Updated: April 2019

Kindergarten

In Language Arts, the students will:

  • Identify the characters within and between texts
  • Identify the plots (including adventures and experiences) within and between texts
  • Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences
  • Identify the author’s key ideas/points
  • Identify reasons/details that support the author’s key ideas/points
  • Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text
  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces, informative pieces, or narratives.
  • Locate and read high frequency words
  • Hear sounds in sequence
  • Use onsets and rimes in known words to read and write other words with the same parts

In Math, the students will:

  • Explore weight and capacity concepts
  • Count groups of objects by 10s and 1s to build and understanding of place value
  • Compare numbers to determine which number is more than, less than, or equal to another number
  • Solve addition and subtraction equations and story problems within 10

Guidance/Social/Emotional Skills:

The theme is Cooperation:

  • Work with others peacefully
  • Respect alternative points of view
  • Learn to make decisions
  • Learn how to interact and work cooperatively in teams

Grade 1

In Language Arts, the students will:

  • Identify the characters within and between texts
  • Identify the plots (including adventures and experiences) within and between texts
  • Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories
  • Identify the author’s key ideas/points
  • Identify reasons/details that support the author’s key ideas/points
  • Identify basic similarities and differences between texts on the same topic
  • Write opinion pieces, informative pieces, and narratives with an opening sentence, supply reasons/facts, and state a concluding sentence.
  • Recognize and use consonant letters that represent two or more different sounds.
  • Recognize and use plurals that add s and es
  • Recognize and use the ending ing and ed
  • Understand the concept of a contraction

In Math, the students will:

  • Measure, order, and compare height in inches
  • Understand place value within the range of 0–120
  • Represent numbers using groups of 1s, 10s, and 100
  • Use models, sketches, and numbers to add and subtract up to 120
  • Count forward and backward by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s on a number line

Guidance/Social/Emotional Skills:

The theme is Cooperation:

  • Work with others peacefully
  • Respect alternative points of view
  • Learn to make decisions
  • Learn how to interact and work cooperatively in teams

Grade 2

In Language Arts, the students will:

  • Compare and contrast the themes and topics of different versions of the same text (same topic)
  • Identify the same event(s) in two or more genres/forms written by different authors
  • Identify basic similarities and differences between texts on the same topic
  • Use facts, definitions, and details to develop a topic
  • Understand how to group related information together
  • Write opinion pieces, informative pieces, and narratives by having an opening statement, supplying facts/reasons, using temporal words, and giving a concluding statement.

In Math, the students will:

  • Identify, describe, draw, and create 2-D shapes based on their defining features
  • Explore the area of shapes, especially rectangles
  • Split whole shapes into 2, 3, or 4 equal parts called halves, thirds, or
  • fourths/quarters
  • Recognize that equal parts of identical wholes do not need to be the same shape

Guidance/Social/Emotional Skills:

The theme is Cooperation:

  • Work with others peacefully
  • Respect alternative points of view
  • Learn to make decisions
  • Learn how to interact and work cooperatively in teams

3rd Grade

Literacy:

Reading: Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Writing: Fictional Narrative and Poems

Word Work: Meanings of unknown and multiple-meaning words

Math:

  • Describe and classify two dimensional shapes, especially quadrilaterals
  • Calculate area and perimeter
  • Represent fractions as parts of a whole shape

4th Grade

Literacy:

Reading: Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction (review and analyze in more depth)

Writing: Poems and Fictional writing

Math:

  • Measure angles and determine angle measurements based upon given information
  • Sort and classify shapes based upon the number and kinds of sides and angles they have
  • Calculate the area and perimeter of rectangles

5th Grade

Literacy:

Reading: Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Writing: Writing-writing about reading, reviewing general writing strategies, Fictional Narrative, Poems, Narrative Nonfiction

Math:

  • Multiply fractions by whole numbers
  • Use rectangular arrays to show multiplication of a fraction by a fraction
  • Divide a whole number by a fraction
  • Divide a unit fraction (a fraction with a 1 in the numerator) by a whole number

6th Grade

English/Language Arts: We are still working within unit 2 Animal Allies with the essential question of How can people and animals relate to each other? Some of the skills we will be reviewing and learning are: The TAPE strategy, How to frame an essay, citing textual evidence; paraphrasing and elaboration, inferring/speculating, word choice and text structures. If we have additional time after finishing unit 2, each class will vote to explore Poetry or Unit 5 titled Exploration.

Math:

In Section 7.1, students will explore questions involving rate. Students will also learn how to find unit rates to make comparisons. Students will examine races called triathlons to discover when rates will be the same and when they will be different.

In Section 7.2, students will extend your previous understanding of division with fractions to include division with mixed numbers and decimals. Students will discover efficient methods to divide with these portions.

In Section 7.3, students will use mathematical operations to do mathematical “magic” tricks. Students will also learn how the tricks work and be able to create your own tricks using variables and algebra tiles.

In this chapter, students will learn how to:

  • Calculate rates, including unit rates.
  • Compare ratios and rates with different units.
  • Divide more efficiently with fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals.
  • Rewrite expressions by combining like terms and using the Distributive Property.

Social Studies: In sixth grade social studies we are going to finish up with Ancient China. The we will start short weekly units that talk about things such as the scarcity of water and what we are going to do about it and resolve this problem. We will also do a unit on freedoms and the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.These units will incorporate social studies, reading and writing.

