Seventh Grade Curriculum

Philosophy Statement: Development of a biblical worldview based on God’s Holy Word is the foundation to living the Christian life. Immersing students in Scripture content begins at an early age through grade level Bible curriculum and biblical integration in every core curriculum. Study of God’s Word leads students to the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom guiding students in the development of godly inner character, and the pursuit of a personal saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Students’ spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs are met as they commit Scripture to memory, lead an active prayer life, and daily apply biblical truths.

Course Objective: Students will survey the Bible, conduct an in-depth, personalized study of selected biblical passages, and participate in activities to help them apply the Scriptures to important issues faced by seventh grade students. The materials are designed to capture the students’ interest and encourage them to think and become more Christ-like. The focus is on personal Bible study and the understanding of principles which can guide all of life’s decisions.

Resources/Textbook:
• NIV Bible
• Positive Action Bible Curriculum

Materials:
• Student workbook

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 Semesters

Course Content:

• Great News
• The Messiah Has Come
• Jesus’ Ministry Of Teaching
• Jesus’ Ministry Of Miracles
• Jesus Dies, But…
• The Birth Of Church
• The Church Grows And Grows
• From Christian-Hater To Christian-Maker
• Hooray For The Gospel!
• One Body
• Get It Right
• What A Church!
• Rejoice

• Get It Straight
• Way To Go!
• Take The Lead
• Stand For The Truth
• The Runaway
• The Best
• Get A Grip
• Who Are You?
• It’s The Truth
• Walking In The Light
• Watch Out!
• A New Day

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, bible memorization, student worksheets and unit assessments.

Additional Activities:
• Chapel (once a week)
• Service Projects

Philosophy Statement: The language arts are based on the knowledge that God is a communicating God. He desires for us to understand and obey his spoken and written Word. He has given us the ability to communicate with each other. We desire to develop this gift to become effective communicators by a strong emphasis on reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Course Objective: Basic grammar and writing skills are emphasized. The student is introduced to higher levels of literature through novels, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiographies. Through the literature program, usage of proper reading skills is highlighted, and a strong vocabulary is developed.

Resources/Textbook:

  • Elements of Language, First Course (Holt)
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Third Edition, Book 7
  • Realms of Gold, Volume 2 (A Core Knowledge Reader)
  • Novels:
    • Across Five Aprils, by Irene Hunt
    • Call of the Wild, by Jack London
    • The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
    • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Holy Bible (NIV)

Materials:
• Novel Studies
• Various novels as assigned
• Various Teacher Resources and Publications

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Literature
• Writing
• Grammar
• Vocabulary

Areas to be evaluated:
Daily assignments, tests, grading rubrics, quizzes, reports, projects, class participation.

Philosophy Statement: Mathematical truths demonstrate the orderliness, precision, and consistency of God; because man’s creativity, like God’s, often requires mathematical understanding; and because the understanding of mathematical concepts adds to our understanding of expressions in other areas of life.

Course Objective: Students will reinforce their understanding of God as the creator of a logical and orderly universe through the study of mathematical theories and to transition beyond basic computations into higher level mathematical concepts.

Resources/Textbook:
• Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook, Grade 7
• Holy Bible (NIV)
• Prentice Hall, Pre-Algebra or Saxon Course 3

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Algebraic Expressions and Integers
• Solving One-step Equations and Inequalities
• Solving Equations and Inequalities
• Decimals and Equations
• Factors, Fractions, and Exponents
• Solving Equations with Fractions
• Ratios, Proportions, and Percents
• Linear Functions and Graphing
• Geometry
• Area and Volume
• Triangles
• Polynomials

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, homework assignments and tests and quizzes.

Philosophy Statement: The natural world was created by the word of God and reveals facets of the character and nature of God. Science is taught through problem solving, hands-on experiments, observation and conclusions. Science education should provide students with an understanding of the created world, creating a sense of awe and wonder concerning the creative God. Foundations of science understanding can be used for further study and academic preparation to equip students to compassionately care for people and wisely steward creation.

Course Objective: Students will explore the character of God through the study of his handiwork in the details of the natural world.

Resources/Textbook:
• Holy Bible (NIV)
• Holt Science and Technology Workbooks & Teachers Edition
• Holt Science and Technology Life Science

Materials:
• Various Teacher Workbooks

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
– Metric System & Scientific Method
– Cells
– The Cell In Action
– Heredity, Genes, & DNA
– Classification
– Bacteria & Viruses
– Protists & Fungi
– Plants
– Invertebrates
– Vertebrates
– Ecology
– Human Body (Organization & Structure, Circulation & Respiration, Development & Reproduction

Areas to be evaluated:
Class work, homework assignments, and tests and quizzes.

Additional Activities:
Science Fair

Philosophy Statement: The word geography is derived from two Greek words meaning to write about or describe the land. It is the study of the spatial pattern of the human and physical dimensions of the world. The discipline of geography thus must be related to God, since He is the Creator of the land and world. He is responsible for the contour of the earth. God has charged us to be good stewards of the land. The knowledge that comes from the Bible is shown through Geography and the Earth as God’s paintbrush.

Course Objective: Students will explore how spatial patterns form, change over time, and relate to one another throughout various regions of the Eastern Hemisphere. Students will examine the cultural, political and economic developments, physical geography, and population distributions over the Eastern Hemisphere. Students will explore the different countries of the Eastern Hemisphere through the five themes of geography: location, place, movement, regions, and human environment interaction. Emphasis is placed upon the spatial relationship between nature and human culture, as well as the processes that change environments.

Resources/Textbook:
• Discovering Our World Eastern Hemisphere McGraw Hill-Glencoe
• ConnectEd online textbook
• Supplemental materials:Nystrom Desktop Atlas
• Enrichment: I-Pad Aps, desktop maps, manipulatives, and games

Materials:
• Discovery Education website
• Various Teacher resources and publications
• Media Center Reference materials

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Map Skills
• Physical Features
• Climate, Weather, Vegetation
• Civics
• Political and Economic systems
• Religion
• History
• Population
• Earth’s Processes/Forces Shaping the Earth
• Culture

Areas to be evaluated:
Class discussion, quizzes, tests, reports, and projects, classroom participation

Evaluation Techniques:
Quizzes, tests, reports, projects, maps and observations.

Content Skills:
Standard 1: The student will analyze data from a geographic perspective using the skills and tools of geography.
Standard 2: The student will examine the human and physical characteristics of the major regions of the Eastern Hemisphere.
Standard 3: The student will examine the interactions of the physical systems that shape the patterns of the Earth’s surface.
Standard 4: The students will analyze the world’s peoples and cultures in the context of the human systems
of the Eastern Hemisphere.
Standard 5: The student will analyze the interactions of humans and their environment in the Eastern Hemisphere.