7/8 Grade Curriculum Map          

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LangArts

  • Setting up Writer’s Workshop and classroom routines
  • Why read? Why write? How do readers and writers hone their craft?

Stories of Me                      

  • Read and analyze of variety of narrative texts (as mentor texts)
  • Research: personal/family oral history interviews
  • Write: personal narrative and memoir in variety of forms
  • Publish: stories of self

Stories of Us                        

  • Read: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Write: Literary analysis, persona poems, imaginative monologue
  • Publish: Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes project

Stories of Now  

  • Read and analyze a variety of persuasive texts
  • Write: persuasive writing as a tool for social justice
  • Publish: presentation skills in Project Week & Aperture/LC presentations

Essential Question

What is public narrative?

How does reading and writing serve?

Who am I? How did I come to be this person?

Using narrative to understand ourselves

What narrative techniques do writers use to guide the reader’s understanding?

Who are “we”? How do individual actions shape a collective identity?

Using narrative to understand others

How does fiction help us understand others? How is this different from nonfiction?

How can we narrate our future?

Using narrative to cause change

What narrative techniques do writers use to persuade an audience?

Assessments

Pre-assessment: mechanics

Formative: narrative techniques and literary devices, embedding research in narrative writing

Greek & Latin roots

Grammar & Mechanics:

Summative: Creative nonfiction, 3 pieces

November

Formative:

Literary analysis skills, reading comprehension strategies

Grammar & Mechanics:

Summative:

Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes project

Date: Mar 17

Formative:

Rhetoric & persuasive appeals, organization, tone, understanding vocabulary in context, presentation skills,

Grammar & Mechanics:

Summative:

LC & Aperture presentation

Social Studies

Thinking like a social scientist; Worldview

Westward Expansion/Native American Interactions

Finding reliable sources (primary & secondary)/note-taking systems

Civil War/Reconstruction

Developing hypotheses

Final Research PBL Application: Modern Conflict Solution

Essential Questions

What does it mean to think like a social scientist?

What is worldview and how does it impact peace and conflict?

How did economic expansion lead to geographic expansion?

How did space and resources lead to conflict between Native Americans and settlers?

What was the cause of the Civil War?

How did geography impact the Civil War?

How did the lives of Americans change after the Civil War?

How have past conflicts impacted the present?

What options do people have to solve conflict?

Assessments

Thinking like a social scientist reflection; Personal Worldview Collage and Reflection

Cross-curricular project with LA

Research checks

“In Their Shoes” cross-curricular research project

Final research project and presentation of learning

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Math -

7th Grade

How to approach problem solving in math, the cycle of learning math. 7th grade math skills checklist. Intro to Shapes & Design Unit

Shapes & Design Unit (cont.), Use properties of supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles in a multi-step problem to write and solve simple equations for an unknown angle in a figure.

Accentuate the Negative Unit: Represent addition,  subtraction & absolute value on a number line,apply properties of operations to add, subtract & multiply rational numbers including integers.

Stretching & Shrinking Unit: Determining the relationship between scale factor and measurements

Comparing & Scaling Unit: Comparing ratios and scaling to solve proportions, Using unit rate and constant of proportionality

Moving Straight Ahead Unit: Using the Distributive Property and factoring expressions, Utilizing the Order of Operations, Writing & solving Linear Equations

What Do You Expect? Unit: Approaching problems systematically, Find probability of an event and explain  the likelihood of the event occurring, Develop & use a model to determine probabilities of events.

Filling & Wrapping Unit: Solve problems involving area, volume & surface area of two- & three-dimensional objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, cubes, and right prisms.

Samples & Populations Unit: Collecting, organizing & analyzing data, Making inferences & predictions about populations

Samples & Populations Unit (Cont.): Generating multiple representations of data, Utilizing data to draw inferences

Essential Question

Why is perseverance important in mathematics?

How can geometric relationships among lines and angles be generalized, described, and quantified? How do line relationships affect angle relationships? How do mathematicians combine algorithms in different ways and use them flexibly to accomplish various tasks.  

