Middle School Curriculum.July 2018.final

about the various continents on our globe, looking at specific countries in each one. Focus is on the geography, history, and culture of these countries, bringing a broader global awareness to the world around us. In addition to group discussions, students work individually, with partners, and in small group settings to solidify and enhance their learning.  Supplementing this curriculum are ongoing current events lessons, using a variety of resources. MATHEMATICS Math in the Fifth GradeMiddle School program continues to use the familiarity of EverydayMathematics but also adds to the level of rigor by introducing more advanced concepts and techniques further develops application and enhances students explanatory ability. Differentiation is built into the curriculum by incorporating reteaching, review and enrichment activities. Khan Academy is used to further advance practice and Mentoring Minds and Challenge Math are used to further challenge students. Weekly/Biweekly math labs will also be introduced to the math curriculum to show the importance of math in the real world. SCIENCE In the Fifth Grade, students are expected to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information; and to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the four disciplinary core ideas: physical science, life science; earth and space science; and engineering, technology, and applications of science. JEWISH STUDIES In Fifth Grade the students are [re]introduced to the Chumash beginning with an overview of the content and context of the Book of Books. This class is based on the Standards and Benchmarks of the Avi Chai Foundation, namely that students will become independent and literarily astute readers of the biblical text in Hebrew and that students will view Tanakh as the formative narrative of the Jewish People – past, present, and future. They learn the skills necessary to understand the text in its original language. They learn to be both independent and collaborative learners of the Torah through individual and chevruta (partnership) work, translating Biblical Hebrew text into English. In Fifth Grade, we follow up on what they learned in Fourth Grade (the Exodus from Egypt) and focus on the events surrounding the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, including the establishment of a system of justice and delegation, the context of the Revelation, the Ten Commandments themselves, the building and destruction of the Golden Calf, and the roles of each of the personalities in all of these events. The overarching theme of the year is leadership and the students learn how they can derive inspiration from our holy texts to be better leaders and people. Fifth Graders at Levine Academy are challenged in Synagogue Skills to learn how to read trop, the system of cantillation used to chant the Torah. Their final project is to read the Torah publicly or privately. This class has proven very effective preparation for their subsequent Bar/Bat Mitzvah experiences.


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