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SEVENTH GRADE OVERVIEW

Language Arts

Our program focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills that students need to become effective communicators.  In addition to traditional literature, seventh graders also read a variety of texts drawn from real-world sources such as magazines, newspapers, brochures, and websites.  Students are provided opportunities to reinforce grammatical concepts and explore different kinds of writing within the framework of the writing process.  Class materials include Holt Elements of Language, Holt Elements of Literature, Six Traits, and other resources. Seventh grade students participate in the following novel studies: Sounder, A Wrinkle in Time, Woodsong, The Bronze Bow, Red Badge of Courage, The Swiss Family Robinson, The View from Saturday, Seedfolk, Jacob Have I Loved

Math

The seventh grade math course is devoted to the acquisition of Pre-Algebra skills.  Students review all arithmetic topics, but most of the course is devoted to algebra and related topics, scientific notation, geometry, and statistics. Problem solving strategies help students apply mathematical skills to word problems.  Students build confidence in their mathematical potential as they successfully work in advanced topics presented in an understandable format. Prentice Hall Pre-Algebra is the main resource for this class.

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Social Studies

Seventh Grade Social Studies introduces students to cultures of the Western World. Emphasis is placed on the contemporary geography of North America, South America, and Europe and Russia, with a look at Oceania. Students study the geography of each of these world regions; explore cultural and natural features that characterize each region; trace the movement of people, ideas, and products within the regions; and discover ways that each can be divided into sub-regions. Historical background is provided to enable students to understand how these regions developed from the past to the present. Differences in governments and economies are examined. The economy of each region and its role in the global economy is explored. At the end of the course, students study world religions and their impact on society.

Science

Students learn concepts through hands-on learning in a lab setting to emphasize inquiry based skills. Students study chemistry, physics, biology, earth and environmental science within the context of the scientific method.  Specific activities include Operation Egg Drop in physics, dissection of a squid and shark in biology, seining into the Galveston Bay for environmental science, construction of a DNA model and a simple machines scavenger hunt.  Resources include Glencoe Texas Science Grade 7 and teacher designed materials.

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Speech

Students will learn to use effective verbal and nonverbal strategies to become better communicators and public speakers.  Students will master the techniques of organizing, delivering and evaluating speeches that are made to inform, persuade and motivate an audience.  Curriculum includes interviewing skills, demonstration, informative, persuasive and extemporaneous speeches, oral interpretation, drama and debate.  Students enter a UIL competition in the spring in the categories of oral interpretation and extemporaneous speaking.  Resources include The Complete Book of Speech Communication/A Workbook of Ideas and Activities for Students of Speech and Theatre, Speech Class for Teens, and Speak Out: Debate and Public Speaking in the Middle Grades.

Health

Students focus on the components of health, including spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional health. They also apply factors that affect one’s health by studying foundations of good decision making, goal setting, conflict resolution and character building when dealing with topics such as drugs, alcohol, nutrition, relationships, tobacco and consumer choices. Many teaching tools are used; however, role play and skits are among the student’s favorites. Resources include Teen Health, Glencoe.

Bible

In addition to weekly Chapel services, Bible is a classroom subject.  As students study the New Testament, they memorize verses, and participate in discussions and activities. The resource for this class is the Word in the Heart Series A Survey of the New Testament.  

Art

The goal of Seventh Grade Art is to introduce a wide range of medium choices and encourage students to become more independent in choosing subjects and mediums. Students are introduced to a wide variety of modern artists and are challenged to incorporate their styles into their (students’) artwork.

Spanish

Students review and reinforce the concepts learned in previous study of Spanish. This course covers the material of a freshman high school level course with a focus on the more advanced grammatical structures.  Cultural and linguistic projects are also incorporated to this grade level.

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PE

Students are Introduced to more advanced methods of achieving fitness components, such as cross-training and weightlifting.  There is increased attention to skill development, attention to team -sports strategies and sportsmanship, and leadership skills. Seventh graders may participate in our athletics program.

Technology

Technology is integrated into the curriculum at all levels of middle school.  Students create presentations using Glogster, Prezi, PowerPoint and Movie Maker.  Students must be familiar with Excel and Google Sheets to effectively communicate results from experiments and research.  Because critical thinking is a key component within the curriculum, research for specific purposes is often required.  Google Docs is used for written papers, and students can forward their work to their teacher for editing. Edmodo is also used as a tool for communication between the students and teachers.

Special Trips

Traveling Classroom – Students take a four day trip to Galveston, Texas where they spend the night on the Battleship Texas, visit NASA, tour the Texas A&M Sea Life facility, visit Washington-on-the-Brazos, the Star of the Republic Museum, the George H. W. Bush Library, and more.

Baylor Library--Students spend a day at the Baylor Library researching for their Science Fair project.

Service Projects--Students participate in various service projects off campus such as working at the Waco Wetlands, World Hunger Relief Farm, Community Development Center, Caritas, etc.

A Few Extras

Jog-a-thon – Students participate in a school wide fundraiser by asking friends and family to pledge a donation amount for laps run around our track. During the day, kids cycle through many fun and exciting stations including bouncy houses, karate lessons, team building games, and more.

Variety Show – Variety Show is a fun, school wide evening dinner event where classes perform a song and dance.

History Fair – Throughout the year, students create independent research projects designed for competition in History Fair competitions from regionals, to the National Fair in Washington, D.C.

Spelling Bee – Students may choose to participate in our school wide Spelling Bee held each January.

UIL – Student participate in various UIL events at the annual event hosted by WBA.

Classic Track Meet – 4th through 6th grade students participate in traditional track meet against other area private schools.

Athletics – ECA offers an excellent athletic program that teaches students the skills needed to carry them to competitive high school sports programs.

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