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/6/introduction/

    Grade 7: http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/7/introduction/

    Grade 8: http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/8/introduction/

    Big Ideas Math overview: http://www.bigideaslearning.com/programs/

    Big Ideas Math Student Log In: http://www.bigideasmath.com/students/

    Big Ideas Math Parent Information: http://www.bigideasmath.com/parents/

    Algebra 1 lays the groundwork for all mathematics study by establishing the concepts of set theory, axioms, and properties of the real number system.  Students will be able to apply their understanding of basic arithmetic skills to perform operations with various forms of algebraic expressions and equations throughout the program.  Linear equations and inequalities are studied with emphasis on transforming verbal statements into mathematical symbols.  The course extensively explores linear, exponential, and quadratic functions by manipulating and analyzing their equations and graphs.  Contrasting the different types of functions and applying them to real world data are explored in this program as well.  Data Analysis as it applies to Algebra 1 is also examined.

     

    Eighth grade students are invited into the Algebra program based on the following criteria: NJASK results, Algebra Aptitude Test score, grade point average, teacher recommendation, and previous year’s course level. A matrix system is utilized where students earn points for each of the above listed criteria.  The total points accrued through the matrix determines placement for eighth grade mathematics.

               

    Students will be given a Midterm Exam, which will assess their knowledge of the Algebra material covered from the first half of the school year.  To complete the course, a cumulative Final Exam will be given.  These exams are created by the Lenape Regional High School District.  The exam that is administered to Shawnee High School Algebra 1 students is the same as the one given to Medford Memorial Algebra 1 students.  These exams, weighted with marking period grades, determine if high school credit will be awarded.
     
     
     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE

    Providing opportunities for students to experience science phenomena firsthand is the goal of the new middle school science program—Science & Technology Concepts for Middle School (STC/MS). Each grade level will delve into two inquiry modules to enhance both skills and knowledge utilizing this comprehensive, research-based curriculum.

    Sixth grade students will explore the growth and development of organisms through the inquiry module—Organisms-From Macro to Micro. Cabbage white butterflies and hydra are examples of the living specimens that students will investigate. Earth In Space is the second module for sixth grade. Relationships between the Sun-Earth-Moon will be investigated as well as planetary processes.

    In seventh grade, students will be immersed in the study of thunderstorms, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and volcanoes. Through the Catastrophic Events module, topics such as global heating, convection, air pressure, plate motion, viscosity and crystallization will be investigated. Properties of Matter is the other focal area for seventh grade. Density, mixtures and solutions, compounds, elements and chemical reactions will be a part of the students’ daily examinations.

    Areas of life and physical science will be the framework for the eighth grade units. Human Body Systems will tap the curiosity of how the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and musculoskeletal systems operate. In addition, diseases, nutrition and physical fitness will complement the human anatomy and physiology components. Don’t be surprised when you walk by an eighth grade science lab to see elaborate structures built using K’nex. This is part of Energy, Machines and Motion which engages students in both physical science and technological design concepts. Experimentation in energy transformations, energy conservation and simple machines are highlights of this module.

    In addition to STC/MS, students will participate in units of study created by the teachers such as the study of the environment around us including the Pineland and Coastal Regions.
    For more information on STC/MS visit: :  www.carolina.com/stcms/index.asp

    MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES

    History Alive! sounds like what it is…history brought to life utilizing interactive activities that require students to learn historical concepts and remember important details about history through participation. Students, in cooperation with their classmates, will make connections between classroom activities, the history, and their lives today. Using effective learning strategies such as the use of graphic organizers, analyzing primary sources, dramatizing compelling events, listening to music and discussing provocative questions will ensure that all students are engaged in the dynamics of learning for understanding.

    The Ancient World is the focus of the sixth grade year.  Topics include early humans and the ancient times of Egypt, India, China, Greece and Rome.  In seventh grade, Europe, Japan, West Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Imperial China, and America inclusively frame the study of The Medieval World and Beyond.  The eighth grade will begin with the study of Native Americans and continue through to the Reconstruction Era.  European Exploration and Settlement, Colonies in America, Declaration of Independence, American Resolution, The Constitution and The Civil War are some of the additional highlights.
     
    For more information about History Alive! visit:

    www.teachtci.com/programs/middle_school.html



     

    Memorial School’s Challenge Program is intended to provide challenging work for the most able, responsible, and focused members of the student body. This program will afford talented students opportunities to work and compete with others who share similar interests and levels of competency. An array of mini-courses are offered throughout the school year to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students, focusing on interests ranging from the fine arts to environmental education. These courses are presented during the enrichment period on a flexible schedule to accommodate the needs of both the students and the instructors.