Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of Feb. 4-8

Important Dates

February

15 - No School ~ Teacher PD

18 - No School ~ President's Day

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Classroom Notes

ELA

It’s been another short, but good week in the 7th grade ELA! We have started learning about theme and deciding on topics for the informational/expository writing assignment. We are looking forward to continuing to dig into theme and our writing topics next week!


Week at a Glance:

Monday - Expository writing, theme practice

Tuesday - Expository writing, theme practice

Wednesday - Expository writing, theme review for tomorrow’s test

Thursday - Theme assessment, Expository writing

Friday - Introduction to close read, expository writing


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.


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.


Important Vocabulary:

Theme

Textual evidence

Summary

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:


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: This week, students will finish taking the NWEA assessment for math. Then we will continue reviewing the distributive property before learning how to ad and subtract linear equations. Near the end of the week, and beginning of next week, students will be putting these skills together to simplify multi-step expressions.


Learning Targets for the Week:

  • I can the properties of algebra to simplify expressions.
  • I can add and subtract like terms.


Important Vocabulary: Properties of algebra (identity, distributive, commutative, associative)


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 start with NWEA science testing, then move to a few exploratory labs to introduce the nervous system!

    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.

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

This week we used the Salem Witch Trials to help students realize why and how we started making specific rules and laws for how our government is run. After some brainstorming and building background knowledge about government, we started investigating how the self-governing colonies created a democracy. We will continue to explore these concepts next week as we delve into the middle colonies!


Mrs. Yates classes will be presenting their Colonial Fair projects this week!


Learning Target for the Week:

  • Compare the similarities and differences of the English colonies in America in relation to: geography, climate, economy, religion, government.

Vocabulary: economy, mercantilism, cash crops, slave trade, agriculture, self-governing, charter, democratic


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.