Grade 7 Newsletters 5/6/2016

7A

May 6, 2016

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) –  Students are now studying the Human Body Unit.  We will be studying the different anatomy and physiology of each of eleven body systems.  Many demonstrations, labs, and other activities will help reinforce concepts and engage student learning during this unit.  The first lab that students will participate in is called “Human Horsepower”.  Students will be calculating power output and comparing their bodies’ power (as machines) to that of a horse’s power during our study of the muscular system.  During our study of the cardiovascular system, students will participate in a blood typing lab by identifying unknown samples of blood (fake blood).  Students will have the unique opportunity to observe and learn about the parts of the heart and lungs during an in class exploration/dissection of a sheep’s heart and lungs.  Keep the cans/bottles rolling in our total is now $185.76!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students have just finished taking the math portion of the PARCC state-wide test.  After taking a short break and researching family recipes representing their various cultures, students will be reviewing for a test on surface area and volume which will be given next week.  Students will then be exploring the Pythagorean Theorem and applying it to problem solving situations.  Next week is our Open House, Wednesday, May 11th, and we are looking forward to having parents and siblings visit our classrooms.  Finally, Mid-term Reports will be going home Friday, May 13th.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) –PARCC Testing is now complete and we are quickly approaching the latter part of the fourth quarter. In Social Studies we will be moving on to the Fall of the Roman Republic, Julius Caesar, and the Roman Empire. Wednesday, May 11 is the date scheduled for our Open House. Student work from throughout the year will be displayed. I look forward to seeing all of the families who will participate in this event. Midterms will be distributed on Friday. Please return signed midterms as soon as possible.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Due to missed classes from PARCC testing, the Words 2 Vocabulary quiz was postponed. It will be next week, exact date TBA (check blog for updates!) After reviewing and quizzing vocabulary from pages 138-139, students will learn how to conjugate regular -ER and -IR verbs. Extra help, make-ups, and re-takes are available after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Stay updated with my classroom blog at www.msmirabellaspanish.wordpress.com.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working in Chapter 5, studying vocabulary of food in Palabras 1. Students can expect a quiz on these words by the end of the second week.  quizlet.com/42992909

Latin: (Mr. Finnigan) – We will finish reading through the stories in Stage 07 of our textbook and then proceed through those in Stage 08, which deal with gladiators. Through our reading, we will be paying close attention to reviewing grammar and vocabulary in anticipation of the two-part final exam, which is scheduled for Thurs., 5/26 (focusing on grammar) & Fri., 5/27 (focusing on translation and comprehension). An information sheet, study guide, and practice exam will be sent home the week before.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be completing Chapter 3 on the school with a quiz on the -are verbs used in sentences. Then they will begin Chapter 4 on the family.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be finishing up the lessons on the skin and the danger to our skin from ultraviolet radiation.  Students will then work in groups to create an advertisement for a skin care product.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be working in groups designing commercials on the skin and sun protection products.  Students will be presenting their projects the second week of classes.  All students will be visiting the “Family Diversity” photo exhibit in the media center during health class.  Students will be working in pairs using their ipads to answer questions about the exhibit.  

7B

May 6, 2016

Science: (Ms. Cerretani) –  We have been moving along with our Human Body unit by finishing up with the circulatory system and moving on to the respiratory system.  Students will be able to explain how oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged through the lungs and in tissues of the body. They will also be able to identify the pathway of air into and out of the lungs.  We will be discussing the effects of smoking and other diseases of the respiratory system that play a role in the health of the human body.  Once we finish up with the respiratory system, we will then move on to the urinary system.  Looking forward to seeing you all at Open House, on Wednesday, May 11th.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks we will be working with the Pythagorean relationship and special right triangles. Embedded within this topic is the study of square roots, what square roots are members of the set of irrational numbers, and how the calculation of square roots is involved with the application of the Pythagorean relationship.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – In literature this week,we read the screenplay episode “Monsters are Due on Maple Street” from the popular series The Twilight Zone. Students also watched the episode and compared the written and live-action versions. We will now begin reading the final novel of the year, I Promised I Would Tell, a memoir of a Holocaust survivor. The reading of the novel, in class and at home, will be accompanied by journal prompts, research, vocabulary, and discussion questions. In grammar, students will be tested on adjectives and adverbs after a review of both parts of speech. We will then begin the final “parts of speech” unit focusing on prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Special attention will be focused on properly punctuating sentences with these words. Students will be introduced to our next writing assignment in the coming weeks, a research based persuasive essay. Possible topics will be discussed in class with formal guidelines and graphic organizers to follow. Writing will be completed in class and at home. Books for the final(!) book report should be approved ASAP, but not later than May 11th. I look forward to you seeing your child’s work displayed at MSMS’s Spring Open House.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We’re looking at Ancient Rome, the rise and fall of the Republic and the rise and (grisly) fall of Julius Caesar.  Extended family collages are Due MONDAY MAY 9th .  Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s and grandmom’s out there!!!

