605B – Curriculum–Middle School
The middle school curriculum (grades 6-8) shall advance the learnings of the curricular areas begun in the elementary school and shall include the following curricular areas as a minimum:
- English/Language Arts – communication processes and skills of listening; speaking, reading, composition, spelling, viewing, visual expression and nonverbal communication; literature; creative dramatics.
- Social Studies – geography; history; government; cultures; citizenship; democratic beliefs and values; social and political participation skills; social and behavioral sciences, including economics.
- Mathematics – numbers and number relationships and number systems and theories; statistics and probability, computational and problem-solving skills; geometry; algebra; algebraic concepts of variables, patterns and functions; measurement; reasonableness of results; reading, interpreting and constructing tables, charts and graphs; estimation; use of calculators and computers; mental arithmetic; ratio, proportion, and percent.
- Science – life, earth, and physical science; conservation of natural resources; environmental awareness; scientific knowledge; application of knowledge and skills.
- Health – food and nutrition; safety and survival skills; family life; substance abuse and nonuse; human sexuality; self-esteem; stress management; interpersonal relationships; prevention and control of disease, including the characteristics and prevention of sexually transmitted and other communicable diseases; health resources; personal, consumer, environmental, emotional and social health.
- Physical Education – rhythm and dance activities; fitness activities that increase cardiovascular, endurance, and muscular strength and flexibility; sports and games; tumbling and gymnastics; water safety; leisure and lifetime activities.
- Music – singing, listening to, playing and using of music; reading and writing music; study of musical heritage; music as an avocation or vocation.
- Visual Arts – perceiving, comprehending, and evaluating the visual world; viewing; communicating imaginative and inventive ideas; making art; visual arts as an avocation or vocation.
- Family and Consumer Education – development of positive self-concept; understanding personal growth and development and relationships with peers and family members in the home, school and community; parenting; child development; textiles and clothing; consumer and resource management; foods and nutrition; housing; and family and individual health.
- Career Education – exploration of employment opportunities; experiences in career decision making; experiences to help students integrate work values and work skills into their lives.
- Technology Education – awareness of technology and its impact on society and the environment; scientific principles, technical information and problem-solving skills related to an advanced technological society.
The middle school curriculum shall continue to foster desirable personal traits and shall also be directed towards enabling students to identify special interests, aptitudes and abilities. The middle school curriculum shall continue to emphasize learning, study, and social skills and higher order thinking skills.
Date of Revision: April 15, 2013
Legal References: 256.11, 256.18, 256.37, 279.50, 258.10, 280.3, 280.9, 280.9B, 280.12, 280.14, 280.19, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.2, 12.5, 59.5, Chapter 65
URBANDALE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS