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Grades 4 – 8 MIDDLE SCHOOL

‘Expanding Horizons Years’

GUIDING STATEMENT As a community of teachers, parents and students, we make a powerful difference in supporting and raising the learning achievement of each Grade 4 – 8 Middle School student.


IB Middle Years Programme • Holistic Education

• Intercultural awareness

• Communication

‘Core’ • Areas of Interaction

• Approaches to Learning

• Personal Project (Grade 10)

Subject Areas • • • • • • • •

Language A – English Math Sciences Humanities Arts – Drama, Music, Visual Art P.E Technology Language B – French, Mandarin

Physical Education

What are we trying to do? • Inspire voluntary movement • Inspire students to think and reflect on the role of physical activity in their daily lives • Help students to understand concepts • Challenge students to set goals and reach their potential • Help students to enjoy physical activity. • Encourage students to take ownership of their physical, mental, social, and emotional wellbeing

The Joy of Movement

PE Curriculum Concept Focus Grades 7-10 • • • • • • • •

Personal Fitness Wellness Movement Expression Team Strategies Spatial Awareness Individual Pursuits Water Safety Cooperative Challenges

Grade 7/8 Design and Technology

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Area of Interaction (A.O.I.) Approaches to LearningThe Design Cycle

Grade 7/8 Design and Technology A.O.I.- Human Ingenuity

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Process Journal-ongoing reflection of work and thinking

Grade 7/8 Design and Technology AO.I.- Environments- Digital Citizenship

Grades 7 Language A Grade 7 Overview •Texts Short stories – “Zoo”, “The Storm”, “A Perfect Match” Novels – Bloomability, And Then There Were None Literary Circle Selections – Parvana, Heaven Shop, Boys Without Names, A Little Piece of Ground, Wanting Mor, Bamboo People, A Long Walk to Water Poetry – TBD Plays – TBD •Units The Short Story: A New Perspective Essay: Getting to Know You – Bloomability Poetry: Life Influences Writing Persuasive Letter: Social Issues in Literature Mystery Story: And Then There Were None

Grades 8 Language A Grade 8 Overview •Texts Novels – The Outsiders, The Giver, Night Film – Gandhi, Cry Freedom , Rabbit-Proof Fence Plays – Scene from Shakespeare •Units Supporting Opinions Freedom and Struggle: An Active Viewing Unit Sources of Inspiration The Power of Figurative Language An Introduction to Shakespeare

Grades 7 and 8 Dramatic Arts Grade 7 Overview • Collaboration Students will understand that to work effectively as a group member, one must know the functions of its members. The unit creates an awareness of oneself in a group setting. • Movement and Tableaux Students will understand that relaying feeling and emotion to an audience can be portrayed solely through the body. • Choral Speaking Students will understand that they can evoke great emotions by using only their voices to relay meaning. • Musical Theatre Students will understand what elements are necessary to plan, create, direct and perform a Musical Theatre piece.

Grades 7 and 8 Dramatic Arts Grade 8 Overview •Collaboration Students will understand that individual dynamics can greatly effect a group’s synergy and their ability to perform effectively together. •Children’s Theatre Students will understand what elements are necessary to plan, create, direct and perform a Children’s Theatre piece. •Shadow Puppetry Students will understand that the stage environment can change, thus requiring actors to adapt their performance techniques. •Storytelling Students will understand that stories are a large part of what makes each of us unique and the ways in which we tell our stories create connections with each other and the world.

Grades 7 Mathematics Grade 7 Overview

A review of 6th grade Mathematical Concepts & Skills, with emphasis on: The Order and Structure of Numbers (factors, multiples, order of operations), Exponents, The four operations with directed Numbers (positive/negative integers), Decimals, and Fractions, and Basic Percentages. Mental Maths and Problem Solving with Divisibility Strategies Percentage of a Quantity, Percentage Composition, Commission, Simple and Compound Interest, Percentage Loss/Gain, Percentage Increase/Decrease Rate, Ratio, Proportion & Scale Drawings Algebraic Patterns & Rules, Four Operations with Pronumerals, Index Notation, Factorising, and Algebraic Fractions Solving Algebraic Equations/Inequalities, and Formulae Angle Properties and Basic Angle Construction

Grades 8 Mathematics The focus for this year will be on “communication, more than calculation”. •Algebra – factorizing and solving more complex algebraic equations •Pythagoras’ Theorem - origins and applications of the theorem •Cartesian Graphing – introduction to two-variable equations and inequations and the graphing of linear functions •Indices – introduction and application of rules for operating with exponents •Geometry – surface area and volume of two and three dimensional composite figures •Geometric Constructions – develop the skill of using a compass and straightedge to construct accurate geometric figures •Probability and Statistics – determining how likely something will occur and calculating and communicating data (mean, median, mode, range, frequency, deviation)

Grade 7 and 8 Humanities Rationale “MYP humanities encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with a skill base appropriate for a learner in the 21st century.� Incorporates history, philosophy, economics, geography, sociology and politics. Fosters critical thinking and communication.

