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Sandy Ridge MS Course Summaries

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Course Title: English Language Arts 6

Course Description: This course is designed to promote the mastery of Language Arts skills in both written and oral formats.  In accordance with the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for the English Language Arts, students will develop and master processes in the writing process, reading comprehension, speech, spelling and vocabulary, grammar including usage and mechanics, and critical thinking.

Course Title: English Language Arts 7

Course Description: This course is designed to emphasize Language Arts skills – both written and oral formats, in the following areas: the writing process, reading comprehension, speech, spelling and vocabulary, grammar including usage and mechanics, critical thinking, along with an introduction to the 5 paragraph essay in the following formats: expository, persuasive and descriptive.

PREREQUISITE: Passing English Language Arts 6

Course Title: English Language Arts 8

Course Description: This course is designed to emphasize Language Arts skills – both written and oral formats, in the following areas: the writing process, reading comprehension, analysis of literature, speech, vocabulary, grammar including usage and mechanics, critical thinking, along with formats of writing, which include but are not limited to: expository, narrative, persuasive, literary analysis, descriptive and business and technical writing, and a preliminary research project.

PREREQUISITE: Passing English Language Arts 7

MATHEMATICS

Course Title: Math 6

Course Description: This one-year course is designed to focus on four critical areas: 1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; 2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; 3) writing,interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and 4) developing understanding of statistical thinking. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use ofmanipulatives, mathematical tools, and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills the mathematics requirement for sixth-grade students.

Course Title: Math 7 / Accelerated Math 6

Course Description: This one-year course is designed to focus on four critical areas: 1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; 2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; 3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and 4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of manipulatives, mathematical tools, and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills the mathematics requirement for seventh-grade students.

Course Title: Pre-Algebra

Course Description: This one-year course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete algebra and geometry. This course builds on the concepts of number operations with integers, decimals, and rational numbers, word problems and reasoning skills, data analysis, probability, geometry, measurement, spatial sense, patterns, and beginning algebra. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of manipulatives, mathematical tools, and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills the mathematics requirement for eighth-grade students.

Course Title: Algebra 1

Course Description: Algebra 1 is intended to build a foundation for all higher math classes. This course will review algebraic expressions, integers, and mathematical properties that will lead into working with variables and linear equations. There will be an in-depth study of graphing, polynomials, quadratic equations, data analysis and systems of equations through direct class instruction, group work, homework, and technology. This course will fulfill the Algebra 1 requirement for and one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Course Title: Algebra 1 Honors

Course Description: This one-year course is designed for highly motivated students committed to challenging coursework. It is intended to increase mathematical fluency in problem solving, logic, reasoning, and effective communication in the study of patterns, functions, and algebra. This course builds on the concepts of rational and irrational numbers, data analysis, probability, geometry, measurement, spatial relationships, patterns, and algebraic concepts. Emphasis will be placed on abstract algebraic methods and strategies for solving complex problems. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill the algebra requirement and one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Course Title: Geometry

Course Description: This one-year course provides students with a rigorous study of Euclidean geometry including. It incorporates problem solving, reasoning, modeling, and effective communication in the study of transformational geometry, trigonometry, measurement, and probability. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of mathematical tools and technology, including calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course fulfills one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Course Title: Geometry Honors

Course Description: This is the study of basic figures and shapes in the plane and in space. It is simple deductive reasoning applied methodically to points, lines and planes while developing relationships and applications to other geometric figures. This study will cover triangles, quadrilaterals, regular polygons, and circles; congruency and similarity of the same basic shapes will be included; simple treatment of inequalities; special constructions and the related loci; areas and volumes.

Course Title: Algebra 2

Course Description: This one-year course in algebra continues and expands upon the concepts and procedures learned in Algebra I. It has the primary goal to develop competence in using variables and functions to model numerical patterns and quantitative relations. Emphasis is on the study of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrix arithmetic, and sequences and series. Connections to other areas of mathematics and applications to other disciplines are integrated into the course. Instructional practices incorporate integration of diversity awareness including appreciation of all cultures and their important contributions to society. The use of technology, including graphing calculators and computer software, is an integral part of this course. This course will fulfill one of the mathematics credits required for high school graduation.

