Secular Curriculum

Secular Curriculum

Pre-School

The pre-school program is designed to ease the transition from home to school. Combining learning and play, children DSC_0830discover that school is a happy, loving and nurturing place. Learning projects are designed to enhance both cognitive and motor skill development, while developing a strong sense of identity and self-esteem. Promoting the social and emotional well being of each child is a major focus of the program.

Language Arts Students will:

  • Develop a love of the spoken and written word
  • Develop an appreciation of books
  • Expand their vocabulary by storytelling, Show and Tell and dictating stories,   labels and descriptions of their artwork
  • Learn to distinguish sounds and rhyming words
  • Learn to expand their knowledge of recall, classification, sequence and picture word association
  • Learn upper and lower case letters and sound recognition, along with writing and workbook skills in Pre-kindergarten

Mathematics Students will:

  • Learn to use manipulative activities while laying the ground work for symbolic understanding and problem solving skills
  • Use hands on activities to learn sorting, size, shape, sequence, position, primary and secondary color, numbers sets, one-to-one correspondence, greater and smaller patterns.

Science Students will:

  • Participate in hands-on experiences and experiments to develop an understanding of the scientific process
  • Be introduced to weather, seasons, animals, hibernation, migration, insects, the senses, food and nutrition, seeds, plants, recycling and conservation, textures, magnets, flotation, air, wind and water

Social Studies Students will:

  • Gain rudimentary awareness of self-concept, manners, friendship, kindness, cooperation, body parts, similarities and differences and emotions
  • Learn about families, community helpers, secular and Judaic holidays, fire safety and prevention

Technology Students will:

  • Engage in Smart Board lessons relative to curriculum units

Kindergarten

Overview

DSC_0745The kindergarten students receive a challenging and high quality education in an environment that is respectful and nurturing.  The kindergarten curriculum seeks to educate the whole child, and in doing so, recognizes the importance of encouraging creative expression and problem solving abilities.  The children will learn to think independently and analyze situations by examining possibilities and consequences.  The students will learn to develop self-respect, pride and a positive self-image.  The curriculum will foster creativity, curiosity and confidence

Science

Click here for Science Curriculum. Topics include: Earth Science: Trees and Water, Physical Science: Materials in Our World, Life Science: Animals 2by2

Language Arts-Houghton Mifflin

  • Students will be immersed in a literature- rich environment
  • Students will develop oral, written, thinking, comprehension and listening skills with an appreciation of literature
  • Students will recognize and print upper and lower case letters
  • Students will use basic phonetic principles
  • Students will identify story elements and communicate ideas through pictures and writing
  • Students will learn to match spoken words to print
  • Students will learn to distinguish between a letter, word and sentence
  • Students will begin writing with inventive spelling and dictation

Mathematics- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

  • Students will model, read and write numbers from zero to twenty
  • Students will compare and order numbers from zero to twenty
  • Students will focus on addition and subtraction
  • Students will discover numbers from twenty and beyond
  • Students will experiment with sorting and data
  • Students will learn about 2 and 3 dimensional shapes, positions and patterns
  • Students will explore measurement and money

Social Studies

  • Students will be introduced to the lives of many interesting people in history
  • Students will learn about the holidays: celebrating historical figures, Columbus Day, President’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Thanksgiving
  • Students will learn basic map and globe skills to identify and locate places that have been discussed
  • Students will learn citizenship responsibility by following rules and respecting
  • others

First Grade

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Overview

The primary goal of first grade is to actively engage students in the learning process as they acquire basic developmental and academic skills.  Combining differentiated instruction and cooperative learning, students will be involved in daily activities that will provide the individual with academic skills.  We create a learning environment that rewards curiosity, develops creativity, and encourages children to express themselves as well as master all academic concepts.

Science

Click here for the Science Curriculum Topics include: Earth Science: Pebbles, Sand, and Silt, Physical Science: Balance and Motion, Life Science: Plants and Animals.

