Grade 7 Newsletters 1/16/2015

7A

January 16, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students have begun a new unit on photosynthesis and respiration; Chapter 3.3, Energy for Life.  Students will be learning about these two processes and how each provides organisms with energy to perform all of life’s functions.  Additionally, students will draw upon connections with cells and other cell processes we have previously studied so far this year.  Other concepts that students will learn during this unit are:  why leaves change color in the fall, calories in foods, the role of enzymes, metabolism, and the flow of energy in nature (food webs and food chains).  Many activities, labs, demonstrations, video clips, and discussions will help facilitate and reinforce student learning of these concepts.  Some of the major labs and activities students will participate in are: Pineapple Enzyme Lab, Analyzing Carbon Dioxide Production Lab, Calorimetry lab demonstration, and Leaf Pigment Chromatography demonstration.  Make sure you are checking my blog for resources and information http://mrspratts7thgradelifescience.blogspot.com/.   Please keep sending in the cans and bottles for deposit return, we have a total of $141.10 to put towards the acre of rainforest!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest)-   Students have finished all Mid-Year Assessments and are now back to a regular class and homework schedule.  They are investigating fractions and the four operations.  The major focus will be on multiplying and dividing fractions which is new to them this year. Students will be applying their skills with fractions to real-life situations with measurement in inches, feet, yards, ounces, pounds, etc.  Finally, they will convert fractions to decimals and decimals to percents.

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) – In literature, students have started reading the novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  This will be completed in class and at home.  They will be responsible for answering chapter questions as well as open response questions related to the readings.  Students received the first list of vocabulary words last week.  The quiz on list 1 will be on Tuesday, 1/20. In grammar, we will continue studying pronouns with a test tentatively scheduled for Friday, 1/30.  Students have begun a creative writing assignment in class using animal characteristics researched in science.  Students will become that animal or plant for a day.  Directions have been handed out and a rubric was given out in class this week.  The due date for this assignment will be on my blog.  Lastly, students should be working on their movie review that was assigned before winter break.  All directions and the rubric were handed out before vacation.  The due date has changed to Wednesday, 1/21.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – We are currently exploring the civilization of ancient Greece. We will begin with the study of the ancient Minoans and the Mycenaeans. Students have received a packet detailing instructions for their ancient Greece projects that consist of a written portion and an oral presentation. Students will be required to research four topics and will have four weeks in which to complete this assignment.  All parents should sign and return the form that was sent home on Tuesday, stating that they and their children are aware of the requirements and expectations related to this project. Instructions can also be accessed by viewing my blog:    http://7asocialstudies.blogspot.com/

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students are learning new Chapter 3 vocabulary and should be prepared for a vocabulary quiz towards the end of the week.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will be exploring Chapter 3 vocabulary about school supplies, clothing and adjectives, colors, -AR verb meanings, and the numbers 100-1000. The following week, students will review and take a quiz on all of this vocabulary toward the end of the week, exact date TBA. Extra help will be available after school for the quiz on Tuesday and Thursday!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Students will be exploring Chapter 3 vocabulary on school supplies and the grammar related to the use and purchase of these items.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will learn a group of adjectives that can be used to describe a person’s personality (pages 41 and 42). They will also learn how adjectives agree in gender and number with the nouns that they modify. There will be a quiz on adjectives before the end of the month.

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be working on the illness charts, learning about five different illnesses which help illustrate how we get sick.  Students will be researching cystic fibrosis, diabetes, allergies, flu, and MRSA.

