Updated: February 2020

Kindergarten

English/Language Arts

  • Identify characters, setting and major events in a story
  • Tell Important information about a book
  • Compare character adventures
  • Contrast character adventures
  • Retell Familiar stories
  • Draw or write about their opinion
  • Name a topic and write about it
  • Hear and say sounds in words
  • Blend 3 or more sounds together

Math

  • Explore the difference between two-dimensional (flat) and three-dimensional (solid) shapes
  • Identify, describe, sort, compare, and draw 2-D shapes based on their defining attributes
  • Use simple shapes to form larger shapes
  • Identify, name, and describe objects in the environment using the names of shapes
  • Explore the difference between two-dimensional (flat) and three-dimensional (solid) shapes
  • Build three-dimensional shapes

Grade 1

English/Language Arts

  • Compare and contrast authors and illustrators
  • Learn how to give a book talk
  • Give opinions about books
  • Give opinions about authors/illustrators
  • Write an opinion about a book
  • Write an opinion about an author/illustrator
  • Recognize and use short vowels
  • Recognize and use long vowels with silent -e

Math

  • Identify, name, describe, and compare 2- and 3-D shapes based on their defining features
  • Draw 2-D shapes and build 3-D shapes
  • Use two or more geometric shapes to create a new composite shape or figure
  • Split whole shapes into 2, 3, or 4 equal parts called halves, thirds, or fourths/quarters
  • Practice efficient math strategies to add and subtract within the range of 0–20
  • Tell, write, and solve a variety of addition and subtraction story problems
  • Write equations to match the problems

Grade 2

English/Language Arts

  • Explain how characters change because of things that happen to them.
  • Discuss how characters respond to major events in a story
  • Understand that different characters learn the same lesson.
  • Read with expression and fluency
  • Learn to make reading sound interesting
  • Write narratives and include a beginning, middle and end
  • Produce writing in an organized way
  • Recognize and use consonant clusters at the end of words
  • Recognize and use the –ed ending
  • Recognize and use possessives that add an Apostrophe and s to Singular Nouns to show ownership

Math

  • Represent numbers using groups of 1s, 10s, and 100s to demonstrate an understanding of place value to 1,000
  • Use models, sketches, and numbers to add and subtract within 1,000
  • Mentally add and subtract multiples of 10 and 100 to and from any number within 1,000
  • Identify, describe, draw, and create 2-D shapes based on their defining features
  • Explore the area of shapes, especially rectangles

3rd Grade

English/Language Arts

  • Understand that realistic fiction stories are sometimes set in real places even though the characters and stories are imagined.
  • Understand that authors create story problems that could be real in realistic fiction
  • Infer characters’ traits through what other characters say or think about them
  • Describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
  • Recognize and use Homophones
  • Recognize and use word parts to solve an unknown word and understand its meaning
  • Use a dictionary to solve and find information about words

Math

  • Solve multiplication and division problems
  • Calculate the area of rectangles
  • Use rectangular arrays to model and solve multiplication and division problems

4th Grade

English/Language Arts

  • Explain how an author uses evidence to support particular points in a text.
  • Integrate information two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgably.
  • Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics.
  • Provide reasons to examine a topic and develop the topic with facts and evidence related to the topic
  • Use domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic
  • Provide concluding statements or section related to the opinion stated.

Math

  • Multiply multi-digit numbers
  • Divide a multi-digit number by a 1-digit number
  • Solve problems about the area and perimeter of rectangles
  • Review equivalent fractions, and add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers

5th Grade

English/Language Arts

  • Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to themes and topics.
  • Integrate information from several text on the same topic in order write or speak about the subject knowledgably
  • Provide reasons to examine a topic and develop the topic with facts and evidence related to the topic
  • Use domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic
  • Provide concluding statements or section related to the opinion stated.

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:

Unit 3 Modern Technology with the essential question: How is modern technology helpful and harmful to society.  The recommended trade book for at home reading is A Wrinkle inTime by Madeleine L’Engle.  

Some of the lessons will include generating a thesis statement with claims, evidence and elaboration to support the thesis.  Citing textual evidence, identifying and writing from different points of view, argument writing and persuasive writing techniques. 

For the culminating writing assessment, students will be expected to use the passages in the textbook as sources to read and use to state and argue their position to write an argumentative essay convincing readers whether modern technology is helpful or harmful to society. 

Reading comprehension open book Selection Tests will also be given.

Math:

The 6th grade math classes will be working in chapter 5.  The students will develop a conceptual understanding of and strategies for multiplication of fractions and decimals.  They also will develop strategies and rules for finding area of non-rectangles, quadrilaterals, and triangles.