Language Arts

Reading, grammar, study skills (Houghton Mifflin), spelling (Pearson Scott Foresman), and handwriting (Handwriting Without Tears) each play an important role in developing the language skills necessary to become proficient readers and writers.   A five volume library, independent leveled readers, and activity workbooks are used to reinforce and expand literacy.

  • Students will develop phonics and decoding skills and fine motor skills
  • Students learn and use a variety of high frequency, word family and sight words    as a backboard to reading and writing
  • Students will learn whole language, story structure and comprehension
  • Students will be introduced to grammar and writing format
  • Students will begin to recognize visual and auditory patterns and be able to apply spelling generalizations and rules

Mathematics

The program (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) provides children the opportunity to experiment, explore and manipulate physical objects that enable students to apply problem solving skills successfully in every day math.

  • Students will master addition and subtraction concepts, strategies and relationships
  • Students will learn about numbers and operations
  • Students will compare and order numbers
  • Students will explore number patterns
  • Students will master data and graphs
  • Students will learn about geometry, patterns, measurement, time and money

Social Studies

The social studies program (Teachers’ Curriculum Institute) focuses on helping students learn about their roles in their family and community.

  • Students will develop social interaction skills
  • Students will understand the jobs of school employees
  • Students will learn general map skills and direction
  • Students will glean an understanding of needs and wants within a family

Second Grade

DSC_0762In second grade students will strengthen basic foundation skills in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. They will begin to develop critical and creative thinking skills, encouraging them to be independent thinkers who take risks in the process of learning.

Science

Click here for the Science Curriculum  Topics include: Earth Science: Air and Weather, Physical Science: Liquids and Science, Life Science: Insects and Plants.

Language Arts

  • Students will acquire reading skills and strategies to comprehend and interpret a variety of literary texts by using a modified whole language approach including phonics, grammar and spelling skills. The language arts areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be integrated throughout the second grade curriculum.
  • Students will use textual clues to aid comprehension and make predictions concerning content.
  • Students will identify main idea and supporting details of stories, sequence of events and cause and effect.
  • Students will identify the key elements of setting, plot, conflict and resolution.
  • Students will develop grammatical and mechanical skills in written composition.
  • Students will learn to use the steps of the writing process from brainstorming, outlining, pre-writing, rough draft, revisions, editing through final product.
  • Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the genres of literature.
  • Students will master phonetic skills such as vowel blends, consonant diagrams and/or word analysis.

Textbooks: Reading (Houghton Mifflin), Everyday Spelling (Scott Foresman)

Mathmatics

The Go Math program by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt focuses on building number sense through conceptual development of number operations and computation including mental math, estimation and problem solving. Students will make sense of mathematics in meaningful ways in a creative atmosphere. The program’s content is based on the Common Core Curriculum and places a strong emphasis on helping students become independent problem solvers.

Goals include:

  • To strengthen a foundation in number and place value
  • To develop strong skills in 2 and 3-digit addition and subtraction, data presentation & analysis and multiplication concepts
  • To expand student understanding of measurement (length, weight, mass, capacity, money and time), geometry and patterns

Textbook: Go Math (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Social Studies

  • Students will learn the basic structures involved with government from the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to the roles of our leaders.
  • Students will explore the world around us through map skills and climate study.
  • Students will study the natural resources available to us as they affect settlement and the human impact on our environment.

Textbook: Social Studies: People We Know (Harcourt)

Art

  • Students will improve fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination, cutting, pasting, tracing and drawing using a variety of media with many different themes.
  • Students will appreciate famous artists and begin to understand their art.
  • Students will engage in creative hands-on projects.

Music

  • Students will learn secular and Judaic songs.
  • Students will engage in piano sing-alongs.

