Enrichment Class – Middle School

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Enrichment Class – Middle School

This class is designed to teach the fundamentals of reading and writing of nonfiction material. The curriculum is the same for all sections which allows students to select which genre of reading they want to study: Art, Music, Social Studies, or Science. The classes include 7th and 8th grade students. Reading, note-taking, writing, researching, and presenting (orally and written) are incorporated into each unit.

 

NELMS Enrichment Presentation



 Language Arts & Reading – Mrs. Ashley Gagnon

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Language Arts & Reading – Mrs. Ashley Gagnon

Course Overview

This class will focus on the fundamental language skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and presenting. An emphasis on vocabulary and composition skills will be an on-going part of the program. Throughout the year we will be working on grammar, reading strategies, and the writing process which allows students to examine the time and effort it takes to create a quality piece of writing. To help guide our writing we will be reading a variety of texts including: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and short stories.  The texts have been carefully selected to help build students’ reading comprehension while also enhancing students’ awareness of self, community, and world.



 Science – Mrs. Emily Kelley

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Science – Mrs. Emily Kelley

The science classes incorporate science content with hands-on activities which allow for understanding and the development of critical thinking skills. The curriculum is spiraled, meaning that each topic (earth, physics, chemistry, & biology) is addressed each year with units building on the previous year. Literacy skills such as reading, writing, listening, and speaking are focused on so that students learn how to investigate their questions and communicate their science knowledge. The inter-relationships of the branches of science and the relationship between science and technology are stressed.

 

Grade 5 Science Topics

  • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • Earth’s Systems
  • Space Systems
  • Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems
  • STEM
  • Metric Measurement


 Social Studies – Mr. Mitch Richardson

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Social Studies – Mr. Mitch Richardson

Beginning in the 6th grade, students study the physical and political features of the United States through map activities, projects and different texts. This expands to studying the geography of Canada and Latin America. In between, students learn about the early Native Americans and then the Incan, Aztec and Mayan cultures.”

Seventh grade studies begin in the ancient Middle East. Starting with the Mesopotamian cultures and heading south to study ancient Egypt. After Egypt, the ancient empires of Greece and Rome are studied up until the Fall of Rome and the Dark Ages. The Vikings are studied which then leads into medieval times and ends with the Renaissance and the Reformation.

Eighth grade starts with the early explorers and original colonies, and then goes into the French-Indian War. The Revolutionary period is studied and the Constitution is examined. Politics and culture in America is studied up until the Civil War.



 Math – Mrs. Cynthia Bruno

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Math – Mrs. Cynthia Bruno

Our curriculum, Math in Focus, is focused on mastery of the critical areas and practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards. It is based on the premise that in order for students to

persevere and solve both routine and non-routine problems, they need to be given tools to use consistently and successfully. Students are required to understand both the how and the why of math so they will self-regulate their learning and become empowered problem solvers. This focused and rigorous math curriculum regularly integrates the concrete-visual-symbolic pedagogy, and the big ideas stemming from Singapore’s mathematics framework. Math in Focus helps to ensure success in future higher–level math courses by solidify students’ learning and increasing algebra readiness.