7th Grade


CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

 
RELIGION

Finding God;  Following Jesus, Loyola Press

  • One True Faith
  • The Early Life of Jesus
  • The Public Life of Jesus
  • Jesus the Christ
  • Jesus Lives On
  • The Year in our Church
 
LANGUAGE ARTS

ELA/Literacy program aligned to the Common Core ELA Standards

Writing

Grammar for Writing, Grade 7, Enriched for the Common Core Standards:

Sadlier; Additional grade-level supplementary materials

This is a comprehensive program integrates grade-level grammar, usage, and mechanics skills into a holistic writing program. Main points of this program address the following:

  • Writing daily both freely and creatively and/or incorporating current skills into more structured writing
  • Using the writing process for cogent and potent writing
  • Demonstrating paragraph unity, patterns of organization, and the use of transitional words and phrases.
  • Writing effective sentences, choosing powerful words, and exhibiting parallel structure and appropriate details
  • Applying a variety of sentence structures that demonstrate knowledge of independent clauses, subordinate clauses, and compound parts.
  • Writing effective paragraphs that support main ideas and provide convincing evidence
  • Formulating a variety of multiple paragraph compositions that include but not limited to  the following genres: fictional, compare and contrast, persuasive, and research
  • Utilizing and implementing grade-level grammar, usage, and mechanics including:sentence parts, nouns and pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs prepositional phrases, conjunctions, interjections, subject and verb agreement, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
  • Demonstrating writing that avoids double negatives and misplaced modifiers.

Reading

The reading program draws from diverse sources to help students gain exposure to different types of texts. Students experience increasingly difficult texts while differentiated options are incorporated into many aspects of the reading program.

  • Direct weekly instruction, independent practice, and assessment of specific reading skills as they relate to the Common Core ELA Standards
  • Novels
  • Short stories
  • Poems
  • Essays
  • Drama
  • In addition, students will use the NewsELA and AR360 online apps to access and analyze nonfiction articles
  • Additional resources:
    • Prentice Hall Literature Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes: Prentice Hall (For occasional reference)
    • NewsELA online nonfiction reading program- differentiated according to students’ reading levels.
    • CommonLit: a reading resource for literary and nonfiction genres
    • Membean: a differentiated online vocabulary program that progresses students at their own rate
  • Independent Reading: Accelerated Reader program is used for students to set personal goals according to their own reading level and find literature to read independently and take assessments to demonstrate reading progress.   
  • Latin and Greek roots instruction, independent practice, and assessment
 
MATHEMATICS

Course 2 Mathematics.  Common Core, Prentice Hall

  • All standards aligned to Common Core Math Standards
  • Integers and Rational Numbers
  • Equations
  • Inequalities
  • Ratios, Rates, and Proportions
  • Percent
  • Geometry and Area
  • Surface Area and Volume
  • Analyzing Data
  • Probability

MATHEMATICS ACCELERATED

Math Accelerated A Pre-Algebra Program, Glencoe

  • The Language of Algebra
  • Operations with Integers
  • Operations with Rational Numbers
  • Powers and Roots
  • Ratio, Proportion, and Similar Figures
  • Percent
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Linear Functions
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Congruence, Similarity, and Transformations
  • Volume and Surface Area
 
SOCIAL STUDIES

Medieval and Early Modern Times, Prentice Hall

  • Rome and Byzantium
  • Islamic Civilization
  • Civilizations in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Mayas, Incas, and Aztecs
  • Civilizations in East Asia
  • Europe in the Middle Ages
  • Early Modern Europe

 

SCIENCE

Students in middle school develop an understanding of key concepts through hands-on lab experiences to help them make sense of life science. The NGSS performance expectations in life science blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices as well as crosscutting concepts to support students in developing usable knowledge to explain real-world phenomena in scientific terms. In the life sciences, NGSS performance expectations at the middle school level focus on students developing an understanding of several scientific practices. These include developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, constructing explanations, integrating technology and research-based projects to demonstrate an understanding of the core ideas. Students are also expected to demonstrate an understanding of several engineering practices including design and evaluation.

There are four life science disciplinary core ideas in middle school:

  • From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

SCIENCE FAIR

A science fair project is a unique way for students to pose questions for which they must seek out answers and to satisfy their own curiosity about the world around them. A science fair project is an experiment, a demonstration, a research effort, a collection of scientific items, or display of scientific apparatus presented for viewing. It represents the efforts of a student’s investigation into some area of interest and provides a way for the student to share the results of those investigations. Through the development of a science fair project, students gain a first-hand appreciation of the work of scientists and the value of their discoveries. Science fair projects consist of three essential components: the display unit, the exhibit materials, and the written report. Together, these elements present a complete and thorough examination of an area of interest, a collection of new knowledge, or the results of a self-initiated experiment.

ENRICHMENT CURRICULUM

 
FIELD TRIPS
  • Tri-School Theater Performance at Servite High School
  • Irvine Outdoor Education Center: A Day on the Ranch
  • San Diego Zoo: Wildlife Conservation Guided Tour
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
  • Movement skills and knowledge
  • Self- Responsibility
  • Physical  Fitness
  • Social development
  • Sports
  • Dance
  • Team – building
  • Assessment
  • Health Concepts

PAL LEAGUE

  • Boys Flag Football
  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Volleyball
 
ART
  • Identify and describe the ways in which artists convey the illusion of space (e.g., placement, overlapping, relative size, atmospheric perspective, and linear perspective).
  • Interpret reality and fantasy in original two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art.
  • Create a series of works of art that express a personal statement demonstrating skill in applying the elements of art and the principles of design.
  • Research and describe how art reflects cultural values in various traditions throughout the world.

Some Art projects include

  • Self Portraits using Ipads and photographic research
  • Clay – Slab Boxes with lids
  • Portrait Drawing of Indians showing proportions and texture
  • Radial Design Mandala with shapes
  • Masks from around the world in clay
  • Painted Pony Personal Icon
 
MUSIC
  • Students apply vocal and instrumental musical skills in performing a varied repertoire of music
  • Students read, notate, listen to, analyze, and describe music
  • Students learn to play the bucket drums
  • Listen to, describe, and perform music of various styles from a variety of cultures
  • Understanding the historical contributions and cultural dimensions of music
  • School-wide participation in the Pacific Symphony Class Act program
SPANISH

Paso A Paso: Prentice Hall

  • Interrogative Words
  • Conjugation of AR, ER and IR verbs
  • Correct use of the verb SER & ESTAR
  • Definite and Indefinite articles
  • Prepositions
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Irregular verbs Dar, Ir and Tener
  • Correct use of the verbs Saber and Conocer
  • Stem changing verbs Empezar, Jugar, Pensar, Preferir and Querer
  • Direct Object Pronouns
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Expressions with Gustar
  • Weather expressions
 
TECHNOLOGY
  • Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship — Online Safety, Cyberbullying, Copyright, Social Networking
  • One-to-One iPads