Middle School (5-8)

As students approach adolescence, they experience a growing sense of independence. The Oak Meadow middle school curriculum supports this developmental stage by encouraging students to look inward while also exploring the outer world in greater depth. They are asked to develop skills in critical thinking and creative problem solving, to analyze and synthesize. In this way, students cultivate an ability to think for themselves that will serve them well in high school and beyond.

2 Ways to Use Our Curriculum

Enrollment

Many families choose to enroll in Oak Meadow School as they enter middle school, and students may enroll fully or in individual subjects. Parents shift from their role as primary teacher with the addition of one-to-one teacher support, and students relish the opportunity to work more independently as they enter adolescence. As in the early grades, teachers suggest supplemental activities to accompany the lessons and can help adjust the curriculum to your child’s specific needs and interests.

Or

Independent Use

Using the curriculum independently is a popular option for families who want the freedom to craft their student’s educational journey. While home teachers continue to guide their students through the 36-weekly lesson plans, the curriculum is now written directly to students, allowing them to increasingly take more responsibility for their own learning. Teacher manuals are offered for each subject, at each grade level for those who would like extra content and teaching guidance.

Middle School (5-8)

Curriculum Overview

The Fifth Grade curriculum awakens the student’s intellect and introspection through the lives of great people in history.

English
  • Grammar: Review parts of speech, direct quotations, verb tenses, & sentence construction
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing: Research projects, essays, speeches, creative dialogue, letters
  • Literature: Where Do You Think You’re going Christopher Columbus?, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Johnny Tremain, Ben & Me
Social Stuides
  • Early explorers
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Pilgrims & colonial life
  • Salem witch trials
  • American Revolution
  • The Constitution
Science
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Ecosystems
  • Population ecology
  • Protecting animals
  • Biomes
  • Bodies of water
  • Pollution & recycling
Math
  • Review carrying, borrowing, place value, & long division
  • Measuring time, adding & subtracting time
  • Word problems
  • Borrowing across zero & borrowing from a borrowed digit
  • Bar & line graphs
  • Roman numerals
  • Multiplying large numbers
  • Squares & square roots
  • Creating fractions with remainders
English
  • Grammar: Plural nouns, contractions & apostrophes, review parts of speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing: Research projects, essays, book reports, diary entries, & reflections
  • Literature: Children of the Wild West, Little House on the Prairie, The Story of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Train
Social Studies
  • Westward expansion
  • Pioneers & homesteaders
  • The Civil War
  • Abolitionists & the Underground Railroad
  • Women in U.S. history
Science
  • Single-cell plants & animals
  • Body tissues, systems, & structures
  • Energy
  • Expansion & contraction
  • Light & sound energy
  • Electricity
  • Technology & design
Math
  • Adding & subtractng money
  • Adding & subtracting common fractions
  • Equivalent fractions
  • Reducing fractions
  • Measuring weight
  • Improper fractions & mixed numbers
  • Adding & subtracting mixed numbers
  • Common denominators

Oak Meadow’s Sixth Grade curriculum engages the emerging adolescent with dramatic stories of struggle and exploration.

English
  • Grammar: Sentence structure, parts of speech, direct quotations
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing: Research projects (topic sentences, outlining, taking notes, bibliography)
  • Literature: The Old Testament, The Rainbow People, D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, Tales from the Arabian Nights
Social Studies
  • The Stone Age
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Israelites
  • Ancient China
  • Ancient Greece & Rome
  • Mesopotamia
  • Persia
  • India
  • Africa
Science
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Cells
  • Green plants
  • Soil
  • Photosynthesis
  • Classification
  • Plant kingdom & animal kingdom
Math
  • Multiplication with large numbers
  • Fractions with remainders
  • Two-digit divisors
  • Reducing fractions
  • Borrowing with mixed numbers
  • Common denominators
  • Multiplying fractions & mixed numbers
  • Dividing fractions & mixed numbers
  • Adding & subtracting with decimals
  • Adding & subtracting with money
English
  • Grammar: Verb tense, punctuation, prepositions, synonyms, & antonyms
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing: Essays, book reports, reflection, speeches, & diary entries
  • Literature: Celtic Myths, The Adventures of Robin Hood

 

Social Studies
  • Germanic Tribes & Celts
  • Middle Ages
  • Renaissance & Reformation
  • Ancient Mayans, Aztecs, Incas
  • Age of Exploration
Science
  • Animal life cycle
  • Animal behavior
  • Food chains & food webs
  • Ecology
  • Systems of the human body
Math
  • Multiplying & dividing with decimals
  • Dividing decimals with remainders
  • percents
  • Converting percents, fraction, & decimals
  • Finding averages & ratios
  • Probability & chance
  • Area & perimeter, geometric shapes
  • Finding missing numbers

Seventh graders gain a global perspective through a study of World History, from the Age of Enlightenment to the present.

