Middle School Grades 5-8
Course of Study - Grade Five
Elective (not required):
Courses of Study - Grade 6
Sixth grade literature applies previous knowledge and to interpret challenging fiction and non-fiction materials. It describes and uses story elements such as plot, character, setting, and theme. Students also analyze the development of plot, character, setting, and theme as it pertains to the overall impact of literature. Students learn how literature is integrated into all aspects of the school curriculum.
Student learn about the standard usage of tense, number, gender, and case. Students learn the fundamentals of punctuation and parts of speech. Spelling is taught, and the six-trait writing process allows students to write correctly.
Students will demonstrate understanding of place values of numbers. Students will be able to communicate numbers, fractions, and decimals. They will be able to commute ratio, percent, and proportion. Students will learn how to solve problems, and use rulers, compasses, and protractors to learn geometric concepts.
Students study the contributions of people and society through ancient, medieval, and modern times. The main emphasis of Social Studies is the study of the history of the Western World from ancient times to the present day
Sixth grade is an integrated approach to main scientific concepts. Students learn the basics of the Scientific Method, environmental science, the development of plans, and current issues in Science. Sixth graders take an environmental field trip to Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya in Suring, Wisconsin each year.
Sixth grade Religion centers upon the Old Testament, Liturgy, and Prayer. All students participate in the preparation of Liturgies and Prayer Services.
Fun with Language
This class will consist of the history and development of language and how our language is constantly changing. Students will also be introduced to sign language including the three types used in the United States and basic vocabulary and finger spelling.
This class focuses and the students’ understanding of the earth. What causes storms? Why do volcanoes and earthquakes happen? What is the ‘Ring of Fire?” Why do we have season changes during the year? Hands-on experiments will help clarify understanding. There is a concentrated effort on recognizing locations on the world map, especially the Western Hemisphere.
Students learn the functions of Microsoft Publisher, Word, Excel Spreadsheet, PowerPoint and the ability to use the Internet for research. The goal of the computer program is to allow students and teachers to integrate what is taught in computer class to all curriculum areas.
Students learn and recognize the visual arts as a form of communication. They will be able to know and apply elements of art, principles of design, and expressive features of the visual arts. Students know and apply appropriate use of visual arts, techniques, and other skills. A combination of drawing, sculpture, and art history are used in class. All students participate in the SFA Art Show in March.
Students learn specific skills for individual, team, and dual sports. Students are taught to understand training and conditioning practices, understand the long-term effects of regular participation in physical activity, and engage in activities that develop and maintain muscular strength and endurance.
Students learn about main concepts of hygiene, body maintenance, nutrition, and human anatomy.
Chorus is a class that provides students the opportunity to sing and perform some of their favorite music styles and songs. This course will help to build voice and performance skills while giving students the opportunity to sing in a group. Students participate in the Christmas and Spring Concerts and a part of their quarterly grade. Students are also given the opportunity to refine musical skills through Cabrini Singers and the Cabrini Church Choir.
Band is a two-semester course that provides students the opportunity to perfect their individual musical skills plus develop skills needed to perform with a group. The band performs at Christmas and in the spring. In addition, the band marches in the Memorial Day Parade. Individual lessons are scheduled with the band instructor. These lessons are offered at $150 per year.
Electives (choose one):
Course Description Grades 7 & 8
Seventh and eighth grade students at SFA Middle School are required to take the following classes:
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- SOCIAL STUDIES
7th Grade students take two of the following electives courses:
- 3-D ART
- WORLD GEOGRAPHY
- STUDY SKILLS
- MULTIMEDIA W/KEYBOARDING
8th Grade students take three of the following electives courses:
- 3-D ART
- WORLD GEOGRAPHY
- PERSONAL FINANCE
- MULTI MEDIA/DESKTOP PUBLISHING
All subjects are aligned with the standards established by the Department of Public Instruction and the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.
ELECTIVE COURSES FOR SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADES:
Art Grade Seven
Students will continue the creative experience by experimenting with collage, linoleum printmaking, cartooning, radial weaving, and three-dimensional clay and sculpture projects. Through several painting projects, students will learn the style of various famous artists. This process will help students develop the ability to critique, describe, interpret, and analyze art images and objects from various artists and cultures.
Art Grade Eight
Students will begin the year by creating a personalized color wheel. With this project as a base, students will learn more about color theory and use problem solving techniques in developing other projects. Eighth grade students will work with various media including metal to create a repousse project, create mobiles made from wire and found objects, use watercolors and colored pencils for an abstract painting, study the works of Vincent Van Gogh and his style of painting, and explore the three dimensional wood sculpture of Louise Nevelson. Through various projects, students will become aware of the depth and impact of art in their lives and our culture.
Drawing Grades Seven and Eight
Through various drawing experiences, students will learn to observe and appreciate their surroundings and the world around them through real and imaginary drawings. Students will learn different drawing styles and methods with the use of various materials including types of pencils, gel pens, colored pencils, markers, pastel chalk, and scratch board. One weekly sketchbook assignments and class critique will be required. Seventh grade drawing is not a prerequisite of eighth grade drawing. Students are required to buy a sketchbook, which costs $10.
Spanish Grade Eight
Spanish II builds on the skills learned in earlier grades and furthers the study of the English language. The course of study includes the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing the language. The class meets three times a week for the year. Successful completion of Spanish I and II may provide the student credit for one year of high school Spanish. Prerequisite to take Spanish is successful completion of Spanish I.
Band is a one-year class, open to seventh and eighth graders. The band program provides the opportunity for students to perfect their individual musical skills plus develop skills needed to perform with a group. Band students meet with the instructor weekly for lessons (parents pay $150 yearly for lessons). The band plays twice per year at the Christmas and spring concerts and marches in the Memorial Day Parade.
Chorus Grades Seven and Eight
This class provides an opportunity to sing and perform some of their favorite music styles and songs. This course will help build voice and performance skills while giving students the opportunity to sing in a group and individually if they choose. The objective of the class is to have students enjoy the opportunity to sing and learn to perform well. Chorus members participate in the Christmas and Spring Music Concerts.