NORTHFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL
English: Our course is designed to strengthen students’ reading and writing skills. Students write for a variety of
purposes; the writing process and The Six Traits of Writing are focused upon throughout the year. Students read
both classic and contemporary literature and are encouraged to challenge themselves, question their readings, and
develop an appreciation for both written and spoken language.
Life Science: Students in seventh grade life science are actively involved in the exploration of ecology, plants,
animals, human physiology, microbiology, and genetics. Emphasis is placed on science process skills in addition to
content knowledge. Examples of process skills include observing, predicting, measuring, organizing data, analyzing
data, and controlling variables, as students learn how to set up their own experiments. This is a hands-on class where
students do a variety of in-class activities, frequently using lab equipment such as microscopes.
Math: Students are grouped for math based upon teacher recommendation, previous achievement and successful
completion of prerequisite courses. All students are required to have their own calculator.
Math 7- This course covers the Minnesota math standards for 7th grade. The course will focus on problem solving
and calculation skills, along with introductory probability, statistics, algebra, and geometry.
Pre-Algebra - Pre-Algebra is an accelerated course for students who have mastered 6th Grade math concepts.
Enrollment in Pre-Algebra requires 6th grade teacher recommendation. Pre-Algebra covers additional topics beyond
the 7th grade math standards.
Algebra I – Algebra I is an advanced course requiring successful completion of Pre-Algebra in 6th grade.
Social Studies: This class is designed to introduce students to general concepts contained in the seven areas of
social science: economics, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, geography, and sociology. Through
this course, concentration is given to interpretation, analysis and inquiry. The core theme that runs through the
course is how defining moments have shaped our past, influence our lives, and direct our path to the future. This
course is designed to offer multiple challenges to a variety of learning styles. The students will have opportunities
to express themselves through role-playing, decision-making, analytical writing, individual and group presentations,
and various discussion formats.
Physical Education 7: (Full year, every other day, recommended for all 7 th grade students)
Students should change into clothes that allow them to move and are appropriate for the weather. Students will be
participating in lifetime sports (tennis, badminton, ping-pong, weightlifting, swimming, and other recreational
activities) and team sports (football, volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, soccer, speedball, and softball). A lock and
locker are provided for each student. If the lock is lost or stolen, the student is required to reimburse the school for
the initial lock and new one will be issued. Students may shower after class, but they must provide their own towel.
Language and Music Electives
Amistades 7: (Full year, every day)
Amistades is a full year course that meets every day and is designed specifically for students who have been in the
elementary Compañeros and Amistades 6 program. This course will contain a variety of topics including more
structured language study and cultural issues. A continuing course will be offered for these students when they are
in eighth grade. (No high school credit is awarded for this or any middle school course.)
World Language (Spanish IA, French IA, or German IA): (Full year, every other day)
GOALS: These are beginning language courses and the thematic content consists of greeting and leave taking,
family, house, school, careers, leisure time, colors, numbers/money, clothing, time, calendar/seasons, self, weather,
food, geography, holidays/festivals, buildings, and transportation. The grammatical content is present tense-regular
verbs, present tense-irregular verbs, definite and indefinite articles, subject/verb agreement, adjectives, subject
pronouns, direct objects, question words, basic prepositions, alphabet, word order, punctuation, basic negatives,
possessive adjectives, formal/informal forms of address, future time, introduction to past tense, commands, two
verbs in one sentence, and there is/there are. World Language IA & IB is a two-year program resulting in the
student completing the equivalent of a first year high school language course (no high school credit will be given).
OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:
1) Comprehend short utterances and some sentence-length utterances with familiar vocabulary where
speech is clearly audible.
2) Successfully complete basic communicative exchanges by relying heavily on learned utterances but
occasionally expanding these through simple recombination of their elements.
3) Interpret written language in areas of practical need where strongly supported by learned material.
4) Write simple fixed expressions and limited memorized material and some recombination thereof.
5) Be exposed to cultural aspects related to the thematic content. Students will also learn basic geography
of the countries where the target language is spoken.
Prerequisite: Grade 6 cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Students must pass each semester in order to advance to the
next semester. To advance to level IB, the student must have a “C” average in the level IA course.
Band: (Full year, every other day)
Students continue learning basic theory and technique while becoming exposed to a wide variety of musical
selections of increasing difficulty. Evening concerts are presented, and students receive a weekly lesson with a band
instructor. The eighth grade band tours one day each year. Students are expected to stay in band for the entire year
Prerequisite: Successful participation in seventh grade band. Students having no prior band experience are welcome
to contact the director to begin lessons on a band instrument. These students will be included in band rehearsals
after they have gained sufficient techniques on their band instrument.
Choir: (7th & 8th grade combined) (Full year, every other day)
Choir in seventh and eighth grade continues the development of more advanced vocal skills and musicianship.
Significant music of the past and present will be studied, as well as proper singing technique and sight-reading.
