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2021-2022 Patton Junior High Courses and Descriptions 

 

Applied Technology Education & Life Skills

 

Design and Modeling 7th Grade - Project Lead the Way: Gateway To Technology (6820)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Design and Modeling (DM) provides students opportunities to apply the design process to solve problems creatively. Students are introduced to the unit problem in the first activity and are asked to make connections to the problem throughout the lessons in the unit. Students learn and utilize methods for communicating design ideas through sketches, solid models, and mathematical models. Students will understand how models can be simulated to represent an authentic situation and generate data for further analysis and observations. Students work in teams to identify design requirements, research the topic, and engage stakeholders. Teams design a toy or game for a child with cerebral palsy, fabricate and test it, and make necessary modifications to optimize the design solution.

 

Green Architecture  8th Grade - Project Lead the Way: Gateway To Technology(6834)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Students learn how to apply “green” choices to the fields of architecture and construction by exploring dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.

 

Engineering Essentials 9th Grade - Project Lead the Way: Gateway To Technology(6828)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Engineering Essentials offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning foundational concepts of engineering practice, providing students opportunities to explore the breadth of engineering career opportunities and experiences and solve engaging and challenging real-world problems. By inspiring and empowering students with an understanding of engineering and career opportunities, Engineering Essentials broadens participation in engineering education and the engineering profession.

Students will explore a variety of topics as they design and build prototypes to solve problems.  Students will use 3-D printers, VEX components, electronic breadboards, micro bits, coding, solid modeling computer software, and geographical information system software.

 

 

COMPUTERS

 

BROADCASTING TECHNOLOGY: 8TH/9TH GRADE (11103)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Broadcasting Technology courses provide students with the knowledge and skills to produce television broadcast programs. Students prepare and produce short programs, learn the technical aspects of the operation, and how to evaluate programming and assess audience reaction and impact.

 

 

 

FINE ARTS

 

ART 7: 7TH GRADE (2370)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The curriculum for Art education incorporates the four disciplines of Art: Aesthetics, Production, Art Criticism, and Art History. Students will acquire information about the foundations of art, elements of art, and principles of design.

 

ART: 8TH/9TH GRADE (7628)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The curriculum for Art education incorporates the four disciplines of Art: Aesthetics, Production, Art Criticism, and Art History. Building on coursework from seventh grade, students will acquire information about the foundations of art, elements of art, and principles of design.

 

 

CHOIR AND MUSIC

 

PATTON SINGERS CHOIR: 7TH/8TH/9TH GRADE (7658)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The main emphasis on this performance-based class is on group singing.  Solfege, harmony, diction, and vocal production will be emphasized.  The group will perform at school programs and community events.

 

BAND: 7TH GRADE (7677)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  This class is designed for 7th grade students who have previous experience in playing band instruments.  This is a performing class with the main emphasis on group performance.  Rhythm, embouchure development, and tone will be emphasized.  The group will perform at school programs and community events.

 

ADVANCED BAND: 8TH/9TH GRADE (7608)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  This performance-based class is for 8th and 9th grade students with previous experience in playing band instruments.  This is a performing class with the main emphasis on group performance.  Individual rhythm skill, tone production, embouchure development, technique, and ensemble playing will be emphasized.  The group will perform at school programs and community events.

 

 

PERFORMING ARTS

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING/ DRAMA: 7TH GRADE (2907) – SEMESTER COURSE

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Drama (grade 7) enables students to express themselves through dramatic play and storytelling. Course content includes the use of movement, language, character, plot, and spectacle to portray imaginary or real experiences. As appropriate, students may focus on acting techniques and traditions, other aspects of drama (staging, lighting, costuming), or both. Specific course content conforms to existing state standards for grade 7. Students will learn about the history and elements of drama, Readers Theater, and the exploration and understanding of life through the study and performance of dramatic works. Coursework emphasizes the development of students’ ability to express themselves and establish personal criteria for the critical evaluation of drama activities.

This class does not fulfill an English course requirement.

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING/ DRAMA: 8TH/9TH GRADE (2900)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Students will learn practical techniques for analyzing, evaluating, and improving speaking and listening skills.  They will develop introductory level mastery of speech communication modes such as verbal and non-verbal communication, group discussion, public address, oratory, and oral interpretation. Students will learn about the history and elements of drama.  Students should be academically strong to meet the challenges of the course objectives. This class does not fulfill an English course requirement.

