7th Grade Curriculum

Science

The focus of seventh grade science is Earth science. Labs and projects will be assigned throughout the year that are related to the topics of study. Students will also complete a science fair project. Please see science fair documents for requirements and timelines for science projects. The following is a general timeline and outline of the topics discussed in seventh grade science.

First Trimester

  • Plate tectonics
    • The formation of mountains, valleys, rivers, and other geological structures
  • Earthquakes
    • Main causes, detection, and effects to the environment
  • Volcanoes
    • Main causes, detection, and effects to the environment
  • Minerals
    • Chemical composition, origin, characteristics, properties
  • Rocks
    • The rock cycle
      • Formation of igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic rocks
    • Fossil fuels
    • Classification of rocks by physical and chemical characteristics
  • Models of Earth’s surface
    • Topographic maps, globes, models of Earth’s interior, and computer satellite maps
  • Weathering and Soil Formation

Second Trimester

  • Erosion and Deposition
    • How erosion occurs and its effects on the land.
    • Water, glacier, waves, wind
  • Geological time scale
    • Life in the various geologic eras
    • Fossils
    • Relative age dating, radioactive dating
  • The Water Cycle and properties of water
  • Fresh Water
    • River systems, ponds and lakes, glaciers and icebergs, underground water
    • Drinking water
    • Energy resource
    • Pollution
  • Oceans
    • Oceanography, topographical features, differences between salt and fresh water
    • Coastal environments, the effects of temperature
    • Humans effects on the oceans
      • Energy resource and pollution
    • Tides

Third Trimester

  • Meteorology
    • The atmosphere
      • Layers of the atmosphere
    • Weather factors and patterns
      • Jet stream, humidity, air masses, air pressure, cloud formation
      • Causes of lightning and thunder
      • Read and interpret weather maps
    • Climate and Climate Change
  • Astronomy
    • Solar system, light year, solar and lunar eclipse, movement and tilt of the earth, revolution and rotation, phases of the moon.
    • Origins of the universe theory
    • Nuclear fusion in the Sun
    • Gravity’s pull on the universe
    • Comets, meteoroids, objects in the galaxy and universe
    • History and development of the U.S. space program, NASA

Social Studies

“History, in brief, is an analysis of the past that we may better understand the present and guide our conduct into the future.”

Our 7th grade Social Studies is a survey course of American History from our beginnings through the Civil War. There is a strong emphasis on studying the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Our study of the Constitution culminates with the students conducting a mock congress.  Students will be required to write their own bill (proposed law), research the issues, present and debate it in class and to try and get it passed.  This study of the Constitution will be related to the important issues facing our country today. 

1st Trimester

  • Beginnings, causes of American Revolution, the American Revolution, the Constitution
  • mock congress, election analysis, current events

2nd Trimester

  • Washington and Jefferson’s presidency
  • War of 1812, the migration west, Texas independence, Spanish American War & Manifest Destiny

3rd Trimester

  • Causes of the Civil War: sectionalism, slavery, cotton kingdom
  • Lincoln’s election
  • The Civil War

Students should have developed the following skills by the end of the year

  • know the importance of geography on history, know where countries are located, cartography skills
  • thorough knowledge of the Constitution and how why it is relevant today; students will also know who is their congressman, senators, and leaders of each branch of government
  • be able to evaluate primary and secondary resources, search the internet for information, and be able to compare and contrast, and give an effective presentation

With the advent of new textbooks last year, students have full internet access to their textbooks on line.  This access gives them the opportunity to guided notes, sample quizzes and test.  Students will be assigned a password and username at the beginning of the school year.

Math-Core

1st Trimester

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking:  properties, order of operations, opposites
  • Integers: all operations with integers, coordinate plane
  • Operations with Rational numbers: all operations with rational numbers (fractions, decimals, integers)
  • Ratio and Proportion: unit rates, proportions, scales, similar figures
  • Percent: percent problems, applications of percent (commission, interest, discount, markup)

2nd Trimester

  • Expressions and Equations:  one and two step equations using rational numbers
  • Inequalities: graphing and solving inequalities
  • Linear Functions: introduction to linear functions, slope, x and y intercepts, graphing and solving linear equations
  • Angles and triangles:  types, drawing, measuring, pythagorean theorem

3rd Trimester

  • Area, Surface Area and Volume: area of polygons, surface area and volume of polyhedrons
  • Probability: simple and compound probability
  • Statistics: sampling, measures of central tendency, organizing and presenting data

