GRADE 5

Program Overview

This course is designed in alignment with the New Jersey Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy. The course creates a holistic approach to language and literacy acquisition for students in enabling them to explore the connections among reading, writing, speaking and listening. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary study, English grammar (mechanics and usage), reading comprehension skills and strategies, shared reading experiences, and organizational writing processes.

 

Program Learning Goals & Objectives  

Students will be able to:

  • Apply word analysis skills in decoding words while reading individually and in small groups.
  • Read with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension and enable discussion.
  • Recognize the stages of the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing).
  • Produce clear and coherent writing (narrative, informational, persuasive) in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Conduct short research projects that using several sources to build knowledge.
  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions and shared reading experiences.
  • Make formal presentations, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details.
  • Speak clearly at an understandable pace with consciousness of body language.

 

Resources

IXL Language Arts

Accelerated Reading Program

Google Classroom

HMH Journey’s Textbook 5

Holes by Louis Sachar

Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

Kahoot.it

Program Overview

As a middle school, we aim to for our all our middle school students to successfully complete Algebra 1 as eighth graders.  With that, our 5th grade math class follows the Common Core Course 1 Standards.   We emphasize the development of proficient skills with fraction and decimal operations.  We also introduce algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities.  In the second half of the year we shift our focus to proportional relationships and fundamental geometric principles.  Lastly, we finish up with some statistical interpretation and data representation.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Our ultimate goal for our all our students is for them to become excellent problem solvers and independent thinkers that are willing to take academic risks and learn from their mistakes.  We accomplish this with the incorporation of group learning and hands on activities.  Students are continually measured for understanding through the use of technology, games, and regular standard based assessments.

We aim for our 5th graders to leave with a strong understanding of how to perform the four basic operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.  They will also be able to accurately evaluate numeric and algebraic expressions using order of operations and solve one-step equations and inequalities using inverse operations.  Students will work extensively with expressing ratios and solving proportions.  They will leave the 5th grade with a strong understanding of the coordinate plane, the ability to compute measurements of geometric figures, and the knowledge necessary to interpret and represent data in a meaningful way.  By the end of the year, our fifth grade students will have the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the fifth grade.

Resources

Pearson Course 1 Textbook

IXL Math Learning Program

Google Classroom

Socrative and Kahoot Student Response Systems

Student Display Whiteboards

Calculators and other Math Related Tools

Program Overview

This course is designed to make all students really want to learn more about science and the world. This course helps students develop scientific literacy so they better understand the world we live in. In this course Pearson’s Interactive Science Program is used. Interactive science is more than a typical science program. This program has several key features; interactivities, science inquiries, online content and complete coverage of science content. While students learn about science, they will also apply reading skills to science texts and practice mathematical concepts.

Students get to keep the textbook of Interactive Science. Students practice good study skills by interacting with the text and images. They can personalize the book by highlighting words or sentences or by writing notes in the columns. Each chapter begins with a Big Question. Students can answer the question at the beginning of the chapter and compare how their answers change after completing it. The program also contains a science inquiry program and online content. Students and parents can do the At-Home Labs together, which are quick activities that review and extend lesson content. Digital resources provide online videos, games, and extra lesson content Look for the myscienceonline.com icons in textbook indicate when key to online features are available.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

After completing this program, students will be able to apply their understanding:

  • of scientific methods to describe how scientists study the natural world.
  • to explain what technology is and how it solves problems.
  • of classification to identify and group previously unknown plants and animals.
  • how living things adapt to their environments to novels that are adapted into movies or other forms of entertainment.
  • of the organization of living things to the organization of business or government.
  • of how living things interact with their environments to identify and explain local ecosystems.
  • of the water cycle to describe why rainy days occur.
  • of the processes that change Earth’s surface to identify local landforms and describe how they might have been formed.
  • of the solar system to describe what after galaxies might contain.
  • of the properties of matter to describe an object.
  • of force and motion to explain why it takes more force to move an object with a large mass.
  • of how energy is transferred and transformed to explain the transformation of electrical energy to light energy that occurs in a plugged-in lamp.
READING RESOURCES

  • Pearson Interactive Science Textbook
  • Write-in Student Edition
  • Below, On-Level, and Advanced Level reading books with ESL Support
DIGITAL RESOURCES

  • MyScienceOnline.com
  • Student Edition eText
  • Animations and Online Investigations
  • Virtual Lab
  • Digital Vocabulary Smart Cards
  • English and Spanish audio support
  • Videos in both English and Spanish
INQUIRY RESOURCES

  • Directed, guided and Open Inquiry
  • Hands on Activities

Program Overview

This class is an exploration into the birth and development of America with special attention on the geography, economy, government, military, and people who helped build this country. The class will begin with the early settlements of Jamestown and Plymouth and conclude with the period of Reconstruction, after the Civil War. The objective of this class is not simply memorization but critical thinking and creative problem solving.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Students will be able to:

