Earth sciences is the focus of our studies in seventh grade. We explore the earth's history, resources, and systems. Units on plate tectonics, weathering and erosion, meteorology, and astronomy are brought to life using films, web resources, multiple hands-on activities and demonstrations. Additionally our seventh graders look forward to the annual science fair project in May.
The primary focus of seventh grade reading is the development of analytical reading skills through the study of drama, fiction, and poetry, as well as selected non-fiction works. Through reading these literary and non-fiction exemplars, students will explore universal literary themes and develop critical reading and writing skills.
These skills will be sharpened through regular reading practice, the use of journals, participation in literature circles and writers' workshops. Additionally, students will participate in vocabulary development through regular exercises and by considering use of language in the text.
In the seventh-grade program of the “Christ Our Life” series, the students are taught the importance of reading and reflecting on the Bible, especially the Gospels. The students consider Jesus as the Truth and they learn from his life and teachings to live the truth in love in their daily life. The students consider the implications of Christian love. They see that Jesus calls us to go beyond the letter of the law. The students consider Jesus as the Life. They study his death and resurrection, the source of eternal life for all. The students see that the Holy Spirit guards and strengthens them as they grow and continue in their life journey to carry on Christ’s mission.
A disciplined study of grammar, vocabulary, and writing guides the seventh grade English curriculum. Students will continue to master grammar form, while expanding vocabulary usage through reading and the study of Greek/Latin roots. Students will develop these skills daily and practice them through the use of their Worldly Wise workbooks, written assignments, and regular quizzes.
The writing portion of the class will focus on structure, content, and the ten step Writing Process. Students will write expository, persuasive, and factual essays, in addition to properly sourced research papers with bibliographies.
Seventh graders study U.S. History from the early colonies to the Civil War using Prentice Hall's "History of Our World." Research projects integrate social studies with the English curriculum, as well as the arts and media. We'll further discuss religion, science, and technology in the course of our work. Peer learning and group work are an important and intrinsic part of the social studies curriculum.
Seventh graders strengthen and expand their understanding of concepts involving whole numbers, number theory, fractions, decimals, geometry, measurement and graphing. Learning objectives include:
Develop understanding of concepts and skills involving integers, ratio, proportion and percent.
Develop understanding of concepts and skills involving data analysis and probability.
Develop and expand understanding of concepts and skills in algebra involving expressions, linear equations and inequalities, formulas, graphing in the coordinate plane, slope of a line, the relationship between tables, graphs and equations, order of operations and the properties of real numbers.
Strengthen computational skills.
Improve mental math and estimation skills.
Expand logical reasoning, analytical and problem solving abilities.
Apply math knowledge and skills to real life situations.
And most importantly, stimulate a genuine interest in math.