7th Grade

Teacher

JAYA IYER
jiyer@olfschool.net

 

RELIGION

  • Be My Disciple, RCL Benziger
  • Family Life, RCL Benziger
  • Laudate App
  • New American Bible

Students study “The Story of Jesus” with five major focal points: The Mystery of the Incarnation, The Meaning of the Kingdom, The Christian Life, The Paschal Mystery, and The Good News. There is increased emphasis on the New Testament study of the public life of Jesus, the Kingdom of God on earth, and the call to discipleship and to deeper relationship with Jesus and with others. Family Life education is an integral part of their religious education program whereby students explore concepts related to effective family communication, the virtue of prudence, sexual development during puberty, the dangers of substance abuse, and the helpfulness of good friends in making good choices. Students participate in a comprehensive Community Service Program whereby they commit to charity for the duration of middle school that culminates in a series of reflections and presentation that express their understanding of Catholic principles and charity.

 

English

  • Literature-Bronze, Prentice-Hall
  • Junior Great Books, Great Books Foundation
  • Various Novels
  • Institute for Excellence in Writing
  • Membean Vocabulary
  • Accelerated Reader Program, Renaissance Learning

Students read and analyze several types of literature—short story, myths and folktales, drama, non-fiction, and poetry. Through inquiry-based reading, critical thinking and writing activities, the students explore texts in-depth as they ask questions, read closely, support ideas with evidence, listen and respond to classmates’ ideas and extend their thinking through Cornell Notes and writing. They use their knowledge of word origins and word relationships, as well as historical and literary context clues, to determine the meaning of specialized vocabulary and to understand the precise meaning of grade-level appropriate words. Utilizing Google Docs, students’ essays contain the MLA style heading, a thesis, paragraph introductions, supporting evidence and conclusions. Students learn and compose several styles of writing, including the personal narrative, descriptions, expository writing, and persuasive essays according to the Jane Schaffer and MLA styles. Emphasis will be on multi-paragraph essays that follow proper conventions in grammar, usage, and mechanics. All students participate in the Chapman College Art and Writing Contest.

 

MATH

  • Course 2 Mathematics, Prentice Hall
  • ST Math, MIND Research Institute

Students are introduced to all of the algebraic concepts and applications such as: properties (addition, multiplication, distributive, identity), definition of real numbers, definition of like terms in polynomials, order of operations, rules for exponents, solving linear equations using multiple steps, conversion of fractions/decimals/percent, statistical graphs (pie, line, bar), measures of central tendency and variance (mean, median, mode, range), probability, metric measurement conversions, Celsius/Fahrenheit temperature, percent, rations and proportions, scale drawings, trigonometric ratios, square roots, Pythagorean Theorem, and word problems for ensured success of Algebra I in their 8th grade year. St Math, online interactive program, boosts math comprehension and problem solving skills.  In addition, Accelerated Math, a concept/standard based program enables teachers to monitor student’s data driven progress to guide instruction.  Active and collaborative learning is experienced daily with the student’s utilization of iPad integration.

 

SCIENCE

  • Science 7, Prentice Hall
  • Science TechBook, Discovery Education

Middle school students study the concepts of earth, life and physical sciences such as the structure and properties of matter and its interactions, forces, motion and stability, energy, from molecules to organisms, ecosystem’s interactions: energy and dynamics, heredity, biological evolution: unity and diversity, earth’s systems, the earth and human activity, space system, history of the earth, weather and climate, human impacts, engineers design,  chemical reactions, growth, development and reproduction of organisms, waves and electromagnetic radiation, natural selection and adaptions, chemical formulas, acids/bases, and gas laws. Each year the concepts build upon knowledge acquisition of the previous year. Hands-on investigation and experimentation is an integral part of daily science along with 1:1 iPad usage for research and application.  Bi-weekly, the students participate in the hands-on, active learning Brain Storm, program, a STEM based education course of study. Students participate in the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair, the nation-wide “You Be the Chemist Challenge” (YBTC) and JSerra High School’s “Battle of the Rockets” competitions.  Students experience the “Galapagos Island of the Northern Hemisphere” by participating in a three-day field studies opportunity to the Channel Islands off the coast of Ventura, California. Students utilize their Science TechBook to investigate research and create projects to further extend their knowledge and mastery of concepts. The STEM infused interactive, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned program with an integrated approach to learning via extensive multimedia technology-based content, hands-on activities, and virtual labs to provide rich and engaging grade-level content learning experiences. Students become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers within the realm of earth science, life science, and physical science by: exploring the overarching themes of science

  • asking shared inquiry questions
  • making claims
  • supporting claims with evidence
  • designing solutions to real-world problems
  • develop the practices that scientists and engineers use daily, and
  • identify the cross-cutting connections between science
  • Students conduct scientific investigations based on the Scientific Method
  • Student’s iPad utilization is an integral part of their learning for research, reference and class presentation

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Medieval and Early Modern Times, Glencoe

Students study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the years A.D. 500-1789. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times. They examine the growing economic interaction among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. They learn about the resulting growth of Enlightenment philosophy and the new examination of the concepts of reason and authority, the natural rights of human beings and the divine right of kings, experimentalism in science, and the dogma of belief.  Finally, students assess the political forces let loose by the Enlightenment, particularly the rise of democratic ideas, and they learn about the continuing influence of these ideas in the world today.  A day field trip to a mosque, a synagogue, and an orthodox church as well as the Tolerance museum are a part of their studies.  The students also participate in National History Day and the National Geography Bee. During our school-wide International Day, students visit ten countries to learn key facts and pertinent cultural information.

The weekly Enrichment Curriculum includes Technology, Spanish, Art, Music, Piano, Drama and Physical Education