English / Language Arts
Major concepts taught each quarter will be:
1st Quarter- Establish/adjust purposes for reading Use of text features, such as chapter titles, headings, indexes, and online tools to locate information Sequence events and analyze cause and effect relationships Make comparisons across texts; note author purpose, goals, and view point Build vocabulary through use of context clues and word analysis skills (connotation, use of prefixes and suffixes) Read, write, and respond critically to fiction and poetry
2nd Quarter- Identify setting; predict and infer reading outcomes Build vocabulary through use of context clues and word analysis skills (analogies, synonyms, antonyms) Analyze information found in maps, charts, and diagrams Vary sentence structure when writing Organize writing into paragraphs that contain topic sentences and maintain a focus Read, write, and respond critically to fiction and drama
3rd Quarter- Draw conclusions based on inferences Identifying plot and main ideas/supporting details, Build vocabulary through use of context clues and word analysis skills (similes and metaphors) Use of elaboration, details, and transitional words in writing to clarify meaning Summarize information: verbal and written Read, write, and respond critically to nonfiction and mythology
4th Quarter- Identify and analyze examples of fact and opinion Summarize information; identifying gaps or excess in knowledge Build vocabulary through use of context clues and word analysis skills proper use of punctuation Demonstrate proper use of punctuation, as well as spelling high frequency words correctly Read, write, and respond critically to nonfiction and poetry *Please Note- Each quarter we will work on grammar, spelling, and vocabulary skills in Reading and English classes. Students will also experiment with descriptive, informative, expository, and narrative writing.
First quarter - constructing and working with data, graphing, finding and understanding the meaning of mean, median, mode, and range within a group of data, understanding and using exponents and order of operations, estimating reasonable solutions to equations.
Second quarter - calculating, with fluency, operations involving decimals and fractions, checking calculations with reasonable estimates, understanding value of fractions and decimals, fluency in the understanding of place value, solving word problems with decimals and fractions.
Third quarter - finding perimeter and area of triangles, squares, rectangles, and parallelograms, understanding basic geometric terms and constructing congruent segments and angles, classifying lines and triangles, finding circumference and area of circles, understanding the differences between surface area and volume of rectangular prisms.
Fourth quarter - describe sizes, positions, and orientations, of two dimensional shapes after rotations, reflections, and translations, solve one step linear equations, begin computations of probability of an independent event, discover integers and coordinate planes.
First quarter - the study of Earth’s origin, history, and structure.
Second quarter - the study of the Earth’s atmosphere, weather, and climate.
Third quarter - the study of the position, composition, size and other characteristics of planets, stars and other objects in space.
Fourth quarter - the study of Earth’s oceans and the physical features, life forms, and natural resources found there.