Intermediate Grades

Curriculum Details

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Our academic curriculum meets all standards and is enhanced with unique therapeutic educational programs, vocational learning, and nature-based activities.

Mathematics
Math courses for students in intermediate grades are designed to help students reach learning benchmarks and achieve goals for each grade:

Grade 5

  • Developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and developing understanding of the multiplication and division of fractions in limited cases (unit fractions divided by whole numbers and whole numbers divided by unit fractions);
  • Extending division to 2-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system, developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with whole number and decimal operations; and,
  • Developing an understanding of volume.

Grade 6

  • Connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication/division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems;
  • Completing the understanding of division of fractions;
  • Extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers;
  • Writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and,
  • Developing an understanding of statistical thinking.

Grade 7

  • Developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships;
  • Developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations;
  • Solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and,
  • Drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

Grade 8

  • Formulating and reasoning about expressions/equations, solving linear equations, and systems of linear equations;
  • Grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships;
  • Analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence; and,
  • Understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.


Reading
The Intermediate School uses the Readers Journey series, a novel-based Language Arts program dedicated to turning students into lifelong readers. The curriculum focuses on reading, grammar, vocabulary and communication skills.

English Language Arts
Students learn and practice how to read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding, literary response and expression, critical analysis and evaluation, and social interaction.

Science
The science curriculum focuses on exploration:

Grade 5 — Using our environmentally-rich campus environment, students investigate all living things, both plant and animal, as they become familiar with the Scientific Method.

Grade 6 — Curriculum encourages students to explore the physical sciences by discovering the characteristics, properties and chemical composition of all forms of matter.

Grade 7 — Students explore the characteristics of the plant and animal kingdom in greater depth through a focus on the living environment and are introduced to the microscopic world.

Grade 8 — Students explore the great diversity of organisms that share the planet, study the method by which energy is transferred from the sun to all known life forms, and learn about replication of these forms through the duplication, growth and reproduction of DNA.

Teachers in all grades incorporate age-appropriate lab experiments into their class curriculum.

Social Studies
The Green Chimneys social studies curriculum incorporates culture and global understanding of the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, and U.S. and New York State history:

Grade 5 — Students learn about the different cultures of the U.S., Canada and Latin America as they compare and contrast the cultures of the Western Hemisphere and focus on the geographic, economic, social/cultural and political understanding of these countries.

Grade 6 — Global understanding continues as students learn about the geography and economic interdependence of all people living in the Eastern Hemisphere and develop an understanding about the social/cultural, political, and historical aspects of life in that area of the world.

Grade 7 – Students study chronologically the global heritage of our nation’s people as it was prior to 1500 through the Civil War and Reconstruction periods, incorporating NY state history along with the history of the existing U.S. states and territories of the time.

Grade 8 — Students continue their chronological study of the U.S. and New York State history from the industrial, post-Civil War era through the changing nature of the American people from World War II to present.

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