What will students learn over the next three years?

All students at Tolt Middle School, including the students in Multi-Age, are exposed to the same curriculum over a three-year period.  For example, in social studies, all TMS students learn about World Geography one year, World History the next, and US History their third year.  This is true for Multi-Age students as well, though the order in which these topics are studied depends upon when the student enters Multi-Age.  If a student entered the Multi-Age Program as a 6th grader, his or her three year curriculum cycle might look like this:


Year One: World Geography and Chemistry and Physical Science
Humanities Block (LA/SS):  Students will study the ancient cultures of Latin America and Canada and complete a series of writing activities throughout the year.  Special attention will be paid to the art and stories of the Pacific Northwest Coast Natives and Aztecs.  Students will learn about the geography and history of both regions.  This is the year students travel to Victoria, B.C. to study NW Coast totem poles.  For this year's Classroom-Based Assessment, students will compare the quality of life between two countries.

Students will also study current issues relating to the peoples found on the continents of Africa, Europe, and Asia. 

Course Syllabus


Year Two: Ancient History and Energy
Humanities Block (LA/SS):  Students will study the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, Europe, and Asia.  They will learn about the art and stories of traditional cultural groups from these regions.  Interesting units cover the Egyptians, Hebrews and Christians, Greeks and Romans.  This is the year during which students learn about the great cultures of the world, including ancient India and China.  This year's Classroom-Based Assessment covers the leadership of Roman Emperors.

Course Syllabus


Science Block: Students will study all forms of energy, including nuclear, solar, chemical, hydro-electric, wind, and biomass.  Along with the solar energy unit, students will complete an astronomy project, which leads to a unit using microscopes for cell biology and the study of genetics.  We end the year with simple machines and Newton's Laws.  Projects include creating their own constellation out of organic materials, and design their own 100%-run solar home.  Students will construct simple machines up to complex roller-coasters, using Knex Blocks.



Year Three: US History and Biology
Humanities Block (LA/SS):  Students will study the history of the United States from the colonial period to the time of Immigration at the turn of the 20th century.  Students learn about the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, and the steps that lead to the Civil War.  The stories and poetry of America are examined, and students learn about Great Americans in our history.  This year's Classroom-Based Assessment covers the Bill of Rights.

Course Syllabus


Science Block: Students will study Rock Cycle, including the three kinds of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic).  Students will construct an edible sedimentary road cut, and compare sands from around the world.  This leads into a study of Lewis and Clark, and a detailed study of the vertebrates, plants, and habitats--as well as the people--that the explorers observed.  Next come a study of invertebrates, with a field trip to Alki during the low tide.  This is the year of dissections, including frogs, clams, sea stars, and sharks.