How do you know if a computational strategy is sensible? How do operations with rational numbers compare to operations with integers?

How do you know when a proportional relationship exists?

What comparisons can be made using ratios?

How is it determined that two algebraic expressions are equivalent? How do symbolic transformations affect an equation or expression?

Why is it important to consider all of the possible outcomes of an event? Is it possible to predict the future? How?

What are the surface area and volume of a geometric figure and what does that tell about an object? What are the two-dimensional figures that result from slicing three-dimensional figures?

How can data be collected, represented and analyzed?

How do mathematicians model and critique with mathematics?

Assessments

Pre-assessment to check retention of skills from previous year.

Unit Test; Progress on Skills Checklist, Building triangles project

Quiz, Progress on Skills Checklist

Drawing scale drawings, Unit Test; Progress on Skills Checklist

Unit Test; Progress on Skills Checklist

Unit Test; Progress on Skills Checklist

Unit Test; Progress on Skills Checklist

Unit Test; Progress on Skills list

Quiz, Progress on Skills list

Unit Test; Progress on Skills list

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Math -

8th Grade

Standards Intro, Essential Skills List, Notebook organization/expectations

Expressions, Equations, and Functions

MP1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

Properties of real numbers

MP2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Solving Linear Equations

MP3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Graphing Linear Equations and Functions

MP5: Use appropriate tools strategically.

Writing Linear Equations

MP4: Model with mathematics

Writing Linear Equations

MP7: Look for and make use of structure.

Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities

MP8: Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Shape, Dimension, and Geometric Relationships

Transformation project using SketchUp and 3D printing

Systems of Equations and Inequalities; Instructional project

MP6: Attend to precision.

Essential Question

Why is math important to understand?  How can I tie math concepts into other classes and everyday activities?

How can we use symbolic language to represent and solve real problems?  

When you extend to a new number systems (e.g., from integers to rational numbers and from rational numbers to real numbers), what properties apply to the extended number system?  What is the difference between rational and irrational numbers and how are they used to represent real-world problems?

How can a relationship be analyzed with tables, graphs, and equations?

What properties of a function make it a linear function?

Why is one variable dependent upon the other in relationships?

What properties of a function make it a linear function?

How does the context of the problem affect the reasonableness of a solution?

What makes a solution strategy both efficient and effective?

How is it determined if multiple solutions to an equation are valid?  

How are the volume formulas for cones, cylinders, prisms and pyramids interrelated? 5. How is volume of an irregular figure measured? How can cubic units be used to measure volume for curved surfaces?

Assessments

Retention of skills from previous year. How to approach a problem when you have no clear idea about what to do

Unit Test; Area Pattern Block Project

Unit Test; Instructional project; Progress on Skills list

Unit Test

Unit Test; Progress on Skills list

Unit Test; Progress on Skills list

Unit Test; Transformation project

Progress on Skills list

Unit Test

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Math -

Algebra 1

Standards Intro, Essential Skills List, Notebook organization/expectations

Systems of equations: methods to solve them, practical applications

MP1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

Exponents and Exponential functions

MP2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Polynomials and Factoring

MP3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Polynomials and Factoring continued

Quadratic Equations and Functions

MP4: Model with mathematics

Parabolas Project

Quadratic Equations and Functions continued

MP7: Look for and make use of structure.

Radicals and Geometry

MP6: Attend to precision.

Rational Equations and Functions

MP8: Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Probability and Data Analysis

MP5: Use appropriate tools strategically.

Essential Question

Why is math important to understand?  How can I tie math concepts into other classes and everyday activities?

How are multiple approaches to problem solving beneficial?  When is one approach advantageous to use over another?

When you extend to a new number systems (e.g., from integers to rational numbers and from rational numbers to real numbers), what properties apply to the extended number system?  What phenomena can be modeled with particular functions?

How can we use symbolic language to represent and solve real problems?  Which tools can we use to create visual representations of problems and ideas that reveal relationships and meaning?

How can we use symbolic language to represent and solve real problems?  Which tools can we use to create visual representations of problems and ideas that reveal relationships and meaning?

