FMS Curriculum

Franklin Middle School follows the Common Core standards for Math and English Language Arts, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Science.

Common Core

Common Core Standards - The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. Forty-one states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core.

  • Common Core MATH Standards - The Common Core concentrates on a clear set of math skills and concepts. Students will learn concepts in a more organized way both during the school year and across grades. The standards encourage students to solve real-world problems.

  • Common Core ELA Standards - The Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.

NGSS Science Standards

Understanding the NGSS Science Standards - The NGSS integrate the three dimensions introduced in the National Research Council's A Framework for K-12 Science Education into its student performance expectations. As a result of this innovation, the NGSS look completely different than previous science standards and implementing them requires a major shift in classroom instruction and learning.


Literacy Resource

Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) is a cohesive, multi-text approach to literacy instruction for all students in grades PreK–6. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom is designed to support whole-group, small-group and independent learning opportunities including: interactive read-aloud; reading minilessons; shared reading; phonics, spelling, and word study; guided reading; book clubs; and independent reading collections.  Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is rich with authentic texts, lessons or conferring cards, minilessons and professional learning tools for a systematic, transformative approach to literacy instruction."

Fountas & Pinnell is a cohesive system for high-quality classroom-based literacy instruction. Learning deepens when students think, talk, read, and write about authentic texts across many different instructional contexts. Learning is ignited with thousands of student texts, lessons, and resources which are used during major instructional contexts: whole group, small group and independent learning.




Reflex Math

Math Resources

ZEARN (grades 4-5) helps teachers create classroom math communities where all students feel they belong and can love learning math. The materials foster growth mindsets and a tenacity for learning, so students believe in their capacity to grow and can persevere through challenges.

ZEARN builds student math knowledge utilizing the concrete to pictorial to abstract approach. This helps children learn to understand math concepts in an intuitive and tangible way. The intent is to help all students build a deep and sustainable understanding of math.

During independent learning and in small groups with their teacher, students receive safe, in-the-moment feedback that addresses areas of misconception. When students learn in this type of feedback-rich and supportive environment, they become resilient, self-directed learners and can love learning math.

DreamBox Learning (grades 4-8) is an interactive, adaptive, self-paced math program that provides engaging practice activities. It creates a personalized pathway for students based on their demonstrated level of readiness and adapts this pathway as students learn. As students complete lessons, they earn coins, which can be used to play games or to customize their own avatars, wallpaper, and music.

Teachers can assign specific concepts to students that are aligned to their in-class textbook. DreamBox is able to align with 10 different print-based curricula as well as standards for each state. These customized lessons can be assigned to the whole class or individual students and are mixed in with the individualized learning pathways.

The Insights Dashboard gives teachers and administrators access to reports on skill and standards progress and mastery for each student. Using real-time data, teachers can identify learning gaps to help them create differentiated long-term assignments for students. 

Glencoe Math (grades 6-8)

Rigor is built-in and supported throughout the program. The three components of rigor — conceptual understanding, application, and procedural fluency — are embedded in resources, lessons, and practice assessments.

Glencoe Math makes math real for students. Digital planning tools and interactive resources are available online through the power of ConnectED, an easy-to-use assignment and assessment platform. Use them as-is or make them your own to spark student thinking.

Glencoe Math meets students wherever they are in their learning. Assessments help you determine proficiency before, during, and after lessons. Differentiated instruction resources ensure approaching-level students master concepts before moving on, while beyond-level students are continually challenged.

Reflex Math (grades 4-8) is both adaptive and individualized and is an effective system for mastering basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Full of games that students love, Reflex takes students at every level and helps them quickly gain math fact fluency and confidence. Teachers love the powerful reporting that allows them to monitor progress and celebrate success.



Science and Social Studies

At FMS much of the curriculum is taught through a collection of resources, both print and digital. Among other resources, teachers utilize the resources offered through Discovery Education, including Techbooks for Science and Social Studies.

Discovery Education is a flexible K-12 learning platform, that provides high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources to all teachers to create a lasting impact.