Middle School (6th - 8th)

MIDDLE SCHOOL BIBLE

6TH GRADE BIBLE

Students in 6th grade Bible use the Biblical Choices curriculum which focuses on the letters of the New Testament and issues that effect their Christian life.  Each day begins with a scripture of the day and a discussion question related to it. Students also have time for prayer and sharing.

7th GRADE BIBLE A

Students will study both topical subjects and studying directly from the text.  Books studied include Ephesians, Philippians, James, and Revelation.  Topics covered include prayer, God’s grace, God’s love, serving, encouraging, and what it means to be a part of the Body of Christ.  The overall goal of class will to be to gain a greater understanding of God’s love for us so we can learn to love him more.

7TH GRADE BIBLE  B

7th grade Bible covers the books of Matthew and Acts during quarters 1, 2 and 3.  During the 4th quarter we will have a study of prejudice using the Paper Clip Project, and also study the life of Corrie Ten Boom, a great Christian example during the holocaust.  Each day begins with a scripture of the day and discussion question related to it.  We also have time in prayer.

8th GRADE BIBLE

Students focus specifically on what a real relationship with God looks and feels like.  We will search for a better understanding of what it truly means to develop a steadfast relationship with our creator.  Students study in depth what it means to be a part of the Body of Christ . A large part of our year will also be focused on studying the life of Christ as given to us in the Gospels.  

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computer Lab provides instruction collaborating at each grade level through hands-on projects that integrate computer instruction with Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, and Art topics.   Developing computer skills from early childhood through 8th grade provides students an opportunity to develop their skills in all core areas, a skill set they will continue to build upon through their high school years:  Computer Basics, Keyboarding Skills, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, and the Internet.   Lessons are cumulative and build on previous skills.   New computer skills are reinforced within and throughout subsequent projects in each unit of study. Every project is in alignment with the Tennessee State Curriculum in each subject in each grade.     

ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE ARTS

SIXTH GRADE READING

The sixth grade reading curriculum is organized around the Tennessee Core Curriculum Content Standards, specific reading and writing strategies, speaking and listening skills, and vocabulary building.  Students are encouraged to read and write critically about a variety of literature genres.  Throughout the course students develop awareness of universal themes and connect reading across the curriculum.

SIXTH GRADE WRITING

The sixth grade writing curriculum incorporates different genres of writing such as narrative, descriptive, creative, expository, letter writing, and news articles.  Mastering the writing process of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing will enable the student to communicate more effectively as he or she moves forward to different grade levels in school.  The sixth grade writing curriculum will focus most heavily on expository writing because this is the most common type of writing that students will be doing in high school and college.  Expository writing is essentially writing that explains or analyzes a topic usually through examples and specific details.  It is meant to answer questions by providing facts.  Different forms of expository writing will include illustration and example, comparison and contrast, cause and effect, argumentative, and personal.  The curriculum is designed to help students become better writers, challenge them in a positive way, and  make the journey in writing an effective one.  The sixth grade writing curriculum also correlates to the Tennessee Content Standards and Learning Expectations for Sixth Grade Writing.

SEVENTH GRADE READING

Seventh grade reading is a literature-based curriculum that integrates writing, grammar, listening and responding, and vocabulary development.  The reading program covers a wide range of diverse writers of fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, poetry, and mythology.  Each piece of reading, whether it is a short story, drama, novel, or  poem incorporates the necessary skills that will enable a student not only to comprehend what he or she is reading, but also  apply those skills in other aspects of everyday life and become life-long learners and lovers of reading. Each lesson also incorporates various writing activities that will allow the student  to  respond in different formats to a given piece of literature. Therefore, the writing skills that are taught in  the English class are reinforced in the reading class.  The seventh grade reading curriculum also correlates to the Tennessee Content Standards and Learning Expectations for Seventh Grade Reading.

EIGHTH GRADE ENGLISH

Eighth grade English encompasses all of the language arts.  Students will participate in writing, reading, speaking, and listening in a literacy rich environment.  Through guided instructional involving the language arts, students sill explore historical fiction, biographies, science fiction, fantasy, and poetry.  All students will communicate understanding through media, reading, writing, self reflection, discussion and presentation in school, the home, community, and workplace.  Students will explore ways in which to connect knowledge from all curriculum areas to enhance their understanding of their place in the world.

