7th Grade

Teacher

JAYA IYER
jiyer@olfschool.net

 

RELIGION

  • Family Life, RCL Benziger
  • 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 relationships 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 presentations 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

  • Math 2 and Pre-Algebra( Prentice Hall)

Students will be studying Pre-Algebra or Mathematics 2. Students in the Pre-Algebra will master the concepts in 7th grade and apply them in Algebra 1 in the 8th grade. They will be learning introduction to linear functions, polynomials, variations, dimension analysis, a big chunk of Geometry, and Statistics. Math 2 will be learning how to solve equations, inequalities, perimeter and area of two- dimensional figures, volume and surface area of solids, and probability Students will be doing a lot of problem solving questions. Khan Academy  & Kuta software will be used for video and practicing worksheets on different concepts respectively.  In addition,  Active and collaborative learning is experienced daily with the student’s utilization of technology  integration.

 

SCIENCE

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

According to the NGSS, 7th grade students will be studying three kinds of sciences around the three trimesters. They are Life Science, Physical Science and Earth Science. There will be many cooperative projects where you will be using technology and engineering skills. Labs and investigation is a very important part of your learning. Channel Island will be the highlight of the year( Virtual). You will be participating in YBTC (You be the chemist challenge) and school science fair. Students study concepts such as the structure and properties of matter and its interactions, an introduction to periodic table, properties of metals and non-metals, chemical bonds, Acids, bases and salt, how energy flows in an ecosystem, and how humans impact different ecosystems, how our earth is impacted by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.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 Chrome books for each student.age for research and application.  Students participate in school science fair diligently by following  the scientific method. Students actively take part in “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.. 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

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Medieval and Early Modern Times, Glencoe

The weekly Enrichment Curriculum includes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Music), Art, Physical Education and Spanish.

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. 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.