• 7th Grade Curriculum

    Art Course Title: Art - Grade 7   Department:  Art 
    Grade Level: 7  Length of Class: 45 minutes every day
    Length of Course:  Quarterly
    Primary Resources:  PDE Art Standards
    Units of Study: Color & Ceramics
    Curriculum Based Assessments: Individual & Group Critiques, Project Rubrics and Finished Projects
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
    Description: 7th grade art is a nine week course that is cumulative and sequential to 6th grade art. It also emphasizes the engagement of students using both 2D and 3D projects.  Various mediums (materials) are continuing to be introduced, focusing student attention on increasing artistic skills, thought processes and art specific techniques.  The Elements and Principles of Design and the Pennsylvania State Standards for Art Education are used. Students in 7th grade art are also evaluated using summative, formative and benchmark assessments. These assessments emphasize classroom effort, new art techniques taught and demonstrated as well as written and reflective writings.


    Course Title: Computer Applications  Department:  Business

    Grade Level:  7  Length of Class:  42 mins/day  Length of Course: Quarter

    Primary Resources:  Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, Gmail, PhotoStory
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1 - Microsoft Office Review
    Unit 2 - Microsoft PowerPoint
    Unit 3 - STEAM Career Studies/Naviance
    Unit 4 - Internet Safety
    Unit 5 - Microsoft Publisher

    Curriculum Based Assessments:  Project-based Assessments, Test/Quizzes

    Standardized Assessments:  N/A

    Description: Unit 1 focuses on understanding the input and output capabilities of technology systems.  Students also utilize word processing skills across all curriculum content areas. They learn how to compare and contrast peripheral devices of computer systems for specific needs.  They also learn how to identify network communication technologies. Unit 2 focuses on Microsoft PowerPoint engaging the students to organize thoughts for professional presentations.  They also examine appropriate information and content for a variety of presentation scenarios. Students learn how to analyze the influence of emergent technologies on a daily basis to help develop appropriate information and content for presentations.  They apply a variety of strategies to understand complex directions for mastery presentations/speaking skills in front of larger audiences. Unit 3 focuses on the STEAM directive initiated by the Pine-Richland School District. Working with the Middle School Guidance Department, students are introduced to the Naviance program which will be utilized throughout their education in the district.  They investigate career pathways related to STEAM technology and also interpret and analyze real life decisions. They examine the global work environment related to both natural and human factors. Students examine various occupation options based on Career Assessment results, personal characteristics, talents, skills, abilities, and aptitudes as related to career pathways or clusters discovered through Naviance.  Unit 4 deals with Internet Safety, helping the students to identify and avoid situations that can put them in danger. Students learn how to categorize the different types of social networking, and also interpret inappropriate behavior that can be demonstrated on the internet. Unit 5 incorporates Microsoft Publisher creating various Desktop Publishing and creative applications to present certain information related to the business world.  The students learn to use templates and apply them to a variety of situations relating to a business environment.

    English Language Arts Course Title:  Reading 7  Department:  Reading/ELA

    Grade Level: 7  Length of Class:  42 minutes day/5 days per week  Length of Course:  Year

    Units of Study:  Reading Process, Literary Elements, Written Response, Critical Reading Skills & Socratic Seminar

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Quizzes, tests, evidence-based book talks, Accelerated Reader comprehension quizzes

    Standardized Assessments:  PSSA, STAR Reading

    Description:  Unit 1: Reading Process focuses on the application of active reading strategies. These include but are not limited to generating questions before reading, annotating during reading, and responding to the information after reading.
    Unit 2: Literary Elements involves direct instruction and application of various literary terms in whole class and independent texts.
    Unit 3: Written Response develops strategies for understanding various response formats and the integration of evidence-based writing.
    Unit 4: Critical Reading Skills further extends essential reading skills with challenging non-fiction text. Text structure/organization is analyzed.
    Unit 5: Socratic Seminar provides opportunities to create, discuss, analyze, and debate high level questions across texts. An emphasis is placed on recognizing viewpoints and justifying position.
    Grade 7 reading is aligned to PA Academic and Core Standards Grade 7 ELA . Standards focus on reading informational skills, reading literature, writing, speaking and listening.


