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Course Descriptions

Middle School Proposed Course List

 

Course

Grades Offered

Grading

History / Social Science

World History

(Ancient Civilizations)

6

A-F

World History

(Medieval and Modern Times)

7

A-F

U.S. History

8

A-F

English Language Arts

ELA 6,7,8

6,7,8

A-F

Mathematics

Math 6,7,8

6,7,8

A-F

Science

Science 6,7,8

6,7,8

A-F

STEM

Design and Modeling

6

A-F

Flight and Space

7

A-F

Automation and Robotics

8

A-F

 

 

History / Social Science

World History (Ancient Civilizations) – This sixth-grade course develops student knowledge of ancient civilizations throughout the world and world geography. Students study the development of human civilizations, exploring: (1) human movement; (2) political and legal institutions; (3) trade networks; (4) human technology; and (5) religious and philosophical systems. Students will have the opportunity to explore primary and secondary resources in this course.

Curriculum: Discovering Our Past - Ancient Civilization, Glencoe

 

World History (Medieval and Modern Times) – In the seventh grade, students will examine the development and influence of major world cultures in history from the end of the Roman Empire through the Middle Ages including the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment. Particular emphasis will be placed on the synthesis of the history of humanity during the timeframe.

Curriculum: Discovering Our Past - Medieval and Early Modern Times, Glencoe

 

U.S. History – In the eighth grade, students will examine the development and influences surrounding the birth and early history of the United States of America. The course begins with the Declaration of Independence and its assertions, presumptions, and claims; then, students look back to the Enlightenment and Age of Exploration to trace the development of the document and its effect on later events in U.S. history.

Curriculum: Discovering Our Past - The American Journey, Glencoe

 

 

English Language Arts (“ELA”)

ELA 6 – Grade six ELA focuses on four main areas: (1) citing textual evidence to support analysis and interpretation of texts; (2) determining the themes, main ideas, and purposes of texts; (3) understanding and describing the development of textual elements; and (4) analyzing and evaluating arguments based on strength of evidence and logical reasoning. Students will be transitioning from elementary to middle school and the level of academic expectation and rigor is likely to be a significant departure from what they have previously experienced. ELA 6 is structured so that students develop gradual comfort with the increased academic expectations of middle school ELA. This course introduces student to AeroSTEM Academy’s college preparatory expectations for reading and writing.

Curriculum: My Perspective, Pearson

 

ELA 7 – Students will focus on comprehending, analyzing, and evaluating complex texts, both fiction and nonfiction. Students practice writing, speaking, listening and utilizing skills needed for success in college and career. Moreover, the course will integrate grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary lessons.

Curriculum: My Perspective, Pearson

 

ELA 8 – In the culminating middle school ELA course, students will focus on reading and writing fluency in preparation for high school, college, and career readiness. Special emphasis is placed on historical fiction and primary sources. Additionally, the course will integrate grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary lessons.

Curriculum: My Perspective, Pearson

 

 

Mathematics 

Math 6 – This course develops student understanding of ratios, proportions, and basic equations and functions. It is broken into four focus areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.

Curriculum: C-STEM Math

 

Math 7 – This course develops student understanding of ratios and proportional reasoning and arithmetic with rational numbers. It is broken into four focus areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

Curriculum: C-STEM Math

 

Math 8 – This course develops student understanding of linear algebra. It is broken into three focus areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean theorem.

Curriculum: C-STEM Math

 

 

Science

Science 6 - In this Integrated Science course, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, students explore the cross-cutting concepts of structure and function, patterns, systems and system models while learning about weather and climate, energy, and the organization of living things. The year begins with an introduction to weather and climate, including the underlying causes of Earth's weather patterns. Next, students embark on an inquiry of global climate change and engage in engineering activities to explore ways in which to minimize human impact on the environment. The second half of the year focuses on learning about the structure of living things from cell to organism. Students discover the ways in which behavior, environment, and genetic factors impact the survival and growth of organisms.

Curriculum: Discovery Education

 

Science 7 - In this Integrated Science course, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, students explore the cross-cutting concepts of energy and matter, including cause and effect and flows, cycles, and conservation while learning about ecosystems, natural resources, and the structure and property of matter. Students consider human impact on these systems and explore engineering approaches to these concepts.

Curriculum: Discovery Education

 

Science 8 - In this Integrated Science course, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, students explore the cross-cutting concepts of stability and change along with scale, proportion, and quantity. These concepts inform their study of the history of the earth, space systems, waves and electro-magnetic radiation, energy, forces and interactions, and natural selection. Students consider human impact on these systems and explore engineering approaches to these concepts.

Curriculum: Discovery Education

 

 

STEM 

Design and Modeling – Sixth grade students will discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.

Curriculum: Project Lead the Way

 

Flight and Space – The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through flight and space. Seventh grade students will explore the science behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil.

Curriculum: Project Lead the Way

 

Automation and Robotics – Students will learn about the history and impact of automation and robotics as they explore mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Using the VEX Robotics platform, eighth grade students will apply what they know to design and program traffic lights, robotics arms, and more.

Curriculum: Project Lead the Way