Third Grade

Overview

DSC_0901Children will acquire knowledge and skills, working independently and cooperatively, using grade level and enriching materials.  Children continue to master basic math, reading and writing skills, with greater emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and creative thought.  Third grade students and teachers explore values necessary to co-exist in a friendly and respectful school environment.

Science

Click here for the Science Curriculum Topics include: Earth Science: Water, Physical Science: Measuring Matter, Life Science: Butterflies and Moths.

Language Arts

The program encompasses reading, spelling, creative writing, writing mechanics and listening skills.  The reading series, Houghton Mifflin, provides a literature based approach supplemented by phonics and grammar

  • Students will read, understand and respond to fiction and non-fiction materials that are   presented in the reading series, novels and other supplementary materials.
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of factual and inferential information in materials read.
  • Students will learn and use proper grammar and spelling in written assignments.
  • Students will practice good listening skills.
  • Students will learn to research techniques and be able to organize and report the information
  • Students will learn and practice cursive handwriting.
  • Students will expand their ideas in a written format.

Mathematics

Text Go Math, Houghton Mifflin Common Core Standards are used to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts. The program focuses on building number sense through conceptual development of number operations and computation including estimation and mental math. It builds an understanding through connections to prior knowledge and the real world.

  • Students will use operations and Algebraic thinking to represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.
  • Students will understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division.
  • Students will use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic
  • Students will develop an understanding of fractions as numbers.
  • Students will develop an understanding of measurement and data.
  • Students will solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects.
  • Students will learn about Geometric measurement..

Social Studies

Harcourt-Our Communities- Student will discuss the structure and functions of the program emphasizing social organizations including diverse communities and the world around them. A variety of lesson formats invite students to explore the geography, social, political and economic aspects of communities around their world.

  • Students will learn about different communities.
  • Students will explore what it was like to live in a different time.
  • Students will meet people from communities in different states and countries.
  • Students will visit many places to find out how people live in different communities.
  • Students sill use map and globe skills to locate and understand diverse communities.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the political systems of governments in different communities.
  • Students will gain an understanding of social issues.

Fourth Grade

Overview

DSC_0888Fourth grade students will acquire greater independence while developing critical and creative thinking skills.  They will also spend time becoming proficient in reading, writing, and mathematics.  Cooperative learning and research projects will help students improve their ability to work with one another respectfully and to interact socially.

Science

Click here for the Science Curriculum  Topics include: Earth Science: Sun, Moon, and Planet, Physical science: Electricity and electromagnetism, Life Science: Structures of Life

Language Arts

(Houghton Mifflin)   Reading is a modified whole language approach that is interwoven throughout the curriculum with a thematic approach to reading and writing.

  • Students will identify the key elements of setting, plot, conflict, and resolution.
  • Students will use active strategies of connecting, prediction, inferring, and sequencing.
  • Students will read books from a variety of genres and create book reports.
  • Students will be introduced to grammar and spelling skills and apply them to written work.
  • Students will refine their cursive writing skills.
  • Students will develop skills in research and information gathering.

Mathematics

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Math topics will be presented that meet NCTM standards and is based on the Common Core Curriculum.  This will be accomplished through conceptual development of number operations and computation including mental math, estimation, problem solving and hands -on activities.

  • Whole number place value, multiplication, and division: Develop quick recall of multiplication facts and related division facts and fluency with whole number multiplication.
  • Understand fractions and decimals: Developing an understanding of decimals, including the connections between fractions and decimals.
  • Area and Geometry: Developing an understanding of area and determining the areas of two-dimensional shapes.

Social Studies

(Harcourt) The students will be presented with an overview of the United States major landforms, natural resources, and its people. The United States will be segmented into five regions.  Each region will be studied with interactive and cooperative learning.

