Grade 7 Newsletters 10/30/2015

7A

October 30, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) –  Students have handed in the Ecology textbook and were issued the Life’s Structure and Function Textbook (LSAF) recently and this book can be found online http://www.sawyerscience.com/Online_Textbooks.html. Students have been studying the theories and scientists who have researched and who have established our current understandings of where life has come from (the origins of life).  A quiz is planned for Monday, 11/2.  We will be doing a lab and exploring the Evolution of Plants which will connect our learning with the Ecology we have learned, living things, classification, and origins of life units.  On another note, in computers, students will be continuing their ecology work with Mrs. O’Leary in the computer lab.  She is having them research a specific biome and create a Prezi.  I can’t wait to see them!  Next, we will be exploring classification of living things.  Many exciting and engaging labs, activities, and demonstrations that promote learning and reinforcement of concepts are planned with these units.  Please continue to use my science blog for everything science!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students are wrapping up their work with GCF, LCM, and simplifying fractions with a quiz today.  They will then investigate fractions when used in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and apply them in the measurement of ingredients in recipes, dimensions of rooms for flooring, etc.  Finally, students will continue to apply their skills in various other problem solving situations.  Hopefully, students are taking advantage of some of the online practice sites mentioned on my blog!

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – We have continued on with our short stories unit.  We are now reading the short story, “Rikki Tikki Tavi” by Rudyard Kipling, the author of The Jungle Book. We are focusing on different types of characterization, and how an author creates a full character.  We have talked about ways that we judge characters, and compared these to how we judge people in real life.  Next, we will be reading the short story, “Amigo Brothers” by Piri Thomas.  Students will be doing a group project and presenting different themes to their classmates.  

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – Students did a fantastic job on their ancient Egyptian newspaper projects. We have made cartouches, written in hieroglyphics, mummified apples, and played Nine Men’s Morris, a board game dating back to 1400 BC. We have been focusing on the Old Kingdom, mummification, pyramids, and gods and will be moving on to the Middle and New Kingdoms and the expansion of the ancient Egyptian empire. Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh, will be introduced as well as King Tut and Ramses II. Egypt’s decline and fall will also be a focus. It is hard to believe that the second quarter is beginning already.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will begin Chapter 1 in their textbooks. This chapter consists of describing people and where they are from. Students will study and memorize describing adjectives, and be quizzed on them. Following their vocabulary quiz, students will be introduced to the “to be” verb, ser. After learning the conjugations and meanings of ser, students will take a grammar quiz on this topic. Exact quiz dates for the vocabulary and grammar quiz will be posted on my blog as they get closer. Check it out at www.msmirabellaspanish.wordpress.com.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be studying the verb SER in Chapter 1. After learning subject pronouns and forms of this verb, we will have a quiz next week. Then we will start a chapter review in anticipation of our Chapter 1 test.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning how to say the date in Italian and will be able to give the dates of some familiar holidays. Their quiz on the months will be on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Latin (Mr. Sullivan/Mr. Finnigan) – Next week, students will finish their first mini-project, their “Hero Cards.” These will be our entrance into a unit on heroes and Greco-Roman mythology, which we will work on for the rest of the week before proceeding to Stage 04 of our textbook the following week.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  – Students will be analyzing the role of bystanders in bullying situations, by thinking about survey results about bullying and bystanders. Students will also write about a time when they have acted courageously and then the importance of courage in standing up to bullying.  

7B

October 30, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  We have finished with our Ecology unit but will be checking in with it again throughout the year with our outdoor succession activity by observing and collecting data on the changes in the environment. Another connection to this unit, Mrs. O’Leary, our computer teacher will be working with the students on a biome project having them research a specific one and create a Prezi.  She does such fantastic work with the children so these are going to look great!  We are in the midst of our classification unit and will wrapping up by next week and starting on cells starting with cell chemistry.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – We are completing our work with rational number computations and will be progressing to expressions and equations that include variables. During the next two weeks, our main focus will be on simplifying expressions that include variables by combining like terms and using the distributive property. We will also explore how to add and subtract algebraic expressions that include rational numbers as coefficients.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – Students are finishing our first unit of four short stories focused on personal narratives/stories focused on accepting yourself for who you are and where you come from. A test on these stories is tentatively scheduled for Friday, November 6. Students currently have a vocabulary chart for two of the stories, and the quiz will be on Tuesday, November 3. Upon the completion of this unit, we will begin another short story unit focused on plot development. Over the next two weeks in grammar, we will be finishing our unit on nouns. A grammar test (TBA) will wrap up the unit before we move on to “verbs.” Students are revising their first writing assignments of the year, and we have been discussing the important differences between editing and revising. The December book report book is due Monday, November 2. Students must bring their books to class with them daily. The book report format is an oral book report, and guidelines will go out next week.  

