St. Mary's Catholic School

Educating the whole child spiritually, intellectually and physically.

7th Grade Curriculum

The curriculum is based upon the seventh grade language arts standards and benchmarks, published by the Wyoming Department of Education.

Seventh Grade Reading, Students will:

  • Develop vocabulary through various reading tools, including analogies and figurative language.
  • Read and interpret various literary genres, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays.
  • Become familiar with the elements of fiction – characterization, plot, setting, point of view and theme.
  • Recognize personification, metaphor, simile, irony and imagery.
  • Identify main idea, supporting details and author’s purpose.

7th graders will be required to read a book each month from an assigned genre and to deliver a well-organized presentation about the book at the end of the month. (The format of the presentation will vary.)

In addition, the students will be given a formal assessment during each month, based on the particular genre under study.

Seventh Grade Writing, Students will:

  • Use the writing process and 6+1 Traits of Writing (Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions and Presentation) to produce various types of writing:
    • Personal narratives, fictional short stories, a research-based problem/solution essay, journals, poetry, literary analyses, drama and letters
    • A writing assignment from the above list will be given each month, based upon the reading genre under study.
  • Incorporate grade-level appropriate grammar skills into writing, such as: infinitives, participles and pronoun-antecedent agreement.
  • Properly cite research using MLA format.

Quarterly writing assessments will be given.

Seventh Grade Speaking and Listening, Students will:

  • Deliver well-organized, focused presentations, using purposeful inflection, volume, eye contact, enunciation and gestures, as well as good posture, with audience awareness.
  • Engage in note-taking techniques while listening.
  • Integrate multimedia into a presentation.
  • Speak and listen in small groups.
  • Read aloud texts fluently and expressively.

Math

The 7th grade math class is a general math class with a Pre-Algebra focus.

The student will use the text Fundamentals of Algebra: Course I, which will allow the students to easily transition into either the Pre-Algebra or Algebra course in 8th grade.

The curriculum is based upon the seventh grade mathematics standards and benchmarks published by the Wyoming Department of Education.

Seventh Grade Mathematics, the Student will explore and develop skills in the following subjects:

Number Operations and Concepts

  • Perform operations with decimals, fractions and rational numbers
  • Perform basic integer operations in problem-solving situations
  • Evaluate exponents
  • Apply the order of operations in problem-solving situations

Geometry

  • Categorize and describe various one-, two-, and three-dimensional geometric objects
  • Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to right triangles
  • Use ratios and proportions when working with similar figures
  • Use problem-solving skills in relation to geometry

Measurement

  • Estimate and measure length, weight and capacity, using US customary units and metrics
  • Measure angles with a protractor
  • Solve for the circumference and area of a circle
  • Solve for the perimeter and area of parallelograms, triangles and trapezoids

Algebra

  • Translate word phrases into algebraic expressions
  • Evaluate one-step equations involving variables
  • Substitute positive and negative integers into algebraic expressions and formulas
  • Plot points in the coordinate system

Data Analysis and Probability

  • Use histograms to organize collected data
  • Make and interpret bar and line graphs, using Microsoft Excel
  • Solve real-world problems involving mean, median, mode and range
  • Predict outcomes of mathematical experiments

*Overall, basic computation and problem-solving skills will be stressed.

*Students will take a cumulative math assessment at the end of each quarter.

Religion

Seventh Grade Religion:

This year, the students prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

1st Semester:

  • Focus on the life and ministry of Jesus
  • Become familiar with the mysteries of the rosary – Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious
  • Prepare a research report about a saint

2nd Semester:

  • Prepare for Confirmation
  • Be able to recite and explain
  • The seven sacraments
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • The twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit
  • The seven Corporal Works of Mercy
  • The seven Spiritual Works of Mercy
  • The eight Beatitudes
  • The meaning of Confirmation

Students preparing for Confirmation will also be required to complete five church service hours and ten hours of community service.

After Confirmation, the students will learn more about the church building and the items used for Mass.

Social Studies

Seventh Grade World Geography, the Student will:

  • Use latitude and longitude to locate places on a map.
  • Read maps (physical, relief, political, climate, vegetations, resources, population, transportation, historical and time zone.)
  • Read graphs (bar, line, timeline, circle.)
  • Compare maps and globes.
  • Analyze photos, land sat images to find similarities and differences.
  • Study the geography, topography, land uses, climate and a brief history of each of the continents, country by country.
  • Design a city, taking into consideration placement of industries, education facilities, housing, business, and shopping and recreation areas.
  • Present a study of Christmas traditions around Europe (using posters or Power Point for presentations.)
  • Use modeling clay to design a landform map of Mexico and Africa, painting it to represent landforms, including a key.
  • Prepare written reports on individual countries around the world, including government, education, industry, landforms, map and flags.
  • Place countries of Africa on an unlabeled map; first using the Smart board, then a paper copy.
  • Design a travel brochure for a specific area of the world, sharing places to go, type of currency, and any other information deemed necessary.

