7th grade Course Descriptions

BRIER TERRACE MIDDLE SCHOOL

SEVENTH GRADE

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

2018 – 2019

REQUIRED


ENGLISH

In alignment with the Common Core standards, students continue to refine skills in reading, writing, and communication.  These skills include emphasis on informational text, citing, textual evidence and literary analysis.  Curriculum includes the district-adopted Collections curriculum, independent reading materials and digital resources.


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, map and research skills and the use of primary sources.  The required Washington State history curriculum will be covered semester 1 in order to meet the state’s graduation requirement.

SCIENCE – Life Science

Science 7 classes study the difference between living and nonliving 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.

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 individual, dual/team, and lifetime activities.  Students will receive Health Education as an integrated part of their P.E. program. This is a required course. Students who successfully complete PE/Health in 7th and 8th grade will meet the Washington State Health requirement for high school graduation.


MATH: 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 – is available for qualified seventh grade students 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 teaches the 7th grade topics in the 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.   

MATH 7 SUPPORT

This course is designed to support students in learning the concepts and skills for Math 7 through additional time and teacher instruction.  It is recommended for students enrolled in Math 7 who need extra support and who have previously struggled with math.  Please contact your student’s counselor to find out more about support opportunities offered at your middle school.


ALGEBRA in the Middle School is available for students who have successfully qualified by completing the Math 7 Honors course, the Math 8 course or through placement testing. Algebra is the foundation for high school mathematics courses.  It is the bridge from the concrete to the abstract study of mathematics.  This course focuses on generalizing the algorithms of arithmetic to learn how to develop equations and mathematical formulas to simulate real-life problems and solve them through mathematical manipulation.  Topics include simplifying expressions, evaluating and solving equations and inequalities, and working extensively with linear, quadratic, exponential and other functions. Algebra is a high school level course and if requested, the grades and credits will be posted on a student’s high school transcript.



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.


HONORS CLASSES


Honors classes require high levels of independent and critical thinking, analysis, and inquiry in a rigorous setting. Courses are designed to meet the needs of highly motivated students who have demonstrated high achievement, and to prepare them for advanced coursework in high school and beyond. Math: All students will be placed in math according to testing and/or completion of previous curriculum.


HONORS ENGLISH

Honors English is focused on elements of reading, writing, and communication based on the Common Core Standards with expectations at and above grade level with a deep, analytical approach. This course requires students to be highly motivated, independent thinkers.


HONORS SOCIAL STUDIES

The Honors Social Studies program focuses on elements of study in Washington State History (WSH - semester 1) and Medieval European History (semester 2) with a rigorous in-depth analysis of challenging primary and secondary sources.  Students develop their historical thinking skills by analyzing historical events. Students who successfully complete semester 1 will meet the WSH requirement for high school graduation.


HONORS SCIENCE 7 – Life Science

The seventh grade Honors Science program is an inquiry-based scope and sequence enriched by student interests.  The assignments, activities and projects in this class require a high level of critical thinking, cover rigorous concepts in great depth, and meet the requirements of Next Generation Science Standards adopted by Washington State.


HIGHLY CAPABLE PROGRAM


“Hi-Cap” classes are designed to meet the unique needs of students who have been identified as highly-capable/gifted, and to prepare them for advanced or accelerated coursework in high school and beyond. Courses require high levels of independent and critical thinking, analysis, and inquiry in a rigorous setting. Courses are designed to challenge students to dig deeper into complex concepts than the general program. Math: All students will be placed in math according to testing and/or completion of previous curriculum – usually Math 8 or Algebra in 7th grade.


HI-CAP ENGLISH

Hi-Cap English is focused on elements of reading, writing, and communication based on the Common Core Standards with expectations at and above grade level with a deep, analytical approach. This course challenges students with depth and complexity and requires a high level of independent thinking, rigor, and student inquiry as they apply to writing and literature.


HI-CAP SOCIAL STUDIES

Hi-Cap Social Studies focuses on elements of study in Washington State History (WSH - semester 1) and Medieval European History (semester 2) at a highly rigorous level, with independent, in-depth analysis of challenging primary and secondary sources.  Students develop their historical thinking skills by analyzing historical events. Study is based on student inquiry and interests. Students who successfully complete semester 1 will meet the WSH requirement for high school graduation.


