After break the math 7 kids will be working on doing operations with rational numbers! The math 7/8 kids will be working on rational and irrational numbers. It was a pleasure working with all of you! Take care, Mr. Cody.
Coming up after Winter Break we will be looking closely at informational and argumentative texts, and learning how to read these texts differently than literature. We will learn how to construct these texts on our own, making claims and supporting them with solid evidence. We will also analyze author’s word choice and how that affects the reader’s perspective.
In social studies, Team 7-1 has finished our study of ancient Egypt, and we’re moving on to the final two river civilizations. We’ll be learning about the Indus Valley and China in January and February. We’re also working on writing document based essays, which means we have to work hard to support ideas with evidence from the text. Let’s all keep working hard in 2014!
We are starting the Chemistry Unit in January. We will connect this unit with the Earth History Unit and will review the chemistry that took place during the development of early Earth. Students will study the following concepts for 7th grade: All matter is made of atoms, elements have unique atoms and unique properties, different arrangements of atoms into groups compose all substances, explain the relationships among mass, weight, volume, and density, and mixtures of substances can be separated based on their properties. We will review some concepts that students learned in 6th grade, such as describing matter, the three states (phases) of matter, how matter changes phase, properties of matter, the difference between mass and weight, and describing and measuring density. We will complete many labs during this unit, so we need to review lab safety. We will continue with our scientific explanation writing: claim, evidence, reasoning, and rebuttal. We will also introduce/review important vocabulary such as independent variable, dependent variable, control, controlled variables, experimental error, data table, graph, and background information. Make sure you are keeping your binder organized!
Language Arts is working through many things. We continue to review comma usage and build vocabulary through our study of word parts. We are over halfway through Julius Caesar, which compliments the study of Ancient Rome in Social Studies. We are learning about basic visual and sound devices used to create meaning in film, many literary techniques and terms, comparing/contrasting fictional and historical accounts of events, and, as always, working to improve our writing. Please continue to talk with your child about what they are learning and doing. Thank you for your support.
In social studies we are still working on our Enduring Achievements unit and exploring how the classical civilizations of Greece, Rome, and China have impacted our modern world. During the month of January we will look at classical Chinese achievements. Then we will wrap the unit up as we examine how Roman roads influenced modern cities, compare the Roman Coliseum to modern stadiums, and study the impact Latin has on other languages.
I hope everyone is rested from the holidays and ready to being the New Year. In science, team 7-2 students continue working on Chemistry. Specifically, we focus on pure substances versus mixtures and separating solutions. As always, we continue practicing writing claim/evidence/reasoning paragraphs and I continually look for ways to incorporate STEM.
In science this month we continue our study of chemistry. Students will be involved in many hands-on activities as they explore properties of matter, elements and compounds, and mixtures. We are looking forward to our field trip on January 9 to see Walking with Dinosaurs 3D. We just cleaned out our binders before Winter Break, so we have started a brand new table of contents and continue to focus on staying organized. I would also like to say welcome back to Mrs. Fox. We missed you!
During the month of January, Math 7 will investigate and apply properties of positive and negative numbers. Math 7/8 will be working on radicals in preparation for our unit on Pythagorean Theorem. If your child is struggling to keep up, encourage him or her to come in at recess for extra help!
We are halfway through our Ancient Greece Unit. We have spent the last couple of weeks focusing on the city-states Athens and Sparta which included Instagram persuasive posters. After break we will be focusing on Greek contributions to modern society and Alexander the Great!
Welcome back and Happy 2014! Mrs. Stanton and Mrs. Clarke’s Math 7 classes have started off the New Year continuing their work around operations with rational numbers. Prior to the break, we worked to identify and represent positive and negative integers in context. We will review integer addition and subtraction and also include positive and negative fractions and decimals. Students will visually represent their work through number lines, algebra tiles, and algorithms. Students will also work to understand the meaning of zero pairs and their importance in working with integers. Math 7 students will also multiply and divide rational numbers. Students will review integer multiplication and division and include positive and negative fractions and decimals in their work. Finally, students will work to solve multi-step problems in context and apply their reasoning to real-world problems. Up next….expressions and equations. Ask your child about Hands On Equations later in January! As a reminder, Mrs. Stanton and Mrs. Clarke are available every Tuesday and Thursday during Recess and Tuesdays after school for support.