Grade 7 Newsletters 10/2/2015

7A

October 2, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students have just completed group experiments testing the hatching rates brine shrimp eggs under different variables. Each group did a marvelous job of working together in their group, writing a combined lab report, and creating a presentation to showcase their experiment and experimental outcomes.  I am very impressed with the level of enthusiasm, creativity, and work ethic!  Next, we will be studying Ecology and environmental science.  We will be exploring Ecosystems, communities, and populations. We will investigate the relationships within communities and how populations and communities change over time. Many exciting hands-on activities, labs, and assignments will help reinforce concepts and engage learning. It was very nice to meet some of you during Back to School Night.  Please continue to check Aspen and my blog:    http://mrspratts7thgradelifescience.blogspot.com/

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) –  Students are reviewing all of the skills needed for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing positive and negative numbers as well as the applications that they have explored. They will be tested on Integers and Operations on Monday, October 5th.  They will then investigate the distributive, commutative, associative, and identity properties before moving on to equations. Finally, students will begin solving one and then two-step variable equations.

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – It was so nice to meet some wonderful parents at our Back to School Night last week.  We have started reading our first short story, which is called Patient Zero.  It is my favorite story to read in class with students, because without fail, they will complain when they see the length of the story, but after reading just a few sentences they are all hooked.  Today multiple students came in and excitedly asked if we were going to continue reading, so I am fairly confident that they are enjoying the story.  We are focusing on theme, point of view, and inference skills.  At the end of this story, students will be doing a creative writing assignment where they will create their own ending for the story. We are also moving forward with our grammar unit on sentence types and structures.  

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – This past week, students wrote in cuneiform on clay tablets using reeds in the same manner as the ancient Mesopotamian scribes. Students are currently writing persuasive paragraphs about the law code of Hammurabi. After examining some of his laws, they must decide whether his laws were cruel or fair and use specific laws to support their theses. Next week we will be completing our study of ancient Mesopotamia. After completion of the final section of Chapter 1, a chapter test will be given. A review for this test will be given during class. Students should use their books, handouts, and Chapter Preview sheets to prepare for the test.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will continue to review greetings, goodbyes, and conversational phrases. A quiz on this material is scheduled for Tuesday, 10/6. Following the quiz, students will learn the days of the week and months of the year in Spanish using songs and other helpful strategies. A quiz on these vocabulary words will be sometime the following week, exact date TBA. Extra help is always available in my room after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 2:30!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be finishing the preliminary chapter topics with a test. Students will need to know and be able to spell basic conversational terms, days, months, seasons, and numbers from 1-30.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be completing their work on telling time (pages 11 – 16 and notes) and will have a quiz on this topic. They will also be learning and will have a quiz on the decades from 10 to 100 found on page 9 and in their notes.

Latin (Mr. Sullivan) – Over the next two weeks, students will be working on Stage 3 of our text, wherein they will review, reinforce, and build upon their knowledge of the Latin noun system. We will also investigate what the town of Pompeii was like, and continue to learn about various aspects of Roman daily life. To integrate grammatical and cultural knowledge, students will read stories about happenings in the business center of Pompeii, the forum, in Latin. Students should expect a quiz on this material on Thursday, 10/8. A quest on all of Stage 03 is tentatively scheduled for Friday, 10/16.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  –  Students will be looking at the role of digital media in their lives and discussing when online behavior can cross the line into bullying.  See commonsensemedia.org for helpful resources about cyberbullying.

7B

October 2, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  We have just wrapped up our introduction on microscopes.  Students have become accustomed to the different parts and how to use one.  Next week will will begin our study on Ecology and environmental science.  We will be discussing ecosystems, communities, and populations of different species that reside in their environments.  We will also be learning about interactions within these environments focusing on food chains/webs and symbiotic relationships. Students will learn how organisms depend on each other for food and other resources for survival through competition. There will be hands-on activities, labs, and assignments that will help strengthen concepts and engage learning.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next week, we will complete our review of common factors and multiples. This will lead us into working with rational numbers and adding and subtracting proper and improper fractions and mixed numbers. Our work with rational numbers will lay the groundwork for studying and solving two-step equations and inequalities later this Fall.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) –  Students will begin working on their first narrative writing piece-a scene rewrite from Red Kayak in Digger’s point of view. After the completion of that assignment, we will be moving on to our first short story unit. In grammar, we will be having a quiz, next week (date TBA) on sentences with the focus being types of sentences and fixing fragments. Book report project guidelines were handed out on Monday and can also be found on the blog. Students will be working on the assignment in class on 10/14, and the project is due 10/23.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We’ve moved into the cradle of civilization, looking at mesopotamian areas such as Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria.  We’re looking at the characteristics of civilization, and students will be making collages that explain the six parts.  We’re also looking at the first ever laws created by Hammurabi  and whether “An eye for an eye…” could ever exist in the modern world.