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

 

SPANISH 7: 7TH GRADE (9720)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Spanish 7 introduces students to key thematic vocabulary and basic grammatical concepts in Spanish. Focus will be placed upon a variety of topics, including the days, months, seasons, dates, questions, numbers, body, colors, and classroom supplies. Cultural elements are also highlighted in this course. 

 

SPANISH I: 8TH/9TH GRADE (5620)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  First year Spanish is an introduction to the simple structure of the Spanish language.  Students will be taught the basic skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural situations relative to the Spanish-speaking world.  Multicultural elements are interwoven through the study of the Spanish-speaking culture and the people who make up the Hispanic society worldwide.

 

SPANISH II: 9TH GRADE (5670)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Second year Spanish builds on the introduction to the simple structure of the Spanish language that has been taught in the previous year of Spanish.  Students will enhance their developing language skills with additional vocabulary and grammatical concepts as well as in-depth cultural exploration.  Both oral and written expression are necessary elements in learning a foreign language and will be stressed in the second year. 

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS Block 1: 7TH GRADE (2723)

TEXTBOOK: Collections 7

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Skills developed in our ELA curriculum build knowledge through content rich nonfiction, students writing to sources using evidence from texts, and building reading and speaking skills through regular practice with complex text and its academic language.  This also supports students to perform better in all of their classes.  In the seventh grade, we improve the quality of writing, speaking and listening, and reading skills by employing real-world applications in our curriculum.  Instruction in this course is guided by the English/Language Arts Common Core standards.

 

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS Block 2: 7TH GRADE (2727)

TEXTBOOK: Collections 7

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This course will build upon students’ prior knowledge and skill in writing and may emphasize the use of language for the different effects and construct meaning and connections. ELA Block 2 will offer students the opportunity to develop and improve their technique and individual style in poetry, short story, essays, and other forms of writing. The emphasis of the course is on writing; however, students will integrate ELA Block 1 units of study and the concurrent exemplary representations and authors to obtain a fuller appreciation of form and craft. Students will use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to link to and cite sources as well as interact and collaborate with others as stated in the Common Core Writing Standard 7.6.  Google Drive applications will be utilized for creating documents and presentations.

 

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS Block 1: 8TH GRADE (2820)

TEXTBOOK: Collections 8

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Skills developed in our ELA curriculum supports students to perform better in all of their classes.  In the eighth grade, we improve the quality of writing, speaking and listening, and reading skills by employing real-world applications in our curriculum.  Instruction in this course is guided by the Kansas English Language Arts Standards.

 

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS Block 2: 8TH GRADE (2828)

TEXTBOOK: Collections 8

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This course will build upon students’ prior knowledge and skill in writing and will emphasize the use of language for the different effects and construct meaning and connections. Students will use  writing exercises to expand students’ understanding of the different purposes of written communication. ELA Block 2 will offer students the opportunity to develop and improve their technique and individual style in poetry, short story, essays, and other forms of writing. The emphasis of the course is on writing; however, students will integrate ELA Block 1 units of study and the concurrent exemplary representations and authors to obtain a fuller appreciation of form and craft. Students will use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently, as well as to interact and collaborate with others. Google Drive applications will be utilized for creating documents and presentations.

 

ENGLISH 9:  9TH GRADE (2920)

TEXTBOOK: Collections 9

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Students will gain an understanding of literature, drama, fiction and non-fiction.   Students will also be able to look deeper into the literature by pulling out themes and relating those themes to their everyday lives.  In addition, students are prepared for mastery of Kansas English Language Arts Standards for college and career readiness.  The course also includes the writing process, vocabulary, grammar, and other communication skills through a variety of presentations and other assessments.

 

HONORS ENGLISH 9: 9TH GRADE (2930)

TEXTBOOK: Collections 9

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This class is designed to be a rigorous course that is anchored with accepted classic literature from various genres and time periods. This course is distinguished from English 9 by the instructional pacing and delivery of advanced content.  Course enrollment approval is required.  Students will explore advanced language and composition to include expository writing and research techniques.  Independent reading and research will be required. Students will be expected to analyze, reflect, dialog, evaluate and defend their thinking around the themes created by the authors. Students should consider the extra time needed to complete assignments for this challenging course.

