# 6th Grade

Sixth grade tends to be a big transition year for most students, as they switch between four

teachers for their six primary subjects. Although subjects are compartmentalized (see curriculum

below), with project based learning, information obtained is used across all areas of curriculum.

Through our faith, active discussions, and the students develop academically, socially, and

spiritually.

Subject curriculum includes but is not limited to the following:

English: parts of speech from basic nouns to gerund phrases, spelling (prefixes/suffixes, rules), and various forms of writing.

Literature: exposure to numerous genres, exploration of writing, different assessment styles, introduction to literary terms, and the following novels: The Miracle Worker, Maniac Magee, and Fever 1793.

Math (regular): whole numbers and decimals, data and graphs, patterns and variables, number theory and fractions, adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing fractions, geometry and measurement, probability, integers, equations, and inequalities.

Math (accelerated): decimals, integers, exponents, fractions, equations, inequalities, ratios, rates, proportions, percent, geometry, measurement, graphing coordinate plan, and displaying/analyzing data.

Religion: Ten Commandments, rosary, precepts of the Catholic church, the holy mass, heaven, hell, and purgatory.

Science: Cells and Microbes (plant and animal cells, fungi and protest, bacteria and viruses), Changing Earth (plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes), Nature of Matter (states of matter, acids and bases, ph scale, chemical and physical changes).

Social Studies: World History – beginning of life in Africa, first civilizations, Fertile Crescent, Ancient Egypt, Judaism, Early India, Ancient China, Ancient Greeks, Ancient Rome.

## 7th Grade

No longer the new middle schooler on the block, the transition into 7th grade can be a bit easier. The students are familiar with both the routine of the day as well as the teachers. Our goal

continues to be preparing our students academically, socially, and spiritually.

Subject curriculum includes but is not limited to the following:

English: parts of speech from basic nouns to gerund phrases, spelling (prefixes/suffixes, rules), and various forms of writing.

Literature: exposure to numerous genres, exploration of writing, different assessment styles, continuation of familiarity with literary terms, and the following novels: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and The Giver.

Math (regular): decimals, integers, exponents, fractions, equations, inequalities, ratios, rates, proportions, percent, geometry, measurement, graphing coordinate plan, and displaying/analyzing data.

Math (accelerated): works with variables, integers, solving equations using addition, subtraction, multiplying, and dividing, multistep equations and inequalities, rational numbers, ratios, proportions, slope, right triangles and polynomials.

Religion: creation, prophets, triple office of Jesus, apostles, cardinal virus, and sacraments.

Science: Sound and Light (how sound is made, musical instruments, how the ear works, electromagnetic spectrum, light/energy waves, color, mixing light and pigment, how the eye works) and Forces and Energy (speed, velocity, calculating and graphing speed, gravity/friction/mass/density, Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion, momentum, and simple machines).

Social Studies: World History – Byzantine Empire, Islamic civilization, African civilization, China Middle Ages, Japan, Mesoamerican civilization, crusades, Medieval World, Renaissance, and Reformation.

## 8th Grade

The culmination of your child’s academics will no doubt be the base they need for high school.

However, it is not the only thing needed. The focus of this year is independence. Whichever type

of high school your 8th grader goes to, they will need to do it on their own. In high school, teachers seldom give reviews, reminders, or second chances. So this final year here at McHugh will not only be a continuation of academic and spiritual growth, but also personal growth.

Subject curriculum includes but is not limited to the following:

English: parts of speech from basic nouns to gerund phrases, spelling (prefixes/suffixes, rules), and various forms of writing.

Literature: exposure to numerous genres, exploration of writing, different assessment styles, continuation of familiarity with literary terms, and the following novels: The Outsiders and Speak.

Math (Pre-Algebra): works with variables, integers, solving equations using addition, subtraction, multiplying, and dividing, multistep equations and inequalities, rational numbers, ratios, proportions, slope, right triangles and polynomials

Math (Algebra): works with addition, subtraction, multiplying, and dividing in equations, polynomials, factoring, fractions, rations, proportions, slope, inequalities, percents, Scientific Notation, and negative exponents.

Religion: doctors and fathers of the church, apostles, martyrs, Blessed Virgin Mary, magisterium, Christians in the world, and call to holiness.

Science: Earth Science – rock cycle, minerals and crystals, weathering and erosion, soil, geological time scale, environmental science, energy, and conservation.

Social Studies: American History from colonization to and including the Civil War.