Grade 7 Curriculum SY 2016-2017
Courses for the 7th grade curriculum are as follows:
- English / Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Mathematics – General Math or Pre-Algebra
- Computer / PE
Gifted and Talented (G/T)
The Gifted and Talented (G/T) Program at Kaimuki Middle School (KMS) is available for those who are interested in taking one or more G/T courses and meet qualifications. The G/T process includes a nomination, assessment, & selection phase where those interested in G/T are asked to apply. There are about 28 spots at grades six, seven and eight for the following core classes: English, Math, Science and Social Studies. The Gifted and Talented Program is offered to students who excel in one or more of the core subject areas and can benefit from extension, depth, acceleration, and/or enrichment of the curriculum. You do not need to indicate on your registration form your intent to apply. However, please look for the G/T Nomination form and application procedures, which will be available via our website at the beginning of the 2017 calendar year.
English / Language Arts Grade 7 – year
This course provides students a balanced, standards-based program emphasizing and integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening with language and literature. In this course, reading, writing, and oral communication processes are experienced as interrelated and interactive processes operating in meaning-rich contexts. The study of informational and literary texts is experienced as an interactive process of constructing meaning and making connections. Primary emphasis is on the personal, interpretive and critical response of the reader in the construction of meaning.
ELL Language Arts - year
Differentiated Language Arts instruction for Active ELL students. Students receive standards based instruction, in line with Common Core State Standards. Students acquire English while working on Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing skills
Social Studies Grade 7A – semester
This first semester course examines the important people and events of the monarchy era in Hawai’i. The scope of study spans from Kamehameha’s Unification of the Hawaiian Islands through the Overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani. Throughout the semester, students will be tasked to think critically and analyze the political, social/cultural, and economic influences on life in Hawai’i. The course will incorporate the Hawaii State Content & Performance (HCPS III) Standards as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Social Studies Grade 7B – semester
The second semester course examines the diversity and similarities among island nations and territories of the Pacific including Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. The scope of study spans from settlement through the Modern Era. Throughout the semester, students will be tasked to think critically and analyze the impact of foreign influence in the Pacific, as well as contemporary challenges facing these nations and territories. The course will incorporate the Hawaii State Content & Performance (HCPS III) Standards as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Mathematics Grade 7 – year
This course is required of all students in grade 7. Emphasis is on developing proficiency with concepts and skills in Ratios and Proportional Relationships; The Number System; Expressions and Equations; Geometry; Statistics and Probability. Learning in these areas will support the development of student proficiency of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Science Grade 7 – year
This is the second course in a sequence of three yearlong inquiry and laboratory-based courses. Schools are to develop and/or use available resource modules or adaptation of modules to use scientific inquiry and the relationships between science-technology-society to understand cycles of matter and energy within and among organisms and their environments, structure and function in organisms and the degree of relatedness between selected organisms, diversity, genetics, and evolution.
Physical Education Grade 7 – semester
This standards-based course is designed to strengthen physical movement forms, concepts, principles, and skills through participation in a variety of physical fitness experiences, including invasion, field, net, and target activities. Initial focus is placed on the concepts surrounding the components of physical fitness (muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, and body composition). Students learn to accurately assess and log their own personal levels of fitness using a variety of fitness assessment measurement tools. Fitness assessment may include: monitoring heart rates, determining body fat percentage, one-mile run, 600-yard run, pacer, shuttle run, pull ups, vertical hang, push ups, sit and reach, crunches, standing long jump, vertical leap, etc. Students will also learn basic principles of physical fitness and set goals to improve and maintain body composition, sustain an aerobic activity, and maintain a target heart rate to achieve cardiovascular benefits through a variety of conditioning and training activities.
Career and Technical-Computer Literacy – semester
Computer Literacy reinforces each student’s basic computing skills and practices. This reviews the features and tools of Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and compares these to their counterparts in Google Apps. Student improving their touch-typing skills, during this semester in order to increase their efficiency and accuracy in all applications. Additional course elements include examining the ethical use of networked resources, an introduction to Flash animation, and digital design using Photoshop.
The Special Education Program is taught by special education teachers and is designed to meet the unique educational needs of exceptional students certified as having mental, physical, and/or emotional impairments according to state and federal mandates. The type and amount of special education programming needed by exceptional students will vary and depend upon the student’s current Individualized Education Program (IEP). Most special education students will be mainstreamed or integrated into courses designed for regular students with appropriate adaptations and/or accommodations, while a small percentage of students may remain totally in special education classes.
The Community-Based Instructional Program (CBI) provides student participants with an opportunity to reinforce the practical application of academic and social skills needed to function within their community. When teaching takes place in the environment where the skills naturally occur, the difficulties in generalizing skills from simulated situations vs. natural environments are minimized. CBI activities are instructional lessons that have been carefully tailored to meed the specific needs of a student according to his/her IEP.
Grade 7 Electives
*Beginning/Introductory music classes are only offered to 7th graders who have already taken another beginning music class at 6th grade (see KMS website for course descriptions).
Exploratory Wheel Grade 7 – year
An interdisciplinary semester course focused on “Sustainability and Gardening”. Students learn about sustainable living through gardening, and to be stewards of the Earth. They work weekly in the green Lab, learning organic gardening practices, and harvest produce from the garden to prepare healthy snacks. Communication, public speaking, and reading is also interwoven into the curriculum.
A semester of “Beginning Media Production”. A project based course where students learn beginning techniques of video production, including the use of video editing software and computer technologies. Students are also taught advanced camera techniques for future study in video production.
Intermediate Band Grade 7 – year
Concert Band is for students in 7th and 8th grade who have successfully completed Introduction to Band (FMB0100) with a year grade of C or higher or instructor’s permission. Students will continue to develop their instrumental music skills through the study of advanced rhythms, wider note ranges, extended instrumental technique, and more difficult and varied musical repertoire. Students will be divided into three ensembles based on instrumental ability and rehearsal availability for culminating performances. Prerequisite, grade of C or higher or instructor’s permission.
Intermediate Orchestra Grade 7 – year
Intermediate Orchestra is for students in 7th and 8th grade who have successfully completed Introduction to Orchestra (FMV0100) with a year grade of C or higher or instructor’s permission. Students will continue to develop their instrumental music skills through the study of advanced rhythms, wider note ranges (shifting, extended positions), extended instrumental technique (tremolo, vibrato, etc.), and more difficult and varied musical repertoire. Students will demonstrate the skills they learn through private and public ensemble performances throughout the year. Prerequisite, grade of C or higher or instructor’s permission.
Intermediate Chorus Grade 7 – year
Intermediate Chorus is for students in 7th and 8th grade who have successfully completed Beginning Chorus with a year grade of C or higher or instructor’s permission. Students will continue to develop skills learned in Beginning Chorus such as sight-singing, pitch memory, part-singing, extended/foreign diction, and advanced repertoire. Students will be divided into three ensembles based on ability and rehearsal availability for culminating performances. Students will demonstrate the skills they learn through private and public ensemble performances throughout the year. Prerequisite, grade of C or higher or instructor’s permission.
Intermediate Ukulele Grade 7 – year
Intermediate Ukulele is for students in 7th and 8th grade who have successfully completed Beginning Ukulele with a year grade of C or higher or instructor’s permission. Students will continue to develop skills such as extended harmonies, finger picking, part-singing, note- and tablature-reading, and advanced repertoire. Students will demonstrate the skills they learn through private and public ensemble performances throughout the year. Prerequisite, grade of C or higher or instructor’s permission.