Semester Overview

Grade 7
Academic Year 2017/2018

Instructor: Maddie Barry

Textbook: Keystone

Term 1





1 Unit 1, Reading 1

Novel: Chasing Vermeer

Practice reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing

Grammar: Prefixes: un-, dis-; grammar usage and mechanics

Characters, character traits, identity, individual, occur, physical, theory
2 Unit 1, Reading 2

Math/Science: G is for Googol

Practice reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing

Spelling with ai, ay, ee, and oa

Grammar: -er than and as…as

Architecture, gradual, infinity, numerals, spirals, steep, constant, illustrate, sequence, unique
3 Unit 1, Reading 3

Social Studies: Fact or Fiction?

Practice reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing

Passive Voice/Phrases

Archaeologist, clues, creature, disappeared, fantasy, sacred, accurate, create, evidence, survive
4 Unit 1, Reading 4

Short story: Teenage Detectives

Practice reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing

Subject-verb agreement with indefinite pronouns

Idioms, puns, aware, intelligent, motive, pursue
5 Review Unit 1 and work on project in class
6 Unit 2, Reading 1

Social studies: Ancient Kids

Practice reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing

Showing contrast: transitions and coordinating conjunctions

Ancient, ceremony, citizen, education, rights, rituals, classical, cultural, feature, philosophy
7 Unit 2, Reading 2

Novel: becoming Naomi Leon

Practice reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing

Non-action verbs

Dialogue, setting, assist, bond, conflict, process
8 Unit 2, Reading 3

Novel: Later, Gator

Practice reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing

Making comparisons

Plot, point of view, narrator, affect, author, effect, perspective
9 Unit 2, Reading 4

Science: Amazing Growth Facts

Practice reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing

Simple Past: Regular and Irregular verbs

Average, conversion, height, length, rate, weight, benefit, category, enormous, percent
10 Review
11 Midterms
12 Focus on In a Glass Grimmly; review reading and check comprehension
13 Unit 3, Reading 1

Novel: Run Away Home

Practice reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing

Simple and compound sentences

Dialect, mood, suspense, appropriate, communicate, period, precise
14 Unit 3, Reading 2

Social Studies: Extraordinary People: Serving Others

Practice reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing

Prepositions of time: in, on, at


Assassinated, extraordinary, founders, resistance, superintendent, tolerance, achieve, alter, impact, role
15 Take time to review past vocabulary and grammar using games and assessments in class. Group help will be encouraged. If time, conduct a play in class.
16 Unit 3, Reading 3

Diary: Zlata’s Diary

Practice reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing

Placement of adjectives

Figure of speech, hyperbole, consist, establish, method, stress
17 Unit 3, Reading 4

Science: Friendship and Cooperation in the Animal Kingdom

Practice reading, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing

Prepositions of location

Arrangement, cooperate, damage, gigantic, intruder, tsunami, attitude, comment, concept, rely on
18 Work on format of paragraph, essay, and letter.
19 Review
20 Finals

Teacher Jennie Cuetara

Science Fusion: Earth’s Water and Atmosphere
Science Fusion: Introduction to Science and Technology

Term 1


Week Objective Keywords
1 Science Fusion:Cells and Heredity

Unit 1

The Characteristics of Cells

●     Ability to identify the components of cells

●     Compare the difference between prokaryotes and eukaryotes

cell, organism, cell membrane, cytoplasm, organelle, nucleus, prokaryote, eukaryote
2 Chemistry of Life

Cell Structure  and Function

●     Describe the chemical makeup of living things

●     Compare the structure and function of cell parts in plant and animal cells

atom, molecule, carbohydrate, nucleic acid, lipid, phospholipid, protein


cytoskeleton, mitochondria, ribosome, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi complex, cell wall, vacuole, chloroplast, lysosome

3 Levels of Cellular Organization

●        Describe the different levels of organization in living things

organism, organ system, tissue, structure, organ, function
4 Homeostasis and Cell Processes

●        Explain the important processes that organisms undergo to maintain stable internal conditions

homeostasis, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, mitosis, diffusion, osmosis, passive transport, active transport, endocytosis, exocytosis
5 Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

