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7th Grade Curriculum Guide

Mathematics

SGCS Middle School utilizes Connected Mathematics as the instructional resource for mathematics. CMP is problem-centered, promotes inquiry-based instruction, and has high expectations for student learning. The underlying concepts, skills, or procedures supporting the development of a key idea are identified and included in an appropriate development sequence. The curriculum builds and connects from Problem to Problem, Investigation to Investigation, Unit to Unit and grade to grade.

The Connected Mathematics program addresses the PDE State Standards for Mathematics.

In 7th grade, students study the following concepts:

  • 2D Geometry

  • Integers and Rational Numbers

  • Understanding Similarity

  • Ratios, Rate, Percents, Proportions

  • Linear Relationships

  • Probability and Expected Value

  • 3D Measurement

  • Statistic Comparisons and Predictions

Language Arts

Through writer’s and reader’s workshops, students receive whole and small group instruction through a differentiated, engaging approach

In 7th grade, students study the following units:

  • Writing Units:
    • Personal Narrative
    • The Literary Essay
    • Research-Based Information Writing 
  • Reading Units:
    • A Guide to the Reading Workshop
    • Tapping the Power of Nonfiction
    • A Deep Study of Character
    • Social issues Book Clubs: Reading for Empathy and Advocacy

History

SGCS utilizes SAVVAS curriculum and Education and the Environment Initiative as the instructional resources for social studies. 

In 7th grade, students study the following units:

MyWorld Interactive: 

  • American History

Education and the Environment Initiative:

  • Land, Politics, and Expansions in the Early Republic
  • America Grows
  • Agriculture and Industrial Development in the United States 1877-1914

EIC Units of Study

The Middle School science curriculum utilizes PITSCO and Education and the Environment Initiatives to develop the EIC framework for science studies. The yearlong, project-based unit uses the local environment and community as an integrating context for learning. Hands-on, integrated community investigations engage us in real-world explorations of natural and social systems.

7th Grade Overarching Environmental Principal

Human activities influence the functioning and health of natural systems and can be a determining factor in their continued existence:

Earth, Physical Science and Sustainability

Organizing Question:

How can human decision making create positive impactful change on the existence of natural systems?

The seventh grade curriculum revolves around an overarching focus on the environmental principle that human activities influence the functioning and health of natural systems and can be a determining factor in their continued existence. Concepts explored and developed include: the types and characteristics of human activities determine their effects on natural systems;  higher rates of consumption increase human impacts on natural (consumption rates are in part due to changing attitudes about individual and community needs and wants, industrialization, and population growth);  laws, policies, and economics influence the use and management of natural systems and these factors directly influence the effects of human activities on the health and functioning of natural systems. Integrated, interdisciplinary units of investigation include evolution and adaptations of species, biological diversity, animal, plant, and wildlife populations, ecosystem balance and change, species survival, and responding to environmental change. The course is a combination of knowledge acquisition through inquiry lab and lecture and application of content to our local environment context.  Students use the environment and community business experts and partners to further explore systems interdependence and to engage in real-world issues in relation to these.  The course culminates with an environmental service learning project based on the natural and social interaction discoveries during the unit and student voice.


Trimester 1 Supporting Question: How do humans influence the health of natural systems?

Trimester 2 Supporting Question: What variables can cause changes to ecosystems?

Trimester 3 Supporting Question: How can human decision making create positive impactful change on the existence of natural systems?



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