7th Grade Classes
Language Arts - full year
Math - full
Science - full year
Social Studies - full year
Health, Art, PE, General
Music, Computers/ILP/Careers -
9 weeks courses
Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms
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
Benchmark portfolio study to learn scoring criteria
Description - snapshots and thought-shots
Graphic organizers for pre-writing and planning
Persuasive writing (editorials, letters to the editor,
Transactive writing in all subject areas (writing to inform)
Personal writing (personal narrative, memoir, autobiography)
Fictional writing (short stories, poetry, plays, and
word processing in computer lab of portfolio pieces
Writing groups, peer and teacher conferences, peer editing
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
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
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.
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 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