Grade 7 Newsletters

7A

February 9, 2018

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) –  Students are working with proportions on percent problems. They have been very successful applying proportions to the solution of real-life percent problems. They were quizzed today on the percent proportion.  Students will then explore percent increase, decrease, discounts and markups, tax, tip, and simple interest to complete their work on Chapter 6.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Larkin) –  This week, we are starting our new verse novel, All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg.  We will have our first vocabulary quiz for the novel on Friday.  Also, students’ movie report projects are due on Friday, February 16.  Their digital project must be attached to the assignment on Google Classroom and “turned in” by that date.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – We are continuing our study of ancient Greece, We have been discussing the Battles of Marathon, Thermopylae, Salamis, and Plataea and how triremes were considered “high tech” ships in those ancient times. We will move on to The Age of Pericles, direct and representative democracy, daily life in Athens, and the Peloponnesian War. Students should be nearing completion of their ancient Greece projects that include a written portion, oral presentation, Works Cited Page, and research notes. The complete project is due on February 13th. Oral presentations will begin on that day.

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students will continue exploring the processes of photosynthesis and respiration that chloroplasts and mitochondria perform for cells.  Many interesting and engaging demonstrations and activities are planned to reinforce concepts.  Students will be using their own data to determine Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and learn about calories in vs. calories out.  We will be learning about the process of respiration through a titration lab which is designed to show the amount of CO2 we produce, as students diffuse their own CO2 into an indicator solution.  Lastly, we will be exploring the function of enzymes through a lab called Pineapple Enzyme lab.  A quiz will conclude this study of Chapter 3.3, Energy in Cells, LSAF pgs. 83-87.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will continue to work with regular -AR verbs from Chapter 3. They will be quizzed on these verbs on Thursday, 2/15. After vacation, students will learn about the school day and students in Latin America and Spain. They will then compare and contrast what they have learned to our school day here in the United States. Students will also be preparing for a Chapter 3 Test on Friday, 3/2.  

Spanish: (Sra. Barkley)- We will have our AR VERB Quiz on Tuesday, and then will begin working on the Ch. 3 Catalog Project.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Next week, Spanish students will be finishing up the vocabulary from Chapter 3, learning larger numbers and practicing dialogues to present to the class. After vacation, we will focus on grammatical structure of pronouns and regular -ar present tense verb forms.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be completing their maps of Italy for which they will receive two grades: one for accuracy and the other for appearance. They will then do a regional map of Italy locating the capitals in each of the twenty regions. After vacation we will begin Chapter 3, La Scuola (The School).

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be beginning the unit on diversity.  We will learn relevant vocabulary that helps us to understand diversity, as well as the impact of diversity on our community. We will start by identifying the different groups we all belong to and what it means to be identified with certain groups.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be finishing the diversity unit.  They will be working on their individual quilt squares and presenting  them in class next week.  

 

7B

February 9, 2018

Science: (Ms. Cerretani) – The students have been working diligently on the different components of the mitosis unit. There have been many discussions on this topic and how cells are constantly dividing and repairing in our bodies.  We also have been working with manipulatives to demonstrate the phases of mitosis. They have been assigned a small project which involves the design of a flip book for the different stages that mitosis undergoes.  This flip book is due on Monday, February 12th. There also will be a short quiz on Tuesday, February 13th. Once we finish up with mitosis, we will be moving on to our next unit of Cell DNA before vacation.  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. Have a restful winter vacation!

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will continue working with percentage problems with the focus more on applications that require percentage calculations. The percent of increase or decrease, the calculation of discounts, markup, tax, and tip, and simple interest will be the main applications of percent calculations that we will study.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) –  This week, we are starting our new verse novel, All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg. Students were given a copy of the book and are responsible for bringing it home when necessary and having it in class everyday. A need to borrow a class copy in order to do classwork will result in a deduction to the student’s participation grade. We will have our first vocabulary quiz for the novel on Thursday. We will focus on analyzing figurative language and annotating the text. Students will also be working on answering open response questions with textual evidence as a writing focus. Happy Vacation!

