Hello! I am also new to middle school, and will be teaching 6-7-8th grade math and Social Studies. My question pertains to the Social Studies. I have spent the last few weeks planning and am questioning if the unit tests are really worth it. It's a private school, so this is something I can decide on my own. I have planned many hands-on projects (thanks to advice I read here), reading of primary sources, and uses of audio/video, but we do have a ton of material to cover. Since I am already doing the chapter tests, are unit tests necessary? Thanks everyone!