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We’re continuing to look at the culture of ancient Egypt, studying the landscape of the nile valley, looking at the process of mummification and seeing how the egyptians built the pyramids.  Some of the most famous pharaohs, such as Menes, Rames II and Hatshepsut will be part of the next couple weeks.

French (Mme Pescatore) – French students will continue to learn about telling time. There will be a lesson quiz coming up on this chapter next week.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will begin Chapter 1 in their textbooks. This chapter consists of describing people and where they are from. Students will study and memorize describing adjectives, and be quizzed on them. Following their vocabulary quiz, students will be introduced to the “to be” verb, ser. After learning the conjugations and meanings of ser, students will take a grammar quiz on this topic. Exact quiz dates for the vocabulary and grammar quiz will be posted on my blog as they get closer. Check it out at www.msmirabellaspanish.wordpress.com.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be studying the verb SER in Chapter 1. After learning subject pronouns and forms of this verb, we will have a quiz next week. Then we will start a chapter review in anticipation of our Chapter 1 test.

Latin (Mr. Sullivan/Mr. Finnigan) – Next week, students will finish their first mini-project, their “Hero Cards.” These will be our entrance into a unit on heroes and Greco-Roman mythology, which we will work on for the rest of the week before proceeding to Stage 04 of our textbook the following week.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  – Students will be analyzing the role of bystanders in bullying situations, by thinking about survey results about bullying and bystanders. Students will also write about a time when they have acted courageously and then the importance of courage in standing up to bullying.  

7C

October 30, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – The students have turned in their Ecology books and we have started back up with the LSAF book and Chapter 1.  (On a side note, the students will be continuing their ecology work with Mrs. O’Leary in the computer lab.  She is having them research a specific biome and create a Prezi.  I can’t wait to see them!)  We will continue to focus on the chemical compounds that are found in living things and where/how life might have originated.  We will have a short quiz on the Origins of Life on Monday, November 2nd.  The students will also be starting the plant evolution lab next week.  They will be looking at plants and plant cells and considering how plants could have evolved based on different factors present on Earth at different times.  We will also continue to monitor the Halloween Pumpkin and the broth containers (ask your students about these two things!).  I have included several videos on my blog, that students can watch at any time to help with their understanding.  They were also given the username and password for Brainpop.  I am available for extra help after school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:55 to 2:30 if needed.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We are finishing Ch 4 in the text with a test on the material Wednesday, 11/4. We will continue working with fractions using the 4 operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing) over the next 2 weeks. There will be a quiz on adding fractions the week of Nov. 16th. Dates will be posted on the blog as well as after school help days.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – Next week we will continue our unit on “verbs” with special attention given to principal parts.  The unit quiz is scheduled for Friday, 11/13 – a study group will be held after school on Thursday, 11/12, until 2:30 (please arrange transportation ahead of time).  “Pronouns” will be the next part of speech in grammar classes.  The theme of “individuality” in short stories and poems will also continue to be our focus.  Vocabulary quizzes are scheduled for Thursday, 11/5 (List I), and Monday, 11/16 (List II).  Open responses and comprehension questions will accompany the reading.  I will also begin to introduce persuasive writing in all classes in relation to both form and content.  More information will follow in the next newsletter.  Finally, all classes will visit the library on Thursday, 11/12, to choose books for the December book report.  It is an oral report, and the category is mystery or adventure.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – We continue to study ancient Egypt. Over the next two weeks, we will take a close look at the pharaohs of the New Kingdom, the decline of Egypt, and the civilization of Kush. Students did a wonderful job on their Mesopotamia essay. Please check the blog for updates on our next essay, which will focus on an Egyptian pharaoh. A Chapter 2 test is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18th.

French: (Mme Abrams) –  French students will continue to learn about telling time. There will be a lesson quiz coming up on this chapter next week.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will begin Chapter 1 in their textbooks. This chapter consists of describing people and where they are from. Students will study and memorize describing adjectives, and be quizzed on them. Following their vocabulary quiz, students will be introduced to the “to be” verb, ser. After learning the conjugations and meanings of ser, students will take a grammar quiz on this topic. Exact quiz dates for the vocabulary and grammar quiz will be posted on my blog as they get closer. Check it out at www.msmirabellaspanish.wordpress.com.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students are finishing up Chapter 1 in their Textbooks and will have a Test this Wednesday.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning how to say the date in Italian and will be able to give the dates of some familiar holidays. Their quiz on the months will be on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be analyzing the role of bystanders in bullying situations, by thinking about survey results about bullying and bystanders. Students will also write about a time when they have acted courageously and then the importance of courage in standing up to bullying.  

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