Semester Overview

Grade 7
Academic Year 2018/2019

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Instructor: Vang M. Xiong


Term 2


Learning Goals:

According to Parents’ Tool Kit (2018), when students are in grade seven, they begin to read, explore and comprehend more challenging literature, which includes stories, plays, and poem, ranging from different time periods and cultures. Students also explore a variety of texts that includes: nonfiction, and informational texts that integrate other content areas such as social studies, math and science. Seventh graders explore writing areas that involve using arguments to make claims, comprehending a topic, and research writing.


Learning Content and Objectives



Oct 16 – 19

Welcome Back Week:

·         Introduction of the unit and self.

·         Go over rules, procedure, and expectations.

·         Building a community of learning and create social contract.

·         Assessments of students’ current knowledge

·         Introduce the Unit and go over the first reading: The Language of Perception

o   Unit two focuses on Perception and Reality. Students explore literature of how these two concepts influences oneself, one’s community, and the larger world at work.

o   SWBAT read texts, discuss perceptions, and explore homographs.

*No school on Monday, the 15th

Rules, consequences, and procedures.




Spelling: abnormal, feature, focus, perceive, and task


Oct 22 – 26

School Dave: Abracadabra

Is it Magic?

·         SWBAT read the narrative and describe the author’s opinion

·         SWBAT focus on perception and how something might not be what it seems and explore gathering data to uncover truth with the text.

*Memorial Day

No school on Tuesday, the 23rd

Assembly, pedestrian, deck, aisles, shuffled, announced, panicked, auditorium.


Oct 29 – Nov 2

Eat ‘Em Up!

·         SWBAT to explore perception by challenging their own conception of how plants obtain nutrients through reading about carnivorous plants.

From the Giver

·         SWBAT will explore the idea that one’s understanding of the world has multiple meanings and those meanings can be manipulated and constructed.

*Scout Camp

No Class on Wed to Fri, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

Digest, evolved, nutrients, lure, pretty, notions


Tones, comprehend, flesh, precise, vibrant, capacity, genetic, gain


Nov 5 – 9

Lesson from the Perry Como Sundae Bar

Hatshepsut: The King Herself

·         SWBAT read a text about a pharaoh who was a woman. This text challenges the perception and dominant narrative that pharaohs are only men. This includes teachings students strategies such as: unpacking a sentence and exploring information in an informational text.

Divine, asserted, exception, prosperous, altering, erected, proclaimed, inscriptions


Nov 12 – 16

A Means to an End

The Red- Headed League

·         SWBAT read a play about four women who lived in different places and times. SWBAT read a play and analyze the characters; and identify adjectives clauses in complex sentences


Tues 13 – Fri 16

Compelling, disguise, achieve, gender, familiar, masculine, guarantee, profound


Eccentric, plaque, reputation, ruse, cellar, awe, notorious, imminent


Nov 19 – 23

Informative Essay

·         This week gives students the chance to explore different literature through writing. Students will write an information essay that discusses the concept of perception. Students will engage in the writing process.

*Lo Krathong Day Activities

Friday, 23rd

Research and citation


No 26 – 30

Mid-term Review N/A


Dec 3 – 7

Midterms N/A


Dec 10 -14

Readers Theater

·         Students engage in fluency building and character development. Students also learn about parts of a play, which include: setting, characters, problems, solution, etc.

*Constitution Day

No School on Monday, the 10th

Audience and presenter


Dec 17 – 21

Christmas Holiday – No School N/A


Dec 24 – 28

New Year Holiday – No School N/A


Dec 31 – Jan 4

Welcome Week

·         Welcome the students back to school and review rules and expectation.

·         Introduce the new unit and the reading, The Language of Nature.

o   This unit focuses on using literature to understand the natural world. Students will be exploring various and engage in inquiry work that integrates science and language arts education.

*No class on Dec 31st and Jan 1st

Natural world; nature, science


Jan 7 – 11

Going Wild

Hawks and Beavers

·         This is a story about an animal research, observing a family of beaver, building a dam. SWBAT read and describe details of a narrative.

*Children’s Activities Day

Monitoring, binoculars, nocturnal, hauling, gnaw, elaborate


Jan 14 – 18

Haiku: This Other World

Dolphins Recognize the Call of Long-Lost Friends

·         The students will explore features of haiku and learn about the syllables arranged in three lines of five, seven, and five. Students will describe the design of the haiku.