●        Explain how cells capture and release energy

●        Unit 1 Review

photosynthesis, chlorophyll, cellular respiration
6 Unit 2



●        Connect the process of mitosis to its functions in single-celled and multicellular organisms

●        Describe the process of meiosis and its role in sexual reproduction

DNA, interphase, chromosomes, mitosis, cell cycle, cytokinesis


homologous chromosome, meiosis

7 Sexual and Asexual Reproduction

●        Describe asexual and sexual reproduction

●        List the advantages and disadvantages of each

sexual reproduction, sexual reproduction, fertilization
8 Heredity

Punnett Squares and Pedigrees

●        Analyze the inheritance of traits in individuals

●        Explain how patterns of heredity can be predicted by Punnett squares and pedigrees

heredity, genes, allele, genotype, phenotype, incomplete dominance, dominant, recessive, codominance


Punnett square, probability, ratio, pedigree

9 DNA Structure and Function

●        Describe the structure and main functions of DNA

●        Unit 2 Review

DNA, mutation, nucleotide, RNA, replication, ribosome
10 Review
11 Midterms
12 Science Fusion: Earth’s Water and Atmosphere

Unit 1

Water and its Properties

●        Describe water’s structure, its properties and its importance to Earth’s systems

polarity, cohesion, adhesion, specific heat, solvent




13 The Water Cycle

●        Describe the water cycle and the processes that are part of the water cycle on Earth

●        Unit 1 Review

water cycle, evaporation, transpiration, sublimation, condensation, precipitation
14 Unit 2

Earth’s Oceans and the Ocean Floor

●        Describe the properties and physical features of the Earth’s oceans

salinity, continental margin, mid-ocean ridge, thermocline, deep-ocean basin, ocean trench
15 Science Week
16 Ocean Waves

Ocean Currents

●        Describe the characteristics of ocean waves and what happens as they move through the ocean

●        Explain the movement of ocean water, what factors influence this movement and why ocean circulation is important for the Earth

●        Unit 2 Review

wave, ocean wave, crest, trough, wavelength, wave period, mechanical wave, tsunami


ocean current, deep current, surface current, convection current, Coriolis effect, upwelling


17 Unit 3

The Atmosphere

●        Describe the composition and structure of the atmosphere

●        Explain how the atmosphere protects life and insulates Earth

atmosphere, mesosphere, ozone layer, air pressure, stratosphere, greenhouse effect, thermosphere, troposphere
18 Energy Transfer

●        Ability to summarize the three mechanisms by which energy is transferred through Earth’s systems

●        Unit 3 Review

temperature, thermal energy, thermal expansion, heat, radiation, convection, conduction
19 Review
20 Finals

Teacher Jennie Cuetara

Science Fusion: Earth’s Water and Atmosphere
Science Fusion: Introduction to Science and Technology

Term 2


21 Unit 4

Elements of Weather

●        Describe elements of weather and explain how they are measured

weather, humidity, relative humidity, dew point, precipitation, air pressure, wind, visibility
22 Clouds and Cloud Formation

●        Describe the formation and classification of clouds

cloud, dew point, stratus cloud, cumulus cloud, cirrus cloud, fog
23 What Influences Weather?

●        Explain how global patterns in Earth’s system influence weather

air mass, jet stream, front
24 Climate

●        Describe the main factors that affect climate

●        Explain how scientists classify different climates

weather, climate, latitude, elevation, topography, surface current
25 Climate Change

●        Describe climate change

●        Identify the causes and effects of climate change

●        Unit 4 Review

ice age, greenhouse effect, global warming
26 Science Fusion: Introduction to Science and Technology

Unit 1

What is Science?

