Middle School at iCademy Global is an Exciting Time for Students
The changes in kids grades 6-8 happen fast as they gain more independence, step into a new level of ownership for their studies, and find their passions beginning to emerge.
iCademy Global’s objective during these transitional years is to set kids up for success in their high school career. Our middle school curriculum is delivered through Pearson Connexus, which we believe delivers the best content for core curriculum. Although we use it as our curriculum provider, we do make enhancements in order to provide a customized learning experience for our students.
iCademy middle schoolers seek to understand and grow the world around them. Field experienes are our vehicle to understanding cultures, having multuple travel opportunities as well as interact with different cultures in our own communities.
At iCademy Global the bar is set high for academic achievement and excellence. In middle school we continue to work in our just right level and have the potential to earn high school credits and continue to inspire independent learners who are ready for high school.
Middle School Courses
- Language Arts 6
- Fundamentals of Algebra and Geometry
- Social Studies 6
- Earth Science
- Foundations (Semester 1)
- Music Appreciation or ProtégéStudio (Semester 2)
- Duo Lingo or Spanish 1
- Language Arts 7
- Social Studies 7
- Life Science
- Health (Semester 1)
- Art or ProtégéStudio (Semester 2)
- Spanish 1 or 2
- Language Arts 8
- (Option for HS credit)
- Social Studies 8
- Physical Science
- Career Explorations(Semester 1) or ProtégéStudio
- Physical Education(Semester 2)
- Spanish 1, 2 or High School Spanish 1(Option for HSCredit)
6ᵗʰ Grade Curriculum
In 6th grade, readers and writers will explore 4 main genre studies including; personal narrative, compare/contrast through literary essays, biography and research based writing. We will also dive in to two different novel studies together throughout the year. Grammar foundations, vocabulary fluency, independent reading and journaling are also essential weekly components of our English Language Arts learning.
Social Studies at 6th grade includes studies of North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America geography and history.
We will be exploring the four foundations of high academic achievement, Leadership, Stewardship and Global Awareness that iCademy Global hold essential in educating the whole child. Students will be learning the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, focus on critical thinking skills and begin understanding the concept of “Grit”. (Semester One)
Middle school Spanish is founded on four basic principles: Communication-the reciprocated communication with others that involves both input and output; Confidence-the increasing comfort that comes with expanding vocabulary, conversation, and accenting; Culture-the understanding that language is rooted in the unique culture of each region; Comprehension-the ability to understand meaning, grammar, formal and informal phrases, and expression; all of which is practiced online with our Spanish curriculum. DuoLingo or Spanish 1 are offered for 6th graders.
Fundamentals of Algebra and Geometry
Students enhance computational and problem-solving skills while learning topics in algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. They solve expressions and equations in the context of perimeter, area, and volume problems, and to develop computational skills with fractions and decimals. The study of plane and solid figures includes construction and transformations of figures. Also in the context of problem solving, students add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive and negative integers, and solve problems involving ratios, proportions, and percents, including simple and compound interest, rates, discount, tax, and tip problems. They learn multiple representations for communicating information, such as graphs on the coordinate plane, statistical data and displays, as well as the results of probability and sampling experiments. Students investigate patterns involving addition, multiplication, and exponents, and apply number theory and computation to mathematical puzzles.
Students will focus on geology, oceanography, astronomy, weather, and climate. This course consists of online lessons, an associated reference book, collaborative activities, virtual laboratories, and hands-on laboratories students can conduct at home. The course provides a base for further studies in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy, and gives practical experience in implementing scientific methods.
Students will learn foundational skills such as performing, listening, analyzing, and responding to music. They are exposed to fundamentals of music, such as rhythm, harmony, form, and texture. They learn to read and write music notation and to create and arrange music within specified guidelines. Integrated assignments incorporate other areas of study, such as science, social studies, and math. Students are exposed to a wide variety of musical styles, including classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and bluegrass. (Semester Two OR Studio Option*)
7ᵗʰ Grade Curriculum
In 7th grade, readers and writers will explore 4 main genre studies including; Realistic Fiction, Writing about Reading: Companion Books, Argument Research Essays and Autobiography. We will also dive in to two different novel studies together throughout the year. Grammar foundations, vocabulary fluency, independent reading and journaling are also essential weekly components of our English Language Arts learning.
The Life Science course invites students to investigate the world of living things—at levels both large and small—by reading, observing, and experimenting with aspects of life on Earth. Students explore an amazing variety of organisms, the complex workings of the cell and cell biology, the relationship between living things and their environments, and discoveries in the world of modern genetics. Students tackle such topics as ecology, microorganisms, animals, plants, cells, animals, species, adaptation, heredity, genetics, and the history of life on Earth. Lesson activities and assignments help students discover how scientists investigate the living world.