    Course Title:  Academic English 7  Department:  English
    Grade Level:  7  Length of Class: 45 minutes day/5 days a week  Length of Course:  Year

    Primary Resources:  Collections. USA. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

    Units of Study:  Persuasion -- Developing into Effective Writers/Structuring an Effective Argument / Writing an Effective Argument; Textual Analysis -- Interpreting Literature / Writing a Response to Literature; Research - Historical MLA Research Paper; and Creative Writing -- Poetry & Narratives

    Curriculum Based Assessments:  Argumentative essays, expository essays, text-dependent analysis essays, MLA research paper, quizzes, tests
    Standardized Assessments:  Grade 7 ELA PSSA

    Description:  Unit 1 explores the manners by which focus, content, organization, style, and conventions work together to impact quality writing in a multi-paragraph essay. Students learn how to write a funnel introductory paragraph and a reverse-funnel concluding paragraph, as well as how to support a claim using specific, well-developed content. Students learn how to vary sentence structure to enhance style as well as use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation for clarity. Clauses, sentence types, and commas are a primary focus. Unit 2 focuses on interpreting and analyzing the effect of literary devices and figurative language in literature. Students learn how to analyze the use of these literary devices in order to develop and support a claim using and citing evidence from texts. In Unit 3, students learn fundamental research skills including evaluating sources for reliability, credibility, and relevance; note-taking strategies; and using parenthetical documentation and Works Cited page to avoid plagiarism. MLA format is used. In Unit 4, students apply literary devices and figurative language to create original works of poetry and fiction.


    Health & Physical Education Course Title:  Physical Education 7  Department:  Health and Physical Education

    Grade Level: 7  Length of Class:  42 min/ every other day  Length of Course:  Year

    Units of Study: Fitness I, Track & Field I, Ultimate Football, Speedball, (5) Basketball, (6) Badminton, (7) Floor Hockey, (8) Strength & Cardiovascular Conditioning I, (9) Volleyball, (10) Cooperative/Invasion Games, (11) Outdoor Pursuits, (12) Dance I, (13) Lacrosse Skills

    Curriculum-Based Assessments:  Fitness Evaluation & Goal Setting, Unit Skills Tests

    Standardized Assessments:  N/A

    Description:  The focus of this course is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a physically active and healthy lifestyle. This course is aligned with the PA Academic Health, Safety and Physical Education Standards and focuses on core strands including Fitness, Individual-Performance, Games & Sports, Outdoor & Lifetime, and Dance & Rhythm. Fitness I activities (e.g. FitnessGram tests, Yoga, Resistance Training) focus on demonstrating the knowledge and skills to achieve a health-enhancing level of physical activity through fitness testing and goal setting. Individual-Performance activities (e.g. Track & Field, Badminton, Golf) aim to help students recognize the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, and social interaction. Games & Sports units (e.g. Ultimate Football, Floor Hockey, Civil War) center on students applying knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance. Outdoor & Lifetime adventures (e.g. Geocaching, Hiking, Frisbee Golf) concentrate on student engagement and encouraging students to accept challenges and learn to cope in a positive way. Dance & Rhythm (Line dance, Social dance, Ballroom dance) aspires to aid students to demonstrate competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns as well as exhibit responsible social behavior.

    Course Title:  
    Library Grade 07-08  Department:  Library

    Grade Level:  7, 8  Length of Class: Five days per week/45 min per day = 225 minutes per week;
    two project-based units per year.

    Length of Course: 1 year

    Units of Study:

    • Navigating the Middle School Library
    • Independent Book Selection
    • Using Databases
    • Primary and Secondary Sources
    • Research Process: Planning
    • Research Process: Using Print and Web Resources
    • Research Process: Citing Sources, MLA
    • Research Process: Reflection
    Standardized Assessments:  N/A

    Description:  The seventh and eighth-grade library curriculum builds on the skills introduced in the sixth grade. Project-based learning activities support the curriculum for both grades. The research focus is on databases, print material, and correct searching techniques. Each student is responsible for the creation of works cited page using the Modern Language Association model.

