Grades 6-8
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Research Projects in the Middle School 

    The seventh grade completes a research project on an animal.  This research paper must be typed and will include a title page, body, and works sited page.  The research paper must be at least 300 words long.  Students will be graded on 20 completed notecards, rough drafts, content, length, and their work in the computer lab. In addition to the research paper, the students will create a PowerPoint slide show about the project.

          The eighth grade research project is required to graduate from the eighth grade in our school district. The students’ research a topic approved by the teacher from a list of suggested topics related to the curriculum.  They can be literature, science, social studies, art, or music topics.  They have instruction on completing the bibliographic cards (source cards) and preparing notecards with a title, source number, and the credits they will use in documenting the sources in the report body.   The paper must be five to seven pages in length. They have to include an outline and works cited page in addition to the five to seven page reports. They are required to have a minimum of sixty note cards from the following sources one book, one encyclopedia, one Internet source, one magazine, and one source of their choice (TV, personal interview, film, or double up on one of the other sources).  There must be also a source card for each of the five required sources.   Mrs. Horter, the librarian, teaches how to use ACCESS PA to locate and print their periodical source.  About two weeks is spent researching in the library.  The classes are also taught how to organize their research and plan the report using an outline they write.  In addition to the research paper, the students will create a PowerPoint slide show about the project.


Grade 6

6th Grade Teachers

Language Arts:

The sixth grade Reading and English series is from the Houghton Mifflin Company and it is skill based.   In Reading, the sixth graders will be working on vocabulary, comprehension, sequence, figurative language, word structure, text sequence and story elements.  In English, the students will be working on writing, grammar and spelling. 

In sixth grade, one of the main focuses will be writing.  The students will take the Pennsylvania State Writing Assessment in October.  The students will be extremely busy the first few weeks of school learning the various aspects of writing.  The students will learn to write in three different styles:  narrative, persuasive and informative. 

 Social Studies

In sixth grade Social Studies, the students will learn about the Western Hemisphere.  We will begin or study with Canada and work our way down through Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.  The students will also be learning the location of all the United States.  The students will be completing various interesting activities and projects that go along with studying the Western Hemisphere


The sixth grade students will be covering many topics this year in Science class.  They will be learning about space, weather, ecology, and matter.  The students will be participating in an upcoming assembly on water conservation.  The students will be preparing this year for the Science portion of the PSSA test which will be administered to them while they are in 7th grade.  The students will also be working on locating facts and information as they write the sixth grade research report.


The pre-algebra students are learning the basics of algebra.  This will enable them to be able to take Geometry in 8th grade, which will dramatically help and challenge our students.  Some of the areas covered in the sixth grade algebra class are solving two-step equations, integers, proportions, statistics, exponents, rational numbers, ratio, polynomials, triangles, graphing equations, and inequalities.


Students will be working a variety of areas in Math this year.  Some of these concepts fractions, percents, decimals, exponents, scientific, square roots, geometry, integers and problem solving.  The students will be learning and mastering this information during the course of the year.                                                                                 


Grade 7

7th Grade Teachers

Seventh grade curriculum

 Students who have 7th grade Algebra are learning to solve multi-step equations to model real-life problems.  Students have also solved literal equations which will help them prepare to work with linear and quadratic equations in the near future.  They have also worked on word problems and rate problems using proportions. 

In Pre Algebra students have learned how to solve equations and inequalities.  We have also been working hard with perimeter, area, and volume.  We are beginning a new chapter about integers which deals with working with positive and negative numbers.

In Math class students have also worked with equations and are currently working with multiplying and dividing decimals as well as expanded notation and scientific notation.

Seventh grade English classes are working on the basics of grammar as well as some fun free writing activities.  They are using prompts that are entertaining and fun but will also provide excellent practice for the PSSA tests.

In Social Studies students are working on the early history of the Eastern Hemisphere and they are preparing to begin their study of ancient Egypt.  Students are also learning about different kinds of maps – physical, political, grid, etc. and climatic conditions of different latitudes.

