Grade 7 Newsletters 1/15/2016

7A

January 15, 2016

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students have been studying chapter 3, Cell Processes.  We have learned about the processes of osmosis and diffusion and other types of cellular transport.  We have explored how the cell membrane is selectively permeable during a lab called “Eggsperimenting with Osmosis”.  Students will be exploring the processes of photosynthesis and respiration that chloroplasts and mitochondria perform for cells.  Many interesting and engaging demonstrations and activities are planned to reinforce concepts.  The Science Mid-Year Assessment is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20th.  Students have been given a study guide to help them prepare for this assessment.  We will also be doing some in-class review.

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students have taken their Math Mid-Year Assessment and are now working on their Quilt/Design Projects.  The first due date is Tuesday, January 19, at which time the design should be completed, shapes cut and pasted, and the design portion of the computation page should be typed.  They will then complete the border, finish the computation page, and mount the design and computation page on a 12 x 18 inch piece of construction paper.  The entire project is due on Friday, January 29, 2016. Students will also be investigating, solving, and graphing inequalities.

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – Students have taken their ELA midyear assessment and we are beginning our new novel unit this week!  We will be reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.  This week, students are learning about the Puritans and the Salem Witch Trials so that they will have some historical context to reference while we read.  We are also wrapping up our grammar unit on verbs, and students will have a test on this on Tuesday 1/19.  Students’ movie reports are due on 2/1.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – Students have completed their Social Studies Midyear Assessment and will begin our study of ancient Greece. I have assigned a project that is due on February 8. The project will consist of four parts: two written reports, an oral presentation, a works cited page, and research notes. All parents should have signed and returned a slip that was included with the project packet, acknowledging that they are aware of the project requirements, due date, and plagiarism consequences. The project directions and related forms are on my blog. I will be monitoring student progress by requiring that research notes be turned in on specific dates. Students have four weeks to complete this and should make good use of time management skills so that they are not overwhelmed as the due date approached.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be introduced to Chapter 3 vocabulary. This chapter’s vocabulary covers school supplies, clothing, colors, and numbers 100-1000. Students will spend the week working with the vocabulary through both oral and written activities. The following week, students will play a variety of review games in preparation of their Chapter 3 vocabulary quiz on Thursday, 1/28. Following the quiz, students will begin an in-class project. This project will simulate a real life shopping experience, where students are given a budget and must describe their purchases in Spanish on a shopping list.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be finishing Chapter 2 with a listening and a written test. Afterwards, we will start working in Chapter 3, studying Spanish terms for school supplies in Palabras 1.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students are learning about the geography of Italy: rivers, lakes, mountains, volcanoes, cities and bordering countries and seas. There will be a quiz on this information on Friday, January 22nd. Students will also be locating/labeling places and geographical features on maps.

Latin (Mr. Finnigan) – Next week, students will review and practice with nouns of the first declension in preparation for the quest on this material on Friday, 1/22. In addition to studying for this quest every night, students should also be devoting time to organizing their binders and getting all of their homework assignments in order for the Term 2 homework and binder check that will happen during the quest on Friday 1/22. All assignments, worksheets, presentations, and other class materials are on Edmodo, and students are encouraged to complete any homework assignment they missed for partial credit. During the following week, we will begin our next grammar unit on second declension nouns and pick up on our mythology unit on the Trojan War.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  –  Students will be finishing up this semester by researching five illnesses/conditions and learning about what causes them and how they are treated.   The illnesses we are studying are diabetes, allergies, MRSA, flu, and cystic fibrosis.  Students will be discussing how the causes of these illnesses fall into one or more of the following categories: health habits, environment, germs, and genes.

7B

January 15, 2016

Science: (Ms. Cerretani) –  Thank you all for your more than generous donations to the Heather Abbott Foundation on behalf of 7B this holiday season.  We raised over $250!!   The money is going to such a worthy cause and I appreciate your kindness.  I  have spoken to Heather personally and she was overwhelmed with the generosity and willingness to give from our students.  🙂  We are in the midst of our photosynthesis/respiration unit and will be finishing up next week.  We will then move on to cell reproduction and mitosis.  Students will be able to explain why mitosis is important  and will learn the different stages of the process.  We also will be comparing mitosis in plant and animal cells.  Just a reminder, the science mid year assessment will be on Wednesday, January 20th.  There is also a portfolio check that is due on Thursday, January 21st.  This has been assigned yesterday and all of the papers/classwork that are on the checklist is a great review for the mid year assessment.  

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – We have started our new unit; Ratios, Proportions, and Percents. Specifically, our focus will be with ratios, rates, rates with complex fractions, and unit rates. We will also be studying proportions, how to solve proportions, and word problems that involve rates, unit rates, and proportional reasoning.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – Students have taken their ELA midyear assessment and we are beginning our new novel. We will be reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.  This week, students are learning about the Puritans and the Salem Witch Trials so that they will have some historical context to reference while we read. Students will have the list one vocab quiz on Friday, 1/22. It will count for quarter two.  We are also wrapping up our grammar unit on verbs. Students’ movie reports are due on 2/1. Guidelines for the assignment can be found on google classroom.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – By the time you read this we will have finished our semester exam and will be taking some time to look at some of the candidates vying for the nomination for the 2016 election.  We will begin our next unit on Ancient Greece by looking at the geography of the area and begin reading some of the stories that explain the mythology of the time.

French (Mme Pescatore) French students will be working in Lesson 8 on days of the week and months of the year. Students can expect a quiz next week on the days. Students will then learn to ask and answer questions about the date and their birthday the following week.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be introduced to Chapter 3 vocabulary. This chapter’s vocabulary covers school supplies, clothing, colors, and numbers 100-1000. Students will spend the week working with the vocabulary through both oral and written activities. The following week, students will play a variety of review games in preparation of their Chapter 3 vocabulary quiz on Thursday, 1/28. Following the quiz, students will begin an in-class project. This project will simulate a real life shopping experience, where students are given a budget and must describe their purchases in Spanish on a shopping list.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be finishing Chapter 2 with a listening and a written test. Afterwards, we will start working in Chapter 3, studying Spanish terms for school supplies in Palabras 1.

Latin (Mr. Finnigan) – Next week, students will review and practice with nouns of the first declension in preparation for the quest on this material on Friday, 1/22. In addition to studying for this quest every night, students should also be devoting time to organizing their binders and getting all of their homework assignments in order for the Term 2 homework and binder check that will happen during the quest on Friday 1/22. All assignments, worksheets, presentations, and other class materials are on Edmodo, and students are encouraged to complete any homework assignment they missed for partial credit. During the following week, we will begin our next grammar unit on second declension nouns and pick up on our mythology unit on the Trojan War.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  –  Students will be finishing up this semester by researching five illnesses/conditions and learning about what causes them and how they are treated.   The illnesses we are studying are diabetes, allergies, MRSA, flu, and cystic fibrosis.  Students will be discussing how the causes of these illnesses fall into one or more of the following categories: health habits, environment, germs, and genes.

 

7C

January 15, 2016

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We will be reviewing for the midyear assessment when we return to school on Tuesday.  The exam is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20th.  After the exam, we will continue our investigation of cell process and energy for life.  The students will be completing a lab focusing on enzymes and another lab focusing on respiration rates.  From here we will begin the unit on cell reproduction.  This unit covers mitosis and DNA.  

Math: (Ms. Miley) –  We are finishing our work with inequalities and will begin a unit on proportions. We will be studying ratios and rates, writing and solving proportions, and solving percent problems. Students continue to use the BuzzMath App that reinforces the curriculum and presents problems requiring the students to use the technology to answer (drag and drop, equation editor, etc.).  Extra help is available after school and dates are posted on the blog with the homework assignments and written on the board at school.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – “Adverbs” continue to be our Grammar focus – special attention will be given to the proper use of adverbs vs. adjectives in both written and spoken language.  A quiz is scheduled for Thursday, 1/28 – a study group will be held after school on Wednesday, 1/27, until 2:30.  Vocabulary and reading assignments related to The Witch of Blackbird Pond will also continue for the next two weeks.  The List II vocabulary quiz will be given on Monday, 1/25.  Finally, students should have already chosen school-appropriate movies for their movie reports which are due on Monday, 2/1 – please remember to follow the specific guidelines for this report (we will be discussing proper formatting for a business letter in class next week).

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Students completed their mid-term assessment this week and we have moved on to a unit on ancient Greece. In the coming weeks, we will look at their geography, government, and wars. There will be a Section 1 and 2 quiz on Wednesday, Jan. 27th. Please continue to check the blog for updates! 7CSS.wordpress.com

French: (Mme Abrams) –  French students will be working in Lesson 8 on days of the week and months of the year. Students can expect a quiz next week on the days. Students will then learn to ask and answer questions about the date and their birthday the following week.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be introduced to Chapter 3 vocabulary. This chapter’s vocabulary covers school supplies, clothing, colors, and numbers 100-1000. Students will spend the week working with the vocabulary through both oral and written activities. The following week, students will play a variety of review games in preparation of their Chapter 3 vocabulary quiz on Wednesday, 1/27. Following the quiz, students will begin an in-class project. This project will simulate a real life shopping experience, where students are given a budget and must describe their purchases in Spanish on a shopping list.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will continue working on Chapter 3. This week, they will begin learning how to conjugate AR verbs with a quiz planned for Friday.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students are learning about the geography of Italy: rivers, lakes, mountains, volcanoes, cities and bordering countries and seas. There will be a quiz on this information on Friday, January 22nd. Students will also be locating/labeling places and geographical features on maps.

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be finishing up this semester by researching five illnesses/conditions and learning about what causes them and how they are treated.   The illnesses we are studying are diabetes, allergies, MRSA, flu, and cystic fibrosis.  Students will be discussing how the causes of these illnesses fall into one or more of the following categories: health habits, environment, germs, and genes.

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