Grade 7 Newsletters 11/14/2014

7A

November 14, 2014

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students have been assigned the Cell Project!!  This project is due on Friday, 11/21 for our “Cell-a-bration Day”.  Students have been provided with a guidelines sheet for this project, a letter home to parents and a rubric so that they can create their cells.  I will be after school to help students next week and I have given students many suggestions and much direction for this project.  In class, students are also exploring the world of cells in lab.  We are looking at elodea plant cells, onion cells, bacteria, and our own animal cells using microscopes.  To further engage Student learning, we will be playing “Cell Charades” in class.  Check my blog often, as I do post a weekly agenda and useful videos and powerpoints for student learning and practice, http://mrspratts7thgradelifescience.blogspot.com/.

Math: (Mrs. Forrest)- Students are investigating solving two-step equations including fractions in preparation for a test on Tuesday, November 18.  The test will include solving one and two-step equations including problems needing the use of the distributive property and the combining of like terms.  Students will then explore inequalities and apply them to problem solving situations.   Finally, they will use formulas to solve the perimeter and area of rectangles and triangles and complete a Quilt /Design Project in December.

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) –   In grammar, we will be wrapping up our verb unit and moving on to pronouns.  The test date will be announced in class as well as on my blog.  There will be an extra help session after school before the exam.  Next week, we will be completing our short story unit on plot development with a test on Tuesday, 11/18.  Students have created a plot diagram for all three stories, which we then reviewed in class.  This will help them when they create a plot diagram for their book report.  The book report is due on Wednesday, 12/3.    Guidelines were handed out in class.  Next Wednesday, we will start to read “the Christmas Carol” in preparation for our field trip on Wednesday, 12/10.  I will be sharing information soon in class regarding the cost for pizza if students choose to have it for lunch on our field trip day.  Students are also welcome to bring a bag lunch to school that day if they prefer as the cafeteria will be closed by the time we return from the play.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – I very much enjoyed meeting parents during conferences this week. It was wonderful to communicate in person and is a very important way of getting to know our students better. Our study of ancient Egypt is now complete. The first of the world religions that are part of the social studies curriculum, Judaism, will be introduced. We will be delving into the history of the ancient Israelites. This religion is the first major monotheistic religion we will be learning about this year. Developing an awareness of its roots can help students understand its effect in modern day political and religious practices. The first quiz on Chapter 3 is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, November 20th.

 

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will finish the culture section of Chapter 1. This is the last material to be learned before their first Chapter test. We will spend two classes reviewing, and will take the Chapter 1 test on Friday, November 21st for 7A, 7B, & 7C. The following week, students will be responsible for organizing and submitting their Spanish binder for a “binder check.” This assignment will count as a quiz grade on Quarter 2.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be having (finishing) a test on Chapter 1 early next week. Later in the week and during the following week before Thanksgiving, we will begin Chapter 2 with vocabulary of school-related topics.

Spanish: (Mrs. Barkley) – Students will begin Chapter 2 in their books, focusing on vocabulary next week.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students are learning the singular and plural subject pronouns found on text pages 34 and 35. They will use these pronouns with their first irregular verb, essere (to be) on page 36. There will be a quiz on the Italian/English conjugation of the verb (top of page 36).

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be discussing how to analyze the risks they take in their day to day lives. We will discuss how unintentional injuries result from risk taking in the presence of hazards.  We will also discuss the difference between positive and negative risk taking.

7B

November 14, 2014

Science: (Ms. Cerretani): There will be a cell test at the end of next week, a study guide has been given out in class.  From there, we will move on to cell processes starting with chemistry.  We will start out by learning about the components that make up the human body, which includes the differences between atoms, molecules, elements, and compounds.  Students will complete activities that will help them recognize the relationship between chemistry and life science.  We will also be studying the differences between organic and inorganic compounds.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks we will be finishing up our work with equations and inequalities and then in preparation for work with fractions, start work learning how to write the prime factorization of composite numbers and how to use those prime factorizations to determine the greatest common factor and least common multiple of two or more numbers. A quiz on solving equations and inequalities is planned for Wednesday, November 19th.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – During the upcoming weeks we will be completing our current grammar unit on “verbs.” We will also be wrapping up our current literature unit on short stories, which focuses on plot development. Students have been creating plot diagrams for each story in class. These will serve as models when they create a plot diagram for their book report. Once we wrap up our short story unit, we will begin reading and discussing A Christmas Carol in preparation for our December field trip! The December oral book reports are due 12/3. Students were given the guidelines in class and should be using them as they complete the assignment. Please visit my blog to receive information on our daily activities and all long-term assignments. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving break!

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) -We are finishing up our look at mummification, comparing the various accomplishments of the New Kingdom pharaohs, and designing our own cartouches, calling cards of ancient royalty.  After finishing our unit on Egypt, we will begin looking at the history of the ancient Israelites. Have a happy Thanksgiving!!

