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Seventh Grade Required Courses

Language Arts 7

Language Arts 7 will be two-periods of instruction in the areas of Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Classes will meet everyday for an entire year. All curriculum and related assessments are aligned with program outcomes and essential elements of learning already established for the middle school and the district. Students will apply critical thinking to each area listed below.

Reading Strategies

  • Explores methods to facilitate proficiency in reading (e.g. visualization, predicting, inferences, and establishing purpose)
  • Determine the meaning of words through structural analysis, semantic relationships, or context clues
  • Paraphrases, summarizes, analyzes, and synthesizes literary genres, elements, and techniques

Writing

  • Uses various prewriting strategies and writes a draft that matches the tone and purpose to the audience
  • Revises writing based on the Six Traits of Good Writing
  • Applies strategies for proper spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and conventions
  • Creates mental images for the reader by using the senses and vivid language
  • Defines, interprets, or explains an idea, event, or process for the reader
  • Presents a series of arguments to convince the reader
  • Creates different forms of poetry

Speaking and Listening

  • Demonstrates appropriate skills in speaking and listening in various settings (i.e. formal speech, small group discussion, and dramatic interpretation)
  • Apply listening and questioning skills

 

Social Studies 7

This course studies the relationship between Western European nations and early American history. The goal of this class is to examine such topics as government, perspective, and cultures of early American people, exploration, and early American history. First semester students will focus primarily on the development of economic and political systems in Western Europe, early America, and Native American tribes. During second semester students will look at the movement towards American Independence and the early development of the American Republic.

 

Science 7

Seventh Grade Science is a hands-on, lab oriented general science course. Students will gain knowledge in the following areas: the nature of science and technology, matter, interactions of living things, earth structures and processes, and energy in earth’s system.

 

Math 7

Math 7 is a grade level math course with instruction and assessment in the following areas:

  • Number Sense
  • Operations with Rational Numbers
  • Algebraic Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
  • Algebraic Applications
  • Rates, Ratios, Proportions, and Probability
  • Geometric Concepts and Measurement
  • Data Representation and Analysis

Math 7 Honors

Math 7 Honors is an accelerated math course with instruction and assessment in the following areas:

  • Number Sense
  • Operations and Rational Numbers
  • Algebraic Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
  • Algebraic Applications
  • Rates, Ratios, Proportions, Percents, and Probability
  • Geometry Concepts and Measurement
  • Data Representation and Analysis
  • Graphs and Functions
  • Linear Equations
  • Powers and Roots

NOTE: Students should maintain a grade of “B” or higher to remain in the class and to be ready for the next course level in the honors math program.

Honors Algebra 7

A fast-paced, challenging high school level algebra course for accelerated math students. Continuation on this path places students in Calculus as a junior in high school. Areas of instruction and assessment include the following:

  • Number Sense
  • Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
  • Rates, Ratios, Proportions, and Probability • Graphs and Functions
  • Graphs and Functions
  • Exponents and Exponential Functions
  • Linear and Absolute Value Equations
  • Systems of Equations and Inequalities
  • Polynomials and Factoring
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Radical Expressions and Equations
  • Data Analysis
  • Algebraic Applications

NOTE: Students should maintain a grade of “B” or higher to remain in the class and to be ready for the next course level in the honors math program.

 

Physical Education 7

Seventh grade students will participate in Physical Education classes every other day for the year. The course will include team activities with emphasis on skill and interest development for lifetime fitness. Students are required to wear appropriate clothing (shorts, shirts, sweats, and tennis shoes).

*Leggings and tights are not acceptable PE attire.

PE activities include: Soccer – Fitness Activities – Aerobics – Flag Football – Fitness Testing – Indoor Hockey – Basketball – Frisbee Golf – Softball – Volleyball – Tennis – Dance

Seventh Grade Required Elective Courses

Engineering & Technology 7 (A/B Schedule)

Engineering & Technology 7 is a semester class in which students will build their foundation for technological literacy. Students will learn about the fundamentals of Engineering & Technology using Design Briefs to creatively solve problems while following the Engineering Design Process. They will apply what they learn about the types of technology and engineering to technical drawings, 3D models, floor plans, and other areas of design. Students will also learn how to use SketchUp and the safe and proper use of tools, materials, and design. Students will be involved in large group lectures, discussions, and lab activities. As they work with a partner, students will develop their own solutions to creatively solve problems. An Engineering Notebook will be used to record class work, ideas, notes, and sketches.

Business and Technology 7 (Semester Course)

This course includes exploration of computer applications (Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie). Students will learn the Elements of Digital Citizenship (Digital Communication, Digital Etiquette, Digital Rights and Responsibilities, Digital Literacy) as they continue to apply technology in their learning as safe, respectful and responsible digital citizens. Students will also learn personal financial management skills and participate in career education activities in preparation for their future careers. Computer science and keyboarding skills are additional topics integrated into this course.

 

Seventh Grade Full-Year Elective Courses

Band 7

This sequential band course meets every day and is open to all seventh graders meeting prerequisites. Students will acquire a basic knowledge of music theory and listening skills through method books and full-band music. Written and playing assessments will be administered throughout the year. Students are given at least a four-week notice and are required to attend all performances. Members have the opportunity to participate in jazz band or other small ensembles that rehearse before or after school.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of a sixth grade Band course or audition for director.