How can understanding quadrilateral functions help design sports equipment, rocket launches, and projectile motion? What phenomena can be modeled with particular functions?

What are irrational numbers and what do they have to do with squares, circles, and other geometric shapes?

When is it appropriate to simplify expressions? How are order of operations and operational relationships important when solving multivariable equations?

What makes data meaningful or actionable? Why should attention be paid to an unexpected outcome? How can summary statistics or data displays be accurate but misleading?

Assessments

Retention of skills from previous year. How to approach a problem when you have no clear idea about what to do

Unit test; Project: design/analyse  business applications  using systems of equations

Unit test; Order of operations explanation project: What is it?  Why are operations evaluated  in that particular order?  How are operations related? Progress on Skills list

Unit test

Progress on Skills list

Unit test and projectile lab project

Projectile lab project,

Progress on Skills list

Length, area, and volume project using 3D printer

Unit test; instructional project.

Probability/Data Analysis project.  Final Progress on Skills list

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Math -

H.S. Geometry

Standards Intro, Essential Skills List, Review of essential Algebra 1 concepts

Deductive System of Reasoning; Language of sets, postulates and properties

MP1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

Lines, Planes, Space; Angles and Triangles

MP2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Congruence and More Techniques in Proof

MP3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Geometric Inequalities

MP7: Look for and make use of structure.

Perpendicular and Parallel Lines and Planes

MP8: Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Polygonal Regions and Their Areas; Similarity

MP4: Model with mathematics

Coordinate Geometry, Circles, Sectors,  and Spheres

MP7: Look for and make use of structure.

Trigonometry

MP5: Use appropriate tools strategically.

Transformations and Solids

MP6: Attend to precision.

Essential Question

Why is math important to understand?  How can I tie math concepts into other classes and everyday activities?

When you extend to a new number systems (e.g., from integers to rational numbers and from rational numbers to real numbers), what properties apply to the extended number system?  What phenomena can be modeled with particular functions? Does the postulate system of Geometry lead to more or less uniformity of thought?  Why do we need to know the formal definitions, properties, postulates and theorems to be able to apply logic to Geometry?

How are mathematical objects different from the physical objects they model?  What makes a good geometric model of a physical object or situation?  How are mathematical triangles different from built triangles in the physical world? How are they the same?

How can mathematical concepts be ―undefined‖? What does this mean for our understanding of other concepts that depend on the undefined?  When is deductive reasoning a more appropriate tool than inductive reasoning? How would the idea of congruency be used outside of mathematics?  What does it mean for two things to be the same? Are there different degrees of “sameness”?

How are inequalities used to model real-world situations?  How are inequalities used differently than equalities?

What does it mean for two lines to be parallel or perpendicular? What does it mean for two planes to be parallel or perpendicular?

What makes a good definition of a shape? What conditions create unique polygons? How is the area of an irregular shape measured?  How can surface area be minimized while maximizing volume?

How can the 2 and 3-dimensional coordinate planes be used to systematize applications of Geometric properties?

How do sine, cosine, and tangent functions relate to and help us understand the geometry of right triangles?  How are sine and cosine functions useful for modeling real-world phenomena such as tides, planetary motion, and daylight hours by latitude?

What happens to the coordinates of the vertices of shapes when different transformations are applied in the plane?

Assessments

Retention of skills from previous year. How to approach a problem when you have no clear idea about what to do

Unit tests, demonstration of understanding sets and operations

Unit tests,

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Science

Unit: Matter and measurement

Mixtures of substances can be separated based on their properties such as solubility, boiling points, magnetic properties, and densities.

  • Measuring mass and volume
  • Classification of matter
  • Physical and chemical properties
  • Density
  • Techniques for separating mixtures

Chemical Reactions

Distinguish between physical and chemical changes, noting that mass is conserved during any change.

