7th Grade Course Descriptions

Language Arts/Social Science

This program is integrated through an interdisciplinary team approach in which the skills and content of both curricula complement each other.  A Language Arts/Social Science team of teachers works closely with students throughout the two-year program in order to achieve continuity and build a base of skills that will be mastered in their second year of middle school.  This highly successful program allows teachers and students to establish a healthy student-teacher relationship, which leads to a meaningful middle school experience.

 

The Language Arts curriculum is a literature and expository text based program which integrates with the Social Science content through a Common Core aligned approach.  The program emphasizes learning experiences that build upon the student’s prior knowledge to integrate reading, thinking, literature, writing, oral language, spelling, listening and research skills.

 

In Social Science, the curriculum is a study of world history and geography, which includes ideas, issues and events that link the past to the present.

 

Active learning is incorporated into both the Social Science and Language Arts curricula through hands-on projects using research skills, writing activities, seminars, cooperative learning, dramatizations, oral presentations and use of higher level thinking skills.  Additionally, language arts and social science classes also emphasize the application of word processing and Internet research skills.

 

In Lakeside’s unique, comprehensive program, we address the needs of all students including GATE, high achieving students, and English Language Learners in the classroom by providing scaffolds as well as opportunities for academic enrichment while developing leadership and communication skills, higher level thinking skills and problem solving techniques.  In addition we provide scaffolded curriculum to better support the literacy and language needs of all levels of learners.

 

All support staff participate in the language arts/social science program through the collaborative model.  By partnering with the regular teachers, specialists are able to provide direct classroom support and instruction to all students as well as those with learning difficulties.

 

Supported Language Arts/Social Science

This program is integrated through an interdisciplinary team approach in which the skills and content of both curricula complement each other.  A Language Arts/Social Science team of teachers works closely with students to achieve continuity and build a base of skills that will prepare students for mainstream ELA/History coursework. The purpose of this program is to provide Limited English Proficient students, who are at the emerging and expanding levels of proficiency, with access to the core ELA and History curricula with substantial to moderate language support. Through frequent assessment, scaffolded assignments, and multi modal learning models students receive individualized instruction within a small group setting.

 

 

Mathematics

Instruction is divided into two classes as follows:

Math 7:
In Middle School Math 7, instructional time focuses on several integral concepts. Students learn how to analyze proportional relationships and how to use these relationships to solve real-world and mathematical problems. Students apply and extend their previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers. They utilize properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. Students extend their knowledge of solving real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations. They learn to draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them. Students build on their prior experience of solving real-life and mathematical problems utilizing angle measure, area, surface area, and volume. Students also utilize random sampling to draw inferences about a population and draw informal comparative inferences about two populations.

Enhanced Math 7/8:
This course differs from the standard Math 7 and Math 8 courses in that it contains content from both courses. This course is intended for the student who is able to move through the mathematics quickly and still master the full range of mathematical practices, content and skills. In Enhanced Math 7/8, students analyze proportional 2 relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems. They work to understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations. They apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers. Students learn that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them using rational numbers. They use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions and work with radicals and integer exponents. In Enhanced Math 7/8, students build on their prior experience of solving real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations. They work to solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume. Students draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them. They also work to understand congruence and similarity using physical models, various rigid transformation, transparencies, or geometry software. Students solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones and spheres. They utilize random sampling to draw inferences about a population and draw informal comparative inferences about two populations. Finally, students investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models.

Science

A year-long science program divided into three trimesters. One trimester of HEALTH SCIENCE is aligned to the California Health Science Framework. This course focuses on students learning scientific information and skills to make positive choices and live healthy lives. The Health Triangle - comprised of physical, mental/emotional, and social health - is a running theme throughout the health science trimester. Two trimesters of INTEGRATED SCIENCE focus on learning the core ideas in Earth’s System, Matter and Its Interaction, and Ecosystem. The curriculum is designed for the Next Generation Science Standards where students solve real-world phenomenon by reasoning with evidence and engaging in science and engineering project-based learning. Common Core literacy standards are embedded in the science program through interactive notebooking, writing explanatory texts, and annotating scientific articles to tackle complex reading. Numerous extracurricular opportunities are offered including Science Fair, Academic Pentathlon, Green Team, and UCI Water Challenge.

