Middle School Course Descriptions

Language Arts

-Pre-AP English (grades 7 &  8)

Reading comprehension is the indicator of future success in education.  The only way for that skill to develop is through consistent practice. Pre-AP students will be expected to read an assigned number of works of literature during the year.  Of these assigned books, four to six will be assigned by the teacher for in-depth, in-class analysis. Other reading will be chosen from an assigned list.   

Students should expect to maintain a minimum grade average of 80%.  The student, parent, and teacher will sign a contract agreeing to the requirements for the course.  Summer reading will be required and must be completed by the first day of the new school year.

-English (Grades 6, 7 & 8)

The middle school level English curriculum is anchored in reading and writing.  In reading, students re-visit and reinforce fundamental skills and begin acquiring the tools and techniques that will allow them to analyze and evaluate texts: vocabulary development, close reading, artistry in language, and literary strategies.  Students explore a variety of genres, periods, and authors, to experience for themselves the adventure and the power of reading. Similarly, students investigate and create through poetry, prose, and multiple media. They learn what effective communication requires of them as writers, speakers, presenters, and listeners.  Activities include the study of grammar and spelling as well as conventions of form and standards of evaluation used in school, in writing competitions, and in publishing.

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Mathematics

-Math 1(5th and 6th Graders)

Students in this course will use ratio reasoning, recognize integer properties, evaluate and simplify algebraic expressions, solve one step equations and inequalities, explore rational numbers,and build upon prior knowledge of fraction operations. Students will also study an introduction to statistical variability and probability as well as investigate real world mathematical problems involving area, perimeter, and volume of basic geometric shapes and solids. Students will follow the Oklahoma State Standards for 6th Grade Math.

-Math 2 (6th and 7th Graders)

Students in this course will study rational numbers, expressions and equations, solve and graph inequalities, proportional relationships, scale factors, ratios, two and three dimensional shapes, area, surface area, volume, central tendency, probability. Students will use their knowledge of integers, fractions, decimals, and number sense to prepare for Pre-Algebra.  Students will follow the Oklahoma State Standards for 7th Grade Math.

-Pre-Algebra (7th & 8th Graders)
Textbook: Mathematics: Applications and Concepts – Course 3 (Glencoe)
Calculator: TI 30xII Multiview
Prerequisite: 7th grade math
Grade Level: 7, 8

This course begins with a review of basic operations of rational numbers and then provides a foundation for the study of algebra. Concepts studied include Rational numbers including fractions, decimals, and integers, the Real number System, Pythagorean Theorem, proportions, rate/slope, similar figures, percent, lines, angles, triangles, perimeter, area, volume, probability, statistics, equations, inequalities, functions,  and an introduction to polynomials.

-Algebra I
Textbook: Algebra 1 – Oklahoma edition (McGraw Hill)
Calculator: TI 30xII Multiview
Prerequisite: 7th grade math (with teacher recommendation); Pre-Algebra
Grade Level: 8, 9,10

This foundational course is a study of the language of algebra in which the student learns to interpret and solve problems using algebraic terms and concepts. Concepts taught include operations with rational numbers, solving and graphing equations/inequalities, functions, polynomials, factoring, solving and graphing systems of equations/inequalities, radical and rational expressions, quadratic equations, and statistics. 

Successful completion of this course earns the student high school math credit.

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Sciences

Biblical Integration:

God is the creator of all things. (Genesis 1:1) The Biblical integration of science in these classes reveals the intelligence and vastness of God. The hearts and minds of the students should be filled with a sense of awe and wonder at the incredible design and works of our most amazing creator. However, we will also learn that man must look beyond science (to God and His Word) in order to understand the real meaning of life. (1 Corinthians 2:14-15) 

The curriculum and assessments have been aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OASS), CCSS, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 

 –6th Grade Science

In this class we will be focusing on select topics from major disciplines of science.  Textbook – Pearson Oklahoma Interactive Science – 6th grade. Unit Topics that will be covered: Changes in States of Matter, Energy, Magnetism and Energy, Cells and Organelles, Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration, Body Systems, Ecosystems, Cycling of Water, Human Impact.

