Grade 7 Newsletters

7A

March 29, 2018

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students have been investigating pi, circumference, and the area of a circle.  Next, they will be exploring the surface area of prisms, pyramids, and cylinders and analyzing their formulas.  Students will then investigate the volume of prisms and pyramids and apply their knowledge through the use of formulas in problem solving..  Finally, they will explore the cross sections of three-dimensional figures. The math MCAS will be on May 9th and 10th. The Grade 7 Math Prep will be April 2 – 5 from 2 – 3 o’clock.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Larkin) –  This week we wrapped up our unit on the novel, All the Broken Pieces with a final test.  Next week we will be starting our unit on the Holocaust and the memoir, “I Promised I Would Tell”.  We will be discussing some tough topics over the next few weeks, so students may benefit from sharing their thoughts at home.  

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – We have just completed our study of Alexander the Great. As a culminating activity, students worked in groups to create an Alexander the Great Board Game.The games helped to review the topic as well as to practice initiating and executing a group plan, and hopefully having fun doing so! Our final section related to ancient Greece will be about the spread of Greek culture after the rule of Alexander the Great. Students will be completing a RAFT writing activity that will require them to choose to write about one of several experiences discussed in the text such as visiting the oracle at Delphi, fighting a battle in the Trojan War, studying with Plato or Aristotle at the Academy or Lyceum, or marching with Alexander’s army.

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – We have begun a new unit, Chapter 5, Genetics and Heredity.  During this unit of study we will learn how genes behave and are determined (alleles).  This chapter is loaded with vocabulary and it is important that students pay extra attention to the terms.  Students will be able to explain how traits are inherited from parent to offspring. Some of the topics that will be explored are: Inheritance patterns using Punnett Squares and Pedigree analysis, blood types, traits, and genetic disorders.  Students will conduct research on a specific genetic disorder. The research will be guided and students are encouraged to write to genetic disorder foundations as part of their research. This project will be completed as both a written report and as an oral presentation.  It is my hope that students develop an awareness for people with genetic disorders (and other diseases and chronic conditions) and will compassionately view the world around them. Many other short activities and demonstrations will help reinforce concepts and engage student learning. http://mrspratts7thgradelifescience.blogspot.com/

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing Chapter 4 verbs both regular and irregular in conjugation. They will take a grammar quiz on these verbs at the end of the week. During the week of April 9, students will be viewing this year’s Academy Award winner in Animated Films called,“Coco”. On Tuesday, April 10, students will have an opportunity to see and meet with visiting artists from Mexico who will be coming to MSMS, showing students their craft  and explaining cultural differences.

Spanish: (Sra. Barkley)- We will finish watching http://livingonone.org/livingonone/film/ and discussing the movie. Then we will begin learning irregular verbs from Chapter 4.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – After a quiz on the vocabulary from Palabras 2 in Chapter 4, Spanish students will be starting autobiography projects in class. They will need to bring in a baby picture or another photo of their choosing to use for the project. During the week of April 9, students will be viewing a recent movie called “Coco”, culturally rich with Mexican beliefs and practices surrounding the holiday of Day of the Dead. On Tuesday, April 10, students will have an opportunity to see and meet with visiting artists from Mexico who will be coming to MSMS, demonstrating their craft and explaining cultural differences.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be finishing their autobiography project. Then they will learn how to use the singular and plural forms of the definite articles with nouns (pages 63 – 65).

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be finishing up the unit on performance enhancing drugs by reading an article about the recent Olympic games.  We will also discuss the unregulated nature and dangers of dietary supplements, such as energy drinks and protein powders. Students will analyze the labels of some typical supplements.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be starting the unit on aging.  We will discuss stereotypes and discrimination around aging.  Students will write a short paper about an older person in their life and what they have learned and admire about them.  The second week we will talk about loss and grieving. Students will learn about the stages of grieving and watch a video on coping with loss.  

7B

March 29, 2018

Science: (Ms. Cerretani) – This past week students have been familiarizing themselves with the bones of the human body as well as the structure of the inside of a bone.  We have been focusing on joints with comparing and contrasting movable and immovable joints and completed a joints lab. We also will be looking at X-rays (with the patients’ permission, of course!).  We then will jump into the muscular system focusing on the three types of muscles and how muscle action results in the movement of body parts.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks we will be studying how to calculate the area of circles and the area of composite figures. Composite figures are figures that include more than one shape. We will then move to the concept of surface area and learning how to find the surface area of prisms, pyramids, and cylinders moving eventually to calculating the volume of prisms and pyramids.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – Students completed a comparative writing assignment this week for the final assessment on the verse novel all the broken pieces. This assignment was geared as a helpful review of the writing process for the independent writing required on the MCAS exam. We will wrap up final preparations during the beginning of next week. Students will take the language arts MCAS exam on Wednesday, April 4th and Thursday, April 5th. We kindly ask that students make every effort to arrive to school and be in homeroom on time on the testing days. Students will need to bring an independent reading book to have with them during each testing session in case  they complete the test early.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston)–  We’ll be wrapping up our unit on ancient Greece with a look at the empire of Alexander the great and some greek scientists.  We’ll be creating our own myth monsters and then moving onto the italian peninsula and the founding of Rome.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be finishing their autobiography project. Then they will learn how to use the singular and plural forms of the definite articles with nouns (pages 63 – 65).

