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For students, middle school serves as a transition between elementary school and high school. Typically middle school involves grades 6 through 8 and is sometimes referred to as junior high school or just junior high. This is where students are introduced to an entirely new way of learning. In contrast to the teaching format of elementary school, students are allowed to opt for subjects in addition to the standard curriculum comprising English, Math, Science and Social Studies. The primary objective here is to help students develop a sense of independence by allowing them more autonomy in terms of choosing the subjects they wish to study. Also, not being confined to one single classroom offers them a constant change of environment that in some ways can prevent mundane routine.
The sixth grade is usually the start of middle school with students typically in the range of 11 to 12 years of age. Grade 6 is when students are usually introduced to a new way of learning. Students usually have different teachers for subjects that include Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. In Mathematics, students are typically taught fractions and decimals along with basic geometry and algebra. In Science, they are taught about life sciences, physical sciences and earth sciences. Additionally, they are also introduced to scientific methodology, taxonomy and ecology. In English, students learn about grammar and the different types of writing. While the curriculum for Social Studies may vary, students are typically taught about ancient civilizations, their cultures and histories.
The Grade 6 English curriculum is aligned to the common core standards. In the school curriculum, students will learn the basic areas of reading, writing, listening and answering a question. Students will study the meaning of words, analyze specific sentences, punctuations.
The middle school math curriculum focuses on ratios and rate to multiplication and division, will understand the division of fractions, expressions, equations. The students will develop the understanding of statistics. Students will learn calculating mean, median of a group numbers.
The Grade 6 Science curriculum deals with the physical science, ecology and climatology. The students will learn about the scientists and the difference between the theories and laws. The students will study about earth science, water cycle and rock cycle, climate, weather and atmosphere.
The Grade 6 social studies curriculum is aligned to the Next Generation Sunshine Standards. The course deals with the geography, maps and focuses on the civilizations, cultures, and their histories. The students will learn about the ancient countries and their civilizations.