Seventh-Grade Course Listing

The information on this page has been updated for the 2021-22 school year. Every effort is made to schedule each seventh grader with the electives they choose.  It is possible that this may not happen due to staffing restraints, class size, seats available, teaming, etc.

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Project-Based Learning Courses
Students who choose to participate in the Project-Based Learning Network (PBLN) will take Math, Science, and Humanities (social studies and English). PBLN learners and students in the traditional pathway have lunch and block/electives classes like P.E., band, and Spanish, together. PBLN learners have the same access to advanced courses and extracurricular activities as all other students.

Standard Courses

Required Courses

Alphabetical Order

Each seventh grader will take the following required courses.

English
ENG701 (first semester) and ENG702 (second semester) | Full-Year Course
REQUIRED ⬛7 ⬜8
⬛PBLN – ENG701p and ENG702p

Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking skill strategies are integrated to form a dynamic process-based program that explores relationships among and between the communication arenas. This integrated approach provides priority time for students to demonstrate their literacy growth, encourages students to assume responsibility and ownership for their own language learning, and provides opportunities for students to discover, explore, formulate, and evaluate ideas. Reading workshop, writing workshop, and traditional theme-centered projects integrating all content areas are significant components of the curriculum.

Math 7 A 
MTH701 (first semester) and MTH 702 (second semester) | Full-Year Course
REQUIRED ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜ PBLN

This two-semester course is aligned with the Seventh-Grade Iowa Core Math Standards. Seventh-Grade Math topics include: ratios with proportional relationships and similarity; rational number representations and operations, including fractions, decimals, and percents; as well as numeric and algebraic expressions and equations. This A-level course is designed to meet the needs of the students who are approaching proficiency in their knowledge of the Sixth-Grade Iowa Core Math Standards. This course is a prerequisite for Pre-Algebra A.

Math 7 B   
MTH703 (first semester) and MTH 704 (second semester) | Full-Year Course
REQUIRED ⬛7 ⬜8
⬛ PBLN – MTH703p and MTH704p

This two-semester course is aligned with the Seventh-Grade Iowa Core Math Standards. Seventh-Grade Math develops a unified understanding of (a) ratios with proportional relationships and similarity, (b) rational number representations and operations, including fractions, decimals, and percents, as well as (c) numeric and algebraic expressions and equations. This B-level course is designed to meet the needs of the students who are proficient in their knowledge of the Sixth-Grade Iowa Core Math Standards. This course is a prerequisite for Pre-Algebra B.

7-8 Physical Education
PHY781 (first semester) and PHY782 (second semester) | Full-Year Course
REQUIRED ⬛7 ⬛8
⬜ PBLN 

By the end of Grade 8, the learner will apply tactics and strategies to modified game play; demonstrate fundamental movement skills in a variety of contexts; design and implement a health-enhancing fitness program; participate in self-selected physical activity; cooperate with and encourage classmates; accept individual differences and demonstrate inclusive behaviors; and engage in physical activity for enjoyment and self-expression.  Students may elect to engage in a fundamentals of training section that links to the high school’s strength and conditioning courses.

Pre-Algebra C (Advanced)
MTH721 (first semester) and MTH722 (second semester) | Full-Year Course
REQUIRED ⬛7 ⬜8
⬛PBLN – MTH721p and MTH722p

This two-semester course is aligned to the Eighth-Grade Iowa Core Math Standards.  Pre-Algebra topics include algebraic expressions, linear equations and systems of equations, functions, as well as geometric relationships of two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures.  This C-level course is an accelerated course designed to meet the learning needs of students who are proficient in their knowledge of the Seventh-Grade Iowa Core Math Standards.   This course is a prerequisite for Algebra I C.  

Science
SCI701 (first semester) and SCI702 (second semester) | Full-Year Course
REQUIRED ⬛7 ⬜8
⬛PBLN – SCI701p and SCI702p

This course provides an integrated and balanced coverage of all science disciplines (physics, life science, earth science, chemistry) and sequences them so that the topics presented in each course build upon previously learned ideas. A unit on health is also included.