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing Chapter 4 verbs both regular and irregular in conjugation. They will take a grammar quiz on these verbs at the end of the week. During the week of April 9, students will be viewing this year’s Academy Award winner in Animated Films called,“Coco”. On Tuesday, April 10, students will have an opportunity to see and meet with visiting artists from Mexico who will be coming to MSMS, showing students their craft  and explaining cultural differences.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) –  After a quiz on the vocabulary from Palabras 2 in Chapter 4, Spanish students will be starting autobiography projects in class. They will need to bring in a baby picture or another photo of their choosing to use for the project. During the week of April 9, students will be viewing a recent movie called “Coco”, culturally rich with Mexican beliefs and practices surrounding the holiday of Day of the Dead.

Latin: (Mr. Walsh) –  Students will be continuing to read through chapter 7. They should study the vocabulary words on quizlet in preparation for a vocab quiz next week.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be finishing up the unit on performance enhancing drugs by reading an article about the recent Olympic games.  We will also discuss the unregulated nature and dangers of dietary supplements, such as energy drinks and protein powders. Students will analyze the labels of some typical supplements.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be starting the unit on aging.  We will discuss stereotypes and discrimination around aging.  Students will write a short paper about an older person in their life and what they have learned and admire about them.  The second week we will talk about loss and grieving. Students will learn about the stages of grieving and watch a video on coping with loss.  

 

7C

March 29, 2018

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – Students will be finishing up the first section of the genetics unit early next week with a Paper Pets lab.  We will be continuing our study of genetics later in the week by looking at traits inherited by incomplete dominance or polygenetic inheritance.  We will also be discussing how some genetic conditions can be inherited and how sex-linked traits can be passed to offspring.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We continue our Geometry work in Chapter 8 with finding the circumference and area of circles. It continues with finding the area and perimeter of composite two-dimensional figures, including semi-circles. This is followed in Ch.9 with finding surface area and volume of prisms, pyramids, and cylinders. Student have already been working with this on their Geometry in Architecture projects that are looking great in the classroom. MCAS Prep for Gr. 7 is next week (4/2-4/5). Homework and after school help days are posted on the blog, as well as in the classroom.l

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – We are wrapping up our unit on ancient Greece. Next Tuesday, April 3rd, students will turn in their monologue projects (test grade). They have the option to write a monologue and present it or write two monologues. Directions and rubric can be found on google classroom.  A “Design Your Own” on Greece will also be due next week. 3rd quarter grades close on Friday, April 6th, so all 3rd quarter work needs to be turned in by then. Next, we will begin to look at the ancient Romans!

Language Arts: (Mrs. Bedrossian) – Students wrapped up our grammar unit on Prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections, and took the corresponding quiz on Monday. Students were also assigned their next book report, which will be due after the april vacation. We have been working on MCAS review and will continue to do so until early next week. Students are scheduled to take the ELA MCAS exam on Wednesday April 4th and Thursday April 5th. Please make sure that your child is at school and in homeroom by 7:40 am and is prepared with a book to read if they finish the exam before the session ends.

French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be finishing Lesson 13 next week with a quiz. Afterwards, we will begin work on an autobiography project. Students will need to bring in a baby picture or another photo of their choosing to use for the project.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing Chapter 4 verbs both regular and irregular in conjugation. They will take a grammar quiz on these verbs at the end of the week. During the week of April 9, students will be viewing this year’s Academy Award winner in Animated Films called,“Coco”. On Tuesday, April 10, students will have an opportunity to see and meet with visiting artists from Mexico who will be coming to MSMS, showing students their craft  and explaining cultural differences.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)-  We will finish watching http://livingonone.org/livingonone/film/ and discussing the movie. Then we will begin learning irregular verbs from Chapter 4.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be finishing their autobiography project. Then they will learn how to use the singular and plural forms of the definite articles with nouns (pages 63 – 65).

Latin: (Mr. Walsh) – Students will be continuing to read through chapter 7. They should study the vocabulary words on quizlet in preparation for a vocab quiz next week.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be finishing up the unit on performance enhancing drugs by reading an article about the recent Olympic games.  We will also discuss the unregulated nature and dangers of dietary supplements, such as energy drinks and protein powders. Students will analyze the labels of some typical supplements.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be starting the unit on aging.  We will discuss stereotypes and discrimination around aging.  Students will write a short paper about an older person in their life and what they have learned and admire about them.  The second week we will talk about loss and grieving. Students will learn about the stages of grieving and watch a video on coping with loss.  

 

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