Pre-Algebra

1st Trimester

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking:  properties, order of operations, opposites 
  • Integers: all operations with integers, coordinate plane
  • Rational Numbers: all operations with rational numbers (fractions, decimals, integers), factoring, simplifying, scientific notation
  • Expressions and Equations: properties, solving one and two step equations using rational numbers
  • Inequalities: graphing and solving one and two step inequalities

Possible Projects/Activities: Rational Number Real World, Equation and Inequalities Poster, Integer Squares

2nd Trimester

  • Ratio, Proportion and Percent:scales, unit rates, similar figures,  percent problems, applications of percent (commission, interest, discount, markup)
  • Angles: supplementary, complementary, exterior, interior, from parallel lines, sums of angles
  • Pythagorean Theorem: solving problems using theorem, using square roots, midpoint, and distance theorem, trigonometry
  • Area, Surface Area, and Volume: use of formulas for polygons and polyhedrons

Possible Projects/Activities: Percent Powerpoint, Collage of angles, Fencing a Yard, Build a House

3rd Trimester

  • Transformations: translations, rotations, reflections, dilations, symmetry
  • Probability: simple probability, compound probability
  • Statistics: sampling, measures of central tendency, graphing
  • Linear Functions: representing functions, finding slopes, writing and graphing linear equations, solving systems 

Possible Projects/Activities: Transformation Pictures, finding mean, median, mode on Excel, Graphing linear equations and Art

Religion

1st Trimester: Creed

  • Salvation History
  • Revelation Unit
  • Reality of the Invisible World Unit
  • Last Things Unit
  • Trinity Unit
  • Theology of the Body     
  • Prayer: Adoration, Lectio Divina, & Rosary Procession
 

2nd Trimester: The Life of Christ

  • The Early Life of Christ: The Ancestry and Infancy of Jesus, John the Baptist and the Early Ministry of Jesus, & The Sermon of the Mount (Mt. 1-7)
  • Jesus’ Miracles and Commission of the Twelve (Mt. 8-10)
  • Growing Controversy and the New Kingdom (Mt. 11-13) 
  • Jesus Instructs Peter and the Twelve & Jesus’ Sermon on Life in the Church (Mt. 14-18)
  • Jesus Travels to Judea and Enters Jerusalem, Jesus’ Teaching in the Temple, & The Olivet Discourse (Mt. 19-25)
  • Christian Mission – Diocesan Priest, Religious Life, Diaconate, and the Laity 
  • Prayer: Adoration, Lectio Divina, Advent Devotions, & Christmas Pageant 
 

3rd Trimester: Liturgy and Sacraments

  • Sacramental Economy & Liturgy
  • Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, & Eucharist
  • Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation & Anointing of the Sick 
  • Sacraments of Communion & Mission: Matrimony & Holy Orders  
  • The Paschal Mystery: The Suffering and Resurrection of Jesus (Mt. 26-28)
  • The Church: The One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church & The Structure of the Church
  • The Eucharist: The Institution and Importance of the Eucharist & The Mass
  • Catholic Apologetics Project
  • Prayer: Adoration, Lectio Divina, Lenten Devotions, The Passion Play, & May Crowning

Lang. Arts

1st Trimester Vocabulary and Spelling

  • Grammar: 
    • Nouns
    • Pronouns
    • Adjectives
  • Literature:
    • Unit 1: Plot and Conflict
    • Unit 2: Characterization
    • Unit 3: Setting and Mood 
  • Writing: Autobiographical Sketch
  • Novels: The Pearl by John Steinbeck & The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
 

2nd Trimester Vocabulary and Spelling

  • Grammar: 
    • Verbs 
    • Verbals: Participles, Gerunds, and Infinitives
    • Adverbs
    • Sentence Diagramming  
  • Writing: March for Life Essay
  • Literature: 
    • Unit 4: Theme and Symbol
    • Unit 5: Poetry
    • Unit 6: Style, Voice, and Tone
  • Novel: The Giver by Lois Lowry
 

3rd Trimester Vocabulary and Spelling

  • Grammar: 
    • Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections
    • Phrases, Clauses, and Sentences
    • Punctuation and Capitalization
    • Sentence Diagramming
  • Writing: Research Paper
  • Literature: 
    • Unit 7: History, Culture, and Author
    • Unit 8: Facts and Information
    • Unit 9: Argument and Persuasion
    • Unit 10: The Power of Research
  • Novel: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee