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EDGEWOOD and LAKEVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE of STUDY GUIDE GRADE 7 2016-2017
EDGEWOOD and LAKEVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOLS Our mission is to inspire and equip all students to continuously acquire and apply knowledge and skills while pursuing their dreams and enriching the lives of others.
Dear Student and Parent(s)/Guardian(s), Welcome to Middle School! Edgewood and Lakeview are excited to serve you and your child during these middle school years. In middle school, we strive to help students acquire and apply knowledge and skills through a variety of classes and programs. Many new courses are being offered, so please make sure to look over this booklet. The scheduling packet includes descriptions of the required and elective classes for each grade.
Also included you will find a course
selection sheet and a sample scheduling worksheet to help each student understand the bigger picture. Each student will be placed in a math, language arts, and science class as per the rubric results. We look forward to spending the next two years with your child, guiding in the pursuit of his or her dreams. Feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance.
LANGUAGE ARTS HONORS LANGUAGE ARTS 7 Length: Full Year Honors Language Arts 7 is an accelerated class which requires students to think deeply and richly about both fiction and nonfiction. This course will offer a blend of classic and contemporary works from authors of diverse backgrounds. Honors Language Arts 7 will also place a heavy emphasis on a variety of writing skills. Students will experience a course which integrates reading, writing, listening and speaking in a collaborative classroom setting. Students who are selected to take Honors Language Arts 7 should meet the following criteria: 1. 2. 3. 4.
A history of Pass+ scores and/or high growth on ELA ISTEP tests A history of above average grades in ELA A reading level at or above grade level A positive attitude and consistent work ethic
LANGUAGE ARTS 7 Length: Full Year Language Arts 7 will encourage students to develop reading, writing and speaking skills in the English language. Students will read and analyze novels and write responses to literature. Students will also write genres such as personal narrative, short fiction, letters, and essays including researched essays. The research unit will also include a formal presentation. Grammar will be taught in the context of writing. Students will become better thinkers who write and read with confidence.
READING AND LITERATURE 7 Length: One Semester (Two 9-Weeks) Students will explore the genres of literature. They will develop reading skills that will enable them to better comprehend and analyze literature. The course will focus on analyzing plot development, characterization, point of view, theme, and vocabulary development based on etymology. Students will be introduced to other key elements of literature, such as irony, foreshadowing, conflict, etc., which will help them become more thorough readers. Students will be engaged in independent and small-group reading of novels. Students will become life-long readers.
MATHEMATICS ALGEBRA 1 Credit: Eligible to earn two (2) high school credits Length: Full Year Students who are selected to take Algebra I in the 7th grade will be required to have completed the following instructional units: integers, equations, inequalities, rational numbers, ratios, percent, proportions, right triangles (Pythagorean Theorem), and introduction to graphing linear equations. Students who are selected to take Algebra 1 in the 7th grade should complete a prealgebra course in the 6th grade with an A or B average. Students will be required to pass an algebra readiness assessment. Students who are selected to take Honors Language Arts 7 should meet the following criteria: 1. A history of Pass+ scores and/or high growth on math ISTEP tests 2. A history of above average grades in math 3. A positive attitude and consistent work ethic
MATH 7/PRE-ALGEBRA Length: Full Year Students who enroll in Math 7/Pre-Algebra should have an A or B average in 6th grade mathematics or earned lower than a B average in Pre-Algebra. This class covers all of the seventh grade standards, as well as some key eighth grade standards. Students will work faster and go more in depth than in Math 7.
MATH 7 Length: Full Year Students who do not meet the prerequisites for either Algebra I or Math 7/PreAlgebra will be enrolled in Math 7. This course is designed for 7th grade students to prepare for Math 8/Pre-Algebra. The content focuses on the 7th grade mathematics state standards. Some of the topics include: number sense, fraction operations, integers, rationals, proportions, percent, coordinate graphing of equations (including slope), probability, statistics, geometry terms, and formulas.
SCIENCE SCIENCE 7 Length: Full Year Seventh-grade science is an investigative look at the major science disciplines: biology, physics, and earth science. All science classes have individual student computers. Students will use the scientific method and basic math formulas, along with learning ideas and principles that explain everyday occurrences and phenomena. Many new and traditional activities will be performed by students and teacher to solve problems related to students’ lives.
