A new century of discovery
Welcome to North Lake Middle School. The curriculum in 7th & 8th grade is delineated by content area. We have strong programming in the four main content areas of: Mathematics, ELA (English Language Arts), Science, and Social Studies. Our scope and sequence is aligned to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and ELA and the Wisconsin State Standards in Science and Social Studies.
Our team of middle school teachers collaborate on a daily basis and aim to integrate their classes when appropriate. A wonderful example is our participation in Junior Achievement’s Capstone Programming: Finance Park for 8th grade.
Elective classes in 7th & 8th grade include: Band, Choir, Physical Education/Health, Art, Music Technology, Transitions, Literary Connections, and Spanish. North Lake School also offers the Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum: Gateway to Technology. Design and Modeling is an engineering class for seventh graders. Automation and Robotics is the eighth grade engineering offering.
North Lake School’s curriculum culminates in 7th & 8th grade thus graduating great students who are well-prepared for the high school of their choice and can meet the college and career readiness standards outlined in the Common Core State Standards.
The dictionary defines literacy as the quality or state of being literate. The Wisconsin Academic Standards claim that: “Reading is the fundamental skill that separates students who succeed in school from those who struggle. It is essential to daily living and the foundation for future learning and lifetime success.”At North Lake Middle School, literacy class helps students further develop their abilities to read, write, and speak effectively. Both seventh and eighth grade instruction focuses on:
Besides the regular classroom novels, seventh grade students are required to read at least one additional book each month. There are many book options as well as a variety of ways students may use to report and share their understanding and enjoyment of reading.
As preparation for high school, eighth grade students are required to read at least one additional book each month beyond the novels assigned in class. A variety of books are offered which will challenge students to think about topics, issues, viewpoints, and situations new to them. A variety of oral and written reporting methods require students to demonstrate what they have learned from their reading.
North Lake School’s sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math curriculum is BIG IDEAS MATH 2014.
We are proud to offer this Common Core-built curriculum written by Ron Larson and Laurie Boswell, leaders in the field of mathematics. The Big Ideas Math is a three year middle school series taught at North Lake School. The program uses a research-based strategy of a balanced approach to instruction and has made this series very successful. This approach opens doors to abstract thought, reasoning, and inquiry as students persevere to answer the Essential Questions that drive instruction. The foundation of the program is the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Content and Standards for Mathematical Practice. This series exposes students to highly motivating and relevant problems that offer the depth and rigor needed for Calculus and future college level courses. The Big Ideas Math Algebra (Grade 8), the Red Accelerated book (Grade 7), and Green Big Ideas Math (Grade 6) complete the compacted pathway for North Lake school middle school students and their mathematical achievement.
Number and Quantity – Analyze Proportional Relationships; Perform Real Number Operations; Use Radicals and Integer Exponents
Algebra – Generate Equivalent Expressions; Connect Proportional Relationships and Lines; Solve Problems Using Linear Equations and Inequalities
Geometry – Understand Geometric Relationships and Similarity; Solve Problems Involving Angles, Surface Area, and Volume
Statistics and Probability – Analyze and Compare Populations; Find Probability of Events
Number and Quantity – Use Rational Exponents; Perform Real Number Operations
Algebra – Solve Linear and Quadratic Equations; Solve Inequalities and Systems of Equations
Functions – Define, Evaluate, and Compare Functions; Write Sequences; Model Relationships
Geometry – Apply the Pythagorean Theorem
Statistics and Probability – Represent and Interpret Data; Analyze Bivariate Data
The study of science allows North Lake middle school students to experience the richness and excitement of the natural world. As adults, they will face complex questions requiring scientific thinking, reasoning, and the ability to make informed decisions. Scientific knowledge prepares students for the future and helps them acquire skills needed to hold meaningful and productive jobs.
Students use the scientific method and are engaged in numerous high end experiments and laboratories throughout their seventh and eighth grade science classes. These hands-on learning experiences follow strong content instruction and finish with written lab reports and relevant classrooms assessments.
Middle school science units are organized topically and outlined below:
Bacteria to Plants:
Energy in the Environment (PLTW):
Cells and Genetics:
Anatomy and Physiology:
Changes through Time:
Seventh grade Social Studies will focus on the Eastern World as a continuation of the 6th grade Western World content. Students will study the Eastern World from ancient to modern times with a platform of globalization throughout history Students will gain a deeper understanding of our interconnected and complex world by learning about the past while applying it to the present.
