Grade 7 Newsletters 3/6/2015

7A

March 6, 2015

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 $212.25 to put towards the acre of rainforest!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest)-  Students have just been tested on ratios, unit rate, and proportions.  They are now exploring percents – including percent increase, decrease, discount and mark-up.  They will be applying their skills as they find percent tax and tip, as well as interest on savings and loans.  In addition, students will be working on practice problems on their iPads in preparation for the PARCC online math test which will be taken on March 26th and 27th.  Finally, all students will need to have earphones or earbuds to attach to their iPad during the test; so if they have access to them at home, please have them bring them in during the week of March 23rd.

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) – Today, students passed in their February book report.  The next book report genre is Science Fiction or Fantasy.  This is due on Wednesday, April 8th.  In literature, students have been reading narrative poems.  When reading these poems we will be focusing on specific literary terms within the poems such as alliteration, personification, metaphors, similes, and hyperbole. This week students received a new list of vocabulary for the poetry unit.  The vocabulary quiz will be on Tuesday, March 17th.  In grammar, we have been focusing on adjectives.  We will continue this next week and move on to adverbs.  There will be a quiz on adjectives next Tuesday, March 10th.   In addition, we will be working on reading comprehension and open response questions to prepare students for the state test that will take place later this month.  Finally, all students will need to have earphones or earbuds to attach to their iPad during the test; so if they have access to them at home, please have them bring them in during the week of March 23rd.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) –We are continuing our study of ancient Greece. Chapter 5 focuses on the culture of ancient Greece. Students have completed a poster depicting some of the gods and goddesses in Greek mythology. We have discussed the Odyssey by Homer, Aesop’s Fables and how they were used to orally pass down lessons to generations of ancient Greek children. We have explored the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence and how it was used in ancient Greek architecture.  We will be discussing the controversy over the British Museum’s refusal to return the Elgin Marbles (Parthenon Frieze) to Greece. Next we will be exploring the ideas of  the ancient Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. The Chapter 5-1 quiz will be given on Tuesday.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will begin reviewing for their Chapter 3 Oral and Test.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will finish reviewing for their Chapter 3 Test. The test is scheduled for Tuesday, 3/10 for 7A. For the rest of the week, students will explore Chapter 4 vocabulary about getting to school and classroom activities. The following week, students will review the Chapter 4 vocabulary, and take a quiz on these words at the end of the week, exact date TBA.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be reviewing for Chapter 3 listening and written tests. Students will then be exploring Chapter 4 vocabulary about getting to school and classroom activities.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be using some very commonly used expressions to say where (dove) people are: c’è ( there is), ci sono (there are) and ecco (here is or here are) on pages 65 and 66. They will also be learning colors on page 67. There will be a quiz on the indefinite articles (pages 60 and 61) and the expressions used to answer the question “where” the week of March 16th.

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be beginning their final project for the diversity unit.  Each class will create a diversity

quilt.  The students will create a piece of individual artwork illustrating what makes them diverse, and then we will put them all together to make a class quilt.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be finishing the diversity unit.  They will be working on individual quilt squares. Their square will be a representation of the groups, hobbies, holidays, religious celebrations, and cultures that influence and represent who they are. They will present them to the class the following week.

7B

March 6, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  The students have done a wonderful job on their genetic disorder projects and I can’t wait for you to see them displayed for Open House once May comes.  We are finishing up our unit on genetics with a quiz on Monday, 3/9.  Early next week we will be starting our next unit of the human body.  Students will be getting an overview of each system for the first few days and then we will start breaking down each system throughout the upcoming weeks.  Our first of the many systems we will be covering will be structure and movement starting with the skeletal system.  Students will be able to identify the five functions of the skeletal system and compare and contrast moveable and immovable joints.  We will also be looking at some real x-rays (with the permission of the patient, of course).  Next we will be focusing on the muscular system discussing the changes in muscles and how they move.  Students will be able to explain how muscle action results in the movement of body parts.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be working with problems that involve percentages. In particular, we will focus on calculating the tax, tip, discounts, and markups using percentages. We will also focus on calculating the percentage change of a quantity. We will also be working with practice problems for the PARCC exam. The Math PARCC exam is scheduled for March 26th and 27th. The recipe project, details can be found on our class web site, is due on Wednesday March 18th.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – Today, students passed in their February book report.  The next book report genre is Science Fiction or Fantasy.  In literature, students have been reading narrative poems.  When reading these poems we will be focusing on specific literary terms within the poems. Students will be able to identify and explain these literary terms including the following: alliteration, personification, metaphors, similes, and hyperbole. The vocabulary quiz will be on Tuesday, March 10th.  The second list for the poetry unit will be given out next week. In grammar, we have been focusing on adjectives. In addition, we will be working on reading comprehension and open response questions to prepare students for the state test that will take place later this month. Finally, all students will need to have earphones or earbuds to attach to their iPad during the test; so if they have access to them at home, please have them bring them in during the week of March 23rd.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We have our Athens/Sparta project due next wednesday March 11th, and we’ve been studying the famous Peloponnesian war, Athens vs. Sparta.  We will be moving onto the culture of greece and how it influenced western civilization and our modern world.  We’ll also be studying the history of the trojan war, reading parts of Homer’s Odyssey and next friday we will be doing our own soap carvings!

