An Age of Exploration
Students reach adolescence, a stage of self-reflection and introspection. They are also inquisitive about the world and eager for knowledge, independence, and social connection. Seventh graders are challenged with increasingly rigorous academics and supported during this time of growth and change.
With emerging capacities for abstract and conceptual thinking, seventh graders are introduced to algebra and plane geometry; the interrelationship of chemical properties; and physical laws of refraction, reflection, heat, and electricity. They study anatomy and physiology and have an objective look at health and nutrition.
Renaissance & Reformation
Seventh graders study the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and Age of Exploration. Students explore how Renaissance artists used geometric principles to develop the laws of perspective, and practice the application of these laws in their own drawings. They read biographies of great figures who challenged the prevailing views in their own search for truth, freedom, and self-expression.
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Games & Gym
- Physics: acoustics, optics, heat, electricity, mechanics
- Astronomy: planetary studies, discoveries of major astronomers of the Renaissance
- Chemistry: combustion, acids and bases, roles of oxygen and carbon dioxide, metals
- Anatomy and Physiology: systems of the human body; health and nutrition; human sexuality and reproduction
- Students select either Mandarin or Spanish for concentration of study
- Speaking: provide descriptions of people, places, likes and dislikes, food. Ten minute oral presentation about a reading or topic.
- Oral comprehensive: Understanding of topics and vocabulary.
- Reading: Independent reading of short stories. Comprehension through written responses.
- Writing: Summary or essay. Emphasis on accuracy and beauty of Spanish books, including the presentation of cultural and geographic topics.
- Grammar & Syntax: Conjugation of present test of most common irregular verbs; simple past teste (preterito). Comprehension of reflexive verbs.
- Student select either Mandarin or Spanish for concentration of study. Note: Since the Mandarin program is fairly new at the school, our current middle-school age students are building language skills at levels dependent on the year the school transitioned.
- Review both Zhuyin and Pinyin alphabet systemsFocus on reading more complex Chinese characters
- Practice more advanced grammar and grammatical structuresUse human anatomy as the theme to introduce more Chinese radicals and characters
- Conversation practice amongst students and teachers
- Creative writing exercises; writing whole paragraphs by combining different sentence structures
- Short story reading and comprehension
- Practice in use of Chinese / English dictionary to look up unfamiliar words
- Chinese culture through ancient Chinese Dynasties / History and Chinese poems
- Practice of Chinese calligraphy
Grade 7 Faculty
Games and Gym
Upper Grades Resource Teacher
Working With Wood
Students learn the correct usage of saws, rasps, gouge and mallet, spoke shave, draw knife, drills, and carving knife. They practice simple finishing techniques such as sanding and applying an oil or beeswax finish. Wood is a challenging medium; practice and concentration are developed as students create beautiful and utilitarian items like spoons, stools, and sculpture.