-Describe each Native American tribes’ accomplishments & impact they left behind

-Analyze relationships between European explorers and Native Americans

-Compare and contrast the Pilgrims from the settlers in Jamestown

-Create an informative poster on Thanksgiving

-Analyze primary sources about founding a new colony

-Understand why the Revolutionary War occurred

-Describe the three branches of the federal government

-Explain the importance of cotton to the South’s economy

-Assess the advantages and disadvantages of each side during the Civil War

Resources

Macmillian/McGrawn-Hill The United States

Google Classroom

EDpuzzle.com

Socrative.com

Kahoot.it

Program Overview

Students are introduced to the Spanish language through a variety of authentic songs, authentic literature, popular songs and literature translated into the target language, art, games and hands-on learning activities. Students will also learn about the diverse cultures and celebrations of countries that speak Spanish by experiencing the music, folklore, literature, symbols, celebrations and traditions of these countries.  Students will also be introduced to the numbers, days of the week, months,colors, basic greetings, and how ask and answer simple questions

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Introduce themselves and others
  • Greetings and Farewells
  • Locate the 21 Spanish speaking countries and identify their flags
  • Basic knowledge of the geography and customs of the Spanish-speaking world
  • Vocabulary on family members, locations, foods, clothing, colors
  • Questions words
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Grammar-  Subject pronouns, Verb to be, and the use of Gustar
  • Numbers 1-60

Resources

  • Kahoot
  • Descubre el español B
  • Nacho

Program Overview

For this grade level, the students will be working on reading-comprehension, speaking, listening, and writing skills of the Turkish language. The students will be given the basic grammar rules according to their language level. The Turkish culture will also be covered by the help of the end of unit reading activities. This will help the students to be fully competent as a Turkish language learner.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

  1. Different Types of Celebrations from Target culture and different cultures, such as wedding, new year, mother’s day, Eid Festival, etc.
  2. Common positive and negative habits,  Turkish Culture: Charities.
  3. Basic vocabulary about abilities ,common sentences structures to talk about our abilities.
  4. Types of TV programs,vocabulary about media Talking about TV, and media.
  5. Shopping places, words and expressions about shopping, daily speaking about shopping
  6. Types of movies, types of musics.
  7. Past and present life styles (communication , shopping, transportation, daily life, etc.) Comparing past and present.

Resources

  1. Acilim 5 (Workbooks, flashcards)
  2. turkishusa.org
  3. Quizlet
  4. Kahoot
  5. testimiz.com
  6. testlericoz.com

Program Overview

Students are to be educated on utilizing a variety of  basic computer applications online (Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides) and on PC (Basics of Personal Computers such as Mac and Chrome-book). The various computer applications will enable students to conduct scholarly and personal research, create professional documents and presentations, collaborate via digital environments, as well as manage information effectively and efficiently.

Exposure to programming will also be important thread in this course. Programming thread of the course will include basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Projects will be given at the level of students and necessary help will be supplied. Considering the level of students there will be extra help with the projects and learning the concepts.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

  • Students will be able to use online applications collaboratively, and they will be able to create a simple website using web development languages they have learned.
  • Students will leave the course with a strong digital applications foundation and programming experience which will enhance their academic performance throughout their pursuit of education.

Resources

  • Google Classroom
  • Google Application Power-points or slides that was designed and created by the instructor.
  • Khan Academy => Intro to HTML/CSS: Making webpages
  • Khan Academy => Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation

Program Overview

Our 5th grade Physical Education classes consist of various sports skills, tactical approaches to sport and fitness, while creating a cognitive/problem-solving environment, where the student physically responds to such factors.  Our Physical Education curriculum consists of units that each student can enter at a similar skill level, therefore not giving any particular student an upper-hand, and are learning each new skill for the first time, creating an equal opportunity environment.   We expect full participation, preparation, and skills built from a consistent progression.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Our goals and objectives for 5th grade physical education are based on each particular unit, yet all have similar foundations.  We want each student to practice and master the necessary skills to be successful in each particular unit of coverage.  We cover the tactical approaches for each given unit, which opens the door to creative thinking on the part of the student, and gives themselves for options to do what is best for them individually to be physically active.  Our students are set up with activities, and given rules that will specifically influence team work, communicating with peers, and using previously learned skills to be successful in the given activity.

Program Overview (concepts)  At Pioneer Academy students are able to express themselves through visual arts.  In art class, students work with various mediums such as drawing, painting, mixed media, and three dimensional art. Students study and create projects related to several artists and periods of art history.  They also create projects related to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.  The fifth grade curriculum is in alignments with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for grade five.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives (learned and skills)  Students begin the year learning to use the tools required for art class such as rulers and stencils, to create geometric pastel designs.  Students will discover art history including “cave painting” which is 30,000 years old and the beginning of art history.  Students will create an animal drawing in the style of a cave painting, while learning about how artists create texture in a drawing.  Basic Elements of Art are discussed when we create a watercolor abstract using the basic 6 colors from the color wheel.  All fifth graders take art twice per week.  Fifth graders may also join Middle School art club which meets twice per week.

Program Overview

Music education is a very important tool that has proven to be extremely effective in combining elements of various scholastic disciplines in order to achieve far reaching academic results in a setting that is challenging, rewarding and enjoyable for all learners.

The structure of a 5th grade music class at Pioneer Academy is a setting comprised of kinesthetic learning techniques combined with Orff and Suzuki strategies and vocal/instrumental music in accordance with the NJCCCS and the National Music Standards. This specific type of musical setting was chosen because it aims to challenge students to get delve into and explore all of the basic elements of general music and eventually demonstrate an understanding through the implementation and application of these elements in future authentic assessments.   Students learn about world music, develop their singing repertoire, participate in vocal and instrumental improvisations and also experience stage performances.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Some of the most important goals and objectives include:

  • To enable students to distinguish and utilize the three main music elements: rhythm, harmony and melody;
  • To enable students to identify music structure;
  • To enable students to analyze various world music genre;
  • To enable students expand their vocal repertoire;
  • To enable students to expand their instrumental repertoire;
  • To encourage peer collaboration through group work;
  • To encourage students to express their music creativity through the application of musical knowledge.

