Grade 7 Newsletters 4/2/2015

7A

April 2, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – In science, we are wrapping up our study of chapter 5, Genetics and Heredity.  There will be a test on chapter 5 on Wednesday, 4/2.  A study guide has been provided for students to prepare and review for this test.  Our next unit of study is the Human Body unit!  Students will work from a packet and will be issued another text book for just this unit.  We will learn about medical terminology and the history of medicine to familiarize ourselves with the human body and medical progress.  Over the course of 3-4 weeks we will learn about the body systems, their functions and anatomy.  Many demonstrations, activities, and labs will engage student learning, foster an appreciation for medical milestones, and will reinforce concepts taught.  Keep the cans/bottle coming!  We have a total of $261.45 which we have raised for the Rainforest!
Math: (Mrs. Forrest)-  Students have finished the PARCC Math and ELA Testing until they have the next round at the end of May.  They have begun exploring probability with activities highlighting theoretical and experimental probability. Next, students will be investigating compound probability, creating sample spaces and tree diagrams, and exploring random sampling.  Finally,  students will continue to apply their math skills in problem solving situations.
Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) –  In literature, we will wrap up our science fiction unit with a test next Tuesday, April 7th.  We will then start reading three short stories out of our literature book.  The vocabulary to go along with this unit will be handed out next week.  The Science fiction book report is due Wednesday, April 7th.  Students received the guidelines and rubric in class.  In addition, students are studying adjectives and adverbs in grammar.  There will be a test on Adjectives and Adverbs Thursday, April 8th. We will then move on to prepositions.  Enjoy the long weekend!
Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – Our study of ancient Greece is coming to a close in the next week. A Chapter 5 test is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8th. We will review in class on Monday and Tuesday. Students should begin studying for this test over the weekend and study one section each night since there is quite a bit of material to cover. Our next unit will be about ancient Rome, its beginnings, the founding of the republic, and its early conquests.
Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be learning irregular verbs IR, DAR and ESTAR next week. They will also continue working with AR verbs from Chapter 4.
Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will work with the irregular verb, Estar. They will begin to review for their Chapter 4 grammar quiz on both regular and irregular verbs by using practice quizzes and games on Quia.com. The Chapter 4 grammar quiz will be given on Wednesday, April 8th for 7C, and Thursday, April 9th for 7A and 7B. On Friday, 4/10, I will introduce their autobiography projects, which will be showcased at the Open House. The following week, students will have the entire week of classes to work on this project. Students must bring in a baby picture (original or color print out) to accompany their final copy of the project! Projects will be passed in on Monday, April 27th when students return from April Vacation. Enjoy the well deserved time off!
Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – After a quiz on the vocabulary from Chapter 4 Palabras 2, Spanish students will be learning to use irregular verbs IR, DAR and ESTAR and two contractions “al” and “del”.
Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be working on an autobiography project which will be due before April vacation. They will be writing twenty-five sentences about themselves. At home they will need to find a baby photo to go with their project.
Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students are finishing up the unit on diversity by presenting their “Quilt Squares.”  We will then begin a unit on performance enhancing drugs, i.e. steroids.  We will also discuss the dangers of dietary supplements.
Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will start the unit on ageing and death and dying.  The first week the focus will be on “what is aging”, “What does it mean to age in our society”.  We will talk  about stereotypes and assumptions associated with the elderly.  Students will write a short paper on a person in their life that is older and include what they have learned and admire about them.

 