    Math Course Title:  Fundamentals of Pre-Algebra    Department:  Mathematics

    Grade Level:  7  Length of Class:  42 minutes/everyday  Length of Course:  Year

    Primary Resources:  McGraw-Hill/ Glencoe; Columbus, OH, McGraw-Hill Education, 2016 and teacher-developed resources aligned to PA Core

    Units of Study: Numbers and Operations, Algebraic Concepts, Geometric and Measurement, Data, and Probability
    Curriculum-Based Assessments, Unit Exams, Midterm Exam, and Cumulative Final Exam

    Standardized Assessments:  Pennsylvania State Standardized Assessment (PSSA), Classroom Diagnostic Tool (CDT), Orleans Hanna

    Description:  The goal of the Pre-Algebra course is to reinforce math skills of integers, the order of operations, variables, expressions, equations, percents, probabilities, and proportions. In addition, students in the Pre-Algebra class will learn Ratios and Proportional Relationships, the Number System, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Statistics, Data, and Probability. This course has a strong emphasis on problem-solving and algebraic reasoning. Application of the students skills, taught in this course, is a major focus in Pre-Algebra. The skills students learn in Pre-Algebra are assessed through the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). The Pre-Algebra course is tightly aligned with the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards.

    Course Title:   Pre-Algebra  Department:  Mathematics

    Grade Level:  7   Length of Class:  42 minutes/everyday  Length of Course:  Year
    Columbus, OH, McGraw-Hill Education, 2016.

    Units of Study:  Numbers and Operations, Algebraic Concepts, Geometric and Measurement, Data, and Probability

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Unit Exams, Midterm Exam, and Cumulative Final Exam

    Standardized Assessments:  Pennsylvania State Standardized Assessment (PSSA), Classroom Diagnostic Tool (CDT), Orleans Hanna

    Description:  The goal of the Pre-Algebra course is to reinforce math skills of integers, the order of operations, variables, expressions, equations, percents, probabilities, and proportions. In addition, students in the Pre-Algebra class will learn Ratios and Proportional Relationships, the Number System, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Statistics, Data, and Probability. This course has a strong emphasis on problem-solving and algebraic reasoning. Application of the students' skills, taught in this course, is a major focus in Pre-Algebra. The skills students learn in Pre-Algebra are assessed through the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). The Pre-Algebra course is tightly aligned with the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards.

    Course Title:  Honors Algebra 7  Department:  Mathematics

    Grade Level:  7  Length of Class:  42 minutes every day  Length of Course:  Year

    Primary Resources:
    Algebra 1. McGraw Hill 2018

    Units of Study: Real number operations
    Unit 1: Expressions and Functions
    Unit 2: Solving Equations
    Unit 3: Writing and graphing linear functions
    Unit 4: Linear Inequalities
    Unit 5: Systems of linear equations and inequalities
    Unit 6: Exponents and exponential functions
    Unit 7: Polynomials and factoring
    Unit 8: Rational Functions
    Unit 9: Probability and Statistics
    Unit 10: Radicals
    Unit 11: Solving and graphing quadratic functions

    Curriculum Based Assessments: Section quizzes, Chapter tests, Unit tests

    Standardized Assessments: Keystone Algebra, PSSA Math 7th Grade

    Description:  The study of algebra expands what students know about applying operations to numbers to get specific facts about thinking in terms of patterns that are valid in many situations. Specifically, we replace unknown values with variables which allows us to write equations that represent patterns. The study of algebra is largely about how to model situations and how to find the unknowns in our patterns. Algebra 1 students spend much of the year modeling real-life problems with constant rates of change. In order to do this, students explore the properties of real numbers, absolute value, proportional reasoning, systems of linear equations and inequalities, and a brief introduction to quadratic.

    Music Course Title: Choir - Grade 7  Department:  Music

    Grade Level:  7  Length of Class:  45 minutes/5 days per week  Length of Course:  Full Year

    Primary Resources:
    Choral Scores
    Resources Designed by Teacher (aligned to PA Academic Standards)

    Units of Study:
    Vocal Tone Production
    Music Literacy and Sightreading
    Choral Literature
    Vocal Performance
    Critical Thinking and Evaluation

    Standardized Assessments:  N/A

    Description: Seventh Grade Choir is a course that emphasizes good ensemble singing, improving each individual’s vocal technique, and high-level performance of quality literature. Class activities include warm-up and sight-singing exercises, instruction of proper vocal practices, and rehearsal of challenging choral selections for mixed ensembles. Attendance at concert performances is required.


