Curricula

Grade 6 Science

Grade 6 Science Scope and Sequence

Diversity of Life In this unit, students explore the commonalities among all life forms and determine what it means to be “alive.” Students also investigate the micro-world and realize that life is diverse, ranging from the tiniest of cells to the largest multi-cellular life forms. Regardless of size, all things are made of cells, and all cells carry out basic life functions. Students are introduced to the basic concept of cellular metabolism and resource acquisition.

Simple Machines
Simple machines are devices used to transfer energy to accomplish tasks that would otherwise be more difficult or impossible to complete without the use of the simple machine. Simple machines typically operate by decreasing the amount of effort force that the used must supply, however the trade-off is that the user must exert this force over a larger distance. This relationship is also a focus of the Simple Machines unit. Examples of simple machines include the lever, pulleys, and inclined planes.

Properties of Matter
The focus of this unit is the physical properties that characterize matter. Students examine characteristic properties including density, solubility, and melting and boiling points. The particle model is utilized to illustrate how materials behave under different conditions (changes in temperature and pressure). The link is made between the increase/decrease of energy and the behavior of the materials.
Unit 3 Green PRACTICE Test- Properties of Matter

Earth's History
The study of Earth’s history enables people to use observations of present processes to infer past history of the Earth. The Grand Canyon’s undisturbed horizontal sedimentary rock layers allow for these inferences through the study of individual rock types, formations, sequences, and use of index fossils. The Grand Canyon allows us to use the relative geologic time scale to understand vast amounts of time and the changes that have taken place in Earth’s history.
   

Grade 7 Math

Course Outline Template Math 7 11-12

Unit 1-Principles of Algebra In the introductory unit of the year, students will revisit expressions with respect to positive and negative integers and practice solving expressions by finding values for variables. Students will solve equations and inequalities by multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.
Unit 1 Green PRACTICE Test-Principles of Algebra
Unit 1 Blue PRACTICE Test-Principles of Algebra

Unit 2-Rational Numbers Students will be able to compare and compute mathematical procedures involving rational numbers. There is an emphasis on understandings the differences between rational and irrational numbers and students will learn how to convert and represent them in different ways to achieve numerical fluency.
Unit 2 Practice Assessment Green-Rational Numbers
Unit 2 Practice Assessment Blue-Rational Numbers    

Unit 3-Graphs, Functions and Sequences Linear functions with more than one variable are explored in this unit where students develop their understanding of the coordinate plane by using “X” and “Y” variables. Students learn to interpret graphs and tables and are able to identify arithmetic sequences.
Unit 3 Practice Assessment Green-Graphs, Functions and Sequences
Unit 3 Practice Assessment Blue-Graphs, Functions and Sequences

Unit 4-Exponents and Roots As a follow up to rational numbers, students learn to identify patterns in integer exponents and the inverse of square roots. Students will also learn to apply the Pythagorean Theorem to solve for parts of the triangle.
Unit 4 Green PRACTICE-Exponents
Unit 4 Blue PRACTICE-Exponents

Unit 5-Percents Although students learned about percents in grade 6, in grade 7 they will hone their understanding of percents by using estimation, and finding a number when a percent is known. Other applications involve applying percents to find simple interest and percent increases or decreases.
Unit 5 Green PRACTICE-Percents
Unit 5 Blue PRACTICE-Percents

Unit 6-Periemeter, Area and Volume In grade 6, students explored two-dimensional geometry but in grade 7, they will expand their horizons by adding the dimension of volume. Furthermore, students will learn the relationship between the surface area and volume of shapes. As in grade 6, students use their algebra skills to calculate area and volume by substituting values for formulas. They apply this procedural knowledge to solving more complex formulas with three dimensional shapes. There are a number of labs and experiments in this unit where students use this knowledge to practice their understanding.
Unit 6 Green PRACTICE-Perimeter, Area and Volume
Unit 6 Blue PRACTICE-Perimeter, Area and Volume

Unit 7-Data and Statistics Students will use a number of graphic organizers such as stem and leaf plots, box and whisker plots, and scatter plot diagrams to identify relationships. Students will make a number of graphs on their own and learn to identify misleading graphs and finally internalize how to choose the best representation of data.
Unit 7 Green PRACTICE Data and Statistics
Unit 7 Blue PRACTICE Data and Statistics

Unit 8-Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities Algebraic expressions with numerous terms are simplified in this unit. Students use their basic skills of multiplying and dividing and simplify expression to solve multi-step problems.
Unit 8 Green PRACTICE Multi-Step Equations
Unit 8 Blue PRACTICE Multi-Step Equations