Wolf Pack Academics: 6th – 7th Grade
Our Wolf Pack, or Middle School, language arts blocks are comprised of rigorous integrated literacy instruction.Teachers utilize the Expeditionary Learning curriculum to support the demanding shifts of the Common Core. In a typical day in an middle school language arts classroom, our students will engage with a variety of rigorous, standards-based reading and writing tasks. Our students have the opportunity to interact with complex, culturally relevant texts on a daily basis by: close reading and annotating their texts, engaging in student-driven discourse utilizing the text as supporting evidence, writing grade-level appropriate responses to text-based questions, and read-read-reading either out loud with their peers or to themselves.
Middle school math blocks have a strong focus on “real world math”. In our McGlone middle school we believe that students will best learn the skills of problem solving by actually teaching through problem solving. Teachers utilize the Engage NY curriculum as a tool to support the rigorous shifts in the Common Core math standards. Math blocks are comprised of an inquiry or problem based question aligned to a standard and math focus, a standards-based mini lesson, and student exploration time. Our students will utilize a variety of strategies, manipulatives, and supporting visuals to solve complex, real-world math problems.Math blocks will also include intentional number sense development and small group instruction when needed.
Science and Social Studies
At McGlone, all of our middle school students receive daily science and social studies instruction. Students explore complex science through real world application, exploration, and science experiments. Science priorities reflect the rigorous demands of the Common Core State Standards and our students are expected to explain the results of their investigations using specific evidence and precise academic vocabulary. In Social Studies our students take standards-based deep-dives into historical events that have helped shape our world. Students will engage with History, Geography, Economics, and Civics as they continue to develop into global citizens. Our Social Studies blocks also have a strong focus on 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, Collaboration, Self-Direction, and Invention.
English Language Development (ELD)
McGlone Academy engages students with a differentiated language development block utilizing the EL Achieve curriculum as a tool. Students engage in a variety of language driven tasks that utilize 4 domains: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. During ELD blocks you will find students engaging in a variety of project-based language tasks in order to practice their language skills within each of the four language domains.
In Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of electives. Electives rotate every quarter and students self-select a from a variety of optional and mandated choices including, but not limited to: health, drumline, cooking, yoga, technology, breakdancing, and art studio. All electives are student-driven, engaging and help build college and career ready students.