7th Grade 2017-2018 Course Descriptions

REQUIRED

 

ENGLISH

In alignment with the Common Core standards, students continue to refine skills in reading, writing, and communication. Reading and writing include an emphasis on informational reading and research skills. Students continue to work on improving spelling, grammar, punctuation, and composition. Students develop literary analysis skills through the district-adopted Collections curriculum and required independent reading.

HONORS ENGLISH

The Honors English program focuses on the same Common Core Standards as the regular English program however, it includes increased rigor by challenging students to analyze, interpret and question at higher levels and to think independently. In addition to the regular English program students in Honors English will read The Count of Monte Cristo and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Enrollment is based upon testing and placement according to District matrix.

HIGHLY CAPABLE ENGLISH (7th)

The Highly Capable English program focuses on the same Standards and Grade Level Expectations as the regular and Honors English program but challenges students at a higher level, and requires a high level of independent thinking, rigor, and student inquiry to generate focus. Requirement: identified by district standards as highly capable.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Seventh grade social studies curriculum is the study of world geography and cultures with a specific emphasis on the Medieval Period. The course also includes geography and map skills. Students are required to complete the Washington State Classroom Based Assessment (CBA), a research based project built around social studies content. Required Washington State history curriculum will be covered Semester 1 to meet our state’s graduation requirements.

HONORS SOCIAL STUDIES

The Honors program contains the same elements of study as the regular social studies program but at a higher level, with a faster-paced, more in-depth study of curriculum. Students who earn a Level 4 on the English Language Arts Standard Based Assessment may be placed in Honors.

HIGHLY CAPABLE SOCIAL STUDIES (7th)

The Highly Capable program contains some of the same elements of study as the Honors Social Studies program but at a higher level, with a faster-paced, more rigorous, and more in-depth study of curriculum based on student inquiry and interests. Requirement: identified by district standards as Highly Capable.

All students will be placed in math according to testing and/or completion of previous curriculum.

MATH 7

Concepts learned include developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; extending previous understanding of operations with rational numbers (positive and negative numbers); solving problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and different types of equations; solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions; working with 2- and 3-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and statistics and probability (drawing inferences about populations based on samples). Students will be required to communicate their mathematical knowledge through problem solving, reasoning, writing and class discussions.

MATH 7 HONORS

Available for qualified seventh graders based upon grades in core classes, the score on the state assessment, and a math placement exam. The course is fast-paced, but digs deeper and teachers the 7th grade topics in Math 7 as well as Math 8 concepts. Students taking this course need to be self-motivated and able to adjust to the fast pace of the course. Students will be required to communicate their mathematical knowledge through problem solving, reasoning, writing and class discussions. This course will prepare students to take Algebra in the 8th grade. Enrollment is based upon testing and placement according to the District matrix.

ALGEBRA is available for students who have successfully tested into Algebra.

Algebra is a high school level course and if requested, the grade and credit will be posted on a student’s high school transcript. Topics include: generalizing the algorithms of arithmetic to learn how to develop equations that will model different situations which can be solved through mathematical manipulation; working extensively with linear, quadratic, and exponential equations and other functions, inequalities and systems of equations. Students will be required to communicate their mathematical knowledge through problem solving, reasoning, writing and class discussions.

TIER II MATH

This course is designed to support students in learning the concepts and skills for Math 7 and Math 8 through additional time and teacher instruction. It is recommended for students enrolled in Math 7 and Math 8 who need extra support and who have previously struggled with math. Contact counselor for placement information.

LIFE SCIENCE

7th grade Science studies the difference between living and non-living things and how living organisms are different and alike. Using scientific principles and concepts, we look at how living things are organized. We start with a single cell and progress through complex organisms and ecosystems. The organ systems of the human body receive special attention.

HIGHLY CAPABLE SCIENCE

The Highly Capable Science program contains an inquiry-based scope and sequence enriched by student interests. The assignments, activities and projects in this class require a higher level of critical thinking, cover concepts in great depth, and are fast paced. Requirement: identified by district standards as highly capable.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH

Physical Education is a two-year program designed for 7th/8th grade students. This course promotes physical fitness and helps students gain skills necessary to maintain a healthy and active life. At BTMS, students participate in a variety of developmentally-appropriate physical activities. Students will gain knowledge of rules and safety procedures while participating cooperatively in inpidual, dual/team, and lifetime activities. Students will receive Health Education as an integrated part of their P.E. program. This is a required course.

