Grade 7 Newsletter 10/3/14

7A

October 3, 2014

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – We have just finished up with a brine shrimp experiment this past week where students worked in groups to design an experiment about hatching or survival of brine shrimp.  Students collaborated on a shared doc to write a formal lab report, collected and analyzed data, and orally presented the outcome of the experiment to the class.  Next, we are starting a new topic: The Origin of Life.  We will explore the Theories of Biogenesis and Spontaneous Generation.  We will also look at the history, scientists, and experiments behind these theories.  As a way to understand where living things come from, students will compare two pumpkins over time: one intact and one that is carved, I call it “The Demise of the Halloween Pumpkins”.  This way, students are able to observe decomposition and determine the factors that lead to decomposition.  As always, check my blog daily and I can be reached at pratt@bpsk12.org

Math: (Mrs. Forrest)- Students have been exploring the need for negative numbers in sports, banking, weather, land elevation, etc.  They have learned how to write checks and use a checkbook register.  Students have been adding positive and negative numbers as well as absolute values.  They will next investigate subtracting integers and will have a test on Adding and Subtracting Integers tentatively scheduled for mid to late next week.  Finally, students will learn the rules for multiplying and dividing integers and apply them in problem solving situations

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) –  Students have been working on thesis statements and have been writing a 5 paragraph essay on friendship.  Students will be peering editing in class and the final paper will be due on Thursday, October 9th.  For literature, we will be starting a unit of short stories with a focus on plot development.  Students will receive their next set of vocabulary words next week.  In grammar, the focus has been on nouns, specifically concrete, abstract, compound, and possessive nouns.  There will be a grammar test on both sentences and nouns on Friday, October 10th.  Students should continue to read their book report book outside of class and be taking notes.  Their first book report is due on October 15th.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – This week we are focusing on writing. Students are in the process of writing their first five paragraph persuasive essay. They must decide whether Hammurabi’s Code of Law was fair or cruel and use specific laws as examples to support their thesis statements. We are also moving on in our text to Section 3 of Chapter 1 which introduces the empires of the Assyrians and Chaldeans. A Chapter 1 test is tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday. We will review for this test in class on Monday and Tuesday.

 

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will be continuing their work with the numbers #1-100 in Spanish this week. They will review and take a quiz on numbers on Wednesday 10/8 for 7C, and Thursday 10/9 for 7A & B. Later in the week, students will be introduced to the seasons in Spanish. They will also learn how to tell the date. The following week, students will review all of the information learned thus far in the school year for a preliminary exam on Friday, 10/17. Extra help is encouraged, and available on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 2:45.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) –  Spanish students will be finishing work in the Preliminary Chapters A-D. We will be reviewing all of the material learned so far and will have a comprehensive test within the next two weeks.

Spanish: (Mrs. Barkley) – Students will continue to work on learning the set of vocabulary for Chapter 1. They should be studying at least 10 minutes each evening, with a quiz coming up on Thursday. There are some Quia.com and Quizlet.com activities on the blog: http://senorabarkleyespanol.blogspot.com/2014/10/online-gamesactivities-to-help-you-study.html

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be having their quiz on telling time on Friday, October 10th. They will then be learning the days of the week, the months and how to say the date in Italian.

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be examining the role of digital media in their lives, and then, using a lesson from commonsensemedia.org, look at situations where online behaviors “crossed the line” and became hurtful.  We will discuss how to recognize aspects of our digital lives that leave us vulnerable and what to do if we feel targeted.

7B

October 3, 2014

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  The students did a wonderful job on their “Features of Living Things” project.  Over the past week or so we have been discussing the origin of life and differences between biogenesis and spontaneous generation.  We will be observing two pumpkins for the next several months to go along with this concept, one will be carved and the other will remain untouched.  Students will be observing decomposition and all the factors that go along with it.  We also have touched upon our classification unit and have been learning how early scientists classified living things.  We also performed our own experiment with classifying chips into different categories, i.e. healthy, crunchy, salty, fruity, etc.  From here, we will move on to the microscope, learning about it and using it.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be moving towards more abstract concepts and beginning Algebra. Specifically we will be studying the meaning of a variable, how to evaluate variable expressions, and how to write variable equations. Towards the end of the period, we will begin solving equations with an unknown using the inverse operations of subtraction and addition.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) –  Students have been working on thesis statements and have been writing a 5 paragraph essay on friendship.  Students will be peer editing in class and the final paper will be due next week.  For literature, we will be starting a unit of short stories with a focus on plot development.  Students will be receiving their next set of vocabulary words next week.  In grammar, the focus has been on nouns, specifically concrete, abstract, compound, and possessive nouns.  There will be a grammar test on both sentences and nouns on Friday, October 10th.  Students should continue to read their book report book outside of class and be taking notes.  Their first book report is due on October 15th.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We’ve moved into the world of civilizations, looking at the cradle of civilization Mesopotamia and looking at the inventions of the Sumerians, the code of Hammurabi and the weapons of the Assyrians, along with finishing maps of the area and looking at some web sites that explain the early religions that developed in the area.