Grade 8

8th Grade Teachers

Eighth Grade Curriculum Overview

The eighth grade pre-algebra classes are exposed to skills needed to do well in algebra.  These skills include solving equations, geometry, measurement, problem solving, graphing, and statistics.  The eighth grade algebra classes are working on solving equations, graphing different families of function, polynomial operations, and analytical geometry.  The eight grade geometry classes are studying basic relationships, definition, theorems, postulates, and axioms.  Exploring different polygons, formulas for area, perimeter, volume, and surface area.  Working with the Geometer’s Sketchpad Program at least two times per week to increase student understanding of Geometry.  All courses will continuously work on skills to improve our performance on the PSSA.

The eighth grade English classes are working on their research papers this year.  They chose a topic; research using encyclopedias, books, magazines, and the Internet; then compose a 5 to 7 page paper that includes an outline, works cited page, and cover page.  Its completion is one of the requirements for eighth grade graduation.

In eighth grade science classes they are working on physical and chemical changes.  They will also work on phase changes of matter, differences between mixtures, elements, and compounds.

In eighth grade social studies students are studying American History including these five major themes:  Three worlds meet (1450-1620), Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763), Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820), Expansion and Reform (1801-1861), and the Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877).

 Eighth grade Spanish 1 emphasizes the development of Spanish pronunciation, basic grammar, and thematic vocabulary, which enables the student to speak and converse about basic daily activities in the present tense.  This course introduces the culture and geography of Spanish speaking countries.

Related Arts

Related Arts

Family and Consumer Science

The eighth grade family and consumer science classes have the opportunity to experience caring for a baby. The baby is actually a doll of infant size weighing approximately 8 lbs. and containing a microprocessor. The microprocessor causes the baby to cry at irregular times during the day as well as the night. In order to stop the crying the student has a special key to place in the baby and must hold the key until the baby giggles, signifying the care time is over. The key must be held in place for 5-30 minutes until the baby becomes pacified. Students take the baby home on Friday and return it on Monday morning. The school district has infant carriers, baby blankets, clothing and diaper bags for the students to use.

If a students doesn’t want to experience the baby, they can write a 4 page typed report about infants. This is the second year for this program.

Physical Education

The Middle School Physical education program offers a variety of individual and team sports. These activities concentrate on skill development and sportsmanship. Team activities are intramural ending with all school play-offs in front of the student body.

Computer Technology

All classes meet once a week.  We have a brand new computer lab. We're are using Windows XP and Office 2007. The students practice formal keyboarding skills.  The students create, edit, save and print documents using Microsoft Word.   Research projects are completed in computer class.  Microsoft Excel is utilized to create spreadsheets with charts and tables.  Microsoft Publisher is applied to create calendars, signs, cards, and labels.  Microsoft Power Point  is the multimedia program employed for creating and animating slide show presentations.  Internet classes revolve around safety, web page evaluation and educational activities.

General Art

Sixth and seventh graders will be working mainly with two-dimensional assignments evolving around and creating good composition. This will take them into drawing, design and painting projects.

Eighth grade – an understanding of both two and three-dimensional work will be essential to the students understanding of what will be required of him or her. Each will demonstrate and show their knowledge of these aspects of art by various drawings/constructions.


Seventh grade is a combination of traditional general music class singing and the Music in Education keyboard program is taught.

Sixth grade General Music focuses on the instruments of the orchestra, and the American music in the early 1900’s.  The students also learn to use the keyboard lab and compose their own songs.

Eighth grade general music spends time studying the history of music from the Renaissance to the Romantic period, American folk songs and patriotic music.    They also learn to play and compose their own songs in our new keyboard lab.

The chorus classes spend time in the fall and spring working on music to perform at the Christmas and spring concerts, as well as for various assemblies and the Unified Arts Festival.

Technology Education (Industrial Arts)

Sixth graders will learn to measure, use a variety of woodworking tools, and operate woodworking machinery while making a wooden toy jeep.

Seventh graders will make a hurricane lamp.

Each eighth grade class will choose a project that they wish to make. Past projects include mantle shelves, mirror frames, double and triple shelves and footstools. One or two classes may make a gumball dispensing trolley.