FINE ARTS

DRAMA

5th GRADE DRAMA

Fifth grade drama rotation is a beginning theatre level class.  Students have an opportunity to experience rhythm, pantomime, group dynamics, basic body movements, and improvisation through drama games and activities. Students have multiple opportunities to perform in small groups or as individuals on the classroom stage to prepare them for sixth grade drama.  This fine arts rotation is designed to generate interest in the performing arts, preparing students for eligibility to audition for school plays at the sixth grade level.  Select students may have the opportunity to participate as child extras in school productions at the instructor’s discretion.

6th GRADE DRAMA

Sixth grade drama is an introductory level fine arts class.  Students will learn the basics of movement, memorization techniques, performance, improvisation, and theatre etiquette.  Class consists of monologue performances, shoe box set designs, lecture, and in-class theatre games which promote group dynamics.  All sixth grade students are eligible to audition for school plays.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAMA (7TH & 8TH)

Middle school drama is an intermediate level fine arts class.  Students will learn mid-level audition techniques, characterization, theatre analysis, improvisation, and performance techniques.  Class consists of monologue performances, shoe box set designs, lecture, and in-class theatre games which promote individual and group dynamics in a performance setting.  All middle school students are eligible to audition for school plays.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MEDIA

The middle school media class is designed to teach students the basics of the video production process, such as videography, editing, and producing dvd's.  Students will produce short videos to promote events and activities,  as well as videos for entertainment.  Students will also film various activities such as plays or programs around school and makie those videos available for sale.

MUSIC

5th GRADE GENERAL MUSIC

This course is a continuation of the study of music from fourth grade. Vocal development will continue to be stressed, as well as movement to music and the understanding of basic music theory. Students will explore music of different periods in history and from different cultures. A continuation of music reading and ear training will continue. Students should learn to sing using proper vocal techniques.

6th GRADE GENERAL MUSIC

This course is a continuation of the study of music from the fifth grade. It is designed as an over-view of various styles of music from different historical periods and cultures. This course also places an emphasis on current developments in music and how it relates to our lives today.  There is a continued emphasis on proper singing techniques.

7th GRADE GENERAL MUSIC

This course is a continuation of the study of music from the sixth grade. It is designed as an over-view of various styles of music from different historical periods and cultures. This course also places an emphasis on current developments in music and how it relates to our lives today.  There is a continued emphasis on proper singing techniques.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

SPANISH

In middle school Spanish the student will learn sentence structure, vocabulary, and simple commands. The student will be able to understand and interpret written and spoken Spanish; this will allow the student to gain more confidence when conversing with a native speaker. The class is a basic foundation for Spanish learners and will build as the student increases in skills.

MATHEMATICS

6th GRADE MATH

The 6th grade math course covers all of the required state standards necessary to prosper in the 7th grade math and pre-algebra courses.  These standards include, but are not limited to, basic number systems and operations with an emphasis in fractions and decimals, patterns and sequences, applying geometric formulas to real-world situations, estimating, and data collection and analysis.

7th GRADE MATH

Content:  Covers all 7th grade math standards using Envision's incremental development procedures, along with continual review and practice.  Every homework, and every test, covers work taught throughout the entire year.  Tests are given after every fifth lesson (cumulative, minus the previous five lessons to allow for more practice time of that material), quizzes given after every test (covering the previous five lessons to practice the most recently taught lessons, and homework (cumulative).

8th GRADE PRE-ALGEBRA

The 8th Grade Pre-Algebra course covers all of the required state standards necessary to prosper in Algebra and Geometry.  These standards include, but are not limited to,  number systems and operations, patterns, functions, using and understanding algebraic symbols, describing and analyzing geometric figures and coordinate geometry, and apply basic statistical and probability concepts.

ALGEBRA I (8th or 9th Grade)

The Algebra I class combines existing math skills with abstract thinking to solve various problems. The class is designed to broaden the student's general math skills and prepare them for high mathematics in high school. Students will study mathematical principles regarding exponents, polynomials, systems of equations, graphing linear equations and inequalities, rational numbers, radicals, functions, and quadratic equations.

