Grade 7 Newsletters 11/26/2014

7A

November 26, 2014

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – In science, we are learning about the “Chemistry of Life”!  Students are exploring the basics of chemistry: the structure of an atom, the elements of the periodic table, compounds (organic and inorganic), and mixtures.  Students will also be learning about the properties of water.  Many demonstrations, activities, and labs will engage student learning and reinforce concepts.  Students have the opportunity to do a Thanksgiving science extra credit assignment, it is on the blog.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest)- Students have just finished up their unit on algebra with a quiz on Inequalities.  They will continue to use their algebraic skills as they use formulas to find the area and perimeter of two dimensional figures.  Students will be starting a project using the area and perimeter of rectangles and triangles after Thanksgiving break  and culminating with a written piece detailing their work.  They will then be exploring factors, prime factorization, finding the greatest common factor and least common multiple. Our trip to the North Shore Music Theater to see “ A Christmas Carol” is coming up on December 10!   Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) –  In literature, we will continue role-playing  A Christmas Carol in all blocks as we prepare for our 12/10 field trip.  A persuasive essay based on the play will be introduced in class.  Students will receive the next vocabulary list next week.  These  words are based on Act 2 of our play The Christmas Carol.  In grammar, students will have a test on Wednesday, 12/3.  This will include linking, transitive and intransitive verbs, and perfect and progressive tenses.  Extra help will be available after school on Tuesday, 12/2 until 2:30.  We will then move on to our unit on pronouns.  In addition, students should be reading their book report books and taking notes.  Oral book reports start on Friday, 12/5.  Guidelines and both rubrics have been handed out in class.  FIELD TRIP LUNCH INFO:  Students have the option to either bring a lunch the day of our field trip or order pizza.  The pizza will be provided from Papa Gino’s.  The cost for each pizza is $8.00.  Students may pair up with other students in their homeroom and split the cost of the pizza.  Pizza money must be brought to school by, Monday 12/8.  All students should either bring an individual drink or plan to buy one from the machines in the cafeteria.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – We are continuing our study of the ancient Israelites and of Judaism. Students are again practicing the art of persuasive writing by choosing to argue which of the Ten Commandments is most important in modern times and supporting their points of view in (hopefully) a logical and effective manner. We have been discussing Solomon’s proverbs and students have written their own proverbs as a way to pass on advice they believe they can contribute to others based on their own experiences. We also have tried to determine how the knowledge of the ancient religions can help us understand the conflicts that we see in present day political and religious conflicts. A quiz on Chapter 3, Section 2 is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will continue Chapter 2 after Thanksgiving. We will be studying numbers as well as asking and answering questions using “Cuántos” and “Hay.”

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Upon returning from Thanksgiving break, students will begin Chapter 2 in their textbook. This chapter consists of school and school subject vocabulary. Students will begin to explore these words through class activities and exercises. There will be a vocabulary quiz the following week on Tuesday for 7A & 7C, and Wednesday for 7B. Following the quiz, students will continue their work with the to be verb, “ser.” Extra help is always available before quizzes after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be studying vocabulary from Palabras 2 in Chapter 2. We will be learning how to say school subjects and the numbers through 100. Feliz Dia de Accion de Dar las Gracias.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will continue to work with the verb essere, to be, on page 36. On Tuesday, December 2, there will be a quiz on the conjugation of the verb in Italian and English. Students will then learn to use the verb essere correctly in sentences. They will also be able to answer questions beginning with Chi? (Who?) and Come? (How?)

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students are currently studying risk and how we approach risky decisions.  Students will analyze 15 situations with a partner, identifying the potential benefits and harm, and arriving at a risk score for that situation. We will use that score to learn whether the situation is a positive risk or negative risk.

 

7B 

November 26, 2014

 

Science: (Ms. Cerretani): We have begun our study on cell processes starting with chemistry.  We have been learning about the components that make up the human body which includes the differences between atoms, molecules, elements, and compounds.  We are also distinguishing the differences between what makes something organic and inorganic.  Students will be working on activities that will help them recognize the relationship between chemistry and life science.  Happy Turkey Day!!

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be learning how to determine the least common multiple and greatest common factor of two or more numbers. We will also work with problems that require the least common multiple or greatest common factor to solve. Following that, we will use our skills with factors and factorizations work with simplifying fractions and comparing the size of fractions.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – In literature, we will continue role-playing  A Christmas Carol in all blocks as we prepare for our 12/10 field trip. Students will be tested on the Act 1 vocabulary words on Wednesday, 12/3.  A persuasive essay based on the play will be introduced in class. Oral book reports start on Friday, 12/5.  Guidelines and both rubrics have been handed out in class. In grammar students will be preparing for a verb test on linking, transitive and intransitive verbs, and perfect and progressive tenses. The date of the test will be posted on my blog. FIELD TRIP LUNCH INFO:  Students have the option to either bring a lunch the day of our field trip or order pizza.  The pizza will be provided from Angelina’s.  The cost for each pizza is $8.00.  Students may pair up with other students in their homeroom and split the cost of the pizza.  Pizza money must be brought to school by, Monday 12/8.  All students should either bring an individual drink or plan to buy one from the machines in the cafeteria. Happy Thanksgiving!

