Grade 7 Curriculum Updates - Quarter 1, 2018 - Dragons News

Monday, October 8, 2018

Grade 7 Curriculum Updates - Quarter 1, 2018

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English

In Quarter 1, Grade 7 English students are focused on using evidence to support their ideas and on writing fiction. Students must give a book talk that uses direct evidence from the novels they’re discussing, as well as write a story in the realistic fiction genre.  To help with this, parents should encourage students to read each day and to talk to students about their writing.


Math

In Quarter 1, we will focus on inquiry-based math skills and applying good group work strategies. We will also focus on algebraic expressions, integers, simplifying expressions and solving equations.  Assessments will include a video diary, a traditional summative, and a project based summative. Parents can support the learning process by reviewing materials posted on Google Classroom and asking questions of their children about the learning that is occurring in class.



Social Studies

In Quarter 1, students are beginning the Big History Project to study the “history of everything” beginning with origin stories and the theory of the Big Bang. Students will understand that history goes far beyond human history as they work to grasp the concept of scale. Students will incorporate interdisciplinary studies from math and science to help them investigate the origins of our universe. Assessments will include creating informational graphics such as timelines and maps, a traditional summative, and a project based summative. At home, parents can support their children by asking them to explain the concepts discussed in class, checking Google Classroom with their child, and encouraging them to be excited about natural history as an integral part of human history!


Science

Quarter 1 of G7 Science will feature a unit that explores our solar system, The Milky Way galaxy, and the universe. Students will be assessed on their ability to model The Big Bang Theory, Gravity, and the changes in season on Earth. They will also be working on a project that asks them to create their own planets and apply what they learn about Earth and the solar system to their planet in a solar system somewhere out in the great abyss of the universe. Parents can support their students by consistently asking them to briefly explain what they are learning about in science class.


P.E. 

In Quarter 1, Grade 7/8 Health and Physical Education has focused on Team Building and the aspects of being a good teammate. Continuing with the rest of the quarter, girls will be focusing on the Community Sport of soccer and boys will be focusing on the Community Sport of volleyball. Both groups will also work on the importance of fitness for personal health. Daily physical activity is important and should to be practiced outside of school on days students do not have PE class.



Art 7

During Quarter 1 students begin exploring the application of design elements with a focus on line, shape, space and value. Our first project of the quarter works with line and shape. Students were asked to think metaphorically about an animal they share qualities with - for example, a lion is considered strong and brave. After a series of formative assessments, students then use their knowledge of line, shape and pattern to create contour drawings of their chosen animal and fill the inside with shapes and patterns. Our second project of the quarter will focus on space and value while students work with complicated two point perspective drawings using legos, rubik cubes to create architectural spaces. This project has a strong emphasis on Math and problem solving. Students will be assessed on the National Core Art standards through reflection and submitted work. Parents can support their students by talking with them about what they are making in art class, asking how and why they came up with their project ideas and what have they learned about themselves through through the process of art making.


Drama 7

In Quarter 1, Drama 7 students have been reviewing key vocabulary terms for understanding how to move on stage, and how the audience should behave while watching live performances. This work will culminate in a Theatre Etiquette PSA which will be used to advise students across divisions how to be an enthusiastic member of the audience. For the remainder of Q1, students will begin to work with improvised/devised theatre by creating dramatic scenes from pictures. The goal being to improve students’ use of English in a more spontaneous situations. Parents can support the work we’re doing by simply asking students what they’re doing in drama, and showing interest in the work happening in class to make students more self confident.

D7 students preparing group mime projects.

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