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7th Grade Classes

Language Arts - full year

Math  - full year

Science - full year

Social Studies - full year

Health, Art, PE, General Music, Computers/ILP/Careers -
9 weeks courses

Language Arts

Grammar

Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms

Subject/Verb Agreement

Indefinite Pronouns

Mechanics

Capitalization, punctuation, comma usage, spelling (weekly lists from core subject areas), vocabulary study with individual class novels

Writing (the writing process)

Journal writing - teacher prompts, free writes, response to literature
Figurative Language
Paragraphs
Benchmark portfolio study to learn scoring criteria
Description - snapshots and thought-shots
Dialogue
Sensory details
Graphic organizers for pre-writing and planning
Persuasive writing (editorials, letters to the editor, speeches
Transactive writing in all subject areas (writing to inform)
Personal writing (personal narrative, memoir, autobiography)
Fictional writing (short stories, poetry, plays, and children's books)
word processing in computer lab of portfolio pieces
Internet research
Library research
Writing groups, peer and teacher conferences, peer editing

Reading
Elements of literature, all genres covered, Cause and effect, fact and opinion, informational reading, persuasive articles (yellow journalism), vocabulary, reading comprehension and open response question
EBS Reading Program through Scholastic Books

General
Speaking skills, listening skills, note taking skill and concise writing for open response questions/ question analysis chart

Seventh Grade Tested Area:
Reading (Informational , literary, persuasive, Practical/workplace)
Writing Portfolio (personal, Transactive, fictional)
On Demand Writing

Math

In 7th grade math students review coordinate graphing. They will practice plotting points in quadrant one, and expand their knowledge into graphing points in all four quadrants. 

Students are introduced to positive and negative numbers at this time. A great deal of time is spent on "Number Theory". Math concepts covered at this time include divisibility rules, prime and composite numbers, factors, multiples, prime factorization, GCF, LCM, order of operation, square root and shortcuts for multiplying and dividing.

 Students learn how to conduct surveys and create different types of graphs during the statistical graphing unit. Bar graphs, line-graphs, circle graphs, pictographs, and frequency tables as well as compare fractions and form equivalent fractions. 

Basic geometry is taught. Students learn to recognize shapes, measure angles and become familiar with basic terminology. Students also learn to use a compass and a protractor.

Science

7th grade science is a study of earth science, life science and physical science. The students begin the year by reviewing the 'Scientific Method'. This process is used with each experiment that is conducted throughout the school year. 

While studying Earth Science, students explore the layers of the earth, constructive and destructive forces and how they effect landforms, the rock cycle, the formation of soil, the water cycle, weather, fossils and a study of the solar system. 

The study of Life Science includes structure and function of living things, regulation and behavior of living organisms, reproduction and heredity, diversity and adaptation of organisms and populations and ecosystems. 

The study of Physical Science includes properties and changes of properties in matter, motion and forces and transfer of energy.

Social Studies

Social Studies in the 7th grade includes the study of Geography, Government and Civics, Economics, and Early World History. Students study a variety of cultures including Early Humans, Sumeria, Egyptians, Israelites, Babylon, Greece, Rome, Ancient China and India, Africa, South America, European Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

 Students are introduced to the philosophies of Confucius, Taoism and Greek thinkers. We examine world religions in their historical context as well. These range from Buddhism to Islam to Christianity. Students investigate the beginning of civilizations, their laws, culture, arts and contributions. 

Students participate in experientials that allow for personal experiences with cultural practices. Historical events and cultures are examined and discussed with regards to current events and traditions. Students develop communication, writing, analyzing and evaluating skills as they are introduced to a world of cultures and societies.

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