Santa Fe Indian School

Academics

Academics

7th Grade |  8th Grade

 

7th Grade Courses

8th Grade Courses

ELA-Reading ELA-Reading
ELA-Language Arts ELA-Language Arts
Math Course 2 Math Course 3
Advanced Math Algebra 1
Social Studies Social Studies
Science Science
Math Intervention Math Intervention
Electives Electives
Computer Applications Tech Lab 
Physical Education Health
Beginning Band Band

7th Grade Course Offering

 7th Grade ELA (Reading)

Course Description: Seventh Grade reading is a forum for students to explore and understand the past, present, and future through literature.  By reading various genres of literature, students will broaden their perspectives.

 7th Grade ELA (Language Arts)

Course Description:  Seventh Grade Writing is a companion course with Reading that will engage students in the processes, conventions, devices, and standards and standards of writing English, enhancing their ability to creatively and clearly express themselves through the written word.

 7th Grade Mathematics Intervention

Course Description: This course is designed to have students master the prerequisite skills needed for success in their grade level math course as determined by frequent topic-specific assessments tied to the current units being taught in the regular class.  This learning progression of basic skills and conceptual understanding will lead to a more solid mathematical foundation to ensure success at the next level of mathematics. 

 Math Course 2

Course Description: This seventh grade course focuses on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships (2) developing an understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions and working with two and three dimensional shapes to find area and volume (4) making inferences about populations based on samples.

Accelerated Math

Course Description: This accelerated math course contains content from the 8th grade math curriculum and demands a faster pace for instruction and learning. This course focuses on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships (2) developing an understanding of operations with rational numbers, working with expressions and liner equations (3) solve problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions and working with two and three dimensional shapes to find area, surface area, and volume (4) making inferences about populations based on samples.  Prerequisites: Placement in this course is based on, teacher recommendation, previous year’s math grade, and test scores from one or more of the following assessments; New Mexico Standard Based Assessment (SBA), Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), or Achievement Improvement Monitoring System (AIMS Web). 

7th Grade Social Studies

Course Description: The 7th grade Social Studies course is designed to give students a general overview of New Mexico History from the pre-history to the present.  The course will focus on historical events that have impacted ethnic groups living within the state in the areas of social, political, economic, and cultural developments.  Additionally, students will be introduced to Geography, American History and Native American History as it relates to the development of New Mexico.

 7th Grade Science

Course Description:  This, Life Science, course covers the study of cells, heredity, biological populations and their changes over time. It includes human biology, ecology, diversity of organisms and the history and nature of science. In this course students will have the opportunity to conduct and design experiments, identify and classify organisms. We will work on developing skills in data recording, classifying, measuring, observing, hypothesizing, analyzing, evaluation and inferring.

 Computer Applications

Course Description: In this class students will learn the basic skills of Computer Concepts and Microsoft Office.  Students will learn about key applications, starting with an overview of application software and will create, format, and finalize a document in Microsoft Word.  Students will also use Microsoft Excel where they will create, format, and finalize a worksheet.  Students in this class will create and finalize presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint and will learn about online connections like networks, e-mail, and Web browsing.  In addition to understanding Microsoft 10, students will learn about computer hardware, peripheral devices and software. 

 Physical Education

Course Description:  The middle school physical education class is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes essential to engaging in regular lifelong physical activity.  Students will engage in activities that will help them achieve and maintain healthy fitness capacities through their middle school years, learn how to be knowledgeable consumers of physical activity, and develop attitudes and behaviors that will assist in their ability to contributors to their social constructs.

Beginning Band

Course Description: This course is an elective for 7th grade students.  This course provides curriculum that teaches students how to identify all of the musical signs and symbols.  Students will learn to play music expressively, cohesively and artistically.

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8th Grade Course Offerings

 8th Grade (ELA) Reading

Course Description:  To become better young people through improving our reading & writing abilities, vocabulary, grammar usage, as well as increasing our knowledge of literature—its elements. Students will also be exposed to, read works of, and learn about many great Native and non-native authors.  We will also explore and learn how all of the above can help us understand that language is a valuable form of art.

 8th Grade (ELA) Language Arts

Course Description:  Writing, listening and speaking are taught in an integrated format appropriate to the student’s grade level. Grammar and vocabulary are addressed on a daily basis using a unique story approach. Writing and vocabulary instruction will be geared specifically to target the needs of the students to achieve grade level skills. We will focus on Nonfiction Narrative, Explanatory, and Argument writing. 

 Math Course 3

Course Description:  The fundamental purpose of 8th Grade Mathematics is to extend the fundamental skills that students learned in 7th grade.  The Mathematical Practices are consistent Common Core State Standards.  The standards prescribe that students experience mathematics as being logical, useful and coherent.  Content in this course is grouped into six critical areas (1) Quantities & Rates (2) Linear Relationships (3) Equations, Inequalities, Systems, Exponents and Graphs (4) Regression techniques to describe Linear Models (5) Pythagorean Theorem and Special Triangles (6) Reflections, Rotations and Translations.

 Algebra I

Course Description: This is a foundation course to prepare students for all subsequent mathematics courses. Topics of the course will include the properties of real numbers, equations and inequalities, operations on polynomial and rational expressions, factoring, functions and their graphs, and problem solving. Prerequisites: Math Course 3, Pre-Algebra OR placement by SFIS Math Teacher or Math Placement Test

 8th Grade Social Studies

Course Description:  This course will focus on understanding the meaning of Social Studies and its relationship to the history of the United States of America through discussion, collaboration, theorizing, and creating collusions with important dates of American History.  The classes will use Primary and Secondary sources, as well as oral information from personal and tribal stories, to determine and evaluate important dates relevant to American history, to establish the foundation of Santa Fe Indian School’s “Ideal Graduate”.

 8th Grade Science

Course Description:  This year students will explore and develop a core understanding of Chemistry, Physical, and Earth Science. Students will also develop an understanding of the scientific process in order to analyze and interpret data, and construct scientific investigations. 

 Health

Course Description: This physical education/health class is designed to teach fundamental psychomotor skills and health concepts covering nutrition topics such as the food pyramid, nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The activities will focus on providing opportunities to participate in games which help develop the skills necessary for participation in major sports.

Band

Course Description: This course is an elective for 8th grade students.  This course provides curriculum that teaches students how to identify all of the musical signs and symbols. Students will learn to play music expressively, cohesively and artistically.  Prerequisites: Prior years in band.

Tech Lab

Course Description: Tech Lab incorporates problem-based learning utilizing; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principals.  This course introduces students to a variety of technical modules to enrich career exploration.  Topics include Science, Business, Marketing and IT; Careers and Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Industrial Automation and Pre-Engineering.