  • Chemical reactions
  • Conservation of matter

Unit: Cells

Cells are the smallest unit of life that can function independently and perform all the necessary functions of life

Photosynthesis and cellular respiration are important processes by which energy is acquired and utilized by organisms

  • Living things
  • Plant and animal cells
  • Organelles
  • Membranes
  • Cell Energy: Photosynthesis &  cellular respiration
  • Cell Cycle

Unit: Genetics

Organisms reproduce and transmit genetic information (genes) to offspring, which influences individuals’ traits in the next generation

Individual organisms with certain traits are more likely than others to survive and have offspring in specific environments

Unit: Evolution

Multiple lines of evidence show the evolution of organisms over geologic time.

Human Body Systems

The human body is composed of atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems that have specific functions and interactions

Essential Question

What is matter and how can it be classified? What techniques can be used to separate mixtures of substances based their properties?

What evidence can indicate whether a change is physical or chemical? What happens to mass during a chemical reaction?

What are the characteristics of living things? How is the basic structure of a cell related to its function? How are various cells unique, and what do they have in common with other cells? What is the relationship between photosynthesis and cellular respiration?

How are traits passed from one generation to the next? What is the relationship between an organism’s traits and its potential for survival and reproduction?

What evidence supports the claim that organisms and environments have evolved over time?

How does each body system contribute to supporting the life of the organism? How do organs and organ systems in the human body interact to perform specific functions?

Assessments

  • Classification of Matter Sketchnote
  • Unit test

  • Separation of Matter Lab
  • Quiz
  • Lab
  • Quiz
  • Cell Analogy project
  • Genetics Research Project
  • Quiz

  • Project

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Spanish 1a

Introduce Spanish notebooks; class expectations; name games; get to know you; basic greetings; classroom objects; cognates

Aug carry over; greetings, farewells, & personal info; useful phrases for class; cognates and false cognates; calendar; days, months, dates, time; 0-31; pronunciation and alphabet practice; formal vs familiar

Continue with personal information; more expressions for class; likes and dislikes; daily activities; adjective placement; matching and agreement; SER; también vs tampoco

School; classes and schedules; time; school supplies; verb conjugations; personal pronouns; verb-subject agreement; definite vs. indefinite articles; masculine vs feminine;

Verb conjugation focus; (-ar, -er, -ir), irregulars; ser, estar, ir. Ser vs. Estar; stem changing verbs; Hobbies; days of the week; seasons;

Food /eating situations. Informal future tense (ir+a+infinitive); two verb phrases. Pobre Ana - reading our first Spanish novela together.

Describe families and family members; discuss others’ likes and dislikes; describe other people; tener and ser for describing; possessive adjectives. Finish with Pobre Ana

Going to the market; shopping for food, clothing and other items; demonstrative adjectives; direct object pronouns. Agentes Secretos Novela

Vacations and travel activities; talking about the weather; what to take/pack on a trip. Para + infinitive; the personal “a” in Spanish; pensar/poder/querer + infinitive

Wrapping it all up; review of major topics and structures from the year; preparation for final written and oral assessment. Introduce Free Voluntary Reading with Novelas (Tumba, Patricia Va a California, Casi se muere, Brandon Brown)

Essential Questions

Why is important to study Spanish? What does it mean to be a second language learner? What do I need to know, understand, and be able to do to communicate effectively in Spanish? Why memorize? What are cognates and how can the help me?

Where is Spanish spoken? What are the similarities and differences between students in Spanish speaking countries and here? How do we communicate effectively in Spanish? How do practiced conversations and presentations help me become a better speaker/writer in Spanish?

What do kids my age like to do in Spanish speaking countries? How are the concepts of friends and family similar and/or different in Spanish-speaking countries?

How are Spanish and English different? How are they similar?

What is verb conjugation? Why is it important to know how to do? How are my hobbies similar to kids my age in Spanish speaking countries?

How are Spanish speaking cultures different when it comes to eating and meals?How does one order food in a Spanish speaking country?

How do I talk about my friends and family in Spanish? How are family dynamics different in Spanish speaking countries?

How do I survive in a Spanish speaking country when it comes to buying the things I need? How is does shopping in Spanish speaking countries differ? What are open air markets like? How do I manage exchange rates?

How do you talk about the weather in Spanish? How do you make an invitation in Spanish?

What did you learn this year and how have you grown as a Spanish language learner?

