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Middle School Curriculums

Math

7th Grade

The Mathematics Department at Georgia Cyber Academy follows the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).  In Grade 7, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume, and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples. Listed below are the detailed pieces covered in 7th grade. 

  • Operations with signed numbers: Explore operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide) with positive and negative rational numbers
  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships: Develop proportional relationships through the analysis of graphs, tables, equations, and diagrams
  • Expressions and Equations: Apply properties of operations and real-world situation as strategies to simplify linear expressions and solve equations
  • Geometry: Explore 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional geometric relationships such as area, perimeter, surface area, and volume
  • Statistics: Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population and compare multiple populations
  • Probability: Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models of simultaneous linear equations. 

8th Grade

The Mathematics Department at Georgia Cyber Academy follows the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).  In Grade 8, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two‐ and three‐dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.  Listed below are the detailed pieces covered in 8th grade.  

  • Transformations, Congruence & Similarity: Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies or geometry software.
  • Exponents: Work with radicals and integer exponents 
  • Geometric Applications of Exponents: Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem. 
  • Functions: Define, evaluate, and compare functions
  • Linear Functions: Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations
  • Linear Models & Tables: Use functions to model relationships between quantities.
  • Solving Systems of Equations: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations. 

English/Language Arts

Course Descriptions

Curriculum: FLVS

6th Grade: Using a motif of Heroes, Helpers, and Hope, students in the MJ Language Arts 1 course will acquire the reading, writing, language, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Students will become critical readers and thinkers as they delve into fiction and informational texts within the course. They will also learn to effectively write narrative, informational, and argumentative pieces and present their ideas clearly and cohesively.

7th Grade: Using a motif of Mystery, Monsters, and Mayhem, students in the MJ Language Arts 2 course will acquire the reading, writing, language, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Students will become critical readers and thinkers as they delve into fiction and informational texts within the course. They will also learn to effectively write narrative, informational, and argumentative pieces and present their ideas clearly and cohesively.

8th Grade: Maybe change would not be hard if we knew where it was all going. This course is not about telling fortunes, but it is about seeing how people and ideas have changed. It is also about discovering which ideas have lasting value for each student.

Books, poems, and songs are filled with stories about people discovering the world around them and the world inside them. Authors share their reflections about how people respond to changes and challenges. In this course, students encounter the many faces of change. They are also challenged to define and describe their own place in a changing world.

The purpose of this course is to give students the tools to understand and express who they are and where they want to go. By the end of the course, each student’s portfolio of writings will provide a descriptive self-portrait of a young adult growing up.

Resources

Science

Social Studies

Course Descriptions

Curriculum: Gallopade

6th Grade: Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, Europe, and Australia

Sixth grade is the first year of a two-year World Area Studies course. Sixth grade students study Latin America, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The goal of this two-year course is to acquaint middle school students with the world in which they live. The geography domain includes both physical and human geography. The intent of the geography domain is for students to begin to grasp the importance geography plays in their everyday lives. The government/civics domain focuses on selected types of government found in the various areas so that students begin to understand the variety of governments in the world. The economics domain builds on the K-5 economics standards; however, the focus shifts from the United States to how other countries answer the basic questions of economics. The history domain focuses on major events in each region during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

7th Grade: Africa, Southwest Asia (Middle East), Southern and Eastern Asia

Seventh grade is the second year of a two-year World Area Studies course. Seventh grade students study Africa and Asia. The goal of this two-year course is to acquaint middle school students with the world in which they live. The geography domain includes both physical and human geography. The intent of the geography domain is for students to begin to grasp the importance geography plays in their everyday lives. The government/civics domain focuses on selected types of government found in the various areas in order to help students begin to understand the variety of governments in the world. The economics domain builds on the K-5 economics standards; however, the focus shifts from the United States to how other countries answer the basic questions of economics. The history domain focuses primarily on significant events in each region from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

8th Grade: In eighth grade, students study Georgia geography, history, government, and economics. While the four strands are interwoven, ample opportunity is also provided for in-depth study of the geography of Georgia and the government of Georgia. U.S. historical events are included, as appropriate, to ensure students understand Georgia’s role in the history of the United States.

Resources

Character Education

Each month a character trait is featured in the Middle School Counseling newsletter.  Teachers and staff are encouraged to nominate students who display the character trait of the month.  Students who have been identified by their teacher as displaying the character trait of the month are recognized with a description of how the student has displayed the character trait of the month. To see if your child was recognized by a teacher or staff member, go to the Character Crusaders section of the Middle School Counseling newsletter.

August:           Patience

September:      Integrity

October:          Respect

November:      Tolerance

December:       Compassion

January:           Courage

February:         Determination

March:             Empathy

April:               Honesty

May:                Kindness

World Languages

Art

Health & Physical Education

Coursework

Accessing Your Assignments

One of the advantages to online learning is that all your assignments have been created ahead of time and are available within the course. There are no surprises; because you have a course schedule, you may work ahead. Lessons are conditionally released (unlocked) upon completion of the prior lesson.

Submitting Your Assignments

Save all assignments that are completed and submitted to your instructor, just in case. Always save a copy of what you submit either on a flash drive or on your computer’s hard drive. If there are ever technical issues, you have the assignments ready to submit again if needed. If a problem arises during submittal, email your teacher the assignment with a screen shot of what occurred. Otherwise all assignments should be submitted within the course. All assignment due dates are set and communicated using Eastern Standard Time (EST). Any assignment received after the due date and time according to Eastern Standard Time will be considered late.

Grade Response Time

Please allow a turn-around time of 3-5 school days after submitting an assignment during the Fall and Spring semesters and one school day during the summer semester, although you will often receive your grade sooner. For major projects, teachers may indicate a longer turn-around time for grading. Teachers will notify students when additional time is required to assess assignments such as projects. Keep the turn-around time in mind when planning your schedule so you can turn in assignments and still allow time for feedback.

Required Courses

6th Grade

The following courses are required for grades on 6th Grade Report Cards

  • Math
  • English/Language Arts (ELA)
  • Social Studies
  • Health - 1st semester
  • Physical Education (PE) - 2nd semester
  • Keyboarding

7th Grade

The following courses are required for grades on 7th Grade Report Cards

  • Math
  • English/Language Arts (ELA)
  • Social Studies
  • Health - 1st semester
  • Physical Education (PE) - 2nd semester
  • Computer Science

8th Grade

The following courses are required for grades on 8th Grade Report Cards

  • Math
  • English/Language Arts (ELA)
  • Social Studies
  • Health - 1st semester
  • Physical Education (PE) - 2nd semester
  • Computer Science

Optional Courses

7th Grade

The following courses are optional and will be graded on 7th Grade Report Cards

  • Art
  • Middle School Spanish 1

6th Grade

The following courses are optional and will be graded on 6th Grade Report Cards

  • Middle School Spanish 1

8th Grade

The following courses are optional and will be graded on 8th Grade Report Cards

  • Art
  • High School Spanish (Gifted/Advanced)