●        Describe the characteristics of science

science, empirical evidence, pseudoscience




27 Review
28 Midterms
29 Science and Society

●        Describe the impact that science has had on society and the role of scientists throughout history

30 Christmas Holiday


31 Scientific Investigations

●        Summarize the processes and characteristics of scientific investigations

experiment, hypothesis, independent variable, dependent variable, observation, data
32 Unit 2

Representing Data

●        Ability to use tables, graphs and models to display and analyze scientific data

independent variable, dependent variable, model
33 Scout Week

●        one day in classroom

34 Scientific Tools and Measurement

Models and Simulations

●        Describe the different tools and units of measurement used in scientific investigations

●        Describe how scientists use models and simulations to represent systems and make predictions

●        Unit 2 Review

measurement, scientific notation, precision, accuracy


model, simulation, physical model, mathematical model, conceptual model

35 Unit 3

The Engineering Design Process

●        Explain how the products and processes we use are created and improved

technology, engineering, prototype, trade-off
36 Systems

●        Describe how systems are put together, controlled and interact with each other

system, systems theory, input, output, control, feedback
37 Engineering and Life Science

●        Describe how organisms can be used in engineering

●        Understand how engineering can help organisms

38 Engineering and Our World

●        Explain how engineering, technology and society affect each other

●        Unit 3 Review

39 Review
40 Finals


Instructor: Nikon Chaocharoenpon

Textbook: Go Math: Middle School Grade 7
Houghton Mifflin , Harcourt Publishing Company


Semester 1


Week Objective Keywords
1 Ch.1    Adding and Subtracting Integers

–          Adding Integers with the Same Sign

Integers, absolute values
2 Ch.1    Adding and Subtracting Integers (continued)

–          Adding Integers with Different Signs

–          Subtracting Integers

Number lines, additive inverse
3 Ch.1    Adding and Subtracting Integers (continued)

–          Applying Addition and Subtraction of Integers

Ch. 2   Multiplying and Dividing Integers

–          Multiplying Integers

–          Dividing Integers

Product, quotient, dividend, divisor
4 Ch. 2   Multiplying and Dividing Integers (continued)

–          Applying Integers Operations

Ch. 3   Rational Numbers

–          Rational Numbers and Decimals

Expression, rational number, decimal, mixed number
5 Ch. 3   Rational Numbers (continued)

–          Adding Rational Numbers

–          Subtracting Rational Numbers

Opposite, additive inverse
6 Ch. 3   Rational Numbers (continued)

–          Multiplying Rational Numbers

–          Dividing Rational Numbers

Factor, product, quotient
7 Ch. 3   Rational Numbers (continued)

–          Applying Rational Number Operations

Ch. 4   Rates and Proportionality

–          Unit Rates

Rate, unit rate, complex fraction
8 Ch. 4   Rates and Proportionality (continued)

–          Constant Rates of Change

–          Proportional Relationships and Graphs

Proportional relationship, rate of change, proportion, constant of proportionality
9 Math Project Week
10 Midterm Exam Review
11 Midterm Exams
12 Ch. 5   Proportions and Percents

–          Percent Increase and Decrease

Percent, percent increase, percent decrease
13 Ch. 5   Proportions and Percents (continued)

–          Rewriting Percent Expressions

–          Applications of Percent

Discount, markdown, simple interest, principal
14 Ch. 6   Expressions and Equations

–          Algebraic Expressions

–          One-Step Equations with Rational Coefficients

Expression, algebraic expression, distributive property, coefficient
15 Ch. 6   Expressions and Equations (continued)

–          Writing Two-Step Equations

Two-step equation
16 Ch. 6   Expressions and Equations (continued)

–          Solving Two-Step Equations

Ch. 7   Inequalities

–          Writing and Solving One-Step Inequalities

17 Ch. 7   Inequalities (continued)

–          Writing Two-Step Inequalities

–          Solving Two-Step Inequalities

Two-step inequalities
18 Math Project Week
19 Final Exam Review
20 Final Exams


Semester 2

21 Ch. 8   Modeling Geometric Figures

–          Similar Shapes and Scale Drawings

–          Geometric Drawings

Dimension, scale drawing, scale, triangle, unique triangle
22 Ch. 8   Modeling Geometric Figures (continued)

–          Cross Sections

–          Angle Relationships

Ch. 9   Circumference, Area, and Volume

–          Circumference

Cross sections, vertical angles, adjacent angles, complementary angles, supplementary angles, radius, diameter, circumference
23 Ch. 9   Circumference, Area, and Volume (continued)

–          Area of Circles

–          Area of Composite Figures

Pi, squared, composite figures
24 Ch. 9   Circumference, Area, and Volume (continued)

