7th Grade Curriculum Guide


 

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St. Teresa Catholic School

Mission Statement

The mission of St. Teresa Catholic School is to provide a quality education that challenges and empowers students to develop their full potential. Our program is based on Gospel values and Catholic traditions and is implemented in a Christ-centered community that stresses excellence for all students.

Philosophy

At St. Teresa School we believe that each person is a child of God, blessed with unique gifts and talents, and so we endeavor to:

    • Promote the holistic development of each individual
    • Provide a program of learning which challenges and empowers   students
    • Integrate spiritual beliefs and values with learning and living
    • Form a partnership between home and school to enrich each child’s life
    • Promote respect for the dignity and uniqueness of each individual.

Curriculum Guide Introduction

The purpose of this Curriculum Guide is to summarize the major objectives of the instructional program at this grade level at St. Teresa Catholic School.  The curriculum has been designed to follow the recommendations of the Diocese of Orlando, and meets or exceeds the expectations set forth in the Florida Standards.

Religion

The question Jesus posed to his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” is also the question posed to students throughout this program.  Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life is the reoccurring message throughout the program. Students are given an opportunity to explore the answer to this question for themselves.  They look closely at the life of Jesus and apply the themes of Christian discipleship to their own lives.  They are challenged to determine in their hearts what it means to follow Jesus.  Both Scripture and Sacred Tradition guide their learning and discovery.  Students are expected to be involved in performing Christian service within the school and local community.

 Language Arts

The students in seventh grade are engaged in learning and reinforcing their knowledge of the various parts of speech, sentence structure and punctuation.  They continue to improve their writing skills by writing in various genres such as expository, narrative, poetic, and essay.  Students learn to appreciate and discuss many literary genres.  They work to increase their vocabulary through their literature experiences as well as through the use of a separate vocabulary textbook.  Our goals are to challenge the students to increase their writing skills, to understand and analyze literature in its various forms, including evaluation of informational texts; to have a working knowledge of and the ability to recognize specific literary terms and to enhance the extent of their vocabulary.

Social Studies-Geography

Seventh grade is entitled “Civics” but can be broken down into the following categories:  Geography, Civics, and Economics.  Understanding American rights and responsibilities, how the government operates, and personal finance are the areas of concentration.  Junior Achievement volunteers visit the classroom to enhance learning.

Pre-Algebra

Seventh grade students are given the opportunity to learn Pre-algebra at the honors or basic level within the same class. Students read, write, and compare rational numbers in scientific notation and perform basic operations with rational and irrational numbers.  They work with decimals, fractions and percents and solve equations with rational numbers.  They write expressions, equations, and inequalities, simplify numerical expressions, and plot ordered pairs. They solve two step linear equations and inequalities using the properties of equality and inequality.  They then are taught slope and how to graph linear equations.  Students can identify and construct the basic elements of geometric figures and compute the perimeter, area, and volume of less common and irregular objects. Problem solving, critical thinking, and test strategies are emphasized in this program throughout the year. Online study tools are available for students to enhance instruction at this level.

Science

Seventh grade scientific study concentrates on the Life Sciences. Life Science focuses on cells, the basic unit of life, and topics explored include the structure and function of animal and plant cells, cell reproduction, the human body with concentration on the circulatory, respiratory, and nervous systems.  Hands-on activities are provided in a laboratory environment where students practice using the scientific method of experimentation and laboratory safety and skills are taught. Students participate in a judged School Science Fair in January and frequently qualify to compete in County, Regional, and State Science and Engineering Fairs throughout the spring trimester.

Music

This class gives students the opportunity to be involved in a variety of activities including listening exercises, proper singing technique, movement, and playing pitched/non-pitched instruments.   Some of the fundamental concepts taught this year includes:  music in six/eight meter, interpretation, style, articulation, vocal tone color, vocal ranges.  An introduction to Broadway Musicals and American Music History from 1900- present is included.   Students may also elect to participate in music ensembles after school including Band, Concert Choir and Handbell Choir.

Spanish

Seventh grade students use ¡Asi Se Dice! as a textbook.  They continue to expand comprehension with oral and written activities.   They extend their knowledge of conjugation of verbs in both present and past tenses.  The students become familiar with irregular verbs, enlarge their vocabulary, and are encouraged to express themselves orally in Spanish.

Physical Education

The physical education curriculum includes both individual student performance and appreciation of team activities.  Students practice concepts of respect and safety for themselves and others in a dynamic environment.  They are expected to demonstrate a certain level of proficiency in some type of physical activity and to appreciate their performance as a vehicle of self-expression.  A greater understanding of the structure and function of the human body as it relates to health and wellness is also developed.  Sports offered at this level will include:  soccer (co-ed), flag football, volleyball, basketball, swimming, golf, softball, track & field, and cross country.

Art

Visual art lessons for students at this level are designed to nurture the student’s creativity and problem solving skills.  Themes from language arts, social studies, math and science are integrated into lessons while incorporating multi-cultural study and creative problem solving.  Students study art history, aesthetics, and art criticism and work with a variety of media including two dimensional area and three-dimensional sculpture. The curriculum also continues the exploration and understanding of color. Students choose a medium, apply elements of art and principles of design, use appropriate vocabulary, include content and symbolism, reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others during the completion of a project.

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