Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Team 1 Curriculum Guide


Teachers: Anne Jarvis - Mark Langevin - Rhea Mehrkens - Sara Mikkelson - Chris O’Neill


2011-2012 Tentative Field Trips:

River Rendezvous– September 23, 2011

Fort Snelling Historic Site and State Park 

State Capitol & Minnesota History Center 

Children’s Theatre 

Concordia Language Villages “The Forest” overnight field trip, May 8-9, 2012 (optional field trip for Amistades students)

The Works/Bowling





Holt McDougal Mathematics Course 1

Website – - Each lesson offers online help.  There is a ‘keyword’ listed at the beginning of each chapter. Once you’ve gotten to the website, look in the lower left hand corner for a ‘keyword’ box.


Teacher: Anne Jarvis




Whole Numbers and Patterns

Introduction to Algebra


Number Theory and Fractions

Fraction Operations

Collecting and Displaying Data

Proportional Relationships

Geometric Relationships

Measurement and Geometry

Measurement: Area and Volume



Functions, Equations, and Inequalities





Student-chosen independent reading materials

Texts for literature study

Reader’s Notebook


Teacher: Sara Mikkelson




Independent Reading: Students will read independently every day from self-chosen text in school and at home to enrich their reading and writing development.


Literature Study: Students will study a variety of literary forms, elements, and techniques to foster an appreciation and life-long love of reading.


Comprehension Strategies: Students will understand and apply the thinking strategies necessary for comprehending and analyzing narrative and expository text.


Word Study/Vocabulary: Students will develop reading vocabulary and word-meaning skills that expand their power to comprehend text structures.



Social Studies:


“Northern Lights” Minnesota History curriculum

Junior Scholastic magazines

Star/Tribune Newspapers

Other resources as needed


Teacher: Chris O’Neill and Rhea Mehrkens




Minnesota History topics- Ancient People, American Indians, the Fur Trade, European immigration and settlement, Civil and Dakota Wars, early pioneers and agriculture, early MN industries, growth of cities, impact of WWI and WWII on Minnesota, impact of postwar era, civil rights movement, and contemporary Minnesota.


Geography of Minnesota (embedded throughout)

Weekly Current Events assignments

History Day research project (January-February 2011)

Field trips to historic sites to include- Fort Snelling and State Park (October) and Minnesota State Capitol and History Center (December)





Write Source 2000

Words Their Way


Teacher:  Rhea Mehrkens and Anne Jarvis (In lieu of formal Writing class, students continuing their studies in Spanish will have Amistades.)




Writing Units: Personal Writing, Subject Writing, Descriptive Writing, Narrative Writing, Clarification Writing, Problem/Solution Writing

Writing Process:  Prewriting, First Draft, Revising/Editing, Conferencing, Publishing, Sharing

Writing  Components:  Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Voice, Fluency, Conventions

Speaking, Listening, Viewing


Word Study/Spelling: Students will develop word-meaning skills that expand their power to write for a variety of purposes.





Realidades 1 textbooks and related materials

Spanish/English dictionaries

Other materials as assigned


Maestros: Sr. Alvarez and Sr. O’Neill




Spanish writing: Students will learn basic grammatical concepts in Spanish such as adjectives, subject-verb agreement, gender use in language, vocabulary, and present tense verb forms. Students will also publish a variety of short writing projects.


Spanish reading: Students will read and respond to a variety of short texts in Spanish and utilize the comprehension strategies taught in class. Cultural concepts of Spanish-speaking countries will be taught.


Spanish speaking: Students will develop their spoken Spanish through a variety of speaking assignments.


Spanish listening: Students will improve their comprehension of oral Spanish by listening to fluent and native speakers throughout the year.


Participation: Full and enthusiastic participation, including the use of Spanish during class time, is expected.



Science & Health:


Harcourt Science

Holt Decisions for Health

Teacher:  Mark Langevin


Science Units:

Atoms, Elements, and Compounds

Properties of Matter


Sound and Light

Forces and Motion


Health Units:

Decision Making Strategies

Growth and Development

Physical Fitness and Nutrition

Health and Wellness



General Grading: Criteria for grading may include the following: accountability, skills, daily assignments/activities, projects, and assessments. Please note it may vary in each class.


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