Updated: May 2019

Kindergarten

In Language Arts, the students will:

  • Identify the plots (including adventures and experiences) within and between texts
  • Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters
  • Identify the author’s key ideas/points
  • 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:

  • Count by 10s and 1s
  • Read, write, order, and compare numerals to 20
  • Estimate, measure, and compare length
  • Solve addition and subtraction 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:

  • Explore change with math and science concepts
  • Develop a sense of time by experiencing activities that last a second, minute, hour, and day
  • Solve problems using addition and subtraction up to 100
  • Measure, order, compare, and find differences in length
  • Collect and analyze data by making simple charts and graphs using pictures, numbers, and tally marks

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 story structure and plot of different versions of the same text (same topic)
  • 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:

  • Measure length to the nearest inch
  • Collect, organize, and display data on a line plot and on a bar graph
  • Analyze data to solve problems, draw conclusions, and make predictions
  • Add, subtract, order, and compare 3-digit numbers

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:

ReadingPoetry, Realistic Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction; Writing-Fictional Narrative and Poems

Word Work: meanings of unknown and multiple-meaning words

Math:

  • Develop and use strategies for multiplying by 11 and 12.
  • Multiply single-digit numbers by multiples of 10.
  • Multiply single-digit numbers by two-digit numbers.
  • Solve problems involving fractions.

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 about reading, reviewing general writing strategies, Fictional Narrative, Poems, Narrative Nonfiction

Math:

  • Multiply and divide multi-digit numbers.
  • Perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with fractions.
  • Solve story problems with fractions.

6th Grade

English/Language Arts:

We are wrapping up unit 2 Animal Allies with an emphasis on Poetic Structure, Word Choice and Tone as well as Citing Textual Evidence and Elaboration until May 3rd. Then we will begin studying Exploration through Unit 5. The essential question is What Drives People to Explore? The reading goals: Evaluate written arguments by analyzing how authors state and support their claims.  Expand personal knowledge and use of academic and concept vocabulary.  Writing goals: Write an argumentative essay that effectively incorporates the key elements of an argument.  Reiteration for citing textual evidence and elaboration. Conduct research projects of various lengths to explore a topic and clarify meaning.  We will also be reviewing for the Spring NMAP reading test as well as the district mandated argumentative essay assignment.

Math:

In Chapter 8, Section 8.1, students will return to the data from the frog-jumping contest.  This time, they will use new tools to analyze and compare groups of frogs. They will also look at more ways to display and interpret the data.

In Section 8.2, they will transition to the subject of statistics. The students will work in this section to build on their knowledge of statistics to look at statistical questions.

Then, in Section 8.3, they will work with more real-life situations, revisiting math ideas they have already studied and learn new strategies to apply to new contexts.  When traveling in a car, for example, have you ever asked, “When are we going to get there?”  Did you know that you could use mathematics to answer that question? 

In Section 8.3, they will use diagrams like the ones they used for percents to find the relationship between distance, rate, and time. They will also learn how to compare quantities that are very different.

In this chapter, the students will learn how to:

  • Use measures of central tendency, histograms, stem-and-leaf plots, and box plots to represent and compare data.
  • Consider the shape and spread of data both through a visual display and through calculations.
  • Decide if a question is a statistical question.
  • Solve problems involving distance, rate, and time.
  • Convert units so that they are the same and then use them to compare rates.

Social Studies:

In sixth grade social studies we will look at the five main world religions of Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. We will look at the basic beliefs, where they originated, how and where they spread to and the effect they have had on the world.

Science: In the month of May we will study Cell Theory, all living things are made of cells.  We will look at what makes them efficient. Then we will move on to Force and Motion.

Art: Art classes are excited for the district Art Show on May 3, at Harding from 4-7! We hope to see some of you there

PE: Students in PE will continue working on invasion games. Various throwing games will be introduced using different throwing skills. The end of the year will consist of a choice week where students vote on the activity of the day.

Tech:  We will do Typing.com for Accuracy and fluency. The two weeks ending the 9 weeks we will be working on animation projects and project design such programs like Floorplanner.

7th Grade

English/Language Arts: This month in Language Arts, we will be focusing on narrative writing. Students will  be using their reading skills they have acquired over the school year to read various narratives, as well as writing their own. 

Math: Students are completing their end of year testing to show what they’ve learned this year. In our next chapter they will have a continuation of setting up and solving equations. Students will see percentages again, along with fractions and decimals. We will revisit how to set up and solve proportions. Distance, rate, and time will also make an appearance in our next chapter. We will look ahead to topics most essential for preparation for 8th grade math. Thank you for supporting us with your child’s learning.

