Essential Skills

An Essential Skill:

1) comes from the standards

2) is collaboratively determined

3) is an enduring skill that we expect students to retain over time (as opposed to merely learning for a test)

4) is a skill where proficiency in that skill will help students in other areas of the curriculum and other academic subjects, and

5) is essential for success in the next unit, course, or grade level.

(adapted from Learning By Doing, DuFour, Pg. 65)

Essentials 1st Quarter


6th Grade
7th Grade
Students will be able to: Students will be able to:
ELA - Determine the theme or central idea of a text with evidence.

- Compose a claim that is logical, debatable, and precise.

Math - Complete 100 single digit multiplication facts in 4 minutes or less (80% accuracy).

- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide single digit negative and positive integers.

Science

- Describe the watershed and the natural and artificial systems that circulate and distribute water on Earth.

- Use Newton's laws to analyze, calculate, explain, and predict an object's change of motion.

Social Studies

- Analyze political, physical, climate, and Land use maps.

- Formulate and defend a thesis with historical primary and secondary sources.

Exploratory/Elective/SPED
Exploratory
Students will be able to recognize a fixed mindset statement and replace it with a growth mindset statement. Art Students will be able to compare and contrast to determine strengths and weaknesses of an art piece according to specific content vocabulary and criteria.
Band Students will be able to play a Bflat, Eflat, Aflat, F, C, and G minor and chromatic scale. Reading Students will be able to recognize a fixed mindset statement, replace it with a growth mindset statement as well as be able to apply growth mindset statements toward reading.
Tech
ED

Students demonstrate proper use of the U.S. customary unit of linear measurement by correctly reading, writing, and measuring specific distances.

Orchestra 7th

Students will be able to play the D Major and G Major scale.

Students will know the note names and fingerings for all of their strings.

Orchestra 6th

Students will be able to play a D Major Scale pizzicato - ascending and descending.

Students will know the note names and fingerings for D and A string. (Bass will know G string as well.)

Choir 6th Students will identify notes and D and A fingerings.
Choir 7th Students will identify all notes and fingerings.
SPED

Students will be able to write a well developed paragraph that includes a topic sentence, supporting details, and a conclusion.

G/T 6th Grade

Students will be able to identify what type of learner they are. Students will be able to name one strategy based on their learning style to help them study.

G/T 7th Grade

Students will be able to describe the day to day activities in their chosen career field and the reasons why they chose this career.

Essentials 2nd Quarter

6th Grade
7th Grade
Students will be able to: Students will be able to:
ELA - Craft a clear and cohesive written response that includes topic sentence, supporting sentence, concluding sentence, and evidence of transitions.

- Use an in-text and end of text (work cited) MLA citation.

Math - Divide a mixed number by a fraction.

- Use unit rate or set up a proportion to solve a proportional word problem.

Science

- Create a model that demonstrates constructive or destructive forces which justify how Earth's surface features are formed.

- Identify the difference between ionic and covalent bonds.

Social Studies

- Describe different forms of government and the liberties of their citizens.

- Research, organize, and cite information in a clear, complete, and effective format.

Exploratory/Elective/SPED
Exploratory
Students will be able to recognize a fixed mindset statement and replace it with a growth mindset statement. Art

Students will be able to know and apply the color vocabulary and theory.

Band Students will be able to compare and contrast, and recognize strengths and weaknesses of a musical performance. Reading Students will be able double their reading stamina when measured by minutes.
Tech
ED

Students demonstrate proper use of the U.S. customary unit of linear measurement by correctly reading, writing, and measuring specific distances.

Orchestra 7th

Students will be able to play the D Major and G Major scale.

Students will know the note names and fingerings for all of their strings.

Orchestra 6th

Students will be able to play a D Major Scale pizzicato - ascending and descending.

Students will know the note names and fingerings for D and A string. (Bass will know G string as well.)

Choir 6th Students will be able to fill in the rhythm chart in order from largest to smallest.
Choir 7th Students will be able to fill in the rhythm chart in order from largest to smallest.
SPED

Students will be able to write a well developed paragraph that includes a topic sentence, supporting details, and a conclusion. (6th)

Students will be able to include a relevant claim, supporting evidence with warrant, and a conclusion. (7th)

G/T 6th Grade

Students will be able to identify what type of learner they are. Students will be able to name one strategy based on their learning style to help them study.

G/T 7th Grade

Students will be able to describe the day to day activities in their chosen career field and the reasons why they chose this career.

Essentials 3rd Quarter

6th Grade
7th Grade
Students will be able to: Students will be able to:
ELA - Write a clear and coherent essay which includes an arguable claim, relevant and supporting evidence, and warranting.

- Use three pieces of evidence to support a claim, lead into evidence, and support evidence in several ways (i.e. direct quote, paraphrase, and keyword quote).

Math - Write algebraic expressions to represent real-world scenarios.

- Correctly create a table, graph, and equation to represent a given proportional rate.

Science

- Evaluate how mass and volume affect density.

- Use a microscope to make adjustments, calculate magnifications, and find/focus on parts of plant and animal cells.

Social Studies

- Analyze the impact of the Columbian Exchange on the Americas and Europe.

- Compare and contrast how citizens exercise their rights, roles, and responsibilities in various government systems.
Exploratory/Elective/SPED
Exploratory
Students will be able to recognize a fixed mindset statement and replace it with a growth mindset statement. Art

Students will be able to know and apply the color vocabulary and theory.

Band Students will be able to compare and contrast, and recognize strengths and weaknesses of a musical performance. Reading Students can create and achieve a SMART goal to become stronger readers.
Computers and KFMS Students will identify actions that shape their digital identities in positive, safe, legal, and ethical ways.
Tech
ED

Students demonstrate proper use of the U.S. customary unit of linear measurement by correctly reading, writing, and measuring specific distances.

Orchestra 7th

Students will be able to play the D Major and G Major scale.

Students will know the note names and fingerings for all of their strings.

Orchestra 6th

Students will be able to play a D Major Scale pizzicato - ascending and descending.

Students will know the note names and fingerings for D and A string. (Bass will know G string as well.)

Choir 6th Students will be able to fill in the rhythm chart in order from largest to smallest.
Choir 7th Students will be able to fill in the rhythm chart in order from largest to smallest.
SPED

Students will be able to write a well developed paragraph that includes a topic sentence, supporting details, and a conclusion. (6th)

Students will be able to include a relevant claim, supporting evidence with warrant, and a conclusion. (7th)

G/T 6th Grade

Students will be able to identify what type of learner they are. Students will be able to name one strategy based on their learning style to help them study.

G/T 7th Grade

Students will be able to describe the day to day activities in their chosen career field and the reasons why they chose this career.