• Southern Lehigh Middle School Course Descriptions

    2019-2020

     

    Core Academic Courses

    Mathematics

     

    7th Grade:

    Math 1217 – Placement in this course is determined by student need and is an IEP team decision.

    Grade 7 Mathematics 0227 – focuses on five mathematical domains: (1) Ratios and Proportional Relationships, (2) The Number System, (3) Expressions and Equations, (4) Geometry, and (5) Statistics and Probability. Students will extend their understanding of ratios and develop understanding of proportionality to solve single- and multi-step problems. They will develop an understanding of operations with rational numbers while working with expressions and linear equations. Students will solve problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, including working with two- and three-dimensional shape to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume. Additionally, students will draw inferences about populations based on samples.

    Extended Grade 7 Math 0257- is an accelerated course that addresses mathematical content from Grade 7 and Grade 8.  Instruction will focus on five mathematical domains of Grade 7 and 8 content. (1) Ratios and Proportional Relationships: Students will extend their understanding of ratios and develop understanding of proportionality to solve single- and multi-step problems. (2) The Number System: Students will develop an understanding of operations with rational numbers while working with expressions and linear equations. (3) Expressions and Equations: Students will focus on formulating and reasoning with expressions and equations. This will include modeling an association using a linear equation and solving linear equations.  Students will build an understanding of a function and work with using functions to describe quantitative relationships. (4) Geometry: Students will solve problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, including working with two- and three-dimensional shape to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume.  Additionally, two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence will be explored.  Student will also develop an understanding of and ability to apply the Pythagorean Theorem. (5) Statistics and Probability: Students will draw inferences about populations based on data samples.

    Middle School Algebra I 0247- is an accelerated course that addresses mathematical content from Grade 8 and High School Algebra I. Instruction focuses on developing students’ skills and accuracy in algebraic techniques and their applications. This course is designed to develop understanding of the real number system. It includes a study of number properties, formulating and reasoning about expressions and linear equations and inequalities, as well as systems of equations and inequalities.  Students will use functions to describe quantitative relationships and model an association in bivariate data.  In addition, students will explore polynomials and work with quadratics.  Additionally, two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence will be explored. Students will develop an understanding of and ability to apply the Pythagorean Theorem. Emphasis is placed on the development of conceptual understanding, logical reasoning, problem solving, and procedural fluency. Concepts are developed through authentic applications. This is a Keystone course where students are required to take the Keystone Algebra I exam at the end of the course.

     

    8th Grade:

    Math 1218 - Placement in this course is determined by student need and is an IEP team decision.

               

    Grade 8 Mathematics 0228 – focuses on five mathematical domains: (1) The Number System, (2) Expressions and Equations, (3) Functions, (4) Geometry, and (5) Statistics and Probability. Students will focus on formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations. This will include modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations, as well as systems of linear equations. Students will build an understanding of a function and work with using functions to describe quantitative relationships. Additionally, two- and three dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence will be explored. Students will develop an understanding of and ability to apply the Pythagorean Theorem.          

    Algebra IB 0238 – will be offered in the 2019-2020 school year for students who completed ALGEBRA IA (237) during the 2018-2019 school year. A continuation of algebraic concepts that covers standards needed for success on the Keystone state exam. The content covered in class includes real numbers, linear functions, number theory, probability, equations and inequalities, polynomials, and quadratics. Eligibility criteria must be met for placement. The Algebra I Keystone assessment is required at the end of this course.       

    Middle School Algebra I 0248 - is an accelerated course that addresses mathematical content from Grade 8 and High School Algebra I. Instruction focuses on developing students’ skills and accuracy in algebraic techniques and their applications. This course is designed to develop understanding of the real number system. It includes a study of number properties, formulating and reasoning about expressions and linear equations and inequalities, as well as systems of equations and inequalities.  Students will use functions to describe quantitative relationships and model an association in bivariate data.  In addition, students will explore polynomials and work with quadratics.  Additionally, two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence will be explored. Students will develop an understanding of and ability to apply the Pythagorean Theorem. Emphasis is placed on the development of conceptual understanding, logical reasoning, problem solving, and procedural fluency. Concepts are developed through authentic applications. This is a Keystone course where students are required to take the Keystone Algebra I exam at the end of the course.              

