Grade 7 Newsletters 1/29/2015

7A

January 29, 2016

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students will be taking a test on Chapter 3, Cell Chemistry (3.2 and 3.3).  A study guide is linked on my blog for students to gain access and study from.  We will begin a new chapter next week, Chapter 4 Cell Reproduction.  We will be learning about the methods of Asexual and Sexual Reproduction of cells and comparing these processes.  Many activities and lessons are planned to engage student learning and reinforce concepts.  Keep the cans and bottles coming in!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students will be starting off third quarter by handing in their Quilt/Design Project that they have been working on for the last three weeks.  The due date was today, and they really look great!   Students will then be exploring ratios and rates.  They will apply those concepts to unit rate and being an educated consumer by finding the better buy.  Students will then investigate proportions in order to use scales on maps, room and house plans, etc.  Finally, they will complete a scale drawing of the classroom to better understand using scales.

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – Last week we discussed the concept of identity, and how our community and the people in our lives influence our identity.  This will be an important topic in the novel we are reading, “The Witch of Blackbird Pond”.   Students will have questions and vocabulary for each chapter.  It’s important that students are answering the questions as they read, because they are meant to help them focus in on important scenes and quotes from the novel.  The movie report essay is due on February 1.  Students should also start thinking about who they might want to read about for their next book report, which will be either a biography, autobiography or memoir about a famous African American.  

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – We are beginning Section 2 of Chapter 4, Sparta and Athens. We will be tracing the development of the governments and culture of these two very different city states. Students should continue working on their projects. The notes for the oral presentation are due on Tuesday, February 2 and the complete project (written reports and oral presentation) must be ready on February 8th. For each day the project is late, the grade will be reduced by one letter grade. All work should be completed by students. Parents, siblings, and/or any others should not be completing any part of this project.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be finalizing their in class shopping project. This project will end with a typed final copy of their shopping lists in complete sentences in Spanish. Later that week and throughout the following week, students will learn how to conjugate -AR verbs in Spanish. Extra help is still available Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 2:30!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) –  Spanish students will be working on the vocabulary words in Palabras 2 in Chapter 3. This vocabulary deals with clothing, colors, and common expressions used in a clothing store.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be completing their maps of Italy for which they  will receive two grades, one for accuracy and one for appearance. They will also do a map identifying the twenty regions of Italy with their capitals. Then we will begin Chapter 3, La Scuola (The School).

Latin (Mr. Finnigan) – Next week, students will continue to practice forming, identifying, and translating the imperfect tense. Towards the end of the week, we will focus on comparing the imperfect and present tenses. There will be a quest on the imperfect tense on Monday, 2/8. Following the quest, the concept of grammatical ‘mood’ will be introduced and students will learn the imperative mood. We will also be finishing our unit on the Trojan War and moving on to the mytho-historical foundation legends of Rome, wherein we will read a version of Virgil’s Aeneid. Extra help is available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 2:30, and all students are welcome to stop by.

Health: (Ms. Eovine & Mrs. Fay) – Second session of Health will begins this week.  Students will be starting the unit on Diversity. Students will be involved in discussions about prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, and racial profiling.  Students will be working on their ipads designing a pie chart about groups they belong to and sharing them with the class.  

7B

January 29, 2016

Science: (Ms. Cerretani) – The students have been working diligently on the different components of the mitosis unit.  We have been having many discussions on this topic and how cells are constantly dividing and repairing in our bodies.  We have also been working with manipulatives to demonstrate the steps of mitosis.  There will be a short quiz on Tuesday, 2/2.  Once we finish up with mitosis, we will then be moving on to our next unit, cell DNA.  We will be identifying the parts of a DNA molecule and explaining how DNA copies itself.  Students will be constructing their own origami DNA molecule.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be working with proportions. Specifically writing proportions from word problems and solving proportions using a variety of methods including using the cross product property of proportions. We will also be graphing proportional relationships and learning about what the slope of the graph of the proportional relationship indicates and how to determine the constant of proportionality from that graph.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – Reading assignments will continue for The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Students will also be continuing to answer questions and write summaries for the readings. Next week students will receive the second list of vocabulary for the novel. A vocab quiz will follow before vacation (date TBA). Please check the blog for updates. We will be beginning our grammar unit on pronouns next week as well. REMINDER: Movie Reports are due on Monday, 2/1/16…guidelines must be followed for assignments to be accepted on time! This means proper format and submission to both Google classroom AND Turnitin.com. (Students created accounts and learned how to submit in class). Also, it’s not too soon to start considering books for the next book report (the category is a biography/autobiography of someone from a different culture).

