Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of Nov. 25th - Dec. 6

Classroom Notes


It’s been a great week of learning in ELA. We finished our exploration of theme with a shared reading using The Hunger Games! We also worked hard to finish our realistic fiction writing. Next week, with just two days, we’re going to look at an article about roller coaster dangers, and finish with a project. After break we will get into our unit on main idea and complete our mid-year NWEA testing.

11/25 Week at a Glance:

Monday - Continue close read, turn in realistic fiction

Tuesday - Turn in close read, share projects

Wednesday - No School

Thursday - Happy Thanksgiving

Friday - No School

Learning Target for the Week:

I can identify the main idea of a text and explain that theme. I can also summarize the text.

Important Vocabulary:

  • Theme

  • Summary

  • Text Support

  • Main Idea

  • Determine

  • Analyze

  • Objective

  • Context

  • Narrative

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 continuing Unit 4: Percentages. Please see the Family Materials for Unit 4 to review important vocabulary and see sample problems that you can do with your student at home. Unit 3 scores will be returned to students this week. Please check your student's data binder. Students may make test corrections and request a retake to improve scores.

Power Standard for Unit 3:

7.GM.A.4 - Understand Concepts of Circles

Power Standard for Unit 4:

7.RP.A.3 - Solve problems involving ratios, rates, percentages and proportional relationships.

Life Science

Week at a Glance:

Over the next 2 weeks, we will be learning about energy pyramids, food chains, and food webs. We will talk about how energy is transferred from organism to organism as well as dig deeper into the process of photosynthesis.

Learning Target for the Week:

I can diagram the flow of energy through living systems using and energy pyramid.

Important Vocabulary

  • Energy pyramid
  • Food web
  • Food chain
  • Producer
  • Consumer
  • Decomposer
  • Autotroph
  • Heterotroph
  • Herbivore
  • Omnivore
  • Carnivore

Power Standards for the Quarter:

LS1.C.1: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.

LS2.B.1: Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

Students are working on objective 3: Colonial America.

Students can compare/contrast the geography of the 3 regions of Colonial America.

Ask your child if they can name all 13 original colonies!

Learning Target for the Week:

Students will compare the people who settled in all three regions and their reasons for coming to America.

Key Terms & Events:

Pilgrims, Puritans, Quakers, indentured servants, slaves, debtors

Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Heather Yates -

Lara Brunk -


Hats and Hoodies in School

As a reminder, hats and hoodies are only to be worn at school if a student has purchased a Hat Pass from the Thrive Hive. Students who choose to wear hats or hoodies in the hallway will be asked to take them off.

Fidget Spinners

Fidget spinners, or other fidget toys, are not allowed in classrooms unless noted in 504 and/or IEP accommodations. Some classrooms have fidget tools that students can borrow as the teacher sees necessary.