    Middle School Geometry 0268 – focuses on developing an understanding of the attributes and relationships of geometric objects. This course is designed for students who have achieved high levels in math. It provides an integrated study of congruence, similarity, geometric transformations, geometric measurement and dimension, right triangles, introductory trigonometry, circles, parallelism, and spatial relationships. Both abstract and practical aspects of geometry are addressed. Throughout this course, inductive and deductive reasoning are emphasized in both mathematical and non-mathematical situations.  The major principles of logic are emphasized, while developing the method and meaning of mathematical proof. Students will construct conditional statements, conjectures, and written justifications. Both direct and indirect proofs are used to provide an understanding of two- and three-dimensional relationships. A scientific calculator and summer work are required for this course.    

     

    English Language Arts

     

    7th Grade:

    Language Arts Courses:

    Language Arts 1127 – Placement in this course is determined by student need and is an IEP team decision.

    Language Arts 117 – This course is an on-level writing and literature course that incorporates intervention strategies to develop foundational personal language and communication skills, text comprehension, and analysis.

    Language Arts 127 – This course is an intense writing and literature course with an emphasis on personal language development, literature analysis, and conventions.

    Honors Language Arts 137 – This course is a fast-paced, advanced writing and literature course. This course reaches beyond basic skills and focuses on higher-level tasks in both writing and literature. The ability to complete independent assignments is essential. Eligibility criteria must be met for placement.

    Gifted Language Arts/Academic Literacy Block 147 - Placement in this course is determined by GIEP and student need.

     

    Academic Literacy/Reading Courses:

            

    Reading 1017 – Placement in this course is determined by student need and is an IEP team decision.

    Academic Literacy 017 - an on-level content area reading and writing course that incorporates intervention strategies to develop foundational text comprehension, analysis, and research skills.

    Academic Literacy 027 – an intense content area reading and writing course with emphasis on developing reading strategies and building research skills.

    Honors Academic Literacy 037 – a fast-paced, advanced content area reading and writing course. This course reaches beyond basic skills and focuses on higher-level tasks. The ability to complete independent assignments is essential. Eligibility criteria must be met for placement.

    Gifted Academic Literacy/LA Block 047– Placement in this course is determined by a GIEP and student need.

     

    8th Grade:

     

    Language Arts Courses:

    Language Arts 1128 – Placement in this course is determined by student need and is an IEP team decision.

    Language Arts 118 – This course is an on-level writing and literature course that incorporates intervention strategies to develop more independent personal language and communication skills, text comprehension, and analysis. 

    Language Arts 128 – This course is a writing and literature course with an emphasis on personal language development, literature analysis, and conventions.

    Honors Language Arts 138 – This course is a fast-paced, advanced writing and literature course. This course reaches beyond basic skills and focuses on higher-level tasks in both writing and literature. The ability to complete independent assignments is essential. 

    Gifted Language Arts 148 - Placement in this course is determined by a GIEP and student need.

     

    Reading Courses:

    Reading 1118 – Reading course for students with IEPs who qualify. This course replaces World Language in the 8th grade schedule.  

    Literacy Seminar 028 - curriculum enrichment through reinforcement of literacy strategies for content area academics. This course replaces World Language in the 8th grade schedule.  

     

    Science

    7th Grade:

    Grade 7 Physical Sciences 0307 – students will explore the nature and structure of matter and the characteristics of energy. Emphasis will be placed on the technological application of Physical Science principles. Major areas addressed within this course include the organization and use of the periodic table, physical and chemical changes, nuclear reactions, temperature and heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and forces and motion. Throughout this course skills will continue to build using systematic investigation with a clear focus on variables and repeated trials. Students will plan and conduct research involving both classroom experimentation and literature reviews from written and electronic resources.    

     

    8th Grade:

    Grade 8 Earth and Space Science 0308 - focuses on developing an understanding of the Earth, Sun, and Moon system, solar system, scale of the universe, and exploration of current theories of the formation of the universe. Topics will include structure of the Earth, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, weathering and erosion, fossils, evolution and changes of life on Earth through the study of fossils, meteorology, and natural disasters.  Throughout this course, students will also study human interactions with the environment including natural resources. Students will plan and conduct research involving both classroom experimentation and literature reviews from written and electronic resources.    

