Grade 7 Newsletter 10/31/14

7A

October 31, 2014

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students are beginning a new unit of study on “The Cell”!!  This is chapter 2 in the science textbook.  Students will learn more about basic cell types: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes.  We will also learn about plant and animal cells and their differences as well as bacterial cells.  In addition, we will explore all the parts (organelles) of a cell and their functions.  Students will learn about cells through various activities, labs, and other visuals.  Students will participate in a cell lab in which we look at real plant cells and our own animal cells.  Another activity, “The Cell Play”, promotes learning in a kinesthetic way about the cell and its parts and functions by allowing students to play the parts of a cell.  Of course, there will be a “Cell-a-bration” where students create a 3-dimensional model of a cell and bring it in to display and enjoy with the class.  Still, other small activities and demonstrations will engage student learning and reinforce concepts presented in class.

Math: (Mrs. Forrest)- Students have wrapped up their work on number properties and are starting to explore one and two step equations. All students must show their work as they progress through the steps to find the solutions.  Students first investigate addition and subtraction equations, then continue to multiplication and division equations, and then combine the two operations into two-step equations.  Finally , they will apply the equations to real-life situations.

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) –   In literature we have been studying plot analysis with a group of three short stories.  Students will continue to create plot diagrams related to these stories.  They have also received their next vocabulary list.  This quiz will be Friday, 11/7.  In grammar, we will continue to study verbs.  The test date will be announced on my blog next week.  Students have started to read their next book for their book report.  Guidelines for the oral book report were passed out in class today.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – All students should have submitted their Ancient Egyptian Newspaper projects this past Thursday. On Tuesday students enjoyed playing Nine Men’s Morris, a game originating in ancient Egypt that is simple in its concept but requires the use of strategy.This game dates back to 1400 B.C. Classes also mummified apples with a substance similar to natron salt used by the ancient Egyptians to mummify the bodies of the pharaohs. We will be observing the changes in the apples over the next few weeks.  Next week, students will be writing short poems using information they have learned about pharaohs. A quiz on chapter 2, section 3 is scheduled for Monday, November 3.

 

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will review subject pronouns. They will also be introduced to the “to be” verb, ser. The following week, students will continuing speaking and writing sentences using ser. They will also discuss the culture section on Don Quijote and Sancho Panza as we begin wrapping up for our Chapter 1 Test.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be studying subject pronouns and the verb SER in Chapter 1, a very important building block of Spanish grammar and sentence structure.

Spanish: (Mrs. Barkley) – Next week, students will have their Chapter 1 Oral. Check out class projects on the blog: http://senorabarkleyespanol.blogspot.com/2014/10/quien-soy-7th-grade-projects.html

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning how adjectives agree in gender with the nouns that they modify. They will be using the question words Chi? (Who?) and Come? (How?) when describing others. There will be a quiz on the adjectives on pages 27 and 28.

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be finishing up the unit on bullying prevention by working in groups to write a story that illustrates someone acting courageously to stop bullying.  Students will have the option to use many differents apps on their iPads to illustrate and design their story.

 

7B

October 31, 2014

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  The students did a wonderful job on their “cell-a-bration” projects!!  Lots of hard work going on with 7B and it shows!!  During the next two weeks we will be continuing our work on the cell by practicing identification of cell parts and their function.  Students will be participating in class discussions and hands-on activities to help them understand these concepts. There will be a cell parts identification quiz some time next week.  Shortly after that there will be a cell test and a study guide will be handed out.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks we will continue working with topics related to pre-algebra. We will work on three primary topics, simplifying variable equations by combining like terms and using the distributive property, solving equations that have variables on both sides of an equation, and solving one and two-step inequalities.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) –  In literature we have been studying plot analysis with a group of three short stories.  Students will continue to create plot diagrams related to these stories.  They have also received their next vocabulary list.  This quiz will be Monday, 11/3.  In grammar, we will continue to study verbs.  The test date will be announced on my blog next week.  Students have started to read their next book for their book report.  Guidelines for the oral book report will be given out next week.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – By the time you read this, we will have begun the second quarter!  We are continuing to study Ancient Egypt, looking at the process of mummification and comparing the various accomplishments of the Old and Middle Kingdom pharaohs.  We’ll also be creating our own children’s books and designing cartouches, the calling card of the pharaohs.

