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Seventh Grade Overview

Time4Learning is an online, student-paced learning system covering preschool through high school. It is popular as a seventh grade homeschool curriculum, as an afterschool tutorial and as a summer study or enrichment program.

For seventh graders, Time4Learning provides language arts, math, science and social studies. Students also get access to an online playground.

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Overview of Seventh Grade Learning Objectives

This section provides a summary of the key seventh grade learning objectives for reading, language arts, and math. A more detailed description of each subject is provided below, including links with more information on the hundreds of learning activities. The seventh grade language arts and math curriculum correlate to state standards.

Seventh grade is a year of highly visible progress in reading, writing and language arts. By the end of seventh grade language arts, students should:

  • Develop complex writing skills
  • Constructively critique their own and other’s writing
  • Apply punctuation, grammar, and syntax skills
  • Recognize and apply grade appropriate vocabulary
  • Read with fluency, with focus on comprehension

Seventh grade is also a year of visible math skill development. By the end of seventh grade math, students should:

  • Have a solid understanding of algebraic principles
  • Be able to graph and solve linear equations
  • Understand and apply basic concepts of geometry
  • Be able to apply math to everyday activities

Below, there is a more in-depth description of the seventh grade curriculum for language arts, math, science and social studies as well as information about the online playground.

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Seventh Grade Language Arts - Lesson Overview

Seventh grade language arts is organized into two large sections: Language Arts and Language Arts Extensions.

The language arts section contains a number of learning activities that are primarily based on reading comprehension, writing skills and vocabulary. Independent learning activities (ILA), think alouds, interactive guided instruction and read & respond lessons will build and develop working knowledge of language arts skills and give students plenty of practice. This series constitutes a solid 7th grade language arts program, correlated to state standards.

The program is used by homeschoolers because it constitutes a solid eighth grade language arts program correlated to state standards. Afterschool students use it as a 7th grade language arts tutoring program, for language arts test preparation, and for language arts practice. The program can also be used for summer enrichment and reinforcement.

The language arts lessons are organized into a series of chapters that introduce and cover:

  1. Vocabulary Skills – Students will be able to identify and select the appropriate synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, idioms, and Latin and Greek roots. Students build a working understanding of suffixes, prefixes, and reading skills through interactive guided instruction. Students are asked to identify, interpret and analyze literary passages.
  2. Process Skills: Think Alouds - Teaches the reading comprehension processes of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying through think aloud prompts. Students are encouraged to independently read and critically analyze texts with minimal support.
  3. Comprehension – Students gain comprehension skill through identifying the characters, setting, plot, main idea and supporting details of a story. They learn about sequential order, fact and opinion, cause and effect, author’s purpose, inferences, and comparing and contrasting story elements to make inferences about varied types of literature.
  4. State Simulation Assessments - Mock assessment simulating high stakes testing. Students are asked to display working knowledge of comprehension skills based on appropriate reading material.
  5. The Scarlet Pimpernel (ILA) - Independent Learning Activity (ILA) that builds vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, prewriting, literary response and analysis, and writing skills. Students learn how to identify story elements, make inferences, and draw conclusions to extend comprehension skills. An end of chapter writing assignment using a movie review allows students to apply their skills.
  6. Hush (ILA) – An activity that develops reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students proceed through an integrated thematic chapter to build comprehension by reading literature with an emphasis on vocabulary. Writing skills are applied through an end of chapter memoir writing assignment.
  7. The Wreckers (ILA) – An ILA that uses pre reading, during reading and post reading activities to develop comprehension skills. Uses an integrated thematic chapter to build comprehension by reading literature with an emphasis on vocabulary. Students write a suspense story as an end of chapter writing application.
  8. Wright Brothers (ILA) - Uses the story of the Wright Brothers to teach vocabulary, comprehension, and writing skills. Activities combine direct instruction with read and responds to develop vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, and thinking skills. Students are asked to identify cause & effect and write a newspaper entry to practice their language arts skills.