Social Studies
SOC701 (first semester) and SOC702 (second semester) | Full-Year Course
REQUIRED ⬛7 ⬜8
⬛PBLN – SOC701p and SOC702p  

The seventh grade social studies curriculum focuses on the study of contemporary global issues. Students will study human rights, the impact of power and different forms of government, migration and globalization, global conflicts, and modern technology’s global impact. Students will engage in critical thinking, inquiry, analysis, and interpretation around these topics.   

Exploratory Block of Seven-Week Courses

Alphabetical Order

Each seventh grader will take the following required courses.

Engineering Technology
TEC701 | Seven-Week Course
REQUIRED EXPLORATORY ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜ PBLN 

This is an introductory course involving graphic communications, manufacturing, and power technologies. The students will be working in (1) materials and processes and (2) graphic communications.

Family/Consumer Science 
FCS701 | Seven-Week Course
REQUIRED EXPLORATORY ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜ PBLN

This is a seven week introductory course to develop interest and awareness in culinary, apparel, textiles, family and community service programs.

Financial Literacy
CEC701 | Seven-Week Course
REQUIRED EXPLORATORY ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜ PBLN

Financial Literacy is an introductory course in which skills are developed to prepare students for life as an educated independent consumer. Topics include understanding various types of insurance, credit usage, budget management, consumer interest calculations, cost of living, savings and investments, the stock market, strategies to deal with unexpected financial challenges, and marketing.

Health
HLTH701 | Seven-Week Course
REQUIRED EXPLORATORY ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜ PBLN

This course is delivered in a skills based approach to creating or maintaining healthy lifestyles and conditions through the development of knowledge, attitudes, and especially skills, using a variety of learning experiences, with an emphasis on participatory methods.  Study will include personal and community health; mental, emotional, and social health; injury prevention and safety; nutrition and physical activity; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; growth, development, and sexual health. Central themes are the acceptance of personal responsibility for lifelong health, respect for and promotion of the health of others, an understanding of the process of growth and development, and informed use of health-related information, products, and services.

Visual Art
ART701 | Seven-Week Course
REQUIRED EXPLORATORY ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜ PBLN 

This is an introductory course to help develop an awareness and understanding of the visual arts; their function in society and impact on our daily lives. Students will explore a variety of media and processes, emphasizing thinking skills, self-expression, and self-discipline.

Elective Courses

Alphabetical Order

Students are required to take one of three music electives: band, chorus, or orchestra.  The music requirement may be waived for students who are taking Reading Resource, Math Resource, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Extended Learning Program, Learning Lab, or a special education support class. Spanish is NOT a required course.

Band
MUS701 (first semester) and MUS702 (second semester) | Full-Year Course
ELECTIVE ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜PBLN 

Students in band will have played previously on their instruments during 5th and 6th grade. Students who have not previously played an instrument and are interested in starting band can do so by making arrangements with the band director. During the year, the band will perform at various concerts. All band students will have an opportunity to audition for jazz band and will be expected to perform in solo and ensemble contests. Band meets every other day and is a one-year course.

Bass Clef Choir
MUS713 (first semester) and MUS714 (second semester) | Full-Year Course
ELECTIVE ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜PBLN  

The seventh-grade choir sings two and three-part music and is open to all students who enjoy singing. During the year the choir will present two concerts for the public. Attention is placed on basic music literacy. All choir members are eligible to try out for the show choir. Choir meets every other day and is a one-year course.

Treble Clef Choir
MUS715 (first semester) and MUS716 (second semester) | Full-Year Course
ELECTIVE ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜PBLN  

The seventh-grade choir sings two and three-part music and is open to all students who enjoy singing. During the year the choir will present two concerts for the public. Attention is placed on basic music literacy. All choir members are eligible to try out for the show choir. Choir meets every other day and is a one-year course.

Orchestra
MUS821 (first semester) and MUS822 (second semester) – Indian Hills | Full-Year Course
MUS781 (first semester and MUS782 (second semester) – Stilwell | Full-Year Course

ELECTIVE ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜PBLN   

Students are provided large group, small group, and individual orchestra experience. Each student is also encouraged to audition in a combined junior high chamber orchestra. Individual or small group lessons are available to each student. The orchestra will perform at several concerts during the year. Orchestra meets every other day and is a one-year course.