–          Solving Surface Area Problems

–          Solving Volume Problems

Ch. 10 Random Samples and Populations

–          Populations and Samples

Surface area, prism, composite solid, volume, trapezoid prism, population, sample, random sample, biased sample
25 Ch. 10 Random Samples and Populations (continued)

–          Making Inferences from a Random Sample

–          Generating Random Samples

Dot plot, inference
26 Math Project Week
27 Midterm Exam Review
28 Midterm Exams
29 Christmas Prep Week
30 Christmas Break
31 Ch. 11 Analyzing and Comparing Data

–          Comparing Data Displayed In Dot Plots

Dot plot, center, median, mean, outlier
32 Ch. 11 Analyzing and Comparing Data (continued)

–          Comparing Data Displayed in Box Plots

Box plot, upper quartile, lower quartile
33 Ch. 11 Analyzing and Comparing Data (continued)

–          Using Statistical Measures to Compare Populations

Mean absolute deviation (MAD),
34 Ch. 12 Experimental Probability

–          Probability

–          Experimental Probability of Simple Events

Probability, likelihood, experiment, trial, outcome, event, sample space, experimental probability, simple  event, simulation
35 Ch. 12 Experimental Probability (continued)

–          Experimental Probability of Compound Events

Ch. 13 Theoretical Probability and Simulations

–          Making Predictions with Experimental Probability

Compound event, simulation
36 Ch. 13 Theoretical Probability and Simulations (continued)

–          Theoretical Probability of Simple Events

–          Theoretical Probability of Compound Events

Theoretical probability
37 Ch. 13 Theoretical Probability and Simulations (continued)

–          Making Predictions with Theoretical Probability

–          Using Technology to Conduct a Simulation

Qualitative prediction
38 Math Project Week
39 Final Exam Review
40 Final Exams

Social Studies
Teacher Neill

Term 1


Week Objective Keywords
1 Get acquainted and rules

Ten minute test – draw own map of S/E Asia


Intro to Southeast Asia

2 29/1 The Land:  peninsulas and islands, mainland, mountains and rivers, natural resources Cordillera, archipelago, insular, flora, fauna
3 29/2 Climate and Vegetation: monsoons, tropical savannah, tropical rainforests, highlands Endemic, deciduous
4 30/1 Cultural Geography of S/E Asia:

Populations Patterns

Urbanization, primate city
5 30/2 History and government: early civilizations, western colonization, World War II, regional conflicts Maritime, sphere of influence, buffer state
6 30/3 Cultures and Lifestyles: Diversity through migration and indigenous populations, languages, religions, the arts, lifestyle Wat, batik, longhouse
7 31/1 Living in S/E Asia: agriculture, mineral wealth, industry, interdependence, waterways Paddy, sickle, subsistence crop, cash crop, lode, interdependent, ASEAN, free port
8 31/2 People and their environment: volcanic eruptions, typhoons, flash floods; pollution, illegal logging Cyclone, typhoon, shifting cultivation
9 S/E Asia project – tba
10 Review
11 Midterms
12 Intro to South Asia(India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan)
13 23/1 The Land: Surrounding seas, Himalaya, major rivers Subcontinent, alluvial plain, mica
14 23/2 Climate and vegetation: tropical and subtropical climates, rainforests, savannahs, dry climates, monsoons, flooding Monsoon, cyclone
15 24/1 The Cultural Geography of South Asia:  population patterns Jati, megalopolis
16 24/2 History and Government: caste system, Hinduism and Buddhism; invaders: Moghuls, British; independence, border conflicts Dharma, reincarnation, karma, nirvana, raj
17 24/3 Cultures and Life Styles: languages and dialects, religions, high mortality rate and poor nutrition Guru, mantra, sadu, stupa, dzong
18 South Asia project – tba
19 Review
20 Finals

Social Studies

Term 2


21 Intro to East Asia:  The Land, geographic features of East Asia Archipelago, tsunami, loess, Gobi Desert, Himalayas, Plateau of Tibet, Yellow River, Yangtze River
22 Climate and Vegetation of East Asia

(Short week)

