Grade 7 Newsletters

7A

September 19, 2014

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.  Next, we will investigate the questions: Where does life come from?  What is the origin(s) of life?  Many fascinating demonstrations and activities will engage student learning and reinforce concepts.  Students will be observing two pumpkins over time; one that is carved and one that is intact.  Students will be measuring and comparing the results on a daily basis.  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 Monday evening, 9/22.

Math: (Mrs. Forrest)- Students have been working on variables, variable expressions, order of operations with exponents and

the analysis of histograms.  They will have a test on these concepts next Tuesday,  September 22, 2014.

Students will then begin exploring the application of variables and variable expressions in equations both mental and written. Also, students will apply the formulas for area, perimeter and distance to problem solving situations.   Finally, students will be creating a circle graph in their computer class to display the data from the survey that they created and then gave during math class.    Our 7A team is looking forward to seeing you all at “Back to School” night on Monday, Sept. 22.

Language Arts:  (Mrs. Kotarakos) –  Today, we finished our unit on “The Red Kayak”.  We will have a Vocabulary quiz on Tuesday, 9/23 based on list 2 from “The Red Kayak”.  A list of literary terms will be the new vocabulary words for students to learn.  In grammar, students will begin a unit on nouns, the first of the eight parts of speech. Also, we will visit the school library on Monday, 9/22 to give students an opportunity to find a fiction book for their October book report.  All students must have a book approved by me no later than Wednesday, 9/24.  The first book report will be due Friday, 10/18.  Directions will be handed out in class next week and will also be available on my blog.  Next week we will start working on a friendship essay in class.  Students will receive the assignment guidelines and rubrics in class next week.

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) –We have now the first section of our text that included topics such a the origins of man, evolution, the Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages, and archaeology. Students enjoyed participating in our own archaeological dig in the classroom. They did a very nice job on their timelines which have been returned to them. We will be moving on to the civilization of Mesopotamia. We will focus on the geographical features that lent themselves to the development of a civilization in this part of the world,  the meaning of the “fertile crescent”, and the written language of Mesopotamia, cuneiform. Students will be acting as “scribes” using a reed stylus to write cuneiform pictographs on “clay” tablets. We also will continue to construct study guides for each section of the text by completing Chapter Preview Sheets. This will reinforce study skills and help students to develop note taking skills. Daily homework assignments and other important information can be accessed via my blog: http://7asocialstudies.blogspot.com/

 

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will be reviewing for their greetings and conversation quiz. The quiz itself will be given on Tuesday 9/23 (7A & C) and Wednesday 9/24 (7B). Following the quiz, students will spend the remainder of the week learning the days of the week and months of the year in Spanish. The following week, students will be quizzed on the days of the week and months of the year early in the week (exact date TBA in class). Then, they will learn the numbers #1-100 in Spanish. Extra help is available after school Tuesdays & Thursdays, and is encouraged if a student is interested in some additional practice before a quiz!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) –  Spanish students will be continuing work on the days of the week, months of the year, and seasons. We will also be studying the numbers from 1-30 and how to express the date.

Spanish: (Mrs. Barkley) – Students will be quizzed on their Preliminary Vocabulary and writing the date on Tuesday. Then they will begin learning how to have short conversations as well as ask and answer some simple questions.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning how to tell time in Italian (pages 11 – 15). They will also learn the numbers from 11 to 20 and the decades on page 9. When ready they will have a quiz on each of the three topics.

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students are discussing bullying: why it happens, who best can stop it, and some of our underlying beliefs that may actually allow bullying to continue.  Check out https://sites.google.com/a/bpsk12.org/mrs-fay-s-7th-grade-health-class  for more information.

7B 

September 19, 2014

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  The students did a great job bringing in and explaining their “living” object 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 mini project that expresses these characteristics and it is due on Monday, September 22nd.  There also will be a quiz on the eight characteristics of living things some time next week.  From there, we will move on to classification.  I am looking forward to meeting you all on Monday evening at “Back to School Night”.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks, we will be working with integer subtraction, multiplication, and division and applications of those operations. We will also begin exploring the associative, commutative and distributive number properties.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) –  Next week we will finish our Red Kayak unit with a test on Monday and vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.  A list of literary terms will be the new vocabulary words for students to learn.  In grammar, students will begin a unit on nouns, the first of the eight parts of speech. Also, we will visit the school library to give students an opportunity to find a fiction book for their October book report.  All students must have a book approved by me no later than Wednesday, 9/24.  The first book report will be due Friday, 10/18.  Directions will be handed out in class next week and will also be available on my blog.  Next week we will start working on a friendship essay in class.  Students will receive the assignment guidelines and rubrics in class next week.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – We just finished our first quiz of the year on reading timelines and we are continuing to look at prehistoric life and the characteristics of civilization.  Our team will be creating characteristic collages next week that touch on the six major characteristics.  Hope to see you all Monday night!