    Course Title: Orchestra  Department: Music

    Grade Level:  7  Length of Class:  42 minutes 5 days per week  Length of Course:  Year

    Primary Resources:  Music purchased by district, instruments, music stands, chairs

    Units of Study: Pitch/Left Hand, Tone/Right Hand, Music Reading, Ensemble Skills, Ear Training

    Curriculum-Based Assessments:  Playing Tests, Performance quizzes, Concerts

    Standardized Assessments:  N/A

    Description: Proper pitch is reviewed and practiced every day, Bowing exercises are used every day, Music reading is a part of daily classes, Ensemble Skills are reinforced on a daily basis, and ear training or listening skills are repeatedly reinforced.



    Course Title:  Life Science 7  Department:  Science

    Grade Level:  7   Length of Class: 42 min/5 days per week   Length of Course:  Year
    Amplify Science.”Microbiome”, 2016. The Regents of the University of California
    Amplify Science. ”Metabolism”, 2016. The Regents of the University of California
    Amplify Science.”Traits & Reproduction”, 2016. The Regents of the University of California
    Amplify Science.”Natural Selection”, 2016. The Regents of the University of California
    Amplify Science.”Matter & Energy in Ecosystems”, 2016. The Regents of the University of California
    Units of Study:  Nature of Science, Structure, and Function of Organisms, Continuity of Life, Ecosystems, Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

    Curriculum-Based Assessments:  Midterm Exam, Final Exam, Amplify End of Unit Assessments, Computer Diagnostic Test (CDT)

    Standardized Assessments:  N/A

    The 7th grade Life/Environmental Science course will introduce students to selected topics in both biology and ecology. Students will review the scientific process, cells, heredity and genetics, kingdoms of living things, and relationships of living things within their environment. Through these units, students will conduct investigations, record and analyze data, and present their findings.

    Social Studies Course Title:  Social Studies - Grade 7    Department:  Social Studies

    Grade Level:  7   Length of Class:  42 minutes/5 days per week  Length of Course:  Year

    Units of Study:  Geographic concepts, Africa, South West Asia-Middle East, South Asia-India, East Asia-China, East Asia- Japan, & Research skills

    Curriculum-Based Assessments:  Section Quizzes, Unit Tests, Formal Essay writing & Research Projects

    Standardized Assessments:  N/A

    Description:  The 7th grade Social Studies course is designed to delve deeper into the ancient civilizations in Africa, Middle East, India, China, and Japan. Each student will then applying how geography, history, culture, economics, and civics impacted each civilization and continues to influence each society in modern times. Each unit will start with a focus on how humans interact/ed with the geography of the area and environment to build and sustain a civilization. Next, students will study the history and culture of each society. Students will then explore how economics and civics in each society compares & contrasts our society. Students will also complete a research project that takes each student from research analysis and note taking to thesis development and the writing of an authentic research paper using MLA format. Grade 7 Social Studies is aligned with the PA Academic and Core Standards. PA Core Standards focus on reading and writing in the content areas.

    World Languages Course Title:  World Language 7  Department: World Language

    Grade Level: 7   Length of Class:  42 minutes/every other day  Length of Course:  4 quarterly rotations/year

    Primary Resources:  N/A

    Units of Study:
    Cultural Fusion: What is Culture; Culture Matters; Flags; Lost in Translation 
    Spanish: Nice to Meet You; Calendar and Numbers and Family

    French: Nice to Meet You; Calendar and Numbers; and Sports and Hobbies
    German: Nice to Meet You;  Calendar and Numbers; Food
    Interdisciplinary: Murals

    Curriculum Based Assessments:  Section quizzes

    Standardized Assessments:  N/A

    Description:  In Unit 1 of Cultural Fusion, students learn that “culture” is a broad term encompassing many aspects of a particular society, group, place, or time. Students identify the multiple cultures to which they belong and understand how certain behaviors (e.g., greetings) vary among cultures. In Unit 2, students study unique cultural norms through anecdotes related to punctuality, hospitality, etc. In Unit 3, students learn that flags are symbolic tools meant to communicate information about a country.   They learn the symbolism of common flag colors and designs and apply that information as they create their own personal flag. In Unit 4, students learn that translation is an art and a science. They examine unique words and idioms from other languages and brainstorm new English words.

