Grade 7 Newsletters 3/20/2015

7A

March 20, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students have been studying chapter 5, Genetics and Heredity.  We have learned about genes, chromosomes and patterns of inheritance.  Students will be researching a specific genetic disorder (of their choice).  The research will mainly take place in school and will be guided.  Saturday, March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day.  We have been discussing genetic disorders in class and learning about the many different causes of various genetic disorders.  It is my hope that students develop an awareness for people with genetic disorders (and other diseases and disorders) and will compassionately view the world around them.  A test on Chapter 5 will conclude our study and a date will be determined after the week of PARCC.  Next, we will be studying a unit on the human body!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest)-  Students are wrapping up their unit on ratios, proportions, and percents with a test today.  They will be exploring simple and compound probability next.  All students will be taking the PARCC ELA and Mathematics Tests next week so it is very important that they are here on time.  The ELA Test will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and the Math Test will be on Thursday and Friday.

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) – In grammar, our focus will be on adjectives and adverbs with special attention to comparative and superlative forms.  In literature students are reading three short science fiction stories.  They received a new list of vocabulary words to go with these stories.  Students have also started reading a science fiction or fantasy book for their next book report.  The guidelines for this project will be  handed out in class next week.  It is due April 8th.  Currently, we are reviewing sample test questions in preparation for the PARCC test, which will be next week.  PARCC testing will take place every morning next week – please be sure students are in school on time to avoid having to participate in make-up sessions!

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) –We are currently reading about Alexander the Great and his empire. Students will be writing a persuasive essay at the end of the week supporting their thesis statement that either Alexander was a villain or a hero. A quiz on 5-3 (Alexander the Great) will be given on Monday, March 23. We will then complete the final section of Chapter 5. A test will be given with the date to be announced later.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be working on learning their Chapter 4 vocabulary.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be spending time on a cultural unit. In this unit, students will watch the film, “The Perfect Game, “ and discuss how Mexicans were viewed by Americans during that time period. The following week, students will review for a vocabulary quiz on Chapter 4. The quiz will be on Tuesday, March 31st for 7A & C, and on Wednesday, April 1st for 7B. For the remainder of the week, students will work with new -ar verbs presented in Chapter 4!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working on an autobiography project, writing sentences about themselves in Spanish and illustrating the project with a baby pic.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students are learning how to say the colors (page 67) and that they are adjectives that agree in gender and number with the nouns that they modify. They will learn the Italian words for the school subjects and will be able to say what subjects that they take in school.

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will finish up presenting their quilt squares to their class.  The quilt squares will be assembled into a diversity quilt poster for each homeroom.  Our next unit will be performance enhancing substances.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be finishing the unit on diversity.  They will sharing and presenting their diversity quilt squares with the class.  The next unit will be loss, death/dying, and grieving.

7B

March 20, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  We have begun our human body unit starting with the skeletal system and are now in the middle of the muscular system.  Students are learning about the changes in muscles and how they move.  Next week we will be learning about our largest organ, the skin.  We will discuss structures, injuries, and repairs.  Have a great weekend.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be completing our work with ratios, proportions, and percents with a particular focus on percentage change and calculating tax, tip, discount and mark-up on a percentage basis for different items. We will also learn how to calculate simple interest and using the Simple Interest formula; I = Prt. The mathematics section of the PARCC exams will be on Thursday and Friday mornings of next week, March 26th and March 27th.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – In grammar, our focus will be on adjectives and adverbs with special attention to comparative and superlative forms. The narrative poem vocab quiz will be on Monday, 3/23. In literature students will be reading three short science fiction stories.  They will receive a new list of vocabulary words to go with these stories.  Students have also started reading a science fiction or fantasy book for their next book report.  The guidelines for this project will be  handed out in class next week.  It is due April 8th.  Currently, we are reviewing sample test questions in preparation for the PARCC test, which will be next week.  PARCC testing will take place every morning next week – please be sure students are in school on time to avoid having to participate in make-up sessions!

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We are wrapping up our overview of the trojan war, are moving on to the famous greek philosophers and inventors and will finish off the unit with a look at the rise and fall of Alexander the great and the Macedonian empire.  We will also be writing and performing our own original greek poems in the agora that is A-7!

