Course of Study

READING
Grade 6:
The sixth grade reading curriculum builds on and extends information and literary content knowledge, reading/listening skills, and strategies presented in the elementary school. Students in grade six engage in whole class, individual, and small group reading experiences. Students will share their thoughts and understandings through class discussion and written tasks. Students use resources they select as well as those selected by the classroom teacher. Reading selections are taken from the sixth grade literature anthology, novels, content books, magazines, electronic media, and newspapers. The curriculum also emphasizes both active listening skills and effective work habits: study skills, effort, persistence, and collaboration. It also reinforces general grammar, vocabulary, and strives to instill students with an appreciation for the written word. Some of the goals of this course are to foster students' ability to read critically, write effectively, and communicate efficiently, providing the foundation for career opportunities. Tiered Reading approaches the Standard English curriculum in a smaller group setting with adjusted pacing. Instruction is differentiated to address diverse student needs.
0600 - Reading - Grade 6
06063 - ELA/Tier 3 - Grade 6

Grades 7 & 8:
ELA/Tier 2 Reading courses build upon students' prior knowledge and skills in reading. Reading classes may emphasize the use of language for different effects, in different contexts, and for different purposes. These courses use an array of genres of literature to improve reading comprehension through various learning activities, including writing about reading selections. Reading courses reinforce grammar, spelling, and vocabulary skills and emphasize the practice of making connections. Reading teachers also strive to instill in students an appreciation for the written word.
Specific content depends upon the state standards for each grade.
07072 - ELA/Tier 2 - Grade 7
08082 - ELA/Tier 2 - Grade 8

ENGLISH
Grade 6:
The sixth grade English course focuses on the acquisition of language, writing, and speaking and listening skills. The English course emphasizes proficiency in using the writing process and being able to communicate in both written and oral form. Skills are developed in order to produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience.
1600 - English - Grade 6

Grades 7 & 8 English courses build upon students' prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, literary techniques, and the mechanics of writing. English classes include the study of the four aspects of language use: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. These courses use various genres of literature to improve reading skills and analysis of literature. Writing exercises and assorted learning activities for different purposes are linked to the reading selections. Specific content depends upon the state standards for each grade. Tiered English approaches the Standard English curriculum in a smaller group setting with adjusted pacing. Instruction is differentiated to address diverse student needs.
1700 - English - Grade 7
1800 - English - Grade 8
18082 - English Tier 2 - Grade 8

MATHEMATICS
8 Math Practices for all Grade levels:
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Explain the meaning of the problem and look for entry points.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations.
3. Construct viable arguments.
Justify, break into cases and recognize counter examples.
4. Model with mathematics.
Apply to problems in everyday life, society and workplace.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
Consider available tools.
6. Attend to precision.
Communicate to others your reasoning.
7. Look for and make sense of structure.
Look closely to see if there is a pattern?
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Are calculations repeated or are there shortcuts?

Grade 6 Math courses typically emphasize proficiency in ratios, fraction division, decimal operations, rational numbers, expressions, equations, geometry and statistics. Specific content depends upon state standards for grade 6.
2600A - Math Grade 6
2663 - Math/Tier 3 Grade 6

Grade 7 Math courses emphasize proficiency in proportional relationships, rational number operations, expressions, equations, inequalities, geometry and probability. Specific content depends upon state standards for grade 7. Tiered Math approaches the Standard Math curriculum in a smaller group setting with adjusted pacing. Instruction is differentiated to address diverse student needs.
2700A - Math Grade 7
2773 - Math/Tier 3 Grade 7

Math 7 Advanced courses require students to have the ability to work at a reasonable pace that encompasses all of Grade 7 Math skills and many of the Grade 8 Pre-Algebra skills. 2715A - Math 7 Advanced

Accelerated 7 (Math 7/Pre-Algebra) courses require students to have the ability to work at a pace that encompasses all of Grade 7 math skills and half of Grade 8 accelerated skills. Accelerated 7 courses increase students' foundational math skills and prepares them for Accelerated 8. Accelerated 7 covers a variety of topics such as; numbers and operations, proportional relationship, measurement, simple functions, algebraic skills, statistics, geometry and probability. Accelerated 8 courses include the study of properties and operations of the real number
system; evaluating rational algebraic expressions; solving and graphing first-degree equations; translating word problems into equations; computing volume of 3-dimensional figures and describing congruent figures through transformations.
* Prerequisite:
Students recommended for Accelerated 7 must be recommended by their teacher, met Performance CCS Standards for 2600 - Math and received a rating of Advanced scoring in Standardized Testing and District Determined Measures.
2705A - Accelerated 7

Grade 8 Math courses typically emphasize proficiency in numbers and operations, measurement, patterns, simple functions, algebraic skills, geometry, statistics, and probability. Math 8 courses include the study of properties and operations of the real number system; evaluating rational algebraic expressions; solving and graphing first-degree equations; translating word problems into equations; computing volume of 3-dimensional figures and describing congruent figures through transformations. Tiered Math approaches the Standard Math curriculum in a
smaller group setting with adjusted pacing. Instruction is differentiated to address diverse student needs.
2800A - Math Grade 8
2883 - Math/Tier 3 Grade 8Math 8 Advanced courses require students to have the ability to work at a reasonable pace that encompasses all of Grade 8 Math skills and many of the Grade 9 Algebra 1 skills.
2815A
* Any student who has completed the course Math 8 Advanced or Accelerated 8 may be eligible to take a placement exam into Honors Geometry for Grade 9.

