Middle School Curriculum
Wilson Reading System® and Wilson Fundations®
Wilson Reading System® is a research-based reading and spelling program for all ages. Its multisensory, structured curricula is based upon phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham principles. Wilson Reading System is used for groups of approximately five students. Students receive instruction in:
- Phonemic awareness
- Decoding and word study
- Sight word recognition
- Oral expressive language development
comprehensive reading, spelling, and handwriting. This program is geared towards students in grades K-3. Students receive instruction in critical foundational skills which emphasize:
- Phonemic awareness
- Phonics/ word study
- High frequency word study
- Reading fluency
- Comprehension strategies
All new students are assessed to determine their need for placement in Wilson Reading System® or Wilson Fundations®.
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Reading by Grade
7th GradeWhile utilizing reading comprehension strategies, students track two or more central ideas over the course of a text. When seeking textual evidence, students provide several references from the text to support the analysis of explicit plot points. Students closely analyze the interactions of characters as they represent the events and varied points of view.
8th GradeThroughout reading, students determine their own central ideas of a text by citing several key pieces of explicit and implicit evidence to support their claim. An emphasis is placed on an analysis of the author’s purpose for writing a specific text and how the author introduces conflicting viewpoints. Rigor increases in preparation for high school.
Writing by Grade
6th GradeStudents continue to write in multi-paragraph form and work towards writing a five-paragraph essay. Adult and peer support is given in the writing process to develop and strengthen writing.
The math curriculum in Center School is developed using a variety of methods to address students with or without a specific learning disability in math. Supplemental material pulled from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Big Idea's Math is incorporated with numerous teacher-created materials and interactive media to develop a curriculum that focuses on computation skills, problem solving, and real-life, practical applications. A full learning experience is reinforced through the use of manipulative materials to engage students in active learning. Numbers and operations, algebraic concepts, geometry, and measurement, data, and probability are incorporated to provide a well-rounded and sequential curriculum.
Math by Grade
- Interpretation of Fractions, including Ratios
- Application of Equations and Expressions
- Application of Geometric Concepts in the Real World, including Circles
- Introduction to Statistics
- Ratio and Proportional Relationships
- Utilization of Algebraic Concepts with Graphs
- Visualization and Representation of Geometric Concepts
- Identification and Calculation of Probability and Permutations
- Application of Rational and Irrational Numbers
- Analysis of Expressions, Equations, and Functions
- Application of Formulas to Shapes; Pythagorean Theorem
- Interpretation of Bivariate Data
In Middle School, students continue to explore science concepts through the use of Delta Science Modules. Each year, students focus on one concentration of science in which they learn a wide range of topics within that area to make sense of science concepts on a larger scale. Students continue to expand their scientific inquiry skills through the use of the scientific method during labs and experiments. Teacher-created materials and interactive media help to complete the curriculum further.
Science by Grade
- The Scientific Method
- Earth Structures, Processes, and Cycles
- Evolution of the Universe
- Organisms and Cells: Basic Cell Structures and Their Functions
- Theory of Evolution
- Genetics: From Genes to Proteins
- Chemistry: Physical and Chemical Changes of Atomic Structures
- Physics: Kinetic and Potential Energy; Electric Currents
Social Studies by Grade
Ancient Civilizations: Geography, History, and Culture and Their Effects on Modern Culture.
- The Beginning of Human Society/The Fertile Crescent.
- Indus River Valley
Early American History: The Historical and Political Effect on America’s Expansion.
- The First Americans
- European Explorers
- Colonial America
- The American Revolution
- Uniting a Country
- US Expansion
- The Spirit of Reform and The Civil War
20th Century United States: The Voices and Agents That Brought About Lasting Change.
- The Industrial Age
- Rise of Urban Cities and the Progressive Era
- Age of Imperialism
- The Great Depression
- The Cold War Era
- The Civil Rights Movement
The health curriculum is introduced in fourth grade and continues through eighth grade. Features from the Pennsylvania Core Standards are incorporated into the curriculum along with components from McGraw-Hill Teen Health and teacher-made activities and materials. Students are taught to identify, recognize, explain, and analyze safe and healthy living concepts. Health class is instructed for one semester.
Health by Grade
- First Aid and Safety
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Health Problems and Prevention
- Dating Guidelines
- Sexual Education
The program prepares students for the integrated STEM demands and provides opportunities to research and experience STEM careers. Students who do not require Wilson® or have graduated from Wilson® participate in the STEM program. Topics covered include:
- Computer Coding
- Bridge Design
- Money Management
- Stock Market Analysis
- Environmental Science
- Fashion Technology
- Sports and Exercise Science
- Financial Literacy
- Engineering Process
- Parachute Design
- Fitness is fostered through exercise such as weight training and rope climbing. Students develop an understanding of how to manage their fitness needs on a daily basis, staying fit through a variety of activities.
- Teamwork is promoted through cooperative games and developed to create a positive environment.
- Strategies are taught for lifetime sports such as football, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, and softball.
- Color Theory
- Line Types and Directions
- Genres: Portrait, Still Life, Landscape, Abstract
- Composition and Balance
- 3-Dimensional Works