Welcome to Seventh Grade!
Math 7 topics of study include ratios and proportional reasoning, percents, integers, rational numbers, expressions, equations and inequalities, geometric figures, measuring figures, probability and statistics.
The tools of Algebra will be taught in Pre-Algebra 7, along with operations with integers and rational numbers, expressions, equations, and inequalities, ratios, proportions, and similar figures, percent, linear functions and graphing, powers and nonlinear functions, real numbers and right triangles, distance and angle, surface area and volume, and statistics and probability.
English 7 is a comprehensive course with a focus on grammar, literature, and writing. Combining grammar, literature, and writing with vocabulary instruction allows for students to continually improve their oral and written conversational skills. Upon completion of this course, students are able to implement the proper use of the eight parts of speech and will have a further enriched vocabulary for a more comprehensive understanding of the English language. This class will teach students to write clearly and effectively, read and discuss a wide genre of literature, and interpret texts from a Christian worldview. Students are exposed to short stories, poetry, novels and will write in a variety of modalities, including essays, journals, creative writings, persuasive and narrative writings, and a research paper.
Advanced English 7
Advanced English 7 is a quick-paced course that focuses on the application of knowledge of grammar, literature, writing, and vocabulary. Using critical thinking skills, students will be asked to read and analyze literature, respond critically, and apply grammatical knowledge. Students will respond through various forms of written text including essays, journals, creative responses, and a research paper. The purpose of this class is to teach students to respond to literature, achieve mastery of essential grammatical concepts, expand vocabulary through increased writing skills and assignments.
World History and Geography
From the beginnings of civilization to the start of the Middle Ages, students survey the major cultures, religions, and achievements in world history. While primarily a history class, geography is an essential component in helping students understand early civilizations, so it will be incorporated to enhance student understanding. Upon completion of this course, students are able to examine early civilizations and the role they played in developing cultures, interpret Biblical history in context, and identify various geographical features and how they affect the development of nations.
From bacteria and plants to animals to the human body and its systems, Life Science engages the students in understanding the intricacies of God’s world. Upon completion of this course, students are able to: participate in scientific inquiry, describe the systems of the human body and how genetics plays a role, differentiate among types of environmental bacteria and viruses, recognize biomes and ecosystems, design and build a structure for STEAM Fair Projects (cross-curricular integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), and model life structures and functions.
Using Positive Action for Christ’s Dynamic Christian Living, seventh-grade Bible focuses on learning more about the person of Jesus Christ and how to live a holy life before God. Particular focus is given to how to study the Bible on a deeper level. Units focus on the reliability of Scripture, how we got the Bible, an introduction to Biblical hermeneutics, and how to interpret metaphors and parables in the Bible. Students learn about the historical backgrounds of significant cities and regions of the New Testament times in order to understand the cultural backdrop during the ministry of Jesus. The goal of seventh-grade Bible is to gain a better understanding of the life and times of Jesus Christ and how we are to live a holy life before God.
Students focus on further developing art skills, vocabulary, creativity, and concepts of design. Two-dimensional lessons may include painting, collage, drawing, printmaking, and digital art. Three-dimensional projects may include functional or sculptural ceramic experiences.
Digital Art and Photography
This course is an introduction to applications that allow users to explore a variety of creative digital art activities and photography. These may include the creation of photographs, videos, animations, graphic designs, illustrations, and designing a website.
The class begins with a review of fundamentals on the instruments and music reading. The students play pieces at various levels of difficulty ranging from easy to pieces that stretch the students' abilities.
This Musical Theatre course is designed to allow students to grow as actors, singers, and dancers and is an exploration of American Musical Theatre. Students will study acting techniques and use their gained knowledge to develop as performers. Since this is a workshop course, students prepare material for class presentation and critique. There is also a focus on the audition process as well as musical theatre history. In culmination, students will work toward the Middle School Musical which is performed in the Spring. Students must be enrolled in the Drama course to participate in any school production.
Technology & Innovation
This course leverages the Innovation Lab technologies to help students learn about innovation and the design process. Students develop digital science skills by working with smart devices, automation, robotics, and Android app development. They also learn about engineering empathy by helping society with biomedical engineering, empowering remote villages with renewable energy, and improving transportation with aerospace engineering and drones.
Introduction to several aspects of video and graphic production. From shooting and editing video to special effects and motion graphics, this course introduces the basics of these skills and builds upon them throughout the year.