Updated: May 2018

Grades PK-2

Kindergarten

ELA:

  • 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 a story
  • State an opinion about a topic or book
  • Draw a picture, retell, or write about a topic
  • Organize events in sequence

Math:

  • 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

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

ELA:

  • Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories
  • Identify basic similarities and differences between texts on the same topic
  • Communicate “how to” ideas clearly to an audience in writing
  • Determine the major events and important details readers will need in order to understand a narrative
  • Use time order words to help the reader follow the sequence of story events

Math:

  • 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

ELA:

  • 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 authors and illustrators on the same topic
  • Understand how to group related information together
    Read and write different forms of poetry whole group and independently

Math:

  • Estimate, measure, and compare the lengths of objects in centimeters and meters
  • Split whole shapes into 2, 3, 4, or 8 equal parts called halves, thirds, fourths/quarters, or eighths
  • Solve, pose, and write addition, subtraction, and money story problems involving 2- and 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
Grades 3-5

3rd Grade

Literacy:

  • Students will focus on Genre Study: Poetry, Realistic Fiction and Expository Non-fiction
  • Students will revisit Non-fiction (ex. newspapers, magazines, procedural texts)
  • Students will work on developing skills in “Thinking Beyond the Text.”; Looking at cause/effect, compare/contrast and problem/solution
  • Student will continue writing required pieces- Fictional Narrative, Student-written poems and Readers' Notebook letters
  • Students will further their Word Work/Language by using more sophisticated words in speaking/writing and by creating new words with affixes

Math:

  • Students will develop and use strategies for multiplying by 11 and 12
  • Students will multiply single digit numbers by 10
  • Students will multiply single digit numbers by two-digit numbers
  • Students will solve problems involving fractions

4th Grade

Math:

  • Students will measure angles and determine angle measurements based upon given information
  • Students will sort and classify shapes based upon the number and kinds of sides and angles they have
  • Students will calculate the area and perimeter of rectangles

5th Grade

Math:

  • Students will compare fractions
  • Students will recognize and generate equivalent fractions
  • Students will represent and compare decimal numbers
  • Students will multiply two-digit numbers with the standard algorithm and other methods
Grades 6-8

6th Grade

Literacy: We will continue to follow state rubric as our guide/expectation regarding purpose, focus, organization and conventions.  Our focus has been on explanatory as well as argumentative essays. They will be expected to write one more class essay (120 minutes) and be able to take it home if unfinished  and a district mandated essay to be completed in class too.  We will be working on a unit to learn about the raw natural gas and oil resources in the state of Ohio while incorporating the state standards.

Math:

In Section 8.1, students will use new tools to analyze and compare groups of frogs.

Students will also look at more ways to display and interpret the data. In Section 8.2, students will transition to the subject of statistics. Students work in this section will build on their knowledge of statistics to look at statistical questions. In Section 8.3, students will work with more real-life situations, revisiting math ideas they have already studied and learning new strategies to apply to new contexts.  In Section 8.3, students will use diagrams like the ones they used for percents to find

the relationship between distance, rate, and time. Students will also learn how to compare quantities that are very different.  In this chapter, 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: The 6th grade are currently working on economics such as supply and demand, producer and consumer, and goods and services. We will use real world businesses to discuss these concepts.  After our economics unit is completed we will discuss the different types of governments in the world.  Then we will close the year out with work on geography and the use of maps.

Science:

We will be doing investigations and activities throughout the month of March to learn about matter and motion. 

MATTER AND MOTION:  All matter is made up of small particles called atoms.

Essential Understandings

  • Each atom takes up space, has mass and is in constant motion. Mass is the amount of matter in an object.
  • Elements are a class of substances composed of a single kind of atom.
  • Molecules are the combination of two or more atoms that are joined together chemically.
  • Compounds are composed of two or more different elements. Each element and compound has properties, which are independent of the amount of the sample.

MATTER AND MOTION:  Changes of state are explained by a model of matter composed of atoms and/or molecules that are in motion.

Essential Understandings

  • When substances undergo changes of state, atoms and molecules are not changed in structure.
  • Thermal energy is a measure of the motion of the atoms and molecules in a substance.
  • Mass is conserved when substances undergo changes of state.

There are two categories of energy: kinetic and potential.

Essential Understandings

  • Objects and substances in motion have kinetic energy.
  • Objects and substances can have energy as a result of their position (potential energy).

Band: We are continuing to work on scales and articulation in order to positively impact the music we’re preparing for the Spring Arts Festival. They are still being challenged/quizzed on musical notation, nove value, etc on a daily basis in order to help reinforce the basic music theory concepts necessary to be a better performer.

PE: For the month of May will be focusing on team work as well as offensive and defensive strategies. A big part of the Ohio State PE evaluation is how they perform these skills in a game setting. They have been taught the skills in their K-5 physical education classes and will be evaluated on how they perform these skills in a game setting for 6-8.

Choir: We will be working on the following in 6th grade:

Singing skills -- correct posture, use of breath support, enunciation, projecting singing voice, singing in 2-part harmony. 

Skills in reading music -- music signs indicating dynamics, beats and rhythm, and repeated sections of music.

Preparation of songs to perform at the spring band and choir concert on May 9.

Art: We continue to explore the Elements of Art by using various forms of media. We are also preparing for the district Art Show on May 4, at Harding High School! Then the following week on May 9, we will have our 2nd annual Celebration of the Arts! We can’t wait to see every at these fun events.

7th Grade

ELA: In 7th grade Language Arts, we will be using our close reading skills that we’ve gained throughout the school year. We will be focusing on an argument writing piece in addition to narrative writing.

Math (Nelson): Student will learn about the relationship between distance, rate, and time and solving problems related to this relationship.  They will also learn about statistics and angle relationships. 

