Grade 7 Newsletters 5/8/2015

7A

May 8, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students will continue in their study of the Human Body Systems.  Next week, we will explore the nervous system and learn about the brain, spinal cord, and neurons.  Performing “the wave”, students will simulate nerve impulse movement across synapses. We will also 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.  We will research specific communicable diseases and students will create a small “Wanted Poster”.  Many activities, demonstrations, and labs will reinforce concepts and engage student learning.

Math: (Mrs. Forrest)-   Students did very well on the quiz on angles,polygons and missing angle measures.  They are now exploring the area and surface area of two and three dimensional figures.  The importance of knowing how to use a formula is being stressed as they use a variety of different formulas.  Students will then investigate the formulas for finding the volume of three dimensional figures and research the figures created when taking a cross-section of a figure.  Finally, the Math PARCC End of Year Assessment Test will be May 21 and 22.

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) – Earlier this week students started to research four different topics to get ready to write their persuasive essays.  Today in class, students starting writing a five paragraph persuasive essay based on their research.  There final draft will be written in class on Tuesday, May 13th.  We will then begin reading our final novel, I Promised I Would Tell.  In grammar, we will wrap up our unit on prepositional phrases, conjunctions, and interjections with a test on Friday, May 15.  We will then review all eight parts of speech and how they are used in sentences.   Book reports are due on Wednesday, May 14th.  Oral presentations will start that day.  In addition, the ELA PARCC testing will begin on May 18th.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) –Next week we will continue to study ancient Rome including the time period of the early Roman empire and Pax Romana, the long era of peace and prosperity during which many of the advances associated with the Roman Empire were made. In addition, we will be focusing on the Julio-Claudian emperors and the “good” emperors and their accomplishments. A test on Chapter 8 will be given on Thursday, May 14. Also, a final exam is scheduled for June 8th. A study guide will be provided for students to take home in addition to the activities planned for reviewing the material in class.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will begin learning vocabulary from Chapter 5

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be working with the first section (Words 1) of the food vocabulary in Chapter 5. They will play two review games, and take a Words 1 Vocabulary Quiz on Wednesday, 5/13 (7C) and Thursday, 5/14 (7A & B). Extra Help will be available after school on Tuesday, 5/12. After that, students will be introduced to Words 2, which contains the rest of the food vocabulary and meals for Chapter 5. Students will review and take a vocabulary quiz on Words 2 on Friday, 5/22. Extra Help will be available on Tuesday, 5/19 and Thursday, 5/21.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will present their restaurant conversations early next week. We will then begin studying vocabulary of food items found in Palabras 2 in Chapter 5. Students can expect a quiz either at the end of the week or during the following week. Quizlet site for practice: quizlet.com/43385959

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will begin Chapter 4, La Famiglia (The Family), and will learn family vocabulary on page 82. They will also learn how to use the irregular verb avere to express age, ownership and some aches and pains. There will be quizzes on avere (page 87) and school subjects (page 69).

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) – Students will finish up the unit on puberty by learning about some common problems experienced during puberty. There will also be a quiz on the healthy changes of puberty.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be finishing the group skin commercials.  STudents will choose product and design a skin commercial using imovie, Book Creator or another ipad app.  The following week students will start the unit on Puberty.

7B

May 8, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  We have just finished with the circulatory and respiratory systems.  Next week students will put their knowledge of the two systems to the test by participating in a hands on lab with a pig’s heart and lungs.  We have started the urinary system and are discussing how the kidneys work and what happens when they do not function properly.  From there, we will be moving on to the nervous system and talk about the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will continue working with geometry-related topics. We will be focusing on the calculation of area, surface area, and volume of two and three dimensional shapes. We will also study the two-dimensional parts that make up three-dimensional shapes. PARCC testing is scheduled for mornings on May 18-21. It is important that the children get to school on time each of those days as the testing starts shortly after homeroom period ends.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – Students had been working on creating Holocaust books to research important facts about that time in history to prepare for when we begin reading our final novel, I Promised I Would Tell  next week.  In grammar, we will wrap up our unit on prepositional phrases, conjunctions, and interjections. We will then review all eight parts of speech and how they are used in sentences.   Book reports are due on Wednesday, May 14th.  Oral presentations will start that day.  In addition, the ELA PARCC testing will begin on May 18th.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We are in Rome, and as the republic slips away, the empire is on the rise (a little dramatic, I know).  We’ll be looking at the rise to power of Julius Caesar, his assassination and the birth of the empire under Augustus.  We’ll also be making roman menus, roman god & goddess posters and pop up books.

