Grade 7 Newsletters 12/11/2015

7A

December 11, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) –  We are well underway learning about Cells!  Students have been working on cell analogies in class and we have discussed the different organelles and their functions.  A quiz on cell organelles and their functions is planned for Monday, 12/14.  Students have a matching game and notes to study from for this quiz.  Students have been introduced to the Cell Project.  Directions and rubric have gone home for review and brainstorming already.  The Cell Project is due on Monday, 12/21 and we will have a “Cell-a-bration” on this day!  Next week, students will view plant and animal cells using microscopes during lab and we will play “cell charades”!  Please continue to check our class blog for science news and weekly agendas.

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students are solving one and two step equations with fractions, decimals, the distributive property, and more than one variable.  They have had a quiz on one-step equations and will be having one on two -step equations also.  Next, students will be solving word problems by writing and solving equations.  The grade 7 Mid-year Math Assessment Test will be given on Friday, January 8, 2016.  Students will be given a study guide and short assignment to complete with the guide the week of December 20.  It is due the day we come back from vacation,Monday, January 4, 2016.

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – This week we have started reading the play version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” written by Israel Horovitz.  Students have been assigned roles and will be reading these parts in class.  Because we are going to the play on the sixteenth, some of the reading will need to be done at home.  We will also be creating class “Chains we Forged in life”, where students will write wrongs that they have committed on slips of paper that will be looped together to create a chain.  Then, students can come in and share a story of something kind that they have done, and will then be able to eliminate a link. Hopefully, we will be able to work our way through all of the chains by the holiday break.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) –We are finishing up our unit on the ancient Israelites. This section focuses on the growth of Judaism. A quiz on Chapter 3, Section 3 will be given on Monday, December 14. A chapter 3 test will be  given on Friday, December, 18th. Over the winter vacation students will be provided a study guide to help them prepare for the midyear assessment. The Social Studies mid-year is scheduled for January13th. It will include Chapters 1, 2, and three. There will be in-class review as well.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing the verb “ser,” as well as making nouns/adjectives/articles agree in gender and quantity. These topics will be assessed on the Chapter 2 grammar quiz on Thursday, 12/17. Following the grammar quiz, students will pause for a cultural break. During this cultural unit, students will explore “La Navidad.” Have a great winter break!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be reviewing articles, adjectives, and plural formation along with subject pronouns and the verb SER. There will be a quiz on each of these two topics before the holiday break.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students are continuing to use the verb essere (to be) in sentences. There will be a quiz on Friday, December 18th. Then we will be learning adjectives that describe someone’s personality. The quiz on these adjectives will be after winter vacation.

Latin (Mr. Finnigan) – Next week will begin with a quiz on all the verbs (principal parts and meanings) from Stages 01-05. We will then review how to form, identify, and translate present active indicative verbs in Latin in anticipation of the quest on this material on Thursday, 12/17. Following the quest, we will break from covering grammatical material until after the winter break to focus on a cultural unit covering the Roman calendar and Roman dates, as well as Saturnalia–the best known of Roman holidays.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  – Students will be finishing up the unit on managing risk by completing an exercise on reaction time and relating that to the dangers of distracted driving, walking, and cycling. Students will also read several current events articles about unintentional injuries and assess the pros and cons of the risks described.  Students will then rate the risks and determine if it was a positive or negative risk.

 

7B

December 11, 2015

 

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  During these past few weeks we have been working on our knowledge skills of the cell by practicing our identification of cell parts and their function. Students have been participating in class with class discussions and hands on activities to help them understand these concepts.  There will be a cell test next Friday, 12/18.  A study guide has been handed out in class and should be completed to be passed in after the test. We will then be starting our cell processes unit beginning with learning about the function of a semi-permeable membrane, the process of diffusion and osmosis, and comparing passive and active transport.  The Science Mid-Year Assessment is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20th.  A study guide will be handed out in class before vacation.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – We have been working on solving one and two-step equations during the past couple of weeks. During the next two weeks, we will expand on these concepts by working with inequalities. We will learn how to graph the solution of an inequality, how to solve one and two step inequalities, and how to write and solve an inequality from a word problem. The grade 7 Math Mid-Year Assessment is scheduled for Friday, January 8, 2016.  Students will be given a study guide in class before vacation.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – We will continue to have “verbs” be our grammar focus. Students will have a quiz on action verbs and direct and indirect objects before winter break. We will also continue our unit on A Christmas Carol. Students have started the first step- identifying reasons and collecting evidence- in the writing of their persuasive essays on why Scrooge should not be named “Person of the Year.” Essays will be due by Tuesday, 12/22.

REMINDER: Our field trip is on Wednesday, 12/16 – please remember to eat breakfast and to pack a lunch if you have NOT ordered pizza.  Also, remember to dress appropriately for a theater performance.  Finally, the ELA Semester Assessment is scheduled for Monday, 1/11/16 – study guides will be distributed in class prior to the break.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We are traveling to the land of Canaan and looking at the growth of the religion of the Israelites. The exodus story, David v. Goliath, Esther among other famous stories will be studied. As of now our mid-year exam is scheduled for Wednesday January 13th.