Monsoon, Japan Current, typhoon
23 Chapter test

Population patterns in East Asia

History and government in East Asia


Homogeneous,culture hearth, dynasty, clan shogun, samurai

24 Culture and Lifestyles in East Asia

Chapter test

Ideogram, shamanism, lama, acupuncture, haiku, calligraphy, pagoda
25 Living in East Asia

Political and Economic Systems

Command system, commune, cooperative, APEC, trade surplus, trade deficit, dissident, economic sanctions, WTO, merchant marine
26 People and the Environment in East Asia

Environmental Concerns

Desertification, chlorofluorocarbons, aquaculture
27 Review
28 Midterms
29 Special topic
30 Christmas Holiday
31 Intro to Russia:  The Land, geographic features Chernozem, hydroelectric power, permafrost
32 Climate and vegetation in Russia

Chapter test

Tundra, taiga, steppe
33 Population patterns in Russia

History and government

Ethnic group, nationality, sovereignty, czar, serf, Russification, socialism, Bolshevik, communism, satellite, Cold War, perestroika, glasnot

Cultures and lifestyles in Russia

Chapter test

Atheism, patriarch, icon, pogrom, intelligentsia, socialist realism
35 Living in Russia Command economy, consumer goods, black market, market economy, privatization, kolkhoz, sovkhoz
36 People and their environment Radioactive material, pesticide, nuclear waste
37 Gap week for uncovered material
38 Asia map project
39 Review
40 Finals

Teacher Matthew


Academic Year 2017/2018


Below is a list of units that shall be worked on this semester and into next.  Work is taken from a mixture of online resources, course books and some is also self-created. The target is a 50/50 balance of academic writing and creative writing.



• Free Writing: The first 10 minutes of every class is spent free writing so that by the end of the semester each student has a portfolio of written work that has been graded.  In each class we also work on error correction in some of the written pieces of work.  Students work together to sport errors and correct them.


By way of stimulating the students in free writing, writing prompts are given.  These range from pictures, what happened next, and questions that encourage critical thinking.  Sometimes the students’ are also given the opportunity to write whatever they like or a journal entry.


Vocabulary: Students’ are taught new words throughout the semester and are then tested on their ability to incorporate the word into a sentence correctly.


Formal & Informal letter writing and emails: Correct structure and layout of formal and informal letters.  Structure can be used for emails and/or hand written emails.


• Discursive Essay Writing: How to structure and plan a coherent discursive essay.  Students are given a topic for debate.  Pros and cons are discussed and noted down in class.  Students then formulate their own ideas, research facts to back up opinions, and draw a balanced conclusion before highlighting their personal opinion.


• Poetry (haikus)

To engage critical and creative thinking based on a set structure.


• Error Correction: How we can be mindful of errors in our own work (punctuation, verb tenses, verb usage, word order etc) and spot mistakes quickly in order to help our writing flow.

** Please note that this unit is on-going and usually takes shape at the start of every class based on the previous class’s writing task.  It is part of the larger, overall unit – editing our work.


• Correct Punctuation Usage: Full stops, commas, apostrophe, capital letters, question marks, colons, semi-colons, dashes)

– We will look at the various punctuation marks usable in written English, learn some of their rules, and also how to implement them effectively in order to enhance our writing.


• Forming simple sentences

– English writing (basic) refresher.  Students will learn and practice again some of the common rules in forming simple sentences.


• Writing about your day:

– Past tense and using time expressions


• Linking words& essay writing

–          How to effectively use linking words in various writing forms.

–          Linking two ideas together – vocabulary usage

–          Sequence, contrast, examples, endings / conclusions


• Speech Marks:

Correctly using speech marks in written English and the rules we must abide by when using them.


• Creative Writing: Solo & group work – writing stories, letters, invitations based on various themes and modern ideas.


• Summaries & Reviews: To enhance the transition between critical thinking and putting our opinion down on paper in a coherent manner.


• Character creation and writing biographies.


• Articles& Prepositions: Correctly using definite, indefinite articles, and prepositions in written English.  This unit is focused on refining writing.


• The correct use of prepositions in English writing.


• Brainstorming ideas prior to writing – diagrams / topic areas / examples – by way of organising thoughts.



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