Assessments

Group dialogues; cues and questions;

Group dialogues; cues and questions; map labeling; vocab quizzes; Who am I presentations; CLOZE music activities for listening skills; vocabulary quiz

Unit test; small group dialogues; individual oral assessments (questions and answers); vocab quizzes; written grammar assessments;

Unit test; oral test. Group dialogues. Vocabulary quiz

Present tense verb conj assessments; vocabulary quiz; oral assessment on Flipgrid

Unit test; vocabulary quiz; oral assessment on Flipgrid; group dialogue and presentation; menu project

Unit test; vocabulary quiz; family tree project; oral assessment on Flipgrid; group dialogues and presentation.

Unit test; vocabulary quiz; shopping dialogues and presentation; oral assessment on Flipgrid

Unit test; vocabulary quiz; travel packet project; oral assessment on Flipgrid; invitations dialogues

Final written and oral assessments covering major topics and structures from the year.

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Spanish 1b

Get to know you; Spanish notebooks; class expectations; interrogatives review; verb and vocabulary review from 1a

More review from 1a; present tense verb conjugations with question and answer application; Spanish speaking country review; weather and seasons; vacations; stem changing verbs; a personal

Where do you live and what is it like?; chores; tener expressions; more “go” verbs; possessive adjectives and agreement; discuss location and directions;

Start reading Esperanza novela. How are you feeling? How long has it been? Hace + time expressions; ¿Qué tiene? ¿Cómo te sientes?; indirect object pronouns (me, te, le nos, os, les)

Esperanza; Immigration The preterit tense; What did you do yesterday/last Friday/etc? Direct object pronouns (lo, la, los, las); discussing different places in my community

The preterit tense; La misma luna (movie); prepositions of place; directions; how to get around town;

Start watching Mi vida loca; entertainment events; TV, movies; theatre; telenovelas; express opinions; revisit indirect object pronouns (me, te, le, nos…); prepositions of time; comparisons; superlatives

Present progressive tense; eating out and ordering meals in Spanish; Free Voluntary Reading with Novelas;

Describing our natural environment and animals found in those environments; affirmative informal commands including irregulars; saber versus conocer;

Fiestas; wrapping it all up; review of major topics and structures from the year; common celebrations in Spanish speaking countries;

Essential Questions

Why study Spanish? How do we communicate effectively in Spanish? (What do I need to know,understand and be able to do?) What is the difference between language acquisition and language learning?

What opportunities for travel will speaking Spanish offer me? How and when do Spanish-speaking kids my age take vacations? What and how do I discuss the essential for travel? Weather; packing; getting around.

What would it be like to live in a Spanish-speaking country? How do I describe my homelife in Spanish?

How do I take care of medical needs in a Spanish speaking country? How do I talk about how I’m feeling?

How can I begin to talk more like a native speaker?

What do I need to know to travel in a Spanish speaking community?

How does one effectively express an opinion and/or make a comparison in Spanish?

How does one order a meal in Spanish?

What can we do to help protect our natural environment? How do I effective tell somebody to do something

Who am I as a language learner? What were my successes and challenges from the year? What can I carry forward to continue to be a successful (Spanish) language learner?

Assessments

Group dialogues; oral assessment on Flipgrid; verb conjugation review quiz

Unit test; vocabulary quizzes; oral assessment on Flipgrid; travel dialogues and presentation

Unit test; vocabulary quizzes; oral assessment on Flipgrid; chores

Unit test; vocabulary quiz; oral assessments on Flipgrid; “I don’t feel well”

Unit test; Esperanza quizzes; preterit quizzes; Oral assessment on Flipgrid

Preterit assessment; Misma luna/Esperanza test; Oral assessment on Flipgrid

Unit test; vocabulary quizzes; oral assessment on Flipgrid

Unit test; vocabulary; oral assessment on Flipgrid.

