Grade 7 Newsletters 5/20/2016

7A

May 20, 2016

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) –  Students will continue in their study of the Human Body Systems.  Next week, we will explore the endocrine system and learn about the connectedness to the nervous system.  Next, we will learn about the human reproductive systems, the anatomy and physiology.  The last system that we will explore in the human body is the immune system.  Many activities, demonstrations, and labs will reinforce concepts and engage student learning.  Next, we will begin a new unit on Evolution, Chapter 6, in the “Life’s Structures and Functions” textbook.  We will be learning about the Principles of Natural Selection and about the interconnectedness of all organisms on Planet Earth.  A lab on Variations, called “Variations in a Human Population” is planned for next week.  During this lab, students will measure, observe, and compare hand spans of their classmates.

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students have just finished up their unit on angles, transversals, and polygons and are now exploring the Pythagorean Theorem.  This theorem is remembered by most  as    a2 + b2  =  c2   .     Students will be able to find the hypotenuse, legs, and the converse of the theorem.  They will then apply the theorem to real-life situations. Finally, students will investigate translations and reflections on the coordinate plane.  As a culminating activity, Team 7A  has a field trip to Rollerworld coming up on Monday, June 13!

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – We are moving on to the last chapter on Rome, Roman Civilization. In this chapter we will be discussing such topics as the Roman culture, architecture, literature, family life, religion, and the decline and fall of Rome, as well as its legacy.  A quiz on Chapter 9, Section 1 will be given on Monday, May 23. Students should continue to be diligent about completing homework.

Language Arts: (Ms. Arrington) – This week we are starting our unit on the Holocaust.  We will be reading the memoir, I Promised I Would Tell, by Sonia Schreiber Weitz.  We will be covering some difficult topics, and I’m sure that students would benefit from talking through some of these at home.  Also, Science Fiction Book Report Writing Assignments are due on Friday.  

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will learn the culture from Chapter 5. They will also prepare for their Chapter 5 Test. The test will be given on Thursday, 5/26. Following the Chapter 5 test, students will be introduced to the family members vocabulary.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Monday, there is a quiz on Palabras 2 in Chapter 5. During the next two weeks, students will be studying -er and -ir verbs in the present tense. There will be two quizzes scheduled, one on the definitions of the new verbs (as vocabulary) and another quiz on the verb forms used with subject pronouns. Quizlet.com/43867249 is a helpful site to practice learning the meanings of the new verbs.

Latin: (Mr. Finnigan) – We will spend the beginning of next week finishing our review for the final exam. The final exam will be given over two days: Thurs., 5/26 and Fri., 5/27. Students have been given information sheets and review exercises, and they should work on completing these to prepare for the exam. We will then move into our final unit– disasters in the ancient world, the focus of which will be the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and concomitant destruction of the cities Pompeii and Herculaneum.   

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning family member vocabulary (page 82) and various uses of the irregular verb avere, to have, on page 87. There will be quizzes on both topics.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students are beginning the unit on puberty once they present their final projects on the skin. The puberty unit focuses on all the changes that occur during this time of life: social, emotional , and physical.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will begin the unit on puberty.  The first week they will learn about social, emotional, and physical changes both boys and girls go through the puberty years.  The second week students will watch a video on puberty inside and out, male and female.  They will have a written quiz at the end of the unit.  

 

7B

May 20, 2016

Science: (Ms. Cerretani) –  There was a lot going on this week in science on 7B!!  Students got to perform a hands on lab with a pig’s heart and lungs and LOVED it!! They got to watch the lungs expand and also put their hands inside an actual heart!  Another exciting lab they got to perform was checking out what the inside of a cow’s bone looks like and getting to feel how hard and soft the different parts are.  We will be finishing up our unit on the Human Body next week with the Immune system.  Students will be able to describe the natural defenses the body has against disease and explain the differences between an antigen and antibody.  We will also be identifying diseases caused by viruses and bacteria.  Our last project for this unit will be a “wanted” poster on an infectious disease of their choice due on Friday, May 27th.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will complete our work with right triangles and applications of the Pythagorean Theorem. We will then explore the concepts of symmetry and congruence with respect to two-dimensional shapes and learn how to reflect and translate two dimensional shapes using an x-y coordinate plane.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – We will be continuing our reading of the Holocaust memoir I Promised I Would Tell.  The List I vocabulary quiz was on 5/19 and List II was given out this week and a quiz will be on Friday, May 27th.  A writing assignment related to the novel will also be assigned in the next two weeks – once determined, the guidelines and due date will be posted on the blog. Students will have a test on adjectives and adverbs on Thursday, May 26th. The final unit will be on Prepositions, Conjunctions and Interjections. We will review all parts of speech before the end of the year post-test. Oral book report presentations will be on Thursday, June 9th. Guidelines for this report were given out and reviewed on Wednesday 5/18.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We are continuing to make our way through the history of Ancient Rome, studying the various gods and goddesses and looking at the rise of Julius Caesar. On Monday, we will be doing our annual soap carving, Ivory soap is a must!!