Compacted Math: 7th grade math will be working on transfiguration, dilation and similar shapes. Then the students will work with angles, classifying and building triangles. The students will end the year working with volume of different prisms and pyramids.

Social Studies: Students will complete their study of the Renaissance and Reformation and learn about the Columbian exchange and the early exploration of the Americas by Europeans.

Science:

CYCLES OF MATTER AND FLOW OF ENERGY.  Matter is transferred continuously between one organism to another and between organisms and their physical environments.

CYCLES OF MATTER AND FLOW OF ENERGY. In any particular biome, the number, growth and survival of organisms and populations depend on biotic and abiotic factors.  We will be discussing how plants, animals and even humans process food to get energy and also how biomes are a system of interdependent processes that help living things survive.

Art: Art classes are excited for the district Art Show on May 3, at Harding from 4-7! We hope to see some of you there.

Physical Education: Students in PE will continue working on invasion games. Various throwing games will be introduced using different throwing skills. The end of the year will consist of a choice week where students vote on the activity of the day.

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: Throughout the month of May, 8th grade language arts will be working on a multi-genre project involving a fractured fairy tale or myth. The students will be working in small groups and are allowed to choose the mini-projects that make up their multi-genre project. Following the multi-genre project the students will all have to come up with an invention that one of the character’s needs, create a “shark tank” sales pitch and will have to present their sales pitch. The students will end the year with a “hello, goodbye” poem.

Math: In the beginning of the month, students will be learning about math in the real world. They will learn about checking and savings accounts, credit cards, student loans, and the costs of living.  Students will continue to explore geometry concepts but now they will focus on surface areas and volumes. They will explore how to find the side length of a cube when they already know the volume.  Students will measure the surface area and volume of a cylinder, a three-dimensional solid that has a circle as the base.  Finally, students will look at the surface areas and volumes of shapes that cannot be sliced into equal layers, such as pyramids, cones, and spheres. 

Algebra 1: In the beginning of the month, students will be learning about math in the real world. They will learn about checking and savings accounts, credit cards, student loans, and the costs of living.  Then students will develop new ways to solve unfamiliar, complicated equations involving fractions, square roots, exponents, and absolute values.  They will determine the number of solutions that are possible for quadratic and absolute value equations without solving them.  They will be introduced to a new kind of number called an imaginary number. Then they will find the intersection of two functions, and see how we can use the intersection to estimate the solution of very complex equations.  Finally they will solve quadratic and absolute value inequalities.

Social Studies (Bell): May will bring the end of chapter 14 North and South as we head into chapter 15 The Spirit of Reform.  We will be looking closely at Why societies change? What  Motivates people to act? How do new ideas change the way people live?  This will include social reform,  the abolitionists, and the women’s moment.  Finally, we will move in the chapter 17 and the Civil War where the students will learn about the goals of both the North and South. They will compare the strengths and weaknesses of the North and South. They will explain how the Union responded to defeat in the East, the changes in lifestyle that occurred during the Civil War and the way  The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the war and finally the events that led to the end of the Civil War.  Reconstruction Era if time permits.

Social Studies (Voytko):  Distinguish among the positions of the sections of the United States on sectional issues of the 1820s through the 1850s.  Illustrate how disputes over the nature of federalism fed into sectional issues and helped lead to the American Civil War.  We will be discussing the issues and the causes leading to the Civil War as well as, the reconstruction period afterwards.

Science: Time sure has flown by this year! After spring break, students will take their Science AIR test, where they get to showcase their learning for this year. We will end the year discussing physical science topics. I will have students complete labs and participate in activities dealing with potential energy,  scientific inquiry and investigative science. Students will spend the last month preparing for high school science. We have had a great year and have learned so much! Thanks for your continued support at home.

Mrs. Barthlemess’s Class: Our unit is on Earth changes with human usage and natural events. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Art: Art classes are excited for the district Art Show on May 3, at Harding from 4-7! We hope to see some of you there.

Physical Education: Students in PE will continue working on invasion games. Various throwing games will be introduced using different throwing skills. The end of the year will consist of a choice week where students vote on the activity of the day.

Technology: We will do Typing.com for Accuracy and fluency. The two weeks ending the 9 weeks we will be working on animation projects and project design such programs like Floorplanner.