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We’ve made our way into the Mediterranean, looking at the rise of Greek civilization. We’re studying the birth of Democracy in Athens, the rise of modern warfare with Sparta and will continue to read about various heroes and gods and goddesses like Perseus, Apollo, Pandora, Achilles and Poseidon.

French (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be reviewing for a Unit Test covering Lessons 5-8. After the test next week, we will begin Lesson 9 studying how to say various beverages in French.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will be finalizing their in class shopping project. This project will end with a typed final copy of their shopping lists in complete sentences in Spanish. Later that week and throughout the following week, students will learn how to conjugate -AR verbs in Spanish. Extra help is still available Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 2:30!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working on the vocabulary words in Palabras 2 in Chapter 3. This vocabulary deals with clothing, colors, and common expressions used in a clothing store.

Latin (Mr. Finnigan) – Next week, students will continue to practice forming, identifying, and translating the imperfect tense. Towards the end of the week, we will focus on comparing the imperfect and present tenses. There will be a quest on the imperfect tense on Monday, 2/8. Following the quest, the concept of grammatical ‘mood’ will be introduced and students will learn the imperative mood. We will also be finishing our unit on the Trojan War and moving on to the mytho-historical foundation legends of Rome, wherein we will read a version of Virgil’s Aeneid. Extra help is available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 2:30, and all students are welcome to stop by.

Health: (Ms. Eovine & Mrs. Fay) – Second session of Health will begins this week.  Students will be starting the unit on Diversity. Students will be involved in discussions about prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, and racial profiling.  Students will be working on their ipads designing a pie chart about groups they belong to and sharing them with the class.  

 

7C

January 29, 2016

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We will begin Chapter 4, Cell Division and Mitosis, on Monday.  The students will be comparing sexual and asexual reproduction in plant and animal cells.  We will also be learning why cell reproduction is important and we will be learning the different stages of the cell cycle.  We will be using manipulatives to replicate the steps in mitosis, we will be using videos and web lessons to understand what is important at each stage, and we will  creating a mitosis flipbook.  There will likely be a quiz over Chapter 4, Section 1 during the week of February 9th.  

Math: (Ms. Miley) –  Proportions are the emphasis in class these next 2 weeks (Chapter 7). Students will be writing and solving proportions and using the percent proportion to find amount of tax, discount, or actual cost.  Extra help continues to be available weekly and is posted on the blog with the homework.  Students have received a supplemental text called FinishLine. This provides additional explanations and activities to support the Common Core curriculum. Students will be completing assignments in this as we head towards the PARCC test.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – “Prepositions” will continue as our focus next week – a quiz is scheduled for Friday, 2/5/16.  Students are reminded that they must know all prepositions listed in the chart on p. 479 of the text!  “Conjunctions” and “interjections” will then be covered in class.  A unit test on ALL eight parts of speech will be given after vacation (tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, 2/24).  Reading assignments will also continue for The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  The List III vocabulary quiz will be given on Wednesday, 2/3/16, and the List IV quiz will follow on Thursday, 2/11/16.  REMINDER: Movie Reports are due on Monday, 2/1/16…guidelines must be followed for assignments to be accepted on time!  Also, it’s not too soon to start considering books for the March book report (the category is biography/autobiography, and books must be checked by Feb. 29th).

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Students continue learning of the developments of early Greek civilizations. Directions were distributed for a comparative essay, focusing on Athens and Sparta, which is due on Feb. 24th. We will be spending time in class working on the essays, but the final copy should be typed and printed at home. A Chapter 4 test is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11th.

French: (Mme Abrams) –  French students will be reviewing for a Unit Test covering Lessons 5-8. After the test next week, we will begin Lesson 9 studying how to say various beverages in French.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will be finalizing their in class shopping project. This project will end with a typed final copy of their shopping lists in complete sentences in Spanish. Later that week and throughout the following week, students will learn how to conjugate -AR verbs in Spanish. Extra help is still available Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 2:30!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be working on large numbers and beginning their Store Catalog Project.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be completing their maps of Italy for which they will receive two grades, one for accuracy and one for appearance. They will also do a map identifying the twenty regions of Italy with their capitals. Then we will begin Chapter 3, La Scuola (The School).

Health: (Ms. Eovine & Mrs. Fay) – Second session of Health will begins this week.  Students will be starting the unit on Diversity. Students will be involved in discussions about prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, and racial profiling.  Students will be working on their ipads designing a pie chart about groups they belong to and sharing them with the class.  

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