7th Grade Scoop

Melissa Middle School

Writing

We are back ready to hit the ground running! Before we write our next essay, we are brainstorming and creating some tools that we can keep in our journals to pull from. We are discussing various prompts. We have been sorting many famous and well-liked quotes and matching them to prompts to make sure that they "fit" as support for our opinions. We are creating a flip book with concept connections to help with ideas to use as evidence and support in our papers. Next week, we have a Nine Week's Test on Tuesday, January 16, then we will create another flip-book and learn Four ways to combine sentences. They kids will be reviewing coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, adverb clauses, conjunctive adverbs, and the uses of a semi-colon. The kids will use all of this learning to write another expository essay the week of January 22 while in class.


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Reading

It's hard to believe our first semester is almost at an end. In our Reading classes, we finished our drama, "A Christmas Carol" and watched the movie version before we left for our break. We are now beginning our study of Informational Text. Our students will begin to understand text structure and features, author's purpose, and organizational patterns; analyze, make inferences, and draw conclusions about expository text. They will use different organizational patterns as guides for summarizing and forming an overview of expository text. They will also be able to recognize and explain the function of the graphical components of a text.

They will be reading two articles about sharks. One shark article will give them the opportunity to learn and label the graphical components, text structure, and features that are used in the organization of the article as well as understand the author's purpose for writing the article. The second article about sharks will give the students an opportunity to distinguish factual claims from commonplace assertions and opinions, recognize author's bias, and identify rhetorical fallacies in persuasive texts.

In Reading, our students hit the ground running after the break and will continue to stay the course with your help. Thank you for your support for your student and for our goals.

If your student is in one of Mrs. Webb's classes, you can join that class's Remind group.

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Please let us know if there's anything we can do to help your student. GO CARDS!!! MODEL EXCELLENCE!!!

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Social Studies - Texas History

Students will take the second nine weeks test on Tuesday, January 16th. They have had a review guide for a week to help prepare for the test and we are also finishing up trashketball. This is a great time of study in Texas History, because the kids are able to see how much change Texas goes through over a 30 year period from 1835-1865. It is a volatile time period with wars with Mexico and eventually the American Civil War. A new war will start up in the 7th grade honors in a few weeks. This war will center around the Civil War. Instead of fighting class against class, we will have our own Civil War between classes. The students will get a chance to not only study the war, but also get a personal look into the struggle with our own class war. That is all coming up over the next few weeks.

Math - Academic

Welcome back after the Holiday break! We have begun a new unit over probability. The students seem to really enjoy this unit. Next week will take a break from Probability to wrap up the second nine weeks and we will be taking our nine weeks exam. The test will include information from first and second nine weeks. After exams we will continue our probability unit and begin looking at compound probability and making predictions and inferences. We will complete the probability unit on 1/29-1/30.


If you have any questions or concerns please email your child's teacher and we will get back with you quickly. Be sure to check out the 7th grade math website. The notes we take in class will be linked there.


Debbie Duguid- dduguid@melissaisd.org

Tyler Ragan- tylerragan@melissaisd.org

Kristi Brakebill- kbrakebill@melissaisd.org

Whitney Vana- wvana@melissaisd.org

7th Grade Math Website

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Math - Honors

Week of 1/15 – 1/19

· Monday – No School

· Tuesday – 9-week Review

· Wednesday – 9-week Common Assessment

· Thursday – 9-week Common Assessment

· Friday – Last day of the 2nd 9-weeks/ 1st Semester

Week of 1/22 – 1/26

· Monday – 8.2B – Estimate the value of irrational number and place them on a number line

· Tuesday – 8.6C – Use models and diagrams to explain the Pythagorean Theorem

· Wednesday – 8.6C – Use models and diagrams to explain the Pythagorean Theorem

· Thursday – 8.7C – Use Pythagorean Theorem and its converse to solve problems

· Friday– 8.7C – Use Pythagorean Theorem and its converse to solve problems

Please continue to check Parent Portal to keep updated on your child's averages in their classes. Also, please contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns and I will get back to you as soon as possible. My email address is cweaver@melissaisd.org.

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Science

We hope that you had a very restful break. We are excited to be back in school with the kids. It's hard to believe that the end of this semester is this week.


This week in Science the students will be getting their Middle-of-Year tests back. We will be setting up tutoring times for students who do not meet grade level on that test. We are beginning our unit on Genetics. Students will be able to define heredity as the passage of genetic instructions from one generation to the next.


Students will learn how to do Punnett Squares, they'll do a Genetics Scavenger Hunt, and they'll get to produce their own "offspring" by flipping a coin to determine traits.


After Genetics, students will learn how to use a Dichotomous Key to determine the scientific names of different organisms.


Students are allowed to do corrections on all daily work, homework, and quizzes. We don't have many students taking advantage of that. Students that are consistently doing corrections on daily work are seeing huge improvements on their test scores, so it does help a lot. They can also do corrections and a re-take on all unit tests. Again, not many students are utilizing that opportunity.


Our tutoring times are as follows:


Coach Gabel: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after school and Fridays by arrangement.

Mrs. McKoy: Monday through Thursday before and after school and Fridays by arrangement.

Coach Whetzel: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays after school.


The Seventh Grade Science Team