Grade 7 Class

12 years old

Monday - Friday (5 days / week)

8:45 : Greeting
9:00-9:45 : English
9:50-10:35 : Science
10:35-10:55 : Recess
10:55-11:40 : Math
11:45-12:30 : Art
12:30-13:00 : Lunch Time
13:00-13:40 : PE
13:40-14:20 : Japanese / Music
14:20-15:00 : Reader
15:00-16:00 : Computer Programming (2 days a week)

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Gregg International School G7

Mathematics

Building a strong base of understanding of ratios and proportions is important for future work in Algebra. For adults, a working knowledge of percentages is necessary in many everyday activities, such as calculating sales discount, bank interest, taxes or tips, and this practical work is an important objective. Awareness of the whole number system is also essential for building the robust skills necessary for future math studies. Students must learn to work with all rational numbers, including negative numbers and different but equal representations of numbers, such as percentages, fractions, and decimals.
In preparation for future academic requirements in congruency and similarity, students work with both two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures. Through problem solving within real world situations, students increase their understanding of angles, shapes, and three-dimensional objects.
Data analysis is also important to future studies, and students learn to compare two data sets and consider differences in populations based on the data. These skills in statistical analysis are important for future math studies as well as in everyday situations, since evaluating charts and graphs is necessary for fully understanding data presented in the media.
Mathematical concepts, relationships, and formulas are embedded in real-life problem solving situations and concrete examples. Developing confidence and flexibility in working with numbers is important in this stage of learning.

Reading

Reading for information and to expand ones higher level thinking skills are essential steps in intellectual growth. Students now begin to take a more analytical approach to understanding author’s craft, including investigation of literary techniques, grasping connotative meaning, and identifying how organizational structure adds to meaning. Comparing and contrasting different forms of literary expression such as poetry, literature, or drama is also important in the development of higher level thinking skills.
Identifying main ideas and key supporting details aids students in creating accurate summaries, an essential skill for academic success and communicating in everyday life. Students learn to analyze author’s choice of structure, purpose in writing, and the choice of words in a text.
Students are exposed to the full range of genres, and at this level, students are encouraged to read independently and extensively in every genre. With this practice students generally become better readers, and, consequently, enjoy reading more. They also improve skills in reading for content, which is essential for future academic success. Moreover, strong reading skills enhance students’ understanding of all subjects and encourage pursuit of independent learning, which is fueled by their own, unique curiosities.
Enjoyment of reading is an admirable quality for all adults and is a common trait among life-long learners. It is to this end that students are immersed in the pleasures of literature and the study of the written word.

Writing

With experience in the writing process and convention skills from elementary school, students now further develop their own writing style. Special attention is paid to the purpose of the writing, various outlets for publishing, and written presentation of research. Students become experienced in developing the appropriate style for various genres of writing, including narratives, persuasive arguments, and explanatory texts. Writing for different purposes is essential for future success, both academic and practical. Writing in all subjects, for various assignment lengths and purposes, supports this growth.
Developing accurate research writing skills and knowing appropriate use of conventions are essential abilities at this level. Students learn to gather information from various sources, evaluate the quality of the sources, and follow standard formatting requirements. The dangers of plagiarism are understood and appropriately avoided with a sound working knowledge of appropriate citation methods.
Students routinely write across all subjects and gain confidence in accurately expressing themselves through written work, as well as in responding to others’ writing. Precise language, transitional words, attention to organization, and awareness of their own writing style allow students to create organized documents with clear reasoning.

Science

Understanding science through inquiry-based learning capitalizes on students’ natural curiosities and engages them in their own learning. Having practiced the Scientific Method throughout elementary school, students continue to develop logical reasoning through active observation, analysis, and questioning. Students move to investigating their own curiosity, collecting evidence, creating and testing their hypotheses, and analyzing results with proven scientific knowledge in mind.
The modules of science are explored within a cross-curricular context. Topics in physics, energy, Earth systems, and living organisms are investigated, connected to real life situations, and integrated with lessons in social sciences. An emphasis on logical thinking, solid methods for hypothesis testing, accurate measurement, and the social consequences of scientific discovery promote a holistic approach to learning. The natural curiosity of learners is preserved.

Social Studies

Using their knowledge base of all Social Studies strands – history, geography, environment, government, and culture – learners build upon their previous work with ancient civilizations and extend that study into modern times. Students understand the modern world in context and explore the reasons behind today’s global relationships.
The inter-disciplinary nature of instruction along with skill building projects and activities engage students and deepen understanding of the subject. Building on previous studies, students work toward a stronger understanding of international current events. Developing practical skills such as map reading, personal budgeting, and good citizenship promotes confidence and adds practical value to the course.

Art/Drama/Music

Experience with the fine arts supports a balanced lifestyle, a primary goal of the education system. Moreover, sound knowledge about art, drama, and music cultivates a life-long appreciation for the arts. This knowledge and experience benefits students’ own creative efforts as well as their endeavors in other academic areas.
Emphasis moves to interpretations and personal responses to musical selections, pieces of art, and dramatic performances. Analysis supports students’ critical thinking skills, written and verbal responses, and personal expression. A well-rounded appreciation of the arts is, indeed, a quality of many admired individuals.

Physical Education

Development of the whole child is central to the overriding education philosophy, as development of the physical body supports development of the mind, and vice versa. This balance also supports positive relationships with others and promotes self-confidence. Through individual physical pursuits, students gain strength, coordination, flexibility, and dexterity. Through team sports and activities, students gain problem-solving and leadership skills.

Computer Lab

Computer Lab is an essential component of today’s curriculum. Students create properly formatted written work, research topics across the disciplines, acquire new computer-supported skills in spreadsheet development and data analysis, organize electronic presentations, and begin web site development. The lab allows numerous opportunities for skill building, and the newly acquired skills, in turn, allow students alternative products for organizing and presenting their knowledge and ideas.

Skill Building / ASDAN

To support the development of healthy world citizens, educational pursuits build skills for students’ personal, social, emotional, and physical development. A cross-curricular approach to instruction and high interest topics engage students in activities that build practical skills. Planning and preparing a healthy meal, making a presentation, conducting an interview, leading a team activity, or gathering research are examples of practical skills that nurture successful individuals. This type of skill building also supports a positive classroom environment, encourages students to be kind family members, and advances the virtues of good citizenship.