Grade 7 Newsletters 9/18/2015

7A

September 18, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Students will continue their study of living things as we experiment with brine shrimp.  Students will be working in groups to design an experiment and conduct a laboratory investigation to determine how different factors may affect the hatching and development of brine shrimp eggs.  This will culminate with a group presentation and a written lab report.  Next,  we will be learning about ecology.  Students should continue to follow my blog http://mrspratts7thgradelifescience.blogspot.com/ for assignments.  I am looking forward to meeting you all at our “Back to School Night” on Thursday evening, 9/24.  

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) –   Students have just wrapped up their work on order of operations and variable expressions with a test yesterday. They are now exploring integers: positive and negative whole numbers.  Students will then investigate their absolute values and evaluate them in the four operations.  Finally, they will continue to problem solve using a variety of strategies such as guess and test, draw a diagram, estimation, etc. We hope to see parents and guardians at our Back to School Night on Thursday, September 24!

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – It has been a very busy week in ELA!  We started off the week learning about theme and practicing the steps of finding themes.  We then moved on to discussing Point of View, reliable and unreliable narrators, and how to infer other characters’ points of view.  We also began our grammar unit on types of sentences, and students received their grammar textbooks – which will be kept at home.  Students will be taking a quiz on Monday that will cover theme and point of view, and ask students to apply these new skills to a new short story.  They were given a study guide in class yesterday, and we are going over it today in order to make sure students are completely prepared for Monday. Thank you, looking forward to meeting parents next week!

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – This week we have discussed the origins of man including hominids, evolution, the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods, and how the domestication of animals and the farming revolution contributed to the development of civilization. Students participated in our own “archaeological dig.” In class they gridded a site, dug for fossils and artifacts, and analyzed what they discovered. They discussed what the objects are, who used them, why they were used, and what the objects could tell them about the civilization that produced them. A quiz on section 1 was administered on Friday. Check Aspen for your child’s grade. Next week, the Mesopotamian civilization will be introduced.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will review their unit on Spanish speaking countries and their capitals by playing Kahoot! The quiz on this material is scheduled for Tuesday, 9/22. Following the quiz, students will begin exploring Spanish greetings, goodbyes, and other conversational phrases. The following week, students will wrap up this unit, and should expect a quiz on Friday, 10/2. Extra Help is available in my room after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working on days of the week, months of the year, and seasons. Students should now have books covered – thank you to Market Basket in Billerica who donated paper bags.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will learn the numbers from one to twenty on page 9 and how to tell time in Italian (pages 11 – 16).

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be discussing different common beliefs about bullying, and analyzing whether these beliefs contribute to bullying or not. Students will view video clips and discern whether the situation is bullying or not, and what strategies might be appropriate.

Latin (Mr. Sullivan) – This week, students finished Stage 1 and began working on Stage 2 of our textbook. We began learning new vocabulary and have read closely the Stage 2 story about the merchant, paying attention to figuring out how Latin words work in a sentence and how this differs from English. We will be finishing our first discussion on the Latin noun system (subjects, direct objects, and objects of prepositions), practicing using these concepts, and exploring how these concepts play out in the next series of stories through the beginning of next week. Students should expect a vocabulary quiz on Stage 2 on Monday, 9/21, and a longer quiz on all of Stage 2 on Thursday, 9/24. We will begin Stage 3 on Friday, 9/25.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  – Students will be discussing different common beliefs about bullying, and analyzing whether these beliefs contribute to bullying or not. Students will view video clips and discern whether the situation is bullying or not, and what strategies might be appropriate.

7B

September 18, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  The students did a great job bringing in and explaining their “living” thing from home.  We had quite a few interesting ones!  This past week we have been concentrating on the characteristics of living things.  They have been assigned a project that expresses these characteristics and it is due on Wednesday, September 23rd.  There also will be a quiz on the eight characteristics of living things some time at the end of next week.  From there we will move on to Ecology discussing ecosystems and the populations of different species that reside in different environments.  I am looking forward to meeting you all next Thursday evening at our “Back to School Night”.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will learn about multiplying and dividing integers and how to apply the Order of Operations to integer calculations. Then we will begin to work with rational numbers, specifically adding and subtracting fractions with common and different denominators. Looking forward to meeting many of you at Back to School Night on the 24th.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) –  We are continuing to discuss Red Kayak and are paying close attention to setting, theme, characterization, and plot. Student will complete their first writing assignment at the end of the unit. Students took the vocab quiz for list one on Thursday and received the second vocab list for the novel. A quiz is tentatively scheduled for 9/25. We will be continuing to focus on parts of a sentence and will have a quiz at the end of the section. A date will be announced on the class website. Book report books are due 9/22 and are required to be with the students everyday. All blocks went to the library today to look at fiction books. Specific guidelines for the report will be given out next week. All handouts for the book reports can be found on the website under “book reports.”

