Middle School – Grades 7 & 8
- Middle School
Language Arts – Grades 7-8 – Mrs. Angie Miller
7-8 Grade Language Arts
In English Language Arts, students follow a continuum that covers reading, writing, listening, viewing, and speaking, with a focus on real world connections. Students read and write extensively in a variety of genres and attempt publication either in the classroom, the town library, local newspapers, websites, or in contests. It is important that students recognize the importance and strength of their voice, and in this class they are encouraged to develop it. Grammar, spelling, and vocabulary are incorporated through writing instruction.
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Science – Grades 7-8 – Mrs. Emily Kelley
The science classes incorporate science content with hands-on activities which allow for understanding and the development of critical thinking skills. The curriculum is spiraled, meaning that each topic (earth, physics, chemistry, & biology) is addressed each year with units building on the previous year. Literacy skills such as reading, writing, listening, and speaking are focused on so that students learn how to investigate their questions and communicate their science knowledge. The inter-relationships of the branches of science and the relationship between science and technology are stressed.
Social Studies – Grades 7-8 – Mr. Mitch Richardson
Seventh grade studies begin in the ancient Middle East. Starting with the Mesopotamian cultures and heading south to study ancient Egypt. After Egypt, the ancient empires of Greece and Rome are studied up until the Fall of Rome and the Dark Ages. The Vikings are studied which then leads into medieval times and ends with the Renaissance and the Reformation.
Eighth grade starts with the early explorers and original colonies, and then goes into the French-Indian War. The Revolutionary period is studied and the Constitution is examined. Politics and culture in America is studied up until the Civil War.
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Math – Grades 7-8 – Mrs. Susan Long
The mathematics program in grades 7-8 follows the SAU #48 Mathematics Curriculum Guide.Students at Holderness Central School use a wide variety of books, materials, and methods in their mathematics learning.Students explore ideas, develop and refine mathematical concepts, discuss their thinking and practice mathematics in many different contexts in order to connect mathematics to other parts of their lives. For those 8th grade students who excel in mathematics and qualify for it, Algebra I is offered.