-7th Grade Earth/Physical/Life Sciences:

We will focus on the following topics in this course.  Students will model atomic structure and chemical reactions; analyze forces and interactions; and study various forces of energy.  Students will investigate animal behavior with emphasis in heredity and diversity from a Christian perspective. Students will model the earth, solar system, and universe – spin, seasons, formation as well discuss the latest in technological advances.  Students will compare weather and climate examining the effects of air masses while taking into consideration atmospheric and oceanic conditions. Conceptual and mathematical understanding of earth science will be stressed. Teaching revolves around an interactive class setting.  Problem-solving skills, critical thinking situations, and activity/lab/project-based learning will be incorporated throughout the course. Textbook – Pearson Oklahoma Interactive Science – 7th grade.

-8th Grade Earth/Physical Sciences:

The course will include a review of measurement and the metric system, modeling atomic structure within the context of the periodic table and its meaning, examining chemical bonding/compounds and why they behave as they do.  Students will analyze forces and waves including their applications in technologies for information transfer. Furthermore, students will examine weathering, erosion, deposition, plate tectonics, energy resources, and earthquakes.  Conceptual and mathematical understanding of earth and physical sciences will be stressed. Teaching revolves around an interactive class setting. Problem-solving skills, critical thinking situations, and activity/lab/project-based learning will be incorporated throughout the course. Textbook – Pearson Oklahoma Interactive Science – 8th grade.

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Social Studies

-Social Studies (Grades 6 & 7 )

The social studies curriculum for sixth and seventh grade is world geography.  Sixth graders will focus on western hemisphere and seventh grade will focus on eastern hemisphere.   Geography is the study of the spatial patterns of the human and physical characteristics of the world and its people.  Students will study economics, recent history, contemporary events, tools, and maps to study the regions of the world.

-Social Studies (Grade 8 )

The Social Studies curriculum for 8th Grade is United States History.  Eight graders focus focus on United States History, American Revolution through the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras (1754-1877).  Students will study the events and key persons of the American Revolution. The factors, events, documents, significant individuals that led to the formation of the United States of America.  These events will be taught through the chronological study of the early national period, westward expansion, and the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras. We use the textbook America History of Our Nation and use interactive notebooks.

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Religion

-7th Grade Bible:

In middle school, young people face more and more decisions on their own. Soon they find that their new freedoms are followed by greater responsibility and higher expectations. Wise Up encourages your students to study the wisdom of God in Proverbs, allowing Him to shape their lives into the image of His Son, Christ. Textbook:  “Wise Up – Wisdom in Proverbs” Positive Action Bible Curriculum

-8th Grade Bible:

Lightbearers is a middle school Bible curriculum designed to help 8th-grade students understand the tenets of the Christian worldview. It compares Christianity with other prominent worldviews in the areas of theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, sociology, psychology, law, politics, economics, and history.

Students will learn why Christianity offers the best answers to questions about God, right and wrong, creation, what it means to be human, and much more. Issues covered include apologetics, cults, evolution, feminism, homosexuality, naturalism, moral relativism, pluralism, and socialism. Textbook:  “Lightbears, A Biblical Worldview Curriculum” – Summit Ministries Curriculum

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Electives

-Art

This class is designed to give students an overview of art history beginning with the renaissance period and moving through the pop art period. Students study various artists, learning about the historical time era as well as the artist’s unique artistic style. Students will use assorted art mediums in order to recreate artwork with their own individual style.

-Choir

ILCA Choir students will learn the fundamentals of good vocal production and sight singing along with basic music theory. As a choir, we will perform many styles of music including classical, patriotic, holiday, contemporary, and more. Student grades will be based on class participation in daily rehearsals as well as participation in all choir performances.

-Band

The Middle School Band curriculum is centered in music theory, sight reading, writing and performance.  

This course begins with a review (re-visit) of basic music knowledge, parts of instrument, care of instrument, position,  tone production,fingerings, basic note values, and music reading skills. Then the course will reinforce fundamentals and provide a foundation for the study and performance in band.  Students will explore a variety of genres, periods and composers, to explore themselves the adventure and the power of playing, reading and writing music. Students will be expected to practice a number of hours and days per week.  Students will learn the only way that their playing skills will develop is through practice.

Middle School Band will use THE STANDARD of EXCELLENCE BAND METHOD BOOK 1 which will have a strong performance-centered approach with music theory, music History, ear training, listening to composition, and improvisations.    

-Spanish

The emphasis of our Spanish course at ILCA is for learners to use the target language to explore the products, practices, and perspectives of the target culture, make connections with other disciplines, compare the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries with their own, and explore opportunities to use their Spanish language skills in their own community.