Grades 7 & 8

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Firmly rooted in the Montessori philosophy, the Middle School program is built upon a model developed by Dr. Betsy Coe with an integration of the best-practice trends and issues in education. FCMA has strived to develop a curriculum with the needs of the whole child in mind: intellectual, social/emotional and physical. The mission of the Middle School curriculum is to help students develop self-esteem, independence, responsibility, acceptance of others, development of organizational strategies and effective/satisfying social relationships.

Each spring ,the Middle School students complete 35-40 hours of working experience through an internship program. This program provides the students with an opportunity to pursue their own interests while building a professional network, learning to be adaptable, increasing self-confidence, and creating a vision for their personal future.

A young girl reading a book

Practical Life

Care  of Oneself

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Sewing
  • Budgeting

Care of the Environment

  • Daily Community Jobs
  • Gardening
  • Woodworking
  • Trip Planning
  • Classroom Management
  • Cooking

Grace & Courtesy

  • Teamwork
  • Manners

Skills  Developing

  • Public Speaking
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership
  • Time Management
  • Reasoning

Microeconomies

  • Community Service
  • Babysitting Service (student run)
  • Popcorn Sales
  • Variety Show (student run)

Personal World

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

This year, students will be guided through the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Sean Covey) where they will respond to readings as a way to improve their self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve goals, get along with parents, and more.

Natural World (Science)

Year A

  • Connection of Living Things-Cell Structure
  • Exploration of Living Things- Domains/Protists and Fungus Kingdom; Kingdoms; Human Connections
  • Identify – History of Genetics, How Genetics Determine Identity
  • Systems- Characteristics of Vertebrae and Invertebrate Systems (phylum and classes)
  • Interdependence – How are ecosystems, populations, and communities interdependent and interrelated (parts of ecosystem, protecting Earth’s resources)

Year B

  • Laws of Gravitational Force and Motion; Electromagnetic Forces
  • Building Blocks of Matter; Structure of the Atom, Organization of Properties (periodic table)
  • Energy; Laws of Thermodynamics and Transformation, Transmission, and Types of Energy
  • Energy: Exploration of work and work efficiency; How Energy is Changed to Useful Electrical Power
  • Forms of Energy: Fossil Fuels and Alternative/Emerging Energy Forms; Balance of Technology and Nature

Language

Year A

  • Mentor Author – first, second, third person point of view (Grammar: semi-colon, colon); reading for craft
  • Poetic Forms (haiku, ode, sestina, figurative language, simile, metaphor, personification, sonnets, meters) (Grammar: apostrophes)
  • Qualities, exploration of meaning and theme, structure (Grammar: commas)
  • Hidden issues in txt; finding symbols, developing assertions (Grammar: titles and length)
  • Reading and writing for social action; developing social action

Year B

  • Critical reading strategies; gender norms, social norms, power, metaphors, recovering missing voice (Grammar: parenthesis)
  • Literal versus intended meaning, sound and meaning of punctuation, breaking the rules to achieve powerful effects, purposeful fragments, labyrinthine, (Grammar: fragments/run-ons)
  • Persuasive/Personal essay writing: writing productive anecdotes, writing the context, developing anecdote, reflection, plea for change (Grammar: dialogue)
  • Free-verse poetry, poet mentorship (Grammar: dashes)
  • Intertextuality: literary essay connections (Grammar: semi-colons)

Humanities (Social Studies: History, Government)

Year A

  • Geography of Eastern Hemisphere (5 themes of geography, regions, landforms, human systems)
  • Beginning of Human Society to 4, 000 B.C.E. (Era 1)- Peopling of the Earth; Early Civilizations and Cultures, Emergence of pastoral People (Era 2)
  • Classical Traditions, World Religions, and Major Empires (Era3)
  • Civics and Government (Purposes, Structures, Functions); Nation-States
  • Economics (Market, National, International Economies)

Year B

  • 1765-1783 Forces in a Revolution (American Revolution, Causes of Revolutions, Propaganda)
  • 1760-1840 Industrial Revolution (Expansion and Reform)
  • 1776 Forms of Government (US Constitution, Leadership, Three Branches of US Government, Role of American Citizen)
  • 1850-1860 Civil War (Pre-Civil War, Causes, Battles, Slavery, Emancipation, Lincoln/McLellan Debate)
  • Characteristics of War; Human Rights (Timeline, Continuum of Relationships, Children’s March, Power of One, Peace Awareness)

Mathematics

FCMA Middle School utilizes leveled (Course 1,2,3 and Algebra 1) Mathematics Textbooks,, Montessori Materials, and IXL online math used for skill strengthening.

Students will use reasoning habits and problem solving skills to identify the “big ideas” of each lesson, explore concepts through real-life online videos, practice mathematical concepts, and ultimately answer essential questions.

Course 1,2,3 Concepts:

  • Ratios and proportional Relationships (Course 1,2,3)
  • The Number System (using rational numbers to perform operations) (Course 1,2,3)
  • Expressions and Equations (Course 1,2,3)
  • Geometry (Course 1,2,3)
  • Statistics and Probability (Course 2,3)
  • Functions (Course 3)
  • Data Charts and Graphs (Course 1,2,3)

Algebra 1 Concepts:

  • Linear, Exponential, and Quadratic Functions
  • Data Analysis and Probability
  • Systems of Equations and Inequalities
  • Polynomials, Factoring and Transformational geometry

Art & Music Appreciation

Art

Personal Expression  and Art Making

  • Sketching
  • Two-& Three- Dimensional Art
  • Zines
  • Cartooning & Graphic Novels
  • Collage
  • Mixed Media
  • Videos & Photos
  • Painting
  • Screen Printing
  • Pottery
  • Charcoal Drawing

Art Criticism

  • Examination of art with additional focus on critical analysis based on perception of the subject, visual design, artist’s use of materials, historical periods, and art from different cultures.

Music

Students apply the elements of music and technique in order to sing and play music, interpret the sounds and symbols systems  of music, create music using notable sources, understand global, interdisciplinary and 21st century music.