Science: In the month of April we will continue to work on Physical Science; the changes of state, particle motion, thermal energy and conservation of mass. We will continue investigate look at potential and kinetic energy. Then we will move on to Force and Motion.

Art: In art we are preparing for the district Art show that will be at Harding on May 3!

PE: Sixth grade students who are in physical education will be participating in target games and striking fielding games. They will also continue to work on teamwork and emphasizing how to be a good sport

7th Grade

English/Language Arts: This month in Language Arts, we will be working on narrative writing. We will be working on our final unit in My Perspectives that shows students examples of narrative writing from different authors perspectives.

Math: In seventh grade math we will continue our learning in chapter 6, which is focusing on setting up and solving equations and inequalities, finding the solutions to equations and inequalities, and choosing which strategy is best for solving problems. After completing chapter 6 we will move on to chapter 7, which pertains to proportions and percents. We will continue reviewing past lessons to prepare for the AIR test as we work for mastery on seventh grade standards.

Compacted Math: In April the compacted 7th grade mathematics students will be competing in a Math Olympics where we will practice solving problems for the five different categories of math: Number Sense, Expressions and Equations, Ratios and Proportions, Statistics and Probability and Geometry. The students are reviewing and practicing for the AIR test!

Social Studies: 7th grade students are wrapping up their study of feudalism as we learn about the plague. Our next unit of study is about the Renaissance in Europe which introduced revolutionary ideas, leading to cultural, scientific and social changes. At the end of April, we are going to learn about Martin Luther and how the Reformation introduced changes in religion including the emergence of Protestant faiths and a decline in the political power and social influence of the Roman Catholic Church.

Science:

Earth Science: Cycles and Patterns of Earth and the Moon. We will continue our discussions on the relationship between the Earth and the Moon. Moon phases, tides, lunar and solar eclipses, etc…

Life Science: Matter is transferred continuously between one organism to another and between organisms and their physical environments. In this unit we will begin to discuss the difference between photosynthesis and cellular respiration or how different organisms make energy.

Health: In the month of April, seventh grade health will be focusing on drug abuse. They will learn about different types of drugs as well as the side effects from abusing them. Students will also learn refusal skills that will help them to “just say no”.

Art: In art we are preparing for the district Art show that will be at Harding on May 3!

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: During the month of April, the eighth grade language arts class will be exploring unit 4: Human Intelligence. We will explore informative writing about the brain. Then we will transition into a fictional story called “Flowers for Algernon.” We will define what makes a human intelligent and how important it is to be able to acknowledge the different kinds of intelligence. This unit focuses on the different ways humans can display intelligence.

Math: Students will look at angles formed when a third line intersects a set of parallel lines, identifying the relationships between certain pairs of angles. They will also learn about the special relationships between the angles inside and outside a triangle and how to tell if two triangles are similar without knowing anything about their side lengths. Students will learn how to determine if any three lengths will form a triangle, and, if they do, whether that triangle will be acute, obtuse, or right. They will find missing sides of right triangles using the Pythagorean Theorem. They will also learn about the square root operation and irrational numbers.

Algebra 1: Students will continue working on chapter 9 in the textbook. They will extend their ability to solve quadratic equations, and decide which method of solving is most efficient. By using what they know about balancing equations, they can now solve linear and quadratic equations for a given variable. In this chapter they will learn how to deal with inequalities. They will develop ways to represent solutions to inequalities both algebraically and graphically. In addition, they will extend your ability to work with mathematical sentences by learning how to write inequalities that describe situations.

Social Studies (Bell): April will bring a continuation of chapter 13 the Oregon country and statehood for Florida as well as the war with Mexico. Student why have an understanding of the innovations in industry traveling for medications and how it changed lives. They will have an understanding of immigration and its impact on cities and industry in the north. Additionally ,the students will understand the living conditions of enslaved Afghan Americans in the South and the unique culture they developed. Students will explain the differences between the people of the north and the southern kingdom. In Chapter 15 the spirit of reform will follow.

Social Studies (Voytko):  Explain how westward expansion contributed to economic and industrial development, debates over sectional issues, war with Mexico and the displacement of American Indians. We will wrap up our discussions on the new government after the Revolutionary War and begin to discuss the nation’s growth westward.

Science: We are wrapping up our learning in Life Science. Students are currently setting up and solving Punnett Squares and reading Pedigree charts. Once we finish this last part of life science, we will move in to energy and motion in order to prepare for high school science! I will mix review questions from previous lessons in order to help students prepare for our AIR test which is in May.
We will learn types of potential energy, and different types of forces. We will complete as many labs as possible to learn these fun concepts and prepare for physical science in 9th grade.

Mrs. Barthlemess’s Class: Our unit is about personal economic decisions such as saving and spending money wisely and distinguishing between needs and wants. We will also be learning about how to write checks, keep a checkbook and how to determine debits and credits with deposits and withdrawals.

Art: In art we are preparing for the district Art show that will be at Harding on May 3!

Health: Eighth grade health will be learning about accident and injury prevention. They will focus on some first aid tips and ways to treat minor injuries. They will also learn the proper steps they can take if they see someone who has been hurt in an accident.