In seventh grade, the students will move from classroom to classroom as their classes change and experience a variety of teachers and teaching styles. Students are split for math and language arts with two levels being offered for each of the mentioned subjects.
Seventh graders are paired with students in the first grade for Mass and special occasions. The seventh graders act as mentors to their first grade buddies.
- Language arts in the seventh grade continues to build and expand proficiency in communication skills. Reading comprehension and vocabulary skills will be developed through the use of a wide variety of literary genre. Listening and speaking strategies require students to gather and process oral information and to effectively express themselves in a variety of situations. By using the process of prewriting, composing, revising and editing, students will produce content-rich written communication. Students will develop an appreciation for literature through a study of literary elements contained in classic works as well as contemporary selections of both fiction and non-fiction. Language instruction will be addressed through grammar, mechanics and application. Students will practice research skills by gathering, organizing, interpreting and reporting on information.
Mathematics – 7th grade
- Solve proportions
- Work with percents greater than 100 or less than 1
- Add/subtract/multiply/divide with integers
- Study simple algebra and pre algebra – identify algebraic terms, use distributive property, combine like terms, solve single, two-step and multi-step equations with whole numbers, integers and rational numbers, solve and graph inequalities, use ratios, study percent and estimation and interpret graphs
- Apply principles of measurement and geometric thinking – understand angle relationships and parallel lines, polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, determine the area of various geometric objects, determine perimeter and circumference
- Use appropriate statistical data to interpret data
Mathematics – Pre-Algebra
- Convert, compute, estimate and work with integers, rational numbers, integers, fractions, decimals and percents
- Identify factors and least common multiples of monomials
- Understand and work with absolute value, square roots, standard notation and scientific notation, exponents, rational numbers, cube roots, laws of exponents
- Algebraic thought – combine like terms, simplify and evaluate algebraic expressions, use distributive property
- Solve single and multistep equations
- Solve equations with variables on both sides, by combining like terms and that contain grouping symbols
- Work with ratios, proportions and percentages
- Understand interest
- Use linear functions and graphing to represent and analyze mathematical situations using algebraic thought
- Find the volume and surface area of prisms, cylinders, regular pyramids and cones
- Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find side measurements of right angles
- Use statistical methods to interpret data
Science – Life Science
- The life sciences will emphasize the processes of life. Students will explore the characteristics and diversities of organisms and the interaction of organisms with the environment. Knowledge of basic life science give students and understanding of the world around them.
- Geography is composed of the interrelated components of skills and content knowledge, both of which are necessary to being a geographically informed citizen. Students will use geographic knowledge as a tool for understanding the concepts of economics and the impact of recent history on contemporary events. Students will focus on spatial patterns of human and physical characteristics of the world and its peoples and will explore how these patterns form, change over time and relate to one another in the Eastern Hemisphere. This is the second half of the middle level geographic studies program. The Western Hemisphere was the focus of the Grade 6 portion. For practical uses, the traditional designations of Eastern and Western Hemispheres have been followed. The Eastern Hemisphere is treated as the areas of Africa, Europe, Australia and Oceania.
Religion – New Testament and Sacraments
- Hebrew Scriptures
- Acts of the Apostles
- Pauline Epistles and other letters
- Sacraments and their meaning
- Christian living – the Christian response, saints, morality and ethics, social issues, Catholic Social Teachings and human life
Special Activities and Celebrations
- 7th grade/1st grade buddy activities