CASB Middle School Curriculum

LANGUAGE ARTS

Reading: Literature – Key ideas and textual support, structural elements and organization, and synthesis and connection of ideas of literature. 

Reading: Nonfiction Literature – Key ideas and textual support, structural elements and organization, and synthesis and connection of ideas of nonfiction. 

Reading: Vocabulary – Building vocabulary and vocabulary in literature and nonfiction tests. 

Writing: Writing genres, the writing process, the research process, and conventions of Standard English 

Speaking and Listening: Discussion and collaboration, comprehension, and presentation of knowledge and ideas. 

Media Literacy: Critical thinking about the messages received and created by media. 

6TH GRADE READING

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students apply skills they learned in earlier grades to make sense of longer, more challenging text. They interpret figurative language and words with multiple meanings. They examine an author’s choice of words and reasonableness of statements in nonfiction works. They critique the believability of characters and plots in fiction works. They begin to read autobiographies. They read and respond to fiction selections, such as classic and contemporary literature, historical fiction, fantasy or science fiction, mystery or adventure, folklore or mythology, poetry, short stories, and dramas, and nonfiction selections, such as subject area books, biographies, magazines and newspapers, various reference or technical materials, and online information. Students self -select books of interest and read independently for enjoyment.

6th GRADE WRITING

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students apply language skills and strategies they learned in earlier grades. Using oral discussion, reading, writing, art, music, movement, and drama, students respond to fiction, nonfiction, and informational selections or reality-based experiences, multimedia presentations, and classroom or group experiences. They apply their research skills by writing or delivering reports that demonstrate the distinction between their own ideas and the ideas of others. They use simple, compound, and complex sentences to express their thoughts. They deliver oral presentations on problems and solutions and show evidence to support their views. Students also listen to literature read aloud to them and write independently for enjoyment.

7th GRADE READING

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students develop advanced skills and strategies in reading. They understand comparisons, such as analogies and metaphors, and they begin to use their knowledge of roots and word parts to understand science, social studies, and mathematics vocabulary. They begin to read reviews, as well as critiques of both informational and literary writing. They read and respond to fiction selections, such as classic and contemporary literature, historical fiction, fantasy or science fiction, mystery or adventure, folklore or mythology, poetry, short stories, and dramas, and nonfiction selections, such as subject area books, biographies or autobiographies, magazines and newspapers, various reference or technical materials, and online information. Students self-select books of interest and read independently for enjoyment.

7TH GRADE WRITING

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students develop advanced skills and strategies in language. Using oral discussion, reading, writing, art, music, movement, and drama, students respond to fiction, nonfiction, and informational selections or reality-based experiences, multimedia presentations, and classroom or group experiences. They write or deliver longer research reports that take a position on a topic, and they support their positions by citing a variety of sources. They use a variety of sentence structures and modifiers to express their thoughts. They deliver argumentative presentations that state a clear position in support of an arguments or proposal. Students also listen to literature read aloud to them and write independently for enjoyment.

8TH GRADE READING

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students begin to study the history and development of English vocabulary. They begin to compare different types of writing as well as different perspectives on similar topics or themes. They evaluate the logic of informational texts and analyze how literature reflects the backgrounds, attitudes, and beliefs of the authors. They read and respond to fiction selections, such as classic and contemporary literature, historical fiction, fantasy or science fiction, mystery or adventure, folklore or mythology, poetry, short stories, and dramas, and nonfiction selections, such as subject area books, biographies or autobiographies, magazines and newspapers, various reference or technical materials, and online information.

8TH GRADE WRITING

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students get ready for the language challenges of high school materials. Using oral discussion, reading, writing, art, music, movement, and drama, students respond to fiction, nonfiction, and informational selections or reality- based experiences, multimedia presentations, and classroom or group experiences. They not only write or deliver research reports but also conduct their own research. They use subordination, coordination, noun phrases and other devices of English language conventions to indicate clearly the relationship between ideas. They deliver a variety of types of presentations and effectively respond to questions and concerns from the audience.

6TH GRADE

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Grade 6 standards are made up of 5 strands: Number Sense; Computation; Algebra and Functions; Geometry and Measurement; and Data Analysis and Statistics.