 

French (Mme Pescatore) –   Upon completing work in Lesson 2 with a quiz, French students will be starting Lesson 3 learning common courtesy expressions and how to say and write the numbers between 20-60.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will be continuing their work with the numbers #1-100 in Spanish this week. They will review and take a quiz on numbers on Wednesday 10/8 for 7C, and Thursday 10/9 for 7A & B. Later in the week, students will be introduced to the seasons in Spanish. They will also learn how to tell the date. The following week, students will review all of the information learned thus far in the school year for a preliminary exam on Friday, 10/17. Extra help is encouraged, and available on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 2:45.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) –  Spanish students will be finishing work in the Preliminary Chapters A-D. We will be reviewing all of the material learned so far and will have a comprehensive test within the next two weeks.

Latin: (Mr. Sullivan) –  Students will be tested on Stage 2 vocabulary.  They will learn the nominative and accumative case endings of the first three declemsions: and they will continue translating sentences from Latin into English.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be examining the role of digital media in their lives, and then, using a lesson from commonsensemedia.org, look at situations where online behaviors “crossed the line” and became hurtful.  We will discuss how to recognize aspects of our digital lives that leave us vulnerable and what to do if we feel targeted.

 

     7C

October 3, 2014

Science: (Mrs. Scelsi) – We have just started the Brine Shrimp Investigation with our group members.  Beginning Monday, the students will start to plan and implement their scientific investigations.  We will probably be working on this assignment for the entire week; planning and implementing, collecting data, evaluating and writing conclusions.  The students will collaborate on the final portion of the project, a formal lab report, using a Google Document that can be shared among group members.  The Brine Shrimp experiment will provide a nice introduction into the origins of life the following week.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – Students will begin a project making a quilt or floor design this week. The students have been given the information and it is also posted on my blog. The project is broken up with specific due dates and paper is provided by the teacher. We will be completing Chapter 1 after looking at histograms and distance-rate-time problems. There will be a test on Ch 1 Friday, Oct. 10th.  The following week we will be using formulas to solve area and perimeter problems then begin number properties (Commutative and Associative). Please check the blog for homework and days after school for extra help.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – The quiz on “nouns” will be given on Monday, 10/6 (the format has been discussed in class) – we will then begin working on our next part of speech, “verbs”.  Special attention will be given to the use of direct/indirect objects and predicate nouns/adjectives with action/linking verbs.  For literature, we will continue looking at plot development in a series of short stories.  Graphic organizers have been introduced and should be useful also in preparing the first book report.  “The Confidence Game” vocabulary quiz is scheduled for Tuesday, 10/14.  Book report books should be brought to class on Wednesdays, 10/8 and 10/15 – written reports are due on Friday, 10/24.  Remember, specific guidelines have been provided in class (accessible on our blog as well) and MUST be followed for the report to be accepted on time.  Finally, field trip money/permission slips for our December theater trip must be in by 10/31/14.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – This past week, students did a fantastic job writing and performing skits based on the laws of Hammurabi’s Code. A test on Chapter 1 is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 9th. A  study guide has already gone home with students. There will be an afterschool review session for the test on Wednesday, Oct. 8th from 2-3pm. Students are welcome to stay for part or all of the session and should arrange for transportation home.

 

French: (Mme Abrams) –.  Upon completing work in Lesson 2 with a quiz, French students will be starting Lesson 3 learning common courtesy expressions and how to say and write the numbers between 20-60.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will be continuing their work with the numbers #1-100 in Spanish this week. They will review and take a quiz on numbers on Wednesday 10/8 for 7C, and Thursday 10/9 for 7A & B. Later in the week, students will be introduced to the seasons in Spanish. They will also learn how to tell the date. The following week, students will review all of the information learned thus far in the school year for a preliminary exam on Friday, 10/17. Extra help is encouraged, and available on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 2:45.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will continue to work on learning the set of vocabulary for Chapter 1. They should be studying at least 10 minutes each evening, with a quiz coming up on Wednesday. There are some Quia.com and Quizlet.com activities on the blog: http://senorabarkleyespanol.blogspot.com/2014/10/online-gamesactivities-to-help-you-study.html

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be having their quiz on telling time on Friday, October 10th. They will then be learning the days of the week, the months and how to say the date in Italian.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be examining the role of digital media in their lives, and then, using a lesson from commonsensemedia.org, look at situations where online behaviors “crossed the line” and became hurtful.  We will discuss how to recognize aspects of our digital lives that leave us vulnerable and what to do if we feel targeted.

 

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