Grade 7 Newsletters 1/30/2015

7A

January 30, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students will begin a new unit on Chapter 4, Cell Reproduction.  Students will learn about the differences between Asexual and Sexual reproduction and the processes that cells undergo.  We will learn about Mitosis (Asexual body cells) and Meiosis (Sexual gametes or sex cells).  Many activities, labs, and assignments will engage student learning and reinforce concepts.  Students will model the steps/phases of mitosis during an in-class movement activity called “The Dance of the Chromosomes”.  Students will create a flipbook using www.cellsalive.com. They will be able to use this flipbook on a quiz for this unit, to be announced at a later date.

Math: (Mrs. Forrest)-  Students have been investigating the multiplication and division of fractions.  They are now applying those skills as they solve problems involving the four operations with fractions.  Students are also converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions in preparation for the unit on ratio, proportion, and percents.  They will be reviewing these skills in a station activity and finally with a test next week (date to be announced).  Finally, students will be reviewing mean, median, mode, and range and then explore random sampling and mean absolute deviation.

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) – Students will have a pronoun test on Friday, 2/6.  They should review their study guide as well as all notes they have received in class.  Our reading of The Witch of Blackbird Pond continues.  We will be reading in class as well as outside of class.  Students are expected to finish reading the assigned chapters at night and answer the questions provided.  Students will also be completing open response questions related to the novel.  A class discussion will follow the next day.  In addition, the List II vocabulary words were given out this week.  Students should choose a biography or autobiography of a famous African-American for approval by me by Friday, 2/6.  Guidelines and a rubric will be handed out in class next week.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – Most students have been managing their time quite well in completing the necessary research for their projects. At this point in time, all research should be complete and students should be starting to write a biopoem, journal entry, or resume for the ancient Greek people they have researched. Also, students should be making decisions in regard to their topic choices for oral presentations as well as the format in which they will present. February 9th is the due date for both the written portion and the oral presentation. In the event that your child is absent on that day, please remember that the project MUST be emailed to me or brought in to school on that day, no exceptions.

A quiz on 4-2 is scheduled for Monday, February 2.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- The Chapter 3 Vocabulary Quiz has been moved to Monday, Feb. 2 due to snow days. Then, we will begin working on conjugating AR verbs. 🙂

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will be finishing up their work with Chapter 3 vocabulary, and then learn how to conjugate regular -AR verbs from this chapter. A grammar quiz on these verbs will be held the following week, exact date TBA. Extra help is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working with clothing vocabulary and colors in Palabras 2 of Chapter 3 and can expect a quiz on this vocabulary within the next two weeks.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will begin Chapter 3, La Scuola (The School), and will be learning to identify items found in the classroom. They will be using definite and indefinite articles with the new vocabulary on page 57. There will be a  quiz on these words before February vacation.

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be finishing up the unit on illness prevention by completing their illness charts. The illnesses included on this chart are cystic fibrosis, MRSA, diabetes, flu, and allergies.   We will also complete a lesson on basic facts about cancer.

 

7B

January 30, 2015

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 as to how cells are constantly dividing and repairing in our bodies.  There will be a small quiz on Tuesday, February 3rd.  Once we finish up with mitosis, we will be moving on to our next unit of cell DNA.  We will be identifying the parts of a DNA molecule and explaining how DNA copies itself.  They will be constructing their own origami DNA molecule.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks we will learn about the multiple representations that rational numbers can have and review how to multiply and divide with decimal numbers. This work leads us into working with rates, ratios, and proportions. We will begin that work by learning what a ratio and a rate is, how to write a rate as an equivalent unit rate and how to use unit rates to help make calculations and comparisons.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – Book report books must be approved by 2/6. Please refer to the overview of the report I posted on my blog for additional information. The book report due date is TBD and will be different than the original date posted on the book report schedule. We will be wrapping up our unit on pronouns and a grammar test will follow. Please refer to my blog for the date once it is determined. We are continuing to read and discuss The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Students will continue to receive reading and discussion questions for homework. We will also begin writing paragraph length open response questions to improve explaining quotes from a text. Students received the second vocab list for this unit and a quiz is tentatively scheduled for 2/6.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We are continuing to look at the famous myths of ancient Greece, focusing on the heroes like Perseus, Hercules and Odysseus. We will be comparing the city-states of Athens and Sparta, and looking at the growth of government and how it has helped to shape our own modern government.  We’ll also be creating our own original myth monster and writing original greek poems.

