I’m in junior high! Grade 7 is exciting and challenging. Students in Grade 7 take six required subjects: English Language Arts, Health and Life Skills, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies. Additional optional subjects are also offered.
English Language Arts (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
I can use different text forms to help me express my ideas. Grade 7 students extend their understanding by finding different ways to express ideas, such as through magazine ads or brochures. They analyze how story lines progress, considering settings and characters, and make notes using headings, subheadings or symbols.
Mathematics (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
Let’s experiment with slides, rotations and reflections of shapes, and express these movements with mathematics. Your child will connect numbers and shapes to their everyday life and continue to explore ways to solve problems. They’ll use tables, graphs, equations and words to explain number patterns that they observe around them. Your child will also create personal strategies to add and subtract fractions and integers.
Science (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
How are heat and temperature different? Your child will begin the study of energy, matter and forces and analyze and communicate understandings of Earth and its ecosystems. Grade 7 Science focuses on the science- and technology-related knowledge and skills your child needs in order to solve problems and make decisions about social and environmental issues.
Physical Education (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
What are the benefits of an active lifestyle? Your child will take part in various activities that will help them to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. They will grow to appreciate the importance of physical activity, while discovering essential life skills, such as cooperation, leadership, fair play and teamwork.
Health and Life Skills (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
My friends like me for who I am. I have a lot to offer! Grade 7 students become aware that they need to show more responsibility in their grooming, organization, study habits and relationships with others.
Art (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
What would I do if I were an artist? Junior high students use a range of tools, materials and media to express how they feel, to think artistically and to value art. They draw and create art, and they examine the art that others have made.
Music (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
I can appreciate many different types of music! Your child may participate in instrumental music, choral music and general music. They may choose not to participate in each of these programs simultaneously but they have the option of doing so if they desire. In each of these programs, they will develop as a performer, listener, consumer and composer as they strive for musical excellence and explore various styles of music.
Career and Technology Studies (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Your career begins with the choices you make early in life. Students in CTS will explore career possibilities and develop life skills to prepare for life outside of school. They can choose courses from five clusters (each cluster represents occupations with broad industry commonalities). Students in junior high can take the introductory courses offered in each cluster.
Drama (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Lights, curtain, action! Your child will explore acting, improvisation, movement and speech. They’ll develop confidence and learn about themselves and others. Your child will discover how much work it takes, behind the scenes and on the stage, to put on a successful production.
Languages (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Languages open the door to other cultures and other ways of seeing the world. A variety of languages are being taught throughout Alberta, including First Nations languages, French and other international languages. School authorities may choose provincial language programs or develop their own programs.
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Environmental and Outdoor Education (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
The world extends beyond the school walls. Your child will experience the outdoors safely and comfortably while discovering how to treat the environment responsibly. Through one course or a sequence of courses, they will become aware of and appreciate all living things, including themselves.
Ethics (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
I know what the options are, so which is the best option for me? Your child will think critically about issues and consider other people when making decisions. They will examine issues in their own life, explore the role of values in ethics and understand that others may have values that differ from their own.