  • The Northeast Region: Students will learn geography of Northeast, early history of the Northeast, and Growth of the Northeast.
  • The Southeast Region: Students will learn geography of the Southeast, early history of the Southeast, and Ports of the Southeast.
  • The Midwest Region: Students will learn geography of the Midwest, early history of the Midwest, and transportation of the Midwest.
  • The Southwest Region: Students will learn geography of the Southwest, early history of the Southwest, and resources of the Southwest.
  • The West Region: Students will learn geography of the West, early history of the West, and environment of the West.

Fifth Grade

Science

Click here for the Science Curriculum.  Topics include: Soil, rock and landforms, Weather on earth, Physical Science, Mixtures and Solutions, and Life Science.

Mathematics

DSC_0892The Go Math program by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt focuses on building number sense through conceptual development of number operations and computation including mental math, estimation and problem solving.  Students will make sense of mathematics in meaningful ways in a creative atmosphere. The program’s content is based on the Common Core Curriculum and places a strong emphasis on helping students become independent problem solvers. Goals include:

  • To develop competency in Whole Number Operations, Graphs and Data.
  • To understand Fractions, Decimals, Percent, and Probability
  • To use Algebra, Measurement and Geometry; which includes describing three-dimensional shapes and analyzing their properties, including volume and surface area.

Social Studies

Students study about our nation’s past and about the origins of the freedoms that led to the democratic system of government we have today. Students use Harcourt Horizons United States History: Beginnings as their reference guide. They also learn about the societies and history of our Northern American neighbors.  Geography of the world, Civil Rights and current events of today are intertwined into each of the units. Goals include:

  • To develop skills to find places on a map or globe using a variety of strategies.
  • To develop an understanding of the settlement of the western hemisphere.
  • To understand the struggle for independence and civil rights.
  • To understand our northern and southern neighbors.
  • To understand the current events of today as related to our studies.
  • To learn research skills and apply them to a social studies topic.

Language Arts

Middle school language arts courses share the common goal which is at the heart of the other middle school courses, which is to help students become independent thinkers and learners.  To this end, in each grade, students are required to do substantial amounts of independent reading and writing.  In addition, the language arts curriculum is designed to help students become critical thinkers and readers, and to help improve the quality of their oral and written expression.

Students in fifth grade learn new vocabulary and cover foundational grammar topics on a weekly basis.  Grammar lessons focus on making sure students understand the foundations of good writing, and include topics such as parts of speech, subjects and predicates, compound sentences, and sentence fragments.  Students begin the year with a unit on folktales in which they are introduced to the elements of folktales.  As a culminating activity, students write and revise their own folktales with a modern twist.  After this unit, coursework begins to focus on active reading of and note taking on novels, with a focus on analysis and interpretation.  Throughout the year, students are engaged in creative writing as well as literary response writing in their journals.  Texts covered include but are no limited to Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, The Phantom Tollbooth by Julius Lester, and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L.Konigsburg.

Sixth Grade

Science

Click here for the Science Curriculum. Topics include: Soil, Rock, and Landforms, Weather on earth, Physical Science, Mixtures and Solutions, and Life Science.

SOCIAL STUDIES

DSC_0881Our sixth grade course focuses on world civilizations and their cultures from the Paleolithic Era up until the time of European exploration of the New World. Our challenge will be to explore and investigate these societies while explaining how each has impacted our way of life in the modern world. In addition, the study of geography will lead us to appreciate the interaction of humanity and the physical environment. An ongoing examination of current events will help us to better understand how daily events influence the course of history. Sixth grade social studies students also work on note- taking proficiency and organizational skills.

Textbook: Journey Across Time (Glencoe)

Mathematics

The Middle School mathematics curriculum offers students opportunities to learn mathematical concepts and procedures with deep understanding.  Courses are designed to prepare students for high school level mathematics by increasing proficiency in essential mathematics skills, exposing students to a wide variety of middle school math topics.  The curriculum is designed to increase math confidence, and develop proper study skills and work habits.  Students are exposed to technology through the use of calculators, computers, Ipads and Smart Boards

6th Grade and 5th Grade (by placement)

This course finalizes arithmetic studies, and emphasizes the building blocks toward readiness for Algebra.  This course covers whole numbers and decimals, data analysis, algebraic expressions, ratios, proportions, and percentages, number theory, and fractions.  Geometric terms and concepts are introduced.

