7th grade Literature
- Books that students read in 7th grade include Nothing But the Truth by Avi, And There Were None by Agatha Christie, The Pearl by John Steinbeck, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Pigman by Paul Zindel.
- Students focus on comprehension materials in class, discussion of story meaning, and noticing details of the authors writing. Students are given a variety of genres to experience and explore throughout the year.
- During the course of the year students will read independently, in small groups, and as a large group. They will have teacher led discussions, student lead discussions, and write at least one book report.
7th grade Language Arts
- Students understand the varied forms and structures of the English language through a heavy emphasis of capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and cursive writing.
- Students create writing projects: personal narratives, opinion writing, research papers, summaries, and other works by planning, revising, editing, and publishing their ideas.
- Students utilize technology to research and publish projects (Chromebooks, Promethean board); additionally, students use traditional reference materials (dictionary, encyclopedia, etc.)
- Students complete a speech/public speaking unit, creating and delivering speeches (impromptu, informative, persuasive, debate); if time permits, a mock trial may be done.
7th grade Math
- Two leveled paths are offered consisting of Math 7, our regular 7th grade math course, and Pre-Algebra, our advanced math course.
- Skills covered in Math 7 include variable exploration, fraction operations, comparing and ordering rational numbers, exponents, simplifying expressions, solving equations and inequalities, ratios, percentages, proportions, volume and surface area, probability of multiple events, and data analysis.
- Skills covered in Pre-Algebra include algebra basics, translating, solving equations and inequalities, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, exponents, ratios, percentages, proportions, volume and surface area, probability of multiple events, triangle relations and Pythagorean Theorem.
- Students keep detailed notes and practice examples to help them retain and build their math knowledge. Math class contains lectures, group or partner practice work, as well as some games and projects. The use of Algebra Tiles and other manipulatives are used as often as possible.
- Both course complete a large project in their proportions unit; either a scale drawing or a blueprint. Smaller projects and class activities are done as well.
- Most practice problems are done using an online math program called IXL.com which prevents students from repeating the same mistakes and explains how to solve a problem if they get an incorrect.
7th grade Science
- 7th grade science is concentrated on Life Science. We will spend time learning about cell makeup and functions, how genetics works and how the information in used, classification of organisms, plant anatomy and functions, animal anatomy and their functions, and the human body.
- Students will practice note taking, vocabulary, discussions, interactive labs, activities, and projects help provide hands-on and in-depth learning.
- Projects include making a 3-D cell, growing and testing plants, dissection, microscope work, and research.
7th grade Social Studies
- Following units on world, physical, and human geography, “World Geography” class allows students to be immersed in a wide array of cultures, including Canada, the U.S., western Europe, eastern Europe/western Russia, South America, Australia/New Zealand, Japan/Koreas, China, India, Central America/Mexico/West Indies, and if time (parts of) Africa. Supplementing the text are class discussions, first-hand artifacts, Chromebooks (for research), documentaries, YouTube, and a variety of projects and student presentations.
- Students develop map skills via “free-hand” and “regular” map quizzes and tests.
- Weekly “Current Events” quizzes help maintain a knowledgeable level of awareness of our local, regional, national, and international goings-on.
- Food Shelf – monthly food shelf collections
- Guthrie Theater
- Environmental Learning Center (E.L.C.) in Finland, MN
- The Phipps – annual three-day theater performance at The Phipps (in Hudson, WI)
- Service Project – annual making of 50+ tie blankets for “Blankets for a Brighter Day” (nonprofit organization of alumni Katelyn and Shannon Baier)
- Student Council Events – various student council-run benefits/fundraisers for local/community needs
- Gala Project – 7th graders design and create a large wall hanging cross that will be auctioned off at our annual Gala, a major fundraiser for our school.
- STREAM night – an annual event that allows all students to participate and learn about areas related to Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math
- 7th graders transition to a more rigorous academic level and become more independent by learning to manage their time on their own, prioritize their workload, and manage long term projects.
- Students are supported in the continued learning of note taking skills, test preparation, and organization.
- An emphasis is placed on being a good role model for the younger students as well as beginning to prepare for the demands of high school.