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Middle School 226 has partnered with the New York City Commission on Human Rights for our new Peer Mediation Program.
Distance Learning has arrived at our school and will help our students interact with children and teachers across the globe. Students will be able to share ideas, homework, class work, and socialize beyond the borders of our city, state, and country using cutting edge technology.
OUR DEPARTMENTAL OVERVIEW:
M.S 226 SOCIAL STUDIES OVERVIEW
The M.S. 226 Social Studies Curriculum in grade 6-8 is based on the New York State Education Department Core Curriculum.
- In grade 6, students will use a variety of media to depict early civilizations of the Eastern Hemisphere (i.e., China, India, Greece, Rome, and Egypt). The grade 6 students also utilize Core Knowledge which is implemented throughout all curriculum areas.
- In grade 7, students study the political, geographic, economic, and social events in United States History as they relate to New York State from the 1500’s to the Civil War. Connections are made to Canada and Mexico when appropriate.
- In grade 8, students study the political, geographic, economic, and social events of the United States as they relate to New York State from the end of the Civil War to the present.
At M.S. 226, our teachers infuse literary novels with the social studies curriculum to make history come alive within the walls of the classroom. Students analyze and evaluate information found in primary and secondly source documents (graphs, political cartoons, data based questions, maps, charts, timelines, multi-media, posters, etc.) Students make connections among various sources of information and ideas. Students will evaluate and support the accuracy of information to be used in the formation of opinions and ideas. Students will use knowledge from other curriculum areas and personal experiences to form and express opinions. Plays depicting events of the past, hands-on learning projects, artifacts, technology, and lively debates, are an integral part of the M.S. 226 Social Studies Program.
M.S 226 MATH SYLABUS OVERVIEW
WE ARE USING CMP3 - The Connected Mathematics Project
The M.S. 226 Mathematics Curriculum is based upon the Common Core Standards. In accordance with the standards, a balance of both process skills and content areas has been incorporated.
The Mathematics Curriculum focuses on the following key ideas:
Unit 1: Factors and Multiples
Unit 2: Ratios, Rational Numbers, and Equivalence
Unit 3: Understanding Fraction Operations
Unit 4: 2-D Measurement
Unit 5: Decimals and Percents
Unit 6: Algebra
Unit 7: Data Analyis
Unit 1: Integers and Rational Numbers
Unit 2: Understanding Similarity
Unit 3: Ratios, Rates, Percents, and Proportions
Unit 4: Linear Relationships
Unit 5: Probability and Expected Value
Unit 6: 3-D Measurement
Unit 7: Comparisons and Predictions
Unit 8: 2-D Geometry
Unit 1: Linear and Inverse Variation
Unit 2: Exponential Functions
Unit 3: Symmetry and Transfomations
Unit 4: Making Sense of Symbols
Unit 5: Equations and Inequalities
Unit 6: The Pythagorean Theorum
Problem solving is seen as the connecting thread throughout all these key ideas. Students are encouraged to become active participants in their understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures as they apply them in problem solving environment.
The M.S. 226 Mathematics Curriculum is designed to help all students learn to:
· Think logically and creatively while exploring mathematical ideas
· Apply reasoning skills to solve problems
· Determine what information is necessary in a particular situation
· Organize and use information to solve problems
· Perform mathematical calculating
· Master computational skills as that pertain to conceptual constructions in problem solving explorations
· Investigate the world of mathematics through hands-on experiences
· Communicate mathematical thinking by using words, pictures, and numbers
· Integrate mathematics with the rest of the curriculum, particularly with science and technology
At M.S. 226, our students are motivated to make discoveries, draw conclusions, and find a myriad of solutions to important problems – even in math.
M.S 226 SCIENCE SYLABUS OVERVIEW
The science curriculum is organized under three topic headings: Life, Physical, and Earth Science. The curriculum is designed to:
· develop students’ understanding of key concepts and science process skills
· improve students’ abilities to think creatively and critically
· encourage problem solving through experiences in the natural environment
· foster the development of positive attitudes about science
· bridge science concepts to current social and environmental events
· integrate science with the rest of the curriculum, particularly with math and technology
· to infuse literacy in science
This hands-on approach to science is recognized as the most effective way to help our students construct a solid foundation of scientific knowledge. Hands-on activities are motivating and they stimulate curiosity. Whether our students are working in groups or independently with their teachers, students will investigate, experiment, gather data, organize results and draw conclusions. Activities often start with exploration, followed by a discussion of discoveries in which vocabulary is developed and ideas are clarified for students followed by addition experiences to reinforce concepts. Vocabulary is always introduced in context after students have had firsthand experience.
Each unit has distinct process skills that are emphasized as an integral part of the learning experience. It is recognized that these skills are the tools that students use to solve problems. There is an equal balance between development of science process skills and content.
M.S 226 LANGUAGE ARTS OVERVIEW
Reading and writing is the expression of thoughts and ideas for a wide variety of purposes across the curriculum, including math, science, and social studies. The teaching of reading and writing is a process over time which needs consistent and regular instruction, insuring that readers and writers have time, ownership, and response.
At M.S. 226 the process of reading crosses curriculum areas is a way to help educate children for their futures in a world of information.
Learning to write is developmental. Young writers learn from direct teaching, from wide reading, and from experimenting with a variety of styles. Writing should be produced for authentic purposes and real audiences, and in order to be effective, should exhibit the conventions of written language (spelling, grammar and punctuation). Writing is taught as a process where children develop topics, expand their ideas, revise and edit their writing and finally publish their work.
At M.S. 226, we have high expectations for children, and they consistently reach for the stars in learning.
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