Language Arts

Students in sixth grade learn new vocabulary as well as grammar on a weekly basis.  Grammar lessons focus on making sure they understand parts of speech, basic sentences construction, punctuation, and common mechanical errors in writing.  Students begin the year with a short story unit, in which they are introduced to the basic elements of short stories and novels (i.e. plot, characterization, setting, et. al.).  The unit culminates with the students writing their own short stories, an exercise which tests their understanding of the aforementioned elements and gives them substantial practice with creative writing.  As the year progresses, students are involved in creative writing on a weekly basis, primarily through the use of weekly journal writing, and they are introduced to formal writing, particularly basic essay structure.  Novels covered in class may include (but not be limited to) The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor, Ties that Bind, Ties that Break by Lensey Namioka.  As we read these texts, students will learn how to make intratextual as well as intertextual connections, and most importantly, connections to the world in which they live.

Seventh Grade

Science

Click here for the Science Curriculum. Topics include: Earth Science: Planetary Science, Physical Science: Energy, Chemistry Life Science, Life Science: Populations and Ecosystems.

Language Arts

DSC_0924Middle school language arts courses share the common goal which is at the heart of the other middle school courses, which is to help students become independent thinkers and learners.  To this end, in each grade, students are required to do substantial amounts of independent reading and writing.  In addition, the language arts curriculum is designed to help students become critical thinkers and readers, and to help improve the quality of their oral and written expression.

Weekly vocabulary and grammar lessons continue in seventh grade.  The focus of the grammar lessons turns towards more subtle mechanical errors in writing, such as misplaced modifiers and unclear pronoun reference.  Students begin the year with a unit on essay writing, in which they will read as well as write essays which fall into the four essay categories: descriptive, expository, persuasive, and narrative.  This unit naturally leads into a speech unit, in which students learn about common speech devices and have the opportunity to improve their oral expression by composing their own speeches and delivering them in front of their classmates.  Creative writing continues in the form of weekly journal writing.  Novels covered in class may include The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, December Stillness by Mary Downing Hahn, and Memoirs of a Bookbat by Kathryn Lasky.  In the fourth quarter, students will be introduced to research writing, and will be required to write a short research paper.

Mathematics

The Middle School mathematics curriculum offers students opportunities to learn mathematical concepts and procedures with deep understanding.  Courses are designed to prepare students for high school level mathematics by increasing proficiency in essential mathematics skills, exposing students to a wide variety of middle school math topics.  The curriculum is designed to increase math confidence, and develop proper study skills and work habits.  Students are exposed to technology through the use of calculators, computers, Ipads and Smart Boards.

PRE-ALGEBRA 1 – 7th Grade students and 6th Grade students (by placement)

This class is the beginning process to bridge the gap between arithmetic and Algebra 1.  This course is the study of integers and rational numbers, solving equations and inequalities, number theory, ratios, proportions, and percentages.  This course strives to foster improvement in problem solving skills and independent thinking.

PRE-ALGEBRA 2 – 7TH Grade students (by placement)

In this course we complete the students’ preparation for starting Algebra 1.  This course involves extensive study of solving equations and inequalities, graphing of linear functions and inequalities, polynomials (simplifying and factoring), spatial thinking, area and volumes, right triangles, and data analysis and probability.

Social Studies

Our seventh grade course focuses on the early years of the United States beginning with the development of the colonies and continuing up until the Civil War. Much attention is given to the American Revolution, the Constitution and the expansion of the United States. In addition, geography skills will be developed to acquire knowledge about our country’s features and to foster the ability to locate and identify political boundaries. An ongoing examination of current events will help us to see the effects of the decisions made by the Framers of the Constitution and the early leadership of our country that we study during this course.