Instruction in the fundamental concepts of art, the evaluation of art, and understanding the mission of natural history museums. In this one-semester course, students explore world regions and study the unique art and architecture that defines the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Using relevant terminology, they learn how to identify and discuss formal elements, principles of design, and stylistic characteristics found in artworks from various world regions. Course content begins with a timeline of Medieval/Renaissance history and discussion of art criticism and is supplemented with hands-on activities, discussions, written assignments, and objective assessments. (Semester Two OR Studio Option*)
Middle school Spanish is founded on four basic principles: Communication-the reciprocated communication with others that involves both input and output; Confidence-the increasing comfort that comes with expanding vocabulary, conversation, and accenting; Culture-the understanding that language is rooted in the unique culture of each region; Comprehension-the ability to understand meaning, grammar, formal and informal phrases, and expression; all of which is practiced online with our Spanish curriculum. Spanish 1 or Spanish 2 (with a pre req. Of Spanish 1) are offered for 7th graders.
In this course, students take a broader look at computational and problem-solving skills while learning the language of algebra. Students extend their understanding of ratios to develop an understanding of proportions and solve problems, including scale drawings, percent increase and decrease, simple interest, and tax. They also extend their understanding of numbers and properties of operations to include rational numbers. Signed rational numbers are contextualized and students use rational numbers in constructing expressions and solving equations. Students derive formulas and solve two-dimensional area problems, including the area of composite figures. In three dimensions, students find surface area using formulas and nets. Students also compute the volume of three-dimensional objects, including cubes and prisms. Students make use of sampling techniques to draw inferences about a population, including comparative inferences about two populations. Students also investigate chance processes through experimental and theoretical probability models.
Social Studies at 7th grade includes studies of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, Europe and Russia geography and history.
This course is designed to teach lifetime health and wellness knowledge in order to prevent various psychological and physical disorders. Students will learn health information and practices, as well as experience implementing their newfound skills and knowledge. They will acquire the skills necessary to handle peer pressure, recognize unhealthy and risky behaviors and how to prevent and avoid them, and develop strategies for improving personal and community health. Quizzes, discussion sessions among peers, projects, and interactions will be assessed weekly to gauge content understanding. After completion of this course, the student will understand and have experience practicing lifelong skills for lifelong health and wellness. (Semester One)
8ᵗʰ Grade Curriculum
In 8th grade, readers and writers will explore 4 main genre studies including; Investigative Journalism, Historical Fiction, Research based position paper and Memoir. We will also dive in to two different novel studies together throughout the year. Grammar foundations, vocabulary fluency, independent reading and journaling are also essential weekly components of our English Language Arts learning.
Social Studies at 8th grade includes studies of United States history from the writing of the Constitution through Reconstruction. Geography, civics/government, and economics content is integrated within the historical context.
Provides an overview of careers available today and helps students identify careers that may suit them. Course content covers the importance of work to individuals and society; the difference between a job and a career; identifying personal strengths, weaknesses, and interests and how they apply to possible careers; the importance of proper work etiquette; and an exploration of various careers in several career clusters. Students complete self-evaluations to determine which careers may be of interest to them. Assignments, including research and interviews, supplement the instructional content and provide a hands-on approach to creating a career plan for the future. (Semester One OR Studio Option)
Through this online Physical Education course students will be exposed to many diverse activities and will learn a wide variety of fitness concepts that they will be able to use in their everyday lives. Students will learn lifelong skills such as rock climbing, orienteering, and ping-pong along with stress management concepts through Yoga and Pilates. Students will develop a sense of self-esteem and accomplishment through completion of fitness tests, attaining personal goals set, and learning to care for their body. Integrated assignments will show students that content areas of science, social studies, math, and English are littered throughout physical education and apply in our everyday activities. Quizzes, discussion boards, projects, and physical activity will be assessed weekly to gauge content understanding. After completion of this course students will have the knowledge to stay fit and stay active well beyond middle school. (Semester 2)
Students deepen their computational and problem-solving fluency through topics in linear relationships, functions, and geometry. Proportions are understood as special linear equations in which the constant of proportionality is the slope. Students also consider the fit of bivariate data with linear models. Students solve systems of two linear equations in two variables and relate those solutions to a representation in the coordinate plane. Functions are understood as a rule that determines a unique output for every input. Students apply functions and are able to translate between various representations. Geometry delves into translations, rotations, reflections, and dilations in the coordinate plane. Students also consider the angles created by the transversal of parallel lines. The Pythagorean Theorem is explored and used to find distances between points and to analyze polygons. Students also find volumes of cones, cylinders, and sphere.
The Physical Science course introduces students to many aspects of the physical world, focusing first on chemistry and then on physics. The course provides an overview of the physical world and gives students tools and concepts to think clearly about matter, atoms, molecules, chemical reactions, motion, force, momentum, work and machines, energy, waves, electricity, light, and other aspects of chemistry and physics. Among other subjects, students study the structure of atoms; the elements and the Periodic Table; chemical reactions; forces, including gravitational, motion, acceleration, and mass; and energy, including light, thermal, electricity, and magnetism.
Middle school Spanish is founded on four basic principles: Communication-the reciprocated communication with others that involves both input and output; Confidence-the increasing comfort that comes with expanding vocabulary, conversation, and accenting; Culture-the understanding that language is rooted in the unique culture of each region; Comprehension-the ability to understand meaning, grammar, formal and informal phrases, and expression; all of which is practiced online with our Spanish curriculum. Spanish 2 or High School Spanish (with a pre req. of Middle School Spanish 2) are offered for 8th graders.