The Grade 7 program at Derby is thoughtfully crafted for year full of collaborative endeavors and design-thinking opportunities.
The increased intellectual challenges help push students to employ strong organizational and leadership skills and to develop pride and independence along their learning journey. Recognizing this as a crucial point in adolescence where strong peer relationships are so essential, the team of teachers and advisors provides consistent support while guiding students through new and demanding collaborative experiences. The year culminates with final exams and an interdisciplinary project between English, history, and science.
Grade 7 Highlights
- Design Thinking Project
- Model United Nations
- Service Learning Opportunities
- Wellness Collaborative
- Leadership Workshop
- Quebec Trip for French Students
- Overnight trip to Thompson Island
Weather, climate change, energy, cell biology, disease, and human body systems are covered by our Grade 7 science students. Guest lectures, estuary field work, performance assessments, and lab reports supplement our students’ approach to understanding the nature of our planet.
The Grade 7 foreign language program builds upon previous instruction in Spanish, French, or Latin, incorporating more advanced vocabulary and grammar concepts, exploring cultural issues, and developing more confidence in reading, pronunciation, and public speaking.
The math program in Grade 7 challenges students to strengthen their number sense, reasoning and problem-solving skills, and develop an appreciation for abstract concepts and their real-world applications, which is highlighted with a Winter Term project. The program reviews concepts such as order of operations, operations with integers and rational numbers, and evaluating expressions. Standard and honors level classes offer a solid foundation in multi-step algebraic equations and inequalities, ratios, proportions, similar figures, percent, writing and graphing linear functions, monomials, Pythagorean Theorem, basic geometry, and surface area and volume.
Using independent books and reading journals, students practice their close reading skills and become more comfortable with analysis. Student choice for independent reading fosters a stronger love of reading and exposure to different genres.
Grade 7 students write for a variety of purposes with emphasis on the development of analytical and creative writing skills. Students make full use of the writing process and principles of design thinking; breaking essay writing down into parts and steps, and scaffolding to master the basics of the five paragraph essay.