HONORS SCIENCE 7 Length: Full Year Honors Science 7 will combine the instruction of the science standards for 7th and 8th grade into a single school year. This course addresses the same curricular content as the two course option of Science 7 and Science 8. It is designed to challenge students to accelerate science acquisition and to be eligible for the advanced science placement in the 8th grade. Students selected for this course need to be self-motivated and responsible. Students are selected for this course based on rubric.
SOCIAL STUDIES SOCIAL STUDIES 7 Length: Full Year Social Studies 7 studies the regions and nations of Africa, Asia, and the Southwest Pacific, including historical, geographical, economic, political, and cultural relationships. This study includes the following regions: Africa, Southwest and Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Southwest Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania).
HEALTH & WELLNESS/PHYSCIAL EDUCATION HEALTH & WELLNESS/PHYSICAL EDUCATION 7 Length: Full Year The Health & Wellness 7 curriculum will include: body systems (bones, muscles, cardiovascular, digestive, circulatory systems), growth and development, disease prevention (non-communicable and communicable diseases), abstinence-based sex education and drug education. The Physical Education 7 classes will work to develop all types of psychomotor skills through recreational activities, lifetime sports, team sports, individual sports as well as fitness conditioning activities. Possible activities include: volleyball, flag football, rugby, archery, badminton, golf, speedball, soccer, and others.
ELECTIVES BUSINESS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BIT: DIGITAL DESIGN & PUBLICATIONS Length: 9 Weeks Expand your skills by using computer programs and online applications for desktop publishing, drawing, photo editing, and creating presentations. Students will explore the principles of design based on image selection, text formatting, page layout, and color selections. Students will create projects based on real world challenges that give them the opportunity to construct, edit, and utilize their own drawings and photos. Students will choose their favorite topics and subjects to showcase for their projects. This is a great opportunity for students to combine creativity and technology to showcase their many talents. a. Desktop Publishing i. Publisher ii. PowerPoint iii. Prezi iv. PowToons v. Other Online applications
b. Photo Editing i. Adobe Products ii. Microsoft Office iii. Paint iv. SumoPaint v. Other Online applications
BIT: INTRO TO COMPUTER SCIENCE Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks This course demystifies computer science and shows students it’s fun, collaborative, and creative sides. Students will learn about computer science, computational thinking, and programming languages. Students will primarily use online platforms to learn various methods of programming, including how to create their own apps for mobile devices. Students will use coding to play games, as well as create their own games and apps. a. Platforms i. Blockly ii. Tynker iii. Scratch iv. Lightbot v. Hopscotch vi. RubyOnline
b. Resources i. Code.org ii. Code Avengers iii. Codecademy iv. Khan Academy v. Code Combat
BIT: MICROSOFT ACADEMY Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks Experts say less than 10 percent of software capabilities are utilized. Join us as we move deeper through ribbons and submenus of popular software programs. Students will use the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher) to create professional-quality documents, worksheets, presentations, and publications. Students will role play as office assistants for a company of their choice. In this position, they will create logos, letters, news releases, posters, etc. This class will not only give prepare students for academic success for middle school, high school, and college; it will also give them job skills they can utilize in their everyday lives as adults. a. Word d. Access a. Excel e. Office 365 b. Publisher f. Collaboration c. PowerPoint
PERFOMRING ARTS INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: STRINGS Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: Full Year Middle School String Orchestra is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for Instrumental Music and provides students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the elementary music curriculum by beginning or continuing to play an orchestral string instrument. The orchestra classes will provide instruction on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Ensemble and solo activities are designed for students to develop basic elements of musicianship including note reading skills, bow technique, and intonation. Activities will include improvising, composing, reading, notating, and sight-reading music; listening, analyzing, evaluating, and experiencing historically significant styles of literature. Students will be given opportunities to participate in performances outside of the school day that support and extend the learning in the classroom.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: BEGINNING BAND Length: Full Year BRASS / PERCUSSION Beginning Brass/Percussion is open for any student who would like to join the band and learn to play a brass or percussion instrument. The class will combine with the beginning woodwind class to perform in several concerts throughout the year. BEGINNING WOODWIND Beginning Woodwind is open to any student who would like to join the band and learn to play a woodwind instrument. The class will combine with the Brass/Percussion class to perform several concerts throughout the year.