French (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be studying Lesson 10, learning vocabulary of beverages. We will compare and contrast cultural aspects of eating and drinking in French and American every day life.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –   Next week, students will finish reviewing for their Chapter 3 Test. The test is scheduled for Wednesday, 3/11 for 7B. For the rest of the week, students will explore Chapter 4 vocabulary about getting to school and classroom activities. The following week, students will review the Chapter 4 vocabulary, and take a quiz on these words at the end of the week, exact date TBA.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be reviewing for Chapter 3 listening and written tests. Students will then be exploring Chapter 4 vocabulary about getting to school and classroom activities.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be beginning their final project for the diversity unit.  Each class will create a diversity

quilt.  The students will create a piece of individual artwork illustrating what makes them diverse, and then we will put them all together to make a class quilt.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be finishing the diversity unit.  They will be working on individual quilt squares. Their square will be a representation of the groups, hobbies, holidays, religious celebrations, and cultures that influence and represent who they are. They will present them to the class the following week.

7C

March 6, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – The quiz on Chapter 4, Section 3 (DNA) has been scheduled for Monday, 3/9.  Once we have wrapped up DNA, we will start our unit on Heredity.  The students will be learning the vocabulary associated with genetics.  They will be able to explain how traits are inherited from parent to offspring and understand the difference between genotype and phenotype.  We will be learning how to use basic Punnett Squares to predict the result of the cross between two parents.  We will spend several days focusing on this topic.  I will be assigning a genetic disorder research project on/around March 20th.  The majority of the research for this project will be completed at school. I am still available for extra help on Tuesday afternoons from 1:55 to 3:00 and most Wednesday afternoons.  Also, be sure to check my blog frequently.  I have been posting nightly homework assignments and I’ve recently included links to some fabulous Birds-of-Prey nest cameras (Spring is just around the corner!)

Math: (Ms. Miley) – Students will be finishing up Ch 7 with finding percents-  of change (increase and decrease), discount, sale, tip and tax. They will have test on the material Friday, 3/13. In addition, we are reviewing for the PARCC test and working on the building project, as well. Students will be working on practice problems on their iPads and in the Finish Line booklet. For the project, dates are posted on the blog and some class time will be given to complete the components. Math Prep dates remaining are 3/9 and 3/11. After school help dates are posted on the blog weekly.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) –. All work on subject/verb agreement will be reviewed early next week in preparation for a quiz on Thursday, 3/12 – a study group will be held after school on Tuesday, 3/10, until 2:30.  The following week we will begin an extensive unit on simple, compound, and complex sentences – special attention will be given to main and subordinate clauses.  Our reading of The Witch of Blackbird Pond will be completed by the end of next week.  The final exam for the novel will be in the form of a persuasive essay.  Guidelines will be distributed in class (and posted on the blog) on Friday, 3/13, and the essay will be due on Tuesday, 3/17. The final vocabulary quiz (List VI) for the novel will be given on Wednesday, 3/18.  Finally, book report books should be brought to class on Wednesdays, 3/11 and 3/18 – written reports will be completed IN CLASS on 3/27 (if PARCC testing causes abbreviated classes on this day, I will change the date to provide adequate writing time) .  PARCC testing begins on Monday, 3/23 – students have had exposure in class to sample questions and practice tests.  Please be sure students arrive on time to school as testing will be in the morning.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Students have completed Chapter 4 and have begun looking at Chapter 5, which focuses on Greek culture. In the coming weeks, students will learn about Greek mythology, art, literature, theater, and philosophy. Please be aware that I have returned from my maternity leave. With the transition of teachers, please refer to aspen for updates on grades and averages, as well as my blog: 7CSS.wordpress.com.

French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be studying Lesson 10, learning vocabulary of beverages. We will compare and contrast cultural aspects of eating and drinking in French and American every day life.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –   Next week, students will finish reviewing for their Chapter 3 Test. The test is scheduled for Tuesday, 3/10 for 7C. For the rest of the week, students will explore Chapter 4 vocabulary about getting to school and classroom activities. The following week, students will review the Chapter 4 vocabulary, and take a quiz on these words at the end of the week, exact date TBA.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will begin reviewing for their Chapter 3 Oral and Test.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be using some very commonly used expressions to say where (dove) people are: c’è ( there is), ci sono (there are) and ecco (here is or here are) on pages 65 and 66. They will also be learning colors on page 67. There will be a quiz on the indefinite articles (pages 60 and 61) and the expressions used to answer the question “where” the week of March 16th.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be beginning their final project for the diversity unit.  Each class will create a diversity

quilt.  The students will create a piece of individual artwork illustrating what makes them diverse, and then we will put them all together to make a class quilt.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –   Students will be finishing the diversity unit.  They will be working on individual quilt squares. Their square will be a representation of the groups, hobbies, holidays, religious celebrations, and cultures that influence and represent who they are. They will present them to the class the following week.

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