*Teacher Day

No School on Wednesday the 16th



Jan 21 – 25

Salt, Sand, and Gold

·         Students will explore the old trade routes in West Africa and the mode of transportation that exist there. SWBAT understand text structure, which include the text features, cause and effect, and recognize and use prepositional phrases as adverbs.

Alfred Wegener’s Wild Idea

·         This text looks at the scientific concept of continental drift and the man behind the research. Students will read, explore, and define the technical language. Students will also engage in close reading. SWBAT engage in collaborative discussion and present speeches.

Vital, procure, therefore, route, precipitation, thirst

Meteorology, pursue, organism, displacement, drift, molten


Jan 28 – Feb 1

From Torn Away

·         This is a novel excerpt on the narrator’s terrible experience with a tornado. SWBAT will explore the genre and text structure. Students will also evaluate language choices; and exchange information and ideas about creation of blogs.

The Swiss Family Robison

·         This story of the Robison is retold as a graphic novel, which talked about the aftermath of a week of stormy weather that disabled the ship they were sailing on. SWBAT will be able to read the novel, discuss the setting of the story, and analyze the story elements.


Locomotive, anticipation, din, battered, thud, chaos


Withstand, dawn, supplies, storage, ladder, snares


Feb 4 – 8

Readers Theater

·         Students engage in fluency building and character development. Students also learn about parts of a play, which include: setting, characters, problems, solution, etc.

*Sport Day

Feb 7th and 8th



Feb 11 – 15

Research Paper

·         This week gives students the chance to explore different literature through writing. Students will write a research essay that integrates the natural world. Students will engage in the writing process and share their work publicly.



Feb 18 – 22


Makha Bucha Day

No school on Tuesday the 19th



Feb 25 – March 1

Finals N/A


March 4 – 8

Last Week of School N/A



George Perry

Science Fusion (F): Earth’s Water and Atmosphere

Science Fusion (K): Introduction to Science and Technology

Term 2


21 >>Science Fusion (F): Earth’s Water and Atmosphere


[Unit 4: Lesson 1]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 [Unit 4: Lesson 2]Clouds and Cloud Formation

●        Describe the formation and classification of clouds

cloud, dew point, stratus cloud, cumulus cloud, cirrus cloud, fog
23 [Unit 4: Lesson 3]What Influences Weather?

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

{must carry content over to the next week – 2 days}


air mass, jet stream, front






24 Unit 4: Lesson 3] *EXTENDED


[Unit 4: Lesson 6]Climate

●        Describe the main factors that affect climate

●        Explain how scientists classify different climates

{must carry content over to the next week – 1 day}



weather, climate, latitude, elevation, topography, surface current





25 Unit 4: Lesson 6] *EXTENDED
26 [Unit 4: Lesson 7] Climate Change

●        Describe climate change

●        Identify the causes and effects of climate change


Unit 4 Review

{possibly/must carry content over to the next week – 1 days}

[Please note that Lessons4 and 5(Severe Weather and Weather Safety; Weather Maps and Weather Prediction) in the textbook will not be covered in this course. [This is 2 of 3 chapters in this textbook that will be ‘skipped’]


ice age, greenhouse effect, global warming








27 Review Week (for Midterms)+ Unit 1 Extension

●        1 Day Class

●        4 Days Review


28 Midterms + Review Extension

●        1 day review

●        3 days Exams

●        1 day public holiday

29 ●        1 Day Public Holiday

●        1 Day Exam Revisit and answer provision

●        2 Days Class

●        1 Day Xmas Activities


>>Science Fusion (K): Introduction to Science and Technology


[Unit 1: Lesson 1]: What is Science?

●        Describe what characterizes science and scientific explanations

●        Differentiate between science and pseudoscience

{possibly carry content over to the next week – 1 day}










science, empirical evidence, pseudoscience


30 Christmas Holiday

No Classes for 2.5 Weeks


31 [Unit 1: Lesson 2]: Scientific Investigations

●        Summarize the processes and characteristics of scientific investigations

{possibly carry content over to the next week – 1 day}



experiment, hypothesis, independent variable, dependent variable, observation,



32 [Unit 1: Lesson 3]: Scientific Knowledge

●        Differentiate the methods that scientists use to gain empirical evidence in a variety of scientific fields, and explain how this leads to scientific change