Resources

-Musictheory.net

-intunemonthly.com

-classicsforkids.com

-bgfl.org

-Garageband

-Fruity Loops

-musicteacher.com

GRADE 6

Program Overview

This course is designed in alignment with the New Jersey Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy. The course creates a holistic approach to language and literacy study for students in enabling them to explore the connections among reading, writing, speaking and listening. The Language Arts program is an integrated program. Various forms of classic and contemporary literature will be read. There is emphasis on basic skills, study skills, English grammar (usage and mechanics), vocabulary, spelling, literary concepts, note taking, writing techniques and styles (penmanship), research skills, reading strategies & comprehension, and speaking & listening skills.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Cite textual evidence to support literary interpretations and inferences.
  • Determine the theme or central idea of a text.
  • Identify literary elements and determine their thematic contributions to a text.
  • Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in context.
  • Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated and elaborated in a text.
  • Compose a five paragraph persuasive essay with a well-developed central argument and topic sentences that reference literature.
  • Compose a narrative essay​ which develops real or imagined circumstances using effective techniques, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Resources

  1. HMH Journeys Textbook 6
  2. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  3. Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  4. Call of the Wild by Jack London
  5. Google Classroom
  6. Accelerated Reading
  7. Kahoot.it
  8. IXL Language Arts

Program Overview

As a middle school, we aim to for our all our middle school students to successfully complete Algebra 1 as eighth graders.  With that, our 6th grade math class follows the Common Core Course 2 Standards.   We emphasize the development of introductory algebraic and geometric skills.  We start the year with a comprehensive review of decimals and fractions, followed by units on proportionate reasoning with a major focus on percentages.  In the second half of the year will introduce some fundamental geometric principles.  Lastly we finish the year with a look at data interpretation and probability.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Our ultimate goal for our all our students is for them to become excellent problem solvers and independent thinkers that are willing to take academic risks and learn from their mistakes.  We accomplish this with the incorporation of group learning and hands on activities.  Students are continually measured for understanding through the use of technology, games, and regular standard based assessments.

We aim for our 6th graders to graduate with the skills necessary to successfully master the pre-algebra skills covered in the 7th grade. Our sixth grade students will become highly efficient at computing arithmetic expressions involving multiple operations with integers, decimals, exponents, and percents.  They will also begin to develop vital algebraic skills, such as writing and solving algebraic equations and proportions.  Our 6th graders also learn many real life applications in regards to proportions and percentages.  In the third marking period, our student begin to build their geometric foundations learning to work effectively with angles, area, and volume.  Lastly, our students will learn to organize, display, and interpret data and data measurements during our statistics unit.  By the end of the year, the sixth grade class will have the content knowledge to begin pre-algebra in their seventh grade year.

Resources

Pearson Course 1 Textbook

IXL Math Learning Program

Google Classroom

Socrative and Kahoot Student Response Systems

Student Display Whiteboards

Calculators and other Math Related Tools

Program Overview

This integrated Iscience course aims to promote curiosity and a sense of wonder, encourage lifelong exploration, and provide a foundation for understanding the natural world. In addition to exploring the nature of science, matter and energy the students are immersed in the study of earth, space and life systems.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning goals and objectives of Iscience revolve around students applying and actively engaging in the following scientific behaviors as they develop and expand their knowledge of the world of science:

  • scientific inquiry
  • observation
  • experimenting
  • measuring and gathering data
  • problem solving
  • using tools of science
  • hands on lab activities

Resources

  • McGraw-Hill Glencoe Integrated Iscience Frog Edition Course 1
  • Edpuzzle
  • Kahoot.it
  • Brain POP connected with Glencoe
  • Foss Kits (The Full Option Science System)

SOCIAL STUDIES

Program Overview

This course will focus on World History starting from the dawn of man and ending with the Reformation.  The course will be broken down into four major units: Early Man, Ancient River Valley Civilizations (Egypt & Mesopotamia), Classical Civilizations (Greece & Rome), and lastly Western Europe (Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation). The objective of this class is not simply memorization but critical thinking and creative problem solving.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Students will be able to:

-Demonstrate knowledge of early human society began the process of overcoming limits of their environment

-Analyze and describe several key factors how the Persians took control

-Compare and contrast several ancient civilizations in the Fertile Crescent region

-Summarize ancient Egypt’s main accomplishments

-Analyze several maps and understand the importance of Greece’s location to their success

-Understand how the structure of today’s democratic governments were shaped by those developed in the ancient world

-Compare and contrast how different civilizations grow and thrive

Resources

Google Classroom

Pearson My World History

EDpuzzle.com

Socrative.com

Kahoot.it

Program Overview

This course is designed to introduce the student to foreign language learning. This course meets 3 times a week. Students will learn simple grammar structure and vocabulary in which will help them to express themselves in Spanish. Students will also be exposed to the geography and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

  •      Students will be able to talk about common phrases and expressions on the topics of: greeting, describing people, likes and dislikes, weather conditions, the days of the week, months, seasons, and be able to tell time.
  •      Students will be able to understand all forms of greetings in Spanish, useful phrases and expressions and will be able to use them. Practicing in class dialogues.
  •      Numbers and Colors
  •      Understand the concept of gender in Spanish grammar, masculine and feminine. The use of plural and singular nouns.
  •      Express likes and dislikes
  •      Students will have a basic vocabulary covering many action words, body, food, clothing, family, locations in the neighborhood and describing words. They will also learn verbs such as: ser/estar, tener, ir, regular verbs ending in –ar,-er and–ir.
  •      Students will be able to change action words depending on who is doing the action ( I,he/she/we) Understanding subjects pronouns in Spanish.

