Hoping your summer has been exciting and that your children have had positive educational experiences. The team looks forward to welcoming the class of 2025 this fall.
At Farragut we preach and nurture active reading with the hope of promoting lifelong reading habits. Although we assign one book to read over vacation, we encourage students to read as much as they can and to share those experiences with their peers in September.
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SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT:
Your child should read one of the following books chosen from among these titles. Students will write about one of the novels upon their return to school.
- Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (Historical Fiction)
- The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (Science Fiction/Fantasy)
- So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins (Historical Fiction)
Copies of the texts were already distributed in June.
Additional copies are available in the middle school office or in the public library.
*Two medium-sized loose-leaf binders (1.5"-2")- One for ACE days and one for BDF days
* Pens and pencils
*Post-It Notes (1 inch by 2 inch)
*One set of headphones/earbuds
*Ruler (30 cm)
*Texas Instrument Multiview TI-34 Scientific Calculator ($20)- could be used in 8th grade as well
*Two packs of 4X6 index cards
*Two black and white journal notebooks
*Four heavy-duty plastic 2 pocket folders
*For Spanish students only: 1.5-inch binder (will be kept in class)
*Sneakers and deodorant stick (no spray) for physical education
*Weather appropriate athletic clothing: T-shirt, sweatshirt, shorts, or sweatpants
Agenda books will be distributed in September
Seventh Grade Team
AREA OF KNOWLEDGE (AOK) COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Team Building is a crucial aspect in becoming an adult and is a critical part in being successful in the future. The ability to work as a group is a substantial piece in being successful within the intellectual, social and emotional aspects of learning. This course will help students work as groups effectively, and at the same time students will get to know a lot about each other. Through guided discovery students will learn the strategies necessary to work effectively within a group to reach a common goal.
- Learn strategies on how to work with a group ( compromise, discussion, debate, eye contact, respectful, and how to be a good listener).
- Learn the awesome characteristics and traits of peers
- Finding the kind of role you play in a group (leader/facilitator, energizer, recorder etc.)
- Learn the dysfunctional roles of a team ( blocker, aggressor, recognition seeker, dominator, distractor, silent member etc.)
- Through guided discovery go through the stages of Team Building (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Dissolving)
- Learn to trust peers through trust activities ( trust falls, willow in the wind, minefield, human knot, trust pinball etc.)
- Recognize the value of team building skills and applying them to real life situations
Sparking Courageous Conversations
This course aims to center discussions about race and racism. Digital texts, picture books, articles, essays and other types of texts will be used to spark conversations that help students recognize individual, interpersonal, and institutional racism. Essential to these courageous conversations is the racial literacy skills students will acquire that help them to recognize, name, and challenge various forms of everyday racism.
Common Core Connections: In compliance with Common Core Literacy Standards, this course provides students with frequent opportunities to analyze texts from diverse cultures and time periods, and contribute accurate, relevant information during discussions about race and racism. As a result, students will build a foundation of knowledge and utilize the vocabulary and tools demonstrated in the AOK class to speak about issues of race and racism in developmentally appropriate ways.
- Understand that racism exists in many different arenas and capacities
- Understand that biases are often not obvious or immediately present on the surface
- Learn key racial literacy vocabulary such as: race; ethnicity; racism; racial justice; antiracism; allies; assumptions; colorblindness; discrimination; equity; identity; individual, interpersonal, and institutional racism; marginalized; microaggressions; narrative; counternarrative; oppression; prejudice; privilege; supremacy; systems; social, economic, and political conditions; stereotype
- Learn conversational strategies to discuss racism
- Learn tools to challenge topics
- Learn strategies to deconstruct canned, racial narratives and acquire counternarratives that provide perspectives that have been silenced
Engineering and Design
Technology and engineering are essential components of a student's ¨STEM¨ education. This course will focus on the engineering and design process, offering students a variety of problem solving challenges. The concept of iterative design, introduced in the sixth grade, will be heavily utilized as students explore areas of technology such as aeronautics, multimedia, simple machines, physics, electrical circuitry, and renewable energy.
The course will take place in both the fabrication lab and the computer lab. Learning activities will build on the “maker” movement, in which students are empowered to design solutions to problems. Students can choose a focus of inquiry from a variety of projects.
Different projects may include:
- Makerspace Safety and Success
- Roller Coaster Physics
- Bernoulli’s Principle and Paper Planes
- Manipulating Simple Machines
- Deconstructing Engineering Marvels
- Hovercraft Design
- Problem Solving with Renewable Energy
- Fluid Dynamics with Plane Models
- Designing, Modelling, and Printing in 3D
- Careers in Engineering
This class will introduce students to many aspects of economics. Projects will include, budgeting, where students create a realistic monthly budget based on their monthly income. Identifying consumers role in the economy. Students will learn how to become a savvy shopper, and make smart economic decisions when purchasing everyday goods. In addition, students will be learning about different investment options including savings accounts, money markets, stocks, futures, trading, options, bonds, and real estate. Students will engage in a stock market simulation where they will be able to assess their level of risk while determining whether to buy, sell or hold their investments.
This course is designed to improve the ways in which students organize their priorities, time and materials both at school and at home. Students will receive support in this class by learning strategies that focus on the following:
- Keeping school supplies, lockers and backpacks organized.
- Setting weekly, monthly and quarterly goals.
- Working on methods to improve time management skills.
- Learning how to prioritize assignments.
- Developing a schedule to keep track of assignments and long term projects.