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston)–  We’re looking at the Red Sox and Yankees of the ancient greek world, Athens and Sparta as well as continuing to read some greek myths and study various heroes and creepy crawly monsters that pepper these stories.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be completing their maps of Italy for which they will receive two grades: one for accuracy and the other for appearance. They will then do a regional map of Italy locating the capitals in each of the twenty regions. After vacation we will begin Chapter 3, La Scuola (The School).

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will continue to work with regular -AR verbs from Chapter 3. They will be quizzed on these verbs on Thursday, 2/15. After vacation, students will learn about the school day and students in Latin America and Spain. They will then compare and contrast what they have learned to our school day here in the United States. Students will also be preparing for a Chapter 3 Test on Friday, 3/2.  

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) –  Next week, Spanish students will be finishing up the vocabulary from Chapter 3, learning larger numbers and practicing dialogues to present to the class. After vacation, we will focus on grammatical structure of pronouns and regular -ar present tense verb forms.

Latin: (Mr. Walsh) –  Latin students should expect a short quiz on prepositions and the passive mid week next week. After that, we will turn our attention to the Imperfect tense, a way to express verbs in the past, in preparation for the upcoming National Latin Exam in March.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be beginning the unit on diversity.  We will learn relevant vocabulary that helps us to understand diversity, as well as the impact of diversity on our community. We will start by identifying the different groups we all belong to and what it means to be identified with certain groups.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be finishing the diversity unit.  They will be working on their individual quilt squares and presenting  them in class next week.

 

7C

February 9, 2018

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We will continue our exploration of cellular processes next week with a look at how enzymes are effective in breaking down proteins.  When we end this chapter, we will start our cell reproduction unit with a look at the different stages of the cell cycle (mitosis) and consider how mitosis and meiosis differ. Once we return from our February break we will begin our study of DNA and genetics.  Time flies when you’re having fun!  Enjoy your winter vacation.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – During the next 2 weeks we will be completing Ch 6 working on percentage problems. Our focus will be  applications to real life situations working on percent of increase or decrease, markups and discounts, tax and tip, and simple interest. There will be a test on Wednesday, February 14th. Extra help continues after school and is posted on the blog with the homework.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – We continue our look at the world of ancient Greece. Students have been learning about the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars. There will be a Chapter 4 test on Thursday, Feb. 15th. Students may stay after school to review on Wednesday, Feb. 14th.

Language Arts: (Ms. Katz in for Bedrosian) – This week and the week before vacation we will be continuing and finishing the book All the Broken Pieces. We have been working with characterization, theme, symbols, and figurative language throughout this book. Students will provide textual evidence to support these elements of the books. Skills that have been and will be practiced during this unit are providing textual evidence, paraphrasing and annotating. Along with working through All the Broken Pieces students are responsible for an outside reading book. They will have an oral book report due at the end of the month. Students should be well on their way to reading the book. If you have any questions please email me at lkatz@bpsk12.org.

French: (Mme Abrams) –  French students will be studying Lesson 10 next week, learning vocabulary and expressions related to beverages. After vacation, we will start Lesson 11 where students will learn how to ask and answer questions related to money and paying for things.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will continue to work with regular -AR verbs from Chapter 3. They will be quizzed on these verbs on Wednesday, 2/14. After vacation, students will learn about the school day and students in Latin America and Spain. They will then compare and contrast what they have learned to our school day here in the United States. Students will also be preparing for a Chapter 3 Test on Friday, 3/2.  

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)-  We will have our AR VERB Quiz on Tuesday, and then will begin working on the Ch. 3 Catalog Project.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be completing their maps of Italy for which they will receive two grades: one for accuracy and the other for appearance. They will then do a regional map of Italy locating the capitals in each of the twenty regions. After vacation we will begin Chapter 3, La Scuola (The School).

Latin: (Mr. Walsh) – Latin students should expect a short quiz on prepositions and the passive mid week next week. After that, we will turn our attention to the Imperfect tense, a way to express verbs in the past, in preparation for the upcoming National Latin Exam in March.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be beginning the unit on diversity.  We will learn relevant vocabulary that helps us to understand diversity, as well as the impact of diversity on our community. We will start by identifying the different groups we all belong to and what it means to be identified with certain groups.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be finishing the diversity unit.  They will be working on their individual quilt squares and presenting  them in class next week.

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