 

 

 

MATHEMATICS

 

CORE 7 MATH: 7TH GRADE (1727)

TEXTBOOK: GO MATH 7

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  In this course, emphasis is placed on the five mathematical domains of Number Sense, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, and Statistics and Probability as outlined in the Kansas Mathematics Standards.  Students will be asked to solve problems, use reasoning to defend answers, analyze and critique the work of others, and use models and tools strategically.

 

CORE 7 MATH PLUS: 7TH GRADE (1524)

TEXTBOOK:  GO MATH 7 AND GO MATH 8

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Students will be placed based on assessment scores and teacher recommendations. First Semester, in this course, emphasis is placed on the five mathematical domains of Number Sense, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, and Statistics and Probability as outlined in the Common Core Standards.  Students will be asked to solve problems, use reasoning to defend answers, analyze and critique the work of others, and use models and tools strategically. Second Semester students’ knowledge is deepened on the four mathematical domains of Number Sense, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability and introduces the domain of Functions as outlined in the Kansas Mathematics Standards.  Students will be asked to build on previously acquired math skills, and emphasis will be placed on reasoning abstractly and looking for and making use of structure.

 

CORE 8 MATH: 8TH GRADE (1835)

TEXTBOOK:  GO MATH 8

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  In this course, knowledge is deepened on the four mathematical domains of Number Sense, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability and introduces the domain of Functions as outlined in the Common Core Standards.  Students will be asked to build on previously acquired math skills, and emphasis will be placed on reasoning abstractly and looking for and making use of structure.

  

ALEGBRA 9TH GRADE (1640)

TEXTBOOK: Math Accelerated – A Pre-Algebra Program

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  This Pre-Algebra course increases students’ foundational mathematics skills and prepares them for Algebra I by covering a variety of topics, such as properties of rational numbers (i.e., number theory), ratio, proportion,  estimation, exponents and radicals, the rectangular coordinate system, sets and logic, formulas and solving first-degree equations and inequalities.

 

 

ALGEBRA I: 9TH GRADE (1630)

TEXTBOOK: Algebra

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Students will explore concepts including Solving Equations and Inequalities, Linear Equations and Graphs, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Exponents, Polynomials, and Factoring/Radical Expressions and Quadratic Equations and Functions.  Additional topics may include Matrices, Rational Expressions, and Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.  Kansas Mathematics Standards and Eight Mathematical Practices will guide instruction for this course. *Taking Algebra I in the 8th grade will NOT count toward meeting Kansas High School Graduation Requirements.

 

GEOMETRY: 9TH GRADE (1990)

TEXTBOOK: Geometry

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Teacher approval required. Students will explore a variety of concepts, including Reasoning and Proof, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Congruency and Similarity of Figures, Properties of Polygons, Right Triangle Trigonometry, Area and Volume, Transformations, and Circles.  Kansas Mathematics Standards and Eight Mathematical Practices will guide instruction for this course.

 

ALGEBRA II: 9TH GRADE (1991)

TEXTBOOK: Algebra II

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Teacher approval required. Students will explore concepts including Solving Equations and Inequalities, Linear Equations and Graphs, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Matrices, Polynomials and Radical Expressions, Quadratic Functions, Conic Sections, Rational Expressions, and Exponential & Logarithmic Functions. Kansas Mathematics Standards and Eight Mathematical Practices will guide instruction for this course.

