Seventh Grade

Art


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Develop an understanding of aesthetics and art criticism
  • Review and use the elements of art and the principles of design to produce works of art and demonstrates an understanding of composition
  • Experiences techniques in a variety of art media: drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture
  • Solve visual problems
  • Communicate artistic intent
  • View art of different times and cultures
  • Create a portfolio to record their critiques of art works and to develop, revise, and evaluate their works
  • Be involved in creative endeavors which support the Minnesota Academic Standards in the Arts

Design and Modeling


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Be introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of poetic devices, as well as tone and mood, on a verse stanza of a poem or as section of a story/drama
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials
  • Produce clear and coherent writing using the writing process in which the development, organization, and style are relevant to task, purpose, and audience
  • Analyze a Fictional and Non-Fictional text
  • Predict, make inferences, and draw conclusions, citing examples of textual evidence
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citations

Health


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Personal Health and Wellness: Demonstrates understanding of the dimensions of health and wellness, identifies factors that affect health, analyzes risks and consequences to health, describes and understands the decision-making model ( DECIDE), identifies personal attitudes, values and beliefs that affect decision-making, develops a personal action plan to demonstrate the SMART goal setting strategy
  • Mental Health: Identifies characteristics of mentally healthy people, understands how the following topics affect mental health and behavior: emotional needs, self-esteem, body image, personality types, stress and stress management, recognizes and copes with emotions in healthy ways Recognize and value contributions of sound physical conditioning to performance and enjoyment of team sports and group activities
  • Social Health: Identifies characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships ( family, peers, friends), demonstrates understanding of effective communication skills, identifies and demonstrates coping skills for conflict ( bullying and cyber-bullying)

Physical Ed.


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Follow safety procedures and rules during physical education
  • Understand and appreciate various abilities by showing respect to self and others as a spectator and/or participant
  • Recognize and value contributions of sound physical conditioning to performance and enjoyment of team sports and group activities
  • Experiences activities that help maintain physical fitness in the health related areas of: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, strength and flexibility

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to comprehend:

  • Use mathematical properties and order of operations to understand and generate equivalent expressions with integers
  • Comprehend the concept of integers to compare and evaluate expressions
  • Use number sense to assess and analyze the reasonableness of consumer math situations (ie. discounts, tips, tax, unit pricing, and interest).
  • Solve real-world problems involving area and circumference of a circle and surface area and volume of cylinders
  • Demonstrate an understanding of proportional relationships
  • Statistics - Calculate, represent, and interpret data
  • Solve and represent real-world problems using algebraic equations

Music


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Identify various musical styles
  • Experience, evaluate, and assess music through the process of listening
  • Recognize and demonstrate specific musical performances by sight, sound and definition
  • Experience musical theatre
  • Experience performance through band, orchestra, or chorus

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Map Skills - Identify and use components of maps (TODALSS - Title, Orientation, Date, Author, Legend, Scale, and Source)
  • Cause and Effect - Analyze causes and effects of conflict, growth, and location
  • Communication - Be able to justify a position or point of view and develop a thesis statement (written or orally)
  • Citizenship - Understand rights, responsibilities, and duties of citizenship
  • Historical thinking - Explore events from different perspectives (compare and contrast historical events from different perspectives)

Communication Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Interact with multiple technologies while developing writing, analysis, argument and communication skills. The goal of this class is to continue developing students who are critical thinkers, readers, writers, and communicators in order to prepare for life after middle school. The focus is on developing individual critical thinking and reading skills, enhancing each student's research and writing abilities, and preparing students for future endeavors in high school and beyond

Library Media


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Apply reading skills to meet individual needs
  • Select and use appropriate technology for educational and personal goals
  • Analyze information in electronic and print media
  • Use a variety of productivity tools to communicate
  • Follow a systematic research process
  • Recognize ethical practice in a global society

21st Century Tech. and Careers


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Create an electronic portfolio of career exploration
  • Achieve high standard speed and accuracy level in touch typing
  • Explore career interests and opportunities with MCIS Junior
  • Learn internet safety tips of the ethical use of computers and social networking

World Language


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge about people, customs, and countries of the language
  • Demonstrate comprehension of written and oral material using familiar vocabulary, phrases, questions, statements and commands
  • Communicate orally and in writing using familiar vocabulary, phrases, questions, statements, and commands
  • Use acquired vocabulary and grammar to write a multi-sentence composition