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Seventh Grade Reading List

Many parents have expressed interest in purchasing the full versions of the authentic literature excerpted in the seventh grade language arts section. They can be purchased at the links below but they DO NOT need to be purchased in order to use Time4Learning.

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Seventh Grade Language Arts Extensions - Lesson Overview

Language arts extensions contain several chapters made up of numerous activities.

Language arts extensions is a component of the complete language arts curriculum. The majority of homeschooling parents have their children complete both the language arts and language arts extensions so that they may align their studies to state standards. Parents using Time4Learning as an online tutoring program use the language arts extensions lessons for review, additional practice or as a seventh grade language arts tutorial. Members have access to both subjects, so they can use the exercises in the way that best fits their needs.

Lessons are organized into different chapters that introduce and cover:

  1. Determining Word Meaning - Teaches different strategies to build reading comprehension skills. Students incorporate the use of context clues, compare and contrast, multiple meaning words, vocabulary strategies, and figurative language to understand the text. Students will compare and contrast vivid writing with plain text.
  2. Summarize Written Text – Students will summarize written text through the use of main ideas, recall of details, and analyzing paragraphs. Students will complete two summary assignments designed to teach them how to analyze a passage.
  3. Support Main Idea – Students identify important details that enable them to answer the 5 W questions. Lessons also teach how to determine the setting and mood of a story, and whether details are specific or general.
  4. Recognizing Relationships - Teaches students how to recognize the cause and effect relationships inherent in each passage. Students learn the skills of analysis through use of cause and effect and organizational patterns enabling them to complete an assignment on following directions.
  5. Analyze Text – Teaches skills of analyzing literary texts. Students learn how to use inferences, draw conclusions, find the author’s purpose, understand themes, and discover the development of the plot in order to facilitate complex comprehension skills.
  6. Evaluate Point of View - Teaches students how to evaluate the point of view in a story through the discrimination of fact and opinion, comparing and contrasting character changes, determining the author’s point of view and by recognizing the author’s bias. Students identify how testimonials, bandwagon techniques, and loaded words promote bias in a text.
  7. Parts of Speech - Students will apply various spelling conventions while learning the plural noun endings, possessive nouns with apostrophes, the “perfect” verb tense, subject and verb agreement, pronoun and antecedent agreement, the comparison of adjectives and adverbs, the use of double negatives, the placement and use of prepositional phrases, and the correct use of conjunctions to connect ideas.
  8. Capitalization – Lessons encourage students to identify specific words that should be capitalized such as: proper nouns, proper adjectives, titles, first words, and direct quotes.
  9. Punctuation – Students will use the rules of punctuation to place commas in a series, in quotations, in a formal letter, in compound sentences, with appositives, with introductory words and phrases, with end marks, with colons and semicolons, with apostrophes, and with quotation marks.

For details about seventh grade writing standards, please visit Time4Writing.com.

Seventh Grade Vocabulary

Seventh graders using Time4Learning expand and apply their knowledge of Latin and Greek roots, idioms, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms through interaction with animated vocabulary lessons. Literature based units utilize authentic literature and an online vocabulary graphic organizer to build vocabulary.

A glossary is provided for each of the literature selections to assist in completing the accompanying vocabulary exercises. Each unit includes a related vocabulary list and printable vocabulary worksheets. An extensive “Word Meanings” chapter includes vocabulary activities designed to guide students in using context clues in order to understand text.

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Seventh Grade Math

The seventh grade math curriculum contains several chapters, printable worksheets and a number of quizzes. It constitutes a solid seventh grade math program correlated to state standards, which is important for many homeschool users.  Non-homeschoolers use it as an 7th grade math tutoring program, for math test preparation, for math practice and for summer enrichment.