Spanish 7
FRL701 (first semester) and FRL702 (second semester) | Full-Year Course 
ELECTIVE ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜PBLN

This introductory course is designed to bridge the gap between elementary Spanish and Spanish I. Students will continue to explore the Spanish language structure and cultures. Spanish meets every other day and is a one-year course. This course is recommended for students preparing to take Spanish I in 8th grade.

Courses Students Qualify for Based on School Feedback

Alphabetical Order

Some students may qualify to take one or more of the following courses.

ESOL Programming Overview

ESOL Teachers, General Education Teachers, and Counselors work together to choose the appropriate ESOL support for English Language Learners. The team uses information such as length of time in the U.S. schools, scores on the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21), and previous educational experiences.

Newcomer Program (Indian Hills Only)

The newcomer program is two classes that meet every day: Language development and Reading. Students practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English. They develop their English vocabulary skills. ESOL teachers might also support students in other classes.
QUALIFIED ⬛7 ⬛8
⬜PBLN

ESOL Foundations (Indian Hills Only)

ESOL Foundations helps English learners fill academic gaps from interrupted education specifically using math vocabulary and number sense skills. This class meets every day. English learners are also in a grade-level math class. Students receive targeted support at their level to build foundational skills.
QUALIFIED ⬛7 ⬛8
⬜PBLN

ESOL (Everyday Support)

This is an everyday language class for English learners. Students build background knowledge and vocabulary. Students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This course may be in place of a regular English Language Arts class.
QUALIFIED ⬛7 ⬛8
⬜PBLN

ESOL (Every-Other Day Support)

This is a language class that meets every-other day. Students build background knowledge and vocabulary. Students work on language skills with a focus on reading and writing in English. This course is in addition to a regular English Language Arts class.
QUALIFIED ⬛7 ⬛8
⬜PBLN

GT Seminar
GT701 (first semester) and GT702 (second semester) – Indian Hills | Full-Year Course
GT781 (first semester) and GT782 (second semester – Stilwell | Full-Year Course
QUALIFIED ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜PBLN

The acronym for the Extended Learning Program (ELP) has often been confused with English Language Proficiency (ELP). In addition, Extended Learning Program is not a common title for gifted/talented programming and thus is often misunderstood. As a result, the Extended Learning Program (ELP) changed the program title to Gifted/Talented (GT). The change in title better aligns with state and national nomenclature and will be recognized widely.

The course title in grades 7-8 currently reflect the Extended Learning Program. The proposed course title, GT Seminar, will maintain consistency with the change in program title and reflect the nature of the course. As well, the change in course description will ensure alignment and maintain consistency 7-12.

Learning Lab
LLB701 (first semester) and LLB702 (second semester) | Full-Year Course
QUALIFIED ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜PBLN

The learning lab is a class designed to help and assist students who are struggling with academic success, organization skills, and assignment completion. Parents will be contacted to discuss this option after the school year begins if problems become apparent. The learning lab will become a closely supervised study hall with a small teacher to student ratio. The class meets every other day or every day, if needed.

Math Resource
MTH731 (first semester) and MTH732 (second semester) – Indian Hills | Full-Year Course
MTH781 (first semester) and MTH782 (second semester) – Stilwell | Full-Year Course
QUALIFIED ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜PBLN  

The purpose of this course is to provide students with additional direct instruction in math skills and strategies. Students will be assessed for problem areas, and review key concepts using a variety of strategies and methods. Enrollment is based on assessment scores and team recommendation. This course meets every other day. If it becomes apparent by the building administrator that the student has been inappropriately placed, an adjustment will be made.

Reading
RDG701 (first semester) and RDG702 (second semester) | Full-Year Course
QUALIFIED ⬛7 ⬜8
⬜PBLN  

The purpose of this class is to provide students with additional time to read and develop study skills and reading strategies useful for core subject reading. Enrollment is based on test scores and teacher recommendations. The class meets every other day all year. Students scoring an NSS score of 219 and below for 7th grade and 231 and below for 8th grade on the Reading section of the Iowa Assessments will be required to take this class if it can be fit into their schedule. If it becomes apparent by the building administrator that the student has been inappropriately placed, an adjustment will be made.