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Seventh grade students sharpen their writing skills and develop an appreciation of quality literature as their maturity level deepens and they value more challenging literary selections while building their Language Arts skills. Greek and Latin roots enhance our student’s word recognition skills, so they can learn thousands of stems to attach to words and discover new meanings. Seventh graders read novels to develop their reading and comprehension skills, learning how to annotate, and create contextual connections to their history classes through their selected literature.
The Seventh Grade Social Studies curriculum allows students to be more informed citizens as they study the development of the United States from European settlement through the reconstruction period. Seventh graders also focus on business and economics, as they create a product, analyze its costs, profit and losses, while creating a business plan. The product is then marketed and sold at the el Mercado de Tesseract, an annual marketplace planned and operated by the Seventh- and Eighth-Grade students. Curricular links are forged between the US and other countries allowing the students to become more globally literate and gain first hand exposure to a diverse range of countries.
The Mathematics curriculum is designed to develop students’ math skills in the critical areas of Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Statistics and Probability, and the Number System. The eight Mathematical Practices, as developed by the Common Core Standards, are an integral part of the course. These include making sense of problems and persevering in solving them, reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others, modeling in mathematics, using appropriate tools strategically and expressing regularity in repeated reasoning. Students are taught the necessary problem-solving and logic skills to apply mathematical principles to the world at large. The Mathematics Department follows the global shift in technology by assisting students to learn principles using the latest technology to reinforce learned skills using seamless methods.
The main topics of study in the Science curriculum includes Arizona’s local ecosystem, Genetics and Heredity, Earth’s geological make-up and movement and place in our solar system. All subject matter is assessed in a variety of ways to ensure concept application and to promote individual growth so every child thoroughly grasps each concept. Students interact with experiential learning in labs, hands-on activities and field trips. Interactive learning provides the basis of learning and personal connection to the knowledge each student digests.
Seventh grade Science and Language Arts combines forces to put on the Celebration of Innovation in the spring of each year. This integrated project is designed to improve students’ research and persuasive writing skills, as well as critical and innovative thinking. Initially, students create a product which is financially or ecologically sustainable. For example, a toothbrush which holds enough water for the brushing term in order to be ecologically efficient. Students have also created ponchos for the homeless using 100% carpet remnants, which were originally going to waste. Following, they will research a company to invest in their product. With the use of their persuasive writing skills and knowledge of marketing and business development, they write a proposal seeking funding for their product. Students proposals are presented at the Celebration of Innovation. Every audience member is given a ballot to rate each student on passion, persuasion, poise, and product sustainability.