HI-CAP SCIENCE 7 – Life Science

The seventh grade Hi-Cap Science program is an inquiry-based scope and sequence enriched by student interests.  The assignments, activities and projects in this class require a high level of critical thinking, cover rigorous concepts in great depth, and meet the requirements of Next Generation Science Standards adopted by Washington State.


EXPLORATORY ELECTIVE COURSES – SEMESTER LENGTH

The below exploratory elective courses will be offered only if there is capacity.   


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, and 3-D art.  Whatever your skill level, you will enjoy how your talent develops.


FOODS 1/SEMESTER ***

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.

FOODS 2/SEMESTER***

Foods 2 is a semester long program designed for advanced students who have successfully completed Foods 1.  This program is perfect for students who are passionate about cooking and exploring the culinary arts as a future or an interest.  In this class, students will learn and use the skills needed for higher level food production, service, and presentation.  Food nutrition, meal planning, and career options will also be explored. Come discover the world of foodies! Bon Appetit!


SCI-MA-TECH***

The Sci-Ma-Tech Class 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.  Learn the physics behind car accidents as you design and build an egg safety crash car.  You will work with computer-controlled laser technology to laser cut wood parts.  Finally, you will be able to draw and 3D print objects using our 3D printer lab.  If you enjoy learning through hands-on projects, you are going to love Sci-Ma-Tech!

FRENCH/SEMESTER   

Join us and learn French phrases, greetings, useful vocabulary, songs and even a few games. Besides learning French language basics, you will also learn about some of the various French speaking cultures all around the globe. 


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 the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

 

VIDEO GAME DESIGN 1

Are you interested in art? Do you enjoy a well written story? Have you ever wanted to play video games for homework? Sign up for Video Game Design, a semester long course dedicated to creating video games open to both 7th and 8th graders. Over the course of the semester, you will learn about aspects of story writing, programs to draw your own art, websites to create music, and some basic visual coding. With these tools, your goal is to create a video game by the end of the semester. This is a fun and relaxing class where playing video games can be considered research!

 

VIDEO GAME DESIGN II

This is a (repeatable) semester course designed for students who have successfully completed Video Game Design I.  Students will be working in teams to immerse themselves in creating games of specific genres.  Students will explore Action, Adventure, Role-Playing, and other types of specific games, as well as push their coding skills to create unique and engaging game mechanics.  If you are interested in immersing yourself into the world of game design, this could be the course for you.


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


ELECTIVE COURSES – YEAR LONG

The below exploratory elective courses will be offered only if there is capacity.   


JOURNALISM

Journalism is open to both 7th and 8th graders.  Learn the basics of journalism and be part of the Bulldog Brief Staff.  You will learn how to conduct interviews, write news stories, take photos, and create content for the school newspaper, The Bulldog Brief.  The journalism staff also films video interviews, creates podcasts, and runs the Bulldog Brief Website, our online news portal.  We also write and film daily announcements.  Once the basics are out of the way, students will spend class time working on the publications.  The after school journalism club will be open to all students, but the 2019-20 editor-in-chief positions will be chosen from among students in the class.  


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.


PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Percussion Ensemble:  All students are eligible to join Percussion Ensemble!  Students in this class will learn how to play many different kinds of percussion instruments:  snare drum, bass drum, timpani, mallet/keyboard instruments, accessories (ratchet, tambourine, vibraslap, etc).  Percussionists can expect to:  get a lot better at playing/reading music, develop strong relationships and friendships within the class, play exciting music, go on field trips, and perform at evening concerts.  Percussion ensemble members will learn and play all percussion parts for the Concert Band and Symphonic Band and will also play music written only for Percussion Groups.  They will perform as part of the large bands as well as a Percussion Ensemble.  This class does require some materials.  Information will be given at the beginning of the school year about what each student will need to have for the class.

CONCERT BAND

This band is made up of students who played a band instrument in 6th grade.  Concert band is full of like-minded students who enjoy playing music together.  While playing their instruments every day, students can expect to:  get a lot better at playing and reading music, develop strong relationships and friendships, play exciting music, go on field trips, and perform at evening concerts.  Students may also choose to learn another instrument that wasn’t offered in 6th grade band like:  tuba, euphonium, French horn, bass clarinet, bari sax, etc.  Band members enjoy a sense of belonging and feelings of satisfaction and pride at their progress throughout 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.


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


7th Course Descriptions 2018-2019 1/19/17
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