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In Science, we are finishing the Chemistry Unit and moving on the Life Sciences Unit. In this unit, we will be studying cells as well as photosynthesis and respiration. Students will learn how cells are the smallest unit of life that can function independently and perform all the necessary functions of life. Students will also learn how photosynthesis and cell respiration are important processes so that organisms have energy. Don't forget what you learned in the Chemistry Unit as we study these chemical reactions. Students need to continue asking questions when needed, come in for recess to complete work when needed, check for missing assignments when absent, and keep an organized binder!
 
As we begin third quarter we are wrapping up our study of ancient India and will be learning about the beginnings of civilization in China in the coming weeks.  At this point students should have a solid grasp on how river systems created a foundation for civilizations around the world.  We are strengthening our writing skills and learning to analyze history from multiple points of view and students will be gearing up for our first in-class debate in the next few weeks!
 
It’s great to be back with your wonderful students!  In February, we will be continuing our work with operations on rational numbers (positive and negative whole numbers, zero, ratios of positive and negative whole numbers, and positive and negative decimals). We will have a quiz on the first part of our unit, on adding and subtracting rational numbers, on Wednesday, February 5.  In Math 7/8, we will be finishing our unit on the Pythagorean Theorem with additional applications where we can use it to solve all kinds of problems.
 
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Language Arts continues to work on grammar conventions, parts of speech, and word parts.  We just finished a unit using Julius Caesar to cover many different 7th grade language arts standards.  These included:  Analyze how an author develops and contrasts points of view of different characters in or narrators in text, Compare and contrast a drama to its audio / filmed version, analyzing the effects of techniques used in each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, camera focus / angle), Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history, Interpret a variety of graphical representations and connect them to information in the text, Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence, and Develop and strengthen writing by revising, editing, and rewriting. 

We are excited to begin a new unit using Beowulf and excerpts from the novel Grendel.  We will address a variety of different standards using these texts.  Further, in Social Studies, students will examine how, depending on one's perspective, the same historical figure may be viewed as either a hero or a villain.  Students will apply this idea to the characters Beowulf and Grendel.
 
In Social Studies students wrapped up our study of classical civilizations by creating newscasts that focused on the achievements of the Ancient Greece, Rome and China. Next up we will be focusing on important historical figures who can be perceived as both a hero or a villain. Students will be exploring a similar hero or villain theme in Language Arts as they read the epic poem, Beowulf. 
 
 
 
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January was a very busy month for Mrs. Clarke and Mrs. Stanton’s Math 7 classes.  We spent most of the month modeling integer operations and developing an understanding around why the integer operation algorithms work.  February will be a very busy month too as we move forward in our work around ratios and proportional reasoning.  Students will compare unit rates, determine if two ratios are proportional and solve multi-step ratio and percent problems in context.  Math 7 classes will identify unit rates in tables, graphs, and equations and work in writing equations from proportional relationships.  Please note the change in our coursework as we have moved our Expressions and Equations unit to March.  Mrs. Stanton and Mrs. Clarke are available for extra support Tuesdays and Thursday during Recess and Tuesdays after school from 3:05-4:00 p.m. in Room 310. 
 
Polynomials have been the focus of Mrs. Stanton’s Algebra classes this month.  Unit 5 has been one of our longest units while covering an essential Algebra topic…..factoring polynomials.  We will wrap up our Unit 5 work the beginning of February and move into Unit 6 (Introduction to Functions).  We will be completing a mid-year exam after Unit 5.  Details will follow very soon!  Unit 6 will be a quick unit of study.  Algebra students will focus on the vocabulary involved with functions, evaluating functions, different forms of a function, and writing function rules.  March will lead us into modeling linear functions.  Please remember Mrs. Stanton is available Tuesdays and Thursdays during Recess and Thursdays after school from 3:05-4pm in Room 310.
 
 
 
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