Active, involved parents are an essential resource for making the most of every child’s educational experience in Dorchester School District Two. Below are just a few resources available to students in our middle school classrooms.
ExploreLearning Gizmos, the world's largest library of interactive online simulations, is used in science classrooms to enhance student learning through inquiry and exploration.
Materials World Modules (MWM) are hands-on, inquiry and design-based units for middle school students. Based on materials science and nanotechnology principles, this interdisciplinary approach engages students, adds relevance to traditional curriculum, and improve science knowledge for all students.
READ 180 is a comprehensive reading intervention program geared for students reading below the proficient level in Grades 4-10. READ 180 combines research-based reading practices with the effective use of technology, offering students an opportunity to achieve reading success through a combination of instruction, modeled, and independent reading components. Middle School students use Stage B materials. Instructional technology allows students to be guided systematically through five learning Zones, engaging in differentiated skill instruction and practice in each Zone.
Passport Reading Journeys
was designed for students who are in need of strategic or intensive interventions, those reading at a below-basic level that has been identified for services in special education. It systematically integrates phonemic awareness, phonics, alphabetic principle, decoding, spelling, fluency and comprehension into fast paced, scientifically research based, explicit and scripted lesson. It is intended for small groups of students who have not made progress in the core reading program. Students who are typically at least one to two years behind their same age peers.
The instructional components of Passport Reading have been designed to provide scaffold instruction. The lessons at the beginning of the program are one to two years below grade level and focus on phonemic awareness, phonics and fluency. As a student progresses through the program, the lesson focus shifts to higher level text and reading comprehension.
was designed for students who are in need of strategic or intensive interventions, those performing at a below-basic level in math that has been identified for services in special education. It is a scientifically based mathematics intervention program specifically designed to accelerate and motivate at-risk learners. It is intended for small groups of students who have not made progress in the core math program. Students who are typically at least one to two years behind their same age peers.
The instructional components of VMath have been designed to provide scaffold instruction. The scripted lessons provide built in opportunities for repeated practice with immediate corrective feedback and student progress is continuously monitored. Each level of VMath is separated into modules that cover Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement and Data Analysis. VMath is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
VMath was designed to be used daily (40-60 minutes) with a small class (4-6 students). Students spend a minimum of 40 minutes in explicit direct instruction provided by the teacher. Students can also complete 15-20 minutes of supplemental computer based instruction on VMath Live, the online web based technology component.