Resources

  • En Espanol 1a
  • Kahoot
  • Quia
  • Google classroom

Program Overview

This course is designed to introduce the student to foreign language learning. This course meets 3 times a week. Students will learn simple grammar structure and vocabulary in which will help them to express themselves in Spanish. Students will also be exposed to the geography and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

  •      Students will be able to talk about common phrases and expressions on the topics of: greeting, describing people, likes and dislikes, weather conditions, the days of the week, months, seasons, and be able to tell time.
  •      Students will be able to understand all forms of greetings in Spanish, useful phrases and expressions and will be able to use them. Practicing in class dialogues.
  •      Numbers and Colors
  •      Understand the concept of gender in Spanish grammar, masculine and feminine. The use of plural and singular nouns.
  •      Express likes and dislikes
  •      Students will have a basic vocabulary covering many action words, body, food, clothing, family, locations in the neighborhood and describing words. They will also learn verbs such as: ser/estar, tener, ir, regular verbs ending in –ar,-er and–ir.
  •      Students will be able to change action words depending on who is doing the action ( I,he/she/we) Understanding subjects pronouns in Spanish.

Resources

  • En Espanol 1a
  • Kahoot
  • Quia
  • Google classroom

Program Overview

Students are to be educated on utilizing a variety of  basic computer applications online (Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides) and on PC (Basics of Personal Computers such as Mac and Chrome-book). The various computer applications will enable students to conduct scholarly and personal research, create professional documents and presentations, collaborate via digital environments, as well as manage information effectively and efficiently.

Exposure to programming will also be important thread in this course. Programming thread of the course will include basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Projects will be given at the level of students and necessary help will be supplied.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

  • Students will be able to use online applications collaboratively, and they will be able to create a simple website using web development languages they have learned.
  • Students will leave the course with a strong digital applications foundation and programming experience which will enhance their academic performance throughout their pursuit of education.

Resources

  • Google Classroom
  • Google Application Power-points or slides that was designed and created by the instructor.
  • Khan Academy => Intro to HTML/CSS: Making webpages
  • Khan Academy => Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation

Program Overview

Our 6th grade Physical Education classes consist of various sports skills, tactical approaches to sport and fitness, while creating a cognitive/problem-solving environment, where the student physically responds to such factors.  Our Physical Education curriculum consists of units that each student can enter at a similar skill level, therefore not giving any particular student a physical edge when starting a unit, while are learning each new skill for the first time, creating an equal opportunity environment.   We expect full participation, preparation, and skills built from a consistent progression.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Our goals and objectives for 6th grade physical education are based on each particular unit, yet all have similar foundations.  We want each student to practice and master the necessary skills to be successful in each particular unit of coverage.  We cover the tactical approaches for each given unit, which opens the door to creative thinking on the part of the student, and gives themselves for options to do what is best for them individually to be physically active.  Our students are set up with activities, and given rules that will specifically influence team work, communicating with peers, and using previously learned skills to be successful in the given activity.  Each grade level, though may be covering the same sport/fitness component, is taught it to the developmentally appropriate grade level.  Every year consists of a deeper set of skills, use of strategies and critical thinking, and depends more heavily on communication with peers.

Program Overview  At Pioneer Academy students are able to express themselves through visual arts.  In art class, students work with various mediums such as drawing, painting, pastels, collage, mixed media and three dimensional art.  Students study and create projects related to several artists and periods of art history.  They also create projects related to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.  The sixth grade curriculum is in alignment with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for grade 6.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives  Students build on skills acquired in fifth grade and acquire new knowledge and skills in the sixth grade.  Skills this year include learning to measure and work with cut paper to create woven paper projects and mosaics.  Students will discover Egyptian Art and create a scratch board of King Tut.  New Principles of Design are discussed such as pattern while creating multicultural projects such as “Henna Art” and “Mexican Art”.  All sixth graders take art twice per week.  Sixth graders may also join Middle School art club which meets twice per week.

Program Overview

Our 6th grade music program represents a general music setting that totally engages all learners in the content.  Interactive learning experience such as music improvisation, choral singing and world music exploration are just some of the approaches used to develop a joy of and appreciation of the world of music for our students.  These three practices are invaluable in that they serve to connect students to music theory, the history of music, folklore aspects of folklore and instrument families.

Kinesthetic learning techniques, general music, vocal music, instrumental music and music technology are all key components of the 6th grade program.  All of these elements are infused into the delivery of instruction through the year which is prepared and planned in accordance with curricula aligned to the NJ CCCS and the National Music Standards. This specific music setting that I have chosen aims to put students in touch with all basic elements of general music with the expectation that they successfully apply and demonstrate a thorough understanding of these concepts through future projects, assignments and authentic assessments .

