Grade 7 Newsletters 4/1/2016

7A

April 1, 2016

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 and students will present their projects.  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 chronic conditions) and will compassionately view the world around them.  A test on Chapter 5 will conclude our study and has been scheduled for Friday, April 15th.  After April vacation, we will be studying a unit on the human body! Please keep sending in the cans and bottles for deposit return, we have a total of $101.41 so far, to put towards the acre of rainforest!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students are exploring the circumference and area of a circle. They are using formulas, substituting in the values for the variables and then using the calculator to compute their answers.  They are applying these formulas to the solution of  multi-step problems involving circles and other two dimensional figures (trapezoids and parallelograms).  Students will be quizzed on the circumference and area of a circle Tuesday, April 5.  Next, they will be investigating complementary, supplementary, vertical, and adjacent angles as well as finding the missing angle measure in triangles and quadrilaterals.  Finally, they will find the surface area and volume of three dimensional figures. The PARCC Math Assessment will be given May 3 – 5.

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – Students are handing in their final drafts of the “Witch of Blackbird Pond” essay on Monday, which will mark the end of that unit.  We will also be wrapping up our unit on pronouns next week.  Students will receive a study packet in class today that we will work on throughout the week leading up to the test on Friday.  I am very excited to start our poetry unit next week.  Students will be reading and creating many different types of poetry, and studying different poetic devices.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – We are currently exploring the life of Alexander the Great. Students will complete a RAFT writing assignment in which they will write from the point of view of one of the following: Alexander the Great, Darius III of Persian, or a soldier of Alexander the Great. A quiz on 5-3 will be given on Tuesday, April 5th.We will then complete our study of ancient Greece that will include philosophers, mathematicians,  writers, and scientists such as Theocritus, Apollonius, Eratosthenes, , the Stoics, the Epicureans, Euclid, and Archimedes.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will learn contractions in Spanish. After, they will review all Chapter 4 vocabulary and grammar with Jeopardy and a hands on game at stations with flashcards. The Chapter 4 Test is scheduled for Friday, April 8th. The following week, students will begin exploring vocabulary in Chapter 5. This chapter introduces students to food vocabulary, as well as -ER and -IR verbs.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working on autobiography projects in class, writing 25 grammatically correct sentences about themselves. Students will bring in a baby photo to complete this project that will be on display during Open House for parents in May.

Latin: (Mr. Finnigan) – Over the next couple of weeks, students will be presenting the projects they handed in this week. These projects will be on display at the open house in May, and we will use these as a means to discuss both the diversity of the ancient Romans and the diverse views we bring to the study of them. On the grammar front, we are working on our last set of new endings for the year–those of third declension nouns. There will be a vocabulary quiz on nouns list 3 and a grammar quiz on the 3rd declension endings on dates TBA throughout the next two weeks.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be using -are verb expressions in sentences to express activities that they do in and out of school. They will be completing Chapter 3 on the school with some cultural readings followed by questions and answers in Italian. There will be two verb quizzes, one on verb meanings and one on the correct use of verbs in sentences.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will finish the unit on performance enhancing drugs by looking at the difference between drugs and supplements, and how substances that are not regulated or illegal can still be hazardous.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be finishing up the unit on performance Enhancing Drugs.  They will present their group projects to the class.  The next unit students will be involved in will be Hygene and the skin. Students will have an overview of the anatomy of the skin learning about how it functions and how it protects us.  They will then move on to Photodamage and Photoprotection.  Students will learn about the benefits of being outside in the sun and how to protect themselves from harmful UV rays.

7B 

April 1, 2016

Science: (Ms. Cerretani) –  We have just completed our first chapter of the human body on structure and movement with bones, muscles, and skin.  We are continuing on to Chapter 2 with Nutrients and Digestion.  The students will know the difference between the six classes  of nutrients as well as mechanical and chemical digestion.  There will be a Vitamin/Mineral brochure project that will be assigned during this chapter.  Also, students will be assigned an activity that involves bringing in a healthy snack next week for class.  Please make sure that your child has an appropriate snack that does not contain anything they may be allergic to if this pertains to them.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be working on topics related to Geometry. Specifically complementary, supplementary, adjacent, and vertical angle pairs, triangles, and identification of special quadrilaterals and special polygons. We will also work on how to calculate the area and circumference of circles, and the area of triangles, trapezoids, and parallelograms.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – Our literary focus over the next two weeks will be poetry. Students will have a matching quiz on their list of poetic devices (date TBA). Students will be reading a variety of poetry and music lyrics to understand the use of poetic devices. In grammar, we will be beginning our unit on “adjectives and adverbs”. Students will be reading a Science-Fiction/Fantasy book for their next book report. Books should be approved by Friday, April 8th.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) –  We’re finishing up our unit on ancient Greece, looking at the creation of philosophy and the works of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato. Then we’ll look at the Macedonian empire and the brief rule of Alexander the Great. Then we’ll be moving on to a unit on ancient Rome.

