I. Literature studies following the NC Standard Course of Study will prepare students for the End-of-Grade
A. Novels will be utilized.
1. Classes will read 20 books from a variety of literary genres by the end of 4th quarter.
3. Reading Logs will be completed to enhance vocabulary development and comprehension.
4. Vocabulary will be studied in context.
B. Literature will be the core of the Language Arts program. A variety of sources will be explored, analyzed, and evaluated.
1. Genres covered will include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
2. Comprehension and skills assignments will accompany the literature studies.
A. Basic grammar skills will be covered.
B. Emphasis will be on sentence and paragraph construction.
C. Language skills will be taught through mini-lessons that will review and extend concepts.
Social Studies Syllabus
The NC Standard Course of study will cover several areas. Following is a basic pacing guide for the topics covered during the year.
First Quarter Third Quarter
Five Themes of Geography Russian Empire
Map Skills World War I
Ancient Civilizations (Ancient
Second Quarter Fourth Quarter
Renaissance and Reformation Modern
Age of Exploration
Colonization of South America Modern
Age of Revolution
Assignments will incorporate a variety of materials including the textbook, worksheets, workbooks, research/project materials, novels, and tests. Current events will be covered weekly.
Special events will enrich the social studies program, possibly including, but not limited to guest speakers, National Geography Bee, Greek Day, and field trips.
As most of the reading selections on the EOG Reading Test are content area selections, we will be reading many selections in social studies with that format in mind.
Math studies following the Common Core Essential Standards (CCES) will prepare students for the End-of-Grade Math Test. We will be following the WS/FCS Pacing Guide for Math Curriculum, and below is a very basic road map of the year.
MATH CURRICULUM (new CCES)
· Add/Subtract/Multiply/Divide Fractions
· Add/Subtract/Multiply/Divide Decimals
· Divide multi-digit numbers
· GCF, LCM, distribution of GCF
· Ratios, unit rates, equivalent ratios (proportions), percent of a number, ratios with different measurement units
· Expressions: evaluate, write, identify parts, equivalencies, create real-world problems
· Equations and Inequalities: substitution of numbers, variables, solve real-world problems
· Create tables, graphs, and equations using dependent/independent variables
· Measure Volume
· Describe/categorize geometric shapes based on properties
· Classify geometric shapes based on hierarchy
· Find Area of triangles and quadrilaterals
· Find Volume of right rectangular prisms with fractional edges
· Create nets of 3-d figures to find Surface Area
· Distribution of data (center, spread, overall shape)
· Measure of center and variation
· Dot plots, histograms, Box and whisker plots
· Quantitative measures of center
· Positive and negative values
· Coordinate plane: ordered pairs, plot points
· Compare and order rational numbers; absolute value
· Find distance between points on Coordinate plane
· Draw polygons in Coordinate plane and find length, width, and area of figures
· EOG review
Extensions and Enrichment Activities
· Math Superstars
· Week by Week Essentials
· Math Talk
· Math Counts
SCIENCE CURRICULUM (new CCES)
· Earth In the Universe: Earth/Moon/Sun System and Celestial Bodies in the Universe; gains from space exploration
· Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes: Interactions of constructive and destructive forces that have changed Earth’s surface and the relationship of humans and the lithosphere
· Forces and Motion: Properties of Waves/Wavelike Properties of Energy (Earthquakes, Light, and Sound)
· Matter: Structure, classifications, physical properties, and change
· Energy: Conservation and Transfer and Interactions of matter and energy
· Structures and Functions of Living Organisms (Plants)
· Ecosystems: Flow of Energy (Biotic and Abiotic Factors)
Assignments will be weighted as follows:
Tests and projects - 4 times
Quizzes and notebooks - 3 times
Mini projects and labs - 2 times
Classwork, homework, and current events - 1 time
Things You May See on Graded Papers
Check mark = 100% (full credit)
Redo = 50% or redo and turn in for additional credit
Inc = 50% or finish and turn in for additional credit
Late = See "Daily Homework Assignments" (for reasons other than absence)
Tutoring is after school from Any students staying for tutoring may ride the activity bus. Car riders following tutoring must be picked up no later than 3:10. Mr. McDowell's Math tutoring will be on Tuesdays. Ms. Smith's Language Arts tutoring will be on Thursdays
Daily Homework Assignments
1) Visit the teachers web page calendar by navigating from http://www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/jms.
Expect a Team Pack every Wednesday! The Team Pack will include a weekly newsletter from Mr. McDowell and Ms. Smith. The newsletter contains important team information and lists graded papers which are being sent home that day. Other important information from the office and/or the PTA will also be sent home in the Team Pack on Wednesdays. Parents, please sign and return the Team Pack no later than Friday of the week it is sent home.