The Language Arts program is designed to engage students in the world of literature and informational reading. Students will be trained to summarize, paraphrase and outline materials while strengthening their writing skills. A key component of the program will include grammar review and vocabulary. In seventh grade, they will become more aware of common core standards which acquaint them with the expectations of continuing education.
Students in the seventh grade are given an introduction to our nation’s system of government. They study documents from the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact to the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Students will study the American Revolutionary War from the causes to the aftermath. They will follow the path to the adoption of the United States Constitution and the Bill of RIghts. They will learn of the powers of the Branches of government. Students will acquire the skills to become productive members of society and discuss contemporary issues and current events that face our nation, state and communities. Students will continue to broaden their study of the Holocaust and Civil Rights. As a final project, students will use technology to analyze, distinguish and integrate information and then produce and publish a written work to present their ideas clearly and efficiently.
The seventh grade science course of study is Life Science. Content covered includes cell theory and processes, classification of living things, heredity and the theory of evolution. Students will use these ideas to understand the complexity, diversity and interconnectedness of life on Earth. Scientific explorations and discussions, particularly in ethics, are an essential component of the class, and proper protocol and safety is emphasized. Students will be required to use the internet often.
Grade Seven Mathematics concepts are developed in a student-centered learning environment. Students practice skills and extend their understanding to solve real-world and mathematical problems. Technology is integrated in all aspects of instruction. Math notebooks serve as a journal and resource for practice and review. Students are required to sharpen personal math skill levels by using Khan Academy.
The study of mathematics in Grade Seven focuses on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three- dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.
Grade Seven Pre-Algebra is offered to students that have demonstrated the highest achievement in Math 6 and Terra Nova testing, as well as a focused and disciplined work ethic. Grade Seven and Eight concepts are compacted into the school year to allow for students to study Algebra I in Grade Eight.