    Each language class features conversational and topical phrases taught in conjunction with basic grammar. The emphases are primarily on speaking, listening, reading and limited writing. Additionally, each language highlights a unique cultural topic such as hobbies, family, and food.

    In May, all students unite to learn about and create a mural.  They additionally reflect on how the process of creating a mural mirrors what they have learned throughout their World Language rotations. 


    Technology Education Course Title:  Design and Modeling   Department:  Technology Education
    Grade Level: 7  Length of Class:  Forty-five minutes /Daily  Length of Course:  Nine weeks
    Primary Resources:  Project Lead The Way Curriculum, AutoDesk Inventor Software, 3D Printer, and Laser Engraver

    Units of Study:
    Lesson 1.1: What is Engineering
    Lesson 1.2: Design Process
    Lesson 1.3: Measurement
    Lesson 1.4: Sketching and Dimensioning

    Lesson 1.5: Design for Production
    Curriculum-Based Assessments:  The seventh-grade learner is assessed utilizing a variety of grading rubrics for their drawings and projects. Tests and quizzes are used to evaluate new information presented as well as measuring skills.
    Standardized Assessments:  N/A

    Description:  This unit begins with students learning how to create and use an engineering notebook. They will use the engineering notebook throughout the GTT course. Students will complete one of six career activities. The course provides one career activity option for each of the six units. In Lesson 1 What is Engineering? students learn the steps of the Design Process and how to use the Design Process to solve problems. Lessons 1 and 2 of this unit should be the first-course material covered with students, regardless of what unit is taught first. In Lesson 3 Measuring, students practice using historical and current techniques for measuring in both metric and customary systems and are introduced to precision measuring tools. Lesson 4, Sketching and Dimensioning, teaches students to identify and create a thumbnail, perspective, isometric, and orthographic sketches and to dimension them correctly. In Lesson 5 Designing for Production, students use Autodesk® Inventor® to learn how to create 3D models. Students will complete all steps of the Design Process while solving a 3D printed keychain design and laser engraved project.

    Family Consumer Science Course Title: 7th Grade Family and Consumer Sciences  Department:  FCS

    Grade Level:  7  Length of Class:  5 days a week  Length of Course: 9-week rotation

    Primary Resources:  

    Units of Study:  Family and Consumer Sciences topics via national and state standards alignment/benchmarks

    Curriculum-Based Assessments:  Project Based assessments

    Standardized Assessments:  N/A


    Unit One- Food and Nutrition Unit: The unit is a basic introduction of food preparation. Students will identify the importance of eating breakfast, analyze MyPlate.gov, practice etiquette, food, and kitchen safety, demonstrate proper use of appliances, kitchen tools and utensils.

    Unit Two- Financial and Money Management: Students will plan a well balanced, nutritious meal using dietary guidelines and MyPlate.gov. Students will create and virtual shop for ingredients, create grocery lists and receipts, and total the cost of the meal.

    Unit Three- Child Development: Through the eyes of a caretakers, students will identify the ages and stages of child development from birth to 10 years of age. Students will examine health and safety hazards, design and/or identify safe toys, choose children’s books appropriate for child’s age, and identify effective discipline techniques.

    Unit Four- Resource Management Unit: Students will be able to identify the quality of a fabricated item constructed with fabric by a sewing machine. Students will utilize various sewing tools, practice sewing room safety, and organization of space. The project encourages students to identify alternative practices for obtaining and/or maintaining/repairing of consumer goods.

    Unit Five-Balancing Family, Work, and Community: Through the various hands-on projects students will contribute to the classroom environment that encourages and respects the ideas and contribution of all group members. Areas of focus include communication, team building, goal setting, time management and decision making skills.