Grade 6 begins the transition from the heavy emphasis on number and operations at the elementary school level towards a more formalized understanding of mathematics that occurs at the high school level. Students connect previous knowledge of multiplication, division, and fractions to ratios and proportional relationships; extend previous understanding of the number system and operations to fractions and negative numbers; apply and extend previous understandings of the number line to plot coordinate pairs on a Cartesian plane; formalize algebraic thinking into algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities; apply their previous knowledge of geometry in real-world and mathematics situations; and begin to develop understanding of statistical variability and distributions. Using the Process Standards for Mathematics in a planned and deliberate method to present the Mathematics content standards will prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of the mathematics. Along with the current academic standards, the Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated in the teaching of this subject.

7th GRADE

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Grade 7 standards are made up of 5 strands: Number Sense; Computation; Algebra and Functions; Geometry and Measurement; and Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability.

Grade 7 continues the trajectory towards a more formalized understanding of mathematics that occurs at the high school level that began in Grade 6. Students extend ratio reasoning to analyze proportional relationships and solve real-world and mathematical problems; extend previous understanding of the number system and operations to perform operations using all rational numbers; apply properties of operations in the context of algebraic expressions and equations; draw, construct, describe, and analyze geometrical figures and the relationships between them; apply understandings of statistical variability and distributions by using random sampling, making inferences, and investigating chance processes and probability models. Using the Process Standards for Mathematics in a planned and deliberate method to present the Mathematics content standards will prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of the mathematics. Along with the current academic standards, the Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated in the teaching of this subject.

8TH GRADE

Core class – 2 Semesters

Grade 8 standards are made up of 5 strands: Number Sense; Computation; Algebra and Functions; Geometry and Measurement; and Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability.

Grade 8 continues the trajectory towards a more formalized understanding of mathematics that occurs at the high school level that was started in Grades 6 and 7. Students extend their understanding of rational numbers to develop an understanding of irrational numbers; connect ratio and proportional reasoning to lines and linear functions; define, evaluate, compare, and model with functions; build understanding of congruence and similarity; understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem; and extend their understanding of statistics and probability by investigating patterns of association in bivariate data. Using the Process Standards for Mathematics in a planned and deliberate method to present the Mathematics content standards will prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of the mathematics. Along with the current academic standards, the Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated in the teaching of this subject.

MATHEMATICS

6TH GRADE

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Grade 6 standards are made up of 5 strands: Number Sense; Computation; Algebra and Functions; Geometry and Measurement; and Data Analysis and Statistics.

Grade 6 begins the transition from the heavy emphasis on number and operations at the elementary school level towards a more formalized understanding of mathematics that occurs at the high school level. Students connect previous knowledge of multiplication, division, and fractions to ratios and proportional relationships; extend previous understanding of the number system and operations to fractions and negative numbers; apply and extend previous understandings of the number line to plot coordinate pairs on a Cartesian plane; formalize algebraic thinking into algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities; apply their previous knowledge of geometry in real-world and mathematics situations; and begin to develop understanding of statistical variability and distributions. Using the Process Standards for Mathematics in a planned and deliberate method to present the Mathematics content standards will prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of the mathematics. Along with the current academic
standards, the Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated in the teaching of this subject.

7th GRADE

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Grade 7 standards are made up of 5 strands: Number Sense; Computation; Algebra and Functions; Geometry and Measurement; and Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability.

Grade 7 continues the trajectory towards a more formalized understanding of mathematics that occurs at the high school level that began in Grade 6. Students extend ratio reasoning to analyze proportional relationships and solve real-world and mathematical problems; extend previous understanding of the number system and operations to perform operations using all rational numbers; apply properties of operations in the context of algebraic expressions and equations; draw, construct, describe, and analyze geometrical figures and the relationships between them; apply understandings of statistical variability and distributions by using random sampling, making inferences, and investigating chance processes and probability models. Using the Process Standards for Mathematics in a planned and deliberate method to present the Mathematics content standards will prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of the mathematics. Along with the current academic standards, the Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated in the teaching of this subject.

8TH GRADE

Core class – 2 Semesters

Grade 8 standards are made up of 5 strands: Number Sense; Computation; Algebra and Functions; Geometry and Measurement; and Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability.