French (Mme Pescatore) – Students are learning how to say the numbers from 80 to 100 and 1000 on text page 43. Their quiz on these numbers will be on Wednesday, December 16th, and their quiz on all of Lesson 6 will be on Friday, December 18th. Then we will begin Lesson 7 with family vocabulary on page 45.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing the verb “ser,” as well as making nouns/adjectives/articles agree in gender and quantity. These topics will be assessed on the Chapter 2 grammar quiz on Thursday, 12/17. Following the grammar quiz, students will pause for a cultural break. During this cultural unit, students will explore “La Navidad.” Have a great winter break!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) –  Spanish students will be reviewing articles, adjectives, and plural formation along with subject pronouns and the verb SER. There will be a quiz on each of these two topics before the holiday break.

Latin (Mr. Finnigan) –  Over the past couple of weeks, students have been learning how to form, identify, and translate present active indicative verbs in Latin. We will spend the beginning of next week reviewing all of this material, and there will be a quest on this unit on Thursday, 12/17. Following the quest, we will break from covering grammatical material until after the winter break to focus on a cultural unit covering the Roman calendar and Roman dates, as well as Saturnalia–the best known of Roman holidays.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  –  Students will be finishing up the unit on managing risk by completing an exercise on reaction time and relating that to the dangers of distracted driving, walking, and cycling. Students will also read several current events articles about unintentional injuries and assess the pros and cons of the risks described.  Students will then rate the risks and determine if it was a positive or negative risk.

 

7C

December 11, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We have just started our unit on the cell.  This week we have started learning about the specific organelles that help the cell function.  I will assign the cell project on Monday, 12/14 and it will be due on Monday, 12/21.  Rubrics and project specifications will be sent home with the students and will also be found on my blog.  I will show examples of projects past and we will brainstorm some recyclable materials that can be used for the project.  The students will also have a cell quiz on Friday, 12/18.  To prepare for the quiz we will participate in a game of “cell charades,” we will complete an internet webquest and we will be viewing cheek, elodea, onion and bacteria cells under the microscopes.  Study guides for the midterm assessments will be sent home with the students on December 23rd.  Our science midterm has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 20th.

Math: (Ms. Miley) –   We will be continuing to work on one and two-step equations in the next week with a quiz on Friday, Dec.18th. The students will then begin a Mid Year Study Guide Project that will help them review for the upcoming Mid Year Assessment scheduled for January 8th. The information will be given to the students and posted on the blog. Extra help will be available next week, also posted on the blog. Have a wonderful winter break!

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – “Adjectives” will be the focus of grammar classes for the next two weeks.  Special attention will be given to the comparative and superlative forms.  A quiz will be scheduled for a day after vacation.  Oral book presentations begin in all blocks on Monday, 12/14 – guidelines have been discussed in class and remain available on the blog.  Please remember that only one side of a note card may be used to maintain focus – practice at home will be very beneficial!  Also, persuasive essays are due on Wednesday, 12/16 – guidelines must be followed for the essay to be accepted on time.  The top-down web introduced in class should help to organize content effectively; also remember that proofreading is an essential step.  REMINDER: Our field trip is on Wednesday, 12/16 – please remember to eat breakfast and to pack a lunch if you have not ordered pizza.  Also, remember to dress comfortably and appropriately for a theater performance.  Finally, the ELA Semester Assessment is scheduled for Monday, 1/11/16 – study guides will be distributed in class prior to the break.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – We are continuing our study of the ancient Israelites. Next week, we will read about the spread of Jewish ideas throughout history. There will be a test on Chapter 3, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 22nd. The Social Studies mid-year exam is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 13th. A study guide for the exam will be sent home prior to winter break.

French: (Mme Abrams) –  During the next two weeks before vacation, French students will be studying Lesson 7 and vocabulary of the family.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing the verb “ser,” as well as making nouns/adjectives/articles agree in gender and quantity. These topics will be assessed on the Chapter 2 grammar quiz on Wednesday, 12/16. Following the grammar quiz, students will pause for a cultural break. During this cultural unit, students will explore “La Navidad.” Have a great winter break!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)-  We will be completing our work with Chapter 2 before the holiday break. Next week we will focus on Telling Time and then we will review for the Chapter 2 Oral and Test.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students are continuing to use the verb essere (to be) in sentences. There will be a quiz on Friday, December 18th. Then we will be learning adjectives that describe someone’s personality. The quiz on these adjectives will be after winter vacation.

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be finishing up the unit on managing risk by completing an exercise on reaction time and relating that to the dangers of distracted driving, walking, and cycling. Students will also read several current events articles about unintentional injuries and assess the pros and cons of the risks described.  Students will then rate the risks and determine if it was a positive or negative risk.

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