Seventh Grade Math
The main goal of the seventh-grade math program is to develop each student’s ability to use mathematical thought to solve problems. Students concentrate on developing thinking skills, logic, the ability to make inferences, and the ability to use estimation to solve problems. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the verbal, numerical, symbolic, and graphical representations of equations.
During the Factors and Multiples unit, students practice finding the square or cube of numbers given in exponential notation and apply their understanding of square roots and cube roots to solving real-life applications such as finding the height of a cube when the volume is given or the side of a square when the area is given.
During the Real Numbers unit, students use a number line and properties of real numbers to perform operations of real numbers. In the Algebraic Expressions unit, they learn to convert statements given in words into algebraic expressions using variables. Students also practice writing algebraic expressions to represent real-world situations.
In the Solving Equations unit, students bridge pictorial and abstract representations of problems as they transition from drawing bar models to writing and solving algebraic equations. During the Ratio, Rate and Speed unit, students engage in real-world activities like calculating the cost per square foot of an apartment in San Francisco. During the unit on Percentages, students solve problems involving discounts and sales tax. The Graphing unit begins by graphing linear equations using a table of values and concludes with a look at the Pythagorean Theorem and its application.