Textbook: Journey Across Time (Glencoe)

 

Eighth Grade

Science

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Click here for the Science Curriculum. Topics Include: Earth Science: Planetary Science, Physical Science: Energy, Chemistry, Life Science, Life Science: Populations and Ecosystems.

Mathematics

The Middle School mathematics curriculum offers students opportunities to learn mathematical concepts and procedures with deep understanding.  Courses are designed to prepare students for high school level mathematics by increasing proficiency in essential mathematics skills, exposing students to a wide variety of middle school math topics.  The curriculum is designed to increase math confidence, and develop proper study skills and work habits.  Students are exposed to technology through the use of calculators, computers, Ipads and Smart Boards.

Visit our Middle School Mathematics page for more information, click here.

ALGEBRA PART 1 – 8TH Grade students

This course covers the first half of Algebra 1.  Topics of study include, expressions, equations, properties of real numbers, solving and graphing linear equations and functions, writing linear equations, and the solving and graphing of linear inequalities.

ALGEBRA 1 – 8th Grade students (by placement)

This course is designed for highly motivated students who have demonstrated, by previous achievement, a high level of competency in computational mathematics, as well as a keen aptitude for problem solving and abstract concepts.  This course includes the study of properties of real numbers, the solving, graphing, and writing of linear equations and inequalities, solving of systems of linear equations and inequalities, exponents and exponential functions, quadratic equations, polynomials and factoring, rational equations, radicals, and problem solving.

Middle School Language Arts Curriculum

Middle school language arts courses share the common goal which is at the heart of the other middle school courses, which is to help students become independent thinkers and learners.  To this end, in each grade, students are required to do substantial amounts of independent reading and writing.  In addition, the language arts curriculum is designed to help students become critical thinkers and readers, and to help improve the quality of their oral and written expression.

Weekly vocabulary and grammar lessons remain a part of eighth grade language arts.  Grammar lessons become increasingly more focused on sophisticated mechanical errors in writing, such as agreement problems and parallel structuring.  In addition, students encounter a unit on Greek and Latin roots in which they are encouraged to use their knowledge of these root words to determine word meaning.  Students begin the year with a focus on performing close readings of texts; several short stories, including several by Edgar Allan Poe, are used for this purpose.  Students also undertake a year long research paper on a prominent author.  The reading list for eighth grade, while retaining some young adult novels such as Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff, become increasingly more focused on classics, in preparation for the kind of reading they will likely be asked to do in high school.  Texts will include but not be limited to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  When time allows, the eighth grade year will end with an introduction to drama, through a reading of either Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men or Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

Social Studies

Our eighth grade course picks up the history of the United States from where seventh grade left off. Much attention will be given to the Civil War and to the Reconstruction Period that followed. Our studies continue with the spread of population in our country, the development of transportation and communication as well as the role of government and big business. An ongoing examination of current events will help us explore the theme of leadership which is a large part of this course. Eighth graders will work to develop the ability to recognize cause and effect relationships and to understand the importance of the use of primary sources.

Textbook: Journey Across Time (Glencoe)

 

Other academic offerings

Math-by-Mail and Science-by-Mail

Math-by-Mail and Science-by-Mail, which are developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, are offered, as after school programs, to students in Grades 3 to 8.

DSC_0799Math-by-Mail offers children extra-curricular activities in recreational mathematics that develop their creative thinking and logic. Math-by-Mail is a problem-based, enrichment program in mathematics, which helps students develop mathematical thinking skills through solving interesting and challenging mathematics.  Activities includefour in-depth topicsthat are exciting, challenging and, most importantly, fun! The in-depth topics are spread over the school-year and, once uploaded, can be accessed anytime online to be done at home or at school.