 

7B

January 16, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  We have just finished our unit on photosynthesis and now beginning  cell reproduction and mitosis.  We have kicked off the unit with each student bringing in a baby picture of themselves and discussing how they have changed and developed over the years from the process of mitosis.   Students will be able to explain why cell division and cell repair is important and will learn the different stages of mitosis.  We also will be comparing mitosis in plant and animal cells.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks we will continue our work with rational numbers, (numbers that can be expressed as a fraction). Specifically we will be focusing on multiplying and dividing fractions, expressing fractions and mixed numbers as decimal numbers, making calculations using decimal numbers, and writing decimal numbers as fractions.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – In literature, students have started reading the novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  This will be completed in class and at home.  They will be responsible for answering chapter questions as well as open response questions related to the readings. Copies of the novel should be brought to class every day!  Students received the first list of vocabulary words last week.  The quiz on list 1 will be on Thursday 1/22. In grammar, we will continue studying pronouns.   Lastly, students should be working on their movie review that was assigned before winter break.  All directions and the rubric were handed out before vacation.  The due date has changed to Wednesday, 1/21.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) –  We are beginning our unit on Ancient Greece this week, looking first at the early settlements of Minoa and Myceneae.  We’ll also be studying various greek myths including Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus. We will also be looking at the famous greek gods known as the olympians.

French (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be learning days of the week and months of the year in Lesson 8.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Students will be exploring Chapter 3 vocabulary about school supplies, clothing and adjectives, colors, -AR verb meanings, and the numbers 100-1000. The following week, students will review and take a quiz on all of this vocabulary toward the end of the week, exact date TBA. Extra help will be available after school for the quiz on Tuesday and Thursday!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Students will be exploring Chapter 3 vocabulary on school supplies and the grammar related to the use and purchase of these items.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be working on the illness charts, learning about five different illnesses which help illustrate how we get sick.  Students will be researching cystic fibrosis, diabetes, allergies, flu, and MRSA.

 

7C

January 16, 2015

 Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – This week we started our section on photosynthesis and respiration.  The students will take what they have learned about osmosis and diffusion and apply it to these two concepts.  Upon completion of this section, they should understand what metabolism means, what enzymes do and how photosynthesis and respiration are dependent processes.  Next week we will complete a lab on the effects of activity on respiration rates and we will use the chromebooks to complete an online lab assignment.  Following this section, we will continue with mitosis.  I continue to be available for after school help on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons until 3:00.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We will be covering rational numbers (numbers that can be written as fractions) and the 4 operations. After a quick review of adding and subtracting fractions, with the new addition of negative fractions, we will work on multiplying and dividing. Real-life situations using fractions will be explored. Decimals will be addressed next and the conversion of fractions to decimals. Quizzes will be scheduled and posted on the blog as a reference. Extra help continues after school. Expect nightly homework again as assessment are completed.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – “Prepositions” will be the next part of speech to be covered in grammar.  Students need to learn the list of prepositions on p. 479 of their textbook in order to be successful with this unit.  Special attention will be given to the use of pronouns as objects of prepositions.  A quiz on “prepositions” is scheduled for Thursday, 1/29/15.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond will be our literature focus for the next few weeks.  Vocabulary, open responses, and chapter summaries will accompany reading assignments.  The List II vocabulary quiz is scheduled for Monday, 1/26/15.  Copies of the novel should be brought to class every day!  Finally, just a reminder…movie reports are due on Monday, 2/2/15 – guidelines must be followed (we have discussed in class what movie choices are appropriate for a school report).

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) –  Students will learn next week more about Ancient Greece and it’s first settlements. We’ll be studying various important greek people such as Aristoteles and Homer. We will also be looking at the famous greek gods known as the olympians.

French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be learning days of the week and months of the year in Lesson 8.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Students will be exploring Chapter 3 vocabulary about school supplies, clothing and adjectives, colors, -AR verb meanings, and the numbers 100-1000. The following week, students will review and take a quiz on all of this vocabulary toward the end of the week, exact date TBA. Extra help will be available after school for the quiz on Tuesday and Thursday!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students are learning new Chapter 3 vocabulary and should be prepared for a vocabulary quiz towards the end of the week.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will learn a group of adjectives that can be used to describe a person’s personality (pages 41 and 42). They will also learn how adjectives agree in gender and number with the nouns that they modify. There will be a quiz on adjectives before the end of the month.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be working on the illness charts, learning about five different illnesses which help illustrate how we get sick.  Students will be researching cystic fibrosis, diabetes, allergies, flu, and MRSA.

 

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