 

Band/Music 7

This course is open to those uniquely talented in both vocal and instrumental music. Since the student will be absent from “Band 7” rehearsals two days each week, it is essential that he/she have above average sixth grade band skills. Woodwind and brass players must be able to play the following scales: concert Bb and a one octave chromatic scale. Percussionists must be able to count quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth note rhythms and must be proficient (at a 6th grade level) on bells. Students will attend Band on M-W-F and Music on T-TH. Chorus students will be singing soprano/alto/tenor/bass music. Students are required to attend all performances, given at least four-weeks notice.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of a 6th Band course and teacher’s recommendation.

 

Strings

Seventh grade strings will meet every day for the full year. In this class students will review the basicsl earned at the elementary level and continue with exploring 3rd position and perform four-part playing. Each student will attend all performances, given four weeks notice.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of a sixth grade Strings course or audition for director

 

Strings/Music 7

This course is open to those uniquely talented in both vocal and instrumental music. Since the student will be absent from “Strings ” rehearsals two days each week, it is essential he/she has above average sixth grade skills. Chorus will include two rehearsals per week on soprano/alto/tenor/bass music. Students are given a four week notice and are required to attend all performances.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of a sixth grade Strings course or audition for director as well as 6th grade Strings teacher’s signature on registration form.

Seventh Grade Semester Elective Courses

Art 1

This course will offer a variety of experiences to the beginning art student. A foundation in drawing is the main building block of the semester. Students will also expand their knowledge of the elements of art: line, shape, color, space, and texture. The focus will include the production of art, art history, and the critical evaluation of one’s own work as well as that of other artists.

 

Studio Art

Students choosing this class will experience a variety of two and three dimensional art units. These might include: sculpture, printing, art history, and pottery. Students opting for this class should want to continue their interest in new art forms. Students

 

World Languages 7

WMS World Language courses for 7th grade are one semester long, and students may take one course per semester. They are helpful, but are

a pre-requisite for 8th grade World Language courses.

Exploratory French

Students will be introduced to the French language and culture. They will learn basic conversation skills, vocabulary, and structures. We will learn about where French is spoken around the world and where we find it in our everyday lives. Students will work independently and in groups to explore a variety of language and cultural topics.

Exploratory German

Students will be introduced to the German language and culture. They will learn basic conversation skills, vocabulary, and structures. We will learn about where German is spoken around the world and where we find it in our everyday lives. Students will work independently and in groups to explore a variety of language and cultural topics.

Exploratory Spanish

In this course, students will review and build upon the Spanish that they have learned. They will practice basic conversation skills, vocabulary, and structures. We will learn more about where Spanish is spoken around the world and where we find it in our everyday lives. Students will work independently and in groups to explore a variety of language and cultural topics.

 

Fundamentals of Fitness

The Fundamentals of Fitness class is a lecture/lab course. Students will spend time in the classroom discussing the current fitness, nutrition, and health trends and topics that they see in society today. During the lab portion of the class students will apply the concepts learned in the classroom. Topics include: sports nutrition, basic anatomy and physiology, physical activity vs. physical fitness, aerobic vs. anaerobic activity, stress management, health and skill components, obesity, and current fitness trends. The use of technology will enhance this course as well as track student progress. Students will experience many different types of workouts (Yoga, Cross-fit, P90X, Pilates, Kettle bells and resistance) during the lab portion of the class.

 

Music 7

Students will explore music of varying styles and cultures, by developing listening skills and musical understanding and sensitivity. This course will also emphasize developing good vocal production (with special attention to the changing voice) and the skills necessary to participate in unison, two-part, and three-part choral singing. Students will be involved in at least one public performance a year and attendance is mandatory. Any student planning to audition for show choir must be in a Music 7 class. (Students must take Music 7 to be in Chorus 8)

 

World Religions

World Religions is a study of world cultures from a religious perspective. Students will examine global issues from multiple perspectives as they learn about five of the world’s most commonly practiced religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Students will gain an understanding of the major beliefs, religious practices, customs and traditions of these five major religions to become more culturally competent as members of a multi-cultural, global society.

 

Courses Requiring Teacher Recommendation

Academic Counseling Program

The Academic Counseling Program (ACP) meets daily for one class period and offers students in general education an opportunity to build and enhance skills needed to be a successful student and community member. Curriculum includes work/study skills, organizational skills, social skills, character education, peer conflict strategies, and advocacy. Enrollment for this class is through the Student Assistance Team.

Reading Intervention

Reading Foundations:

Students develop and improve their ability to:

  • Improve accuracy in decoding and word recognition
  • Use syllabication rules and word division strategies
  • Understand the alphabetic principal

Reading Adventures:

Students develop and improve their ability to:

  • Recognize and pronounce words correctly
  • Connect words to meanings automatically
  • Determine word meanings via context
  • Comprehend narrative text

Reading Mastery:

Students develop and improve their ability to:

  • Read silently
  • Comprehend expository text
  • Use vocabulary in a variety of contexts
  • Recognize and understand advanced vocabulary
MIDDLE SCHOOL | Start 8:00 - Dismiss 3:15 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 2:45 )