The Woodlands Methodist School

General Introduction to Courses — 7th Grade

Below is a complete list of courses offered at The Woodlands Methodist School for 7th grade. TWMS is a dynamic Christian-based school with high academic standards. With that in mind, we offer a challenging and exciting curriculum. Our teachers and administrators work hand in hand with each individual family to help select the perfect course load for each student. Students who wish to take a pre-AP course should acquire the signature of their current teacher in that subject when filling out their course request in the spring. All of our teachers are available should you wish to discuss opportunities for your child the following year. Our highest level enables students to obtain high school credits in middle school to finish with a senior year in calculus. Also, we begin the advanced study of foreign languages in middle school so that each student has the first year of language completed before they enter 9th grade. Still, each student must fulfill the minimum number of high school credits in order to graduate.

Scripps Spelling Bee challenges students to develop a large vocabulary

English Language Arts and Reading

English Language Arts and Reading

Grade: 7
Prerequisite: None
Students will engage in meaningful activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing and oral language skills in five key areas: reading, writing, research, listening and speaking, and oral and written conventions. A wide variety of literature and writing assignments are chosen to introduce children to the world of literature. Students are also reintroduced to the various genres of literature, including the novel, the essay, poetry and short stories. Students begin to learn to critically analyze and study literature techniques.

Daily Bible classes provide a Christian foundation

Mathematics

Mathematics

Grade: 7
Prerequisite: None
Students will develop fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of rational numbers and use operations to solve problems. Students use reasoning about ratios, rates, proportionality and percent to solve problems; students also select, justify and use appropriate symbolic representations to solve problems in varied contexts, including the use of geometric formulas for pyramids and circles. Students use representations of center, spread, and shape to compare and form inferences about sets of data, and develop personal financial literacy through the use of a variety of representations, tools and technology to model and solve mathematical and real-world situations.

Mathematics Pre-Algebra Pre-AP

Grade: 7
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 6th grade pre-AP and/or teacher recommendation
Students will cover all TEKS for 7th grade and a portion of the TEKS for 8th grade. The additional content will include: select, justify and use appropriate symbolic representations to solve problems in varied context, including use of geometric formulas for pyramids and circles, and use representations of center, spread and shape to compare and form inferences about sets of data. This course serves as preparation for Algebra 1 (for high school credit) in 8th grade.

Destination Imagination provides exposure to 21st century skills and STEM principles

Science

Science

Grade: 7
Prerequisite: None
The study of science in 7th grade includes conducting field and laboratory investigations using the scientific method. The students will be doing critical thinking and problem solving in physical, chemical, earth and life sciences. Much of the curriculum involves using scientific and technological tools to collect and analyze data.

Science Pre-AP

Grade: 7
Prerequisite: None
This course requires students to perform field and laboratory investigations at a more advanced level using the scientific method. The students will be doing critical thinking and problem solving in physical, chemical, earth and life sciences. Participation in outside-of-class scientific research projects is required. Students enrolled in this course should expect extensive outside-of-class preparation.

Student council teaches students about governing

Social Studies

Social Studies: Texas History

Grade: 7
Prerequisite: None
Texas history tells the stories of people, events and institutions from the state’s earliest civilizations to modern times. It touches upon and includes all of the social studies disciplines. People’s beliefs, the ways they meet their economic needs, and the culture they transmit from one generation to another are all part of Texas history. Geography is also a very important part of this class. It tells the story of where events took place and the interaction between people and places. The themes of location, region, place, movement and human environment interaction are woven through the chronological story of all the people of Texas. Carefully planned activities and projects help students go beyond the rote learning of events and dates to gain an understanding of how and why events occurred and their historical significance.

Weekly chapel presented by The Woodlands UMC Children’s Ministry staff

Electives

Art

Grade: 6 and 7
Prerequisite: None
Visual arts introduces students to art: it’s histories, criticisms, theories and production. The academic focus is on the elements and principles of design, cultural studies and art history. The studio focus is expressing feelings and ideas through a variety of visual mediums, processes, problem solving and high level thinking skills relating to art and composing visual elements.

Band — Beginning

Grade: 5 – 7
Prerequisite: None
Students will be introduced to instrumental music through the selection of a band instrument. Students will learn to read music and basic music theory, including scale studies. Students will learn the elements of tone production, balance and blend. Students will perform concerts and learn proper concert etiquette. All students participating in beginning band will meet with the band director to determine instrument placement.

Band

Grade: 6 and 7
Prerequisite: Beginning band or one year in band
Students will be placed in a band class with students who have comparable skills. Auditions are required for placement. The overall goals of the band programs are to teach students respect for others as well as adults, responsibility through a positive work ethic, and a love and respect for music through learning how to play band instruments and working together. Participation in possible competitions and concerts as well as possible after school practices will provide a portion of the students’ grade in band.

Middle School Choir

Grade: 6 and 7
Prerequisite: None
The middle school choir program focuses on sight-reading knowledge and building vocal skills and technique. Students will participate in a variety of contests and competitions outside of the school day. Any student may choose choir as an elective. All students choosing choir must audition with the choir teacher to determine vocal placement within the choir.

Field trips for 7th graders include Washington on the Brazos, the Bob Bullock Museum and the State Capitol

Physical Education

Grade: 5 – 7
Prerequisite: None
P.E. includes a combination of activities designed for improving physical fitness and body strength. It also introduces a variety of team sports, individual sports and activities. Basic skills, rules and team strategies will be taught. Students are required to actively participate each day in building team play with friendly competition.

Athletics

Grade: 7
Prerequisite: None
Students will participate in team and individual sports and activities. This course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to participate in an interscholastic athletic program as well as develop skills relating to the specific sport in a competitive atmosphere. We schedule events against other local schools in an effort to foster a sense of pride and spirit in The Woodlands Methodist School.

Athletic Teams Currently Offered:

We take pride in our ability to allow all of our students the opportunity to participate in team and individual sports. If a student has a strong desire to play, we find a way for that student to play at some level. We encourage students to learn new sports by joining a team, whether he/she has played that sport previously or not. Our students find new abilities and gain confidence through athletics.

ACT Aspire assesses student progress for college and career opportunities

Foreign Language


French I or Spanish I

Grade: 7 and 8
Prerequisite: None
Students take the first level of their language course spread out between their 7th and 8th grade years. In this way, students have more time to build a foundation in either Spanish or French. The course includes reading and writing, educational videos, interactive projects, and listening and speaking exercises. A priority is placed on creating a solid foundation in vocabulary and grammar as well as establishing a comfort level in communication. Successful completion of both years of this course will result in 1.0 high school credit.

Reading and Study Success

Grade: 5 – 7
Prerequisite: Counselor and teacher recommendation
This class will be a small class of reading and study skills instruction. It is designed to help students with a reading deficit to obtain the skills necessary to close the gap in this area and be successful in all areas of school. Students will not only receive small group reading instruction and practice, but will also learn and practice valuable study skills that will benefit him/her in all of his/her future academic endeavors.