Language Arts 7
The SSIS English Language Arts program places a strong emphasis on developing students’ skill in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in order to help them become critical readers, writers, and thinkers. The workshop method, which prioritizes student choice and inquiry, provides opportunities to explore key elements of various narrative, informational, argumentative, and literary texts through reading and writing. The Language Arts program goal is to provide students with rigorous and meaningful learning activities that help them build the literacy skills necessary for college and career.
In Math 7, students continue to build an understanding of mathematics as it becomes more abstract and less concrete. They demonstrate their understanding through written and oral explanation. Topics include basic number operations, rational numbers (fractions, decimals, and percents), patterns and functions (linear equations), proportional relationships (ratios), geometrical gures and measurement, probability and multi-step equations and inequalities. There is an emphasis in developing the ability to determine the reasonableness of answers.
This course is designed for students who have mastered basic mathematics skills and the concepts of Pre-Algebra. Algebra 1 explores the real number system, representing quantities algebraically, creating and reasoning with equations and inequalities, interpreting and building functions, as well as exploring linear, quadratic and exponential models.
The Grade 7 science program focuses on critical thinking. Students explore science concepts through the process of scientific inquiry to explain the world in which we live. This course is divided into four sections: Biology (comparative body systems), Chemistry (atoms and bonding), Physics (electricity), and Environmental Science (watersheds). Students begin the year by reviewing the scientific method. Basic concepts such as the cell as the basic unit of all life will be reviewed. In the biology unit, the skeletal/muscular, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive systems will be studied. The human body system will be compared with other living systems on earth. Exploration in Chemistry involves using the periodic table as a tool and researching why and how chemical reactions take place. In the electricity unit, parallel and series circuits will be explored. Finally, environmental science will involve looking at the role of water as a world resource and as an essential part of what makes chemical and physical processes occur. The concepts examined stimulate and encourage a further extension of studies in the next grade.
Social Studies 7
The Grade 7 Social Studies curriculum covers world civilizations from the 6th through the 16th century. The course is a thematically based exploration of the big ideas represented in history and geography. The Grade 7 theme is Ideas in Action and is focused on the following units of study: the origins of Christianity and Islam, the legacy of the Byzantine Empire, and the causes and consequences of the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution. Throughout the year students will improve in their ability to critically analyze historical sources, compose argumentative essays, and think critically about the past, the present, and the future. Students will improve their research and writing skills by developing argumentative essays, as well as technology skills through presentations.
Exploratory Writing 7 (semester-long)
The SSIS writing program is a semester class that emphasizes student development in writing across the curriculum for various purposes and audiences. Students apply the writing process, to practice writing in all subject areas. Students will use technology to write, collaborate and publish their works. Students in Grade 7 are required to take a semester of Exploratory Writing.
Spanish Level 1
Spanish Level 1 provides basic knowledge and skills of the Spanish language. Students develop their beginning communication skills in the target language, as well as learning aspects of Spanish culture. Students will also explore Spanish stories and songs. Basic vocabulary, grammar, and speaking with daily oral exercises will be introduced at this level.
Spanish Level 2
Spanish Level 2 builds on Spanish Level 1 to provide further knowledge and skills of the Spanish language. Students continue to develop their communication skills in the target language, as well as learning deeper features of Spanish culture. Spanish stories and songs will continue to be introduced to students. Sentence structures, dialogues, dictionary skills and reading will be taught at this level.
Spanish Level 3
Students in Spanish Level 3 continue to develop their language skills, learning more complex grammatical constructions, while developing their listening and reading competencies. Students use the language for authentic communication and presentation. As a result, the students gain a better understanding of the Spanish language and culture. An interactive classroom environment enriches this language and culture study.
Mandarin Chinese Level 1
Mandarin Level 1 provides basic knowledge and skills of the Mandarin Chinese language. Students develop their beginning communication skills in the target language, as well as, learning aspects of Chinese culture. Pinyin, basic strokes, components of the characters, basic reading, writing and typing skills will be taught at this level. Students will also explore Chinese idioms, stories, and songs.
Mandarin Chinese Level 2
Mandarin Level 2 builds on level 1 Mandarin to provide further knowledge and skills of the Mandarin Chinese language. Students continue to develop their communication skills in the target language, as well as, learning deeper features of Chinese culture. Chinese idioms will continue to be introduced to students. Character writing, sentence structures, creating dialogues, dictionary skills and reading will be taught at this level.
Mandarin Chinese Level 3
Students in Mandarin Level 3 continue to develop their language skills, learning more complex grammatical constructions, while developing their listening and reading competencies. Students use the language for authentic communication and presentation. As a result, the students will gain a better understanding of the issues of Chinese communities and the Chinese language and culture. An interactive classroom environment enriches this cultural language and culture study.