El- Massria Integrated Schools

Grade 7

At EIS, we believe that curriculum must be based on a current, clearly articulated progression of Standards of Learning. These standards and corresponding Benchmarks must be sequential and dynamic to meet the needs of our unique students.

To that end, at EIS, we use the National Standards as our reference with specific standards of learning chosen from AERO and Common Core State Standards. We believe that in doing so, we are able to meet the values and mission of EIS and provide quality learning and success for our students in the 21st century.

At EIS we are dedicated to using exemplary educational practices to provide students with a strong academic foundation. Our goal in designing our curriculum is also to address the affective domain. We wish to provide opportunities for students in their studies to utilize problem solving, inquiry, discovery and self-direction as well as creative and critical thinking.

To ensure alignment and current pedagogy, we utilize a school wide curriculum review process where we review Standards and Benchmarks and match those with quality textbooks and learning resources.

All students are expected to carry a full program of studies. Year 7 yearlong core courses include English, Arabic, French/German, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Computers. Electives include Art Mixed Media and Beginning Band.

Grade 7 students are required to study the following core subjects:

Core Subjects
English: Grade 7 students continue to develop oral communication skills and become more knowledgeable of the effects of verbal and nonverbal behaviors in oral communication. They continue to read a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction and poetry while becoming more independent and analytical.  Written explanations utilize informational writing skills and persuasive writing is introduced. Grade 7 increases their proficiency in the use of print and electronic information resources and learns ways to give credit to reference sources. They also demonstrate the correct use of language, spelling and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions to writing and speaking. In Grade 7, students continue to write narrative, expository (informational) and descriptive texts and continue to maintain and add to their writing portfolio that they began in Grade 6.

Arabic: Students read and write compositions in Modern Standard Arabic, with a focus on the preliminary study of syntax. Students summarize novels and simple poetry to develop their verbal skills in language. Students become more familiar with the more advanced genres of literature as they advance.

Students who may have weak Arabic skills may qualify for Arabic support. This will be discussed with the Middle School Principal before a decision is made.

French/German: Beginning French/German is a semester long course in which students will be introduced to the French/German language through a focus on vocabulary building, grammar and punctuation. The four key skill areas are listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be able to practice their French/German in real-life situations via role play and classroom participation. The course also includes an introduction to various cultural aspects of France/German and French/German-speaking countries.

Beginning French/German is a semester long course designed for students who have completed French/German. Emphasis will continue to be placed on French/German proficiency and comprehension through the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be able to practice their French/German in real life situations via role play and classroom participation.

Mathematics: Grade 7 Mathematics focuses on solving problems involving consumer applications and gaining proficiency in computations with integers. By the end of Grade 7, a student gains an understanding of the properties of real numbers and two and three dimensional representations and graphing transformations are extended. A Grade 7 student knows about the formulas for the circumference and area of a circle. They know and use different representations of fractional numbers and use factoring of numerators and denominators.

Science: Students in Grade 7 Life Science develop a more complex understanding of change, cycles, patterns and relationships in the living world. Students build on basic principles related to these concepts by exploring the cellular organization and the classification of organisms, the dynamic relationships among organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems and change as a result of the transmission of genetic information from generation to generation. Inquiry skills at this level include organization and mathematical analysis of data, manipulation of variables in experiments and identification of sources of experimental error. In Grade Seven Life Science, students demonstrate proficient use of the science equipment and lab in conducting their investigations.

Social Studies:In Social Studies Ancient Civilizations studies, Grade 7 students explore the historical development of people, places and patterns of life from ancient times until the conquest of Greece by Macedonia and the spread of Hellenistic culture by Alexander the Great. They survey early human history and civilizations, the impact of farming, the development of cities, city-states and kingdoms. Students in Grade 7 expand their understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Specific areas of focus include ancient Egypt, ancient China, Harrappa, (Indus Valley), Sumeria-Babylonia, Phoenicia, Minoan-Mycenaea and Greece.

Physical Education: In Physical Education Grade 7 students continue to develop competence in modified versions of game sport, dance and recreational activities. Recreational pursuits become an additional curriculum option, broadening lifetime physical activity options. Students relate the importance of physical activity to health, focusing particularly on obesity and stress. They create plans for improving personal fitness. Students continue to develop responsible personal and social behaviors by demonstrating decision-making skills, conflict-resolution skills, appropriate etiquette and respect for others. Students achieve and maintain personal fitness standards and set reasonable and appropriate goals for improvement or maintenance of health-related fitness.

Computers: Students begin Grade 7 Computers by reviewing essential knowledge, skills and processes and adding to the topics of Computer Ethics, Computer History, Computer Parts and Functions and previously learned applications. They also continue to improve their keyboarding skills, striving for 30 wpm and 85% accuracy by the end of the school year. Students continue to use citations of electronic sources and are expected to reference all sources used in projects. Students receive instruction in advanced techniques in MS Excel and Adobe Photoshop. They use their new skills and knowledge of these applications to complete integrated projects for their other classes. They also refine the use of electronic source citation.

Students are introduced to and experiment with, LEGO Mind storms software and hardware. LEGO software and hardware serve as an introduction to programming, real-world problem solving and what is known as "tangible" computing. All skills taught are integrated into the core subject areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies so that the student experiences a real world context for the skills learned.

Elective Subjects

Art: In Grade 7 Art Mixed Media, students engage in exploration, analysis and investigation of the creative process. Students develop technical skills that empower them to communicate ideas visually, with the focus on realistic representations of their environment. Students acquire knowledge that permits them to identify art styles and the periods to which those styles belong. In addition, students become aware of a variety of art careers that one may consider. They develop inquiry skills and vocabulary as they explore the meaning of works of art, using analysis of subject matter, themes and symbols. Students develop an increased awareness of the nature of art and of their relationship to it as they explore the meaning and value of works of art.


Beginning Band: This course is designed for students who wish to learn to play music through the study of a band instrument. No previous experience is necessary, only the desire to progress from beginner to intermediate levels. Students will learn the fundamentals of notation, rhythm, and interpretive symbols, along with instruction on an instrument. Semester 1 will be a focus on the woodwind instruments, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone. Semester 2 will be a focus on Brass instruments, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone and Saxophone.

Beginning Choir: This course is designed for students who wish to learn how to sing in a choir.  No previous experience is necessary, only the desire to progress from beginner to intermediate levels.  Students will learn the fundamentals of notation, rhythm and interpretive symbols, along with instruction on how to sing.  Students perform each semester and are expected to practice outside of class time.

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