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Seventh Grade

Seventh Grade Homeroom Teacher:  Mrs. Eva Peak  (Science and Math)

Mrs. Valerie Parry (English and History)

Mrs. Cookie Vosbikian (Advanced Math)

In both seventh and eighth grades the students are guided by two main subject teachers, one specializing in literature, language arts, and history; the other in math and science. The two teachers work seamlessly and cooperatively to stimulate the children’s desire to learn, to foster their love of learning, to impart information, and to learn processes that will help them find answers to their questions and communicate their ideas to others.

The literature program is orchestrated to move students beyond mere comprehension of literally stated information and summaries of plot events to true interpretation and analysis of literary elements. Students read a variety of materials from various genres and respond through class discussion, comprehension questions, journals, and analytic essays. In addition to the writing assignments relating to literature, students also have an opportunity to write essays and complete projects relating to historical events and current events, to write short stories that reflect their understanding of literary elements, to write letters, and to create poetry. Grammar concepts are taught through writing assignments and through a separate language arts program; our students are well equipped to handle a rigorous high school curriculum when they graduate! Some favorite aspects of the seventh grade language arts curriculum involve the study and acting of The Crucible and our “Shakespeare Festival” at the end of the year during which students study and dramatize one of Shakespeare’s plays.

In American history, the curriculum begins with the first settlers to America during the Ice Age and concludes with the birth of the United States of America at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. The students traditionally travel to Williamsburg as part of their study of Colonial America. During their study, the students concentrate not only on the historical events that relate to the material, but focus too on motivations of groups of people, culture clashes, and value struggles; we want our students to not only learn the facts of history, but also the lessons to be learned that can help them create a better future.

Students in seventh grade math begin the school year in a Pre-Algebra or Algebra I program. Pre-Algebra begins with a review of math skills and procedures and continues with an introduction to the major concepts of Algebra and Geometry. Students in the Algebra I program begin a more independent and comprehensive study of Algebra. Both programs encourage students to develop their critical thinking skills. Solving problems, making decisions, reflecting on results and patterns, and making connections to other subjects and everyday life experiences are fostered.

The science curriculum in seventh grade is designed to inspire excitement and a sense of wonder in the world of scientific discovery. Our focus is on the topics of Biology and Ecology. During the course of the year, students have many opportunities to complete hands-on science and problem solving activities, laboratory investigations, and creative projects in order to enhance their skills of observation, data collection, and organization. They also further develop their understanding of scientific patterns and the relationship they have to the world around them. We begin with the study of the organization of living things at the cellular level and expand to the macro level. The study of genetics and heredity establishes a foundation for the movement through the increasingly complex systems of viruses and organisms.

7th Grade Curriculum Overview:

Reading/Language Arts

  • Provide students with interesting and challenging materials across a variety of genres.
  • Study literary methods used to create drama, suspense, and realism.
  • Exploration of symbolism and theme across different types of material.
  • Provide opportunities for developing higher level thinking skills by reading multiple types of material across the curriculum.
  • Use the writing process to explore, draft, revise, edit and publish pieces.
  • Write expository, narrative, comparative, analytic, descriptive, creative and persuasive pieces.
  • Vocabulary and spelling focus on expanding vocabulary and retaining work meanings.
  • Grammar focus on compound subjects and predicates; sentence order; expert use of verbs (tenses and forms), correct use of adjectives and adverbs; punctuation, and voice.

Mathematics

    Pre-Algebra:

  • Introduction, evaluation and simplification of variable expressions using whole numbers, decimals and exponents.
  • Review of recognition of patterns, function rules, order of operation and scientific notation, and the metric system and its use.
  • Solving and graphing of one- and two-step equations and inequalities.
  • Single and double-bar and line graph creation and analysis.
  • Data review – median, mode and range.
  • Use of the distributive property, combining like terms, and inverse operations.
  • Geometric and algebraic problem solving – use of equations and formulas to find unknown angle measures.
    Algebra I:

  • Review of the usage of the order of operations to evaluate variable expressions and expressions containing exponents.
  • Review of algebraic expressions for problem solving.
  • Evaluation and simplification of variable expressions organization of data in a matrix, and the addition and subtraction of matrices.
  • Solving linear equations, exploration of functions, and formulas that use algebraic procedures and rules.
  • Drawing of diagrams, tables and graphs.
  • Solving decimal equations, formulas and rewriting equations in function form.
  • Writing and graphing of equations.
  • Problem solving.

Science

  • Biology – study of life and the classification systems of organisms.
  • Microorganisms – positive and negative characteristics of viruses and bacteria and the examination of protists.
  • Biological exploration – fungi identified, observed and grouped; seedless plants collected and gametophyte and saprophyte stages identified; angiosperm and gymnosperm samples compared and contrasted by dissection.
  • Vivisection – various dissections are performed in order to explore the increasing complexity of organisms in the animal kingdom.
  • Ecology – study of the interactions between organisms and their physical environment.

History

  • Native Americans – impact of colonists; explorer timelines.
  • Colonial life – community, culture and key events.
  • European colonization and the governing of the American colonies.
  • The Revolutionary War – key events that led to this and its outcomes.
  • Early government of the U.S.
  • Current events explored, using a variety of media.