Exciting animation presents 7th grade math lessons in bite sized pieces, completed at the student's pace. Each chapter builds on the last. Seventh graders are guided through number theory, basic algebra, systems of measurement, data interpretation, geometry, graphing and probability using interactive prompts and storylines that bring the lessons to life.

Seventh grade lessons are organized into several chapters that introduce and cover:

  1. Number Systems – This lesson teaches number theory in relation to using exponents and scientific notation. Students will learn how to express numbers using exponents and numbers greater than one using scientific notation in order to represent numbers in a variety of formats.
  2. Rational Operations - Teaches the order of operations applied to decimals, fractions, percents, and estimation. Students will apply the order of operations to simplify expressions, use estimation to solve problems, convert between fractions and decimals, and to convert percent to decimal.
  3. Number Theory - Teaches the meanings of prime and composite as well as prime factorization, greatest common factor and least common multiple. Students are given guided instruction and will apply these concepts to problem solving situations.
  4. Ratio, Proportion, and Percent – Students are taught how to identify and use ratios and rates, recognize relationships between ratios/proportions and percents, use tables to solve proportional problems, use ratios to solve problems, use percents to solve discount and mark up problems, use simple interest formulas to solve real world situations, and identify proportional relationships in scale drawings.
  5. Rational Numbers - Students are taught various rational number concepts. Lessons teach students how to identify pairs of additive and multiplicative inverses, add and subtract with positive and negative numbers, multiply and divide with positive and negative numbers, solve real world problems with different types of numbers, use the number line to explore addition and subtraction of integers, and use the number line to investigate additive inverses as well as the commutative and associative properties of addition.
  6. Expressions and Equations - Teaches the student about simplification of expressions, properties, and translations of algebraic expressions into word expressions. Students apply skills to use algebraic expressions to generalize a pattern, simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms, substitution of values for variables in equations, and to solve one and two step linear equations.
  7. Triangles - Teaches students the classification of angles and triangles. Students will use interior and exterior angle measurement, the Pythagorean relationship, and the Pythagorean Theorem to find unknown angle and side measurements.
  8. Plane Geometry - Students determine the characteristics and properties of lines and angles and apply these skills to concept of perimeter, circumference, area, and symmetry/reflection. Lessons will teach how to use the protractor and the various attributes of regular and nonregular convex polygons. Students will use angle measurement skills applied to measuring polygons to determine congruency and similarity.
  9. Three-Dimensional Geometry – Teaches the attributes of three dimensional figures, the volume of prisms and cylinders and how to calculate the surface area of prisms and cylinders. Students will be able to apply these properties to real world problems in the activity “Let me Practice.”
  10. Measurement – Students learn how to apply the formulas for calculating rate, distance, time, mass, and capacity to estimation and conversion. Guided instruction and practice activities reinforce skills through the chapter.
  11. Graphing – Teaches identifying ordered pairs and how to plot them, the 4 quadrants of the coordinate plane, recognizing the relationship between a set of points in a table and those points on a graph, recognizing if a set of points represents a function, and exploring inequalities with two variables.
  12. Linear Relationships - Teaches students how to interpret various types of linear graphs. Students apply graphing skills while graphing linear equations and answering questions about graphs that represent real world situations.
  13. Probability – Students learn how to interpret experimental results, independent and dependent events, and explore number cubes and spinners. Lessons encourage students to apply probability through various events and computing the odds of these events.
  14. Data and Statistics – Teaches the representations of data such as the circle, line, bar, histogram, stem-and-leaf, and box and whisker graphs. Students are introduced to statistical terms such as mean, median, and mode and will learn how to apply the measures of central tendency to data and various types of graphs.
  15. Practice – This lesson will conduct a cumulative review of the material covered throughout the course. Students have many worksheets that are available to print along with answer keys. Quizzes will be given throughout this chapter.

For a more detailed description of the seventh grade math lessons, please visit our seventh grade math scope and sequence page.