French: (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be completing their study of Lesson 14, learning additional prepositions and conjunctions and writing sentences using the new vocabulary of the lesson. Students can expect a quiz on vocabulary (pages 101 and 103) on Wednesday, May 25th and on the entire lesson on Thursday, May 26th. The following week, we will be starting Lesson 15.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will learn the culture from Chapter 5. They will also prepare for their Chapter 5 Test. The test will be given on Thursday, 5/26. Following the Chapter 5 test, students will be introduced to the family members vocabulary.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Monday, there is a quiz on Palabras 2 in Chapter 5. During the next two weeks, students will be studying -er and -ir verbs in the present tense. There will be two quizzes scheduled, one on the definitions of the new verbs (as vocabulary) and another quiz on the verb forms used with subject pronouns. Quizlet.com/43867249 is a helpful site to practice learning the meanings of the new verbs.

Latin: (Mr. Finnigan) – We will spend the beginning of next week finishing our review for the final exam. The final exam will be given over two days: Thurs., 5/26 and Fri., 5/27. Students have been given information sheets and review exercises, and they should work on completing these to prepare for the exam. We will then move into our final unit– disasters in the ancient world, the focus of which will be the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and concomitant destruction of the cities Pompeii and Herculaneum. .

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students are beginning the unit on puberty once they present their final projects on the skin. The puberty unit focuses on all the changes that occur during this time of life: social, emotional , and physical.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will begin the unit on puberty.  The first week they will learn about social, emotional, and physical changes both boys and girls go through the puberty years.  The second week students will watch a video on puberty inside and out, male and female.  They will have a written quiz at the end of the unit.  

 

7C

May 20, 2016

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We will continue our focus on the Human Body Systems next week with a focus on the nervous system.  We have a guest speaker planned for Wednesday.  Dr. Arnaud Colantonio, an immunologist from Novartis, will be speaking to the students about advances in cancer research and treatment.  We will begin our unit on evolution starting on Thursday.  We will focus on the principles of natural selection and we will spend some time thinking about adaptations and variations.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – Students will be presenting the Financial Literacy topics next week in their groups. As teachers, they will show slides and have an interactive component to their presentation. As audience members, the students will take notes and complete a quiz on Fridays that covers the topics of the week. The 2-3 quizzes will be combined into a test score for the term. After the Financial Literacy project, we will be exploring transformations including translations, reflections, and dilations. Homework is posted on the blog as well as extra help days.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) –  Our review of all punctuation rules will continue next week with a quiz scheduled for Friday, 5/27.  Our final unit on “verbals” will then be introduced with coverage of gerunds, participles, and infinitives.  We will also be continuing our reading of I Promised I Would Tell.  The List IV vocabulary quiz will be given on Wednesday, 6/1.  A writing assignment related to the novel will also be assigned in the next two weeks – once determined, the guidelines and due date will be posted on the blog.  Our final literature unit will cover fables, myths, and legends – the related vocabulary quiz is scheduled for Thursday, 6/9.  Finally, oral book presentations begin in all classes on Monday, 5/23 – please remember to check the blog for guidelines and that only one side of an index card (3X5”) may be used for notes during the presentation.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – We have begun Chapter 9, which focuses on ancient Roman culture, the decline of Rome, and the legacy of Rome. There is a Chapter 9, Sec. 1 and 2 quiz scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th. The Chapter 9 test is scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd. Please continue to check the blog for other updates.

French: (Mme Abrams) –  French students will be completing study of Lesson 14, learning additional prepositions and conjunctions, and writing sentences using the new vocabulary of the lesson. Students can expect a quiz on vocabulary early in the week (Monday) and the entire Lesson 14 quiz is scheduled for Wednesday. We will then be starting Lesson 15.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will learn the culture from Chapter 5. They will also prepare for their Chapter 5 Test. The test will be given on Wednesday, 5/25. Following the Chapter 5 test, students will be introduced to the family members vocabulary.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be continuing to work with ER and IR verbs.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning family member vocabulary (page 82) and various uses of the irregular verb avere, to have, on page 87. There will be quizzes on both topics.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –    Students are beginning the unit on puberty once they present their final projects on the skin. The puberty unit focuses on all the changes that occur during this time of life: social, emotional , and physical.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will begin the unit on puberty.  The first week they will learn about social, emotional, and physical changes both boys and girls go through the puberty years.  The second week students will watch a video on puberty inside and out, male and female.  They will have a written quiz at the end of the unit.  

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