French (Mme Pescatore) –   French students will be working in Lesson 13, talking about what they want and do not want to do. They will study conversational questions and answers related to inviting a friend, accepting and declining invitations.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be working with the first section (Words 1) of the food vocabulary in Chapter 5. They will play two review games, and take a Words 1 Vocabulary Quiz on Wednesday, 5/13 (7C) and Thursday, 5/14 (7A & B). Extra Help will be available after school on Tuesday, 5/12. After that, students will be introduced to Words 2, which contains the rest of the food vocabulary and meals for Chapter 5. Students will review and take a vocabulary quiz on Words 2 on Friday, 5/22. Extra Help will be available on Tuesday, 5/19 and Thursday, 5/21.

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will present their restaurant conversations early next week. We will then begin studying vocabulary of food items found in Palabras 2 in Chapter 5. Students can expect a quiz either at the end of the week or during the following week. Quizlet site for practice: quizlet.com/43385959

Latin (Mrs. Matthews) – Next week students will learn about gladiators in ancient Rome and Pompeii. The students will learn more about the accusative singular and plural. On Friday we will have a vocabulary quiz.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will finish up the unit on puberty by learning about some common problems experienced during puberty. There will also be a quiz on the healthy changes of puberty.

Health (Ms. Eovine) – –  Students will be finishing the group skin commercials.  STudents will choose product and design a skin commercial using imovie, Book Creator or another ipad app.  The following week students will start the unit on Puberty.

   7C

May 8, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – For the week of May 5th to May 11th we will continue to study the human body.  We will cover the nervous system, and the immune system. Dr. Arnaud Colantonio from Novartis will be spending the day with us on Thursday, May 14th to discuss the immune system, science careers and current technology/events  in the field of immunology.  We will begin our study of evolution the following week.  We will start with a brief look at the life of Charles Darwin and continue with the concept of natural selection. We will end the topic of evolution with a look at the evolution and adaptations of primates.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We will be covering a variety of topics as we cover some remaining items of the Gr.7 /Common Core curriculum and review for the upcoming PARCC test. We will look at surface area and volume of spheres and prisms, delve into more probability problems, as well as explore functions, tables, and graphs. We will look at sample problems from the PARCC end of year assessment to help with our review. Homework and extra help days will be posted on the blog.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – Our review of punctuation rules will continue next week in preparation for a quiz scheduled for Friday, 5/15 – the specific punctuation marks to be covered will be outlined in class.  Students should know all rules outlined in the grammar textbook where examples are also provided for illustration of each rule.  We will also continue our reading of I Promised I Would Tell – home reading assignments will be evaluated with open responses in class.  Due to PARCC testing, the List II vocabulary quiz will not be given until Friday, 5/22.  Finally, book report books should be brought to class on Wednesdays, 5/13 and 5/20 – ORAL book reports will begin in all classes on Tuesday, 5/26 – please check guidelines.  PARCC testing will take place the week of May 18th…please be sure students are on time for school as testing begins directly after homeroom.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – With the death of Caesar, the Roman Republic has come to an end, bringing in the new era of the Roman Empire! There will be a Chapter 8 test on Tuesday, May 12th. Please come to class prepared with a sharpened pencil. An afterschool review session will be held on Monday, May 11th from 2-2:30. We will next look at Chapter 9, which focuses on Roman culture, the fall of Rome, and the Byzantine Empire.

French: (Mme Abrams) –  French students will be working in Lesson 13, talking about what they want and do not want to do. They will study conversational questions and answers related to inviting a friend, accepting and declining invitations.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be working with the first section (Words 1) of the food vocabulary in Chapter 5. They will play two review games, and take a Words 1 Vocabulary Quiz on Wednesday, 5/13 (7C) and Thursday, 5/14 (7A & B). Extra Help will be available after school on Tuesday, 5/12. After that, students will be introduced to Words 2, which contains the rest of the food vocabulary and meals for Chapter 5. Students will review and take a vocabulary quiz on Words 2 on Friday, 5/22. Extra Help will be available on Tuesday, 5/19 and Thursday, 5/21.

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will begin learning vocabulary from Chapter 5

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will begin Chapter 4, La Famiglia (The Family), and will learn family vocabulary on page 82. They will also learn how to use the irregular verb avere to express age, ownership and some aches and pains. There will be quizzes on avere (page 87) and school subjects (page 69).

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will finish up the unit on puberty by learning about some common problems experienced during puberty. There will also be a quiz on the healthy changes of puberty.

Health (Ms. Eovine) – –  Students will be finishing the group skin commercials.  STudents will choose product and design a skin commercial using imovie, Book Creator or another ipad app.  The following week students will start the unit on Puberty.

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