Grade 8 continues the trajectory towards a more formalized understanding of mathematics that occurs at the high school level that was started in Grades 6 and 7. Students extend their understanding of rational numbers to develop an understanding of irrational numbers; connect ratio and proportional reasoning to lines and linear functions; define, evaluate, compare, and model with functions; build understanding of congruence and similarity; understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem; and extend their understanding of statistics and probability by investigating patterns of association in bivariate data. Using the Process Standards for Mathematics in a planned and deliberate method to present the Mathematics content standards will prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of the mathematics. Along with the current academic standards, the Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated in the teaching of this subject.

SOCIAL STUDIES

6th Grade

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students in Grade 6 compare the history, geography, government, economic systems, current issues, and cultures of the Western World with an emphasis on: (1) Europe, (2) North America, (3) South America, (4) Central America, (5) and the Caribbean region. Instructional programs for sixth grade students include experiences which foster the passage from concrete examples to abstract reasoning, concepts, ideas, and generalizations. Opportunities to develop skills include the use of a variety of resources and activities. Students should acquire positive attitudes regarding active participation, cooperation, responsibility, open-mindedness, and respect for others. Along with the current academic standards for this subject, the History/Social Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated with the expectation of a continuum of reading and writing skills development.

7th GRADE

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students in Grade 7 explore the history, geography, government, economic systems, current issues, and cultures of the Eastern World with an emphasis on: (1) Asia, (2) Africa, (3) the Middle East, (4) the Pacific Islands, (5) Australia, and (6) New Zealand. Learning experiences for seventh grade students should help them to make the transition from concrete information to abstract ideas, concepts, and generalizations. In-depth studies provide greater understanding of environmental influences on economic, cultural, and political institutions. Opportunities to develop thinking and research skills include reading and interpreting maps, graphs, and charts. Decision-making and problem-solving activities should include the following: (1) identifying problems, issues and questions; (2) information gathering; (3) hypothesizing; and (4) evaluating alternative solutions and actions. Along with the current academic standards for this subject, the History/Social Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated with the expectation of a continuum of reading and writing skills development.

8th GRADE

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students in Grade 8 focus upon United States history, beginning with a brief review of early history, including the Revolution and Founding Era, and the principles of the United States and Indiana constitutions, as well as other founding documents and their applications to subsequent periods of national history and to civic and political life. Students then study national development, westward expansion, social reform movements, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students examine major themes, issues, events, movements, and figures in United States history through the Reconstruction Period (1877) and explore relationships to modern issues and current events. Along with the current academic standards for this subject, the History/Social Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated with the expectation of a continuum of reading and writing skills development.

SCIENCE

The study of Science in grades 6-8 includes seven academic standards. The standards are as follows: 

Standard 1: Learning Outcomes 

Standard 2: Key Ideas and Textual Support 

Standard 3: Structural Elements and Organization 

Standard 4: Synthesis and Connection of Ideas 

Standard 5: Writing Genres 

Standard 6: The Writing Process 

6th GRADE

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students in Grade 6 understand the relationships between time and position when describing motion. They understand the transfer of potential and kinetic energy. Students investigate properties of waves, including light, sound, and other energies. They understand the relationships between celestial bodies and the force that keeps them in regular and predictable motion. They describe the complex relationships that exist between organisms in all ecosystems and they understand that the major source of energy for all ecosystems is the sun. The science and engineering processes as well as engineering opportunities are integrated with content throughout the course. Along with the current academic standards, the Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated in the teaching of this subject with the expectation of a continuum of reading and writing skills development.

7th GRADE

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students in Grade 7 understand that energy cannot be created or destroyed, but only changed from one form into another or transferred from place to place. They understand energy in relationship to solids, liquids, gases and heat transfer. They describe how earth processes have shaped the topography of the earth and have made it possible to measure geological time. They understand the natural processes of the earth and how it is constantly changing. They understand the cellular structure of living organisms, from single-celled to multicellular. The science and engineering processes as well as engineering opportunities are integrated with content throughout the course. Along with the current academic standards for this subject, the Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated with the expectation of a continuum of reading and writing skills development

8th GRADE

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students in Grade 8 understand how atomic structure determines chemical properties and how atoms and molecules interact. They explain how the water cycle and air movement are caused by differential heating of air, land, and water and how these affect weather and climate. They understand that natural and human events change the environmental conditions on the earth. They understand the predictability of characteristics being passed from parent to offspring and how a particular environment selects for traits that increase survival and reproduction by individuals bearing those traits. Students evaluate the evidence of evolution and relationships/categorization among organisms. The science and engineering processes as well as engineering opportunities are integrated with content throughout the course. Along with the current academic standards for this subject, the Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated with the expectation of a continuum of reading and writing skills development.