 

French (Mme Pescatore) –  After completing Lesson 1 with a quiz, French students will be learning how to say where they are from, a few nationalities, and basic agreement of adjectives in Lesson 2.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing for their greetings and conversation quiz. The quiz itself will be given on Tuesday 9/23 (7A & C) and Wednesday 9/24 (7B). Following the quiz, students will spend the remainder of the week learning the days of the week and months of the year in Spanish. The following week, students will be quizzed on the days of the week and months of the year early in the week (exact date TBA in class). Then, they will learn the numbers #1-100 in Spanish. Extra help is available after school Tuesdays & Thursdays, and is encouraged if a student is interested in some additional practice before a quiz!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) –  Spanish students will be continuing work on the days of the week, months of the year, and seasons. We will also be studying the numbers from 1-30 and how to express the date.

Latin: (Mr. Sullivan) – Students will be quizzed on Stage 1 vocabulary; they will continue translating the paragraph on page 25; and they will read the entry and analyze the contents of Augustus’s journal in which he compares the founding of an empire with the compositions of poets, particularly the writings of Horace and Virgil.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –Students are discussing bullying: why it happens, who best can stop it, and some of our underlying beliefs that may actually allow bullying to continue.  Check out https://sites.google.com/a/bpsk12.org/mrs-fay-s-7th-grade-health-class for more information.

 

7C

       September 19, 2014

Science: (Mrs. Scelsi) – For the week of September 22nd, we will be focusing on the characteristics of living things.  I will be assigning a project for the students on Monday (9/22) and it will be due on the following Monday (9/29).  I will be spending a good deal of time working on this project in class, but some of the work will need to be completed at home.  There will be a quiz on Friday (9/26) which will cover the characteristics of life and a few of the scientific method topics that we have been reviewing.  The following week, we will be conducting a scientific experiment using brine shrimp. The students will be designing a lab that will either focus on the hatching rates of brine shrimp or their responses to certain stimuli.  I am looking forward to meeting you at our back to school night on Monday.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – In Math, we will be working on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers. Some geometry will be reviewed (finding area and perimeter of basic geometric shapes) in preparation for an upcoming quilt/floor design project.  There will be a quiz on adding and subtracting integers on Fri, Sept. 26th and on multiplying and dividing integers on Thurs, Oct. 2nd. We will do problem solving weekly. Extra help is available after school – please have your child check the board for the days.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – Next week we will begin an in-depth study of the eight parts of speech in grammar classes.  “Nouns” will be first with special attention given to concrete, abstract, collective, compound, and possessive forms.  A quiz on this unit is tentatively scheduled for Monday, 10/6 – a study group will be held after school on Thursday, 10/2, until 2:30 (please arrange transportation ahead of time).  We will also be completing our work on Red Kayak – the List II vocabulary quiz will be given on Wednesday, 9/24.  We will then begin a series of short stories with a focus on plot development.  The vocabulary quiz for the first story, “Rikki-tikki-tavi”, is scheduled for Friday, 10/3.  Finally, I will be taking all blocks to the library on Wednesday, 9/24, for the purpose of choosing book report books, if necessary – all students must have books checked by Friday, 10/3 – book choices may NOT be changed after this date.  All book report information for the entire year has been distributed in class and is also posted on our class blog.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – I look forward to meeting many of our parents at our Back to School night this Monday, Sept. 22nd. In Social Studies, students did a wonderful job on their Timeline projects. We have moved passed early humans and are now looking at the first civilizations in Mesopotamia. A quiz on sections 1 and 2 of chapter 1 is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 24th. Next week, students will also begin work on a project focusing on Hammurabi’s Code of Law. Please check my blog: 7CSS@wordpress.com for project details and updates on our class.

 

French: (Mme Abrams) –.After completing Lesson 1 with a quiz, French students will be learning how to say where they are from, a few nationalities, and basic agreement of adjectives in Lesson 2.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing for their greetings and conversation quiz. The quiz itself will be given on Tuesday 9/23 (7A & C) and Wednesday 9/24 (7B). Following the quiz, students will spend the remainder of the week learning the days of the week and months of the year in Spanish. The following week, students will be quizzed on the days of the week and months of the year early in the week (exact date TBA in class). Then, they will learn the numbers #1-100 in Spanish. Extra help is available after school Tuesdays & Thursdays, and is encouraged if a student is interested in some additional practice before a quiz!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students will be quizzed on their Preliminary Vocabulary and writing the date on Tuesday. Then they will begin learning how to have short conversations as well as ask and answer some simple questions.

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be learning how to tell time in Italian (pages 11 – 15). They will also learn the numbers from 11 to 20 and the decades on page 9. When ready they will have a quiz on each of the three topics.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –Students are discussing bullying: why it happens, who best can stop it, and some of our underlying beliefs that may actually allow bullying to continue.  Check out https://sites.google.com/a/bpsk12.org/mrs-fay-s-7th-grade-health-class for more information.

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