Grade 7 Newsletters 5/22/2015

7A

May 22, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – We have begun a new unit on Evolution, Chapter 6, in the “Life’s Structures and Functions” textbook.  We are 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.  Many labs, activities, and demonstrations will engage student learning and reinforce concepts during this unit.  a take-home test is planned for the conclusion of this unit.  The Science Final Exam is scheduled for Thursday, May 11th.  Students will be given a study guide next week and there will be some in class time for review.

Math: (Mrs. Forrest)-  Students have finished the unit on surface area and volume of three dimensional figure with a test last Friday.  The PARCC testing has been completed and now students will investigate the Pythagorean Theorem.

They will explore the theorem and apply it to many real life situations using indirect measure.  Students will then pick a topic, research it, and teach it to the class.  This activity inspires some students to think about teaching as a career and others – definitely not!  All in all, they have fun learning and working with their classmates!

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) – Our final novel is I Promised I Would Tell.  This week we finished in-class research/discussion about the Holocaust prior to reading the novel.  Assignments based on this book include journal entries, reading assignments, chapter questions, and vocabulary.  In grammar, students will continue reviewing all eight parts of speech and the usage of words in sentences.  We will then begin studying complex sentences.   Finally, this week all students finished presenting their oral book reports.  Please check my blog for all upcoming quiz and test dates.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) –Grade 7 students will be having a final assessment in Social Studies on Monday, June 8th. A study guide has been distributed and can also be accessed via my blog: http://7asocialstudies.blogspot.com . I have strongly suggested that students review one section of Chapters 4, 5, 8, and 9 per night. We will be reviewing in class, but it is imperative that they also review at home as well. We are currently working on Chapter 9, the Fall of Rome. A quiz on sections 9-1 and 9-2 will be given on Tuesday of next week.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be having their quiz on Chapter 5 Vocabulary.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will be studying the forms of -er and -ir verbs in the present tense. They will also be learning about open air markets and tapas restaurants in Spain, preparing them for our own in-class tapas tasting. Our tapas tasting will be held on Friday, June 5th.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be studying the forms of -er and -ir verbs in the present tense.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning how to use the verb avere (to have) in various idiomatic expressions (pages 88 – 93). They will also learn vocabulary pertaining to the human body (page 89)

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be beginning the unit on aging.  We will be discussing the normal phases of social and emotional development, as well as different health concerns as we age.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be continuing the unit on puberty.  The focus will be on social, emotional, and physical chances that happen during those years.

7B

May 22, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  Last week was very busy for us in science.  Students got to look at and touch a pig’s heart and lungs–and loved it!!  They also got to see and feel what the inside of a cow’s femur is like.  We have finished our unit on the Human Body this week and have started Evolution.  Students will be learning about important variations in organisms, clues that evolution occurred on the planet, and the evolution of primates.  We will also be participating in a couple of labs that support the Theory of Evolution over the next two weeks.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks we will be finishing up our work with area, surface area, and volume and begin working with square roots, similarity,, and using the Pythagorean Theorem to make calculations with right triangles.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – In the upcoming weeks “parts of speech” will be the focus in grammar. Students will also be finishing their persuasive essays and typing/editing them in class. In literature, we will continue reading and discussing I Promised I Would Tell. Students received the first vocabulary chart on Wednesday, 5/20, and the quiz for List I will be on Thursday, 5/28. List II will be given out on 5/29 and a tentative quiz date is Friday, 6/5. A test on IPIWT will be the week of June 8th. Oral book report presentations began in class on Monday, May 18th and will continue in all blocks.  Reminders: Blizzard bags are due to your child’s homeroom teacher by Monday, June 1st, if you are participating. Also, please have your child turn in the permission slip and $11 to their homeroom teacher by Friday, June 5th for the 7B end of the year field trip! Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – The Empire is in full swing, as we start to view the various rulers of the roman world, look at how the Colosseum was built, watch some gladiator battles and see just what it takes to prepare a roman banquet feast.  The date for the semester assessment exam has been chosen and the test will happen on Monday June 8th.  Study guides will be given as we get closer to the exam.

French (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be studying the subject pronouns and the verb “to be” in Lesson 14. We will also be using sentences to tell where people are.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will be studying the forms of -er and -ir verbs in the present tense. They will also be learning about open air markets and tapas restaurants in Spain, preparing them for our own in-class tapas tasting. Our tapas tasting will be held on Friday, June 5th.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be studying the forms of -er and -ir verbs in the present tense.

Latin (Mrs. Matthews) – Students will learn about the superlatives. We also start with out new chapter on Roman baths.Students should expect a vocabulary quiz on June 1st.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be beginning the unit on aging.  We will be discussing the normal phases of social and emotional development, as well as different health concerns as we age.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –Students will be continuing the unit on puberty.  The focus will be on social, emotional, and physical chances that happen during those years.

 

7C

May 22, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We will continue with the study of adaptations over time for the week of May 26 – May 29.  The students will be given a take-home test covering Chapter 6 concepts on Tuesday, June 2nd with a due date of Friday, June 5th.  We will begin the Perch dissection on Wednesday, June 3rd and continue with the dissection through Friday, June 5th.  The science final has been scheduled for Thursday, June 11th.  I will be sending a study guide home with the students the week of June 1st.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – With PARCC completed for this year, we turn our focus to other topics involving math.  The students will be researching and presenting a topic in the area of Financial Education. These topics include: buying a car, saving and paying for college, credit card vs debit cards, simple and compound interest, for-profit vs non-profit schools, savings vs checking accounts, and investing. Students will have specific due dates and have been given a rubric. With the use of computers and shared documents, students can work independently at home and will have class time to meet with their group members. After school help will continue and be posted on the blog along with the project guidelines.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – “Verbals” will be the focus of grammar classes with special attention given to participles, gerunds, and infinitives.  All work will also be completed on the novel, I Promised I Would Tell.  The List III vocabulary quiz will be given on Wednesday, 6/3, and the List IV quiz is scheduled for Wednesday, 6/10.  An essay based on the novel will be outlined at the end of next week – a tentative due date is set for Thursday, 6/4, but please check the class blog for complete and final guidelines/dates.  Finally, oral book reports begin in all blocks on Tuesday, 5/26 – numbers have been chosen to determine the order of presentations.  Please remember: one side of one 3X5” index card may be used for NOTES!  

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – The Social Studies Final Assessment will be on Monday, June 8th. A study guide was distributed this week and students were advised to begin reviewing Chapters 4, 5, 8, and 9 at home. We continue our look at the fall of Rome. There will be a quiz on sections 1 and 2 of Chapter 9 next Wednesday, May 27th. Following the quiz, we will spend some time on the Byzantine Empire and the rise of Christianity.

French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be studying the subject pronouns and the verb “to be” in Lesson 14. We will also be using sentences to tell where people are.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will be studying the forms of -er and -ir verbs in the present tense. They will also be learning about open air markets and tapas restaurants in Spain, preparing them for our own in-class tapas tasting. Our tapas tasting will be held on Friday, June 5th.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be having their quiz on Chapter 5 Vocabulary.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning how to use the verb avere (to have) in various idiomatic expressions (pages 88 – 93). They will also learn vocabulary pertaining to the human body (page 89).

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be beginning the unit on aging.  We will be discussing the normal phases of social and emotional development, as well as different health concerns as we age.

Health (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be continuing the unit on puberty.  The focus will be on social, emotional, and physical chances that happen during those years.

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