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GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO COURSES

Below is a complete list of courses offered at The Woodlands Methodist School for Grades 5 – 8. These grades are a place where students are rapidly growing and changing emotionally, socially and intellectually. The curriculum is rigorous while being balanced. Critical thinking, skill development and subject mastery are at the heart of the curriculum. We focus on the skills needed to become confident learners and build upon them.

TWMS is a dynamic Christian-based school with high academic standards. With that in mind, we offer a challenging and exciting curriculum. Our teachers and administrators work hand in hand with each individual family to help select the perfect course load for each student. Students who wish to take a Pre-AP course should acquire the signature of their current teacher in that subject when filling out their course request in the spring.

Core Subjects

English, Language Arts, and Reading

Grade: 5
Prerequisite: None

Students will engage in meaningful activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing, and oral language skills in five key areas: reading, writing, research, listening and speaking, and oral and written conventions.

Grade: 6
Prerequisite: None

Grade 6 is an important transition year before students reach middle school; they must become adept at reading more complex texts and producing more analytical forms of writing. Students will engage in meaningful activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing, and oral language skills in five key areas: reading, writing, research, listening and speaking, and oral and written conventions.

Grade: 7
Prerequisite: None

Students will engage in meaningful activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing, and oral language skills in five key areas: reading, writing, research, listening and speaking, and oral and written conventions.

Mathematics

MATHEMATICS

Grade: 5
Prerequisite: None

Math allows students to build on their basic math skills while pushing them towards higher order and critical thinking. Units such as multiplying and dividing decimals, graphing data and statistics, working algebraic expressions, and finding the perimeter, area, and volume of different shapes supplement daily skills such as place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Grade: 6
Prerequisite: None

This course will develop and extend procedures for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of integers and positive rational numbers. Students will also develop an understanding of and solve ratio and rate problems, create equivalent ratios that describe situations that involve proportionality, solve problems involving proportional relationship, use expression and equations to represent relationships in a variety of contexts, and use mathematical symbols.

Grade: 7
Prerequisite: None

Students will develop fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of rational numbers and use operations to solve problems. Students will use reasoning about ratios, rates, proportionality, and percent to solve problems, select, justify and use appropriate symbolic representations to solve problems in varied contexts, including the use of geometric formulas for pyramids and circles.

MATHEMATICS PRE-AP

Grade: 6
Prerequisite: Performance on 5th grade post test, 5th grade math score, teacher recommendation

Students will study all Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills required for grade 6 and a large portion of the TEKS for grade 7. The additional content will include: developing fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of rational numbers, use the operations to solve problems, use of reasoning about ratios, rates, proportionality, and percent to solve problems in preparation for Algebra 1 (as high school credit) in grade 8.

Grade: 7
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 6th grade Pre-AP and/or teacher recommendation

Students will cover all TEKS for Grade 7 and a portion of the TEKS for grade 8. The additional content will include: select, justify, and use appropriate symbolic representations to solve problems in varied context, including use of geometric formulas for pyramids and circles, use representations of center, spread, and shape to compare and form inferences about sets of data. This course serves as preparation for Algebra 1 (for high school credit) in Grade 8.

Science

Grade: 5
Prerequisite: None

Bring Science Alive! Exploring Science Practices guides students in understanding the role of decomposers, consumers, and producers in a healthy ecosystem. They study the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere and learn how these systems interact.

Grade: 6
Prerequisite: None

The largest part of this class focuses on physical science. Students will be engaged in many hands-on labs each week. As students learn science skills, they study topics such as properties of matter, energy transformations, organisms and their environments, and forces and motion.

Grade: 7
Prerequisite: None

The study of Science in Grade 7 includes conducting field and laboratory investigations using the scientific method. The students will be doing critical-thinking and problem solving in physical, chemical, earth, and life sciences. Much of the curriculum involves using scientific and technological tools to collect and analyze data.

SCIENCE PRE-AP

Grade: 6
Prerequisite: None

Pre-AP science is a rigorous course that emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving and is recommended for students who have demonstrated interest in science. The course is interdisciplinary; however, much of the content focus is on physical science.

