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FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of March 4-8

Important Dates

March

15 - NEW - End of Quarter

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Classroom Notes

ELA

We’ve had a great week here in the ELA classroom! We’ve started a new unit and introduced some figurative language into the classroom. This week we will be focusing more on the difference between figurative, literal, and connotative meaning.


Week at a Glance:

Monday - Shared reading, guided reading, essay revisions

Tuesday - Connotative, figurative, literal meaning lesson

Wednesday - Shared reading, guided reading, essay revisions

Thursday - Practice with connotative meaning

Friday - Finish shared reading, revise and resubmit essays


Learning Targets for the Week:

Writing: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.


RL1B (fiction): Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings, using context, affixes, or reference materials.


Important Vocabulary:

Connotative

Textual evidence

Figurative

Context

Expository

Plagiarism


Power Standards for the Quarter: ***If you click on this title, it is linked to the 7th grade ELA objectives in your eBinder.

RI1D: 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.

R.I.1.B: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, using context.

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.

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

Writing: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.

Math

Announcements:Next test over expressions and equations will be on Friday, March 8th.


Expressions Level Up Resource can be used to help your student know what to practice at home to improve their math grade for Objective 4: Expressions!


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. Our objective rubrics for the first quarter are linked to the Power Standards below.


Online book access.


Week at a Glance: Students tracked their math level in their data binders last week, after taking their first post test over expressions. Students will continue working on simplifying expressions, using leveled tasks to help them improve their scores. We will also be reintroducing inverse operations to help us solve multi-step equations and inequalities.


Learning Targets for the Week:

  • I can the properties of algebra to simplify expressions.
  • I can use inverse operations to solve multi-step equations and inequalities.


Important Vocabulary: Coefficient, term, Properties of algebra: Identity, Associative, Commutative, Distributive, Multiplicative Property of Zero, inverse operations, equation, inequality.


Power Standards for the Quarter:

7.EEI.A.1: Apply properties of operations to simplify and factor linear algebraic expressions with rational coefficients

7.EEI.B.4: Write and/or solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable

Life Science

  1. Week at a Glance:

    This week, we will present our projects to the class to learn about different neurological disorders!

    Learning Target for the Week:

    1. I can identify the main functions of the nervous system and how it is structured.

    2. I can identify the main organs in the nervous system.

    Important Vocabulary

  • Central nervous system
  • Peripheral nervous system
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Somatic nervous system
  • Cerebellum
  • Cerebrum
  • Neurons
  • Axon
  • Synapse
Power Standards for the Quarter:
  1. Understand and define each of the body systems and explain how they interact to keep us alive.
3rd Quarter Standards

Please click the link to view the standards for the quarter. The standard for this quarter will be located in the 5th tab of the spreadsheet.

https://youtu.be/2wRXJ1WEEZM

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

This week was jam packed full of learning! We wrapped up President's Day projects, celebrated Mardi Gras and began our unit on the French & Indian War. We look forward to mapping out the Ohio Valley, and hearing more stories of the conflicts between King George and the new colonies.


Learning Target for the Week:


Explain how the effects of the French & Indian War were a turning point in American History that will demonstrate American independence.

  • Explain what caused the French & Indian War and the outcome.
  • Identify the reasons for taxes introduced by Great Britain after the War
  • Explain why colonies were so upset about not being represented in Parliament
  • Give multiple examples of colonists' reactions to the taxes.

Vocabulary: colonist, taxes, militia, repeal, tyranny, violation, boycott, restricted


Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Heather Yates - hyates@fulton58.org

Lara Brunk - lbrunk@fulton58.org

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.