English Language Arts & Reading – Grades 5-8 – Mrs. Sarah Thompson

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English Language Arts & Reading – Grades 5-8 – Mrs. Sarah Thompson

English Language Arts:

Grades 5 & 6

The classes will be comprised of a balanced literacy program. Students will study units in the Wonders Reading program, which focuses on short pieces of fiction and nonfiction text. In addition, the program works on close reading skills, grammar, vocabulary, and writing. In addition to the Wonders Reading program, students will study novel units at a few different points throughout the year. The work done in these units will also focus on the following skills: close reading, listening and speaking, vocabulary, and writing.

Grades 7 & 8

The classes will mainly focus on genre study. Students will engage in close reading work, including analyzing characterization, theme, author’s point of view, word choice, tone, etc. In addition, students will engage in both small and whole group discussion and work on their speaking and listening skills. Students will also focus on the three main genres of writing (narrative, informative, and argument) throughout the year. The ultimate goal of these two years is to get students to work on making their reading and writing skills sophisticated as they embark to the next level of their schooling.

Independent Reading:

All Russell Elementary School students are expected to read independently. In middle school, students should be reading around 30 minutes per day. They should read a “just right” book, meaning that it is of interest and of a solid length (one that they can finish and take a quiz on in approximately two weeks). Students’ independent reading will be reported separately from their ELA class grade. These grades will be reported periodically throughout the term.



 Science – Grades 5-8 – Mr. Doug Earick

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Science – Grades 5-8 – Mr. Doug Earick

Science classes are designed to include both content and hands-on activities which aid in developing understanding and critical thinking skills. The curriculum in each grade includes topics like Earth, Physics, Chemistry, & Biology. Literacy skills such as reading, writing, listening, and speaking are also included so that students learn how to investigate problems and questions and to communicate their science knowledge. The relationships between the branches of science and the relationship between science and technology are stressed.



 Social Studies – Grades 5-8 – Mr. Allyn Dokus

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Social Studies – Grades 5-8 – Mr. Allyn Dokus

Mr. Dokus’ RES Social Studies Class Descriptions

Throughout middle school social studies class, students will work closely with primary documents, maps, and technology.

 5th grade – US Geography & Early US History

A comprehensive study of U.S. geography is covered in 5th grade. More than just states and capitals, we will also be learning about climates, key cities, rivers, other prominent landforms and celebrated physical features, and cultural diversity.

Our study of early American History will include the First Americans and Native American cultures. Explorers and colonization will be included in our study, as well as the French & Indian War. The year concludes with an introduction to the causes of the Revolutionary War and the formation of our early government.

6th grade – World Geography

The content covered in this class begins with the 5 Themes of Geography – Location, Place, Region, Movement, and Human-Environment Interaction. Students will learn map skills, including using latitude and longitude, scale, legend, and keys. Different types of map projections are also studied, along with learning about time zones and climate zones.

Sixth grade also studies human geography and culture. Themes included with this are: population distribution and density; renewable and non-renewable resources; markets; types of governments; world religions.

The political, physical, and cultural geography of Canada, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia are used throughout the year as topics for research learning in 6th grade.

7th grade – Western Civilization

The content covered in this class begins with the legacy of ancient cultures and their contributions to society. Topics include cradles of civilization, such as the Fertile Crescent, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, and Assyria.

Major topics for the class include Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The study of ancient Egypt includes the Nile River, pharaohs, pyramids, papyrus, hieroglyphs, mummification, as well as studies of specific pharaohs or queens of Egypt.

Greek geography begins the unit on Ancient Greece. Other topics include city-states, aristocracy, democracy, myths, Golden Age of Athens, Alexander the Great, Olympics, and Wars. Philosophers, scientists and leaders, will also be studied.

The Roman Empire follows. Themes include republic, empire, Senate, gladiators, Italian geography, coliseum and gladiators, rise of Christianity, and persecution.

Other topics include medieval Europe, Dark Ages, and the Crusades. The year finishes off with a study of the Renaissance and Reformation.

8th grade – U.S. History

We begin with the European encounter with Native Americans and the effects on both cultures. Explorers and their accomplishments follows briefly. Students will continue chronologically to the study of settling the colonies, including Puritans and Pilgrims. We study which factors influenced the founding of the 13 colonies.

The Road to the Revolution includes the French and Indian War, British Policies, Boycotts and other rebellions. Students will study events leading to the Revolution in order to understand the cause and effects of the hardships. Battles, documents, and individuals will be studied so students understand how Americans won the war and made peace.

The Constitution and Bill of Rights is an important 8th grade topic in Social Studies. Historical reasons for the creation of the document as well as its relevance to us today is covered in depth. Students will also learn about the branches of national government and the process of amending the Constitution. Other topics include Westward expansion, the Jackson Era and the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution.

  



 Math – Grades 5-8 – Mrs. Kim Whitehouse

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Math – Grades 5-8 – Mrs. Kim Whitehouse

The grade 6-8 mathematics program follows the SAU # 48 Mathematics Curriculum Guide implementing Common Core Standards.  The main textbook used for all classes is Math in Focus – book 1, 2 and 3.  The students also use a wide variety of support materials, books and methods in their mathematics learning.  Computation skills learned in previous grades will be practiced through real life situations along with new algebraic and geometric concepts.  Students practice mathematics in many different contexts in order to connect mathematics to other parts of their lives and everyday living.

 



 Reading Intervention - Grades 5-8 - Mrs. Heidi Adams

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Reading Intervention - Grades 5-8 - Mrs. Heidi Adams