Grade: 7
Prerequisite: None

This course requires students to perform field and laboratory investigations at a more advanced level using the scientific method. The students will be doing critical-thinking and problem solving in physical, chemical, earth, and life sciences. Participation in outside-of-class scientific research projects is required. Students enrolled in this course should expect extensive outside-of-class preparation.

Social Studies

Grade: 5
US History
Prerequisite: None

Social Studies Alive! America's Past covers American history from the first migrations into the Americas through the 20th century. Intense interaction with the personalities, places, and events that structured our nation leads students to be both keen observers of and informed participants in U.S. history. Geography is also a very important part of this class.

Grade: 6
Ancient Civilizations
Prerequisite: None

History Alive! The Ancient World introduces students to the beginnings of the human story. As they explore the great early civilizations of Egypt and the Near East, India, China, Greece, and Rome, students discover the secrets of these ancient cultures that continue to influence the modern world.

Grade: 7
Texas History
Prerequisite: None

Texas History tells the stories of people, events, and institutions from the state’s earliest civilizations to modern times. It touches upon and includes all of the social studies disciplines. People’s beliefs, the ways they meet their economic needs, form, and culture they transmit from one generation to another are all part of Texas history.

Study Skills

Grade: 5
Prerequisite: None

The study skills class is for all Grade 5. This class will teach valuable study skills that will help to ease the transition between lower school and middle school. Students will learn and practice the skills necessary to be successful in all areas of school.

Electives

Art

Grade: 5
Prerequisite: None

The class will introduce students to art: its histories, criticisms, theories, and production. The studio focus is expressing feelings and ideas through a variety of visual mediums, processes, problem solving, and high-level thinking skills relating to art and composing visual elements.

Grade: 6 – 7
Prerequisite: None

Visual Arts introduces students to art: histories, criticisms, theories, and production. The academic focus is on the elements and principles of design, cultural studies and art history. The studio focus is expressing feelings and ideas through a variety of visual mediums, processes, problem solving, and high level thinking skills relating to art and composing visual elements.

Band

Band-Beginning

Grade: 5 – 7
Prerequisite: None

Students will be introduced to instrumental music through the selection of a band instrument. Students will learn to read music and basic music theory, including scale studies.

Band

Grade: 6 – 7
Prerequisite: Beginning band or 1 year in band

Students will be placed in a band class with students who have comparable skills. Auditions are required for placement. The overall goal of the band programs is to teach students: (1) respect for others as well as adults, (2) responsibility through a positive work ethic, and (3) a love and respect for music through learning how to play band instruments and working together. Participation in possible competitions and concerts as well as possible after school practices will provide a portion of the student's’ grade in band.

Music

Grade: 5
Prerequisite: None

Music class will be 2-3 times a week and combined with an art component for an elective. This class is a continuation of lower music.

Physical Education

Grade: 5 – 7
Prerequisite: None

PE includes a combination of activities designed for improving physical fitness and body strength. It also introduces a variety of team sports, individual sports, and activities.

Middle School Choir

Grade: 6 – 7
Prerequisite: None

The Middle School choir program focuses on sight reading knowledge and building vocal skills and technique. Students will participate in a variety of contests and competitions outside of the school day. Any student may choose choir as an elective. All students choosing choir must audition with the choir teacher to determine vocal placement within the choir.

Foreign Language

French I OR Spanish I
Grade: 7 – 8

Prerequisite: None

Students take the first level of their language course spread out between their Grade 7 and Grade 8 years. In this way, students have more time to build a foundation in either Spanish or French. The course includes reading and writing, educational videos, interactive projects, and listening and speaking exercises. A priority is placed on creating a solid foundation in vocabulary and grammar as well as establishing a comfort level in communication. Successful completion of both years of this course will result in 1.0 high school credit.

Reading and Study Success

Grade: 5 – 7
Prerequisite: Teacher and counselor recommendation

This class will be a small class of reading and study skills instruction. It is designed to help students with a reading deficit to obtain the skills necessary to close the gap in this area and be successful in all areas of school.