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.
The middle school students have been very busy growing and learning every day. The students are very engaged in our current literature study of Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli. If you are unfamiliar with this story, it tells of the "legend" Maniac Magee and his wonders on the east and west ends of a fictional Hector Street. The town is divided by race. As he navigates his way through families and friendships, the towns come together in unexpected ways. They students worked in teams to conduct a word study lead by team captains. Related to the story, they just finished designing their own "World's Greatest Candy Bar." Activities, reading and discussions will continue through October.
Middle school students continue to work on computation and problem solving in mathematics. The fifth graders have been refining number sense, learning about exponents, powers of 10 and order of operations. The sixth graders have been working on more advanced order of operations, square and cube roots and negative numbers. Both classes continue to work on developing strong mental math and quick computation for daily accuracy.