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FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of January 21-24


3rd quarter is now well under way! Last week we started work on informational (expository) writing and this will continue into the next few weeks. We will be starting on our next close read on Tuesday with a close reading project on Friday to end the week.

Week at a Glance:

Monday - No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Tuesday - Close Read, Expository Writing, Theme Review

Wednesday - Close Read, Expository Writing, Theme Review

Thursday - Close Read, Expository Writing, Theme Review

Friday - Close Read Writing Project, Expository Writing

Learning Target for the Week:

This means I can write an informational essay with current facts. This will be organized clearly and I will be able to use facts, examples, and details to support my essay.

Important Vocabulary:

  • Theme

  • Summary

  • Text Support

  • Determine

  • Analyze

  • Objective

  • Context

  • Expository

  • Supporting evidence

  • Reference

  • Example

Power Standards for the Quarter:

RL1D (fiction): Using appropriate text, determine the theme(s) of a text and analyze its development over the course of a text; provide an objective summary of the text.

RI1D (non-fiction): Explain the central/main idea(s) of a text and explain the relationship between the central idea(s) and supporting evidence; summarize the text distinct from personal opinions.

RI1B (Vocabulary): Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative, connotative, and content-specific meanings using context, affixes, or reference materials. [Specifically focusing on context clues]

Writing: Use a given process to create clear expository writing that is developed, and organized for the task; including style, voice, purpose, and audience.


This week in math we will be starting Unit 5: Rational Number Arithmetic. This unit begins with interpreting negative numbers (temperatures, elevations, money and debt, and positions in time). Please see the Family Materials for Unit 5 to see important vocabulary from the unit, as well as problems you can practice with your student.

Power Standard for Unit 5:

7.NS.A.3 - Solve problems involving the four arithmetic operations with rational numbers.

Life Science

Week at a Glance:

This week, we will continue unit 5 which looks at animal and plant behaviors. Unit 5 starts with animal behaviors such as camouflage, adaptations, and mimicry.

Learning Target for the Week:

I can construct an argument using data to show how animal survival strategies affect their chances of reproducing.

Important Vocabulary

  • protection
  • camouflage
  • concealing color
  • disruptive color
  • mimicry
  • survival
  • adaptations
  • variation

Power Standards for the Quarter:

LS1.B.1: Construct an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors as well as specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.

January 13-17

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

Students finished testing on Thursday over our objective 4: The French and Indian War. Parents are able to view their child's test on google classroom and grades will be updated in SISK12.

This week students will learn our next objective 5: Spirit of Independence.

Learning Target for the Week:

Students will be able to explain the events that lead to the American revolution from a Patriot (or Colonists) and Loyalists (or British Government) point of view.

Key Terms & Events:

rebel, revolution, Patriot, Loyalist, representation, authority, Sons of Liberty, liberty, effigies, boycott, repeal, writs of assistance, and taxes.

Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Heather Yates -

Lara Brunk -


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