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Grade 7 Curriculum

Grade 7 Curriculum


English Language Arts


ELA Core Standards Overview

  • Cite several sources of specific evidence from a piece when offering an oral or written analysis of a book, essay, article, or play
  • Analyze works of fiction to see how events advance the plot and how setting shapes the characters
  • Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a nonfiction work and analyzing how the author takes a position different from other authors
  • Organize and focus his or her own writing, including supporting statements and conclusions with evidence and showing that the evidence is accurate and reliable
  • Conduct research in response to a specific question by drawing on evidence from several credible literary or informational sources to support an analysis or reflection
  • Avoid plagiarism and following a standard format for citations (e.g., footnotes, bibliography)
  • Evaluate a speaker’s key points and reasoning, asking questions, and stating his or her own well supported ideas in discussions
  • Present claims and findings to others emphasizing main points, making eye contact, speaking loudly enough, pronouncing words clearly, and using formal English when the situation calls for it
  • Using common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to defining the meaning of a word (e.g.,

semi-, semiannual, semicircle)




Expressions and Equations

  • Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions
  • Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations


Ratios and Proportional Relationships

  • Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems


The Number System

  • Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers


Statistics and Probability

  • Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population
  • Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations
  • Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models



  • Draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them
  • Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume




Science is a way of knowing, a process for gaining knowledge and understanding of the natural world. Students will participate in a hands-on active curriculum where they "do" science, not simply read about science to emphasize the importance of science in their daily lives. Students will work through the scientific process by observing, inquiring, questioning, formulating and testing hypotheses, and analyzing, reporting and evaluating data. The emphasis of seventh grade science is natural science.


Science Methods

  • Experimental Design
  • Study of measuring systems
  • Students participate in data collection, graphing/technology of their findings
  • Students learn and participate in laboratory techniques
  • Using SI units
  • Conversions


Characteristics of Living Things

  • The Origin of Life
  • Needs of Living Things
  • Chemistry of Living Things



  • Cell Theory
  • Structures and Function of Cells
  • Cell Processes
  • Cell Growth and Division
  • Cell Specialization



  • Probability
  • DNA
  • Chromosomes
  • Inherited Traits
  • Adaptability


Plate Tectonics

  • Plate Tectonic Theory
  • Convection
  • Plate Boundaries


Volcanic Activity

  • Volcanic structures
  • Magma Types
  • Types of Volcanoes



  • Stress and Strain
  • Faults
  • Related Technology


Mountain Building

  • Crust and Mantle Relationships
  • Convergent-Boundary Mountains
  • Types of Mountains


Weather and Erosion

Paleontology: Prehistoric Life/Plan and Animal Adaptations/Taxonomy

  • Geologic Eras
  • Darwin's theory of natural selection
  • Index fossils
  • Radioactive dating
  • Comparison of mammal and marsupial evolution
  • Defining plant and animal adaptations
  • Color and light absorption
  • Structural , behavioral, physiological adaptations
  • Habitats
  • Seven Kingdoms


Human Body Systems

  • Understanding of the skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, nervous and endocrine systems, reproductive and immune systems
  • Cells: observe and describe cellular structures and functions


Earth Materials and Chemistry

  • Describe the structure of matter in terms of atoms and molecules
  • Accurately measure the characteristics of matter in different states
  • Investigate the motion of particles
  • Understand the relationship between properties of matter and Earth's structure
  • Mass, volume, and density measurements
  • Minerals
  • Internal structure of the earth
  • Pressure and temperature


Atmosphere and Weather

  • Composition and structure
  • Temperature, pressure, density and movement of air
  • Factors of weather
  • Cloud formation and humidity
  • Air masses and fronts
  • Climate types
  • Climate


Ecology II

  • Ecosystems
  • Biomes
  • Succession
  • Carbon cycle
  • Understanding global changes and personal impact and responsibility to the environment


Social Studies


Students will study physical and cultural geography for the first semester. The areas of emphasis are the United States Europe and the Middle Eastern countries. Students will study European history for the second semester. The areas of emphasis are the Russian Revolution, WWI, WWII, current political and physical country boundaries, and the current political climate.



  • Investigate the areas of the world through the approach of the five themes of geography: location, place, human/environment interaction, movement and region
  • Investigate the areas of the world describing its culture, climate, physical features, history, trade, transportation and economics


European History

  • European History studies including the events leading up to, during, and as the result of the Russian Revolution
  • European history studies: WWI, WWII, cultural, political, economic changes leading up to, during, and as the result of these wars




Religion is an integral part of the entire school day. Through religious education, students' experiences of living and learning achieve their deepest meaning. Relationship to Catholic theology and worship will enhance the spiritual life of all the students. Seventh grade theology is a rotating curriculum shared with the eighth grade year.


Church History

  • The human search for meaning and purpose
  • Faith
  • The early Church
  • The persecuted Church
  • The Roman Church
  • Medieval/Reformation Church
  • The Modern Church


Introduction to Sacred Scripture: The New Testament

  • The Gospels
  • The Letters of Paul
  • St. John/Revelation


Sacraments, Worship and Prayer

  • Sacraments of Initiation
  • The Eucharist
  • Penance
  • Anointing of the Sick
  • Matrimony
  • Holy Orders
  • Rites of Holy Week


The Apostolic Creed

Understanding the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church


Introduction to Sacred Scriptures: The Hebrew Scriptures