2019-2020 Registration Guide

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2019-2020 Grades 7 and 8 Courses

American Studies 7

Course Number: 7131
Grade: 7
Credits: 3
Type: Full year, everyday

This course is the study of United States history from the early 1800's up to the War on Terror. In this course students explore economic, political, and social events from multiple perspectives. This is accomplished through investigating many sources, including primary and secondary sources. Students will be involved in small and large group discussions as well as individual work. Students will explore current world events and integrate them into the curriculum and connect to historical content throughout the year.

Art 7

Course Number: 7111
Grade: 7
Credits: 1.5
Type: Full year, every other day

This class builds on the concepts learned in Art 6, using different projects and art styles for more advanced learning. Students taking this class will learn how to analyze, design and create artworks in a variety of media; such as drawing, etching, painting, pastels, and clay. Students in this class are challenged to develop 21st century skills such as creativity & innovation, critical thinking & problem solving, communication (visual and verbal), and collaboration to help them be successful in their 21st century lives.

Art 8, every day

Course Number: 8011
Grades: 8
Credits: 3
Type: Full year, every day

Students taking Art 8 will continue to learn how to analyze, design and create artworks in a variety of media including, but not limited to drawing, painting, clay and other sculpture materials. Artistic themes are incorporated into most of the projects, so students really have a chance to be creative and personalize their artwork. Students in this class are challenged to develop 21st century skills such as creativity & innovation, critical thinking & problem solving, communication (visual and verbal), and collaboration to help them be successful in their 21st century lives.

Art 8, every other day

Course Number: 8012
Grades: 8
Credits: 1.5
Type: Full year, every other day

Students taking Art 8 will continue to learn how to analyze, design and create artworks in a variety of media including, but not limited to drawing, painting, clay and other sculpture materials. Artistic themes are incorporated into most of the projects, so students really have a chance to be creative and personalize their artwork. Students in this class are challenged to develop 21st century skills such as creativity & innovation, critical thinking & problem solving, communication (visual and verbal), and collaboration to help them be successful in their 21st century lives.

AVID

Course Number: 7091 or 8091
Grade: 7 and 8
Credits: 3
Type: Full year, every other day

AVID Elective opens the door to your college dreams starting with one period a day, where students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.  AVID places these students on the college track, requiring them to enroll in the most rigorous courses that are appropriate for them, such as Honors and Advanced Placement®. To support them in the rigorous coursework, AVID students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams reality.

Band 7

Course Number: 7031 or 7032
Grade: 7
Credits: 1.5 or 3
Type: Full year, every other day or every day

7th grade band is a continuation of sixth grade band experience. It is a yearlong commitment and bands perform twice per year. Students receive individual/small group lessons. Rhythmic skills include rhythms up to dotted quarter notes and syncopation and includes playing in keys of Bb, Eb and F concert.

Band 8

Course Number: 8031 or 8032
Grade: 8
Credits: 1.5 or 2
Type: Full year, every other day or every day

8th grade band is a continuation of seventh grade band experience. It is a year long commitment and bands perform twice per year.  Students receive individual/small group lessons. Rhythmic skills include rhythms up to sixteenth note patterns and includes playing in keys Bb, Eb, F and Ab concert.

Choir 7

Course Number: 7041
Grade: 7
Credits: 1.5
Type: Full year, every other day

This course further develops opportunities in creating, listening to, performing and responding to music. Through the study of vocal music students will learn about the elements of melody, rhythm, form, texture, harmony, timbre, and expression in music.  Vocal development through the voice change will be a major theme. A variety of choral music representing many styles and cultures will be used throughout the year.  Students will demonstrate their learning both in class and during public performances in the evening.  Concerts take place approximately twice per school year.

Choir 8

Course Number: 8041
Grade: 8
Credits: 1.5
Type: Full year, every other day

This course provides extended opportunities in creating, listening to, performing and responding to music. Through the study of vocal music students will learn about the elements of melody, rhythm, form, texture, harmony, timbre, and expression in music.  Vocal development through the voice change will be a major theme. A variety of choral music representing many styles and cultures will be used throughout the year. Students will demonstrate their learning both in class and during public performances in the evening.  Concerts take place approximately twice per school year.