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Some of the most important goals and objectives are:

  • To enable students to identify music structure;
  • To enable students to develop improvisational techniques;
  • To enable students to develop and apply critical thinking skills in music;
  • To enable students to analyze various world music genre;
  • To expand students’ vocal and instrumental repertoire;
  • To develop the necessary interpersonal skills so as to allow for efficient and effective peer collaboration through group work;
  • To enable students to express their music creativity through the application of musical knowledge.

Resources

-Musictheory.net

-intunemonthly.com

-classicsforkids.com

-bgfl.org

-Garageband

-Fruity Loops

-musicteacher.com

GRADE 7

Program Overview

The seventh grade course focuses on development of the various advanced skills and strategies necessary for success in the classes which follow. In literature, students will read and discuss challenging reading material. In writing, students will compose quality papers. In vocabulary, students will develop growth and precision in word choice. This class will foster the academic curiosity and intellectual development that are integral to continued success in the program. Students will engage in close reading and analysis of short stories, novels, plays, fiction, and non-fiction. They will hone their grammar and writing skills through various writing assignments including narratives and essays. Students will share their thoughts and ideas with classmates while sharpening their speaking skills through formal speeches and presentations.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Use appropriate terminology to discuss developing abilities in personal language learning and use
  • Listen and respond constructively to alternative ideas or opinions
  • Apply flexibly, knowledge of phonics, sight vocabulary, structural analysis, language, and context clues
  • Enhance vocabulary through a systemic program of study
  • Analyze plot development in a literary work.
  • Discuss the relevancy and appropriateness of sources for a particular topic
  • Use grammar correctly for fluency of writing
  • Present ideas and opinions confidently during group discussions

Resources

Glencoe-McGraw Hill Literature: Course 2

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

The Outisders by S.E. Hinton

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Google Classroom

Kahoot.it

IXL Language Arts

Accelerated Reading

Program Overview

With the goal of having all our 8th graders taking Algebra 1, we treat our 7th grade math class as a Pre-Algebra course following the Common Core Course 3 Math Standards.  We begin the year with a comprehensive review of proportional relationships, inequalities, and complex applications of percent.  We then officially begin our pre-algebra course with our study of the rational and irrational number sets focusing on square and cube roots, as well as the application of the Pythagorean Theorem.  Then we continue to build our algebraic skills working with multi-step equations, rate of change, and linear functions.  In the second half of the year, we start with properties of exponents, including scientific notations.  We then move on to our units on geometry, strengthening previously learned content, as well as introducing theorems dealing with parallel lines, similar and congruent figures, transformations and three dimensional objects.  We wrap it all up with a study of transformations

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

We aim for all our students to become excellent problems solvers.  To develop the knowledge and skills need for this, we use a range of instructional and assessment techniques including online programs, student response systems, group learning activities, projects and regular assessments.  By the end of 7th grade, we expect our students to be able to solve any linear equation they may see in Algebra 1.  They will also be able to solve problems involving slope-intercept form including modeling real world situations in a linear form.  Our students will be able to apply both the product and quotient properties of exponents, as well as perform operations with numbers in scientific notation.  Students will be able to find missing measurements involving angle measures, lengths, area, and volume.  Lastly students will be able to organize data, calculate measures of central tendency, and interpret data displays to solve problems.  With the successful completion of 7th grade math, our students will be fully prepared to master Algebra 1 in 8th grade.

Resources

Pearson Course 3 Textbook

IXL Math Learning Program

Kahoot! and Socrative Student Response Systems

Student Whiteboards, Calculators, Rulers, Protractors

Program Overview

The seventh grade integrated Iscience course builds upon the content knowledge and scientific skills learned and developed in the sixth grade science course. A seamless transition between the two courses of study allows for the continued development of a multi-layered knowledge base of life science.  Additionally, the students also study matter, energy, universe and motion.  As with all other science courses at Pioneer Academy, the seventh grade Iscience course revolves around student centered learning in an environment that fosters scientific inquiry.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

In this course, through scientific investigation, students are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge to better understand and explain the phenomena they observe in the world around them.  Additionally, the main focus of this course is on scientific method usage and exploration.

Resources

  • McGraw-Hill Glencoe Integrated Iscience Leopard Edition Course 2
  • Edpuzzle
  • Kahoot.it
  • Brain POP connected with Glencoe
  • Foss Kits (The Full Option Science System)

Program Overview

This course will challenge students through a variety of activities that will make history “come alive”. 7th grade Social Studies is an exploration into the birth and development of America with special attention on the geography, economy, government, military, and people who helped build this country. The class will begin with the early settlements of Jamestown and Plymouth and conclude with the period of Reconstruction, after the Civil War. The objective of this class is not simply memorization but critical thinking and creative problem solving.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Students will be able to:

-Compare and contrast several different Native American tribes

-Analyze relationships between European explorers and Native Americans

-Compare and contrast the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies

-Draw conclusions about the role geography played in the colonies’ economic development

-Analyze the role of propaganda played in the colonies

-Identify the points of view of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists

-Determine the causes that led to the division of the nation

Resources

McGraw-Hill Discovering our Past

Google Classroom

EDpuzzle.com

Socrative.com

Kahoot.it

Program Overview

This course is designed to introduce the student to foreign language learning. This course meets 3 times a week. Students will learn simple grammar structure and vocabulary  which will help them to express themselves using the Spanish language. Students will also be exposed to the geography and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

