The Woodlands Methodist School

General Introduction to Courses — 5th and 6th Grade

The intermediate school is a place where students are rapidly growing and changing emotionally, socially and intellectually. Here, they are provided with the tools needed to help them make the transition from the supportive, yet challenging lower school to the independence and rigor of our middle school. Students are encouraged to become more independent and take on additional responsibilities in a supportive environment.

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 throughout the intermediate school years. Teachers in 5th and 6th grades work together to create connections across the curriculum, which leads to better retention and understanding of skills and concepts.

Scripps Spelling Bee challenges students to develop a large vocabulary

English Language Arts and Reading

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. The goal of these activities is to encourage students to become lifelong learners who find pleasure in reading and who can understand and interpret a variety of texts. Writing is taught as a form of communication and as a means of learning. A great deal of emphasis is placed on collaborative, creative and composing processes.

English Language Arts and Reading

Grade: 6
Prerequisite: None
6th grade 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.

Daily Bible classes provide a Christian foundation

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. Throughout the school year, 5th grade students become more in tune with their number sense and mathematical confidence.

Mathematics

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 variety of contexts, and use mathematical symbols.

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 (TEKS) required for 6th grade and a large portion of the TEKS for 7th grade. The additional content will include: developing fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of rational numbers, and 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 8th grade.

Destination Imagination provides exposure to 21st century skills and STEM principles

Science

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. They develop models to examine patterns caused by the relative positions of Earth and the sun, and identify matter as well as particles of matter too small to be seen. Hands-on investigations and labs are a very important part of this curriculum. Students begin to understand the scientific process in inquiry and the importance of procedures and safety in the lab.

Science

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, forces and motion, Earth processes, and the solar system. Recurring themes such as change and constancy, patterns, cycles, systems, models and scale are highlighted throughout. Students will begin to learn how to conduct investigations using the scientific method.

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 an interest in science. The course is interdisciplinary; however, much of the content focus is on physical science. Students will be engaged in many hands-on lab activities each week. As students learn science skills, they study topics such as properties of matter, energy transformations, organisms and their environments, forces and motion, Earth processes, and the solar system. Recurring themes such as change and constancy, patterns, cycles, systems, models and scale are highlighted throughout. Students in pre-AP science will extend their knowledge and apply scientific skills by solving complex problems.

Student council teaches students about governing

Social Studies

Social Studies: US History

Grade: 5
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. It touches upon and includes all of the social studies disciplines. People’s beliefs, the ways they meet their economic needs, and the culture they transmit from one generation to another are all part of United States history. Geography is also a very important part of this class. It tells the story of where events took place and the interaction between people and places. The themes of location, region, place, movement and human/environment interaction are woven through the chronological story of all the people of the United States. Carefully planned activities and projects help students go beyond rote learning of events and dates to gain an understanding of how and why events occurred and their historical significance.

Social Studies: Ancient Civilizations

Grade: 6
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. It touches upon and includes all of the social studies disciplines. People’s beliefs, the ways they meet their economic needs, and the culture they transmit from one generation to another are all part of world history. Geography is also a very important part of this class. It tells the story of where events took place and the interaction between people and places. The themes of location, region, place, movement and human/environment interaction are woven through the chronological story of all the people of the world. Carefully planned activities and projects help students go beyond rote learning of events and dates to gain an understanding of how and why events occurred and their historical significance.

Weekly chapel presented by The Woodlands UMC Children’s Ministry staff

Electives

Art

Grade: 5
Prerequisite: None
This class will be part of a combined elective with music. Students will have art class two to three days a week. The class will introduce students to art: its 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.

Art

Grade: 6 and 7
Prerequisite: None
Visual arts introduces students to art: its 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.

Carolina Creek Retreat for 5th and 6th graders

Music

Grade: 5
Prerequisite: None
Music class will be two to three times a week and combined with an art component for an elective. This class is a continuation of elementary music. Students learn to sing, sight-read and to work together in a group and with the director to produce choral music. Students in 5th grade will still have the opportunity to participate in after school choir programs.

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. Students will learn the elements of tone production, balance and blend. Students will perform concerts and learn proper concert etiquette.

Band

Grade: 6 and 7
Prerequisite: Beginning band or one year in band
Students will be placed in a band class with students who have comparable skills. Auditions are required for placement. The overall goals of the band programs are to teach students respect for others as well as adults, responsibility through a positive work ethic, and 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.

Faith, Roots, Action provides a Bible focus for 6th graders

Physical Education

Grade: 5 – 7
Prerequisite: None
P.E. 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. Basic skills, rules and team strategies will be taught. Students are required to actively participate each day in building team play with friendly competition.

Study Skills

Grade: 5
Prerequisite: None
The study skills class is for all 5th graders. This class will teach valuable study skills that will help to ease the transition between elementary and middle school. Students will learn and practice the skills necessary to be successful in all areas of school.

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. Students will not only receive small group reading instruction and practice, but will also learn and practice valuable study skills that will benefit him/her in all of his/her future academic endeavors.