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Grade 7


Grade 7 Curriculum / per Teacher Seat

Seventh graders explore the nuances of communication by practicing when to listen, how to respond directly and honestly, and how to remain open to new ideas. Partner chats and interactive learning structures help them practice listening to what everyone has to say, as well as develop the ability to analyze and defend their positions on a topic. Through active listening in conversations with peers and self-reflection, students elevate their ability to show compassion for others as they examine the implications that cultural diversity has on their own and others’ worldviews. They continue to explore their role in social situations and come to understand themselves as agents of change. Seventh grade students are able to internally guide themselves onto a constructive path and make complex choices that benefit themselves and others.



Print Products

  • Teacher’s Lesson Guide– The Fly Five Teacher’s Guide is an instructional manual that guides teachers on how to deliver each SEL lesson and provides suggestions on discussion questions as well as definitions for vocabulary words found on the posters and in the Student Journals. It also houses high-level foundational information on the C.A.R.E.S. competencies.  
  • Student Journals– The Student Journals are vibrant, colorful books that provide visual and manipulative tools to promote student learning. Filled with vignettes, scenarios, games, and other learning materials aligned with the lessons, the journal pages are infused with exciting designs and illustrations. Each student receives their own journal so they can creatively and individually engage with and explore their SEL lessons. 
  • The Mindful Student – The Mindful Student curriculum consists of twenty engaging, age-appropriate, and grade-specific mindfulness activities that correspond with a core lesson in the skill focus. The activities range from interactive partner work and role-playing to quiet visualizations and guided reflection. The activities are brief and versatile, so they can be used whenever students need an additional few moments to refocus and reset. 

Digital Components

  • PowerPoints– The PowerPoints (PPTs) are a digital resource for grades 3–8. Teachers download the presentation that aligns with their lesson. The presentations offer students an opportunity to explore visual models, photos, illustrations, and text that support lesson retention. The PPTs clearly define important words and skills and allow for individual vocabulary exploration.
  • Teacher Resource– The Teacher Resource is an online downloadable resource that provides additional information regarding the visuals and Student Journal pages. The additional background information contextualizes the lessons and allows for stronger instruction and more in-depth learning.
  • School-to-Home Connection– The School-to-Home Connection is a weekly newsletter filled with engaging activities to bring SEL learning into a student’s home and community. This newsletter communicates what SEL skills students are practicing each week and offers conversation prompts, guided reflections, read-alouds, and suggestions for students and families to practice SEL in their communities. The School-to-Home Connection encourages SEL growth beyond the classroom and affords students and families the opportunity to deepen their SEL skills together. 
  • Teacher Guide: Helpful Hints– The Helpful Hints section anticipates the questions and challenges that may arise when implementing the curriculum and offers solutions. The hints include suggestions for creating a positive classroom environment and evidence-based tips and strategies for using the instructional materials to their fullest potential. The Helpful Hints give teachers what they need for a seamless implementation.


  • Seventh graders are experiencing patterns of growth and regression during this age of contrasting and evolving identities. They refine their thoughts and ideas through reflective writing practices and small-group collaboration. As seventh graders are better able to articulate their strengths and understand how to best contribute to a group, they continue developing their social and emotional skills.


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