Grade 7

We believe in balance between the Arts and the Sciences 

At GSJ - Arts education is crucial. Years of research show that it's closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity.

Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. We deeply believe in the whole child / every child.

Core Classes - English / Science / Mathematics

ENGLISH

Using a motif of Mystery, Monsters, and Mayhem, students in the 7th Grade English course will acquire the reading, writing, language, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Students will become critical readers and thinkers as they delve into fiction and informational texts within the course. They will also learn to effectively write narrative, informational, and argumentative pieces and present their ideas clearly and cohesively.

Major Topics and Concepts for English 7

Semester 1 - Reading Comprehension / Informational and Expository Writing / Narrative Writing

  • Analyzing interactions between ideas in a text
  • Identifying theme
  • Analyzing how theme develops
  • Comparing and contrasting mediums
  • Using context clues
  • Thesaurus and dictionary skills
  • Implicit and explicit meaning
  • Finding the central idea
  • Writing an effective summary
  • Assess internet sources
  • Why writers choose words
  • Reading informational texts
  • Researching and organizing information
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Writing an introduction for informational texts
  • Connecting  and supporting ideas
  • Writing a conclusion for informational texts
  • Revising writing
  • Using formal language in writing
  • Recognizing point of view
  • Identifying the narrator
  • Planning narrative writing
  • Beginning a narrative
  • Writing dialogue
  • Writing the body of a narrative
  • Using commas
  • Writing effective transitions
  • Identifying active and passive verbs

Semester 2 - Reading Comprehension / Argumentative Writing / Fiction Analysis

  • Structure and development of texts
  • Development of ideas in non-fiction
  • Comparison of authors’ presentations
  • Figurative and connotative meaning
  • Technical language
  • Spelling
  • Compare and contrast mediums in nonfiction
  • Allusions: literary, biblical, mythological
  • Compare and contrast fiction to history
  • Greek and Latin word clues
  • Oral discussions / rules of collegial discussions / adapt speech
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • Multimedia components
  • Implicit / Explicit evidence
  • Rhyme/repetition/alliteration
  • Drama plot analysis
  • Short story or novel analysis
  • Poetry: form and structure 
  • Contrast of characters in a text
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • Argumentation analysis: Claims counterclaims and support
  • Write an argument: introduction,  claim, counterclaim, transitions, conclusion
  • Wordiness and redundancy

SCIENCE

7th Grade Science is the second course in our middle school Comprehensive Science Sequence. In this course students explore: The Foundations of Science, Energy, The Earth and its features, The Earth’s internal and external structures and how they change, The Earth’s history, Living things and how they change and interact, Genetics and Heredity, and The Organization of the living world. Some of these topics are introduced and serve as a foundation for Comprehensive Science Three and others are discussed in detail. Students will learn through real world examples and virtually visit 6 different continents to see science in action all over the world. Students will participate in activities and online laboratory experiences to apply what they have learned.

Major Topics and Concepts for Science 7

Semester 1

  • What is Science?
  • Scientific Theories
  • Scientific Laws
  • Scientific Method: importance
  • Scientific Method: steps
  • Experiments- variables
  • Metric System
  • Metric Conversions
  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Light
  • The Law of Conservation of Energy
  • Energy Transfer and Transformation
  • Sound
  • Thermal Energy
  • Heat Transfer: Convection
  • Heat Transfer: Conduction
  • Heat Transfer: Radiation
  • Alternative Sources of Energy
  • The Earth’s Structure : Layers
  • The Earth as a system
  • Plate Tectonics
  • The theory of Continental Drift
  • Pangaea
  • Mountain Building
  • Volcanoes
  • Sea Floor Spreading
  • Formation of Oceans
  • Earthquakes
  • Graphing in Science
  • Seismic Waves
  • Faults

Semester 2

  • Formation of rocks
  • Types of rocks
  • The rock cycle
  • Fossils
  • Erosion
  • Weathering
  • The Law of Superimposition
  • Radioactive dating
  • Human Impact on Lands
  • Lands Change over time
  • Human Impacts on Waters
  • Waters change over time
  • Cells
  • DNA
  • Heredity/Punnet Squares
  • Mitosis
  • Meiosis
  • Sexual Reproduction Asexual Reproduction
  • Genotypes
  • Phenotypes
  • Biodiversity: What is it?
  • Biodiversity: Why is it important?
  • Cloning/Genetic Engineering/Artificial Selection
  • Food Webs
  • Interactions of Species
  • Struggle to Survive and Thrive
  • Scientific Theory of Evolution
  • Natural Selection
  • Loss of Diversity/ Human Impacts
  • Extinction

MATHEMATICS

This course is designed to expand student knowledge about the transformation of shapes by sliding, flipping, rotating, and enlarging them on a coordinate plane. This course gives students the opportunity to create, investigate, and demonstrate knowledge at both intermediate and advanced levels. Students will be amazed with the skills that they accumulate while completing this course. This course is so full of animations, applications, videos, games, and real-world scenarios, students may think it is the latest video game.

Major Topics and Concepts for Mathematics 7

Semester 1

Module 1: Rational Numbers

  • The Number Line
  • Adding and Subtracting Rational Numbers
  • Multiplying Rational Numbers
  • Strategies for Rational Numbers
  • Irrational Numbers
  • Approximating Rational Numbers

 
Module 2: Application of Rational Numbers

  • Dividing Rational Numbers
  • Converting Rational Numbers
  • Rational Numbers in the Real World
  • Exponents
  • Operations with Roots
  • Scientific Notation
  • Operations with Scientific Notation

 Module 3: Equations and Inequalities

  • Expanding and Simplifying Expressions
  • Applications of Expressions
  • Equations
  • Inequalities
  • Linear Equations
  • Systems of Equations

Module 4: Proportions

  • Unit Rates
  • Characteristics of a Proportion
  • Proportionality and Equations
  • Applications of Ratios
  • Applications of Percents
  • Graphing Proportional Relationships
  • Slope-Intercept Form

Semester 2

Module 5: Geometry

  • Scale Drawings
  • Angles and Triangles
  • Circles
  • 3-D Figures and Cross Sections
  • Transformations
  • Congruency
  • Transformations and the Coordinate Plane
  • Transversals and Angles

Module 6: Probability of Simple Events

  • Understanding Probability
  • Approximating Probability
  • Probability Models
  • Data Observation
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Applications of the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Pythagorean Theorem on the Coordinate Plane
  • Formulas

Module 7: Probability of Compound Events

  • Representing Sample Spaces
  • Understanding Compound Events
  • Probability Simulations
  • Introductions to Functions
  • Understanding Linear Functions
  • Applications of Functions
  • Analyzing Functions

Module 8: Statistics

  • Samples and Inferences
  • Statistical Variability and Comparing Populations
  • Applications of Statistics
  • Scatter Plots
  • Line of Best Fit
  • Interpreting Lines
  • Frequency Tables