BIOLOGY I-Grade 8

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Biology I provides, through regular laboratory and field investigations, a study of the structures and functions of living organisms and their interactions with their environment. At minimum, this study explores the functions and processes of cells, tissues, organs, and systems within various species of living organisms and the roles and interdependencies of organisms within populations, communities, ecosystems, and the biosphere. Students have opportunity to gain an understanding of the history of the development of biological knowledge, explore the uses of Biology in various careers, and cope with biological questions and problems related to personal needs and social issues. In order to receive high school credit, students must earn a grade of “B” or higher, pass the final exam, and receive the teacher’s recommendation.

6th Grade

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students in Grade 6 compare the history, geography, government, economic systems, current issues, and cultures of the Western World with an emphasis on: (1) Europe, (2) North America, (3) South America, (4) Central America, (5) and the Caribbean region. Instructional programs for sixth grade students include experiences which foster the passage from concrete examples to abstract reasoning, concepts, ideas, and generalizations. Opportunities to develop skills include the use of a variety of resources and activities. Students should acquire positive attitudes regarding active participation, cooperation, responsibility, open-mindedness, and respect for others. Along with the current academic standards for this subject, the History/Social Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated with the expectation of a continuum of reading and writing skills development.

7th GRADE

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students in Grade 7 explore the history, geography, government, economic systems, current issues, and cultures of the Eastern World with an emphasis on: (1) Asia, (2) Africa, (3) the Middle East, (4) the Pacific Islands, (5) Australia, and (6) New Zealand. Learning experiences for seventh grade students should help them to make the transition from concrete information to abstract ideas, concepts, and generalizations. In-depth studies provide greater understanding of environmental influences on economic, cultural, and political institutions. Opportunities to develop thinking and research skills include reading and interpreting maps, graphs, and charts. Decision-making and problem-solving activities should include the following: (1) identifying problems, issues and questions; (2) information gathering; (3) hypothesizing; and (4) evaluating alternative solutions and actions. Along with the current academic standards for this subject, the History/Social Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated with the expectation of a continuum of reading and writing skills development.

8th GRADE

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students in Grade 8 focus upon United States history, beginning with a brief review of early history, including the Revolution and Founding Era, and the principles of the United States and Indiana constitutions, as well as other founding documents and their applications to subsequent periods of national history and to civic and political life. Students then study national development, westward expansion, social reform movements, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students examine major themes, issues, events, movements, and figures in United States history through the Reconstruction Period (1877) and explore relationships to modern issues and current events. Along with the current academic standards for this subject, the History/Social Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated with the expectation of a continuum of reading and writing skills development.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The following courses will be implemented in accordance with each student’s Individual Education Plan. The courses will be taught in accordance with Indiana College & Career Ready Standards with a variety of methodologies and instructional strategies being utilized to assist each student to reach their full potential.

Language Arts

Core Class – 2 Semesters

The Language Arts curriculum focuses on reading, writing, vocabulary building, listening, and speaking. An emphasis on thinking skills will include organizing information, critical analysis, synthesis and interpretation, creative expression, and problem-solving. Effective communication skills will be developed through group interaction and self-expression. Technology will enhance the language arts curriculum. Students will be exposed to a variety of genre and literary themes. They will analyze and evaluate literature focusing on literary elements and challenging vocabulary. Students will also utilize the writing process and the writing components (idea development, organization, voice, fluency, and conventions) to write for a specific purpose and audience.

Mathematics

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Students will be challenged to use mathematics within the context of real life, illustrating its purpose by solving meaningful problems. Critical thinking skills are taught to support problem solving. The curriculum includes developing and extending skills in working with fractions, decimals, geometry and measurement, relations and functions, data collection and display, and probability for simple events. As students master these skills, they will begin their mathematical study of integers, ratios, proportions, and percent’s; comparing and ordering rational numbers; some geometric transformations in the coordinate plane; proportional relationships; probability of independent events; and creating and analyzing graphic representations of data.

