Grade 7 Newsletters 2/12/2016

7A   

February 12, 2016

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students will continue their study of chapter 4, Cell Reproduction, after vacation.  We will be creating Mitosis Flip books to visualize the process of cell reproduction through animation.  Students will also learn about the process of regeneration, as a type of Asexual Reproduction during a lab that has been planned involving the dissection of Brown Planaria.  Students will observe the new growth and regeneration over a period of days and weeks.  During a gross motor activity, students will model the stages of the cell cycle through an animated performance called “The Dance of the Chromosomes”.  Finally, we will be learning about the process of Meiosis and how this process creates gametes or egg and sperm cells.  We will learn about the process of fertilization and chromosomes combining to form a zygote.  When we return from break we will learn about DNA and its structure and function.  A quiz on 4.1 and 4.2 is scheduled during the week after break.  Students are invited to use their flip books on this quiz.  I hope everyone has a wonderful and restful vacation!!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students have just been tested on Unit Rate and Proportions and will now explore the constant of proportionality which is actually the unit rate.  They will use charts, tables and graphs to display this concept.  Students will then investigate percents including using proportions as well as estimation to solve them.  They will then solve word problems which apply the concept of percents. Have a wonderful vacation!

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – Students are about halfway through our novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  Over the break, students need to complete their vocabulary for chapters 15-21 and begin reading their autobiography/biography/memoir for their next book report.  Have a wonderful vacation!

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – Students have completed the written reports, EasyBib citations,  and oral presentations that were part of their projects on ancient Greece. Each block was able to relax and enjoy posters, models, Prezis, IMovies, and other presentations created by other students. Grades for the project should be able to be accessed on Aspen upon return from vacation. At that time we will continue our study of Athens and Sparta. Have a safe and enjoyable February vacation.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – After vacation, students will continue to work on conjugating regular -AR verbs in the present tense. Students will take a grammar quiz on these verbs at the end of the week. The following week, students will discuss similarities and differences between schools here in the United States and in Latin America. Students will also begin reviewing for their Chapter 3 Test.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) –  After vacation, Spanish students will be studying regular -ar verbs in the present tense as found in Chapter 3. Buenas vacaciones.

Latin (Mr. Finnigan) – In the weeks following the vacation, we will be completing our next grammatical unit, the focus of which is second declension masculine nouns. There will be a vocabulary quiz and a grammar quiz on these nouns on dates TBA. Students will also be receiving their term project, which will require them to explore some of the many territories acquired and peoples conquered by the Romans in their pursuit of empire, and the related concept of Romanization. This will be due near the end of the term. Have a great vacation!

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – After vacation students will be learning how to use the definite and indefinite articles in Italian. There will be a quiz on classroom vocabulary (page 57) on Friday, February 26th. Buone vacanze!

Health: ( Mrs. Fay) –  Students are continuing the unit on diversity by learning about the relevant vocabulary.  Students will complete activities illustrating how assumptions and stereotypes develop and how these stereotypes can lead to bullying, prejudice, and discrimination.  

Health ( Ms. Eovine) – Students will be continuing with the unt on Diversity.  They will be using a graphic organizer to help them prepare their individual quilt squares.  Students will be presenting their work the second class meeting when we return from vacation.  

 

7B

February 12, 2016

Science: (Ms. Cerretani) – We are moving through our unit on DNA and students have been identifying the parts of a DNA molecule and explaining how DNA copies itself.  We also have incorporated the beginning of our genetics unit this week.  Students have begun to understand how traits are inherited.  When we return from vacation, we will continue with genetics and we will use Punnett squares to predict the results of what different offspring will look like and we will also compare and contrast the differences between an individual’s genotype and phenotype.  Students will be assigned a research project on a genetic disorder of their choice after vacation.  Directions and helpful websites will be handed out in class.  Have a restful and hopefully snow free vacation!

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the two weeks following winter break, we will finish our chapter with ratios and proportions by learning about the meaning of the slope of a proportional relationship, direct variation of two quantities in a proportion and how to determine the constant of proportionality. We will then begin our work with percents starting with the multiple representations of decimals, fractions, and percents and ordering the these three forms of a rational number from least to greatest.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – The Witch of Blackbird Pond reading will continue after vacation with a related writing assignment which will serve as a test grade.  Guidelines will be available in class and on the blog once assigned. Students will receive list III for vocabulary when we return from break. We will also be finishing our pronoun unit within the next couple of weeks and a test will follow. Please see the blog for test/quiz dates. Finally, book choices for the next book report were due today. Students are encouraged to begin reading over vacation. The project will be due Wednesday, March 16th. Project resources can be found on Google classroom. Have a safe and fun vacation!

