Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of September 11-14


Important Dates

  • 10 - No School ~ Teacher PD Day
  • 17 - Constitution Day
  • 18 - Picture Day
  • 28 - Homecoming - Early Release

Classroom Notes


We have enjoyed our four day week together! In ELA we have continued our first shared reading of the semester, while practicing our inferencing skills. We have started to work in guided reading groups, too. Be sure to ask your student about the book we are reading in class, “Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie!” Next week, we will continue our shared reading and class novel.

Week at a Glance:

Monday - No School

Tuesday - Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Vocabulary

Wednesday - Shared Reading, Inferencing, Vocabulary

Thursday - Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Vocabulary

Friday - Shared Reading, Inferencing, Vocabulary

Learning Targets for the Week:

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

Important Vocabulary:


Draw Conclusion



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


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. First formal test over unit rates is this Friday the 14th!

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 finish up our microscope unit by completing the Microbial Art Showcase project as well as our microscope post test. We will then pre-test our next unit, Nonliving v. Living, and discuss the big question of, "What is life?"

    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 any materials they would like to bring to school to use to create their artifact OR if they would like to create it at home, they are more than welcome!

Week at a Glance: Students will be working together in groups to research different Native American cultural regions. They will use a graphic organizer to take notes as they research, and then turn their notes into paragraphs for their presentation. Students will then get to create an artifact that represents a tribe in their assigned region. The artifacts can be 2D (such as drawings) or 3D (such as drums or headdresses). The students are encouraged to be creative! You can find more details about the project in the attached file below.

We plan to send home a study guide next Friday, Sept. 14 to allow students time to prepare for the Unit Test the following week.

Learning Target for the Week:

  • Use relevant resources to research facts about Native American culture.
  • Use writing skills to complete a paragraph.
  • Work with teammates to create a presentation of the assigned culture.

Vocabulary: cultural region, artifact

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


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.