Social Studies:

Ancient China

The Geography of China’s River Valleys

  • examine the geography of ancient China
  • find out about early civilizations in Chinaand the importance of family ties

Confucius and His Teachings

  • learn about the life and teachings  of Confucius
  • understand the influence Confucianism had on Chinese society

Warring Kingdoms Unite

  • learn about the rise of the Qin dynasty
  • find out how Emperor Shi Huandgi attempted to unify the economy and culture of China
  • examine the actions of the Han dynasty’s leaders

Achievements of Ancient China

  • learn about the Silk Road
  • discover the advances in technology during the Han dynasty

BLACK HISTORY PROJECTS WILL BE ASSIGNED AND DUE IN FEBRUARY

Science:

The students will be learning about the organ systems that together form an organism.  These systems include the circulatory, respiratory, integumentary, digestive, excretory, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems.

7th Grade

English/Language Arts:

This month in 7th grade language arts, students will be working on argument writing. We will be answering the essential question, “Should we spend valuable resources on exploring outer space?”. Students will be reading informational articles throughout the month to gather relevant evidence and form their side of the argument. 

Math:

Throughout February the 7th grade math students will focus on finding and using percentages to solve problems. Students will calculate the probability of compound (multiple) events, and use experimental results to make and test conjectures about unknown sample spaces. Through discovery students will describe how the relationship between experimental and theoretical probabilities for an experiment changes as the experiment is conducted many times. Seventh grade math students will begin to solve situational problems using the 5‑D Process.

Compacted Math:

Students will extend their understanding of the use of variables, such as Xx and Yy. They will learn about tools like graphing calculators that will help them explore how variables affect tile patterns, tables, and graphs.  They will continue to develop their ability to solve equations.  During February, students will also begin to learn about the multiple representations of data.  They will study the connections between graphing and solving equations.  

Social Studies:

African Civilizations

The Rise of African Civilizations

  • find out how the geography of Africa affected the development and interaction of civilizations all over the huge continent

Africa’s Governments and Religions

  • Examine how Ancient African societies showed the effects of government disputes, traditional religious beliefs, and Islam.

African Society and Culture

  • Examine how the people of early Africa formed complex societies with many common characteristics. They created artistic works that reflected their beliefs and built economies.

BLACK HISTORY PROJECTS WILL BE ASSIGNED AND DUE IN FEBRUARY

Science:

Standards

7.ESS.1 The hydrologic cycle illustrates the changing states of water as it moves through the lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.
7.ESS.2 Thermal-energy transfers in the ocean and the atmosphere contribute to the formation of currents, which influence global climate patterns.

            In the month of February we will be learning about the water cycle, ocean and wind currents and how they affect global climate.  We will be utilizing information we have learned recently dealing with energy transfers, as this applies directly to the new information we will be discussing.

8th Grade

English/Language Arts:

In the month of February the 8th Grade ELA students will be studying claim, counterclaim, and how these elements of writing support an argument. 

Math:

Students will work on chapter 7 which is about slope and association. They will learn how to use scatterplots to find relationships between two different measures for a set of objects.  In Section 7.2, students will examine races called triathlons to discover when rates are the same or different.  They will also measure the steepness of lines, a concept called slope, for situations, tables, and graphs. Finally, students will look at how to make predictions about future events from existing data using trend lines and equations.  They will learn about the concept of association that helps describe the relationship between two pieces of data. 

Algebra 1:

Students will be working on chapter 7 which is about exponential functions.  They will investigate a family of exponential functions. They will recognize exponential growth when given situations, tables, graphs, or equations, and you will make connections between these representations. Students will also extend their knowledge of exponents and their properties and learn how to use these properties, along with the algebra skills they already possess, to solve exponential equations. Students will be introduced to step functions. At the end of the section, students will get to apply exponential functions to real-life situations involving growth and decay.  In Section 7.2, students will find exponential equations that fit given data.  In doing so, they will learn about fractional exponents.

Social Studies:

We will look into the geographic and political changes that in the early 1800’s (chap 10). Growth and expansion westward and how transportation had an effect on this movement (chap 11). Manifest Destiny, how California, Texas, Florida and Utah became states. Along with the cause and results of the war with Mexico (chap 13).

Science: 

In the month of February we will begin our learning in Life Science.  Topics we will cover are asexual and sexual reproduction, genes, traits, and alleles.  We will have readings, complete labs, and even have debates about which reproduction method is most beneficial.