French (Mme Pescatore) –  French students will be finishing Lesson 2 with a quiz next week. We will then move on to Lesson 3 with greetings and goodbyes and asking people how they feel.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will continue to review greetings, goodbyes, and conversational phrases. A quiz on this material is scheduled for Wednesday, 10/7. Following the quiz, students will learn the days of the week and months of the year in Spanish using songs and other helpful strategies. A quiz on these vocabulary words will be sometime the following week, exact date TBA. Extra help is always available in my room after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 2:30!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be finishing the preliminary chapter topics with a test. Students will need to know and be able to spell basic conversational terms, days, months, seasons, and numbers from 1-30.

Latin (Mr. Sullivan) – Over the next two weeks, students will be working on Stage 3 of our text, wherein they will review, reinforce, and build upon their knowledge of the Latin noun system. We will also investigate what the town of Pompeii was like, and continue to learn about various aspects of Roman daily life. To integrate grammatical and cultural knowledge, students will read stories about happenings in the business center of Pompeii, the forum, in Latin. Students should expect a quiz on this material on Thursday, 10/8. A quest on all of Stage 03 is tentatively scheduled for Friday, 10/16.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  – Students will be looking at the role of digital media in their lives and discussing when online behavior can cross the line into bullying.  See commonsensemedia.org for helpful resources about cyberbullying.

   7C 

October 2, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – The students have just completed their investigations of the hatching rates of brine shrimp eggs.  They did a really wonderful job following through on all parts of this experiment.  We will begin next week with our study of Ecology.  Over the next two weeks we will be focusing on three main components of Ecology:  biotic and abiotic factors, relationships with communities, and succession.  The students will continue to build their vocabulary notebooks, we will be using dichotomous keys, there will be kinesthetic activities relating to competition factors in the wild, and we will be observing the decomposition rates of both a carved and an uncarved pumpkin.  Please continue to check my blog for homework resources and pictures that are taken of your students in class.  

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We will finish Ch 2 with the number properties and will have a test on the material Oct. 8th after reviewing in class. The students are also working on the Quilt/Floor Design project with many check-ins and due dates for each component. Students have a copy of the project description and it is posted on my blog. We will begin Ch. 3 working on solving 2-step variable equations. Extra help continues to be weekly and late busses start 10/5.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – “Nouns” continue to be the focus of grammar lessons with special attention given to concrete, abstract, and possessive nouns.  A quiz on the unit is scheduled for Wednesday, 10/14 – a study group will be held after school on Tuesday, 10/13, until 2:30 (please arrange transportation ahead of time).  Our short story unit will continue to highlight the elements of plot development.  “The Confidence Game” vocabulary quiz will be given on Wednesday, 10/7, and “A Day’s Wait”/”A Boy and a Man” list will be tested on Friday, 10/16.  Book Report books should be brought to class on Wednesdays, 10/7 and 10/14 – written book reports are due on Friday, 10/23 (remember to follow specific guidelines!!).

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Over the next two weeks, students will be working on a writing project to review and analyze what they have learned about the Mesopotamian civilization. We will be doing activities in class to learn about the steps for writing an organized essay. Please check the blog for details and updates on due dates: 7CSS.wordpress.com. We will also begin looking at the origins of ancient Egyptian civilization.  

French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be finishing Lesson 2 with a quiz early on next week. We will then move onto Lesson 3 with greetings and goodbyes and asking people how they feel.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will continue to review greetings, goodbyes, and conversational phrases. A quiz on this material is scheduled for Tuesday, 10/6. Following the quiz, students will learn the days of the week and months of the year in Spanish using songs and other helpful strategies. A quiz on these vocabulary words will be sometime the following week, exact date TBA. Extra help is always available in my room after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 2:30!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be working on learning their vocabulary from Chapter 1. Please be sure to study flashcards each evening for 10 minutes.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be completing their work on telling time (pages 11 – 16 and notes) and will have a quiz on this topic. They will also be learning and will have a quiz on the decades from 10 to 100 found on page 9 and in their notes.
Health: – (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be looking at the role of digital media in their lives and discussing when online behavior can cross the line into bullying.  See commonsensemedia.org for helpful resources about cyberbullying.

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