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8th Grade Social Studies: What to Expect

8th Grade Social Studies: What to Expect

Hard to believe, but in most districts it's true: barely two years after finishing elementary school, your eighth grader is now a "senior" of middle school. Teachers hope that this will mean new levels of good citizenship and disciplined work.

7th and 8th Grade Reading: What to Expect

7th and 8th Grade Reading: What to Expect

In case you were in doubt, your seventh or eighth grader is probably all too happy to remind you: for kids this age, elementary school is definitely over. When your kids say this, of course, they’ll probably be thinking of skateboards and iPods, but in the classroom it’s definitely true, too. ...

Middle School Summer Reading List

Middle School Summer Reading List

We've searched high and low for new titles to entice even the most reluctant of middle school readers. Here are our list of favorites:

7th and 8th Grade Writing: What to Expect

7th and 8th Grade Writing: What to Expect

Just about every twelve and thirteen year old still struggles with writing, whether that means ideas, sentence structure, paragraphs, or flat-out wacky spelling. How do you know your kid is on track?

7th Grade Social Studies: What to Expect

7th Grade Social Studies: What to Expect

Congratulations! Your child has made it through sixth grade. In a perfect world, that means that lockers, planners, backpacks, and all the other new systems of middle school are old hat.

Sixth Grade Social Studies: What to Expect

Sixth Grade Social Studies: What to Expect

It's the first month of sixth grade. If you're waiting with baited breath, you're not alone: it can be a nerve-wracking time. Sixth grade typically means a new and larger school building; several teachers, and new responsibilities like homework planners and lockers.

6th Grade Math: What to Expect

6th Grade Math: What to Expect

It seems like yesterday you were counting pennies, leaves, and gold stars with your first grader. Now she's taking sixth grade math. It's a shock to lots of parents—and kids, too. So what can you expect? Here's a list of general themes your bound to see in sixth grade.

Middle School Science: What Happens

Middle School Science: What Happens

Maybe itâs the Bunsen burners or those life-size models of human intestines, but there's something about a science classroom that keeps most middle school kids riveted. Teachers want it that way. In fact, says the National Science Teacherâs Association (NSTA), these are critical years.

Sixth Grade Reading and Writing: What to Expect

Sixth Grade Reading and Writing: What to Expect

English Language Arts, the only subject required every single year from kindergarten through twelfth grade, becomes especially important in the middle school years. Elementary teachers typically spend a large part of the day on English, usually integrating it into a wide variety of subjects.

7th Grade Math: What to Expect

7th Grade Math: What to Expect

Your child has survived the big jump to sixth grade. By now, lockers and backpacks may even feel like old hat. So how tough could a little math class be? Though standards vary from state to state, here's a list of general themes to expect.