Grade 7 Newsletters 10/16/2015

7A

October 16, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) –  Students will continue our unit of study about Ecology into next week.  We will be learning about Interactions in nature as we study food webs, predator/prey relationships, and symbiotic relationships.  Some of the activities we will be involved in are an active symbiosis matching game and an active outdoor food web.  We will also be learning about changes that happen in ecosystems as we study succession.  We will act out a skit and we will observe a plot outdoors over the course of the school year to see the changes that occur.  A test on this Ecology unit is planned for next Friday, 10/23.  Students will be provided a study guide to help them prepare for this test.  Our next unit of study is the Origins of Life where we will look at theories of where life may have originated.

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) –  Students were quizzed on Number Properties yesterday and are preparing to review and investigate fractions. There has been a change in the sequence of the units that we will be teaching. Instead of investigating equations right now, students will explore factors and prime factorization on their way to finding the Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple. They will simplify fractions and find equivalent fractions as well as work on adding and subtracting fractions with like and different denominators.  Finally, students will continue to solve problems with various strategies.

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – Students have just finished up their rough drafts of our creative writing project.  Our short story, Patient Zero, ended on a cliffhanger, so students are continuing the story and writing their own endings.  I have been extremely impressed with students’ creativity and their ability to capture the narrator’s voice.  We will spend some time editing these in class, and final drafts will be due Monday, October 19.  For our first book report, students are creating a “theme in a bottle”; These will be due on Wednesday, October 21.  If students would like some extra help on either of these projects, I am available after school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – We have completed our study of ancient Mesopotamia and are beginning our journey to ancient Egypt. A one-page ancient Egyptian newspaper project has been assigned that is due on Thursday, October 22. Directions are on my blog. Students will be using EasyBib to help them research as well as to construct a Works Cited page. They have already set up My Project on EasyBib during class and have saved the template to their drives. They have received direct instruction on plagiarism and its consequences. Any project that is turned in late will result in a reduction of ten points for each day it is late. A quiz on section 1 of chapter 2 will be given on Monday, October 19th.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students review the numbers 0-100 with various activities and games. The quiz on numbers will be on Thursday, 10/22. Students will then learn how to format the date in Spanish. After this, students will review for a preliminary test on all concepts learned thus far. This preliminary test will be given on Tuesday, 10/27. Following the exam, students will learn about the Day of the Dead and Mexican Legends! Extra help is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 2:30 for quizzes and tests.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be studying vocabulary words from the second part of Chapter 1. We will be studying sentence structure and answering questions, in addition to learning the numbers 1-30.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning how to say the days, months and dates in Italian. There will be quizzes on these topics.

Latin (Mr. Sullivan/Mr. Finnigan) – This week, students learned about different ways Latin uses to express the idea of place; there will be a quiz on place constructions on Monday, 10/19. Students will then continue to investigate the different families of nouns (declensions) and learn the endings specific to each declension. There will be a short quiz on this material on Tuesday, 10/20, followed by a review of Stage 3. There will be a quest on Stage 3 on Friday, 10/23. After the quest on Stage 3, students will spend 2 class periods reviewing all topics covered in Stages 1-3 for a unit test on this material, which will be on Thursday, 10/29.  

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  – Students will be working in groups to analyze a cyber-bullying scenario and then present their ideas for a strategy to resolve the situation to the class.

7B

October 16, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  We are finishing up our unit on Ecology early next week.  There will be a quiz on Monday, October 19th.  A study guide has been given out in class.  We have just started our plot study on

succession with ecosystems changing over time in a local area by the school.  Students will learn about pioneer species and the difference between primary and secondary succession.  This will be a seasonal outdoor activity throughout the year and students will be observing and collecting data on the changes as the months go on.  We will be starting classification next week focusing on how living things are classified.  Students will be able to describe how early scientists classified things and we will demonstrate how to use a dichotomous key.  

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be focusing on the subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions and decimal numbers. Writing equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, preserving place value in decimal calculations, and converting mixed numbers into improper fractions and vice versa are some of the main concepts and skills that will be included in this work.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) –  During the next two weeks, we will be beginning our short story units. The first unit focuses on personal narratives and the theme of “who I am, and who I want to be.” To prepare for the literary terms we will be using to discuss these stories, students have a vocab chart of literary devices. There will be a matching quiz on Thursday, October 22. In writing, students will be receiving the rough drafts of their first writing assignment back next week and will have time to revise and edit before the final draft is due. In grammar, we have been defining the different types of nouns and will begin practicing how they are used in writing. REMINDER: October book reports are due Wednesday, October 21. Late projects will be marked off TEN points per day. Students received time in class to work on the report, and it has been a frequent homework assignment. Please make sure you follow the guidelines carefully! Lastly, field trip money and permission slips are due Friday, October 23!

