Seventh Grade

ELA

Poetry, Literary Essay, Research Paper, Memoir, Public Speaking, and Creative Writing are all covered in Grade 7.

Texts include:

    • The River Between Us by Richard Peck (historical fiction)
    • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (realistic fiction)
    • The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett (play form found in literature textbook)
    • “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes

Grammar and Vocabulary continue with Wordly Wise and IXL.

Math

Seventh graders are taught following the common core standards. They are exposed to topics like ratios and proportions, algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, geometry, and probability.

In order to learn these topics and learn how to solve problems, students work individually, work in partners, and work in groups. They reinforce their skills in class and are given the opportunity to practice at home through the use of homework and the site IXL Learning.

Learning in seventh grade math also extends beyond the traditional classroom material. Students are exposed to real life situations and problems through projects that they complete. For, instance, this year, students had the opportunity to learn real life skills like writing checks, understanding what a paycheck looks like, and how to manage expenses.

Some of our seventh graders also have the opportunity to compete in a math competition towards the end of each school year. For the past several years, we have come in either first place or won the overall grand champion prize. The students prepare for this contest all year and have a lot of fun working as a team.

Social Studies

The 7th grade curriculum covers American History from geography and Native Americans to the eve of the Civil War. Students use a number of different sources and their active learning notebooks to learn about our nation’s birth and expansion. Some highlights include making a PowToon on the Revolutionary War and discussing current events. Technology is incorporated daily into the lessons. A number of contests are offered to the students to enter throughout the year including Junior Scholastics Mapman and The Buffalo News Editorial Cartoon Contest.

Science

Grade 7 focuses on Life Science including the cell and its function, larger organisms, the human body, and ecology. The 7th Grade Unit Project involves learning about Monarch butterflies which allows students to care for and observe all life cycle stages of live Monarchs.

World Language

Grade 7 is a review of Level 1 with more advanced vocabulary and lots of cultural themes such as music, art and history.

Grade 7 Honors is the first half of level 2. Students refine their writing and speaking using adjectives and adverbs and speaking about continuing and repetitive actions in the past. Culturally they study movies, chores, professions, pastimes and traditional foods.

Religion

A continuing study of the Old Testament and an introduction to the New Testament, with an emphasis on the study of the Gospels.