Reading Instruction

Core Class – 2 Semesters

Reading is a course designed to raise student reading levels. The class is taken in conjunction with the exceptional education language arts course listed above. Assessments determine current reading levels, followed by individual students’ interventions, such as attack skills, novel reading, journal writing, play reading, and computer-assisted reading

Resource

2 Semesters

Resource is open to students at all grade levels. It is designed to assist students with assignments from the general education classroom and their goals listed on their IEP. Resource also provides the opportunity for the students to have tests read and other adaptations that require the resource setting.

Career and Technical Education

Environmental Science 8

8th GRADE

Required Related Arts

2 Semesters

This course uses the CASB campus as an outdoor classroom. The class is one year.

This class focuses on understanding and analyzing interactions between plant, animal, and human activity that determine the overall health of our local habitat. It is designed as two nine-week units.

In the first unit, students investigate habitat restoration principles, the life cycle of fish and frogs, and land-use planning principles. Students also evaluate best management practices through the use of computer software analysis of “before” and “after” land-use considerations.

In the second unit, students work in groups to assess the CASB outdoor campus and identify habitat restoration projects based on habitat restoration principles and green infrastructure techniques. The student groups implement their proposed projects and share their findings through formal written and oral projects.

Environmental Science

6th and 7th Grade

Required Related Arts

2 Semesters

These courses use the CASB campus as an outdoor classroom. The classes are one semester.

This class focuses on understanding and analyzing interactions between plant, animal, and human activity that determine the overall health of our local habitat. It is designed as two nine-week units.

In the first unit, students investigate habitat restoration principles, the life cycle of fish and frogs, and land-use planning principles. Students also evaluate best management practices through the use of computer software analysis of “before” and “after” land-use considerations.

In the second unit, students work in groups to assess the CASB outdoor campus and identify habitat restoration projects based on habitat restoration principles and green infrastructure techniques. The student groups implement their proposed projects and share their findings through formal written and oral projects.

Intro to Environmental Science

6th Grade

Related Arts Elective

This class focuses on watershed concepts in two nine-week units of study.

The first nine weeks will concentrate on exploring watersheds by examining local water resources, local fish species and threats to the area watershed. Students will study various methods and perform water quality testing.

The second nine weeks, students will learn how plants clean water and identify wetlands through experiments. Students investigate non-native plants by collecting plant data from the CASB campus and design and plant a rain garden.

MUSIC

Band

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Related Arts Elective

2 Semesters

Through music performance students will learn how to read, notate, and interpret music. Students will learn to listen to, analyze, and describe music of different genres and culture. This experience will also instill a greater understanding and appreciation of music and its relationship to the other arts and history.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade

Related Arts Elective

1 Semester

Students in physical education continue to develop psychomotor skills through participation in a variety of developmentally appropriate sports (individual, dual, and team), rhythmic activities, lifetime recreational activities, and fitness activities. The focus is on the development of complex movement skill combinations and knowledge. Students develop an understanding of physiological changes which occur as a result of physical activity. They expand their knowledge of fitness concepts, principles, and strategies as well as how other concepts like self-responsibility, positive social interaction, and group dynamics affect learning and performance Students learn to work cooperatively toward a common goal. Ongoing assessment is conducted throughout the curriculum. Along with the current academic standards, the Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy Standards are incorporated in the teaching of this subject with the expectation of a continuum of reading and writing skills development

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

All Project Lead the Way classes will be assigned to students on a 9 week rotation. Students will take 2 rotations per school year in 6th and 7th grade.

6TH GRADE

Design and Modeling

Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and in novation in their lives. The course challenges and empowers students to use and apply what they’ve lear ned throughout the course to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.

Science of Technology

Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. Students apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to STEM activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill and discovering properties of nanomaterials.

7TH GRADE

Automation and Robotics:

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students use a robust robotics platform to design, build and program a solution to solve an existing problem.

Design and Modeling

Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and in novation in their lives. The course challenges and empowers students to use and apply what they’ve lear ned throughout the course to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.

Medical Detectives (21/22)

Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body wor k together to maintain health.