physical education

A co-educationally based instructional program designed to encourage lifetime involvement in physical activity. Basic knowledge and skill acquisition in a variety of sports and activities are presented as part of a twoyear curriculum. Sports and activities include basketball, bowling, dance, flag football, floor hockey, Frisbee, golf, lacrosse, pickle-ball, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, team handball, track, volleyball and innovative games. Students will also receive instruction in a variety of health and fitness related concepts. A physical fitness pretest will be administered during the first trimester allowing students the opportunity to assess their fitness and set goals. Throughout the year students will perform cardio-respiratory and resistance training activities on a regular basis in order to maintain and/or improve their personal fitness. A final assessment of physical fitness will be administered during the third trimester to see if students have achieved the Lakeside basic level standards as well as their own personal goals.

 

Elective Courses

public speaking/debating

(grade 7/8) In this course, students will give individual speeches on various topics. Students will learn public speaking strategies, such as using varying voice pitch, eye contact, body language, and formal speech format to reach the audience. The class will also include a debating section with students working in groups to prepare debates. Students will learn the different roles and rules of debate as well as the importance of preparing proper arguments and rebuttals.

intro to spanish

(grade 7/8) This is a one-trimester class designed to expose students to the Spanish language through the development of basic Spanish vocabulary. The course will focus on listening and oral communication skills that will lay a foundation for success in future Spanish courses. Students will also be introduced to the geography and culture of various Spanish-speaking countries. It is recommended that anyone interested in taking Spanish I in 8th grade or high school enroll in this course.

law in society

(grade 7/8) This is a one-trimester class designed to expose students to various courtroom roles through simulated, role-playing activities. Students will take part in a series of short trials using fun and timely fact scenarios. Coursework will focus on the crafting and judging of persuasive arguments, and the application of basic legal strategies. Students will also examine theories of crime and punishment and explore the role that law plays in their daily lives.

introduction to art

(grade 7/8) In this 12-week repeatable class, students will be exploring a variety of media and techniques. These may include drawing, painting, printmaking, graphics, sculpture, design, lettering, handcrafts, art history and art appreciation.

advanced art

(grade 7/8) This trimester class is intended to provide students who have taken Intro to Art as an opportunity to strengthen and further develop their drawing and painting skills utilizing a variety of media and techniques (pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, oil pastels, watercolor, acrylics). The course will also incorporate the study of art history, art appreciation and the contribution of different cultures and artists.

video production

(grade 7/8) This class is designed to teach students the skills needed to produce and edit digital video projects. They will learn digital computer editing, sound mixing, lighting design and camera techniques. We will be applying a “hands-on” approach with the ultimate goal of producing our 7th and 8th grade slide show videos. Additionally, this class is responsible for creating our school video news program, “Lakeside Live.” This is a challenging and difficult course for students who need a lot of structure, but successful students may repeat the class.

ceramics

(grade 7/8) In this 12-week repeatable class, students will create ceramic art using a variety of hand building techniques. Students will be introduced to the history of clay projects, fundamentals of ceramics, including types of clay, firing techniques and low-fire glazes.

drama

(grade 7/8) Students will be introduced to basic performance skills through monologues, scene work, and improvisation, culminating in a final production presented in an evening performance for families and friends, as well as during school wide assemblies. All students are welcome, regardless of previous performance experience. This course is repeatable.

exploring culinary arts

(grade7/8) Students will explore the world of culinary arts during this fast paced cooking class, with emphasis placed on developing culinary instincts while creating delectable and savory fare. Students will learn knife skills, proper seasoning, a culinary vocabulary, a proper knowledge of kitchen basics, recipe reading and more! Added bonus? We eat what we cook!

fashion & design

(grade 7/8) This class introduces students to the world of fashion beginning with clothing design and the basics of garment construction. Students will master the use of the sewing machine, and they will learn to fabricate and mend clothing. They will be introduced to the inspiration process that influences design by creating an inspiration book, sketching, and fabricating looks from non-conventional materials. Students will complete the course by creating a final project to wear or display.

beyond the Book

(grade 7/8) This class will focus on both best-selling, high interest stories, and beloved classics, and provide students with reading and discussion strategies to help encourage their love for reading and deepen their understanding of the words in front of them. Students will read and discuss teacher and student selected novels throughout the trimester.

