Grade 7 Newsletters 12/12/2014

7A

December 12, 2014

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students have been studying Chapter 3, Cell Chemistry.  We will begin section 3.2, Moving Cellular Materials.  During this section, students will explore the cell membrane and the mechanisms and processes that help move materials into and out of the cell membrane.  These processes are osmosis, diffusion, facilitated diffusion, and endocytosis and exocytosis.  Many demonstrations such as the rice and iodine demo and the smelly balloons demo will engage student learning and reinforce concepts and vocabulary.  Students will participate in a lab called “Eggsperimenting with Osmosis”.  We will investigate the cause and effects of osmosis on an egg’s cell membrane and apply prior knowledge of solutions and their concentrations (hypertonic, hypotonic, and isotonic). 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 have been tested on using the formulas for area and perimeter of rectangles and triangles.  They are applying their knowledge as they work on their Design Project that is due on December 18.  The design should have been completed by today and the border and computation page are underway.  The designs are very creative and are looking really good so far!  Students are now exploring Greatest Common Factor  (GCF)  and will soon be investigating Least Common Multiple (LCM).  They will apply both in problem solving situations.  The Mid-Term Assessment will be soon after January 7 and will include questions from all of the concepts that we have explored in the first two quarters of seventh grade.

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) – In grammar, we will continue our unit on pronouns.   Students need to know the person, number, and case of all personal pronouns (charts were distributed in class).  A quiz on this unit is scheduled for Thursday, 12/18.   A vocabulary quiz based on Act II of  A Christmas Carol will be given on Tuesday, 12/16.  We have finished reading the play and a persuasive essay based on A Christmas Carol will be introduced in class next week.  Students should follow the guidelines they will receive in class.  In addition, we will be wrapping up oral book reports, which started this week.  Finally, study guides for the Language Arts semester assessment will be distributed in class before vacation as well as posted on my blog.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – We are currently completing our study of the ancient Israelites. A test on Chapter 3 is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 16th. Before the winter vacation, students will receive a study guide for the midyear exam.  I will also distribute all materials that have been stored in class from Chapters 1-3. These materials will be taken home to help prepare for the midyear. They will not be returned to school. The date for the exam is still to be announced and I will advise students and parents as soon as it is decided.

 

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be doing a review of Chapter 2 to prepare for their Oral Quiz and Chapter Test next week.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will review Chapter 2 grammar on Monday in preparation for their grammar quiz. 7A & C will take the grammar quiz on Tuesday, 12/16, and 7B will take the quiz on Wednesday, 12/17. For the remainder of the week, students will work with the Chapter 2 vocabulary and grammar together in real life situations with dialogues. They will finish up the week and begin the following week with culture lessons on “La Navidad,” and explore how Hispanics celebrate Christmas. Happy Holidays!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be reviewing how to make nouns, adjectives, and articles plural in Chapter 2. We will also learn the subject pronouns and the verb “ser” (to be) in order to use these correctly in sentences. ¡Felices fiestas!

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students are learning about the geography of Italy (pages 52 and 53). They will be able to locate on a map the bordering countries and seas as well as the major rivers, lakes, cities, volcanoes and mountains. There will be a geography quiz before vacation. Buone vacanze!

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be conducting a short experiment illustrating how distractions affect reaction time.  Students will then connect this activity with the risks of distracted driving, biking, walking….

 

7B

December 12, 2014

Science: (Ms. Cerretani): This past week we have been studying the differences between organic and inorganic compounds and also the function of semi-permeable membranes.  We have been building upon our knowledge about cellular processes which includes diffusion and osmosis, as well as comparing passive and active transport.  We have been performing many in class demonstrations to help us with these complex concepts.  There will be a quiz on Monday, 12/15 on chemistry/moving cellular materials (chapter 3, sections 1 & 2).  Next week will start our photosynthesis unit.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be working with rational numbers, primarily fractions and mixed numbers. We will focus on learning how to compare the size of fractions, how to write equivalent fractions that have different denominators, and how to combine fractions with the same and different denominators.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – We are finishing our unit on verbs. The test will be Tuesday, 12/16. A review session will be Monday 12/15 after school  in my room. This is a late bus day. We have finished reading the play and a persuasive essay based on A Christmas Carol will be introduced in class next week.  Students should follow the guidelines they will receive in class.  In addition, we will be wrapping up oral book reports, which started this week.  Finally, study guides for the Language Arts semester assessment will be distributed in class before vacation as well as posted on my blog.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) –  We are continuing to look at the development of the religion of Judaism, studying the battle of the Jerhico, the showdown between David and Goliath and more!  Students will receive their mid year assessment study guides prior to leaving for winter break.