French (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be working in Lesson 11 on restaurant scenes and studying about the euro. We will conclude the lesson with a quiz the following week.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will be spending time on a cultural unit. In this unit, students will watch the film, “The Perfect Game, “ and discuss how Mexicans were viewed by Americans during that time period. The following week, students will review for a vocabulary quiz on Chapter 4. The quiz will be on Tuesday, March 31st for 7A & C, and on Wednesday, April 1st for 7B. For the remainder of the week, students will work with new -ar verbs presented in Chapter 4!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working on an autobiography project, writing sentences about themselves in Spanish and illustrating the project with a baby pic.

Latin (Mrs. Matthews) – In the next two weeks the students will learn the imperfect and perfect tense. We will also learn about slaves and freedmen in ancient Rome. The students should expect every Friday a quiz about the grammar.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will finish up presenting their quilt squares to their class.  The quilt squares will be assembled into a diversity quilt poster for each homeroom.  Our next unit will be performance enhancing substances.

Health (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be finishing the unit on diversity.  They will sharing and presenting their diversity quilt squares with the class.  The next unit will be loss, death/dying, and grieving.

7C

March 20, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We will continue working on the Heredity unit for the next two weeks.  On Monday, we will continue our Paper Pet project, where the kids are using coin flips to determine the family for fictional classroom pets.  This lab continues to emphasize the difference between dominant and recessive alleles, homozygous and heterozygous genotypes and the difference between genotype and phenotype.  In the middle of the week, the students will select a specific topic for the genetic disorder research project and we will work on the projects at school and at home.  I am planning that the students will complete these projects by April 1st and we will have a Genetics Test on April 2nd.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We will resume working on the Building Project the next 2 weeks with most of the work done here in school. I will give the students the due dates and post them on the blog Monday. They will be having the PARCC testing every morning so the amount of class time will vary. In tandem with the project, students will be learning to find the surface area and volume of various solids using formulas. There will be a quiz on this material Thursday, March 19th. Please check the blog for after school help days and homework.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – In Grammar classes we will continue working on the differences between simple, compound, and complex sentences.  Special attention will be given to subordinate clauses used as adjectives and adverbs.  A unit test is scheduled for Wednesday, 4/1 – a study group will be held after school on Tuesday, 3/31, until 2:30.  Poetry will continue to be the focus in Literature, beginning with narrative poems.  A quiz on the poetry terms will be given on Tuesday, 3/31, and poetry recitation will take place in class on Thursday, 4/2.  Finally, to ensure sufficient time for writing,  the date for in-class book report writing has been changed to MONDAY, 3/30, due to PARCC testing on the original date.  PARCC testing will take place every morning next week – please be sure students are in school on time to avoid having to participate in make-up sessions!

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Students will have their “Country of the Day” quiz on Wednesday, March 25th. Students are allowed to use their own notes on this quiz. Directions have been given out for an upcoming project on Greek culture. Students may write and perform either a monologue of dialogue. Full directions can be found on my blog. The projects are due on Wednesday, April 1st. We will be looking at the career of Alexander the Great and the achievements of the Hellenistic world in the coming weeks.

French: (Mme Abrams) – Due to PARCC testing, French students do not meet next week. The following week, we will be finishing Lesson 11 (restaurant vocab and studying about the euro) with a lesson quiz.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will be spending time on a cultural unit. In this unit, students will watch the film, “The Perfect Game, “ and discuss how Mexicans were viewed by Americans during that time period. The following week, students will review for a vocabulary quiz on Chapter 4. The quiz will be on Tuesday, March 31st for 7A & C, and on Wednesday, April 1st for 7B. For the remainder of the week, students will work with new -ar verbs presented in Chapter 4!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be working on learning their Chapter 4 vocabulary.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students are learning how to say the colors (page 67) and that they are adjectives that agree in gender and number with the nouns that they modify. They will learn the Italian words for the school subjects and will be able to say what subjects that they take in school.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will finish up presenting their quilt squares to their class.  The quilt squares will be assembled into a diversity quilt poster for each homeroom.  Our next unit will be performance enhancing substances.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be finishing the unit on diversity.  They will sharing and presenting their diversity quilt squares with the class.  The next unit will be loss, death/dying, and grieving.

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