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Seventh Grade Science

Middle school science is organized into three primary courses that correlate to state standards: Earth/Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Middle school science covers materials typically offered at the sixth to eighth grade level, although parents have the option of choosing a middle school science course if they have students in fourth grade and above. In addition, Nature of Science is provided as an added supplement with each of the middle school courses.

  • Earth/Space Science Course - Teaches students about Earth's structure, geologic processes, plate tectonics, oceans and the water cycle, Earth's atmosphere, weather and climate, our solar system, stars, and galaxies. Students also investigate how the motions of the sun, the moon, and Earth create days, seasons, years, eclipses, phases of the moon, and tides.
  • Life Science Course - Covers the characteristics of living things, plant and animal cell structures, the characteristics of unicellular and multicellular life, genetics, classification of organisms, the structure and function of human cells tissues organs and organ systems, and the structure and function of plants.
  • Physical Science Course - Covers chemistry and physics, including physical and chemical changes, atoms and elements, mixtures and solutions, the periodic table, states of matter, motion, gravity, density and buoyancy, energy, heat, the properties of waves, and light.
  • Nature Of Science Supplement - The Science of Nature materials are supplemental, recommended for use alongside the Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth/Space Science courses. It will be included when parents register for any middle school science course. Nature of science teaches students how to safely and correctly use scientific equipment, take measurements, conduct experiments and investigations, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, evaluate evidence, and present their work.

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Seventh Grade Social Studies

The seventh grade social studies curriculum contains a variety of lessons, which include worksheets, quizzes, teaching materials and tests all organized into a series of chapters. Homeschooling parents use the curriculum as a supplement to their homeschooling approach. Non homeschoolers utilize the curriculum as a source for 7th grade social studies tutoring or as social studies practice. Although the materials are extensive, social studies is included as an added bonus. It does not correlate to all state standards and is not animated.

  1. Age of Exploration - Teaches the characteristics of life in America prior to the 17th century. Lessons present information about the first Americans and how geography influenced the way they lived, the early exploration of the Americas, the conquering and dominating of the New World, and the Spanish, French, and English colonies in America.
  2. English Colonization - Teaches about the way of life of the British colonization in America. Students will learn about the cities of Roanoke and Jamestown, the thirteen colonies, and the geography and daily life of the colonies.
  3. American Revolution Causes - Students will gain an overview of the events, individuals, and organizations that contributed to the war against Britain. Lessons will look at the struggle for control in the colonies, the idea of mercantilism, the taxes that were imposed on colonists, the protests that colonists made, and Britain’s response.
  4. The American Revolution - Teaches about the history of the United States during the early years of The Revolutionary War. Lessons include information about the battles, documents, and people involved in the Revolution.
  5. Creation of U.S. Government - Teaches about the early years of the establishment of American government. Students will look at how government started, the influences on the Founding Fathers, the creation of the Constitution, the structure of the government, and the challenges surrounding the Constitution.
  6. Early Years of the Republic - Students will analyze the various difficulties that arose in the early years of the Republic. Lessons include information about Washington’s presidency, major issues facing the nation, and the various political parties involved.
  7. Age of Jefferson - Students will learn about the challenges that President Thomas Jefferson faced by reviewing information about population issues, trade difficulties, and the War of 1812.
  8. Growth and Expansion – Teaches about the major changes in the U.S. during the 1800’s. Students will explore the Industrial Revolution, internal improvements that were made, the changing role of government, and the development of foreign policy.
  9. Jacksonian Democracy - Students learn about the various policies that president Andrew Jackson put into effect. Lessons describe Jackson’s early years, military career, presidential election, and philosophies that were applied during this time.
  10. Manifest Destiny - Students will learn how apparent it was that the U.S. was destined to control all territory between the Atlantic and Pacific. Lessons examine the causes that led to this control such as: the types of people who moved West, the war with Mexico, and Western Travel.
  11. Reform Movements – Students will discover how the various reforms of the 1800’s led to permanent change in the United States. Lessons include abolition, temperance, women’s rights, education, religious and mentally ill/prison reform.
  12. Causes of the Civil War – Students will learn about the complex issues that contributed to the division of the states and ultimately the Civil War. Lessons review slavery, issues dividing the North and the South, the idea of Manifest Destiny, and the secession of the South.
  13. The Civil War - Students encounter the various characteristics of both the north and the south during the Civil War. Lessons also encourage students to analyze the final battles of the war as well as the terms of surrender.
  14. Reconstruction – Students analyze the plan used for reconstruction of the United States and examine the reuniting of the nation, the South under construction, change, problems with the Native Americans, and settlers in the West.
  15. Immigration and Industry – Students will explore immigration and the impact it had on the growth of business in the United States. Lessons explore the melting pot of many nations, the changes in industry, and the workers and their rights.
  16. United States as a World Power – Students will learn about the United States shift in policy during the Era of Reform and Overseas Expansion. Lesson detail events in overseas expansion such as imperialism, yellow journalism, muckraking, and the U.S. involvement in the Spanish American War.
  17. World War I – Students will examine the various issues, causes, battles, and outcomes that affected the Great War. Lessons also explore the reason the United States entered the war.
  18. Roaring Twenties – Students will examine the post war challenges of the 1920’s such as the Red Scare, the rise of the KKK, and the changing economic climate.
  19. The Great Depression – Students will examine the different problems and causes of the depression and what the New Deal meant to America.
  20. World War II – Students will analyze the stepping stones to the Second World War, as well as examine the reasons for the United States involvement.
  21. The Cold War – Students will evaluate the concept of the Iron Curtain, the spread of communism, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the conflict with Vietnam.
  22. Changing Times in America – Students will examine an overview of the Civil Rights Era and the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations.
  23. Modern America – Students will view a comparison of the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. Lessons will look at the economic and foreign policies during these years.

