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FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of February 17-21



Monday, February 17 (President's Day)


It’s been a great week in ELA as we finished our expository essays and started reading our new class novel, “A Night Divided.” With this reading we will have the opportunity to have a short visit to the Churchill Museum here in Fulton. Be sure to ask your kiddo about what is happening in the book!

Week at a Glance:

Monday - No School: Presidents’ Day

Tuesday - A Night Divided Shared Reading, Figurative Language

Wednesday - A Night Divided Shared Reading, Figurative Language

Thursday - A Night Divided Shared Reading, Figurative Language

Friday - A Night Divided Shared Reading, Figurative Language

Learning Target for the Week:

This means I can determine word meanings by determining the figurative, connotative, and/or denotative meanings.

Important Vocabulary:

  • Connotative

  • Denotative

  • Literal

  • Figurative

  • Poetic Language

Power Standards for the Quarter:

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.

RI1D (non-fiction): 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.

RI1B (Vocabulary): 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. [Specifically focusing on connotative, denotative and figurative meaning]

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


Important Date: Unit 5 post-test is scheduled for February 25th.

Continuing this week with Unit 5: Rational Number Arithmetic. This week, we will be multiplying and dividing rational numbers. Please see the Family Materials for Unit 5 to see important vocabulary from the unit, as well as problems you can practice with your student.

Power Standard for Unit 5:

7.NS.A.3 - Solve problems involving the four arithmetic operations with rational numbers.

Life Science

Week at a Glance:

We will finish up with plant and animal adaptations this week.

Learning Target for the Week:

I can construct an argument using data to show how specialized plant structures affect their chances of reproducing.

Important Vocabulary

  • protection
  • pistil
  • stamen
  • ovary
  • pollination
  • seed dispersal

Power Standards for the Quarter:

LS1.B.1: Construct an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors as well as specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

This week students continued learning about objective 5: Spirit of Independence.

Students should be able to tell you the events of the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea party. We should be ready to test by the end of the week.

Learning Target for the Week:

Students will be able to explain the events that lead to the American revolution from a Patriot (or Colonists) and Loyalists (or British Government) point of view.

Key Terms & Events:

rebel, revolution, Patriot, Loyalist, representation, authority, Sons of Liberty, liberty, effigies, boycott, repeal, writs of assistance, and taxes.

Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Heather Yates -

Lara Brunk -