Math (Collier): Students will finish the chapter about statistics and angle relationships and then work on the last chapter about circles. Students will learn how to find the circumference and area of a circle.  In Section 9.1, students will also use this concept to find the areas of complicated figures. In Section 9.2, students will explore how to measure the surface areas and volumes of three dimensional solids by designing and building cereal boxes.  They will visualize what the cut surface of a solid will look like if they slice it at different angles.  Finally, they will investigate the volumes of shapes that do not have rectangular bases.

Accelerated Math: During the month of May students will be focusing on transformation and similarity. Using graphs and transparencies students will explore translations of figures. Students will also be exposed to linear equations and slope. Students will discover the connections between patterns, graphs and equations for linear equations when given certain situations.  

Social Studies: This month in 7th grade social studies, we will be studying the Age of Exploration. During our unit of study, we will end the year working our way into early America.

Science (Nelson): Late April and early May will further extend the students learning about energy by studying photosynthesis, respiration, and the conservation of matter and energy.  We will finish May learning about biomes and the symbiotic and abiotic features that make up the different biomes.

Science (Tabor):  Students have been learning about Life Science.  Students will continue that learning as we move on to Ecosystems and Biomes.  We will learn about the climate, abiotic and biotic factors in the different biomes, as well as environmental factors that change the biomes.  Students will have a Biome Diorama they will complete this month.  After we wrap up the biome project, we will move into inquiry based labs to finish out the year.

Choir: Sixth grade choir will be working on singing skills, including correct posture and breath support for singing, projecting the singing voice, enunciation while singing, singing phrases correctly, reading musical notation, using varied dynamics for expression, singing in two-part harmony, and following the cues of a conductor.  Students will be preparing a variety of songs for a school performance on the evening of May 9, during the McGuffey School Celebration of the Arts.

Health: Students will finish their nutrition unit with making a health menu.  They will learn heart rate and 5 components of fitness.  Finally, they will learn the basics of addiction, OTC drugs then learn about common abused drugs and alcohol.

Band: We are continuing to work on the songs for the Spring Arts Festival. On top of working on the music, they are being challenged to dig deeper into the music so that they are not just singing words/notes, but communicating musically each individual piece, taking ownership in the music/message. Additionally, we have been discussing the meaning of the music, along with visiting the ‘60’s time period.

PE: For the month of May will be focusing on team work as well as offensive and defensive strategies. A big part of the Ohio State PE evaluation is how they perform these skills in a game setting. They have been taught the skills in their K-5 physical education classes and will be evaluated on how they perform these skills in a game setting for 6-8.

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: During the month of May 8th grade students in Language Arts will be finishing up their unit on inventions and argument writing. We will be taking our post assessment on argument writing and showing just how much we've grown this year!

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: May holds a deeper delve into the understanding of quadratic functions. Consequently, investigating the connection between quadratics and solving for functions and inequalities. The students will also review and take a closer look at exponential functions. Meanwhile, sharpening our use of tools like Desmos and graphing calculators.

Social Studies: We will be studying the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. This was a time of change for Americans and the US Constitution. Industry was revolutionizing our country and the world. These changes have had a lasting impact on us which continue today in our social and political spheres.

Science: This year has gone by so fast!  It has been such a pleasure working with you and your students.  We have learned so many things from Earth, Physical and Life Science.  We will continue to review the topics learned throughout the year for the first two weeks of May.  We take our science AIR test May 3rd and 10th.  After testing, we will complete as many inquiry based labs as time will allow.

Mrs. Barthlemess’ class: Our unit investigates plants as food as well as a plant's ability to make its own food through photosynthesis.  we will learn about parts of plants and how they help a plant make food and reproduce.  Students will also learn about why people and animals need plants to survive.

Choir: The 7-8th grade choir will be working on singing in 2-part harmony and continuing to work on the songs for the Spring concert, fine-tuning the sign language for two of their songs, developing a better quality singing sound, working to improve their diction and their voice projection, and improving proper performance behavior.

Technology (Reppart): 8th grade we are Keyboarding Basics Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate correct keyboard fingering techniques independently.
  2. Achieve typing speed goal with accuracy.
  3. Use Learning.com students will be coding. Students will learn to use Codesters to create their first program by creating a scene with a background, sprite, text, movement, and interactivity.  Students will learn to use the (X,Y) Coordinate Plane to move a sprite around a stage that uses the background as context for creating a short animated scene.  Students will learn to change the variable names and parameters of shape objects to create a picture of a house.  Students will program an interactive program that uses user-input to control elements of the program. The sprite will appear to have a dialogue with the user.

Technology (Finesilver): During the month of April, we will continue to type and gain speed but also work on perfecting our accuracy. We will continue to use the modules in Learning.com and use them as part of our learning guide to many of the programs we use daily. Students will Program and Code games using Code.org, which is a part of Computer Science Foundations. They will use drag and drop blocks to get started with coding and programming.

PE: For the month of May will be focusing on team work as well as offensive and defensive strategies. A big part of the Ohio State PE evaluation is how they perform these skills in a game setting. They have been taught the skills in their K-5 physical education classes and will be evaluated on how they perform these skills in a game setting for 6-8.

Health: Students will learn about stress, common stressors, making stress work for them, and ways to reduce stress.  They will also learn about infectious diseases (bacteria, virus, fungi), how to treat common types, and how they affect the body.  They will finally learn about relationships where they will discuss puberty, pregnancy, and STDs.

Band: We are continuing to work on the songs for the Spring Arts Festival. On top of working on the music, they are being challenged to dig deeper into the music so that they are not just singing words/notes, but communicating musically each individual piece, taking ownership in the music/message. Additionally, we have been discussing the meaning of the music, along with visiting the ‘60’s time period.