In Science, we are finishing the Earth History unit. We will have our first unit test near the end of November. Students will receive a study guide at least one week before the unit test. We will also have another notebook quiz before the unit test to encourage students to have an organized binder. This organization will help students study for the unit test. After the unit test, students will clean out their binders and store their science papers in the classroom. These papers will be returned at the end of the year as students prepare for the open-note final exam. Our next unit will combine early Earth with chemistry.
Social studies students are beginning our study of ancient Egypt! We will investigate the rise of Egyptian civilization and look at how the empire developed from the Old Kingdom through the New Kingdom. We will explore the tombs and temples of the pharaohs throughout the Nile River Valley, and learn about some of the most important achievements from this age. As we progress, we’ll be comparing this civilization to that of Mesopotamia, which was our last unit before the break. If students have artifacts or books about this time period, they are welcome to bring them in to share with the class!
I hope everyone is relaxed from fall break and ready to start 2nd quarter off on a positive note! In Science, we will continue to study Earth History. After break we dive into the geologic timescale to examine the major biological and geological changes throughout Earth’s history. This will take us up to Thanksgiving Break. Before break there will be a large unit assessment, which will cover everything we have learned so far in 7th grade science. Don’t worry; we will have a lot of preparation! In addition to science content, we continue to work on our science journals and scientific explanations.
In science this month we continue our study of Earth History. We will survey the eras and gain an understanding of the major geological and biological events during each era. Students continue to focus on organization with the science binder and we will learn new study skills as we prepare for the end of the unit assessment for Earth History. Our next unit of study will be cells.
During the month of November, Math-7 classes will continue their study of probability by investigating compound events (the probability of two or more events happening). In Math-7/8 classes, we will wrap up the unit on algebraic equations and exponents at the end of November. I will continue to reinforce showing work in a clear methodical manner. This skill will be imperative for future courses.
During the month of November all students will participate in a joint research project between LA and Science. We will be researching cloning and then writing an argumentative paper as well. All of the work will happen in class- it will not be homework! We will also continue our study of vocabulary and word parts in all classes. LA classes will be reading Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli and Adv. LA will be reading Chinese Cinderella, by Adeline Yen Mah. We will work on reading strategies with each of the novels including vocabulary in context.
I will be out due to surgery from November 14 through the end of winter break. Mrs. Judy Cornella, a retired Language Arts teacher, will be filling in for me. She is looking forward to working with the kids. They will be continuing what we started the beginning of the quarter. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. I will be doing my best to keep up with COLE and I will keep up with the grading as well.
Mrs. Stanton and Mrs. Clarke’s Math 7 classes have moved into our second unit of study: Probability! Students worked in developing an understanding of experimental and theoretical probability. Through various activities and experiments, students compared how experimental probability differs from theoretical probability and reasons for this variation. Students also worked to understand that discrepancies can be a result of a “small” experiment and that with many trials data will approach the theoretical probability. Math 7 classes will continue their work with probability relating to compound events. Students will model the likelihood of compound events through the design and simulation process. As always, thank you for your continued support and communication.
Mrs. Stanton’s Algebra 1 classes have concluded our work with data, units and measurement and moved into our third unit of study: Applications of Exponents. Students will review and use the exponent rules in making connections through various activities. Algebra 1 students will then transition to our fourth unit: Applications of Radicals. Students will work in simplifying radicals (including rationalizing the denominator), operations with radicals, the Pythagorean Theorem and the Distance Formula. Algebra 1 students will also be partaking in the AMC Math Contest in class. Stay tuned for Contest details very soon! As always, thank you for your continued support and communication.