     

    Social Studies

    7th Grade:

    Social Studies 407 - the study of geography, world cultures, and current events.

    Social Studies Spanish Immersion 457– Student must be enrolled in SL Spanish Immersion Program.

     

    8th Grade:

    Social Studies 408 - A survey of United States history from colonial times up to, but not including, the US Civil War.

    Social Studies Spanish Immersion 458 – Student must be enrolled in SL Spanish Immersion Program.

     

     

    Related Arts Courses

     

    Music Courses

    7th Grade:

    General Music 707 - Production, performance, historical and cultural contexts and critical response to music

    Performance Music Choices: Please note: All Performance Music courses require attendance at one Activity Period rehearsal each week plus extracurricular practices before scheduled performances. A minimum of 2 years playing experience is required for Band and Orchestra courses.

    Performance Music: Chorus 737

    Performance Music: Band Brass 717B - Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba

    Performance Music: Band Percussion 717P

    Performance Music: Band Woodwinds 717W - Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone

    Performance Music: Orchestra Lower Strings 727L - Cello or Bass

    Performance Music: Orchestra Upper Strings 727U - Violin or Viola

     

    8th Grade:

    General Music 708 - Production, performance, historical and cultural contexts and critical response to music

    Performance Music Choices: Please note: All Performance Music courses require attendance at one Activity Period rehearsal each week plus extracurricular practices before scheduled performances. A minimum of 3 years playing experience is required for Band and Orchestra courses.

    Performance Music: Chorus 738

    Performance Music: Band Brass 718B - Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba

    Performance Music: Band Percussion 718P

    Performance Music: Band Woodwinds 718W - Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone

    Performance Music: Orchestra Lower Strings 728L - Cello or Bass

    Performance Music: Orchestra Upper Strings 728U - Violin or Viola

     

    World Language

     

    7th Grade:

    Exploratory World Language Wheel: Spanish 517, Chinese 927, and French 597 – Students will experience each Language for a third of the year.

    Advanced Spanish Immersion 557 – Full year advanced Spanish course. Must be enrolled in Southern Lehigh Spanish Immersion program to be in course.

     

    8th Grade:

    Level one World Language Course that students will take for the full year.

    Chinese I 928

    Spanish I 518

    French I 598

    Advanced Spanish Immersion 558 – Must be enrolled in Southern Lehigh Spanish Immersion program to be in course.

     

    Other Related Arts Courses 

    7th Grade:

    Physical Education 877 - Fundamentals of team and individual sports, cardiovascular fitness, adventure education and cooperative activities.

    Health 887 – Topics include; Physical fitness, nutrition, self-esteem, conflict management and dealing with emotions. 

    Family and Consumer Sciences 657 – Topics include; food and Kitchen Safety, Childcare and Development, Basic Skills, Family Studies, Food Preparation.

    Art 807- Students will explore the power of visual communication through personal expression using a variety of various media.

    Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) 657 - Use of computer aided design, robotics, computer programming, and Internet resources to foster lifelong problem solving skills.

    Study Skills 1507 – Placement in this course is determined by student need and is an IEP team decision. Will be taken in the place of World Language courses. Please contact your child’s Special Education teacher for questions about this course.

     

    8th Grade:

    Physical Education 878 – Fundamentals of team and individual sports, team building and cardiovascular fitness.

    Health 888 - Human development, body image, stress management, peer pressure and decision making skills.

    Family and Consumer Sciences 658 – Food and Kitchen Safety, Responsible Use of Sugar, Consumer Education, Food Preservation, Project-Based Inquiry Unit, Food Preparation

    Art 808 – Students will explore the power of visual communication through personal expression using a variety of various media.

    Grade 8 STEM: AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS 0758 -allows students to trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use a robotic platform to design, build, and program for real-world situations.    

    Career and Technology Exploration (CTE) 157- First semester consists of career exploration and job acquisition leading up to career day. The second semester includes spreadsheet software and expanding coding from block programming to real Java Script language.

    Gifted Seminar 0048 – For students with GIEPs. This will take the place of one of the arts classes (Art, FCS or STEM.)

    Study Skills 1508 – Placement in this course is determined by student need and is an IEP team decision. This course may replace World Language or several related arts courses in the 8th grade schedule. Please contact your child’s Special Education teacher for questions about this course.