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We’re coming to the end of our unit on ancient mesopotamia, we’ll finish up this week with the assyrians and the chaldeans (babylon the sequel!!!)  Then will be moving on to the the nile river valley and and the birth of egyptian civilization, which is in chapter 2 of our textbook.

French (Mme Pescatore) –  French students will be finishing Lesson 3 with a chapter quiz. We will then start Lesson 4 where we will learn to tell time in French.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students review the numbers 0-100 with various activities and games. The quiz on numbers will be on Thursday, 10/22. Students will then learn how to format the date in Spanish. After this, students will review for a preliminary test on all concepts learned thus far. This preliminary test will be given on Wednesday, 10/28. Following the exam, students will learn about the Day of the Dead and Mexican Legends! Extra help is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 2:30 for quizzes and tests.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be studying vocabulary words from the second part of Chapter 1. We will be studying sentence structure and answering questions, in addition to learning the numbers 1-30.

Latin (Mr. Sullivan/Mr. Finnigan) – This week, students learned about different ways Latin uses to express the idea of place; there will be a quiz on place constructions on Monday, 10/19. Students will then continue to investigate the different families of nouns (declensions) and learn the endings specific to each declension. There will be a short quiz on this material on Wednesday, 10/21, followed by a review of Stage 3. There will be a quest on Stage 3 on Friday, 10/23. After the quest on Stage 3, students will spend 2 class periods reviewing all topics covered in Stages 1-3 for a unit test on this material, which will be on Thursday, 10/29.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  –Students will be working in groups to analyze a cyber-bullying scenario and then present their ideas for a strategy to resolve the situation to the class.

7C

October 16, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We will continue our study of Ecology by looking at how ecosystems change over time.  Students will learn about pioneer species and secondary succession.  We will be conducting a plot-study to look at examples of succession in our local community.  I am planning an Ecology Test on Friday, 10/23 with a review day on Thursday, 10/22.  From our study of ecology we will move along to the origins of life.  This unit will include a plant evolution study, a brief look at classification, and some experience with dichotomous keys.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We will be beginning Ch 4, not Ch 3 as stated in the last newsletter. Instead of getting into algebra and equations, we will focus on fractions and decimals (rational numbers). This will reinforce concepts, computation, and processes started in 6th grade and advance them to be ready for solving equations. Starting with greatest common factors and least common multiples, we will then move to identifying equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. After school help continues to be available – please check blog for specific dates.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – “Verbs” will continue to be the focus of Grammar classes with special attention given to the use of direct/indirect objects and predicate nouns/adjectives.  Simple tenses and principal parts of verbs will also be covered.  Our next Literature focus will be theme-based and include short stories and poems based on individuality.  The vocabulary quiz for “A Secret for Two”/”Zoo” list is scheduled for Monday, 10/26.  REMINDER: October book reports are due on Friday, 10/23 – please remember there are consequences for not following the guidelines.  Check the directions carefully to ensure that reports are accepted ON TIME!!  Rubrics are available for viewing on the blog and will be discussed in class next week.  I have also told students, if they want to bring in their drafts/reports early, I’d be glad to check format requirements.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Students have been making great progress on their first research paper of the year, based on Mesopotamia as the cradle of civilization. We have spent time on evaluating internet resources and how to create a bibliography. Students have also been given instructions on how to compose their introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. The FINAL COPY of their essay (test grade) is due on Tuesday, 10/20. Please see my blog for detailed instructions. The first Country of the Day quiz (open note) is Friday, 10/23. There will be an extra credit opportunity posted on my blog next week. In other news, we have begun our unit on ancient Egypt!   

French: (Mme Abrams) –  French students will be finishing Lesson 3 with a chapter quiz. We will then start Lesson 4 where we will learn to tell time in French.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students review the numbers 0-100 with various activities and games. The quiz on numbers will be on Wednesday, 10/21. Students will then learn how to format the date in Spanish. After this, students will review for a preliminary test on all concepts learned thus far. This preliminary test will be given on Tuesday, 10/27. Following the exam, students will learn about the Day of the Dead and Mexican Legends! Extra help is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 2:30 for quizzes and tests.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be learning Spanish Pronouns and the verb SER.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning how to say the days, months and dates in Italian. There will be quizzes on these topics.

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be working in groups to analyze a cyber-bullying scenario and then present their ideas for a strategy to resolve the situation to the class.

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