Earth Science 8

Course Number: 8121 
Grade:
Credits:
Type: Full year, everyday 

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the phenomena of the natural world through a study of the Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Weather, Geology, Paleontology, and Chemistry. Students will use astronomy to explain the 24 hour day, the phases of the moon, and the effect of gravity/ inertia. Studying weather and the water cycle will teach the use of maps, the effect of global weather on local patterns and the ability to make forecasts based on weather patterns. Studies in Geology and Paleontology will help students understand Constructive and Destructive Forces in the formation of earthquakes, volcanoes, and the rock cycle, as well as, how to use rock layers to infer fossil ages. Chemistry will cover the basics of acid/base reactions, the conservation of matter, and chemical vs physical reactions. There will be an emphasis on learning and retaining vocabulary within each unit.

Geography 8

Course Number: 8131
Grade: 8
Credits: 3
Type: Full year, everyday

Students in 8th grade Geography will be exploring the regions of the world using geographic information from a variety of sources. We will also analyze important trends in the modern world that will continue to impact our lives. In addition to the geography of our world we will also study historical events that have occurred in the last half century that have shaped the contemporary world.

Geometry (10th grade standards)

Course Number: 8114
Grade: 8
Credits: 3 Middle School Credits and 3 High School Credits
Type: Full year, everyday
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Quadratic Algebra
Post-Secondary Connection: Students in 8th grade are eligible for this class if they meet the criteria entering middle school. This is a high school level course, successful completion earns 3 High School Credits on the student's High School transcript through Spring Lake Park High School.

The course is structured around problems and investigations that build spatial visualization skills, conceptual understanding of geometry topics, and an awareness of connections between different ideas. It emphasizes several big ideas in an integrated algebra/geometry context. The key concepts addressed in this course are: inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, construction, symmetry, transformations, congruence, similarity, Pythagorean Theorem, area, volume, and right triangle trigonometry.

German I

Course Number: 8071
Grades: 8
Credits: 3 Middle School Credits and 3 High School Credits
Type: Full year, everyday
Post-Secondary Connection: This is a high school level course. Successful completion earns 3 High School Credits on the student’s high school transcript through Spring Lake Park High School. Students taking German in high school will have the option of earning up to 10 college credits through the University of Minnesota’s College in the Schools (CIS) program.

Sprichst du Deutsch? ¿Quieres hablar alemán? Do you want to speak German? Taking German 1 is an excellent way to get a head start on your language studies and try something different. This course is designed to be interactive, communicative, challenging and FUN! In German 1, we will explore the wonders and peculiarities of the German language and culture using engaging stories and personalized instruction! At the end of this course, you will be able to read, write, listen and speak in German using high-frequency vocabulary and phrases. You will also have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities and crafts, learn about German traditions and customs, and maybe even try some interesting German foods. In taking German 1, you will gain new perspectives, exciting opportunities, and advantages for high school and college studies (see Post-Secondary Connection). This is just the beginning of your adventures in learning German, so all students are welcome!

Honors American Studies 7

Course Number: 7132
Grade: 7
Credits: 3
Type: Full year, everyday

This course is the study of United States history from early 1800's up to the War on Terror. In American Studies Honors the students are expected to be motivated to work independently in and out of the classroom. The class will move at a faster pace, involve significant research, critical thinking, and students will be required to actively participate in rich classroom discussion. There will be more essay writing outside of the classroom and most reading materials will be above grade level.  Student product and assessments will be held to a higher standard.

Honors Earth Science 8

Course Number: 8122
Grade: 8
Credits: 3
Type: Full year, trimester, etc.
Prerequisite: Students who standardized test scores are in the range of 85th percentile and above.

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the phenomena of the natural world through a study of the Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Weather, Geology, Paleontology, and Chemistry. Students will use astronomy to explain the 24 hr day, the phases of the moon, and the effect of gravity/inertia. Studying weather and the water cycle will teach the use of maps, the effect of global weather on local patterns, the ability to make forecasts based on weather patterns. Studies in Geology and Paleontology will help students understand Constructive and Destructive Forces in the formation of earthquakes, volcanoes, and the rock cycle as well as how to use rock layers to infer fossil ages. Chemistry will cover the basics of acid/base reactions, the conservation of matter, and chemical vs physical reactions. Students will engage in reading a novel, writing, and speaking with scientific evidence.