7B

April 2, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  We are continuing our unit of the human body with Chapter 2 of the Human Body Systems book with Nutrients and DIgestion.  The students will know the difference between the six classes of nutrients as well as chemical and mechanical digestion.  There will be a vitamin/mineral brochure project that will be assigned next week.  Students will also be assigned an activity that involves bringing in a healthy snack next week for class.  Please make sure
Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be completing our work with percents and percent applications and begin exploring probability; both simple and conditional, We will use tree diagrams and ratios to help calculate conditional probabilities. We will also study some basics of random sampling and how to evaluate if and when sampling procedures produce valid results.
Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – In literature we will be wrapping up our science fiction/ fantasy short story unit. The science fiction book report is due Wednesday, April 8th. Students received the guidelines and rubric in class and had class time on 4/1 to work on it. In addition, students are continuing to work on adjectives and adverbs in grammar. Please refer to my blog for test dates as we finish these units. Have a great long weekend!
Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – After doing a few exercises looking the rise and fall of the Macedonian empire, we will be moving on to a unit on ancient Rome.  We’ll start by looking at the area around the city, the story of Romulus and Remus and the first stages of the roman republic.  Hope you all have an enjoyable long weekend.
French (Mme Pescatore) – After finishing Lesson 12 on weather and seasons, French students will be working on autobiographical projects. Students will write and compile sentences, highlighting projects with a baby picture. Completed projects will be displayed during Open House evening on May 6.
Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will work with the irregular verb, Estar. They will begin to review for their Chapter 4 grammar quiz on both regular and irregular verbs by using practice quizzes and games on Quia.com. The Chapter 4 grammar quiz will be given on Wednesday, April 8th for 7C, and Thursday, April 9th for 7A and 7B. On Friday, 4/10, I will introduce their autobiography projects, which will be showcased at the Open House. The following week, students will have the entire week of classes to work on this project. Students must bring in a baby picture (original or color print out) to accompany their final copy of the project! Projects will be passed in on Monday, April 27th when students return from April Vacation. Enjoy the well deserved time off!
Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – After a quiz on the vocabulary from Chapter 4 Palabras 2, Spanish students will be learning to use irregular verbs IR, DAR and ESTAR and two contractions “al” and “del”.
Latin (Mrs. Matthews) – Next week we will learn more about the perfect and imperfect tense. Students will also learn about the Roman Beliefs about Life after Death. Students should expect a vocabulary quiz on Friday, April 10.
Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students are finishing up the unit on diversity by presenting their “Quilt Squares.”  We will then begin a unit on performance enhancing drugs, i.e. steroids.  We will also discuss the dangers of dietary supplements.
Health (Ms. Eovine) –Students will start the unit on ageing and death and dying.  The first week the focus will be on “what is aging”, “What does it mean to age in our society”.  We will talk  about stereotypes and assumptions associated with the elderly.  Students will write a short paper on a person in their life that is older and include what they have learned and admire about them.

   7C

April 2, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – Next week we will begin working on our genetic research project.  We will be working on the project on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in class.  I will provide the students with a note-taking guide and folders to use for their projects.  The projects will be due on Monday, April 13th. The students will be doing short presentations of the research projects for their classmates on the 13th and 14th.  I am hoping to begin an overview of the human body systems on Wednesday, April 15th.
Math: (Ms. Miley) – Students will begin a unit on probability looking at theoretical and experimental probability, initially. Next, students will work with problems using compound probability, sample spaces and tree diagrams, and random sampling.  Problem solving will continue weekly and will explore more complex problems to reflect PARCC testing in May. Homework and after school help days are posted on the blog.
Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – Next week we will begin units on “capitalization” and “punctuation” during grammar lessons.  Rules will be reviewed in class and with textbook exercises in order to improve usage in future writing assignments.  We will also continue with our reading of both narrative and descriptive poems.  Upon completion of the poetry unit, we will be role-playing The Monsters are due on Maple Street, a famous Twilight Zone episode.  The vocabulary quiz for this play is scheduled for Tuesday, 4/28.  Finally, books should have been checked already for the April book report; books should be brought to class on Wednesdays, 4/8 and 4/15.  Written book reports are due on Thursday, 4/30; remember to follow the guidelines!
Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Students did an excellent job this week preparing and presenting their Greek Monologue/Dialogue projects. Next week we will review Chapter 5 on Monday and Tuesday. The Chapter 5 test will be given on Wednesday, April 8th. After school help/review will be available on Monday, 4/6 and Tuesday, 4/7 from 2-2:30. Once we have completed our unit on ancient Greece, we will begin to look at the origins of the Roman Republic.
French: (Mme Abrams) – After finishing Lesson 12 on weather and seasons, French students will be working on autobiographical projects. Students will write and compile sentences, highlighting projects with a baby picture. Completed projects will be displayed during Open House evening on May 6.
Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will work with the irregular verb, Estar. They will begin to review for their Chapter 4 grammar quiz on both regular and irregular verbs by using practice quizzes and games on Quia.com. The Chapter 4 grammar quiz will be given on Wednesday, April 8th for 7C, and Thursday, April 9th for 7A and 7B. On Friday, 4/10, I will introduce their autobiography projects, which will be showcased at the Open House. The following week, students will have the entire week of classes to work on this project. Students must bring in a baby picture (original or color print out) to accompany their final copy of the project! Projects will be passed in on Monday, April 27th when students return from April Vacation. Enjoy the well deserved time off!
Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be learning irregular verbs IR, DAR and ESTAR next week. They will also continue working with AR verbs from Chapter 4.
Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be working on an autobiography project which will be due before April vacation. They will be writing twenty-five sentences about themselves. At home they will need to find a baby photo to go with their project.
Health: (Mrs. Fay) –Students are finishing up the unit on diversity by presenting their “Quilt Squares.”  We will then begin a unit on performance enhancing drugs, i.e. steroids.  We will also discuss the dangers of dietary supplements.
Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will start the unit on ageing and death and dying.  The first week the focus will be on “what is aging”, “What does it mean to age in our society”.  We will talk  about stereotypes and assumptions associated with the elderly.  Students will write a short paper on a person in their life that is older and include what they have learned and admire about them.

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