{possibly carry content over to the next week – 1 day}

empirical evidence






33 [Unit 1: Lesson 4]: Science and Society

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


Unit 1 Review









34 >>Science Fusion (K): Introduction to Science and Technology


[Unit 2: Lesson 1]: Representing Data

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



[Unit 2: Lesson 2]: Scientific Tools and Measurement

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

{possibly carry content over to the next week – 2 days}





Independent variable,

Dependent variable,



measurement, scientific notation, precision, accuracy



35 [Unit 3: Lesson 3]: Models and Simulations

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


Unit 2 Review



simulation, physical model, mathematical model,

conceptual model

36 >>Science Fusion (K): Introduction to Science and Technology


[Unit 3: Lesson 1]: Engineering design process

●        Explain how the engineering process develops technical solutions to meet people’s needs.




technology, engineering, prototype,



37 [Unit 3: Lesson 3]: Systems

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


[Unit 3: Lesson 5]: Engineering and Life Science

●        Describe how organisms can be used in engineering

●        Understand how engineering can help organisms

{possibly carry content over to the next week – 1 day}

system, systems theory, input, output, control, feedback


selective breeding,

genetic engineering,


Assistive/Adaptive technology,




38 [Unit 3: Lesson 6]: Engineering and Our World

●        Explain how engineering, technology and society affect each other


Unit 3 Review

{possibly carry content over to the next week – 2 days}

[Please note that Lessons2 and 4(Methods of Analysis; Materials and Tools) in the textbook will not be covered in this course. [This is 2 of 2 chapters in this textbook that will be ‘skipped’]




Needs and Wants,

Society and Technology,


39 Review(for finals)+ Unit 3 Extension

●        2 Days Class

●        3 Days Review

40 Finals

●        2 days Review

●        3 days Exams




Instructor: Nikon Chaocharoenpon

Textbook: Go Math: Middle School Grade 7

Houghton Mifflin , Harcourt Publishing Company


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


Ch. 13 Theoretical Probability and Simulations

–          Making Predictions with Experimental Probability

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

–          Experimental Probability of Simple Events

Ch. 13 Theoretical Probability and Simulations (continued)

–          Theoretical Probability of Simple Events

simple  event, simulation
36 Ch. 12 Experimental Probability (continued)

–          Experimental Probability of Compound Events

Ch. 13 Theoretical Probability and Simulations (continued)

–          Theoretical Probability of Compound Events

Compound event, simulation
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



Kaitland Grassing


Term 2


21 Go over course objectives of semester


Chapter 5: Nutrition (Lesson 1)

–          Overview of nutrition and human health (graphic organizer activity)

–          Definition and benefits of food to health


Malnutrition, nutritional status, under nutrition, over nutrition, obesity
22 Chapter 5: Nutrition (Lesson 2)

–          Food-based dietary guidelines (types of food groups to eat)

–          Nutrition flag and main food groups to consume

–          What’s on your plate? (3 day journal of food consumed assignment)


Obesity, diets, exercise, Food groups, vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, micronutrients, nutritional guidelines, starch, legumes/beans
23 Chapter 5: Nutrition (Lesson 3)

–          Under nutrition conditions, causes in depth and global prevalence

–          Healthy eating

–          Ways to promote a healthy diet, lifestyle and choices for teens


Protein deficiency, beriberi, anemia, goiter, blindness, angular stomatitis, scurvy
24 Chapter 5: Nutrition (Lesson 4)

–          Nutrition related health problems

–          Underweight and overweight factors relating to diet in humans

–          Obesity (causes and solutions)

–          Weight management, a global forecast (obesity global reports)


Obesity, diabetes, obesity related complications,
25 Chapter 5: Nutrition (Lesson 4 con.t)

–          Nutrition related health problems

–          Night blindness, anemia, goiter, hyperthyroidism, and other nutrient deficiencies

–          Teenager nutrients daily (table and examples)

–          Type of nutrients needed for teens and group discussion (graphic organizer)


carbohydrates, proteins, lipids/fats, vitamins, minerals, calcium, iodine, sodium, Vitamin (A,D,C,E,K,B)
26 Chapter 5: Nutrition (Lesson 4 con.t)

–          Nutrition related health problems

–          Health problems caused by eating poorly

–          Cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and types of cholesterol found in diet

–          Teenagers choosing products wisely

–          Role of breakfast in teenage health


Energy resource, blood sugar, lethargic, supplements,
27 Review
28 Midterms
29 Christmas Show Preparation
30 Christmas Holiday
31 Go over course objectives of semester


Chapter 5: Nutrition (Lesson 4 con.t)

–          Reading nutrition labels activity outline (hand out assignment for next week)


Chapter 6: Fitness (Lesson 1)

–          Definition of body weight and body weight calculations

–          Skill related fitness, definition of physical fitness and various measurements

