Grade 7 Parent Curriculum Guide

One-Year Courses

Critical Literacy

Your child will:

  • practice disciplinary literacy skills to strengthen reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking skills
  • purposefully write, read, discuss and react to multiple mediums of communication
  • read, interpret and critically analyze informational and literary text to question, examine or dispute the author’s claims or message
  • develop and support arguments with evidence supported by multiple sources and mediums
  • read and discuss literary informational text to understand human experience
  • read to acquire information

Communication Arts

Your child will:

Reading

  • apply reading strategies to a variety of written works

Writing

  • write for a variety of purposes including to persuade, inform and describe
  • establish clear purpose for a definite audience
  • use transitional words and phrases to logically sequence ideas
  • continue to expand ideas through more elaborate supportive material
  • produce a written report that presents and reflects on research and credits sources
  • use technology to compose, revise, edit and publish

Speaking and Listening

  • prepare and present oral presentations for a variety of audiences and purposes
  • practice effective listening skills
  • recognize the importance of nonverbal communication

Mathematics

Your child will:

  • evaluate mathematical information, identify relationships and test reasonableness of answers
  • communicate logical arguments clearly to show why a result makes sense
  • explain, verbally and in writing, mathematical concepts, procedures and ideas
  • apply and extend understanding of addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational numbers
  • represent addition and subtraction on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram
  • solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers
  • analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems
  • recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities
  • use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions
  • solve real-world and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations
  • draw, construct, and describe geometric figures and describe their relationships
  • solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume
  • select, organize, compare and analyze data in problem solving situations

Science

The seventh grade science curriculum is an activity and inquiry based program which integrates life, earth and physical science.

Your child will use the scientific method to:

  • understand and use the scientific process
  • explore and explain the relationships between celestial bodies
  • understand and explain the past and present theories of astronomy
  • explore and explain ecosystems and biodiversity
  • investigate, interpret and assess current environmental issues
  • understand the organization of the human body
  • understand the interactions of the body systems

Social Studies

Focus: Western Hemisphere Europe – Middle Ages to 1945
Your child will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the five themes of geography and their application: location, place, interaction, movement and regions
  • study the history of selected European nations to illustrate change over time
  • identify major events and trends that have shaped the common elements of culture
  • explain the ways people shape their culture and the way cultures shape people
  • understand that various people see the world from different frames of reference
  • identify common problems, needs and behaviors of people from similar and different environments, traditions and cultures

Fitness Education

(Meets every-other day all year)
Your child will:

  • understand and apply the components of health related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill related fitness
  • develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles

Allied Arts Elective

(Meets every-other day all year)
Your child will select one of the following allied arts electives:

Art

Band

Chorus

Family and Consumer Education

General Music

Nine-Week Courses

Your child will participate in the following nine-week courses:

German

Your child will experience the German language and culture through activities that promote basic oral communication in the language.

Spanish

Your child will experience the Spanish language and culture through activities that promote basic oral communication in the language.

Health

Your child will examine health issues including physical and mental health, drugs and health, and human growth and development.

Gateway to Technology

This course will offer your child an overview of engineering based technology.  Students will evaluate types of technology, their impacts, and the resources that go into technological development.  Students will study the engineering design process, 3D design and modeling, and fabrication including computer numerical control, plastics and woods processes.