Content Specific Middle School
By the end of Grade 8 students will be able to:
- Apply a variety of strategies to understand, explain, and evaluate material from print, non-print, and electronic sources to construct meaning.
- Communicate effectively in written and oral forms to describe, explain, persuade, and/or create meaning.
- Engage in basic research activities using a variety of materials from print, non-print, and electronic sources.
- Recognize the characteristics of the different literary genre.
- Read and respond to material from print, non-print, and electronic sources for learning and pleasure
- Solve open-ended problems using graphs, geometry, and symbols.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of operations on whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, and rational numbers.
- Use statistical methods to describe, analyze, evaluate, and make decisions.
- Describe patterns by using tables, graphs, and functional relationships.
- Demonstrate an algebraic understanding of variables, expressions, and equations
- Understand geometric concepts of lines, angles, figures, area, perimeter and volume.
- Use ratio, proportion and percent to represent and describe mathematical relationships.
- Communicate in a logical manner using written, verbal and portfolio methods.
- Conduct scientific investigations that involve the scientific method while identifying and controlling variables in experiments.
- Describe the major characteristics found in the kingdoms of living organisms.
- Explain how nature and human activities have changed the Earth's land, oceans, and atmosphere.
- Identify important relationships among issues related to science, math, and technology that affect society.
- Describe the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers in the Earth's ecosystems.
- Identify interactions between matter and energy on Earth and in space.
- Describe human body systems and how each contributes to the health of the individual
- Describe the relationship between geography and history in terms of time and place and as a context for events.
- Use a variety of research skills that pose, identify, and define geographic and historic issues, problems and questions.
- Participate in persuading, compromising, debating and negotiating the resolution of current, historical, or geographical conflicts and differences.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and economic events that transformed America in the 19th century.
- Understand the basic concepts of economics.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE
- Demonstrate the ability to manage financial resources to meet the goals of individuals and families across ones life span.
- Demonstrate the ability to acquire, handle, and use food to meet nutrition and wellness needs of individuals and families across ones life span
- Recognize the psychological, historical, and economic importance of clothing and demonstrate basic hand and machine sewing techniques through design ideas and visual presentations.
- Use the basic vocabulary and grammar of the target language, formulate statements and opinions in the target language, and write developmentally appropriate compositions.
- Understand and respond appropriately to instructions and questions in the target language.
- Describe similarities and differences between their culture and lifestyle and the cultures and lifestyles studied.
- Describe the various aspects of diversity in a multicultural community.
- Read appropriate material and answer questions based on the reading.
- Use correct spelling, accents, punctuation and capitalization in the target language.
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INFORMATION LITERACY AND TECHNOLOGY
- Demonstrate the skills needed to develop and explore a variety of critical instructional questions.
- Evaluate the authenticity and relevance of information from a variety of sources, including print, non-print, and electronic and demonstrate knowledge of the ethical use of copyrighted materials.
- Present findings in written and multimedia formats.
- Create and implement simple Internet searches with guidance and prepare presentations for Intranet publication.
- Give complete, standard bibliographic citations for all resources used.
- Use the school network to access materials, to manipulate information, and to communicate.
- Develop independent, creative, artistic approaches to self-expression.
- Effectively utilize a variety of art methods, media and subjects to communicate ideas.
- Exhibit basic skills in analyzing, evaluating, classifying and comparing artistic elements, work and genres.
- Demonstrate developmentally appropriate applications of physical education techniques by combining a variety of movement and body activities.
- Maintain personal records of moderate to vigorous physical activities.
- Develop personal goals and strategies for the improvement of selected fitness components necessary for a healthy lifestyle.
- Demonstrate supportive and inclusive behaviors when meeting the individual needs of peers in physical activity settings.
- Describe the interrelationship of mental, emotional, social, and physical health during adolescence.
- Demonstrate the ability to utilize health resources from home, school, and community that provide valid information to develop a personal health assessment that determines strengths and risks.
- Determine how to effectively communicate information, ideas, feelings, and opinions about health related issues and understand the impact of peer influence on personal health.
- Describe how changes in personal capabilities, priorities, and responsibilities influence personal health goals.
- Demonstrate an understanding of technology and its systems and how they affect the areas of production, communication, and transportation.
- Recognize the scope of technology and evaluate the impact and consequences technology has on society, culture, and the environment.
- Investigate ideas and develop research skills to address technology-related needs and problems and to design and construct technology-based products.
- Apply science, mathematics, language arts, and technological concepts to solve real world problems.
- Use technology resources, processes, and tools safely and effectively.
- Demonstrate a general understanding of technology-based roles and careers including engineers, technologists, technicians, and craftspeople.