Middle School Curriculum.July 2018.final

SCIENCE Students of Earth Science acquire knowledge of the physical Earth, climate, environmental impacts, and the solar system. Students learn about the formation of fossils and their connection to Earth’s history. Students learn about Plate Tectonic Theory and causes of earthquakes. Students learn about the different climates around the world and factors that affect it. In connection to climate are causes of erosion that the students learn about. Students learn about natural resources and environmental changes. Students will learn about the movement of the Earth and moon and its relation to the seasons and moon phases. In connection to the moon and Earth, students will learn about the formation of the solar system. JEWISH STUDIES In Eighth Grade, the students have classes in Neviim, Comparative Religion, and Jewish history.  In Neviim, they focus on Melachim Alef (The 1st Book of Kings).  In Melachim Alef, the students learn about the kings of Israel and they learn important lessons of leadership.  Additionally, they learn about Biblical archaeology and Geography in preparation for the culminating 8th grade trip to Israel. In Jewish Thought the students learn how Judaism became what it is today by delving into the major upheavals 2,000 years ago of the Hasmonean (Maccabean) Dynasty and the Roman Empire. The schisms between the Jewish people and subsequent destruction of the Second Temple made Judaism less focused on ritual and more on thought and so we will learn to think like Talmudic scholars as we examine various cases and discussions. Judaism does not exist in a vacuum and we live in a very multicultural society and we will learn why Abraham is named the father of many nations with a unit on Comparative Religion by learning about Christianity and Islam vis-à-vis Judaism. Anti-Semitic incidents too numerous to count the students will each become an expert on a major event of hatred or a Jewish response to hatred in the V’hi Sheamda project which they will teach to the class. When it finally seemed that the enlightened world became accepting of Jews during the Napoleonic Emancipation 200 years ago we will finally look at how the Jews began to see themselves by examining the various movements and denominations in modern Judaism. MIDDLE SCHOOL SPECIALS MUSIC Music is a distinctive part in the learning process at Levine Academy. In the Music classroom, students learn to be listeners and performers as they explore basic musical concepts such as rhythm, melody, harmony and form. Our comprehensive Music program provides hands-on experiences for children to learn through listening, singing, moving, playing instruments, improvising and creating. Music is integrated across the curriculum. In Music class, students may learn geography or history while in their core subject classrooms, they sometimes sing to add to their understanding of subjects such as math or science.



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