French (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be reviewing Lessons 5-8 for a comprehensive test on these lessons. Having finished that, we will begin working in Lesson 9 which deals with food and expressing related requests.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Students will be finishing up their work with Chapter 3 vocabulary, and then learn how to conjugate regular -AR verbs from this chapter. A grammar quiz on these verbs will be held the following week, exact date TBA. Extra help is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working with clothing vocabulary and colors in Palabras 2 of Chapter 3 and can expect a quiz on this vocabulary within the next two weeks.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be finishing up the unit on illness prevention by completing their illness charts. The illnesses included on this chart are cystic fibrosis, MRSA, diabetes, flu, and allergies.   We will also complete a lesson on basic facts about cancer.


7C

January 30, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – During the next two weeks we will be wrapping up our study of cell processes with a quiz that has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, February 4th.  From there we will move on to Chapter 4, Cell Reproduction.  The students will become familiar with the different stages of the cell cycle and various forms of asexual reproduction.  We will spend a minimal amount of time on meiosis.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We will continue our work with decimals and the 4 operations. We will begin work on converting and ordering fractions and decimals before beginning a unit on proportions. Be sure to check the blog for updates on quizzes and tests. Students have been given a Finish Line workbook to supplement the textbook. We will be using this to address additional topics in the Common Core curriculum. I will be teaching Math Prep from 2/2 to 3/2 on M and W afternoons so extra help will be Tu and Th from 2-2:45 (see blog for specific weeks).

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – Movie Reports are due on Monday, 2/2 – please remember to follow specific guidelines in order for reports to be accepted on time!  “Conjunctions” and “interjections” will be covered at the beginning of next week.  They are the final two parts of speech to be covered and will lead to our review of all eight parts of speech.  The unit test is scheduled for Friday, 2/6 – a study group will be held after school on Thursday, 2/5, until 2:30.  We will then review the use of prepositional phrases as adjectives and adverbs – a quiz will be given on Thursday, 2/12.  Our reading of The Witch of Blackbird Pond will also continue with home reading assignments and related written responses.  The List III vocabulary quiz is scheduled for Monday, 2/9, and the List IV quiz is tentatively scheduled for after vacation on Wednesday, 2/25.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) –  Next week we will continue to compare the city-states of Athens and Sparta. The students will write an 5 paragraph essay. The students receive the directions on Friday, January 30. The rough draft is due on Friday, February 6 and the final essay is due on Friday, February 13.

We will also contrast the Athenian Justice System with the Justice System of the United States.

A quiz on Chapter 4 Section 1+2 is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4.

French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be reviewing Lessons 5-8 for a comprehensive test on these lessons. Having finished that, we will begin working in Lesson 9 which deals with food and expressing related requests.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Students will be finishing up their work with Chapter 3 vocabulary, and then learn how to conjugate regular -AR verbs from this chapter. A grammar quiz on these verbs will be held the following week, exact date TBA. Extra help is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- The Chapter 3 Vocabulary Quiz has been moved to Monday, Feb. 2 due to snow days. Then, we will begin working on conjugating AR verbs. 🙂

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will begin Chapter 3, La Scuola (The School), and will be learning to identify items found in the classroom. They will be using definite and indefinite articles with the new vocabulary on page 57. There will be a  quiz on these words before February vacation.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be finishing up the unit on illness prevention by completing their illness charts. The illnesses included on this chart are cystic fibrosis, MRSA, diabetes, flu, and allergies.   We will also complete a lesson on basic facts about cancer.

 

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