 

French (Mme Pescatore) – French students will continue learning to express time, asking and answering the question “A quelle heure…?” This topic will wrap up the lesson and students can expect a Lesson 4 quiz.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will review subject pronouns. They will also be introduced to the “to be” verb, ser. The following week, students will continuing speaking and writing sentences using ser. They will also discuss the culture section on Don Quijote and Sancho Panza as we begin wrapping up for our Chapter 1 Test.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be studying subject pronouns and the verb SER, a very important building block of Spanish grammar and sentence structure. We are working in Chapter 1.

Latin: (Mr. Sullivan) – Students will  be quizzed on the present and imperfect tenses; they will read and be quizzed on “The Forum”; and students will continue translating sentences from Latin into English.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –Students will be finishing up the unit on bullying prevention by working in groups to write a story that illustrates someone acting courageously to stop bullying.  Students will have the option to use many differents apps on their iPads to illustrate and design their story.

 

      7C

            October 31, 2014

Science: (Mrs. Scelsi) – A quiz has been scheduled for Monday, November 3rd.  The quiz will cover Chapter 1, Sections 3 and 4.  I am also planning to wrap up the “Demise of the Halloween Pumpkin” experiment.  The students will use the pictures and data that they have been collecting for the last several days to respond to questions in class and on paper regarding what happened with both pumpkins (look at my blog under “Experiments” for pictures).  We will be starting a lab on the Evolution of Plants on November 6.  This lab will continue through the following week.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We will be writing and solving two-step variable equations. Solutions steps will be used to show what is done to each side of the equation to isolate the variable. This will be taught as the book teaches it so students can use that as a reference. There will be a quiz on 2 step variable equations on Friday, Nov. 7th.  Solving and graphing inequalities will be explored next. Extra help continues to be offered after school – please see blog for updates.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – Our work with “pronouns” will continue next week.  Pronoun charts will be distributed to help with the person, number, and case of personal pronouns.  The following week we will also cover indefinite, reflexive, and interrogative pronouns.  Our short story unit will also continue, but the focus will change to a theme basis – a vocabulary quiz is scheduled for Wednesday, 11/12.  A visit to the school library is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, 11/19, to choose mysteries or adventures for the December book report.  Finally, we will choose parts and begin role-playing A Christmas Carol in anticipation of our field trip on the 10th of December.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Next week we continue our tour of ancient Egypt by exploring the Middle and New Kingdoms. Students will enjoy learning about the mysteries surrounding King Tut as well as about Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh. A test on Chapter 2 is tentatively planned for Tuesday, Nov. 25th. We will also continue to work on our research papers. Students should have already completed their research, bibliographies, and outlines. This week we will work on introductions and conclusions. The final copy of the research paper is due Tuesday, Nov. 18th.

 

French: (Mme Abrams) –  French students will continue learning to express time, asking and answering the question “A quelle heure…?” This topic will wrap up the lesson and students can expect a Lesson 4 quiz.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will review subject pronouns. They will also be introduced to the “to be” verb, ser. The following week, students will continuing speaking and writing sentences using ser. They will also discuss the culture section on Don Quijote and Sancho Panza as we begin wrapping up for our Chapter 1 Test.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Next week, students will have their Chapter 1 Oral. Check out class projects on the blog: http://senorabarkleyespanol.blogspot.com/2014/10/quien-soy-7th-grade-projects.html

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning how adjectives agree in gender with the nouns that they modify. They will be using the question words Chi? (Who?) and Come? (How?) when describing others. There will be a quiz on the adjectives on pages 27 and 28.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be finishing up the unit on bullying prevention by working in groups to write a story that illustrates someone acting courageously to stop bullying.  Students will have the option to use many differents apps on their iPads to illustrate and design their story.

 

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