VOCAL MUSIC Suggested Grade Level 7/8 Length: Full Year Chorus is an opportunity for students to learn how to sing correctly. Students will be introduced to the basic fundamentals of good choral singing. As a participant in the chorus, students will demonstrate their skill development by presenting choral programs throughout the school year. As a participant, you are required to attend all program rehearsals and performances.
PERFOMRING ARTS (continued) EXPLORING MUSIC: MUSIC TECHNOLOGY Suggested Grade Level 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks Music Technology will involve learning about various types of technology used in producing music today. The application of basic musical fundamentals will be applied through the use of electronic keyboards.
VISUAL ARTS VA: ART IN MOTION Suggested Grade Level 7/8 Length: 9 weeks Do you love soccer, dance, football, gymnastics, cheerleading, horseback riding, etc.? We will create a combination of two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects. Students will have the opportunity to involve sports or hobbies as the underlying theme in all projects such as life-size collage, mixed media art, and a sculpture project.
VA: ART BASICS Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks Art Basics will focus on the classic and traditional studio approach to painting and drawing. We will learn about technique, lighting, value, drawing and painting mediums, composition, and the principles and elements of art. Exercises to enhance skills will be emphasized.
VA: 2-D ART Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks 2-D Art introduces the basics of drawing, painting, and design with a wide variety of media. The art projects are primarily two-dimensional and may include marker art, watercolor, pastel and ebony pencil.
VISUAL ARTS (continued) VA: 3-D ART Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks This art class will be based on 3-D projects. We will work in a variety of sculptural mediums with the planning aspect of sculpture and volume being emphasized. Projects could include ceramics, paper mache, and sculptures created with cardboard and recycled materials.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES (FACS) FACS: STITCH-N-SAVE Suggested Grade Level: 7 or 8 Length: 9 Weeks Stitch-n-Save applies math and language arts concepts through hands-on experiences to develop skills needed for resource management including money management skills stressing the use of credit and debit cards and the importance of saving money. Food preparation is included as a method of saving money. Students will practice measuring and clothing care techniques by sewing on buttons, hand stitching and learning laundry basics.
FACS: SUCCESSFUL LIVING Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks Successful Living applies math and language arts concepts through hands-on experiences to develop skills needed for successful living including interpersonal relationship skills, table setting and manners as well as food preparation Solving problems in kitchen math will help students apply math concepts to measuring and food preparation tasks.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES (continued) FACS: EVERYDAY SKILLS Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks Everyday Skills applies math and language arts concepts through hands-on experiences to develop skills needed for life including child development, nutrition and wellness and food preparation. Students will learn about the 5 developmental areas of children starting at birth through preschool, child safety and discipline techniques. Students will acquire skills needed for healthy eating habits by using My Plate, and preparing food properly and safely.
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND BUSINESS EXPLORING AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND BUSINESS A Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks Exploring Agricultural Science and Business A allows students to explore agriculture science and business. This course allows students to be exposed to how agriculture affects their everyday lives. Students will have the opportunity to discuss various topics in agriculture including: Natural Resources, Conservation, Food Science, and Careers. Students will participate in hands-on activities and labs to develop an understanding of the importance of agriculture.
EXPLORING AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND BUSINESS B Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks Exploring Agricultural Science and Business B is a nine-week course which allows students to explore Agriculture Science and Business. This course allows students to be exposed to how agriculture affects their everyday life. Students will have the opportunity to discuss various topics in agriculture focusing on the topics of: Animal Science, Horticulture Science, and Landscape Management/Design. Students will participate in hands-on activities, projects, and labs to develop an understanding of the importance of agriculture.
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY: GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY PLTW/GTT: DESIGN & MODELING Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks PLTW/GTT: Design and Modeling allows students to apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design a playground and furniture, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.
PLTW/GTT: AUTOMATION & ROBOTICS Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks Pre-requisite: You must have successfully completed PLTW/GTT: Design and Modeling. PLTW/GTT: Automation and Robotics allows students to trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.
PLTW/GTT: MEDICAL DETECTIVES Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks PLTW/GTT: Medical Detectives allows students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.
WORLD LANGUAGES EXPLORING WORLD LANGUAGES Languages include Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese Suggested Grade Level: 7/8 Length: 9 Weeks The exploratory world language courses will provide students the opportunity to learn the basics of a language, the culture and traditions of countries that speak that language and the exposure to a language to determine if they want to pursue further studies in that language. Students may select to explore more than one language to determine a preference.