  •      Students will be able to talk about common phrases and expressions on the topics of: greeting, describing people, likes and dislikes, weather conditions, the days of the week, months, seasons, and be able to tell time.
  •      Students will be able to understand all forms of greetings in Spanish, useful phrases and expressions and will be able to use them. Practicing in class dialogues.
  •      Numbers and Colors
  •      Understand the concept of gender in Spanish grammar, masculine and feminine. The use of plural and singular nouns.
  •      Express likes and dislikes
  •      Students will have a basic vocabulary covering many action words, body, food, clothing, family, locations in the neighborhood and describing words. They will also learn verbs such as: ser/estar, tener, ir, regular verbs ending in –ar,-er and–ir.
  •      Students will be able to change action words depending on who is doing the action ( I,he/she/we) Understanding subjects pronouns in Spanish.

Resources

  • En Espanol 1a
  • Kahoot
  • Quia
  • Google classroom

* Please note that the middle school Spanish curriculum is the same for each grade during this  first year of implementation.

Program Overview

The Turkish Language Curriculum for 7 grade is sequenced to build and develop Native Turkish speakers’ linguistic proficiency within the six language areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, critical thinking/learning strategies, and culture.

The curriculum is focused on meeting students’ needs as determined by language proficiency assessments. The goal of the curriculum is to provide the students with the skills needed to make a successful transition into the content area classroom.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

  1. Promote Turkish Culture, Historical Places, Landscapes
  2. Turkish Values, Importance of Values related Turkish Culture, Showing respect to universal Values
  3. Importance of Friendship, communication among friends.
  4. Name of animals, different features of animals.
  5. Talking and speaking about imagination of students.
  6. Importance of reading, Effective reading, Protect Book
  7. Concept of environment, Pollution, Health and environment Target Vocabulary.
  8. Talking about Natural Disasters, Earthquake etc., Damages of Natural disaster.

Resources

  1. Bizim Turkce II (Workbooks, flashcards)
  2. turkishusa.org
  3. Quizlet
  4. Kahoot
  5. testimiz.com
  6. testlericoz.com
  7. Google classroom
  8. http://www.tdk.gov.tr

Program Overview

Students are to be educated on utilizing a variety of  basic computer applications online (Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Sites) and on PC (Basics of Personal Computers such as Mac and Chrome-book). The various computer applications will enable students to conduct scholarly and personal research, create professional documents and presentations, collaborate via digital environments, as well as manage information effectively and efficiently.

Exposure to programming will also be important thread in this course. Programming thread of the course will include basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Projects will be given at the level of students and necessary help will be supplied.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

  • Students will be able to use online applications collaboratively, and they will be able to create a simple website using web development languages they have learned.
  • Students will leave the course with a strong digital applications foundation and programming experience which will enhance their academic performance throughout their pursuit of education.

Resources

  • Google Classroom
  • Google Application Power-points or slides that was designed and created by the instructor.
  • Khan Academy => Intro to HTML/CSS: Making webpages
  • Khan Academy => Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation

Program Overview

Our 7h grade Physical Education classes consist of various sports skills, tactical approaches to sport and fitness, while creating a cognitive/problem-solving environment, where the student physically responds to such factors.  Our Physical Education curriculum consists of units that each student can enter at a similar skill level, therefore not giving any particular student a physical edge when starting a unit, while are learning each new skill for the first time, creating an equal opportunity environment.   We expect full participation, preparation, and skills built from a consistent progression.  The 7th grade school year is the first for middle school students where they do not share a PE class with another grade level, therefore at this point, have elevated expectations as it pertains to skills, problem-solving, and effective communication to achieve a common goal.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Our goals and objectives for 7th grade physical education are based on each particular unit, yet all have similar foundations.  We want each student to practice and master the necessary skills to be successful in each particular unit of coverage.  We cover the tactical approaches for each given unit, which opens the door to creative thinking on the part of the student, and gives themselves for options to do what is best for them individually to be physically active.  Our students are set up with activities, and given rules that will specifically influence team work, communicating with peers, and using previously learned skills to be successful in the given activity.  Each grade level, though may be covering the same sport/fitness component, is taught it to the developmentally appropriate grade level.  7th grade Physical Education will depend more heavily on teamwork, involving others in the group to work towards a common goal, and the student devise plans to put into action based on their own reasoning.

Program Overview

At Pioneer Academy students are able to express themselves through visual arts.  In art class, students work with various mediums such as drawing, painting, pastels, collage, mixed media and three dimensional art.  Students study and create projects related to several artists and periods of art history.  They also create projects related to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.  The seventh grade curriculum is in alignment with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for grade seven.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Students build on skills acquired in fifth and sixth grade and acquire new knowledge and skills in the seventh grade.  Seventh grade students focus on good craftsmanship such as creating “decoupage”, which is a type of collage created on an object such as a plate or bowl.   Art history projects include creating Greek vases, using ancient designs and traditional colors of terra cotta and black.  New vocabulary includes “form” which students demonstrate by creating 2-dimensional as well as 3-dimensional vases.  New Principles of Design are introduced such as emphasis and contrast, with projects such as “Illuminated Letters” which are letters created with metallic pencils on black paper.  All seventh graders take art twice per week.  Seventh graders may also join Middle School Art Club which meets twice per week.

