Seventh-Grade Course Listings

  • The 2021-22 Junior High Course Description Catalog is available online and in a downloadable PDF.

    To access the catalog online, you can:

    • View seventh or eighth grade courses in this section of the website.
    • Download the 2021-22 Junior High Course Catalog PDF.


    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.

  • 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 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 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Electives 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 classes. 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.

    Recommended Courses (based on teacher feedback)

    ALPHABETICAL ORDER

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

    ESOL

    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
    RECOMMENDED ⬛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 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
    RECOMMENDED ⬛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
    RECOMMENDED ⬛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
    RECOMMENDED ⬛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.

     

Last Modified on January 18, 2021