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									         Seventh and Eighth Grade Curriculum Guide

Seventh and Eighth grade students will be scheduled for four core academic
subjects, two elective periods, a year of physical education/health, and lunch.
The core academic subjects include language arts, social studies, science and
math. Students may choose their remaining two classes from the electives
described on this page or in the registration booklet.

Students may choose:

2 yearlong electives
1 yearlong, 2 semester electives
4 semester electives

Core courses are a full year in length and are required in
7th and 8th grade.
Communication Arts Core

English 7                    Full Year             Grade 7

Seventh grade Communication Arts integrates, in a meaningful and relevant way,
the language arts components of reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary,
speaking, and listening. Students study a variety of literatures such as short
stories (including literary non-fiction), poetry, and novels. Writing activities include
descriptive paragraphs, expository paragraphs, personal narratives and poems.
Emphasis is placed on learning and utilizing Six-Traits of Writing skills and the
Step Up to Writing process.

English 8                    Full Year             Grade 8

Eighth Grade Communication Arts provides an integrated approach to the
development of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visually
representing. Students study a variety of literature such as short stories
(including literary non-fiction), poetry, and novels. Writing activities emphasize
expository paragraphs, poetry, and personal narratives. The Six-Trait Model is
used as a basis for writing instruction and assessment.
Math Core

Prep-Algebra 1                     Full Year            Grade 7
Description: Students enrolled in Prep-Algebra 1 will continue the study of
fractions, decimal and percent concepts. Students will be introduced to further
statistical and geometric concepts as well as develop their pre-algebra skills. In
the eighth grade students will enroll in Prep-Algebra 2, a pre-algebra course in
order to prepare them for Algebra in ninth grade

Prep-Algebra 1-2                    Full Year           Grade 7
Description: This course is designed for students who have mastered the
elementary math curriculum. Placement in this course will be dependent upon
meeting established criteria. Students enrolled in Prep-Algebra 1-2 will review
fraction, decimal, and percent skills, expand their knowledge of statistical,
geometric and number concepts, and concentrate on pre-algebra concepts.
Students who successfully complete Prep-Algebra 1-2 will be enrolled in algebra
in the eighth grade.

Prep-Algebra 2                       Full Year          Grade 8
Description: Students enrolled in Prep-Algebra 2 will review fraction, decimal and
percent skills, enhance statistical, geometric and number concepts, and
concentrate on introductory algebraic concepts. Successful completion of Prep-
Algebra 2 will prepare students to enroll in Algebra as a freshman.

Algebra                               Full Year          Grade 8
Description: Students enrolled in Algebra will study algebraic concepts and their
applications in probability, statistics and geometry. Students enrolling in Algebra
must have mastery of whole numbers, fractions, percents, and decimals as well
as a background in pre-algebra skills. Students who successfully complete
Algebra in the eighth grade will enroll in Geometry or Enriched Geometry as a
freshman.


Social Studies Core

World History                       Full Year            Grade 7
The World History course is designed to give students some continuity in both
time and space as they begin to explore many civilizations in history which have
provided a basis for their own. After a brief overview of pre-historic societies,
students zoom in on the Mediterranean and Middle East to follow the
development of the region for the first 3,000 years of civilization from agriculture
forward. Beginning with Sumer and the early civilizations of the Fertile Crescent,
they follow the rise and fall of Egypt, Greece, Phoenicia, Rome, the Byzantine
Empire, and Medieval Europe. Students travel the Silk Road to India, China, and
the Orient, and study the development of these civilizations over the same time
period. Students then return to the Mediterranean to study the development of
the European Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Scientific
Revolution.

U.S. History                        Full Year             Grade 8
U.S. History begins with the Age of Exploration. Students trace the early history
of our nation back to the clash of three continents: Europe, North America and
Africa. From this point, students analyze the creation of a nation through
examination of such topics as the early colonies, American Revolution, and the
Constitution. The remainder of the first semester follows the chronological
sequence through the Age of Jackson and the development of regional
differences within the United States. In the second semester, students analyze
the origins of the Civil War, Industrial Revolution, and the Gilded Age, which
launched America into the twentieth century. Montana History will also be
addressed in this course of study.



