Grade 7 Newsletters 3/18/2016

7A

March 18, 2016

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.  Many other short activities and demonstrations will help reinforce concepts and engage student learning. http://mrspratts7thgradelifescience.blogspot.com/

Please keep sending in the cans and bottles for deposit return, we have a total of $67.81 so far, to put towards the acre of rainforest!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students have just wrapped up the unit on ratio, proportion, and percent and, hopefully, are connecting their new skills to the real world as they deal with discount, tax, tip, interest, and commission.  They can always use practice at estimating percents! They have begun exploring theoretical probability and will investigate experimental probability with activities using number cubes and spinners  in class.  Students will also explore compound probability and sample spaces.  Finally, they will be working on a PARCC sample test to prepare for the state math test taking place on the first week in May.

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – We are finishing up our novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  We will have our final vocabulary quiz for this unit on Friday, and students will be writing an essay as their final assessment.  We will also be wrapping up our unit on pronouns.  Our next unit will be poetry – can’t wait!

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – We are currently discussing the literature, art, architecture, and mythology that were part of ancient Greek culture. Students will be constructing a poster that is a comparison of the culture of the ancient Greeks with their own culture. They will use a top-down web to organize information about the ancient Greek culture and their culture. They will use that information to make a collage that illustrates the differences between cultures. This will be a display of the diversity found in our school community. It is due on Thursday, March 24. We will also be discussing the Golden Ratio as found in nature and as used in art and architecture in ancient Greece and how this ratio produced buildings, sculpture, paintings, etc. that are pleasing to the human eye.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be introduced to their Open House Projects. They will create autobiography compositions in Spanish, accompanied by a photo of themselves. The following week, students will pick back up with conjugating both regular and irregular -AR verbs. They will have a quiz on these verbs at the end of the week.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working in Chapter 4, studying vocabulary related to school and classes (Palabras 2). There will be a quiz on this vocabulary and students can use quizlet site for practice: quizlet.com/39756442

Latin: (Mr. Finnigan) – We have begun our investigation of another of Latin’s past tenses, the perfect tense, and will be finishing this unit over the next couple of weeks. There will be short quizzes on this material on Tuesday, 3/22 (vocabulary) and Thursday, 3/24 (grammar), followed by and a quest on the entire unit on Tuesday, 3/29. Please be looking to see your child working on his/her term project over the next couple of weeks. This project is due Thursday, 3/31. Term binder checks will happen on Friday, 4/1; rubrics will be distributed the week before.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning the names of the school subjects (page 69). They will also learn how to use the -are verbs, the first and largest group of regular verbs in Italian (pages 71 – 77). They will be able to conjugate the verbs and use them in sentences.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be beginning a unit on performance enhancing drugs.  We will also discuss how to prepare for athletic competition in healthy ways.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will continue the unit on Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED).  The focus will be on reason why athletes illegally use these drugs and emotional and physical side effects of using steroids.  Students will be working in small groups on a presentation.  

7B

March 18, 2016

Science: (Ms. Cerretani) – We have begun our unit on the human body starting with the skeletal system.  Students have been learning all about bones and joints and will be able to get a chance to look at some real x-rays (with permission from the patient, of course!).  We are now starting our focus on the muscular system discussing the changes in muscles and how they move.  From there, we will talk about our largest organ, the skin.  We will discuss structures, functions, injuries, and repairs.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be studying about the calculation of simple interest and learn how to use the Simple interest formula to calculate amounts of interest, principal, or annual interest rates. We will also study about simple and compound probabilities and learn to express those probabilities in ratios and percents. We will also investigate different sampling methods and learn some of the beginning concepts of reasonableness and validity to sampling.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – We have finished reading The Witch of Blackbord Pond and students have been given the guidelines for the final essay. The majority of this essay will be worked on in class and a hard copy is due Tuesday, March 29th. Book reports have been worked on in class and have been part of the students’ nightly homework assignments. The project is due Wednesday, March 23rd. Students will also have a pronoun quiz before the end of Q3.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) –  We are continuing to look at various famous greek myths, including Hercules and the 12 labors and the story of the Odysseus and his return to Ithaca after the trojan war.  We’ll be looking at the outcome of the Peloponnesian war and then move onto chapter 5 which covers the growth of greek drama and philosophy.  