Math 8 Advanced courses require students to have the ability to work at a reasonable pace that encompasses all of Grade 8 Math skills and many of the Grade 9 Algebra 1 skills.
2815A
* Any student who has completed the course Math 8 Advanced or Accelerated 8 may be eligible to take a placement exam into Honors Geometry for Grade 9.

Accelerated 8 (Math 8/Algebra 1) courses require students to have the ability to work at a pace that encompasses half of Grade 8 math skills and all of Grade 9 Algebra 1 skills. Principles of Math 8 and Algebra 1 courses combine the study of some pre-algebra and algebra topics with introductory geometry topics. These courses include the study of formulas; rational algebraic expressions; first-degree equations and inequalities; analyzing algebraic functions; the regular coordinate system; volume of geometric figures; operations with and factoring of polynomials; radical expressions; modeling exponential growth and decay; simplifying exponential expressions; solving quadratic equations and the study of statistical analysis.
* Prerequisite:
Students recommended for Accelerated 8 must be recommended by their teacher, met Performance CCS Standards for 2705 - Accelerated 7 and received a rating of Advanced scoring in Standardized Testing and District Determined Measures.
2810A - Accelerated 8

SOCIAL STUDIES

Social Studies courses provide a greater understanding of social studies disciplines, including history, geography, civics and government, and economics. These courses often focus on the history, culture, and government of various specific world societies. Grades 8 courses typically focus on single disciplines at a time (e.g., state-specific history and government, U.S. history, world history, or civics) to develop discipline-related skills. Specific content depends upon state standards for each Grade.
3600 - Ancient Civilizations - Grade 6
3700 - World Geography - Grade 7
3800 - U.S. History 1 - Grade 8

SCIENCE
Grade 6 - Earth and Space Science
Standards studied include Earth's History, Earth's Structure, Heat Transfer in the Earth System and The Earth in the Solar System. Students are introduced to the major branches of Earth science as well covering the importance of following safety rules when conducting experiments. Additionally, students learn about the scientific method which is a step-by-step process used by scientists when conducting experiments. Students will begin their exploration of Earth beginning at Earth's core and will "dig" their way through Earth's layers where they will eventually reach Earth surface and explore the many different surface features found. Students will study Earth's atmospheric layers until they reach the outer edge of Earth and will then begin studying space. Students will study the stars, our solar system, galaxies and will learn about the different theories surrounding the formation of the universe.

Grade 7 - Life Science
Life Science courses cover the basic principles of life and life processes as outlined by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. These topics include: classification of organisms, structure and function of cells, systems in living things, reproduction and heredity, evolution and biodiversity, living things and their environment, energy and living things, and changes in ecosystems over time.

Grade 8 - Physical Science
Students will study physical science such as;
The Properties of Matter: What are things made of?
States of Matter: How does matter change?
How do we sort matter?
Students will examine elements, compounds, and mixtures. Students will study the Atom: How do you know what something is if you can't see it?
Students will study the Periodic Table, Heat and Heat Technology, Matter in Motion, Forces in Motion,
Energy and Energy Resources.
4600 - Earth & Space - Grade 6
4700 - Life Science - Grade 7
4800 - Physical Science - Grade 8

SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY EXPLORATION
Computer Literacy courses provide to students the knowledge and ability to use computers and technology efficiently. Typically, course content includes exposure to word-processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications, but also may include the various uses of computers in modern society. Specific course content aligns with state standards to promote students' technological literacy.
4906 - SCI/TECH/EXP - Grade 6
4907 - SCI/TECH/EXP - Grade 7
4908 - SCI/TECH/EXP - Grade 8

ROBOTICS
Computing Systems courses offer a broad exploration of the use of computers in a variety of fields. These courses have a considerable range of content, but typically include the introduction of robotics and control systems, computer-assisted design, computer-aided manufacturing systems, and other computer technologies as they relate to industry applications.
Robotics07 - Grade 7
Robotics08 - Grade 8

STEM
Pre-Engineering Technology courses integrate technology-oriented applications of mathematics and science into pre-engineering activities for students. Course topics may include material sciences, technology processes, enterprises, and career opportunities.
4918 - STEM - Grade 8