Science by Mail offers a glimpse of the cutting edge research that is taking place at one of the world’s leading research institutes – The Weizmann Institute of Science. Science by Mail includesfour in-depth topics, each from a different scientific field and each based on the research conducted in a different laboratory at the Weizmann Institute. The in-depth topics are spread over the school-year and, once the activities are uploaded, they can be accessed online anytime, at home or at school. The activities are based on simple experiments that can be performed at home, which lead even young participants to a much better understanding of complicated ideas and, equally important, to the process of scientific research and scientific though.

Middle School Math Programs

DSC_0804The Middle School mathematics curriculum offers students opportunities to learn mathematical concepts and procedures with deep understanding. Courses are designed to prepare students for high school level mathematics by increasing proficiency in essential mathematics skills, exposing students to a wide variety of middle school math topics. The curriculum is designed to increase math confidence and develop proper study skills and work habits. Students are exposed to technology through the use of calculators, computers, and Smart Boards

General Math- Sixth Grade

This course finalizes arithmetic studies and emphasizes the building blocks toward readiness for Algebra. This course covers decimals, data analysis, algebraic expressions, ratios, percentages, number theory, and fractions. Geometric terms and concepts are introduced.

Pre Algebra I- Seventh Grade and Six Grade Students, by placement

This class is the beginning process to bridge the gap between arithmetic and Algebra 1. This course is the study of integers and rational numbers, solving equations and inequalities, number theory, ratios, proportions, and percentages. This course strives to foster improvement in problem solving skills and independent thinking.

Pre Algebra II- Eighth Grade and Seventh Grade Students, by placement

In this course we complete the students’ preparation for starting Algebra 1. This course involves extensive study of solving equations, graphing of linear functions, polynomials (simplifying and factoring), spatial thinking, area and volumes, right triangles, and data analysis and probability.

Algebra I- Eighth Grade Students, by placement

This course is designed for highly motivated students who have demonstrated, by previous achievement, a high level of competency in computational mathematics, as well as a keen aptitude for problem solving and abstract concepts. This course includes the study of properties of real numbers, the solving, graphing, and writing of linear equations and inequalities, solving of systems of linear equations and inequalities, exponents and exponential functions, quadratic equations, polynomials and factoring, rational equations, radicals, and problem solving.

Music Program

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Instrumental Music begins in the 3rd grade at Abrams Hebrew Academy.  Each 3rd grader is given a soprano recorder and a music book.  Children learn to play simple folks songs derived from American, European and Jewish Cultures.  Children are taught to read musical notation.  Many children continue in the Instrumental Music Program.

In the Instrumental Music Program, an elective enrichment program for students in grades 4 – 8, children learn to play a wind instrument of their choice.  Instruction is available on the flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone and baritone horn.  A wide vista of musical experience is offered in which students:

  • learn to play an instrument, independently, alone and in small groups and large ensembles
  • to participate in the Abrams Hebrew Academy Concert Band
  • play their instruments accurately and expressively, with concern for dynamics, rhythm and tone quality
  • to play with a good embouchure, good posture and good breath control
  • to read musical notation
  • to perform music of diverse cultures including:  world folk music, European music, American music (popular and classical) and music of the Jewish people (folk, liturgical and concert quality)
  • to understand music in relationship to music and culture (Jewish culture, American culture and other world cultures)
  • to play some simple melodies by ear
  • to use their instruments to compose simple melodies and to improvise
  • to learn about form in music
  • to develop criteria for evaluating their own performances and those of others
  • to understand the relationships between music, the other arts and disciplines outside the arts

Choral Music

NURSERY – Students will:

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  • Find their singing voices
  • Become aware of movement: walking, leaping, running, hopping, skipping, crawling, stomping, tiptoe, etc.
  • Use these movements with appropriate rhythms
  • Use small and large muscles as pertains to dancing and movement
  • Learn to play a variety of rhythm instruments including tom-toms, tambourines, maracas, bells, cymbals, and triangles

 KINDERGARTEN – Students will:

