Grade 7 Newsletters 2/13/2015

7A

February 13, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students will begin a new unit on DNA when we return from Winter Vacation.  During this unit students will learn about the structure of DNA and we will create DNA models using an origami technique.  Students will learn about how DNA functions as well as the consequences if there are mistakes (mutations) made during DNA replication.  Many other activities, demonstrations, and labs will reinforce concepts and engage student learning.  Have a wonderful and restful vacation!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest)-  Students are exploring ratios, rates, and unit rates.  They will then investigate proportions and percents and apply them to solve real-life problems.  Any excursions to the grocery store, restaurant, or mall will provide excellent learning opportunities to see the value in knowing how and why we use these skills!  Finally, the math PARCC Online Test is scheduled for March 26th and 27th for all seventh grade students.  Students will be working with the PARCC sample problems and practice test when they return after vacation.  Have a wonderful break!

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) – This week students received the directions for their next book report.  The due date has been changed to Friday, 3/6. A rubric will be given out the week we return from vacation.  Also when we return from vacation students will finish “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” unit with a test on Friday, 2/27.  We will then begin our poetry unit.  In grammar, students wrapped up the pronoun unit with a test this week.  We will begin adjectives next with special attention given to comparative and superlative forms. Happy vacation! 

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – We are currently watching some very enjoyable and creative oral presentations that are  part of the ancient Greece project. When we return from vacation we will continue our study of ancient Greece. Have a safe, relaxing, and hopefully snow-free vacation! 

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will have a quiz on AR verb endings the week after vacation.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – After vacation, students will submit their binder for a binder check. These binder checks will be worth a quiz grade. After, students will begin to explore -AR verbs. The following week, students will review the meanings and conjugations of -AR verbs, and prepare for a quiz on them. The quiz is TBA at a later date. Extra help is available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays! 

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – After vacation, Spanish students will be reviewing larger numbers in Chapter 3 and move on to studying the conjugation of regular -ar verbs in the present tense. Buenas vacaciones.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning how to use singular nouns with indefinite articles and singular and plural nouns with definite articles (pages 60 – 65). There will be a quiz on the classroom vocabulary on page 57 on Friday, February 27th. Buone vacanze! 

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) – Students are beginning the Diversity unit. Students create a pie chart about themselves illustrating all the varied groups they belong to.  Students then complete an exercise about stereotyping by recording their first impressions of an assortment of different groups. Next, students will review relevant vocabulary and examine how stereotyping can progress to discrimination.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be finishing the ubit on PED”s (Performance Enhancing Drugs).  Students will be working in groups of 3 or 4.  They will be assigned 1 PED to research using a rubric to guide them. Each group will present 2nd class meeting.  Students also learned about illegal use of anabolic steroids, damage from using, and safe training and nutrition practices to become fit and strong.

 

7B    

February 13, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani): We have started our unit on DNA and students have been identifying the parts of a DNA molecule and explaining how DNA copies itself.  They have constructed their own origami DNA model which we will be stringing all together as one giant strand and hang it to display in class.  Students will learn how DNA helps determine nearly everything their bodies are and does.  Once we finish with DNA, we will move on to genetics.  Have a restful and hopefully snow free vacation!

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – We will be starting a ratio, proportion, and percent unit after break. Our first topics will be focusing on ratios and rates. Given a particular rate, we will learn how to calculate unit rates. We will also learn how to write comparable rates using different units – (example 1 mile per minute = 60 miles per hour). This work with ratios and rates will lead us to proportions and writing and solving proportions from word problems towards the end of the two week period. 

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – Over vacation students will be working on their February book reports. The due date had been changed to 3/6. Books were approved on 2/9, and students received the guidelines in class. The guidelines can also be found on my blog. After vacation, we will finish our unit on The Witch of Blackbird Pond, which will include a writing assignment. Have happy and safe vacation!

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – Social Studies class has found us looking at the two major city-states that helped Greece develop, Athens and Sparta.  We are comparing the types of government that developed such as democracy, oligarchy and aristocracy.  We will be designing our own myth monsters, continue to read famous myths and will also be looking at the causes of the Persian war.  Hope you enjoy your vacation!

French (Mme Pescatore) – After vacation, French students will be studying basic food-related vocabulary and how to request food in Lesson 9. Bonnes vacances! 