 

French (Mme Pescatore) – French students will begin Lesson 5, contrasting masculine and feminine words. The larger numbers between 60-79 will be introduced.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –   Next week, students will finish the culture section of Chapter 1. This is the last material to be learned before their first Chapter test. We will spend two classes reviewing, and will take the Chapter 1 test on Friday, November 21st for 7A, 7B, & 7C. The following week, students will be responsible for organizing and submitting their Spanish binder for a “binder check.” This assignment will count as a quiz grade on Quarter 2.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be having (finishing) a test on Chapter 1 early next week. Later in the week and during the following week before Thanksgiving, we will begin Chapter 2 with vocabulary of school-related topics.

Latin: Students will review  the agreement of subject and verb, singular and plural; they will study and be quizzed on “The Theater of Pompeii”; and students will continue  translating sentences from Latin into English.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –Students will be discussing how to analyze the risks they take in their day to day lives. We will discuss how unintentional injuries result from risk taking in the presence of hazards.  We will also discuss the difference between positive and negative risk taking.

 

      7C

        November 14, 2014

Science: (Mrs. Scelsi) – We will be wrapping up our study of plant evolution early in the week and starting our study of  the cell.  The students will be given vocabulary early in the week as we learn about each part of the cell and the roles they play.  We will be completing a microscopy lab where we look at animal cells and plant cells.  I will also be assigning a cell project.  The details for this project will be included on my blog in addition to handouts being given to the students.  The cell projects will be due on Wednesday, 12/3.  There will be a quiz over the cell on Monday, 11/24.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We are finishing Ch 3 with a test scheduled for Friday, Nov 21st.  Students will be using formulas to find area and perimeter.  We will then build on last year’s introduction to inequalities with writing, solving, and graphing them.  We will review for the Ch 3 test in class and through homework problems.  Next in Ch 4, we study factors, prime numbers then greatest common factor (GCM) and simplifying fractions. This all builds on earlier learning, adding monomials.  Extra help continues to be available – see blog for specifics each week. Happy Thanksgiving!

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – We will be completing all work on “pronouns” next week – students are reminded they should be reviewing their charts (personal pronouns) every night.  A quiz is scheduled for Monday, 11/24 – a study group will be held after school on Thursday, 11/20, until 2:30 (please remember to arrange transportation ahead of time).  “Adjectives” will be the next part of speech covered in class.  We will also be completing the short stories in our “theme” unit in order to begin role-playing of A Christmas Carol in preparation for our December field trip.  The List I vocabulary quiz will be given on Thursday, 11/20, and the List II quiz is tentatively scheduled for Monday, 12/1.  All classes will visit the school library on Wednesday, 11/19, for the purpose of choosing book report books if still needed.  The category for the December report is mystery or adventure, and the report is oral.  Please see the blog or written handouts for further information; oral presentations will begin on 12/15.  Finally, in the next few weeks, I will be introducing persuasive writing in all classes – once the concept has been introduced, specific information for a writing assignment will be available on the blog and in class.  A final note: I will be sharing information soon in class (and on the blog) regarding the cost for pizza if students choose to have it for lunch on our field trip day.  Students are also welcome to bring a bag lunch to school that day if they prefer as the cafeteria will be closed by the time we return from the play.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Students continue to work hard on their research papers comparing the characteristics of ancient Sumeria and Egypt. The final paper is due this Wednesday, Nov. 19th. The paper should be five paragraphs, conclude with a bibliography, and contain a copy of the grading rubric. All parts should be typed and printed to receive full credit, unless arrangements with the teacher have been made ahead of time. After school help on the research papers will be available on Monday and Tuesday of this coming week. Please see the complete directions on my blog. (7CSS@wordpress.com.) We will also be finishing up Chapter 2 next week with a final section on the Kingdom of Kush, which was just south of ancient Egypt, There will be a Chapter 2 test on Tuesday, Nov. 25th.

 

French: (Mme Abrams) – After the Unit 1 test early next week, we will begin Lesson 5, contrasting masculine and feminine words. The larger numbers between 60-79 will be introduced.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will finish the culture section of Chapter 1. This is the last material to be learned before their first Chapter test. We will spend two classes reviewing, and will take the Chapter 1 test on Friday, November 21st for 7A, 7B, & 7C. The following week, students will be responsible for organizing and submitting their Spanish binder for a “binder check.” This assignment will count as a quiz grade on Quarter 2.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will begin Chapter 2 in their books, focusing on vocabulary next week.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students are learning the singular and plural subject pronouns found on text pages 34 and 35. They will use these pronouns with their first irregular verb, essere (to be) on page 36. There will be a quiz on the Italian/English conjugation of the verb (top of page 36).

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be discussing how to analyze the risks they take in their day to day lives. We will discuss how unintentional injuries result from risk taking in the presence of hazards.  We will also discuss the difference between positive and negative risk taking.

 

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18 11 2014
Ellen Green

Hi, could someone direct me if sign-up forms for Pictures tomorrow are possibly on line? thanks

18 11 2014
marshallsimonds

The sign-up forms can be found on the website for Bailey’s School Pictures at http://www.baileysstudio.com/ . Just scroll down to the bottom of the home page and there will be fields in which you can enter your child’s school and name. Payment can be made electronically through PayPal.

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