For a more detailed description of the seventh grade social studies lessons, please visit our seventh grade social studies scope and sequence page.

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Seventh Grade Lessons - The Time4Learning Program Structure

Time4Learning has been refined through years of feedback from educators, parents, and students. Seventh grade subjects are organized into chapters composed of interactive lessons, printable worksheets, quizzes and tests. Seventh graders are guided through the activities at their own pace by an automated system.

When students log in, they choose a subject, select a chapter, pick a lesson and complete the activities. A bright green arrow tells them where they left off, and completed work is clearly labeled with a check-mark or a gold star. Visual and auditory prompts guide third graders through the lessons making them easy for young learners to follow, and an online playground (controlled by parents) rewards and motivates them to finish their lessons.

Parents get access to printable lesson plans, teaching tools, detailed reporting and parental support through our online Parent Forum.

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Seventh Grade Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool and Summer Use

Proficiency in math, language arts, science and social studies becomes more important as students enter the seventh grade. Time4Learning can be used for homeschool, afterschool or summer learning and is a great way to start seventh graders off on the right foot.

Time4Learning presents seventh grade curriculum in a style that is both engaging and effective. Kids love the funny sound effects and quirky cartoon characters delivering the material. Animated, interactive lessons feel more like video games than learning exercises. For homeschool and summer usage, student-paced nature of the program also teaches them how to work independently, giving them a sense of ownership over their progress, which is a great motivator.

As an afterschool tutorial, Time4Learning's seventh grade program can be used to give students the extra help they need. This online tutorial teaches real concepts in a logical progression using a visual, audio and tactile approach that students of all learning modalities can benefit from. The interactive lessons within the online tutorials reinforce the basics and build upon them. Even students who keep up with their studies can use the tutorials to practice new or difficult concepts.

Time4Learning is entirely web based, so there is no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase. Your kids will be able to access the program 24/7 from any computer with an internet connection. It has a low monthly price, requires no contracts and offers a 14 day money-back guarantee.

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