Using both the C3 Framework for Social Studies and the Wisconsin State Standards, we will critically think about the world around us, our relationship to the world, and the role we play in it. The C3 Framework provides a clear inquiry-based process with four key dimensions: developing questions and planning inquiries, applying disciplinary concepts and tools, evaluating sources and using evidence, and communicating conclusions and taking informed action. The five Wisconsin content standards provide the five key areas of study within each grade level including: Geography, History, Political Science and Citizenship, Economics and the Behavioral Sciences. Students will develop and gain unique perspectives as we explore the social issues, economic impacts, and political relationships and decisions of the Eastern World.
Daily foundations of 7th grade Eastern World will require students to think critically, develop inquiries, understand content, make connections, form arguments, gather and use evidence, and communicate conclusions effectively. Students will learn to think about the world using different perspectives and gain a deeper understanding through the use of disciplinary literacy including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Finally, students will continue their use of organizational skills to ensure a smooth work flow throughout the year. We will apply all of these foundations as we begin our journey.
Eastern World Units
Eighth grade Social Studies will focus on United States history, economics, and political science. Students will begin by studying the American Revolution and journey on to explore present day America. Students will gain a deeper understanding of our role in the complex, global environment which we live in. We will also address political systems and civic responsibility.
Using both the C3 Framework for Social Studies and the Wisconsin State Standards, we will critically think about our country, and the role we play in the world. The C3 Framework provides a clear inquiry-based process with four key dimensions: developing questions and planning inquiries, applying disciplinary concepts and tools, evaluating sources and using evidence, and communicating conclusions and taking informed action. The five Wisconsin content standards provide the five key areas of study within each grade level including: Geography, History, Political Science and Citizenship, Economics and the Behavioral Sciences. Students will develop and gain unique perspectives as we explore the social issues, economic impacts, and political relationships and decisions of our country.
Daily foundations of 8th grade United States History will require students to think critically, develop inquiries, understand content, make connections, form arguments, gather and use evidence, and communicate conclusions effectively. Students will learn to think about the United States using different perspectives and gain a deeper understanding through the use of disciplinary literacy including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Finally, students will continue their use of organizational skills to ensure a smooth work flow throughout the year. We will apply all of these foundations as we begin our exploration.
United State History Units
Art will focus on creating and developing proficiencies in multiple mediums of visual art including, drawing, painting, clay, metal fabrication, photography, tech art, and many more.
Automation and Robotics (8th Grade Only) focuses on creativity, collaboration, and problem solving to design and construct robotic mechanisms. Students will program the robots to function in a way to accomplish a given goal or purpose.
Band emphasizes tonal and rhythmic development, performance skills, musical literacy, critical thinking, and creativity.
Choir will focus on vocal development, harmonies, and performance skills.
Design & Modeling (7th Grade Only) is a high-level engineering class created as an introductory offering preparing students for future Project Lead The Way classes. These students will learn and apply their skills on computer assisted drawing software called “Inventor” and build their models in our new engineering lab.
Literary Connections (7th Grade Only) uses an integrated method to develop literacy skills. Course elements will focus on writing (both creative and “writing for work”), individual and group presentation skills and using technology to develop and exhibit original projects.
Music Technology is a music production and sound engineering class. Students will learn about recording devices, sound waves, music theory, and how to create and layer their own music compositions and remixes through Axiom Midi Keyboards and computer programs used in the industry such as Audacity, Reason, and other music-making programs.
PE/Health These classes are rooted in the state standards of PE and health. They focus on developing skills of lifetime wellness, fitness activities, team sports, and health concepts.
Spanish is highly recommended for all students to take. Successful completion of 7th and 8th grade Spanish and passing the entrance exam in the spring of your 8th grade year will result in qualifying for Spanish 2 as a freshman at Arrowhead High School.
Transitions is a personal life skills course which will prepare students for Arrowhead and beyond. The course will be composed of three sections addressing health and wellness, academic planning and career exploration, and financial literacy. Content will help prepare students for the management and organization skills required for high school.