Grade 7 Newsletters 3/4/2016

7A   

March 4, 2016

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students have been learning about DNA and its structure this week.  Students will be working on a DNA Internet Lesson to better understand the structure and function of DNA.  We will also be constructing an origami model of DNA.  We will also be visited by a group of scientists from Millipore-Sigma who will be joining us in class on Wednesday, March 9th, to help the students spool their DNA from cheek cells.  Please look for a permission slip that needs to be signed and returned in order to participate in this great opportunity.  I’m super excited about this opportunity!  

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students are using percent proportions to solve word problems that involve finding the part, the whole or the percent of a number.  They will then investigate shortcuts to finding the percent used in finding the discount, tax, tip and commission.  Any “real life” experiences that you might include your child in when finding these percents would help our students to appreciate and apply these concepts that they are learning.

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – We have made it to chapter 15 of our novel, “The Witch of Blackbird Pond”.  Students are taking a quiz on chapters 11-15 today.  As a final assessment, all seventh grade students will be writing a five paragraph essay that analyzes the main character’s struggle to be accepted into Puritan society.  This essay will be our contribution to the school-wide Diversity theme for open house.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – Next week we will be beginning to focus on the Age of Pericles. We will cover the Athenian Empire, direct and representative democracy, daily life in Athens, and the Peloponnesian War. A Chapter 4 test will be given on a date to be decided. We will review in class for this test. We will also be discussing the election process and how primaries and caucuses play an important part of the road to the presidency.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be starting Chapter 4. They will explore new school vocabulary, as well as new -AR verbs. The following week, students will participate in multiple review games and activities to go over this new vocabulary. Their Chapter 4 Vocabulary Quiz is scheduled for Friday, March 18th. Extra Help will be available both weeks after school on Tuesday and Thursday!

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will wrap up work with regular -ar verbs in the present tense and can expect a quiz translating and answering questions using -ar verbs. We will also review Chapter 3 for the chapter test.

Latin: (Mr. Finnigan) – Next week students will finish up the unit on second declension nouns. There will be a quest on this unit on Monday, 3/11. We will then move back to the verbal system to cover the perfect tense. Students are well underway in the research phase of their term projects, and they should continue to work on these at home. The final in-class research day will be Thursday, 3/10. The proposal for the physical product component of the project is due Tuesday, 3/15. Reminder: The entire project is due Thursday, 3/31.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning the use of the indefinite article (pages 60 – 63), ways to express there is/there are and here is/here are (pages 65 – 66) and colors used as adjectives (pages 67 – 68).

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be beginning their individual projects on how they are diverse. Each student will create a small illustration, “ a quilt square” depicting their own attributes which will then be made into a patchwork quilt display with the rest of their homeroom.  Students will also present their illustration to the class orally.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will finish the diversity unit the first class meeting of the week.  We will start the unit on performance enhancing drugs and nutrition the second class  meeting.  

 

7B

March 4, 2016

Science: (Ms. Cerretani) – The students have done a wonderful job on their disorder projects.  We are finishing up our unit on DNA/Genetics and are about to plunge into our new topic….the human body!!  Students will be getting a new textbook, Human Body Systems in the next day or two.  Please make sure your child covers his/her new book.  We will begin with an overview of each system within the body and then launch into structure and movement by learning about the skeletal system, muscular system, and skin.  Students will be able to identify the five functions of the skeletal system and compare and contrast movable and immovable joints.  They will also be able to explain how muscle action results in the movement of body parts.  Eventually, they will be able to name the functions of the skin and distinguish between the different layers.  We will also cover skincare, diseases, and treatments.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be working with calculations involving percents, percentage change, tax, tip, and simple interest. The primary proportion used in many calculations involving percentages is the percent proportion. To help make the calculations easier, we will also learn different forms of that proportion, namely the percent equation and the percent change proportion.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – Pronouns continue to be the focus of our grammar unit. A quiz on all types of pronouns will be sometime in the next two weeks. Please see blog for the date once announced. All work on The Witch of Blackbird Pond will also conclude in the next two weeks.The list III vocab quiz will be on Monday, 3/7. Students have also been taking open-note quizzes on every five chapters of the novel.  Upon completion of the novel, a  final  essay will be assigned and will count as a test grade for the novel – please check the blog/classroom for specific guidelines and the due date (a paper copy of directions will also be provided in class).  We will then begin a poetry unit in which poetry terms will serve as vocabulary. Finally, book report books should be brought to class everyday.  March’s scrapbook page book report is due on 3/23/16 – please check the blog/classroom for specific guidelines related to this assignment.  

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We are continuing to look at various epic poems, particularly the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer.  We’ll also be looking at representative government as it was then and how it is in the modern world.  We’ll be moving into the creation of philosophy and drama and will be creating our own myth monsters profiles as well.