French: (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be studying the present tense of regular -er verbs in Lesson 13. There will be a quiz on the meanings of the verbs next week.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will learn contractions in Spanish. After, they will review all Chapter 4 vocabulary and grammar with Jeopardy and a hands on game at stations with flashcards. The Chapter 4 Test is scheduled for Friday, April 8th. The following week, students will begin exploring vocabulary in Chapter 5. This chapter introduces students to food vocabulary, as well as -ER and -IR verbs.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working on autobiography projects in class, writing 25 grammatically correct sentences about themselves. Students will bring in a baby photo to complete this project that will be on display during Open House for parents in May.

Latin: (Mr. Finnigan) – Over the next couple of weeks, students will be presenting the projects they handed in this week. These projects will be on display at the open house in May, and we will use these as a means to discuss both the diversity of the ancient Romans and the diverse views we bring to the study of them. On the grammar front, we are working on our last set of new endings for the year–those of third declension nouns. There will be a vocabulary quiz on nouns list 3 and a grammar quiz on the 3rd declension endings on dates TBA throughout the next two weeks.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –   Students will finish the unit on performance enhancing drugs by looking at the difference between drugs and supplements, and how substances that are not regulated or illegal can still be hazardous.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be finishing up the unit on performance Enhancing Drugs.  They will present their group projects to the class.  The next unit students will be involved in will be Hygene and the skin. Students will have an overview of the anatomy of the skin learning about how it functions and how it protects us.  They will then move on to Photodamage and Photoprotection.  Students will learn about the benefits of being outside in the sun and how to protect themselves from harmful UV rays.

7C

April 1, 2016

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – The students have been working on understanding the principles of heredity this week by completing Drake breeding activities on Geniverse using their iPads.  We will continue with Chapter 5, Section 2 this week.  Monday the students will be selecting a genetic condition to research for their diversity projects.  We will be working on the projects in class most of the week next week and the students will be giving brief oral presentations the following week.  I have scheduled the Chapter 5 Test for Friday, April 15th.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We have almost completed our unit on Geometry and will be having a quiz on the material Wed,  April 6th. The next unit will be looking at Probability including dependent and independent events, experimental vs theoretical, and simulations. Right after vacation we will do some activities to help review for the PARCC test the first week of May. There will be no extra help this next week as there is Math Test Prep after school Monday-Thursday from 2-3 PM. Homework is posted on the blog.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – “Clauses” and “complex” sentences will continue to be the focus of grammar classes with special attention given to adjective and adverb clauses.  A unit test is scheduled for Thursday, 4/14 – a study group will be held after school on Wednesday, 4/13, until 2:30. Upon completion of our Monsters… role-playing, we will be reading and discussing several short stories – open response questions will be used to help prepare for the upcoming PARCC test in ELA (dates are 4/26-4/28).  Finally, book report books should be brought to class on Wednesdays, 4/6 and 4/13 – the written report is due on Friday, 4/29.  Remember to check and follow the guidelines carefully for reports to be accepted on time!   

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – This week, we wrapped up our unit on ancient Greece. Next week we will start a new unit on ancient Rome. We will begin with a look at the geography of Rome and the development of the early Roman Republic. The Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage will also be explored. A Chapter 8 quiz is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 13th. Please check my blog for updates! 7CSS@wordpress,com

French: (Mme Abrams) –  French students will be studying present tense regular -er verbs in Lesson 13. There will be a quiz on the meanings of the verbs next week.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will learn contractions in Spanish. After, they will review all Chapter 4 vocabulary and grammar with Jeopardy and a hands on game at stations with flashcards. The Chapter 4 Test is scheduled for Friday, April 8th. The following week, students will begin exploring vocabulary in Chapter 5. This chapter introduces students to food vocabulary, as well as -ER and -IR verbs.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- The Chapter 4 Test is scheduled for Tuesday April 5th. Students will begin a project on famous Spanish-speaking Artists after the test.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be using -are verb expressions in sentences to express activities that they do in and out of school. They will be completing Chapter 3 on the school with some cultural readings followed by questions and answers in Italian. There will be two verb quizzes, one on verb meanings and one on the correct use of verbs in sentences.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –    Students will finish the unit on performance enhancing drugs by looking at the difference between drugs and supplements, and how substances that are not regulated or illegal can still be hazardous.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be finishing up the unit on performance Enhancing Drugs.  They will present their group projects to the class.  The next unit students will be involved in will be Hygene and the skin. Students will have an overview of the anatomy of the skin learning about how it functions and how it protects us.  They will then move on to Photodamage and Photoprotection.  Students will learn about the benefits of being outside in the sun and how to protect themselves from harmful UV rays.

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