Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of September 4-7

Announcements

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Important Dates

September


  • 3 - No School ~ Labor Day
  • 4-7 Penny Wars for the United Way
  • 10 - No School ~ Teacher PD Day

Classroom Notes

ELA

***Please make sure you are reading at least 20 minutes a night! Get that reading practice in!!!

We've been enjoying our shared reading with Jordan Sonnenblick's Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie. We will continue reading the book next week and working on inferences and vocabulary.


Week at a Glance:

Monday - Holiday!

Tuesday - Guided reading, making inferences, vocab

Wednesday - Shared reading, making inferences, vocab

Thursday - Guided reading, making inferences, vocab

Friday - Shared reading, making inferences, vocab

Learning Targets for the Week:

Continue with inferencing and drawing conclusions, as well as prefixes, suffixes, and root words.

Important Vocabulary:

Inference

Draw Conclusion

Prefix

Suffix

Root word

Power Standards for the Quarter:

  • Draw conclusions, infer, and analyze by citing the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • Draw conclusions, infer, and analyze by citing the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • 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.

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

  • Present in a clear and audible voice while remaining on-topic, focused, and maintain voice level and pace

Math

Announcements: To see what we are doing in class, ask your child to show you their daily agenda on the Hyperdoc attached to Google Classroom. Here you can see the agenda as it is updated daily to reflect what students are doing each day.


Week at a Glance: We will continue working on our skills using our Hyperdoc agenda. This week, we continue working on finding unit rates from complex fractions, and begin discussing proportional relationships.


Learning Targets for the Week:

  • I can compute a unit rate from a simple rate.
  • I can compute unit rates from complex fractions
  • I can convert unit rates between two units of measurement


Important Vocabulary: rate, unit rate, complex fraction, unit ratio, proportional relationship, constant of proportionality


Power Standards for the Quarter:

Compute unit rates, including those that involve complex fractions, with like or different units7.RP.A.1

Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities7.RP.A.2

Solve problems involving ratios rates, percentages, and proportional relationships7.RP.A.3

Solve problems involving the four arithmetic operations with rational numbers7.NS. A. 3

Life Science

  1. Week at a Glance:

    We will continue our microscope unit by exploring slides under different magnification lenses and discussing their differences. We will look at different organisms to help understand life at the microscopic level.

    Learning Target for the Week:

    1. Identify parts of the microscope.

    2. Focus a slide under the three objective lenses and analyze what we see.

    Important Vocabulary:

    • Parts of a microscope

    Power Standards for the Quarter:

    1. Provide evidence that living things are made up of one or many varied cells

    2. Explain that cells must carry out all of the basic functions of life. Understand the functions of the nucleus, chloroplasts, mitochondria, cell membrane, and cell wall and all organelles work together to make a cell function.

    3. Use evidence to argue that multicellular organisms are organized by varying levels of complexity.

    4. Describe the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of matter and flow of energy in and out of organisms

Social Studies

Announcements: If students have Native American art or artifacts that they would like to bring and share they are more than welcome!


Week at a Glance: This next week we will be studying various Native American cultures that developed throughout the new world. Students will learn how the first Americans used their available resources to build shelters, make clothing, acquire food, and create tools and art. Students will be working together in groups to research and create projects to share their learning. They will also be responsible for creating an artifact that represents the Native American culture.


Learning Target for the Week:

  • Identify the resources used to create homes, hunt/gather food, and craft objects for work and for art.


Vocabulary: natural resources, culture, adapt


Power Standards for the Quarter: Explain how Native Americans adapted to their environment.

Reminders

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.