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: 7TH GRADE (8723 girls, 8724 boys)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This program emphasizes personal wellness/fitness, team sports, and health-related fitness. The wellness components utilize stair-steppers, aero-dyne bikes, aerobics, versa-climbers, and weight training. Interaction with others, development in leadership, sportsmanship, and cooperation are accomplished through team sports. Students learn the effects of bullying. They are educated about their heart rate and how to monitor it. These health topics are taught in conjunction with the wellness area over the course of two semesters.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: 8TH GRADE (8872 girls, 8862 boys)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The program emphasizes personal wellness/fitness, team sports, and health-related fitness. The wellness components utilize stair-steppers, aero-dyne bikes, aerobics, versa-climbers, and weight training. Interaction with others, development in leadership, sportsmanship, and cooperation are accomplished through team sports. A variety of health topics are discussed throughout the year, including things like heart rate and how to monitor it.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH: 9TH GRADE (8920 girls, 8921 boys)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This program emphasizes personal wellness/fitness, team sports, and health-related fitness. The wellness components utilize stair-steppers, aero-dyne bikes, aerobics, versa climbers, and weight training. Interaction with others, development in leadership, sportsmanship, and cooperation are accomplished through team sports. Health topics include cardiovascular fitness/endurance, muscular system, nutrition, CPR, substance abuse, human sexuality/AIDS, and stress management. These health topics are taught in conjunction with the wellness area over the course of two semesters. This fulfills one credit for high school graduation for Health and Physical Education.

 

 

SCIENCE

 

SCIENCE 7: 7TH GRADE (4723)

TEXTBOOK: Elevate Science Course 2

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The course focuses on Life Science as outlined in the Next Generation Common Core Science Standards.  The curriculum is taught using a problem-based learning format that emphasizes the use and application of the scientific method and true research methodology to answer scientific questions as they occur in the real world.

 

SCIENCE 8: 8TH GRADE (4820)

TEXTBOOK: Elevate Science Course 3

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The eighth grade Physical Science course is designed to lay the foundation for physics, chemistry, biology, and scientific inquiry. Students will start the course by reviewing/expanding on their knowledge of the scientific method (Question, Hypothesis, Procedure, Observations (data collecting), and Conclusion (interpretation of results)). The use of laboratory equipment and safety will also be taught. Next, students will learn more about how the world around them works through physics.  Physics topics include motion, force, force in fluids, work, simple machines, energy, heat transfers, waves (sound & light), magnetism, and electricity. The chemistry portion will allow students to become more familiar with the Periodic Table of Elements, physical and chemical changes, covalent and ionic bonding, chemical reactions, and acidic and basic solutions. Next Generation Common Core Science Standards will guide instruction for this course.

 

BIOLOGY I: 9TH GRADE (4990)

TEXTBOOK: Biology I

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Biology I is a freshman science class that will cover cell biology, evolution, and ecology.  Some of the topics covered will be biochemistry, cell structure, and function, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell growth and division, genetics, evolution, and ecology.  The topics will be looked at using the scientific method. Next Generation Common Core Science Standards will guide instruction for this course.

 

HONORS BIOLOGY I: 9TH GRADE (4995)

TEXTBOOK: Biology I

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Biology is offered to freshmen who are upper-level science students. Students must be enrolled in Geometry and/or Honors English, as well as receiving course pre-approval.  The students will be given the opportunity to work with the following concepts:  organic compounds found in living things, cell structure and function, DNA and RNA, genetics, classification of living organisms, bacteria and viruses, protists, fungi, plants, animals, and systems of the human body.  The class will consist of lectures, discussions, and a laboratory.  Students will complete 18-20 labs. The lab portion will be used to reinforce concepts discussed in the lecture.  Essential understanding of basic chemistry will be covered in this class as the concept requires. The topics will be looked at using the scientific method. Next Generation Common Core Science Standards will guide instruction for this course.

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

SOCIAL STUDIES 7: 7TH GRADE (3723)

TEXTBOOK: My World World Geography and The Kansas Journey

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  In World Geography, students will study the geography, culture, and history of nations in North America, South America, and Western Europe.  Kansas History will include the study of native inhabitants of the land that was to become Kansas.  Also studied are major events, individuals, groups, innovations, and movements from the prehistoric days to the present.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES 8: 8TH GRADE (3820)

TEXTBOOK: My World American History Beginnings to 1877

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  This course will examine important people, places, and events of the 19th century, beginning with the Jeffersonian Era and a review of the US Constitution.

 

World History: 9TH GRADE (3920)

TEXTBOOK: World History The Modern Era

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The World History course covers significant global developments from prehistoric cultures to the twentieth-century nations. Placed within a geographic context, students will analyze cultures through the study of their economic, political, social, religious, and technological achievements. Students will be expected to work independently and in small group settings, conduct research; give oral presentations; complete written assignments; and develop their critical thinking skills.