Science Core

Life Science                 Full Year           Grade 7
This course focuses on all aspects of the living world. Students will use
microscopes and models to examine the structures and functions of individual
cells as well as complex organs and systems in multi-cellular organisms.
Students will explore individual adaptations as well group inter-relationships that
allow organisms to survive in various conditions. Students will analyze the
relationships between organisms (including humankind) and their environment.
Students will apply scientific reasoning and procedures to investigate the
dynamics of these interrelationships.

Earth Science                      Full Year            Grade 8
The 8th grade Earth Science course provides students with the necessary
knowledge and skills in earth science. Concepts include: characteristics of planet
earth, properties of minerals, rock types, weathering and erosion, fossils, energy
resources, plate tectonics, earth’s water, atmosphere and weather, and an
introduction to astronomy. The concepts are investigated through observing,
collecting, summarizing, analyzing, and present the results of replicated scientific
investigations for students to develop the appropriate skills in science as inquiry.




Physical Education / Health courses are a semester in
length and are required in 7th and 8th grade.
Physical Education                 Semester                    Grade 7 & 8
Physical Education provides the opportunity for skill development and the
enhancement of a positive self concept through participation and enjoyment in a
wide variety of team and individual activities. Physical fitness, as an essential
component of a healthy lifestyle, will be stressed throughout all activities.
Students are required to change clothes for PE classes and participation is
expected. T-shirts, shorts or sweat pants, and gym shoes are required.

Health 1                     Semester                   Grade 7

Health 1 curriculum provides a comprehensive understanding of health and
wellness with a focus on wellness risks, internal and external influences on
health choices, self-esteem, nutrition and fitness, safety issues, and disease
prevention.

Health 2                     Semester                   Grade 8

Health 2 curriculum helps students to understand more about their own health
and develop skills to live a healthy life. The study focuses on lifelong wellness
including self-esteem, communication skills, relationship skills, violence
prevention, stress management, consumer issues, and drug issues. This course
builds on the knowledge and skills gained in Health 1.




Electives
The purpose of these courses is to give students an introduction to various
subject areas. Simms has several electives each specializing in a different area.

By completing the Elective course students will be able to demonstrate the
following:

   1.    Basic lifetime skills and knowledge from a variety of subject areas
   2.    Self-discovery regarding their level of pleasure and talent in each subject
   3.    Information for making future educational decisions
   4.    Make an informed decision for future electives available in grades 8 and 9.




Arts 1         Semester             Grade 7/8

A two-dimensional art course, covering the elements and principles of art:
development of basic drawing skills, painting skills, art production and techniques
critical analysis of art, and cultural awareness.
This class also offers students experience in three-dimensional art forms.
Students will learn the elements of design, doing projects to enhance their
understanding. The emphasis is on design, technique, skill building and
craftsmanship. Students will work with a variety of materials. The projects may
include: clay, weaving, sculpture and plaster craft.



Arts 2       Semester             Grade 8

A more advanced two-dimensional art course, continuing the elements and
principles of art, as well as, more advanced drawing skills, and painting
techniques. This semester class builds on the elements of design learned in
Crafts I and takes it further. We will explore crafts from different cultures and
artists, as well as their techniques and medias. Projects will be three-dimensional
and may include: clay, plaster, mask-making skills and sculpture. (Prerequisite:
Arts & Crafts 1)



Intermediate Computers 1                 Semester             Grade 7 & 8

Students in this class continue to develop basic and necessary skills to
competently use computers in school. This class explores, in greater depth,
software and applications found on most computers throughout the district.
Students learn fundamental skills of formatting, design, organization, and
keyboarding. First Lego League programming will be incorporated into this class
to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

Intermediate Computers 2                 Semester             Grade 8

Students will continue to learn important skills needed in navigating a modern
computer. Skills will include file systems management, saving and opening data
in multiple programs, using graphic tools and vocabulary, working with multiple
documents simultaneously, as well as graphic design and digital photography
skills. Students will also learn and use graphics software to produce commercial
graphics - drawings, photos, and text manipulations. This is a fun course if you
like computers, art, and cameras. Students may also explore methods of online
learning. First Lego League programming will be incorporated into this class to
inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.
(Prerequisite: Intermediate Computers 1)
Band                        Full Semester                Grade 7 & 8

This course will give students an opportunity to explore music as a form of
expression. A wide variety of music will be performed including classical, jazz
and popular styles. Emphasis will be placed on note and rhythm reading as well
as individual improvement throughout the year. Instruction focuses on advanced
middle school and early high school level band techniques (tone, rhythmic
accuracy, technical facility, articulation, intonation, blend, balance, and musical
expression). Students are required to participate in all performances by the
group.


