Curriculum

CURRICULUM GUIDE

Grade Seven     Grade Eight        


Grade 7

Please note that individual classroom activities will vary depending on the classroom teacher and the needs/interests of the children. We encourage you to discuss with your child's classroom teacher the specifics of projects and assignments which may be given during the course of the school y ear.

7 Mathematics

Decimals add, subtract, multiply, divide
Data median, mode, range, scatter plots, histograms
Fractions add, subtract, multiply, divide
Integers add, subtract, multiply, divide
Equations and Inequalities writing and solving
Ratio and Proportion rates, slope, scale drawings
Percent comparing part to whole, part to part, applications
Geometry measurement, properties of angles and lines, area and volume, solving problems on the coordinate plane
Probability compound events
Problem Solving in all of the above areas

7 Reading/Language Arts

Reading All students in the 7th grade will be enrolled in a reading strategies class taught by a reading/literacy specialist. This class builds on the grade 6 reading curriculum and focuses on the strategies that are important for reading nonfiction materials. In seventh grade the students will:

Identify and practice the steps of the reading process

Learn active reading strategies that can be used across all content areas

Practice various note-taking strategies that are effective for various types of text.

Develop vocabulary awareness through prefixes and suffixes, and context clues.

Construct critical reading strategies
  • Main idea and supporting details
  • Making supported and thoughtful conclusions
  • Analyzing an authors purpose
  • Identifying text structure
  • Learn self-check strategies for comprehension
In reading review classes, students will focus on various decoding and fluency strategies to better comprehend text at their independent reading level.

7 Language Arts
Analysis and Interpretation of Literary Texts/Citing Evidence
  • Elements of fiction
  • Short story analysis
Personal Writing
  • Responding to literature, making personal connections
  • Narrative writing and other creative writing
Formal Writing
  • Informational writing such as reports, procedures and persuasive writing (in conjunction with content subjects)
  • Responding to literature by showing understanding and making judgments
Grammar Concepts and Conventions
Vocabulary Strategies

7 Science

All living things
Microscope
Classification
Marine Animals
Lab Safety
Lab Instruments
Scientific Method
Viruses
Cells
DNA
Genetics
Bacteria
Protists Animals
Human Body

7 Social Studies

In the 7th grade Social Studies curriculum, we study the history of the United States to 1877, focusing on strands of history, civics, government, geography, economics, and culture.

American Revolution Confederation and Constitution Citizenship

A New Nation Jefferson Era Industrialization

Jacksonian Democracy Manifest Destiny/Westward Expansion

The Age of Reform Southern Secession Civil War Reconstruction

Grade 8

Please note that individual classroom activities will vary depending on the classroom teacher and the needs/interests of the children. We encourage you to discuss with your childs classroom teacher the specifics of projects and assignments which may be given during the course of the school year.

8 Math Curriculum

Study percents as a way of describing change (percent increase/decrease)

Study magnitude of numbers by comparing rational, whole, integers, common irrational numbers, and numbers represented by scientific notation

Study problems involving proportional reasoning, including finding squares and square roots

Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to problem-solving situations

Solve problems involving surface area or volume of three-dimensional figures, including scaling

Study the constant rate of change of a linear function by solving problems (slope)

Evaluate algebraic expressions and solve linear equations

Interpret graphs to make predictions or solve problems

Analyzes patterns, trends, or distributions in data by determining measures of central tendency

Organize and display data using scatter plots

Use counting techniques to solve probability problems
Reading/Language Arts
Identify and practice the steps of the reading process
Learn active reading strategies that can be used across all content areas
Practice various note-taking strategies that are effective for various types of text
Develop vocabulary awareness through Greek and Latin roots, context clues, multiple meanings
Construct critical reading strategies
  • Main idea and supporting details
  • Making supported and thoughtful inferences
  • Analyzing an authors purpose
  • Recognizing bias
  • Examining propaganda techniques
In reading review classes, students will focus on various decoding and fluency strategies to better comprehend text at their independent reading level.

(All expectations come directly from the RI Department of Education website )

Language Arts

Grammar and Literature: 
Students are expected to read a minimum of 25 books or equivalents each year.

Literature In response to literary or informational text, students show understanding of plot/ideas/concepts by:
  • Selecting and summarizing key ideas
  • Making Connections
  • Identify elements of short story 
  • Analyzing test and citing evidence
  • Comparing/contrasting characters, identifying conflicts, analyzing themes, and explaining point of view
Writing:
Students use the writing process to develop the following types of writing:
  • Persuasive essays
  • Descriptive essays
  • Research paper
  • Narratives
  • Autobiography/biography
  • Journal reflection
  • Scientific lab reports

In independent writing, students demonstrate command of appropriate English conventions for the following:
  • Sentence construction
  • Paragraph structure
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Usage
8 Mathematics

Work with integers using the order of operations to evaluate and simplify expressions
Solve one-step, two-step, and multi-step equations, including those with fractions and variables on both sides
Solve and graph inequalities
Define, solve, and graph problems involving absolute value
Graph linear functions using slope on the Cartesian plane, and write the equation of a line from given information
Solve systems of equations and inequalities by graphing, substitution, and elimination
Algebraic applications of probability and statistics
Study exponents and scientific notation
Factoring and performing basic operations on polynomials
Simplify and perform operations on radical expressions and equations
Analyze quadratic functions and inequalities
Applications of all of these concepts using word problems (ex. Consecutive integers, distance, etc.)

8 Science

Introduction to Safety
Metric System
Particles of Matter
Atoms, Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures
The Periodic Table
Chemical Bonding
Chemical Reactions
Solution Chemistry
Electricity, Magnetism
Work, Machines and Energy
Motion and Energy
Forces and Motion
Waves, Sound, Light
Heat

8 Social Studies

In 8th grade Social Studies curriculum we study from the post civil war era to the present day. We focus on the major eras and events that shaped our country with an emphasis on examining Americas unique values and ideologies. This helps students understand the factors that shape them and helps them realize their own cultural identity.

The following is a chronological list of major areas of concentration:
The Western Frontier
The Growth of Industry
Toward an Urban America
Progressive Reforms
Overseas Expansion
World War I
The Jazz Age
Great Depression and FDR
World War II
The Cold War Era
America in the 50s
Civil Rights Era
Search for Stability
New Challenges