French: (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be working in Lesson 14, studying the subject pronouns and the verb “to be” (être) as well as vocabulary (page 99) that indicates where a person is. There will be separate quizzes on the verb and the new vocabulary.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Due to missed classes from PARCC testing, the Words 2 Vocabulary quiz was postponed. It will be next week, exact date TBA (check blog for updates!) After reviewing and quizzing vocabulary from pages 138-139, students will learn how to conjugate regular -ER and -IR verbs. Extra help, make-ups, and re-takes are available after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Stay updated with my classroom blog at www.msmirabellaspanish.wordpress.com.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working in Chapter 5, studying vocabulary of food in Palabras 1. Students can expect a quiz on these words by the end of the second week.  quizlet.com/42992909

Latin: (Mr. Finnigan) – We will finish reading through the stories in Stage 07 of our textbook and then proceed through those in Stage 08, which deal with gladiators. Through our reading, we will be paying close attention to reviewing grammar and vocabulary in anticipation of the two-part final exam, which is scheduled for Thurs., 5/26 (focusing on grammar) & Fri., 5/27 (focusing on translation and comprehension). An information sheet, study guide, and practice exam will be sent home the week before.  

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be finishing up the lessons on the skin and the danger to our skin from ultraviolet radiation.  Students will then work in groups to create an advertisement for a skin care product.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be working in groups designing commercials on the skin and sun protection products.  Students will be presenting their projects the second week of classes.  All students will be visiting the “Family Diversity” photo exhibit in the media center during health class.  Students will be working in pairs using their ipads to answer questions about the exhibit.  

7C

May 6, 2016

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We will continue with our human body unit for the next two weeks.  The students will be exploring the anatomy of the circulatory system at the beginning of next week and will be using blood (fake, of course!) types to identify a criminal in a forensic lab.  We will also be focusing next week on the digestive system and the nervous system.  I have invited an immunologist into the classroom to discuss the immune system and advances being made in the treatments of certain types of cancer.  Please be sure to look at my blog for images of activities that the students have been participating in during class.  I can’t wait to see you all at Open House on May 11th.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We will be starting a unit on Financial Education. We will be finding simple and compound interest as a large group. Students will begin to research and design a lesson on a specific topic to be presented to the class in a small group. Work will be done through shared documents with time to meet in class making getting together outside of school unnecessary. Many topics will be covered including saving for college,  buying a car, renting vs buying, making a budget, checking vs savings accounts, and credit cards vs debit cards. Extra help after school will continue -please blog for days.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) –  Students should be reviewing all “capitalization” rules covered in class in preparation for a graded “editing” activity in class on Monday, 5/9/16.  We will then begin a similar unit based on “punctuation” rules with special attention given to the use of commas and quotation marks in writing assignments.  The novel, I Promised I Would Tell, has been distributed and will be our literature focus for the next few weeks.  Students have completed research in class in order to have the necessary background information for this period in history.  The List II vocabulary quiz is scheduled for Thursday, 5/12, and the List III quiz will be given on Friday, 5/20.  Finally, book report books should be brought to class on Wednesdays, 5/11 and 5/18 – ORAL book reports begin in all blocks on Monday, 5/23/16.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) –  This week we looked closely at some of the good and bad early Roman emperors. Students also spent time in class creating Roman/Modern culture comparison posters, which will be displayed at Open House next Wednesday evening. Hope to see you there! The Chapter 8 test has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 11th.

French: (Mme Abrams) –  French students will be working in Lesson 14, studying vocabulary of the chapter, learning subject pronouns and the verb “to be” (être). Students can expect a quiz by the end of next week on this material. We will then study vocabulary from page 99 that indicates where a person is.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Due to missed classes from PARCC testing, the Words 2 Vocabulary quiz was postponed. It will be next week, exact date TBA (check blog for updates!) After reviewing and quizzing vocabulary from pages 138-139, students will learn how to conjugate regular -ER and -IR verbs. Extra help, make-ups, and re-takes are available after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Stay updated with my classroom blog at www.msmirabellaspanish.wordpress.com.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students should plan to have their Chapter 5 Vocabulary Quiz on Tuesday or Wednesday next week. Check the blog for links to Quizlet to help with review:

http://senorabarkleyespanol.blogspot.com/2016/05/7th-grade-quizlet-links-for-chapter-5.html

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be completing Chapter 3 on the school with a quiz on the -are verbs used in sentences. Then they will begin Chapter 4 on the family.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –    Students will be finishing up the lessons on the skin and the danger to our skin from ultraviolet radiation.  Students will then work in groups to create an advertisement for a skin care product.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be working in groups designing commercials on the skin and sun protection products.  Students will be presenting their projects the second week of classes.  All students will be visiting the “Family Diversity” photo exhibit in the media center during health class.  Students will be working in pairs using their ipads to answer questions about the exhibit.  

 

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