Program Overview

Music education is a very important tool, which can be extremely effective in engaging various scholastic disciplines together in order to achieve very pleasant and dynamic academic results.

The 7th grade music class is a journey, which is strongly based on kinesthetic learning techniques. In our 7th grade general music class, students are actively engaged as they sing, dance and explore the music of various cultures around the world.  Classroom experiences are then expanded and explored in greater depth through extracurricular activities. All the activities that take place throughout this course are in alignment with the NJ CCCS and the National Music Standards. This specific music setting that I have chosen aims to put students in touch with all the basic areas of general music so as to motivate students to become independent learners beyond the classroom .

Learning Goals & Objectives

Some of the most important goals and objectives are:

  • To enable students to distinguish and utilize the three main music elements: rhythm, harmony and melody;
  • To enable students to identify music structure;
  • To enable students to analyze various world music genre;
  • To enable students expand their vocal repertoire;
  • To enable students to expand their instrumental repertoire;
  • To encourage peer collaboration through group work;
  • To encourage students to express their music creativity through the application of musical knowledge.

Resources

-Musictheory.net

-intunemonthly.com

-classicsforkids.com

-bgfl.org

-Garageband

-Fruity Loops

-musicteacher.com

GRADE 8

Program Overview

This course combines the study of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The course will include an intensive composition unit teaching multiple paragraph writing, preparation and presentation of speeches and discussions, vocabulary development, and instruction in and application of mechanics.This course is intended to prepare students for success in high school.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Cite textual evidence to support analysis of text
  • Determine the theme or central idea of a text
  • Identify what dialogue lends to characterization
  • Compose a five-paragraph narrative, persuasive, and expository essay
  • Create, compose, and present an oral presentation

Resources

Glencoe-McGraw Hill Literature: Course 3

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

1984 by George Orwell

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Google Classroom

Kahoot.it

IXL Language Arts

Accelerated Reading

Program Program Overview

We aim to continue to have every one of our 8th graders taking Algebra 1.  We follow the Common Core Algebra 1 Standards and use the Pearson Common Core textbook.  We begin the year with a brief overview of the essential pre-algebra skills acquired during their sixth and seventh grade years.  We continue to master solving equations and inequalities, now incorporating absolute value equations and inequalities.  We then spend the major part of the second marking period studying  linear equations, graph, and models.  The next stop is a compressive unit on systems of linear equations and inequalities, followed by a study of the properties of exponents.  In the fourth marking period, we begin multiplying polynomials, factoring solving quadratics, and graphing parabolas.  We finish up units on radicals, and probability.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

By the end of our 8th grade Algebra 1 course, we expect our students to become master problems solving able to apply concepts from many different areas and applying them appropriately to solve a range of higher level problems.  We accomplish this with a rigorous course load which demands mastery of content by each and every student.  Our student will be able to solve a range of advanced equations or system with one or more variables. They will be able to apply models to describe the relationship between two quantities and use these models to solve real world problems.  Students will be able to graph any linear function and a quadratic equation in standard form.  Lastly, students will be able to apply principles of of probability to find the likelihood of one or more independent or independent events occurring.  We have found that our students are performing exceptionally well

Resources

Pearson Course 3 Textbook

IXL Math Learning Program

Kahoot! and Socrative Student Response Systems

Student Whiteboards, Calculators, Rulers, Protractors

Program Overview

This integrated eighth grade Iscience course provides an overview of physical science concepts, earth science concepts and life science concepts.  Topics of study within this course consist of motion, energy, matter, universe, geological changes, ecology, heredity and systems of the human body.  Standards based curriculum that embeds the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), affords the students of Pioneer Academy opportunities to continually develop their systematic investigation skills and conduct research throughout the academic year via experimentation and literature reviews from both written and electronic resources.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

The eight grade Iscience program re1volves around the following goals and objectives for all learners:

  • ability to ask questions
  • observation
  • inquiry
  • self-discovery
  • cooperative learning
  • communication

Resources

  • McGraw-Hill Glencoe Integrated Iscience Owl Edition Course 3
  • Edpuzzle
  • Kahoot.it
  • Brain POP connected with Glencoe
  • Foss Kits (The Full Option Science System)

Program Overview

This class is an exploration from the Industrial Revolution through the Cold War and to today. We will focus on developing skills to questions and analyze texts of various kinds, identify the motives of historical individuals, learn about the United States’ changing role in the world, and examine the early stages of today’s controversies such as immigration, social inequality, and the role of government.  The objective of this class is not simply memorization but critical thinking and creative problem solving.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Students will be able to:

-Compare and contrast the invitations during the late 1800s and early 1900s with the early 2000s

-Identify and evaluate the reasons different groups of immigrants were pushed or pulled to the US

-Contrast the causes and consequences of prejudice and injustice from the early 19th century to today

-Analyze the role Yellow Journalism had during the Spanish-American War

-Draw conclusions about the changes in technology and battle strategy that changed the nature of war

-Explain how World War II began

-Analyze cultural developments in the 1950s

-Draw conclusions about the success of nonviolent protests during the civil rights movement

-Identify and analyze the effects on the United States from problems in the Middle East during the second half of the 20th century