Evening concerts are presented during the school year. Spring Concert Tour and voice lessons are also introduced.
Prerequisite: Successful participation in choir from the previous year, or just enjoy singing.
Orchestra: (7th grade and 8th grade orchestras are divided by grade) (Full year, every other day) This class is
designed to be a learning laboratory as well as a time for preparing for performances. A few topics that students
learn and review include the following: scales and etudes, shifting, vibrato, tuning, solos and rhythmic patterns.
Each group strives to achieve a balance of sound, good tone, and the ability to play together musically. Music is
selected to give students a well-rounded background of many composers and musical styles. Each student receives
orchestra lessons, has an opportunity to participate in an orchestra festival, and may audition for an extra-curricular
Chamber Orchestra that meets outside of the school day. Evening concerts are presented during the school year.
Prerequisite: Successful participation in the orchestra program from the previous year or consent of the instructor.
Music Integrates Technology (MIT) (Full year, every other day)
5 Highlights from the Semester Course
*Lip Dub Videos-class/ & or individually created lip dubs
Definition – A type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. It is a single,
unedited shot that often travels through different rooms/situations-post editing with the original audio of the song
(could create your own version of the “original” song.). Rules include spontaneity, authenticity, participation by a
group, and fun.
2nd part-Creating a TV commercial to promote your Lip Dub
*Music Keyboard - learn how to play:
1. Heart and Soul duet with friends/computer
2. Lean on Me
3. Favorite holiday carol
*Introduction to Guitar - learn how to play a Beatles song and accompaniments to other songs
*Create your own I-Movie - to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons -you pick the season, use your own personal pictures and
pictures from the internet, learn how to put in transitions, title, rolling credits, timing of music correlate to with your
pictures- create a poem/or use Vivaldi’s to help with the program music
*Garage Band – Use music software to add special sound effects with different music choices:
Bach, Toccata & Fugue in D Minor
Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite #1, In the Hall of the Mountain King or
Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata
*Madness Project - Consists of picking one of the above music choices, adding sound effects, and then writing your
own spooky/creepy story.
Creative Food and Design (Full year, every other day)
Explore your creative side. Are you the next Iron Chef or Design Star? Love Cup Cake Wars?
In this class, you will learn about current trends in food preparation, unique sewing projects and
designing your personal living space
Survival Skills: Family and Consumer Science (FACS) for LIFE (Full year, every other day)
What do you need to know to be more independent? In this class we will make quick and easy
recipes for healthy meals and snacks. We will also explore important topics such as money
management, budgeting and career exploration. What do I do after middle school and even after
high school? It’s all a game of Life!
Industrial Technology (IT): Design and Modeling (Full year, every other day)
Build a CO2 Race Car and a custom designed skate board. The major focus of this course is on computer solid
modeling, which is a sophisticated mathematical technique for representing solid objects. Through the use of solid
modeling, students are introduced to a design process. Utilizing a design approach, students will come to understand
how solid modeling influences their lives. Applying what students have learned, they will design a magnetic
levitation vehicle and race against other students. The students will then design and build a CO2 dragster and skate
board. Students will utilize a band saw, table saw, scroll, oscillating sander and hand tools to build their race car.
These projects are open ended with only a few specified size requirements.
Industrial Technology (IT): Woodshop/ Flight and Space / Automation and Robotics
(Full year, every other day)
Students will begin the year by building the Northfield wall clock, a tradition for over 35 years. Then the students
will begin the Gateway to Technology curriculum which is activity oriented to show students how technology is
used in engineering to solve everyday problems. Students will use a NASA designed curriculum on flight and space.
On-line testing and simulation software will be used to design, test and build a solid fuel rocket.
Art Lab (Full year, every other day)
Exploring one and two point perspective, crafting three dimensional sculpture, and drawing & painting objects from
life are just a few of the approaches students will take to increase their skills and study artists in this course. Students
will have the opportunity to utilize a range of media and methods to help increase their skills and confidence in
expressing themselves visually. The goal is to have all students experience success in art.
Reading Lab (Full year, every other day)
Students who read regularly perform better academically. The reading lab is open to 7th and 8th grade students.
Students select their own books and read quietly for the majority of the class period. Encouraged to read a wide
variety of genres, students will journal and meet regularly with the teacher. Students (with parent's input) set
individual reading goals each quarter. Reading strategies and vocabulary will be taught. As students develop
stronger reading and writing skills, they will experience reading as a pleasurable and worthwhile habit for life-long
Lifetime Sports (Full year, every other day)
This class provides students an opportunity to do many of the activities of regular physical education while also
offering other activities. Some of the activities include bowling (at Jesse James Lanes), taking hikes (around the
schools), snowshoeing, golfing (inside and at the outdoor driving range), playing bean bag toss and others. This
class can be taken in addition to a regular P.E. class. There will be a student fee for bowling and golfing activities.
Drop/Add Policy: Withdrawal from courses requires both parent and instructor consent.