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  After vacation, students will submit their binder for a binder check. These binder checks will be worth a quiz grade. After, students will begin to explore -AR verbs. The following week, students will review the meanings and conjugations of -AR verbs, and prepare for a quiz on them. The quiz is TBA at a later date. Extra help is available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – After vacation, Spanish students will be reviewing larger numbers in Chapter 3 and move on to studying the conjugation of regular -ar verbs in the present tense. Buenas vacaciones.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students are beginning the Diversity unit. Students create a pie chart about themselves illustrating all the varied groups they belong to.  Students then complete an exercise about stereotyping by recording their first impressions of an assortment of different groups. Next, students will review relevant vocabulary and examine how stereotyping can progress to discrimination.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be finishing the ubit on PED”s (Performance Enhancing Drugs).  Students will be working in groups of 3 or 4.  They will be assigned 1 PED to research using a rubric to guide them. Each group will present 2nd class meeting.  Students also learned about illegal use of anabolic steroids, damage from using, and safe training and nutrition practices to become fit and strong.

 

7C

February 13, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We have started our chapter on cell reproduction.  We will continue with this topic after vacation and end the section with a quiz on Mitosis (Chapter 4, Section 1) on Thursday, February 26th.  We will spend two days on the topic of meiosis with a vocabulary quiz to follow the next week.  Following meiosis, we will be learning about DNA.  Have a great February vacation!

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We will be focusing on ratios and proportions after vacation (Ch 7 in the text) as well as percent. Students will be writing and solving proportions, solving percent problems, and rewriting fractions, decimals, and percents. There will be a proportions quiz on Fri, 2/27. In addition, students will begin a Geometry in Architecture project after vacation. This will be made of recycled materials (then recycled) so students should begin saving small boxes and items from the recycling bin at home. Please see the blog for the rubric and breakdown of due dates. We will try again to have Math Prep Monday and Wednesday after vacation. Happy vacation!

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) –.  After vacation we will do a quick review of adjective and adverb phrases in preparation for a very brief quiz on Tuesday, 2/24.  We will then begin a unit on subject/verb agreement with special attention given to agreement with indefinite pronouns and compound subjects.  The quiz on this unit is tentatively scheduled for Monday, 3/9.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond reading will also continue after vacation. The List IV vocab quiz will be given on Wednesday, 2/25, and the List V quiz is scheduled for Friday, 3/6.  Upon completion of the novel, a persuasive essay will be assigned as a final assessment – details will be provided at that time.  Finally, students must have books (biography or autobiography) checked by 3/2 for the March report.  All classes will visit the school library on Thursday, 2/26, for choosing books if necessary.  Books should be brought to class on Wednesdays, 3/11, and 3/18.  The written report for March will be completed IN CLASS on Friday, 3/27 – please refer to the guidelines in order to prepare effectively.  Have a great vacation week!

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) –  After vacation the students will learn more about different government forms. We will look closely at the different roles of Athenian men and women and end the chapter with the Peloponnesian War. Students should expect a Chapter Test during the first week of March. Have a great vacation week!

French: (Mme Abrams) – After vacation, French students will be studying basic food-related vocabulary and how to request food in Lesson 9. Bonnes vacances!

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  After vacation, students will submit their binder for a binder check. These binder checks will be worth a quiz grade. After, students will begin to explore -AR verbs. The following week, students will review the meanings and conjugations of -AR verbs, and prepare for a quiz on them. The quiz is TBA at a later date. Extra help is available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)-   Students will have a quiz on AR verb endings the week after vacation.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning how to use singular nouns with indefinite articles and singular and plural nouns with definite articles (pages 60 – 65). There will be a quiz on the classroom vocabulary on page 57 on Friday, February 27th. Buone vacanze! 

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students are beginning the Diversity unit. Students create a pie chart about themselves illustrating all the varied groups they belong to.  Students then complete an exercise about stereotyping by recording their first impressions of an assortment of different groups. Next, students will review relevant vocabulary and examine how stereotyping can progress to discrimination.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be finishing the ubit on PED”s (Performance Enhancing Drugs).  Students will be working in groups of 3 or 4.  They will be assigned 1 PED to research using a rubric to guide them. Each group will present 2nd class meeting.  Students also learned about illegal use of anabolic steroids, damage from using, and safe training and nutrition practices to become fit and strong.

 

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