7th Grade Content Update | September

Each month, we will update you with what is going on in Crew, Math, Science, & Humanities for 7th Graders. If you have any questions, please reach out directly to your child's teacher.


Crew & Social Emotional Development


“The more a piece of information is repeated or relearned, the stronger the neurons become, and the connection becomes like a well-worn path through the woods...the more frequently and the more recently we learn something and then recall it or use it again, the more entrenched the knowledge”

Frances Jense, MD The Teenage Brain


The habit of the month for September is Executive Skills. As you have likely gathered, explicitly teaching Executive Skills to Middle Schoolers is pertinent to their growth and success. We hope you can find ways to reinforce our instruction around responsibility, time management, impulse control, and organization at home. Students will be working on Executive Skill lessons during crew, and receive an additional 15 minutes a day focusing on organization and planning after Block 3.


Here are a few resources for you regarding Executive Skill development:


Social Skill Development:

Each month, middle school students are focusing on particular social skills, and will be taught these social skills within their crews. We appreciate any support in helping to reinforce these skills.


Being On Time

Gather materials and belongings quickly

Go directly to class

Greet teacher when you arrive

Check in and join the routine immediately

If late, apologize and accept the consequence


Second Step

All middle schoolers are working through their first unit within Second Step - Mindset & Goals. Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply it to their social and academic lives.


Family Discussion Prompts:

  • Ask your child to describe their own personality. Describe how you see them, how their personalities have changed, and the good that can come from that.

  • Ask your child about an adult they have met at school that they connect with. Tell them about an adult who has impacted your life growing up.

  • Ask your child if there is something new they would like to try, even if they are scared. Share something new you would like to try.


MATH

We started off 7th Grade Math with a Bang! We have started off with a unit on Scaled Drawings and took our first NWEA test of the year to get a baseline of where students are at. We look forward to seeing their amazing growth throughout the year. We will continue with Scaled Drawings in September and have our first quiz on the 4th and our first unit assessment around the 16th of September. We will then move into proportional relationships. In this unit, students develop the idea of a proportional relationship out of the grade 6 idea of equivalent ratios. Proportional relationships prepare the way for the study of linear functions in grade 8. Students should expect a quiz about every three days during this unit to solidify their learning. Please reach out if you have any questions about the specifics we are learning each week of our units.


SCIENCE

In Mrs. McGlothen’s room, 7th grade students are learning about implementing the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning and Scientific Method when thinking about science processes. We are also learning to effectively work in groups. Practicing team roles, appropriate questioning and responses, and team behavior management is top of our priorities in these first few weeks.


HUMANITIES

In our first unit our students are working in depth with the novel A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. The students will focus primarily on practicing their close reading skills to develop their ability to draw inferences. The students are also working on citing text evidence to support their own ideas and opinions. We will analyze how individuals are capable of surviving in challenging environments, which will lead to an assessment where the students will write a narrative that combines multiple perspectives.


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