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – When we return from the Thanksgiving break, we will be moving onto our unit on the history of the ancient israelites.  We will be looking at the story of the Exodus as well as the development of Judaism.  We will also be looking at the history of the hebrews in relation to other ancient civilizations.  Enjoy your holiday!

 

French (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be finishing vocabulary of the numbers between 60-79 and Lesson 5 in its entirety during the week after Thanksgiving. Afterwards, students will be studying Lesson 6, the subject pronouns il and elle, and the definite articles le and la used with French nouns.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –   Upon returning from Thanksgiving break, students will begin Chapter 2 in their textbook. This chapter consists of school and school subject vocabulary. Students will begin to explore these words through class activities and exercises. There will be a vocabulary quiz the following week on Tuesday for 7A & 7C, and Wednesday for 7B. Following the quiz, students will continue their work with the to be verb, “ser.” Extra help is always available before quizzes after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be studying vocabulary from Palabras 2 in Chapter 2. We will be learning how to say school subjects and the numbers through 100. Feliz Dia de Accion de Dar las Gracias.

Latin:(Mr. Sullivan)- Students will translate the section on “Actors”; they will study and be quizzed on the nominative singular and plural of the first two declensions; they will begin the third declension, singular and plural; and they will continue translating sentences from Latin into English.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students are currently studying risk and how we approach risky decisions.  Students will analyze 15 situations with a partner, identifying the potential benefits and harm, and arriving at a risk score for that situation. We will use that score to learn whether the situation is a positive risk or negative risk.

7C

        November 26, 2014

Science: (Mrs. Scelsi) – For the week of December 1st, we will continue learning about the cell.  I have rescheduled the Cell Quiz for December 2nd and the new due date for the Cell Project is December 3rd. I appreciate your flexibility.  When the students return from the Thanksgiving break, we will review for the cell quiz.  We will also be using microscopes to explore human cells (cheek), plant cells (elodea) and bacteria cells.  The next chapter that we will be studying focuses on the chemistry of life and cell processes.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We will continue working on factors, fraction, and exponents in Ch 4. After Thanksgiving, students will be working on Least Common Multiple (LCM), comparing fraction and mixed numbers and the rules of exponents. The blog will be updated with dates for quizzes and days for extra help after school.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – “Adjectives” will be the focus of Grammar classes for the next two weeks.  Special attention will be given to the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives.  We will also continue and complete our role-playing of A Christmas Carol in anticipation of our field trip on the 10th.  The List II vocabulary quiz is scheduled for Monday, 12/1.  Persuasive writing will be introduced in all classes, and an essay based on the play will be due on Tuesday, 12/16.  Paper copies of the assignment will be distributed in class and also made available on the class blog.  Please remember that directions MUST be followed for essays to be accepted on time!  Finally, book report books should be brought to class on Wednesday, 12/3, and Thursday, 12/11 – oral presentations begin on Monday, 12/15.  Students will choose numbers in class in order to determine the order of presentations; remember, one side of one index card may be used for notes during the presentation.  FIELD TRIP LUNCH Info: Students may either bring a bag lunch or order pizza.  Domino’s will be delivering pizza for our team. Students may pair up with others in their homeroom and pay for their portion of a large cheese pizza – the cost for each pizza is $7.00.  Pizza money must be brought to school by Monday, 12/8, so that the order can be placed.  All students should either bring an individual drink or plan to buy one from the machines in the cafeteria.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – We have completed our unit on ancient Egypt. After Thanksgiving break we will be starting a unit on the ancient Israelites, in which we will explore the origins of Judaism. Please check the blog (7CSS@wordpress.com) for updates.

 

French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be studying Lesson 6, the subject pronouns il and elle, and the definite articles le and la used with French nouns.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Upon returning from Thanksgiving break, students will begin Chapter 2 in their textbook. This chapter consists of school and school subject vocabulary. Students will begin to explore these words through class activities and exercises. There will be a vocabulary quiz the following week on Tuesday for 7A & 7C, and Wednesday for 7B. Following the quiz, students will continue their work with the to be verb, “ser.” Extra help is always available before quizzes after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will continue Chapter 2 after Thanksgiving. We will be studying numbers as well as asking and answering questions using “Cuántos” and “Hay.”

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will continue to work with the verb essere, to be, on page 36. On Tuesday, December 2, there will be a quiz on the conjugation of the verb in Italian and English. Students will then learn to use the verb essere correctly in sentences. They will also be able to answer questions beginning with Chi? (Who?) and Come? (How?)

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students are currently studying risk and how we approach risky decisions.  Students will analyze 15 situations with a partner, identifying the potential benefits and harm, and arriving at a risk score for that situation. We will use that score to learn whether the situation is a positive risk or negative risk.

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