Course Title: Algebra 2 Honors

Course Description: This college prep mathematics class includes the study of simplifying expressions and solving equations involving powers, roots, and complex numbers; the study of functions including polynomials, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric; the study of the transformations of these functions and their graphs; the study of function operation including inverses and composition; the study of sequences and series; and the study of statistics.  In this course, there is also an emphasis on modeling in the real world with functions.

Course Title: Pre-Calculus Honors

Course Description: (Prerequisite: passed Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry) This class is designed to prepare students for the AP Calculus and the SAT and ACT exams.  Topics investigated are sequences, methods for solving equations and inequalities, polynomials and rational functions, graphing and identifying characteristics of specific functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, conic sections, and matrices.  Students can expect to spend about an hour nightly on homework to master each of the above topics.  It is highly recommended that each student have their own TI graphing calculator.

Course Title: American Math Contest 10

Course Description: This course helps students prepare for the AMC 10, which is the first test in the series of contests that determine the United States team for the International Mathematics Olympiad. The class will consist of discussion of problems from past exams, as well as strategies for taking the test. The main purpose of the AMC 10 is to spur interest in mathematics and to develop talent through the excitement of solving challenging problems in a timed multiple-choice format. The problems range from the very easy to the extremely difficult. Students who participate in the AMC 10 should find that most of the problems are challenging but within their grasp.

Course Title: American Math Contest 12

Course Description: This course helps students prepare for the AMC 12, which is the first test in the series of contests that determine the United States team for the International Mathematics Olympiad. The class will consist of discussion of problems from past exams, as well as strategies for taking the test. A special purpose of the AMC 12 is to help identify those few students with truly exceptional mathematics talent. Students who are among the very best deserve some indication of how they stand relative to other students in the country and around the world . The AMC 12 is one in a series of examinations (followed in the United States by the American Invitational Examination and the USA Mathematical Olympiad) that culminate in participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the most prestigious and difficult secondary mathematics examination in the world.

NATURAL SCIENCE

Course Title: Earth Science

Course Description: Seventh grade Earth Science is a standards and laboratory science class.  It is designed to help students understand natural occurrences on Earth through the study of topics in geology, astronomy, climatology, and oceanography.  Some of the topics covered in class include seasons, rock cycle, minerals, and stars.

Course Title: Physical Science

Course Description: This course is an introduction to physics and chemistry. It also includes an overview of science and the scientific method. Students are provided an opportunity to consolidate their previous learning in science. They are also provided with a solid foundation to prepare them for further study in our science program. Topics covered in the physics section include motion, force, heat, sound, and light. The chemistry section includes the structure and classification of matter, chemical equations and reactions, and acids and bases. An emphasis is placed on problem solving.  Opportunity is provided for laboratory investigations.

SOCIAL SCIENCE / SOCIAL STUDIES

Course Title: Social Studies 6 ( World History)

Course Description: This course examines the world from pre-history to the present with an emphasis on ideas and culture. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. At the end of the year students will have a greater understanding of World History and how world events tie into to each other. Students will be able to see how past events have shaped the world we live in today. Students will be able to identify major regions and countries of the world and to improve their map skills.

Course Title: Social Studies 7 ( US History)

Course Description: In this course students will cover Chapters 1 – 15.  Beginning with the “Roots of American People and ending with the Civil War. They will explore U.S. History beginning with colonization through the Civil War.  At the end of the year students will have greater understanding of United States History and how events tie into to each other. Students will be able to see how past events have shaped the world we live in today. Students will be able to identify major regions of the country and demonstrate their map skills.

Course Title: Social Studies 8 ( Geography)

Course Description: This course is designed to build on students’ prior knowledge and skill sets in the application of geographic information and tools to understand complex relations between the physical environment and human existence. While focusing on each part of the world, students are able to recognize characteristics distinguishing regions in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.  Each regional study encompasses an in-depth study of the physical geography, culture, economy, government, and social dynamics defining the land and people.  An historical element is intertwined into the regional studies, as an investigation of the earliest civilizations demonstrates how and why people migrated to different locations, and how the people in these places survived and advanced with available resources.

SOME OF THE ELECTIVES

Art 6 – 7 – 8

Music 6 – 7 – 8

French 1

Spanish A

Spanish B

Debate

PLTW Flight and Space

 

Robotics 6 – 7 – 8

A-Stem Math 6 – 7 – 8

Computer Coding/ Keyboarding 6 – 7

Math Lab 6 – 7 – 8

Turkish A

Turkish B

 

 

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