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – By the time you have received this transmission, we will have had our first quiz on how to read a timeline, (BC v. AD), we’ll be looking at the life of early humans and we will have met our cavemen friend.  We’ll continue to look at the work of archaeologists and we’ll attempt to piece together our own lost artifacts.

French (Mme Pescatore) – Students will complete Lesson 1 and will have a quiz on the lesson (pages 14 – 17). Then they will begin Lesson 2 and will be talking about nationalities using proper agreement of adjectives with the nouns that they modify.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will review their unit on Spanish speaking countries and their capitals by playing Kahoot! The quiz on this material is scheduled for Wednesday, 9/23. Following the quiz, students will begin exploring Spanish greetings, goodbyes, and other conversational phrases. The following week, students will wrap up this unit, and should expect a quiz on Friday, 10/2. Extra Help is available in my room after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working on days of the week, months of the year, and seasons. Students should now have books covered – thank you to Market Basket in Billerica who donated paper bags.

Latin (Mr. Sullivan) – This week, students finished Stage 1 and began working on Stage 2 of our textbook. We began learning new vocabulary and have read closely the Stage 2 story about the merchant, paying attention to figuring out how Latin words work in a sentence and how this differs from English. We will be finishing our first discussion on the Latin noun system (subjects, direct objects, and objects of prepositions), practicing using these concepts, and exploring how these concepts play out in the next series of stories through the beginning of next week. Students should expect a vocabulary quiz on Stage 2 on Monday, 9/21, and a longer quiz on all of Stage 2 on Thursday, 9/24. We will begin Stage 3 on Friday, 9/25.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  – Students will be discussing different common beliefs about bullying, and analyzing whether these beliefs contribute to bullying or not. Students will view video clips and discern whether the situation is bullying or not, and what strategies might be appropriate.

   7C

September 18, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – We have completed our first quiz on Living Things and their projects are due on September 22nd.  I can’t wait to see them!  We will begin brainstorming for the Brine Shrimp experiment early in the week.  This experiment is student-designed and will consider different variables that can affect the hatching rate of brine shrimp.  This will be a group activity completed in class over the next several days and will culminate with a group presentation and a written lab report.  I look forward to meeting you at our annual Back-to-School night on Thursday, the 24th.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We are into Ch. 2 exploring multiplying and dividing integers. There will be a short quiz on this Thursday, 9/24. Next we will be working on number properties including Commutative, Associative, and Distributive. Homework is assigned nightly and can be seen on the blog (and should be written in agendas during class).  After school help will be M and W next week – this will be on the blog as well. I look forward to seeing you at the Back to School Night on the 24th.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – We are close to completing our unit on “Parts of a Sentence”. A quiz is scheduled for Friday, 9/25 – the format of the quiz will be discussed in class ahead of time and a preview in class should help students focus their studying.  We will then begin an extensive review of the “Parts of Speech”.  “Nouns” will be the first topic with special attention given to concrete, abstract, compound, and possessive nouns.  For Literature we will begin a series of short stories with a focus on plot development.  Graphic organizers will be introduced in class as students demonstrate knowledge of conflict, climax, and resolution.  The “Rikki-tikki-tavi” vocabulary quiz will be given on Monday, 9/28.  Finally, information on book reports for the entire year will be distributed in class next week.  Please be sure to review this with your children!  The information will also be available all year on the class blog if paper copies of guidelines are misplaced.  All blocks will visit the school library on Wednesday, 9/30, to choose books, if necessary,  for the October report.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Students did an amazing job on their Timeline Projects, which demonstrated their mastery of understanding the difference between B.C. and A.D. This past week, we began to look at the earliest civilization of Mesopotamia. A quiz on Sections 1 and 2 of Chapter One is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23. I look forward to telling you more about this year in Social Studies at Back to School Night on Thursday.

French: (Mme Abrams) – After a quiz on Lesson 1, French students will be studying Lesson 2, talking about nationalities and agreement of adjectives with the nouns they modify. Students should now have books covered – thank you to Market Basket in Billerica who donated paper bags.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will review their unit on Spanish speaking countries and their capitals by playing Kahoot! The quiz on this material is scheduled for Tuesday, 9/22. Following the quiz, students will begin exploring Spanish greetings, goodbyes, and other conversational phrases. The following week, students will wrap up this unit, and should expect a quiz on Friday, 10/2. Extra Help is available in my room after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students are working on learning their Preliminary vocabulary words. Don’t forget to study the spelling as well as pronunciation.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will learn the numbers from one to twenty on page 9 and how to tell time in Italian (pages 11 – 16).  

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be discussing different common beliefs about bullying, and analyzing whether these beliefs contribute to bullying or not. Students will view video clips and discern whether the situation is bullying or not, and what strategies might be appropriate.

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