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coursesDear Parents,

It is time to plan schedules for our rising 7th and 8th graders for the 2017-2018 school year!

We are proud to announce that we have a variety of STEM and Fine Arts classes to choose from. Please refer to the attached 7th and 8th grade Course Selection Book for course descriptions.

All 7th and 8th grade students will be taking PE. PE will be offered for one semester for 90 minutes. Students will board the GREEN Charter School bus and be taken to an off campus location. Commute time will not exceed 15 min.

The students can choose either Spanish I or Turkish I. For the first time, this class will be offered as a high school credit class in 7th grade.

The students can also choose 2 other Electives to take during one semester.

Please review the attached course descriptions then complete the following form with your child. You will be asked to pick 3 electives that your child is interested in taking. Your child will be enrolled in 2 of the 3 desired electives.

2017-2018 Rising 7th & 8th Graders Related Arts Requests

***Student placements in Algebra I and English I will be determined in May. These placements will be based on teacher recommendations, test scores and current class achievement.

 

Middle School English Language Arts

The primary focus of the language arts program will help students use the reading process effectively, select and use pre-reading strategies that are appropriate to the text such as discussion, making predictions, brainstorming, generating questions, and previewing (to anticipate content, purpose and organization of a reading selection). In addition, the students will use writing processes effectively, select and use appropriate pre-writing strategies such as brainstorming, graphic organizers and outlines. Briefly, the students will be prepared to use viewing and speaking, strategies effectively and understand the nature and power of language.

The program helps students develop the essential skills of reading carefully, thinking critically, listening intently and speaking and writing persuasively. Students are an integral part of the reading process. Instruction is aligned to mastery of the State Standards and employs before, during and after reading strategies. Students use Socratic questioning techniques to increase critical thinking and develop skills in formulating their own questions to guide their inquiry.

The purpose is to provide educational experiences that develop English language arts concepts and skills. The content will include, but not be limited to the study of literature, the use of the writing process, and the application of reading, listening, speaking, critical thinking and study skills. Information on how language arts skills apply to daily life and work will also be provided. The purpose of this course is to develop the ability to use, interpret, and appreciate spoken and written English.

Middle School Mathematics

Mathematics curriculum is one of the most focused curricula in the GREEN Charter School. Students will be able to understand the mathematical significance of the operations while performing arithmetic operations. By focusing on the ‘why’ behind the algorithmic procedures, we will prepare students for further study of mathematics as well as the quantitative literacy of daily life.

The Mathematics curriculum will be aligned with NCTM Principles, State Standards and CCSS for Mathematics. In order to implement mathematics curriculum, the NCTM Principles School is committed to adopt the proven instructional mathematics curriculum, the College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM).

GRADE

COURSE

6

Pre-Algebra I

6

Pre-Algebra I Advanced

7

Pre-Algebra II

7

Algebra I*

8

Pre-Algebra III

8

Algebra I*

8

Geometry*

6-8

Intensive Mathematics

* High School Credit

The purposes of the mathematics courses above are to provide instruction and promote academic excellence in basic mathematic skills, geometry, algebra, problem solving, and mathematical reasoning. The content will include, but not be limited to operations, numeration, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, equations, inequalities, functions, expressions, properties, constructions, area, volume, proofs, limits derivatives, integrals and the development of logical reasoning skills. These skills and in preparation for the SC Assessment Test, are essential for a student to succeed within the real world work environment.

College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) is a middle grades and secondary mathematics program that integrates basic skills and topics with conceptual understanding and problem solving strategies to achieve a complete and balanced mathematics curriculum. The two middle grades courses are designed to prepare students for Algebra. CPM high school courses parallel the course sequence of Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Mathematical Analysis. CPM also offers a lab and investigation-based AP Calculus course.

The CPM curriculum uses a variety of teaching methodologies, including lecture, class discussions, manipulatives, and structured study teams. During class, students are actively working on guided investigations, much like “math labs,” to develop mathematical concepts and problem solving skills. Teachers lecture regularly and summarize lessons based on observed needs of the students. Basic skills and procedures are practiced as exercises over several weeks as well as integrated into challenging application problems.

The CPM curriculum is effective because of its unique emphasis of both basic skills and problem solving strategies. Where other mathematics programs emphasize only the mechanics of mathematics, the CPM materials develop the basics while encouraging students to understand ideas, see relationships between them, and apply mathematical principles to complex problems.

CPM courses prepare students for the global marketplace they will face after graduation, either in institutions of higher learning or in the job market.

Middle School Science

The science program is designed to use a constructive view of learning skills, sequences, and science knowledge with inquiry based approach. It is believed that we must build students’ own reality when introducing content. In science, effective teaching comes from relating the new experiences to what students already know, not from simply adding new knowledge to what students know. The Science Curriculum will incorporate SC State Standards for Science and National State Science Standards.

Science class strategies include: Encouraging students to make their ideas explicit, presenting them with events that challenge their ideas; Encouraging the process of hypothesizing, and the generation of alternative inspirations of models, enabling the students to explore these alternatives in informal and friendly ways, particularly through group discussion, and providing opportunities for students to use their new ideas in wide range of situations so that they can appreciate their utility.

The GREEN Charter School’s science-oriented curriculum will concentrate more on an experimental, hands-on approach to their current definition of science while increasing the abstract knowledge of science. The major purpose of the science curriculum is to teach children to become self-reliant, independent problem-solvers, concentrated in science subjects, which are merged with life in a consistent manner with what is known about how adolescents think of them. It is designed to create a high level of interest in learning that will become personalized and individualized. The GREEN Charter School believes as a philosophy that science empowers students to understand our world and how it works. Science, therefore, is the key that opens the doors that help students discover their own unique and important gifts.

Students will be introduced to the GREEN Charter School’s green theme via elective science courses related to energy in addition to their core science courses. Project NEED (National Energy Education Development) curriculum and guidelines will be used. The NEED curriculum is aligned with SC standards in science (http://www.need.org/State-Curriculum-Correlations).

GRADE

COURSE

6

Comprehensive Science I

6

Comprehensive Science I Advanced

7

Comprehensive Science II

7

Comprehensive Science II Advanced

8

Comprehensive Science III

8

Comprehensive Science III Advanced

8

Biology*

* High School Credit

 

Middle School Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum includes the study of related knowledge and modes of inquiry selected from history, the humanities, and the social sciences, including anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. Thematic units have been designed that integrate the various subjects and address key areas of social studies in alignment with State Standards. Character education components (respect, honesty, responsibility, self-control, tolerance, kindness, citizenship and cooperation) will be emphasized individually through thematic lessons and group projects.

The middle school years will broaden our students' knowledge as they learn about other places and people in the world. They gain an understanding of the importance of the past and the conditions that have brought countries and regions to their present states today.