Click below to explore components of our Elementary & Middle School curriculum.
Elementary Social Studies
Middle School ELA
Middle School Math
Middle School Math in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is designed to lead students to a true understanding of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study content. Students at each grade level will engage in the conceptual understanding of these standards to develop procedural fluency using the course material provided.
Students will work with numeracy and number sense, ratios and proportions, algebraic equations and expressions, statistical reasoning, and geometry in each grade level. The concepts are woven together throughout the year in the Open Up Resources curriculum. In addition, at each grade level, Honors-level courses are available, which include standards from the next grade level to prepare students for the opportunity to take high school-level courses in middle school.
Open Up Resources
In Open Up Resources, students work on carefully crafted and sequenced mathematics problems during most of the instructional time. Teachers help students understand the problems and guide discussions to ensure that the mathematical takeaways are clear. Not all mathematical knowledge can be discovered, so direct instruction is sometimes appropriate. The goal is to give students just enough background and tools to solve initial problems successfully and then set them to increasingly sophisticated problems as their expertise increases. The value of a problem-based approach is that students spend most of their time in math class doing mathematics: making sense of problems, estimating, trying different approaches, selecting and using appropriate tools, evaluating the reasonableness of their answers, interpreting the significance of their answers, noticing patterns and making generalizations, explaining their reasoning verbally and in writing, listening to the reasoning of others, and building their understanding. Mathematics is not a spectator sport.
Additionally, Open Up provides specific resources, processes, and scaffolds to ensure that our students who receive E.C. services, are English Learners, and are ahead in their math learning can access grade-level standards and higher. The goal of our curriculum is to ensure access for all students to grade-level conceptual math.
Open Up Math Family Communication
Open Up Resources provides resources to allow family members to support and learn math with their students! You can access these resources by grade level here:
Middle School Science & Social Studies
We emphasize inquiry, problem-solving, and communication. We want students to experience science as a creative, sense-making venture of solving challenging problems individually and collaboratively. The development of the ability to analyze patterns and relationships is essential for effective problem-solving. In addition, students should have the opportunity to evaluate research and data from current scientific endeavors and the chance to research their own age-appropriate questions.
Students continue to expand their understanding of the past and historical concepts and inquiry in the middle grades. They also begin a more in-depth study of World History which begins with the study of early humans in sixth grade and extends up to modern-day current events in the seventh grade. Finally, students focus on studying United States History from exploration through modern-day current events in eighth grade. Students begin to understand and appreciate differences in historical perspectives by recognizing that individual experiences, societal values, and cultural traditions influence the interpretation of historical events. In addition, they discover that science and technology bring changes that can affect values and beliefs.