Science

Seventh Grade Life and Physical Science, the Student will:

  • Explore the definition and meaning of science.
  • Examine measurement as a description using numbers.
  • Study all types of matter, elements, compounds and mixtures that are all made of atoms.
  • Discover how the particles in solids, liquids and gases are always in motion.
  • Study properties and changes of matter and how they are classified as either chemical or physical.
  • Study an atom’s structure and how it affects its bonds to other atoms.
  • Study the motion of objects and velocity.
  • Study how an object’s motion changes if the forces acting on the object are unbalanced.
  • Study different types of machines (simple, compound) and how they make a job easier.
  • Study thermal energy, waves and electricity.
  • Identify names and functions of each part of a cell.
  • List the differences between producers and consumers.
  • Study the process of photosynthesis in cells and plants.
  • Study cell division, mitosis and meiosis.
  • Study traits and genes.
  • Study plants, protest, fungi, etc. and their role in maintaining the environment.
  • Identify characteristics common to all plants, and distinguish between seedless, nonvascular and seedless vascular.
  • Distinguish between two types of plant reproduction, study the life cycle of plants, and describe function and structure of plants and flowers.
  • Identify characteristics common to most animals.
  • Identify characteristics shared by vertebrates, three classes of fish; describe the adaptations animals have made to live in different environments.
  • Identify characteristics of birds and mammals.
  • Identify different behaviors of animals used for survival.
  • Identify the body systems and their functions and differences.
  • Identify six classes of nutrients and their importance.
  • Compare ecosystems on land and in water.
  • Compare renewable and non-renewable resources, types of pollution, ways to recycle or to conserve resources.
  • Prepare a Science Fair project, with display board and research paper. Participate in the school Science Fair, with the possibility of participating in the regional and state Science Fair competitions.

Music

Overview: The St. Mary’s School Music Curriculum is standard for all grade levels. These standards are to be included as part of the teaching process in elementary general music and middle school music to accomplish the assessment of the five competencies in musical skills. They are aligned with both the national and statewide standards.

Seventh Grade Music, the Student Will:

  • Sing or play on instruments a varied repertoire of music. This includes appropriate technique, accurate pitches and rhythms with the proper range and degree of difficulty.
  • Create music.
  • Read and notate music. The includes reading, identifying and executing rhythms, melodies and expressive qualities with very easy literature in regards to key, meter, rhythm and range.
  • Listen to, analyze, evaluate and describe music used in the classroom.
  • Relate music to various historical and cultural traditions.
  • Become more beatful, tuneful and artful, by following the 12 steps of Music Literacy designed by Dr. John M. Feierabend.
    1. Readiness rote Song Songs and rhymes are learned by rote that will contain rhythm and/or tonal content to be studied later.
    2. Conversation Solfege Rote where students bond rhythm and tonal patterns with aural labels.
    3. Decode – Familiar which requires aural recall and decoding of songs and rhymes presented by rote at the Readiness stage.
    4. Decode – Unfamiliar.
    5. Create – Think original musical thoughts.
    6. Reading Rote – Introduction to notation symbols.
    7. Reading Decode – Familiar.
    8. Reading Decode – Unfamiliar.
    9. Writing Rote – Learn to write notation.
    10. Writing Decode – Familiar.
    11. Writing Decode – Unfamiliar.
    12. Writing Create or Composition.
  • Be introduced to hymns and repertoire of the Catholic Church to be sung at prayer service and weekly Thursday Mass.
  • Perform at least one concert per year.

Students at St. Mary’s Catholic School may begin either a band or a string instrument in 4th grade. In the 6th through 8th grade instrumentalists programs, the goals are:

  • More complicated rhythms
  • Notes higher and lower than in elementary
  • Alternate fingerings to facilitate more complex music
  • More complicated terminology and concepts
  • Composition unit performed for an audience
  • Individual parts in the ensemble
  • Music in the keys of Bb, Eb, Ab, F, C (band); and D, G, A, E, B (strings)
  • Performance opportunities
    • Veteran’s Day, Christmas, Solo and ensemble festival, Composition recital, Weekly masses

Physical Education

Seventh Grade Physical Education, the Student Will:

  • Evaluate and select strategies for improvement in performance of activities.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in at least two activities.
  • Participate in and out of the school environment.
  • Design and participate in health-related fitness components.
  • Demonstrate appropriate conduct.
  • Work cooperatively with a group.
  • Show respect for persons of like and different skill levels.
  • Become more skilled in a selected activity.

Art

At St. Mary’s Catholic School, we strive to create an artistic atmosphere where students gain confidence and creativity through hands-on experience.  We offer a variety of artistic media to inspire our students. We encouraging them to explore their imagination and use math and reading skills in their projects.

Seventh Grade students study portfolio design,   how to look at art, graphite drawing, marker cartoon drawing, oil pastel study, oil pastel drawing, shape drawing, letter, placement, three-dimensional letters, color value, collage drawing, design drawing, holiday drawings, individual studies, line, shape, value, texture, space, form,  color, repetition, balance, emphasis, contrast, and unity.