 

Intro Global Studies

(grade 7/8) In this course students will learn about the government organization and international relations of different countries around the world. Topics to be covered include government structure, basic economics, legal issues, and current events. In addition, students will learn fundamental debate and diplomacy skills as student simulate international events and relations into today's modern world.

 

modern speech/communication

(grade 7/8) This course adds a modern take on the more traditional form of speech and debate.  Students will learn and practice a variety of ways to communicate important topics to each other and the world, through narrative, informative, and persuasive genres. While students will have the opportunity to explore a traditional speech and debate, they will also use technology to deliver their ideas through different media platforms such as podcasts, vlogs, and social media.  Students will focus on speaking, listening, research skills and more, while developing their own unique voice to share with others in today’s society.

 

Computer applications

(grade 7/8) This course will introduce students to a variety of computer applications. The class will start with some basic keyboarding practice and build to an intro to computer coding. Using a combination of code.org CS Fundamentals and Scratch coding, students will be introduced to the world of computer science and coding. We will be working to develop problem-solving skills and creating basic games using block coding. In addition, students will have the opportunity to experience cross-curricular lessons using VR headsets and to create their own virtual tours and lessons using 360-degree cameras. This is an introductory course to set students on their way to a future of critical thinking and working with computers.

robotics

(grade 7/8) In this class students will develop their skills in computational thinking and problem solving, begin to become literate in multiple coding languages, and learn to program robotics and 3D printers to solve specific design challenges.

 

Writer's workshop

(grade 7/8) This course is designed for any student who wants to grow as a writer.  Writer’s Workshop is based on the idea that students learn to write best when they do it often and when they are able to choose their own topics.  The sky’s the limit when it comes time to write in this class, be it poetry, graphic novels, fanfiction, blogs, journals, short stories, and much more. While students will have the freedom to choose what they write about, they will be guided through the writing process by their teacher.  Throughout the process they will have an opportunity to join in skill workshops and peer reviews to help improve their writing. When possible, publications will be shared with real-world audiences and students will be given opportunities to enter writing contests as well.

 

Year-Long Elective Courses

concert band

(grade 7/8) This is an intermediate level wind and percussion ensemble. Students who have previous experience as well as motivated beginners are welcome to join. Instruments are available upon request. Performances are mandatory.

concert orchestra

(grade 7/8) This is an intermediate level string ensemble. Students who have previous experience as well as motivated beginners are welcome to join. Instruments are available upon request. Performances are mandatory.

chorus

(grade 7/8) This performance class provides students with the chance to sing in a choral ensemble. Enrollment is open to all students regardless of previous experience. Performances are mandatory.

yearbook

(grade 7/8) Students will capture memories for the year in this class that creates the actual Lakeside yearbook! Students learn basic journalism skills, photography, and design pages online on HJdesign.com, editing and adding graphics as we go!

 

7th Grade Mild/Moderate Special Education

directed language arts

A special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, focused on the principles of language: reading, writing, listening, speaking and language. Students read novels, short stories, and real world documents to increase their reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and word analysis skills. Students write informative/explanatory, argumentative and narrative compositions to improve their structure, coherence and mechanics. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team’s decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

directed mathematics

A special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, focused on developing both the procedural skills and conceptual understanding leading to the application of mathematical concepts. Course topics include ratios and proportional relationships, the number system (rational and irrational numbers), expressions and equations, statistics and probability and geometry. Students solve real-life problems using a variety of mathematical operations and tools. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team’s decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

directed social science

A special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, focused on the elements of history: economics, politics, sociology, culture and religion. Students make connections between past and present, prompting real-world connections and expanding their social and academic experiences. Through their study of history, students also learn intellectual skills such as spatial and chronological thinking, points of view, and historical interpretation. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team’s decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

mariners center

A special education elective class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, offered to support general education curriculum. In this class, students review daily assignments, organize and prioritize assignments, clarify directions, study for tests, retake or finish tests, learn study skills and receive assistance with long term projects. This class is designed to support IEP goals in the areas of organization, study skills, homework completion, classwork completion or overall executive functioning deficits. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team’s decision that this class is appropriate.
**This elective course is only available for students with an Individualized Education Plan through Special Education Services. Students are eligible to enroll concurrently with an additional elective and Extended Day Physical Education.