Middle School

Upper Elementary Level: Ages 9-15 Curriculum

Practical Life

  • Community meetings:
    • Conflict resolution
    • Respect for self, peers, and environment
  • Grace and courtesy:
    • Manners
    • Classroom protocol
    • Visitors
    • Care of indoor and outdoor environments
  • Community service:
    • Daily class jobs
    • Recycling
    • Social conscience and community projects
  • Field Studies: related curricular studies
  • Environmental trips:
    • Team building activities
    • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Time management:
    • Planning skills and work organization

Science

  • Life Science:
    • Tree of Life
    • Animal/Plant classification
    • Structure/Function of internal and external parts and systems
    • Ecology
    • Cell theory
    • Life cycles
  • Human body:
    • Senses
    • Systems
    • Health and nutrition
  • Earth science:
    • Solar system
    • Weather
    • Astronomy
    • Oceanography
    • Geology and mineralogy
  • Physical science:
    • Gravity
    • Magnetism
    • Light
    • Sound
    • Electricity
    • Motion
    • Heat
  • Experiments and scientific method:
    • Chemistry

Math

  • Math fact memorization
  • Concrete to abstract in all operations
  • Fractions:
    • Comparison and operations
    • Mixed, proper/improper
    • Reducing/Simplifying
  • Decimals:
    • Comparisons and operations
    • Percentages
  • Practical applications in single and multistep problem solving
  • Time: equivalent and operations
  • Money: equivalent and operations
  • Interest: principal, rate, time
  • Computing squares and cubes of binomials and trinomials
  • Calculating square and cube roots
  • Beginning statistics: data gathering, graphing, and analysis
  • Ratios and proportions
  • Number theory:
    • Divisibility rules
    • Factors
    • Multiples
    • Primes
    • Composites
    • Estimation
    • Basic mathematical laws
  • Pre-algebra:
    • Symbols and order of operations
    • Negative numbers
    • Other Bases

Fine Arts

  • Art principles and elements
  • Expression through art materials and tools
  • Design, development and creation of original artworks

Geometry

  • Advanced study of nomenclature
  • Geometric shapes: characteristics, measurements, and drawing
  • Concepts:
    • Points, lines, and angles
    • Surface and solids
  • Properties:
    • Triangles and quadrilaterals
    • Polygons and circles
  • Congruence, similarity, equality, equivalence, symmetry
  • Calculation: perimeter, area, volume
  • Theorem of Pythagoras
  • Measurement: length, weight, capacity, metric, and customary

Cultural Studies

  • History:
    • Fundamental needs of humans
    • Creation of the universe
  • Evolution of life and early humans
  • Migration charts
  • Civilizations:
    • Ancient civilizations
    • Mesopotamia and Egypt
    • Greece and Rome
    • Mesoamerica
  • India, China:
    • North/South America
    • Native Americans
    • American explorers
    • Colonization
    • American Revolution
    • Westward expansion
  • Geography:
    • Physical geography
    • Continents
    • Countries
    • Advanced land and water forms
    • Biomes of the world
    • Cultural geography
    • Regions
    • Cultures
    • Natural resources
    • Economic geography
    • Natural resources
    • Imports/Exports

Language Arts

  • Reading skills:
    • Interpretive reading for comprehension
    • World’s classical children’s literature
    • Literature circles
  • Handwriting: routine use of proper cursive
  • Advanced grammar and sentence analysis:
    • Parts of speech
    • Subject/Predicate
    • Direct/Indirect object
    • Adjectival modifiers
    • Adverbial modifiers
  • Word study/Mechanics:
    • Capitalization
    • Punctuation
    • Prefix/Suffix
    • Homonyms
    • Etymology
  • Literary elements:
    • Genre
    • Plot
    • Conflict/resolution
    • Climax
    • Character analysis
    • Setting
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling

Technology

  • Typing/Keyboarding
  • Parts of a computer
  • Windows Desktop Skills
  • Graphics and 3D rendering
  • Basic Animation
  • Reading comp w/Accelerated Reader
  • Database book searches
  • Digital Geography
  • Digital timelines
  • Microsoft Word, Power Point, Publisher and Excel
  • Digital photo manipulation
  • Digital sound recording and editing
  • Basic Internet usage: key words, hyperlinks, URL’s, etc.
  • Internet Research

P.E.

  • Cardiovascular activities (i.e., pacing)
  • Introduction to core strengthening
  • Cooperative games
  • Increase flexibility
  • Foster good sportsmanship

Writing

  • Multi-step process for composition
  • Prewriting activities, rough draft, revision, editing, final draft
  • Compositions:
    • Paragraph form
    • Creative writing
    • Expository writing
    • Descriptive
    • Narrative
    • Persuasive
    • Five paragraph essay
  • Writing Journal
  • Letter Writing
  • Poetry

English

  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence formation
  • Symbolic grammar
  • Verb conjugation
  • Verb tenses
  • Common phrases
  • Dialogue creation and reading