7th Grade – Age of Exploration
7th grade is in the middle of a voyage through the Age of Exploration. We began with the adventures of Marco Polo which helped set the stage for this era in history and now we are navigating through tales of Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Columbus and many more. It is a challenging block—one filled with exciting tales of dangerous sea voyages, but also the consequences that resulted from these expeditions that would change history and the world.
7th Grade – Farm & Garden
The fifth, sixth and seventh graders had a lesson on soil composition in Farming & Gardening class with Mrs. Faden.
7th Grade – Middle School Dance
On January 18th, our middle schoolers journeyed to Warrenville to join the fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students of the Waldorf School of DuPage for our first-ever Middle School Dance!
7th Grade – Physics Block
The seventh graders have been exploring physics with Mrs. Ecklund during their most recent block.
Optics were observed through experimentation in the real world.
The students became part of a living, complex battery during their study of electricity.
Be sure to see the 5th & 6th Grade page as well to read about the trip the fifth, sixth and seventh graders took to cut, piece and solder stained their own glass creations.
6th & 7th Grades – Latin America
The 6th and 7th grades finished up their block on Latin America with individual research projects on a country of their choice. We had a great representation of the region—from Chile to Mexico! Students brought food and other cultural artifacts, such as a handmade llama representing the llamas of Peru, and shared their findings with their classmates and teachers. It was an exciting way to end the block!
5th, 6th & 7th Grades – Secret Santa
The fifth, sixth, and seventh graders drew names for Secret Santa exchange this year. They had a blast at the final party and the revealing of identities.
7th Grade – Perspective Drawing
Mrs. Ecklund has been leading the 7th Grade in perspective drawing.
How unusual to enjoy class outside during December!
6th & 7th Grades – Latin American Studies
Grades 6 and 7 embarked on a study of Latin America during the three weeks between Thanksgiving and Holiday Breaks. They delved into the physical, cultural and political geography of the region and each student chose a country to research more deeply, as well. They chose a wide variety of countries, from Costa Rica to Chile (and many more!)
Latin America is incredibly diverse in all aspects of geography and provided the classes with a deeper understanding of how nations are influenced and how they take charge of their identity. The classes looked at the physical terrain and landscape of these countries as well as the ancient cultures that rose and fell (or survived). Next they looked at the modern day countries of Latin America and discussed important issues relating to them.
7th Grade – Renaissance
The seventh grade has finished up their Renaissance block, culminating with research presentations and an exciting trip to Medieval Times (along with students from the Waldorf School of DuPage). Each student chose an artist, inventor, or scientist and researched his life and work. They chose very different and exciting people, from Filippo Brunelleschi, the created of the famous Dome in Florence, to Paracelsus—an interesting physician who discovered many things, including laying the groundwork to prove that bacteria and viruses cause many diseases.
As students rise through the grades, they are asked to complete more and more of their work independently. Projects such as these demonstrate not only a child’s ability to research, but also their ability to organize their time and think creatively about how they will present their findings. In conjunction with teacher guidance, students are given opportunities to explore topics they find interesting while also gaining perspective and research skills.
7th Grade Doll Making
The seventh grade students sew their doll fabric with precision, becoming more dexterous as the project progresses. They are basing the size of the pattern on the size of the head of the doll, which they have already fashioned. They are a hard working group of students!
The fifth, sixth and seventh graders are combining this year for a nice-sized orchestra.
A few of the features they are working on:
- “The Avengers”
- “When I’m 64”
7th Grade Renaissance Block
We are having a wonderful time exploring the mood and context of the 1300-1600s and finding that so much of our history is cyclical in many ways. One of the important aspects of this block is to help seventh graders understand cause and effect. For every action there is some sort of reaction (this theory does not just apply to physics!) The class has already had some meaningful discussions. This is the age when debate and conversation really get exciting.
How difficult would it be to create artwork on a ceiling?
The seventh grade students tried their hands at it, with Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel masterpiece in mind.
7th Grade Geometry Block
The seventh graders have continued and advanced their study of geometry this year, including the proof of the Pythagorean Theorum for classical right triangles, the Golden Spiral, and Pentagonagram.