LEARNING SUPPORT

STUDY SKILLS

This course is intended for students with IEP’s who have goals in work completion, organization, and learning strategies. The focus is on teaching basic organization skills and effective utilization of Google Classroom, Skyward, and Google Calendar. Students will also have an opportunity to have further explanation of mainstream concepts, and extra time and support for class assignments. Enrollment is based upon the student’s IEP.

ELECTIVE COURSES – SEMESTER LENGTH

***$15 fee for class supplies per semester. Please contact counselor if fee is a financial hardship.

ART

Experience new ways to express yourself in art. Open to 7th/8th graders who are interested in hands-on learning and would like to create high quality, exhibition-worthy projects in drawing, painting, printmaking, and paper art. Whatever your skill level, you will enjoy how your talent develops.

FACSE – FOOD AND CULINARY ARTS ***

The FACSE program promotes practical learning and life-long skills in areas of nutrition, basic cooking skills, meal planning, and preparation. Students will design a cookbook and prepare a meal for their families as their final project.

Working in teams, students prepare a variety of foods. This class will bring out the chef in anyone.

SCI-MA-TECH***

This nationally-recognized program will provide you with the opportunity to apply math and science concepts as you design and build solutions to real engineering problems. In this class you will become certified to use the lab tooling, measure and create 3 view drawings as a resource while you build a solid fuel rocket and a tower that will hold over 100 pounds, weigh less than 25 grams and eject “Bubba” the ping pong ball as it crashes to the ground. You will work with computer- controlled laser cutting technology as you reverse engineer a hydraulic robotic arm. Other units include: electricity, family coin and solar hot dog cookers! If you enjoy learning through hands-on projects, you are going to love Sci-Ma-Tech!

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

If you are interested in learning how to create digital art, edit photos, and create stick figure animations, then this class is for you. Working in our computer lab, you will learn how to create and edit music and sound while creating quality movies. You will also learn how to design your own video game using Game Maker 8. This is a fun-filled hands-on class where you will learn many essential technology skills that will help you create awesome projects that can be used to impress your friends, family, and teachers in other classes!

SPANISH/SEMESTER

In this class, students will be introduced to the Spanish language and the Spanish-speaking world. Lessons will include simple phrases, basic grammar, vocabulary as well as history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

***$15 fee for class supplies per semester. Please contact counselor if fee is a financial hardship.

ELECTIVE COURSES-YEAR LONG

BEGINNING BAND

Beginning Band is a class for students who are interested in learning how to play a band instrument. Playing an instrument is a highly rewarding activity that is good for your brain and is fun, too. It is recommended that you use an instrument you have access to (you can borrow one from a friend/sibling/neighbor or rent one from a local music store) but BTMS does have a limited selection of instruments we can provide for you. If you are interested, you can also join the Concert Band (and possibly the Symphonic Band) when finished with this course. Questions about this class can be directed to Ms. Zumbo at zumboa@edmonds.wednet.edu

CONCERT BAND

This course is for 7th graders who have played a band instrument in 6th grade. Students will have the opportunity to perform exciting music, get better at playing their instruments and at reading music. This class includes field trips to festivals, a retreat, performances for our school community and evening performances throughout the year. Students will develop skills that allow their continued growth as instrumental musicians. The better you get, the more fun it is! They will also have the opportunity to develop strong relationships and friendships through music. Students get to meet, perform with, and spend time with other band students from grades 6 – 12.

CHOIR

This class is open to ALL students – no previous musical experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome! Students in choir sing music in different styles, learn proper vocal technique for each style, and develop their ability to read music. Choir provides the opportunity for students to make music with friends in a comfortable environment. This class has field trips to sing at festivals, performs for the school community and has evening performances during the year.

CONCERT ORCHESTRA

This course is for 7th graders who have played an orchestra instrument in 6th grade. Students will have the opportunity to perform exciting music, get better at playing their instruments and at reading music. This class will include field trips to festivals, performances for our school community and evening performances throughout the year. Students will be developing skills that will allow them to prepare and excel in future musical opportunities – including high school music groups of all kinds! They will also have the opportunity to develop strong relationships and friendships through music. Students get to meet, perform with, and spend time with other orchestra students from grades 6 – 12.

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