Seventh-Grade Course Listing
The information on this page has been updated for the 2019-20 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.
*Denotes full-year course
Each seventh grader will take the following required courses.
Students who choose to participate in the Project-Based Learning Network will take Math, Science, and Humanities (social studies and English). PBL Network learners and students in the traditional pathway have lunch and block/electives classes like P.E., band, and Spanish, together. PBL Network learners have the same access to advanced courses and extracurricular activities as all other students.
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: MTH711*
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: MTH721*
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.
Physical Education: PHY770*
The physical education program encourages the development of a healthy lifestyle. The curriculum utilizes a variety of individual and group activities to improve the student’s knowledge, appreciation, and performance in the areas of fitness, motor skills, and games. The class meets every other day. A plain white T-shirt (can be purchased at IH), any color gym shorts/pants, socks, and gym shoes are required.
Pre-Algebra C (Advanced): MTH731*
This is an accelerated course designed to meet the needs of the highly-motivated, independent learner with exceptional mathematical abilities. Lessons are fast-paced with minimal notes and examples. There are often many skills combined into one lesson with very little review. The pre-algebra student must have a strong math background and have exceptional problem-solving skills. Enrollment is based on elementary test scores in combination with 6th-grade teacher recommendations. (Parental placement is strongly discouraged if the student is not recommended.)
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: SOC741*
The content of the seventh-grade social studies curriculum will focus on the study of geography and map skills, ancient civilization, and the history and geography of Europe. The processes used by the students will include research projects, classroom dialogue, textbook reading, a variety of hands-on activities, and the use of the Internet. Interdisciplinary connections with other subject areas will be utilized.
Exploratory Block of Nine-Week Courses
Each seventh grader will take the following required courses.
Family/ Consumer Science: FCS761
This introductory course is designed to help develop an awareness and responsibility in the areas of nutrition, food, clothing, and relationships.
Financial Literacy: SOC763
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.
Technology Education: TEC762
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.
Visual Art: ART760
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.
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 classes. Spanish is NOT a required course.
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.
The seventh-grade chorus sings two and three-part music and is open to all students who enjoy singing. During the year the chorus will present two concerts for the public. All chorus members are eligible to try out for the show choir. Chorus meets every other day and is a one-year course.
Students are provided large group, small group, and individual orchestra experiences. Individual or small group lessons are provided for each student. The orchestra will perform at several concerts during the year. Orchestra meets every other day and is a one-year course.
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.
Recommended Courses (based on teacher feedback)
Some students may be recommended to take one or more of the following courses.
E.S.O.L.: ESOL Newcomers
As students enter the WDM School District with English for Students of Other Languages, the Idea Proficiency Test (IPT) will be administered. Students scoring a low proficiency score on oral, written, or reading will be served within the Newcomers Program at Indian Hills Junior High for three periods in the afternoon. Students are eligible to participate in the program for two full semesters. After completing the Newcomers Program, students will be served by the regular E.S.O.L. teacher at Indian Hills.
The purpose of E.S.O.L. is to provide support and modifications for students whose native language is not English. This class teaches basic skills in reading, writing, and speaking English. The class meets every day in order to teach English and support academics in content area classes.
Extended Learning: LRN799
The purpose of this class is to develop self-directed, independent life-long learners. Students work individually, in small groups, and with the entire group on projects and presentations based upon their interests, needs, and abilities. ELP is open only to identified gifted and talented students who have been recommended. Parent permission is required. The class is a one-year course scheduled every other day opposite physical education or study hall.
Learning Lab: LRN701
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: MTH710
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.
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.