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7th grade Course Descriptions

BRIER TERRACE MIDDLE SCHOOL

SEVENTH GRADE

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

2019 – 2020

 

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

SCIENCE The Science 7 course covers topics of Earth’s geological processes, including plate tectonics, weathering and erosion, and rock transformations.  Using scientific principles and concepts, students take a close examination of phase changes and chemical reactions.  Students will then look at how these processes affect the abiotic and biotic factors in ecosystems. Simulations and hands-on experiences will help students create their own scientific arguments and enhance their critical reasoning skills.

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  the grades and credits will be posted on a student’s high school transcript, unless otherwise requested. Contact the High School counseling office for more information.

 

LEARNING SUPPORT

STUDY SKILLS This course is intended for students with an IEP 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 and high level of rigor. 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 and Medieval European History with a rigorous in-depth analysis.  Students develop their historical thinking skills by analyzing historical events. Students who successfully complete will meet the WSH requirement for high school graduation.

 

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 the 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 The Hi-Cap Science 7 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. Material covers rigorous concepts in great depth and meet the requirements of Next Generation Science Standards.

  

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!

 INTRO TO COMPUTER SCIENCE Middle school is the perfect time for students to explore the digital world in which they have grown up. Intro to Computer Science provides Project Lead the Way computer science curriculum for middle school students that challenges and inspires. The semester will be split between physical programming and computer programming. The first quarter we will be exploring how to program microcontrollers to solve problems and overcome obstacles. Second quarter will be focused on coding, where we will create your own game for a mobile device. This is a great first course for students interested in pursuing computer science in high school.

 LEADERSHIP Want to help make BTMS awesome? Want to learn to be a leader and help plan some spectacular school activities? If so, this is the class for you! The Leadership Class will help you develop organizational skills while you plan a variety of activities and events for our school.  We will focus on teaching the important skills/qualities needed to be a good leader as well as improve group interaction, discussion skills and problem solving.  This class can be taken as a semester class or as a yearlong course. 

 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!

 SPANISH/EXPLORATORY 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.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES – YEAR LONG

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

 CONCERT BAND Concert Band is made up of students who have been in beginning band.  You will learn to play lots of music, getter better at reading notes and rhythms, meet new people, develop strong relationships and friendships, 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.  

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.

 PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE Everyone is welcome to join Percussion Ensemble!  You will get to learn how to play all of the percussion instruments we have at Brier Terrace:  snare drum, bass drum, timpani, mallet/keyboard instruments, accessories (ratchet, tambourine, vibraslap, etc.), trash cans/buckets.  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. This class does require purchase of materials (scholarships are available).  More information will be given at the beginning of the school year about what students need to have for the class.

7th Course Descriptions 2019-2020 5/1/2019

 

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