Unit test; vocabulary quizzes; oral assessment on Flipgrid; affirmative tú commands project: Protecting the environment

Final written and oral assesments

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Spanish 2

Get to know you; class expectations; classroom phrases and commands; school subjects and schedules; Review preterit; tú commands, ustedes commands; present progressive review

Daily routines; reflexive verbs; reflexive pronouns; recycling of time expressions

Clothing; different styles and fashion; discuss preferences and make comparisons; making purchases; demonstrative adjectives and pronouns; making equal comparisons;

Intro to the imperfect (Vampirata/Problemas en paraíso); what was I like when I was younger; what did I used to like to do;

Pastimes; hobbies; what you do to have fun; extending, accepting and rejecting invitations;

Extended family; celebrations; and reunions; reciprocal verbs; Free Voluntary Reading with novelas

Personal belongings; household items; possessive adjectives that follow the noun; possessive pronouns

Places and locations in your community or city; asking for and giving directions; the “se” personal

Navigating the pharmacy; medications and treatments for illness and injury; past (imperfect) progressive;

Wrapping it all u; review of major topics and structures studied this year

Essential Questions

Why study Spanish? How will studying Spanish help me in the future?

How do I communicate important information about myself in Spanish?

What do I need to know about different currencies and exchange rates when traveling in different countries?

What is the difference between the preterit and the imperfect when talking about the past?

How are our leisure time activities similar or different to those in Spanish speaking countries?

How can one culture influence another culture through customs and traditions?

How are living situations similar and/or different in various cultures?

Can I get around/travel in another city or community effectively?

Can I communicate when needed in an emergency or difficult situation?

Who am I as a language learner and what skills can I carry forward to continue to be successful?

Assessments

Dialogues; review quizzes and assessments; Introduction to oral assessments on Flipgrid

Unit test on reflexive verbs and routines; oral assessment on Flipgrid

Unit test; vocabulary quiz; oral assessment on Flipgrid

¿Cómo era yo de pequeña/o? Presentations; vocabulary quizzes; oral assessment on Flipgrid

Unit test; vocabulary quizzes; oral assessments on Flipgrid; pastimes presentations

Unit test; vocabulary quizzes; oral assessments on Flipgrid; dialogues

Unit test; vocabulary quizzes; oral assessments on Flipgrid; dialogues

Unit test; vocabulary quizzes; oral assessments on Flipgrid; dialogues

Unit test; vocabulary quizzes; oral assessments on Flipgrid; dialogues

Final written and oral assessments.

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Field/ Community

Experiences/ Projects

Aug 19: Chautauqua

Aug 25: Boulder Public Library

OUTDOOR ED, Sept. 12-16

8th Grade Travel: Alamosa

7th Grade Leadership Retreat

Essential Questions

Assessments

Learning Challenge/ Aperture

What are my interests and my passions?

Get-to-know-you activities

How can I pursue my interests/passions?  How can I collaborate with others (a triad) to pursue them?

How do I create essential questions for a year-long study?

Form triads

Brainstorm with triads

How do I propose a seven-month project that would pursue my interests/passions?  How do I document my process?

Propose projects

Start documentation

How do I refine my accountability? How do I assess and adjust my learning goals?

Meet with triads

Continue documentation

How can I deepen my inquiry into this topic/project?

Keep an ongoing research journal

Meet with triads

How can I make sure I’m making progress on my goals?

Meet with triads

Formal reflection

Conferences:  assess project with parents

How can I finish my work this year on this project?

Meet with triads

Continue documentation

Finish work on project

How can I publish what I’ve learned?

Write presentation

Practice presentations

How can I learn from this project and process?  What can I do differently next time?

Reflect on learning with others

Closure with triads

Service learning

Why do service?  What are ways we can help our community?

How can I become more invested in my service choice?

Is my service choice fulfilling my needs and the communities’ needs? Does this service opportunity match my skills/gifts?

How can I reflect on this service experience?  What worked? Did I contribute 100%?  What could be different next year?

Advisory/ SEL

Establish routines for Advisory (morning greetings CPR from Advisory Book, day-by-day focus); set up Advisory notebooks

Form triads (check-in groups)

Outdoor Ed

Get to know ourselves and each other

Triads check in for Learning Challenge/Aperture (monthly)

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Note: This curriculum map will be updated as we make changes or adjustments.