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We’ve spent the week studying the Olympians (the Big 14) who inhabited Olympus. We’ll also be comparing the lifestyles between the citizens of Athens and Sparta. We will continue to read about various greek heroes and will be writing original greek poetry and performing it in the A-7 agora.  Hope you all have a great vacation!

French (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be completing Lesson 9 and will then be learning more vocabulary related to food and drink as found in Lesson 10. Bonnes vacances!

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – After vacation, students will continue to work on conjugating regular -AR verbs in the present tense. Students will take a grammar quiz on these verbs at the end of the week. The following week, students will discuss similarities and differences between schools here in the United States and in Latin America. Students will also begin reviewing for their Chapter 3 Test.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – After vacation, Spanish students will be studying regular -ar verbs in the present tense as found in Chapter 3. Buenas vacaciones.

Latin (Mr. Finnigan) – In the weeks following the vacation, we will be completing our next grammatical unit, the focus of which is second declension masculine nouns. There will be a vocabulary quiz and a grammar quiz on these nouns on dates TBA. Students will also be receiving their term project, which will require them to explore some of the many territories acquired and peoples conquered by the Romans in their pursuit of empire, and the related concept of Romanization. This will be due near the end of the term. Have a great vacation!

Health: ( Mrs. Fay) –  Students are continuing the unit on diversity by learning about the relevant vocabulary.  Students will complete activities illustrating how assumptions and stereotypes develop and how these stereotypes can lead to bullying, prejudice, and discrimination.  

Health ( Ms. Eovine) – Students will be continuing with the unt on Diversity.  They will be using a graphic organizer to help them prepare their individual quilt squares.  Students will be presenting their work the second class meeting when we return from vacation.  

 

7C

February 12, 2016

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We will continue our chapter on cell reproduction when we return from vacation.  The students will be working to complete their mitosis flipbooks, which they will be allowed to use when they take the Chapter 4 Test (scheduled for the Friday after vacation).  When we return from vacation we will also be making observations of our planaria, which we are studying as an example of asexual reproduction.  We will begin our section on DNA the week of February 29th.  Enjoy the week with your children!

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We continue our work with proportions after the vacation. We will look at percent of change, percent applications (tax, interest, discount), and simple interest. A review fractions, decimals, and percent is scheduled as well. Extra help will continue to be offered most Mondays and Tuesdays after school. Specifics and homework are posted on the blog. Have a nice vacation!

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – All eight parts of speech will be reviewed after vacation in preparation for a unit test on Wednesday, 2/24 (a study group will be held after school on Monday, 2/22, until 2:30).  Our next focus will be “adjective” and “adverb” phrases; a quiz is tentatively scheduled for Friday, 3/4/16.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond reading will continue after vacation as well with a related writing assignment which will serve as a test grade.  Guidelines will be available in class and on the blog once assigned.  The List V vocabulary quiz will be given on Tuesday, 2/23, and the List VI (the final list) quiz is scheduled for Thursday, 3/3.  Finally, all students should be considering books for the March book report; all classes will visit the school library on Thursday, 2/25.  Have a great week!

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – The comparison essay on Athens/Sparta has been postponed will likely be due on March 2nd. When we return from vacation, we will begin Chapter 5, which focuses on Greek culture. Students will be learning about ancient Greek drama, myths, gods, philosophy, and art. In March, we will be doing a Greek monologue/dialogue project (oral presentation). Please check the blog for details.  Have a wonderful vacation!

French: (Mme Abrams) –  French students will be learning more vocabulary related to food and drink as found in Lesson 10. Bonnes vacances!

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – After vacation, students will continue to work on conjugating regular -AR verbs in the present tense. Students will take a grammar quiz on these verbs at the end of the week. The following week, students will discuss similarities and differences between schools here in the United States and in Latin America. Students will also begin reviewing for their Chapter 3 Test.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will have their Chapter 3 Oral on Tuesday after vacation and their Chapter 3 Written Test Friday after vacation. Check the blog for new posts and 7C projects: http://senorabarkleyespanol.blogspot.com/

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – After vacation students will be learning how to use the definite and indefinite articles in Italian. There will be a quiz on classroom vocabulary (page 57) on Friday, February 26th. Buone vacanze!

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students are continuing the unit on diversity by learning about the relevant vocabulary.  Students will complete activities illustrating how assumptions and stereotypes develop and how these stereotypes can lead to bullying, prejudice, and discrimination.  

Health ( Ms. Eovine) – Students will be continuing with the unt on Diversity.  They will be using a graphic organizer to help them prepare their individual quilt squares.  Students will be presenting their work the second class meeting when we return from vacation.  

 

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