Curriculum: Grades 6-8

Curriculum: Grades 6-8

In developing our curriculum, we pay close attention to:
  • Scope of knowledge and skills
  • Sequence of knowledge and skills
  • Relationships between areas of learning
  • Application of skills to life situations
  • Process of learning
Our academic curriculum objectives and expectations are based on programs, guidelines, and standards from sources including:
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Science Education Standards
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • National Middle School Association
  • Georgia State Department of Education
  • Expectations from area independent and public school programs for grades 9-12
  • Understanding By Design model of curriculum development
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The core math curriculum in grades 6-8 is 6th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra I. The emphasis in all courses is on mathematical thinking, problem solving, and application, with the goal of creating confident math students with solid skills who are well-prepared for high school math. We use Holt McDougal texts for math at grades 6-8.

6th Grade Math
Whole Numbers and Patterns • Introduction to Algebra • Decimals • Number Theory and Fractions • Fraction Operations • Collecting and Displaying Data • Proportional Relationships • Geometric Relationships • Measurement and Geometry • Measurement: Area and Volume • Integers • Probability • Functions, Equations, and Inequalities

Integers and Exponents • Rational and Real Numbers • Collecting, Displaying, and Analyzing Data • Plane Geometry • Perimeter, Area, and Volume • Ratios and Similarity • Percents • Probability • More Equations and Inequalities • Graphing Lines • Sequences and Functions • Polynomials • Set Theory and Discrete Math

Algebra I
Equations • Inequalities • Functions • Linear Functions • Systems of Equations and Inequalities • Exponents and Polynomials • Factoring Polynomials • Quadratic Functions and Equations • Data Analysis and Probability • Exponential and Radical Functions • Rational Functions and Equations
The language arts curriculum relies on literature studies as the context for learning language, grammar, writing, novel and author studies, and poetry. By integrating the development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, our language arts curriculum ensures that all students have the opportunities and resources to develop age-appropriate language skills as well as a love and appreciation for reading and language.

Language arts are taught through a combination of individual, small group and whole group instruction. The acquisition of reading and language skills is approached developmentally as each child progresses along a continuum, acquiring the necessary skills through a variety of learning modalities. Students explore a rich selection of literature with an emphasis on making connections to other content areas. They develop their ability to read for information and to write using different modes of rhetoric for a variety of purposes and audiences.

Assessment of language arts skills is ongoing and based on:
  • Teacher observation and documentation of students’ reading and written work
  • Program and teacher-created assessments and unit tests
  • Administration of a reading inventory and writing sample in the spring

  • Reading Development
  • Vocabulary: The understanding, retention and usage of general and specific oral and written vocabulary
  • Comprehension: The understanding of written and spoken language
  • Fluency: Reading with accuracy, speed, and expression

  • Writing
  • Composition: Experience with the various genres, structures, traits and process of effective writing
  • Grammar, Mechanics and Usage: Grammar is the study of the sound, structure and meaning system of language. Mechanics involves the conventions of punctuation and capitalization. Usage is the way we speak in a given community.
  • Spelling: The process representing language by means of a writing system

  • Oral Language Skills
    In addition to reading and writing, listening, speaking and viewing complete the language arts component. Listening skills include comprehending what one hears and listening for different purposes. Speaking skills include speaking formally and conversationally. Viewing skills include comprehending main ideas and messages in images, mass media and other multimedia.

    Research and Study Skills
    Skills include locating information, using reference materials, including the ethical processes of citing sources, thinking critically about the information obtained, and using graphic aids and technology to present information. Students also work on organization and skills to promote good study habits.

    At grades 6-8 we use The Reader’s Journey from Prentice Hall and Realms of Gold from the Core Knowledge Sequence.
    Our science curriculum engages students in a systematic investigation of their world and the acquisition of specific scientific skills and knowledge. Through hands-on investigation and exploration, students learn to apply methods of scientific inquiry including:

  • observation
  • inquiry and questioning
  • gathering, organizing and analyzing data
  • making predictions and extrapolations
  • formulating and testing hypotheses
  • estimating and measuring
  • identifying and using informational resources

  • Our studies are guided by the Science and Technology for Children curriculum, which has been developed by the National Science Resources Center, The Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences. The Outdoor Classroom program focuses on environmental education and serves as a second science program for students.

    The acquisition and application of knowledge and skills is assessed as students plan and execute projects and experiments. Teachers also assess the application of scientific process, data analysis, and problem-solving skills. Skills assessed are based on defined standards and grade-appropriate expectations.

    Physical Science
    Physical Science content is related to the properties and structure of matter, energy, force and motion. Topics include Light; Energy, Machines, and Motion; and Electrical Energy and Circuit Design.

    Life Science
    Life Science concepts are related to the principles of heredity, structure and function of cells and organisms, relationships among organisms and their physical environment and the diversity of life. Macro and Micro Organisms are a focus.

    Earth Science
    Earth Science content is related to atmospheric processes and the water cycle, the composition and structure of the Earth and universe.

    Outdoor Classroom
    Environmental science and conservation are the focus in the outdoor classroom. Students engage in real-world problem solving related to current local, regional, and global environmental issues.
    Social Studies education helps students acquire a historical perspective, global perspective, and understand modern society. In-depth explorations provide the students with an ever-widening understanding of how people live and work together, how habitat and geography impact communities, and the similarities and differences among cultures. The study of historic periods and events help students understand how and why changes occur over time. Through studies of social issues (environmental and wildlife conservation, hunger and poverty, human rights, conflict resolution, etc.) students gain an awareness of their rights and responsibilities as individuals in a community.

    In addition, the study of common themes becomes the context through which our students learn and apply academic skills. Activities provide students with opportunities to develop skills in information processing, critical thinking, problem solving, and the use of reference tools (maps and globes, timelines, the Internet, etc.)

    Content knowledge and process skills, as defined by grade level standards and curriculum objectives, are assessed as students plan and carry out projects, demonstrations, problem solving and simulations.

    American History
    Content focuses on the causes and effects of U.S. historical events and the life and development of American culture over time. Units include Civil War, Industrial Revolution, Immigration & Urbanization, Capitalism and Socialism and Civics and Government.

    World History
    Content focuses on the causes and effects of world historical events and the life and development of cultures over time. Units include Renaissance, Reformation, Immigration, Ancient Greece and Rome, and Comparative Religion.

    Geography studies are integrated into American and World History. Geography related themes across the grades include the world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, human systems, environment and society and the uses of geography. Geography related content looks at the interdependence among the earth’s natural features, climate, resources and population.

    Culture related content involves beliefs, customs, arts, influence and institutions of a society. This content is integrated into the American and World History units of study.