Middle School - Mathematics and Reading
Middle School prepares students for continuation to secondary school. Students are supported as they navigate their way through leadership projects and independent learning using one-to-one iPad instruction.
Middle School prepares students for continuation to secondary school. Students are supported as they navigate their way through leadership projects and independent learning using one-to-one iPad and Chromebook instruction.
In Mathematics, solving realistic problems strengthens critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Student confidence and knowledge grows through engaging lessons, small group activities and use of technology. They explore problem solving using the Singapore Math approach. Students are introduced to a variety of ways in to solve problems in order to strengthen their critical thinking skills. New, more sophisticated concepts are related to past concepts and experiences.
The Reading Program is literature-based and emphasizes understanding of the standard literary tools including: main idea, supporting information, conclusions, inferences, compare and contrast, plot and character development. Students complete a variety of activities to demonstrate their understanding. They respond to their reading through writing prompts, activities and discussions. Students engage in independent reading, both at school and home, in order to master the skills taught.
Middle School students were very busy in November learning all about Legos for their project research. Using all academic areas, students have been studying the history, economy, retail, interest, social aspects and movement of the company. Students are excited for the upcoming field trip to the Lego Store and Magic House Lego exhibit to conduct more research.
The short weeks between holiday breaks are a great opportunity to work on brief reading assignments. In addition to the regular non-fiction reading selections, the students had the opportunity to practice their theatrical reading skills through Readers' Theater. Students completed two skits: a humorous Thanksgiving one and a more traditional tale of The Christmas Carol.
In math, students continue to work on problem solving skills while having fun solving some holiday themed word problems. Fifth graders continued their study of area and Sixth Graders worked with fractions, decimals and percents.