Grade 7 

7th Grade Homeroom and 7th & 8th Math Teacher  Mr. Robert Gray
7th Grade Teacher Mr. Robert Gray

In Grade 7 students move across the driveway from the main school building and to the Middle School classrooms under the church. This transition comes with an adjustment as students are expected to bring more personal responsibility, critical thinking and organization to their learning.  7th Grade highlights include a week-long trip to Nature’s Classroom and the first trip up Mt. Monadnock. 

Goals

  • To develop into independent and responsible learners
  • To develop critical thinking skills
  • To develop the ability to express ideas/concepts verbally and in writing
  • To become self-confident by their best effort

Expectations

  • Be prepared to learn
  • Do the work
  • Actively participate in all class activities and discussions
  • Show respect
  • Give 100% effort

Curriculum

Language Arts

The Language Arts curriculum is Voyages in English from Loyola Press. Voyages in English fully prepares students to become literate masters of the written and spoken word. The components of this program are the result of decades of research and practice by experts in the fields of grammar, writing, and communication. The result is better writers, readers, listeners, and speakers; as well as happy teachers, principals, and parents. Learn more here

  • Spelling & Vocabulary Development
  • Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics
  • Writing
    1. Personal Narrative
    2. Descriptive
    3. Expository
    4. Persuasive
  • Literature
    • Short stories
    • Poetry
    • Novels

Mathematics

At St. Peter School, we use the Saxon Math Program for all grades. This program uses an effective technique called “incremental development”. It introduces topics to students in spaced steps. The time between steps allows students to gain confidence at one level of a topic before moving on to the next. Throughout the year, in every lesson, previously learned information is continually reviewed and practiced. Topics are not dropped but grow in complexity, so learning is systematic and sequential. Grade 7 & 8 Math classes are taught by Mr. Robert Gray, 7th Grade HR Teacher. Students in grades 7&8 are grouped by ability to be in either the “on level” or “above level” section. Both sections are taught in the same classroom.

Science

Science classes in grades 6-8 use Pearson Interactive Science curriculum. Interactive Science is a comprehensive middle school science curriculum that supports project-based inquiry and hands-on learning. Lessons incorporate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) including Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Crosscutting Concepts (CCC), and Science and Engineering Practices (SEP). Interdisciplinary STEM activities and projects are included in every chapter. Interactive Science provides new digital lessons and teaching tools for blended learning experiences that engage students and drive inquiry. Learn more here.

Seventh grade science is a very exciting year that revolves around Earth Science.  Students will study and experiment with rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, Earth’s history, weather, and human impact. Class meets four days a week and one of those four blocks is a designated lab block.

Highlights of the year include making fossil molds, measuring out Earth’s history, and  reading and creating weather instruments.

At the end of the year, students research and model a specific volcano at the science fair.

In science class students are encouraged to think abstractly, problem solve with peers, analyze information, and inquire about the world around them.