GRADE SIX

JPA Students

MATHEMATICS

Middle Grades Math by Prentice Hall and Passport to Mathematics by McDougal Littell are the primary texts for this course which expands on math fundamentals. Students revisit and master a combination of practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and long division, with whole numbers, decimals, fractions and percentages among many other aspects of math. Using Khan Academy, students freely discover more advanced mathematics.

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

The Open Court 2002 reading program and Houghton Mifflin English in combination with selected novels are the main texts for this course. Students study reading, writing and critical analysis of literature. Students participate in literature circles and learn how to formulate thoughts into well-written paragraphs, stories, and essays. This program focuses on reading comprehension, language and writing skills. There is a focus on accurate and fluently produced spoken English to express complex thought processes. Higher level thinking skills are developed as students learn to analyze, question and form opinions on literature.

 

SCIENCE

Science: A Closer Look by Prentice Hall is the primary text for this course in which students learn about life science and the human body in science classes. They explore cell structure, genetics and heredity. Hands-on science activities are a regular part of each science unit as students explore the practical applications of science theory. Technology is well integrated into science classes allowing students to discover, test and measure the biological world around them. Students participate in a science fair attended by students from other grades and judged by teachers who award prizes to the most informative and engaging displays.

SOCIAL STUDIES

The primary text for this course is The World and Its People by Silver Burdett and Ginn. Students study ancient civilizations and connect the past to the modern world and learn to see their country as a part of that world. Students learn about past civilizations such as Ancient Egypt, China and Rome as well as the Khmer Empire. Geography and economics are integrated into the curriculum which is supported by selected novels. Character development and the importance of service are integral parts of social studies as students learn the importance of participation in a functioning society.

GRADE SEVEN

JPA Students

PRE-ALGEBRA

Middle Grades Math by Prentice Hall and Passport to Mathematics by McDougal Littell are the primary texts for this course which has the dual purpose of helping students to make the transition from skill based learning to concept-based learning and fully mastering basic mathematical skills. Students practice basic computational skills while also applying their knowledge to solving real life problems. Students focus on the processes of computation and develop different strategies to solve various math problems.

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

The Language of Literature and English by Houghton Mifflin is the primary text. . Students study reading, writing and further critical analysis of literature. Students learn how to formulate well-written paragraphs, stories, and essays. Students gain exposure to various types of literary work through novels and an anthology of short stories. There is a focus on different aspects of literature such as identifying author’s purpose, identification of suspense, rising and falling action and targeted readership as well as recognition of language mechanics. Exposure to a wider and more complex vocabulary is essential to JPA students at this level. There is a continued focus on correct use of spoken English to express complex thoughts and opinions.

SCIENCE

Science: A Closer Look by Prentice Hall is the main text for this course. Students focus primarily on earth science. Hands-on science activities are a regular part of each science unit. Technology is well integrated into science classes allowing students to discover, test and measure the world around them. Students participate in a science fair attended by students from other grades and judged by teachers who award prizes to the most informative and engaging displays.

SOCIAL STUDIES

American History Part I is the focus. Students learn about early America, the ideals of the early colonists and their reasons for seeking a new country. Students study life in America from Prehistory to the Civil War and look at the founding of America in the context of common human aspirations. Geography and economics are integrated into the curriculum. Creating America by McDougal Littell is the primary text. The curriculum is supported with related readings with a focus on principles shared by the peoples of the world.

GRADE EIGHT

JPA Students

ALGEBRA I

Middle Grades Math by Prentice Hall and Passport to Mathematics by McDougal Littell are the primary texts for this course. Higher level mathematical concepts are explored as students gain confidence and are able to solve increasingly complex problems. Using Khan Academy, students freely discover more advanced mathematics.

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

The Language of Literature and English by Houghton Mifflin are the primary texts. Students study reading, writing and critical analysis of literature. Students learn to write engaging stories, and essays employing strategies of persuasion, exposition, and entertainment. Students gain exposure to various types of literary work through novels and selected supplementary readings. A continued focus on accurate and imaginative production of standard spoken and written English fosters a necessary confidence in expressing ideas , opinions and interpretations of literature. Students study grammar, language mechanics and literary devices as well as identifying themes and supporting details in preparation for test taking and development of their reading comprehension.

SCIENCE

Science Explorer by Prentice Hall is the primary textbook used. Students primarily study physical science with plenty of opportunity for practical laboratory experimentation. Students will become familiar with the principles of motion, energy, mass and the practical applications of physics in real life situations.

SOCIAL STUDIES

American History Part II is the focus. Students learn about the American Civil War and World Wars I and II. They make connections to wars in Cambodian history and the causes and outcomes of conflict in the world. Students study the United States Constitution in the context of ideals common to all peoples of the world. Geography and economics are integrated into the curriculum. Creating America by McDougal Littell is a primary text and is supported by relevant selected readings. An essential part of social studies is the development of personal characteristics such as integrity, honesty and self-discipline supported by readings about inspirational world figures from Benjamin Franklin to Ghandi.