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Haysville Middle School Level Course Catalogue

4117 1    7         Science 7           The 7th grade science curriculum allows students to develop skills through testing questions using

                    (HMS/HWMS) the scientific method and measuring and converting within the metric system. Students begin

                                        discovering the structure and functions of cells through use of a microscope. This leads to discussion

                                        and learning on heredity and genetic changes and how that contributes to the classification of living

                                        things. Students will study the interaction of living things by tracing the energy flow though the

                                        environment. Our last unit of study is Astronomy, which focuses on celestial bodies and their

                                        influences on Earth. During the 7th grade year, students will take the Kansas State Science

                                        Assessment. A portion of our curriculum is dedicated to reviewing science concepts from their 5th

                                        and 6th grade years.

4118 1    8         Science 8           The 8th grade science courses consist of the study of the scientific method and science as inquiry.

                    (HMS/HWMS) Physics is taught with an emphasis on force and motion as outlined by Newton's Laws of Motion.

                                        Earth science will be presented, focusing on the constructive and destructive force of the earth.

                                        Volcanism, seismic activity, plate tectonics, the structure of the earth and the atmosphere will be

                                        the main focus during the second semester.

4861,  2  6-8, by grade Reading
4871,     level Concepts
4881                                    The curriculum for Reading Concepts is designed for students who are reading 2 grade levels below
                            (HMS/HWMS)  their current grade. Diagnostic assessments are conducted three times per year and student
                                        schedules are adjusted accordingly. Comprehension skills are taught across the four text types:
4003 2    6-8,      Reading             narrative, expository, persuasive, and technical. Various strategies are designed to address student
          combined  Essentials          strengths and weaknesses. Explicit instruction is delivered in the areas of word study, including
                    (HMS/HWMS)          phonics, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary. This 90 minute class period features both small
                                        and large group instruction and a class size of 20 students or less.

                                        The curriculum for Reading Essentials is designed for students who are reading more than 2 grade
                                        levels below their current grade, usually at a primary reading level. Diagnostic assessments are
                                        conducted three times per year and student schedules are adjusted accordingly. Comprehension
                                        skills are taught across the four text types: narrative, expository, persuasive, and technical. Various
                                        strategies are designed to address student strengths and weaknesses. Explicit instruction is
                                        delivered in the areas of word study, including phonics, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary.
                                        This 90 minute class period features both small and large group instruction and a class size of 15
                                        students or less.

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