–          Group activity in coordination, reaction time, speed


Labelling regulations, nutritional recommendations, suggested servings, amount per serving, daily value (DV), manufacturing conditions


Agility, balance, coordination, power, reaction time, speed

32 Chapter 6: Fitness (Lesson 2)

–          Health-related fitness

–          Discuss the various fitness measures



Chapter 5: Nutrition (Lesson 4 con.t) (~30min)

–          Reading nutrition labels activity group discussion (pick 1 prepared food and present its nutrients)


Cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, body composition
33 Chapter 6: Fitness (Lesson 3)

–          Leisure Activities that promote a fit life

–          Weight management strategies and lifestyle choices

–          Exercise and weight management

–          Role of music, exercise in healthy life


Normal/abnormal, management strategies, exercise principles, hobby,
34 Chapter 6: Fitness (Lesson 2 con.t)

–          Management strategies of weight gain, weight control

–          Physical capacity definitions and ways to improve physical capacity

–          Testing physical capacity activity (Individual testing and in pairs; Outdoor activity)


Eating behaviors, physical fitness, recovery, Speed, muscular strength, muscular power, agility, flexibility, body balance, endurance, relative reaction response time, hand-eye coordination
35 Chapter 7: First Aid (Lesson 1)

–          First Aid definitions and types within various scenarios

–          A look inside a First Aid Kit (Group discussion and activity, p. 76)

–          How to accurately provide first aid safety

–          Review the how to perform first aid on:  stop bleeding from a wound, animal bites, burns, fainting, exhaustion/heat,  bone fracture, nosebleed


Adhesive tape, cottom balls, sanitizer, safety pins, thermometer, cold packs, bandages, ointment, tweezers, scissors, calamine lotion
36 Chapter 7: First Aid (Lesson 2& 3)

–          General knowledge of first aid and main principles

–          Group focus questions on heatstroke and ways to aid patient (p.79)

–          Group activity (group presentation of taking care of “broken forearm and leg” (p. 81-82)

–          Moving a sick person Activity (~20min, pp.83-87 activity on pp.88)



Fainting, wounds, cuts, burns, healing, scalds, bone fractures, health complications,
37 Chapter 8: Dangers of drugs (Lessons 1-4)

–          Types and knowledge of addictive and dangerous substances

–          How to spot the drug use through physical and behavioral changes

–          Dangers of drug use, cigarette smoking activity

–          Health effects of alcohol, liver cirrhosis, and other drugs


Addiction, withdrawal, addictive substances, synthetic, classifications, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, combined effects

Cigarette smoking (lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, nicotine, tar, second-hand smoke, inhale)

38 Chapter 9: Staying away from Drug Abuse (Lesson 1 & 2)

–          Role of individual, community and family

–          How to build critical thinking skills with dangerous substances

–          Building decision-making skills, communication skills and problem-solving skills


Decision-making skills, creating value, analyze
39 Review
40 Finals



Kevin Gorospe


Term 2


21 The Touch Sensor 1. Learn how to use the Touch Sensor

2. Learn how to use the Wait For Block

3. Learn the difference between the Wait For Block and the Sensor Blocks

4. Learn when to use Move Block’s “On” mode

22 Loops 1. Learn how to repeat an action

2. Learn how to use Loop Blocks

23 Switches 1. Learn how to make your robot decide what to do out of different choices

2. Learn how to use a Switch Block

24 The Sound Block 1. Learn to use the Sound Block

2. Understand why the Sound Block can be useful in programming

25 Moving an Object Learn how to program a robot to move an
26 Different Ways of Moving

Synchronization, Regulated Power, Ramp-up & Ramp-down

1. Learn about different blocks for moving the robot and when to use which block

2. Learn about power regulation, motor synchronization, and ramp up/down

27 Variables 1. Learn about different types of variables

2. Learn how to read and write to variables

28 Midterms
30 Christmas Holiday
31 Recap Lego Challenge 1 Make the Lego Robot move in a square direction using move tank/steering

Determine which one has a better turn and movement

32 Lego Challenge 2 Prepare a Pseudocode

Make the Lego Robot move in a octagon direction

33 Lego Challenge 3 Assemble and disassemble the Lego Robot and make it work
34 Lego Challenge 4 Make the Lego Robot turn when it bumps to a wall
35 Lego Challenge 5 Continuation from the previous challenge

Apply display and sound when the robot bumps to a wall

36 Lego Challenge 6 Make the Lego Robot move in a circular/oval direction
37 Lego Challenge 7 Loop till it stops
38 Lego Challenge 8 Let’s have a race
39 Review
40 Finals





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