Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of Sept. 16th - 20th

Classroom Notes

ELA

This week, ELA has been working hard to learn what it takes to make good inferences. Students have also enjoyed planning a vacation through our Ultimate Adventure Project. NWEA testing for language is on Monday, and we’ll dig deeper into inferencing and drawing conclusions.



Week at a Glance:

Monday - NWEA testing for language

Tuesday - NWEA testing continued

Wednesday - Inferencing practice, guided reading

Thursday - Shared reading, guided reading

Friday - Continue inferencing, guided reading, shared reading


Learning Target for the Week:

This means I can recognize use background knowledge and the text to make a conclusion or inference. I can also support my claims with the text and the inferences I made.


Important Vocabulary:

  • Inference

  • Drawing conclusions

  • Text support


Power Standards for the Quarter:

RL1A: (fiction) 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.

RI1A: (non-fiction) 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.


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

Speaking & Listening: Present in a clear and audible voice while remaining on-topic, focused, and maintain voice level and pace

Math

This week we will continue Unit 1: Scale Drawings with a focus on scale drawings and maps. Please view our Family Materials for lessons 1-6 and our Family Materials for lessons 7-13 to review important vocabulary and see sample problems that you can do with your student at home.


Power Standard for Unit 1:

7.GM.A.1 - Solve problems involving scale drawings of real objects and geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing the drawing at a different scale.

Life Science

Week at a Glance:

This week, we will begin to look at microorganisms under the microscope! We will learn the different parts of a microscope as well as how to use it properly to get a focused image! We will also take our science NWEA test.


Learning Target for the Week:
I can properly use a microscope to identify if the slide I'm looking at is made of prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells.


Important Vocabulary

  • Cell
  • Eukaryote
  • Prokaryote
  • Unicellular
  • Multicellular
  • Organelle


Power Standards for the Quarter:

LS1.A.1: Provide evidence that living things are made up of one or many varied cells.

LS1.A.3: Use evidence to argue that multicellular organisms are organized by varying levels of complexity

Ms. Simon’s Class: September 9-13

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

This week students finished their Native American notes and are ready to start their research project. Student projects will be presented to the class in a “Native American Museum”. The work they do will become an “exhibit” in our classroom museum. Students will create 2D or 3D example of their learning.


Learning Target for the Week:

  • Examine different Native American cultures and explain several ways they used their natural resources to adapt to their environment.


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


Key Terms & Events: artifact, migrate, environment, natural resource, culture, cultural region, resourceful, and adapt


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.