Choir                Full Year                   Grade 7 & 8

This class is open to students interested in vocal music. Instruction focuses on
preparing music for performance in a variety of styles, while developing basic
vocal technique, music theory, ear-training, music literacy, sight-reading,
memorization, and choral ensemble skills. Solo and ensemble singing will also
be developed. Students are required to participate in all public appearances of
this choir.



Creative Writing            Full Semester                Grade 7 & 8

Students will read models of outstanding poetry and prose. They will be given an
opportunity to develop their own unique writing style and will write poetry, stories,
and plays. Local writers will be invited to share their experiences with students.



Accelerated Reading         Full Semester                Grade 7 & 8

This course is designed for students reading at or above grade level. The course
provides the opportunity for systematic silent reading. Students choose reading
material for interest, information and pleasure. The course focuses on reading for
enrichment.



Spanish                     First Semester               Grade 7
Spanish                     Second Semester              Grade 8

Spanish is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture and will serve as
a foundation for the development of students' proficiency in the language.
Emphasis is given to developing the basic language skills of listening, speaking,
reading, and writing. Emphasis is also given to introduce the students to the
cultures and daily living practices of the people who speak Spanish. Consistent,
daily study is required. Please not that this is a difficult class and requires extra
effort by the student.

French                       First Semester               Grade 7
French                       Second Semester              Grade 8

French is an introduction to the French language and culture and will serve as a
foundation for the development of students' proficiency in the language.
Emphasis is given to developing the basic language skills of listening, speaking,
reading, and writing. Emphasis is also given to introduce the students to the
cultures and daily living practices of the people who speak Spanish. Consistent,
daily study is required. Please not that this is a difficult class and requires extra
effort by the student.


Woodworking                  Semester                     Grade 7 & 8


This course emphasizes activities involving woodworking as well as a variety of
craft projects. The students will work in teams as well as individually to solve
problems and create products with hand tools and power tools. Accuracy,
neatness, sound work habits and safety are stressed. A fee is assessed for
material used.



Family and Consumer Science 1              Semester              Grade 7 & 8

Students will learn skills to survive in the "real world". This eighteen-week course
will be divided into two units covering foods and nutrition, and basic babysitting
and childcare skills. Students will complete many cooking labs, and they will
create a cookbook.

Family and Consumer Science 2              Semester              Grade 7 & 8

This diverse course offers students the opportunity to explore many topics
related to “living on their own” Money management, career opportunities, and
basic sewing skills are just a few of the many areas taught in this class. Students
will complete a sewing project, and Consumer Skills portfolio. Students will be
required to bring supplies and fabric for our sewing unit. Materials will be
provided upon parent request.

Please note: Elective class offerings are dependent upon staffing.
Elective Request Form
Seventh and Eighth grade students will be scheduled for four core academic
subjects, two elective periods, a year of physical education/health, and lunch.
The academic subjects include language arts, social studies, science and math.
Students may choose their remaining two classes from the electives described
on this page or in the registration booklet.

Students may choose:

2 yearlong electives
1 yearlong, 2 semester electives
4 semester electives

Please list, in order of preference, your choice of electives. (Please note:
Elective class offerings are dependent upon staffing.)

Semester 1                                Semester 2

1. ______________________                 1. ________________________

2. ______________________                 2. ________________________

3. ______________________                 3. ________________________

4. ______________________                 4. ________________________

5. ______________________                 5. ________________________



What grade will you be in during the 2009-2010 school year? ___________



Student’s Name: _________________________________



Parent’s Name: __________________________________



Parent’s Signature: _______________________________

								
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