8th GRADE HONORS ALGEBRA

This course covers all of the required state standards necessary to prosper in the higher-level mathematics courses.  These standards include, but are not limited to,  factoring, solving and graphing linear equations, solving systems of linear equations, functions, slope as rates of change, and proportionality.  Students will use problem-solving situations to explore and develop abstract concepts.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

This course explores different ways for student 5th-8th grade to be physically active from walking and running to playing Frisbee golf and Dodge ball.  Physical education also teaches students how to be a team player by using team sports such as volleyball, kickball, baseball.  It also is designed to help students with their flexibility and coordination.

SCIENCE

6th GRADE EARTH SCIENCE

In Sixth Grade Science we use the edition Holt Science & Technology, “Earth Science”.  Earth Science is broken down into four categories; Geology, Oceanography, Meteorology, and Astronomy.  The students start the first nine weeks studying varies careers of science, the rock cycle, minerals, fossils, and the core of the earth.  The second nine weeks the students will study plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and the ocean floor.  The third nine weeks the students study weather and climate.  The fourth nine weeks the students will be studying the solar system, planets, and the moon.    
Each nine weeks the students will have a class project.  The projects will be as followed:First nine weeks - The Rock Cycle (rocks & minerals)  Second nine weeks – giving the history of and building an erupting volcano or a diorama model of the ocean floorThird nine weeks – weather map Fourth nine weeks – a mobile of the solar system
Field TripsFirst nine weeks – Mammoth Cave in Kentucky  Second nine weeks – Land Between the Lakes   Third nine weeks – Parthenon in NashvilleFourth nine weeks – Biztown and Adventure Science Center

7th GRADE LIFE SCIENCE

Life science begins with an in-depth study of cells. It includes studying structure and function, DNA transcription and translation, and concludes with a genetics study. Following cells is a study of the human body with its organs and organ systems. This is a thorough study and very detailed. After body systems comes the ecology and biome chapters. This is followed by a classification study that starts with the most simple of living organisms and ends with mammals. It includes bacteria, protista, fungus, plants and animals.

8th GRADE PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Physical science begins the year learning about matter. This includes all states, functions and interactions of matter. It is combined with unites about gravity, fluids, motion, Newton’s laws, simple machines, and energy. This leads into chemistry. The portions of chemistry include atoms, the periodic table, chemical bonding, reactions and compounds. Following chemistry is electricity and electromagnetism. The year is brought to a close with waves. This includes light, sound, and energy of waves.

SOCIAL STUDIES

6th GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES

In Sixth Grade Social Studies we use the edition from McDougal Littell titled “World History, Ancient Through Early Modern Times”.  Each unit is designed to help us better understand ancient civilizations from the past.  The students will have a clear understanding of the location of that civilization, its culture, customs, government, economics, the religion, and some ancient food recipes.  The students will be studying parts of the Middle-East, Italy, Greece, China, Egypt, North and South America, Central America, Africa, India, and many other ancient civilizations.  The students will study the five major religions of the world; Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism.  They will present a group World Religion project on the history of their assigned religion.  They will learn  map skills, compass skills, and orienteering skills to help them prepare for our Land Between the Lakes class trip in the Spring. We will also take a field trip to the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee while we are studying Ancient Greece.

7th GRADE WORLD GEOGRPAHY

Seventh grade world geography begins with an introductory unit, focusing on terminology and concepts of geography.  Units of study include;  United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe.  There is also a unit on the geography of Tennessee. Each unit of study includes not only physical geography, but also cultural geography.  The textbook is WORLD CULTURES AND GEOGRAPHY (McDougal/Littell).

8th GRADE AMERICAN HISTORY

Eighth grade American history begins with the history of North America, including study of the ancient Native American civilizations and early European exploration.  Focus on the United States begins with Colonial America and ends with the Reconstruction after the Civil War.  The textbook is AMERICAN HISTORY: BEGINNINGS TO RECONSTRUCTION (McDougal/Littell).