7th Grade - March 2015

Independent Study - Second Semester Unit

We have been hard at work on our independent studies! The students have each chosen very interesting topics! I know their presentations will be great when they are finished in May but between the starting point and the presentations we have been doing a whole lot of work! We discussed the details of the study in January and they have been researching in class. We should have 75 note cards completed by the end of this quarter. I will contact parents if your child is behind and will need extra time (after school or at home) to get this research completed. It is very important to stay on top of the research because 4th quarter will be full of deadlines and the final presentation.

Have a WONDERFUL Spring Break! The kids need the break; an opportunity to sleep in, have some fun and relax! Hopefully, the weather will cooperate! It is hard to believe how nice this week has been!

How will the Independent Study be graded?

3rd Quarter: 75 note cards

4th Quarter:

The remainder of the note cards - Minimum of 25 more (total 100)

7 sources - The sources will be cited and can come from the internet, book, interview, articles, newspapers, encyclopedia, etc.

Presentation - (Powerpoint- Prezi )- Sharing their knowledge and understanding of their topic.

Product for Application

Product for Analysis

Product for Synthesis

Product for Evaluation

The students determined what they were going to make for each level of Bloom's Taxonomy - this will guide their questions and research and how they will present the information. We are doing these activities in class but the students may need supplies.

I will send you more information on this after Spring Break.

Extended Robotics Activities

The seventh graders are working in partners to create and build a robot. They are learning the basics in robot design and exploring the computer program to program their robot. This is a 15 day "power break" from their independent study. This extension activity is allowing each student the opportunity to explore Lego Mindstorm software and determine the missions they would like to accomplish and then create the program.

How Do We Benefit From an Independent Study?

In addition to in-depth knowledge about a topic of our choice, students also learn about a variety of topics from their classmates. We brainstormed the added benefits and skills that we are gaining while completing this semester study.


Summarize - Comprehension
Presentation - Public Speaking
Time Management
Higher level thinking
Writing and understanding Bloom's taxonomy
Power Reading