MYP Humanities Guide Sept. 2012/2013

Grade 7 and 8 Humanities Four Key Concepts of MYP Humanities 1. 2. 3. 4.

Change Time/place/space Global interactions Systems

Grade 7 and 8 Humanities Assessment Criteria Criteria A Criteria B Criteria C Criteria D

Knowing and understanding Investigating Thinking critically Communicating

Maximum 8 Maximum 8 Maximum 8 Maximum 8

Grade 7 and 8 Humanities Grade 7 Units of Study:


1. Map Reading (time/place/space) How do maps help us better understand our world? 2. Culture (global interactions) What shapes our culture and makes it unique? 3. Industrial Revolution in Great Britain (change) How does the process of industrialization affect the living patterns of people? 4. Economic Geography (systems) How do we transfer ownership?

Grade 7 and 8 Humanities Grade 8 Units of Study: 1.Cultural Tension (time/place/space) Why can’t we all just get along? 2. Religious Ideologies (systems) How do we explain the unknown? 3. Political Ideologies (global interactions) How do we organize ourselves? 4. Rivers and Coastlines (change) How does access to water affect human settlement?

Grade 7 Science Overview • What is Science? • What is the Scientific method? • How has human ingenuity changed our understanding of the world around us? • How is “science” done? • How fragile/strong are the ecosystems around us?

• How living an non living factors affect these ecosystems? • What is matter made of? • How do homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures differ? • How does heat transfer from one object to another?

All of these questions will be answered for your students and many more in their Grade 7 science experience.

Science Grade 8 How is science used to solve problems in life and society? How do scientists communicate information? Units: The Scientific Method, Cells and the Human Body and Forces. The learning focus of these sections will include: Review of the Scientific Method, the structure of experiment design, differentiating independent variable/dependent variables, and research & reflection in scientific investigation. This unit focuses on how healthy cells, organs, and systems contribute to healthy organisms. It also assesses the impact of cell biology on individuals, society, and the environment. This unit will explore how different forces act in our environment, describing forces, density, weight and mass, and kinds of friction.

Grades 7 and 8 Language B Language B – a foreign language which students in the mainstream classroom take. CIS offers Mandarin and French at this time. • two key concepts in Language B: Communication and Culture • the new MYP Language B Guide refers now to phases of language development and no longer to Foundation, Standard and Advanced • phases provide us with the opportunity to place students in the most appropriate level of proficiency • language conventions and grammar are integrated into the units of study (4-5/yr) MANDARIN •6 teachers offering 5 different levels, or phases, from Beginner to Advanced/NearNative (Ms. Chen, Ms. Liu, Ms. Miao, Ms. Yu, Ms. Chong, Mr. Chen). FRENCH •4 teachers offering 4 different levels, or phases, from Beginner to Advanced/NearNative (Ms. Gouin, Ms. Carrier, Ms. Chartrand, Ms. Toma)

Grades 7 and 8 Language B ASSESSMENT OF SKILLS Criteria was reviewed and revised. Highest level is Level 8. The following areas will be assessed: • Oral Communication • Visual Interpretation • Writing • Reading TO KEEP IN MIND • students are required to study the same language during the MYP years (7-10); changes are not possible, except in very special circumstances and must be approved by MYP Coordinator and Language B Learning Lead. QUESTIONS? • for content and assessment of skills of a class/level - to your child’s language teacher • general MYP Language B, content, assessment – to Ms. Toma, MERCI.


3-Dimensional Paper Mache Creatures Grade 7

1-Point Perspective Grade 7

1-Point Perspective Grade 7

Mache Sculpture Grade 7 Paper

Mandala Design Grade 8

Mandala Design Grade 8

Grades 7 and 8 Music Symphonic Band

Grades 7 and 8 Music – Symphonic Band G7 Overview  Understanding of Italian terms  Score reading – unison to part playing  Application of musical terms – rhythm, dynamics, tempo, tone color  Ongoing growth, development and proficiency on primary instrument  Preparation for public performance, stage etiquette, practice routines

Grades 7 and 8 Music – Symphonic Band G8 Overview  Developing ensemble playing  Key signature and meter signature  Sight-reading studies  Proficiency in musical terms & symbols, level 2  Advanced preparation for public performance, stage etiquette, practice routines

Introducing Smart Music Interactive, online music practice tool for CIS students for 2012-2013 Smart Music in action: Demo

Grade 7-8 Curriculum Night 2012-13