French: (Mme Pescatore) –  French students will be finishing Lesson 12 and weather expressions. There will be a Lesson quiz early next week. We will then begin a Unit review covering Lessons 9-12 in anticipation of a Unit Test.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be introduced to their Open House Projects. They will create autobiography compositions in Spanish, accompanied by a photo of themselves. The following week, students will pick back up with conjugating both regular and irregular -AR verbs. They will have a quiz on these verbs at the end of the week.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working in Chapter 4, studying vocabulary related to school and classes (Palabras 2). There will be a quiz on this vocabulary and students can use quizlet site for practice: quizlet.com/39756442

Latin: (Mr. Finnigan) – We have begun our investigation of another of Latin’s past tenses, the perfect tense, and will be finishing this unit over the next couple of weeks. There will be short quizzes on this material on Wednesday, 3/23 (vocabulary) and Thursday, 3/24 (grammar), followed by and a quest on the entire unit on Tuesday, 3/29. Please be looking to see your child working on his/her term project over the next couple of weeks. This project is due Thursday, 3/31. Term binder checks will happen on Friday, 4/1; rubrics will be distributed the week before.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –   Students will be beginning a unit on performance enhancing drugs.  We will also discuss how to prepare for athletic competition in healthy ways.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will continue the unit on Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED).  The focus will be on reason why athletes illegally use these drugs and emotional and physical side effects of using steroids.  Students will be working in small groups on a presentation.  

7C

March 18, 2016

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – The students have started our unit on Genetics.  We will first learn about the different forms that alleles may have (dominant or recessive) and how those alleles pair to produce traits.  We will be using various methods to experiment with Punnett squares – and we will be trying out an online simulation using our iPads where students enter a science fiction world to participate in breeding dragons.  

Math: (Ms. Miley) – Students will be completing a unit on surface area and volume of 3 dimensional figures with looking at spheres and compound shapes. The Geometry in Architecture project has wound up with some great replicas and calculations using formulas and calculators. We will continue with more geometry exploring cross-sections of figure, measuring and drawing angles, and transversals. Homework and after school days can be found on the blog.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – In grammar classes next week, we will begin a unit on simple, compound, and complex sentences.  Special attention will be given to the new concepts of “main” and “subordinate” clauses.  Our poetry unit will continue with a quiz on the poetry terms scheduled for Monday, 3/21, and poetry recitation taking place on Wednesday, 3/23.  Once our reading of narrative and descriptive poems has been completed, we will role-play the Twilight Zone episode of The Monsters are due on Maple Street – the related vocabulary quiz is tentatively scheduled for Friday, 4/1.  Finally, March book reports will be written in class on Thursday, 3/31 – please check book report guidelines and the blog next week for more information regarding this particular report.  Looking ahead, the category for April book reports is contemporary fiction.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Students have been doing a wonderful job presenting their “Greek Monologues.” Next week, we will continue looking at Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic civilization. There will be an open note Country of the Day quiz on Thursday, March 24th. The Chapter 5 test is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 31.   

French: (Mme Abrams) –  French students will be concluding their study of weather in Lesson 12 and there will be a Lesson quiz early next week. We will then begin a Unit review covering Lessons 9-12 in anticipation of a Unit Test.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be introduced to their Open House Projects. They will create autobiography compositions in Spanish, accompanied by a photo of themselves. The following week, students will pick back up with conjugating both regular and irregular -AR verbs. They will have a quiz on these verbs at the end of the week.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be finishing up Chapter 4 with DEL and AL contractions. Plan for a quiz on Friday.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning the names of the school subjects (page 69). They will also learn how to use the -are verbs, the first and largest group of regular verbs in Italian (pages 71 – 77). They will be able to conjugate the verbs and use them in sentences.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –   Students will be beginning a unit on performance enhancing drugs.  We will also discuss how to prepare for athletic competition in healthy ways.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will continue the unit on Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED).  The focus will be on reason why athletes illegally use these drugs and emotional and physical side effects of using steroids.  Students will be working in small groups on a presentation.  

 

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