French: (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be working in Lesson 11 learning vocabulary to express costs and make purchases.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be starting Chapter 4. They will explore new school vocabulary, as well as new -AR verbs. The following week, students will participate in multiple review games and activities to go over this new vocabulary. Their Chapter 4 Vocabulary Quiz is scheduled for Friday, March 18th. Extra Help will be available both weeks after school on Tuesday and Thursday!

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will wrap up work with regular -ar verbs in the present tense and can expect a quiz translating and answering questions using -ar verbs. We will also review Chapter 3 for the chapter test.

Latin: (Mr. Finnigan) – Next week students will finish up the unit on second declension nouns. There will be a quest on this unit on Monday, 3/11. We will then move back to the verbal system to cover the perfect tense. Students are well underway in the research phase of their term projects, and they should continue to work on these at home. The final in-class research day will be Thursday, 3/10. The proposal for the physical product component of the project is due Wednesday, 3/16. Reminder: The entire project is due Thursday, 3/31.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be beginning their individual projects on how they are diverse. Each student will create a small illustration, “ a quilt square” depicting their own attributes which will then be made into a patchwork quilt display with the rest of their homeroom.  Students will also present their illustration to the class orally.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will finish the diversity unit the first class meeting of the week.  We will start the unit on performance enhancing drugs and nutrition the second class  meeting.  

 

7C

March 4, 2016

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We have just started the section on DNA.  The students will be learning about the different parts of a DNA molecule and they will be able to explain how DNA copies itself.  We will be using a variety of methods to create understanding – a DNA webquest, videos, and manipulatives.  We will also be visited by a group of scientists from Millipore-Sigma who will be joining us in class to help the students spool their DNA from cheek cells.  I’m super excited about this opportunity!  

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We are finishing our unit on proportions and will be working on some concepts on geometry next. Students will be exploring geometric solids and finding the surface area and volume of these three dimensional figures. This information will also be used to complete their building projects due 3/21. There are various due dates for each part of the project (all info can be found on the blog). Some of the work will be done here in class, measuring of the building, for example. We will be continuing to review and build the Common Core curriculum concepts as we head for the PARCC test. The BuzzMath App and Finishline books are a supplement to the textbook used for this purpose. Extra help continues to be available weekly. Projects and homework are posted on the blog.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – “Subject/verb agreement” will be the next unit covered in grammar classes.  Special attention will be given to sentences with indefinite pronouns as subjects as well as compound subjects.  A quiz is scheduled for Friday, 3/18 – a study group will be held after school on Thursday, 3/17, until 2:30.  All work on The Witch of Blackbird Pond will also conclude in the next two weeks.  An essay will be assigned and will count as a test grade for the novel – please check the blog for specific guidelines and the due date (a paper copy of directions will also be provided in class).  We will then begin a poetry unit in which poetry terms will serve as vocabulary, and poetry recitation will be introduced.  Finally, book report books should be brought to class on Wednesdays, 3/9, and 3/16.  March’s book report is an in-class writing assignment on 3/31/16 – please check the blog for specific guidelines related to this assignment.  

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – At long last, students have submitted their Athens/Sparta comparison essays and we have moved onto Chapter 5: Greek Culture. We have begun to explore ancient Greek achievements in literature, drama, art, philosophy, and history. There will be a quiz on Sec. 1 and 2 of Chapter 5 on Friday, March 11th. Please check the blog for updates on our next project, which will require students to write and perform a Greek monologue based on an ancient Greek personality. We have also had some fun and informative discussion on the presidential primaries.

French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be working in Lesson 11 learning vocabulary to express costs and make purchases.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be starting Chapter 4. They will explore new school vocabulary, as well as new -AR verbs. The following week, students will participate in multiple review games and activities to go over this new vocabulary. Their Chapter 4 Vocabulary Quiz is scheduled for Friday, March 18th. Extra Help will be available both weeks after school on Tuesday and Thursday!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will have their Vocabulary Quiz on new Chapter 4 Vocabulary Words on Tuesday and will continue working with new AR verbs.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning the use of the indefinite article (pages 60 – 63), ways to express there is/there are and here is/here are (pages 65 – 66) and colors used as adjectives (pages 67 – 68).

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be beginning their individual projects on how they are diverse. Each student will create a small illustration, “ a quilt square” depicting their own attributes which will then be made into a patchwork quilt display with the rest of their homeroom.  Students will also present their illustration to the class orally.

Health ( Ms. Eovine) – Students will finish the diversity unit the first class meeting of the week.  We will start the unit on performance enhancing drugs and nutrition the second class  meeting.  

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