 

French (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be working in Lesson 7, studying family vocabulary, learning how to express some possessive adjectives, and practicing how to ask and answer questions about age. Bonnes fêtes!

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –   Next week, students will review Chapter 2 grammar on Monday in preparation for their grammar quiz. 7A&C will take the grammar quiz on Tuesday, 12/16, and 7B will take the quiz on Wednesday, 12/17. For the remainder of the week, students will work with the Chapter 2 vocabulary and grammar together in real life situations with dialogues. They will finish up the week and begin the following week with culture lessons on “La Navidad,” and explore how Hispanics celebrate Christmas. Happy Holidays!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be reviewing how to make nouns, adjectives, and articles plural in Chapter 2. We will also learn the subject pronouns and the verb “ser” (to be) in order to use these correctly in sentences. ¡Felices fiestas!

Latin:(Mr. Sullivan)- Students will read and discuss and be tested on the Roman concept of slavery; they will study and be quizzed on the demonstrative pronouns  ille-illa-illud; and they will continue translating sentences from Latin into English.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be conducting a short experiment illustrating how distractions affect reaction time.  Students will then connect this activity with the risks of distracted driving, biking, walking….

 

            7C

        December 12, 2014

Science: (Mrs. Scelsi) – 7C students will be starting Chapter 3 on Friday.  We will start out with an overview of cellular chemistry and then move into processes that allow cells to take in or get rid of cellular substances (osmosis and diffusion).  From there we will learn about photosynthesis and respiration.  New vocabulary will be introduced on Friday and there will be a quick vocabulary quiz on Tuesday, December 16th.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – Solving inequalities with 2 steps and graphing them is on our docket for the next week followed by some review for the Mid-Year Assessment to be scheduled in early January. The study guide is posted to my blog and the students will have an assignment based on it to help them review, also to be posted. The assessment will count for 20% of their grade this second quarter.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – Next week we will complete our “adjective” unit.  A quiz is scheduled for Wednesday, 12/17 – a study group will be held after school on Tuesday, 12/16, until 2:30 (please arrange transportation ahead of time).  Persuasive essays based on A Christmas Carol are due on Tuesday, 12/16 – please be sure guidelines are followed in order for essays to be accepted on time!  Also, oral book reports begin in all blocks on Monday, 12/15 – one side of one index card may be used for notes during the presentation.  Finally, study guides for the Language Arts semester assessment will be distributed in class before vacation as well as posted on our class blog.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Next week begins my maternity leave and I am excited to share that Mrs. Anne Matthews will be taking over my classes until my scheduled return on March 2nd. Mrs. Matthews is a certified history teacher with experience teaching in the Boston Public Schools. She will be a great match for the team and she can be reached by e-mail at amatthews@bpsk12.org. Students continue their study of the ancient Israelites. There will be a Chapter 3 quiz on Friday, December 19th. Prior to winter vacation, students will receive a study guide for the semester assessment. The assessment exam will be in early January (exact date TBA) and will cover Chapters 1, 2, and 3. Have a wonderful holiday season!

 

French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be working in Lesson 7, studying family vocabulary, learning how to express some possessive adjectives, and practicing how to ask and answer questions about age. Bonnes fêtes!

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will review Chapter 2 grammar on Monday in preparation for their grammar quiz. 7A&C will take the grammar quiz on Tuesday, 12/16, and 7B will take the quiz on Wednesday, 12/17. For the remainder of the week, students will work with the Chapter 2 vocabulary and grammar together in real life situations with dialogues. They will finish up the week and begin the following week with culture lessons on “La Navidad,” and explore how Hispanics celebrate Christmas. Happy Holidays!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be doing a review of Chapter 2 to prepare for their Oral Quiz and Chapter Test next week.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students are learning about the geography of Italy (pages 52 and 53). They will be able to locate on a map the bordering countries and seas as well as the major rivers, lakes, cities, volcanoes and mountains. There will be a geography quiz before vacation. Buone vacanze!

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be conducting a short experiment illustrating how distractions affect reaction time.  Students will then connect this activity with the risks of distracted driving, biking, walking….

 

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