  • Develop an awareness of music and sounds in our environment
  • Find a comfortable singing voice and begin to build a repertoire of Hebrew and English songs
  • Learn to use simple percussion instruments
  • Develop large muscle control in dance and movement
  • Listen to an infinite variety of music

 FIRST GRADE – Students will:

  • Develop ability to match tones
  • Develop an awareness of tempo, dynamics and pitch
  • Create stories to accompany music
  • Continue to build a repertoire of Hebrew and English songs
  • Learn good posture and breathing for singing and performing

 SECOND GRADE – Students will:

  • Learn to follow lyrics, music notation and terminology
  • Dance to a variety of styles
  • Expand their repertoire with partner songs
  • Use a wide variety of rhythm instruments
  • Develop an appreciation for composers

 THIRD GRADE – Students will:

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  • Start singing two-part harmony
  • Learn about orchestral instruments
  • Study the recorder
  • Expand their knowledge of music literature and composers
  • Establish good listening habits and concert audience manners

 FOURTH  GRADE – Students will:

  • Accompany repertoire with a variety of rhythm and percussive instruments
  • Be encouraged to expand vocal range
  • Develop awareness of music from other cultures
  • Develop sensitivity to good musical tone quality
  • Start composing simple rhythmic melodies

 FIFTH GRADE – Students will:

  • Develop the understanding that music reflects history
  • Learn about the various periods of music history
  • Have opportunities to compose
  • Be challenged with more difficult repertoire
  • Refine listening habits

 SIXTH – EIGHTH GRADE – Students will:

  • Have a choice of performance ensembles and perform with expressive and technical accuracy
  • Become aware of current events that involve musical events and musicians
  • Develop the ability to use the elements of music to critique diverse repertoire
  • Learn the many careers available in music
  • Study music history – from Medieval music to contemporary composition

Physical Education Program

Health/Physical Education Curriculum Overview

physEdPhysical Education is required of all students. Our main focus is to encourage students how to live a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and health education. We believe that a positive attitude toward an active lifestyle will contribute to the development of an optimum level of wellness. Our curriculum has been developed in accordance with the content of the National Standards of Physical Education.

The PE program will provide vigorous activities and opportunities for each child to explore, develop and master a range of movement skills. Basic skills are taught and are further developed at each grade level as the year progresses. Students will have the opportunity to experience both team and individual sports. These include fine and gross motor skills, sports, games, fitness activities, and team building opportunities. Also, cooperation, positive sportsmanship, and fun are important components of the physical education program.

Health Education is required of all students in grades 6–8. The 3 main components of health, emotional, physical, social and mental, are addressed throughout each unit. Our goal is for students to learn how to make healthy choices throughout their lifetime. Some of the topics include peer pressure, self esteem, stress, drugs and alcohol, etc.

Art Program

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Students participate in art 1 day a week for approximately 40 minutes. They are exposed to many medium such as clay, stamps, linoleum blocks, scratch boards, shrinks dinks, paints, wood, pastels, charcoals, markers, yarn, etc. while being exposed to many facets of art – perspective, portraiture, sculpture, printing, weaving, careers in art, art around the world, fashion, architecture, drawing, painting, etc.

We also have mural club for middle school where students, design, sketch and create various murals throughout the years. 8th grade creates a mural for their graduation and to live on as part of Abrams decor.

In art they should be able to:

  •  Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental or “formal properties” of art: line, positive/negative space, shade/tone, texture, color, etc.
  •  Demonstrate basic theories of compositional balance to achieve unity…and creative ways to “break the rules” successfully.
  •  Understand basic techniques of “process” in a variety of media: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, etc.
  •  Understand basic premises in art movement across a timeline of history
  •  Apply problem solving strategies as a means to create strong finished art/design projects, individually or collaboratively .
  •  Identify and apply techniques of various artists and cultures throughout the ages

 

Judaic Curriculum

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