HEALTH EDUCATION
Health topics covered within Health Education courses may vary widely, but typically include personal health (nutrition, mental health and stress management, drug/alcohol abuse prevention, disease prevention, and first aid) and consumer health issues. The courses may also include brief studies of environmental health, personal development, and/or community resources. The bully/victim/by-stander dynamics are covered in great detail by a curriculum, Bully-Proofing Your School, that focus's on creating a positive caring community, distinguishes "bullying from "disagreements" ends the silence of fear and decreases the power of bullies.
6704 - Health - Grade 7

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Physical Education courses typically involve the acquisition of knowledge and skills that provide the foundation for sport, a physically active lifestyle, and social development through physical activity. Activities typically include those that increase strength, endurance, and flexibility; reinforce safe technique; teach the rules and conventions of games and sports; and explore the relationship between physical activity and health. Health topics (such as the effects of drugs and alcohol, sexual education, and healthy lifestyles) may also be included. Specific content depends upon state standards for each Grade.
6607 - Phys Ed - 6
6707 - Phys Ed - 7
6807 - Phys Ed - 8

EXPLORATORY LANGUAGES
Exploratory Languages may be offered to grades 6 & 7. They provide students with an overview of different languages, cultures, history as well as art forms.
5706PF - Portuguese/French - Grade 6
5707PF - Portuguese/French - Grade 7

SPANISH
Spanish courses may be offered to grades 7 & 8. They introduce and then extend students' skills in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending the Spanish language and students' knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures. Initial courses emphasize grammar and syntax, vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students have an understanding of the language and its rules. Later courses advance students' knowledge and ability to express themselves beyond basic communication (and understand others, either in a written or verbal format), seeking to enable students to express more complex concepts, in different tenses, and to do so more easily. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Spanish-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s).
Students recommended for Spanish must be recommended by their teachers, met Performance CCS Standards for 0600 - Reading Grade 6 or 07072 - ELA/Tier 2 - Grade 7 and received a rating of Proficient scoring in Standardized Testing and District Determined Measures.
5700A - Spanish 1A - Grade 7
5800 - Spanish 1 - Grade 8
5800B - Spanish 1B - Grade 8

FRENCH
French courses may be offered to grades 7 & 8. They introduce and then extend students' skills in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending the
French language and students' knowledge of French-speaking cultures. Initial courses emphasize grammar and syntax, vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students have an understanding of the language and its rules. Later courses advance students' knowledge and ability to express themselves beyond basic communication (and understand others, either in a written or verbal format), seeking to enable students to express more complex concepts, in different tenses, and to do so more easily. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of French-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s).
Students recommended for French must be recommended by their teachers, met Performance CCS Standards for 0600 - Reading Grade 6 or 07072 - ELA/Tier 2 - Grade 7 and received a rating of Proficient scoring in Standardized Testing and District Determined Measures.
5701A - French 1A - Grade 7
5801 - French 1 - Grade 8
5801B - French 1B - Grade 8

PORTUGUESE
Portuguese courses may be offered to grades 7 & 8. They introduce and then extend students' skills in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending the Portuguese language and students' knowledge of Portuguese-speaking cultures. Initial courses emphasize grammar and syntax, vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students have an understanding of the language and its rules. Later courses advance students' knowledge and ability to express themselves beyond basic communication (and to understand others, either in a written or verbal format), seeking to enable students to express more complex concepts, in different tenses, and to do so more easily. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Portuguese-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the culture(s).
Students recommended for Spanish must be recommended by their teachers, met Performance CCS Standards for 0600 - Reading Grade 6 or 07072 - ELA/Tier 2 - Grade 7 and received a rating of Proficient scoring in Standardized Testing and District Determined Measures.
5702A - Portuguese 1 - Grade 7
5802 - Portuguese 1 - Grade 8

ART
Art courses provide to students activities that foster creative expression, communication through artistic endeavor, and appreciation of culture and heritage. Activities may include those that enable students to refine their technique, increase their artistic vocabulary, express themselves and their worldview, make connections to other content areas, develop their own aesthetic, and strengthen their critical thinking abilities through; drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, and the like. These courses may also include other forms of art (for example, dance, music, and theater). Specific course content conforms to any existing state standards for each Grade.
6600 - Art - Grade 6
6700 - Art - Grade 7
6800 - Art - Grade 8

BAND
General Band courses develop students' technique for playing brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments and cover a variety of nonspecific band literature styles (concert, marching, orchestral, and modern styles).
6006 - Band - Grade 6
6007 - Band - Grade 7
6008 - Band - Grade 8

CHORUS
Chorus provides the opportunity to develop proper vocal technique emphasizing breathing, vocal placement and diction as well as exposing students to multiple musical styles through standard choral literature.
6660 - Chorus - Grade 6
6670 - Chorus - Grade 7
6680 - Chorus - Grade 8


MUSIC HISTORY/APPRECIATION
Music courses survey different musical styles and periods with the intent of increasing students' enjoyment of musical styles and/or developing their artistic or technical judgment. Music History/Appreciation courses may also focus on developing an understanding of a particular style or period. They are designed to help students explore the world of music and to develop an understanding of the importance of music in their lives.

 

 

 
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