Resources

McGraw-Hill Discovering our Past

Google Classroom

EDpuzzle.com

Socrative.com

Kahoot.it

Program Overview

This course is designed to introduce the student to foreign language learning. This course meets 3 times a week. Students will learn simple grammar structure and vocabulary in which will help them to express themselves in Spanish. Students will also be exposed to the geography and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

  •      Students will be able to talk about common phrases and expressions on the topics of: greeting, describing people, likes and dislikes, weather conditions, the days of the week, months, seasons, and be able to tell time.
  •      Students will be able to understand all forms of greetings in Spanish, useful phrases and expressions and will be able to use them. Practicing in class dialogues.
  •      Numbers and Colors
  •      Understand the concept of gender in Spanish grammar, masculine and feminine. The use of plural and singular nouns.
  •      Express likes and dislikes
  •      Students will have a basic vocabulary covering many action words, body, food, clothing, family, locations in the neighborhood and describing words. They will also learn verbs such as: ser/estar, tener, ir, regular verbs ending in –ar,-er and–ir.
  •      Students will be able to change action words depending on who is doing the action ( I,he/she/we) Understanding subjects pronouns in Spanish.

Resources

  • En Espanol 1a
  • Kahoot
  • Quia
  • Google classroom

* Please note that the middle school Spanish curriculum is the same for each grade during this  first year of implementation.

Program Overview

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Resources

Program Overview

Students are to be educated on utilizing a variety of computer applications online (Google Drive, Google Classroom, Google Apps, Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Drawings, and Google Sites) and on PC (Basics of Personal Computers such as Mac and Chrome-book). The various computer applications will enable students to conduct scholarly and personal research, create professional documents and presentations, collaborate via digital environments, as well as manage information effectively and efficiently.

Exposure to programming will also be important thread in this course. Programming thread of the course will include basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Projects will be given at the level of students and necessary help will be supplied.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

  • Students will be able to use online applications collaboratively, and they will be able to create a simple website using web development languages they have learned.
  • Students will leave the course with a strong digital applications foundation and programming experience which will enhance their academic performance throughout their pursuit of education.

Resources

  • Google Classroom
  • Google Application Power-points or slides that was designed and created by the instructor.
  • Khan Academy => Intro to HTML/CSS: Making webpages
  • Khan Academy => Intro to JS: Drawing & Animation

Program Overview

Our 8h grade Physical Education classes consist of various sports skills, tactical approaches to sport and fitness, while creating a cognitive/problem-solving environment, where the student physically responds to such factors.  Our Physical Education curriculum consists of units that each student can enter at a similar skill level, therefore not giving any particular student a physical edge when starting a unit, while are learning each new skill for the first time, creating an equal opportunity environment.   We expect full participation, preparation, and skills built from a consistent progression.  The 8th grade students are fully prepared for high school Physical Education from a skills, teamwork, communication, and fitness standpoint.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Our goals and objectives for 8th grade physical education are based on each particular unit, yet all have similar foundations.  We want each student to practice and master the necessary skills to be successful in each particular unit of coverage.  We cover the tactical approaches for each given unit, which opens the door to creative thinking on the part of the student, and gives themselves for options to do what is best for them individually to be physically active.  We emphasize all of the major components of Physical Education with our 8th grade group, as well as have the utmost expectations as the eldest of the middle school class.  All major skills for each unit of coverage over their middle school years is expected to be mastered, and are fully prepared for their future physical education classes in high school.  We expect our students to have a full command of teamwork, working with their peers, communicating effectively, devising plans of strategy, and setting roles to achieve common goals.

Program Overview  At Pioneer Academy students are able to express themselves through visual arts.  In art class, students work with various mediums such as drawing, painting, pastels, collage, mixed media and three dimensional art.  Students study and create projects related to several artists and periods of art history.  They also create projects related to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.  The eighth grade curriculum is in alignment with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content State Standards for grade eight.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives  Students build on skills acquired in sixth and seventh grade and acquire new knowledge and skills in the eighth grade.  Skills include being able to create depth, light, and shadow in a landscape painting.  Students will discover the Art of the Middle Ages and will create their own “Coat of Arms” which was used to identify families, and is still seen today.  Art History projects focus on Modern Art such as learning about Georgia O’Keeffe close-up flowers, and Mondrian’s abstract art while discussing art terms such as geometric and organic .  Students will be able to identify realistic, abstract, and expressionistic art.  All eighth graders take art twice per week.  Eighth graders may also join Middle School art club which meets twice per week.

Program Overview

The 8th grade music class represents a general music environment setting that is based on student engagement and student centered music activities. Music improvisation, choral singing, music technology and world music are all teaching strategies included in the Performing Arts curriculum.  The curriculum is standards based and infuses the NJ CCCS and the National Music Standards.

Additionally, 8th grade music is strongly focused on group performances, be them instrumental or vocal, therefore students are strongly encouraged to collaborate and participate in an array of artistic activities.

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

Some of the most important goals and objectives are:

  • To identify music structure
  • To develop improvisational techniques
  • To utilize critical thinking in music
  • To analyze various world music genre
  • To expand students’ vocal and instrumental repertoire
  • To encourage peer collaboration through group work
  • To express their music creativity by using musical knowledge

Resources

-Musictheory.net

-intunemonthly.com

-classicsforkids.com

-bgfl.org

-Garageband

-Fruity Loops

-musicteacher.com