English
  • Grammar: Punctuation, sentence formation & construction, paragraphs, possessives, clauses
  • Vocabulary in context
  • Writing: Journal writing, literary analysis, topic sentences, outlining, comparative essays, short stories, research reports, proper citation formats
  • Literature: A Single Shard; Catherine, Called Birdy; Shelf Life; Poetry Speaks Who I Am, Esperanza Rising, Counting on Grace
Social Studies
  • Asia
  • Ancient India
  • Mogul Empire
  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • Age of Monarchs
  • Revolutions
  • Colonialism
Science
  • Scientific method
  • Observation & measurement
  • Earth & Space
  • Rhythms, planets, constellations
  • Earth structures: mountains, rocks, plate tectonics
  • Unit project-based inquiries
Math
  • Common denominators
  • Multiplying & dividing fractions
  • Decimals
  • Exponents
  • Square roots
  • Order of operations
  • Percents
  • Converting percents, fractions, & decimals
  • Missing numbers
  • Negative numbers
  • Signed numbers
English
  • Grammar: Quotations, subject/verb agreement, verb tenses, auxiliary verbs, parallel construction
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing: Descriptive writing, poetry, memoirs, historical reports, biography, business letters
  • Literature: Out of the Dust, Code Talker, Aleutian Sparrow, Brown Girl Dreaming
Social Studies
  • Global conflicts and resolution: WWI & WWII
  • Human rights
  • Social justice
  • United Nations
  • Remarkable people
Science
  • Meteorology
  • Water cycle
  • Clouds
  • Atmosphere
  • Environment science: resources, water, population, biodiversity
  • Unit project-based inquiries
Math
  • Averages
  • Probability
  • Working with equations
  • Ratios & proportions
  • Pi & geometry
  • Weights & liquids
  • Prime numbers
  • Angles & using a compass
  • Polygons & geometric solids

Oak Meadow’s Eighth Grade curriculum introduces students to the concepts of civics through a study of the champions of freedom, federal, state, and local governments, and the economic system.

English
  • Grammar: Verb tenses, use of quotes, similes & metaphors, hyperbole, dialog
  • Vocabulary in context
  • Writing: Journals; summaries; short stories; persuasive argument; descriptive, comparative & opinion essays; literary analysis; fiction & non-fiction; research; letter formats; story elements
  • Literature: Baseball in April, A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, Moon Over Manifest
Social Studies
  • Citizenship
  • Community leaders
  • Independence & interdependence
  • Goals & decisions
  • Landmark cases & civic debate
  • Immigration
  • Family life
  • Disabilities
  • Health & safety
  • Types of government
  • Political heritage of the US
  • U.S. Constitution
Science
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Energy & thermodynamics
  • Force & gravity
  • Laws of motion
  • Matter
  • Heat & pressure
  • Energy use
Math Pre-Algebra
  • Rational numbers
  • Decimals
  • Percents
  • Measuring: lines, area, & volumes
  • Algebraic equations
  • Integers
Math Algebra
  • Integers
  • Order of operations
  • Combining like terms
  • Equations solving techniques
  • Rational expressions
  • Powers & exponents
English
  • Grammar: Sentence structures, parallel construction, colons: semicolons, quotations
  • Vocabulary in context
  • Writing: poetry, alliteration/onomatopoeia, sequencing, book reviews, speech & reported speech, interviews, personification, biography
  • Literature:  Leave this Song Behind, Echo, Criss-Cross, Biography of Choice
Social Studies
  • Voting rights
  • Political parties
  • Branches of government & structure
  • Local government
  • Landmark cases & civic debate
  • Media influence
  • Earth stewardship
Science
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Aerodynamics
  • Modern machines
  • Waves: light & sound
Math Pre-Algebra
  • Combining like terms
  • Rational expressions
  • Powers, polynomials, & radicals
  • Geometry
  • Functions & graphing
  • Statistics, probability & onequalities
  • Absolute value
Math Algebra
  • Quadratic equations
  • Functions & equations
  • Polynomials
  • Graphing functions
  • Rate of change & slope
  • Systems of equations
  • Inequalities & radicals
  • Absolute value

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