Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of April 15-19

Classroom Notes

ELA

We have had a great week of MAP testing! Students worked hard and tested on the ELA portion of MAP. We are proud of you and your focus this week! Next week we will MAP test in Math, and begin delving deeper into argumentative reading and writing.


Week at a Glance:

Monday - Writing session two, continue author’s argument

Tuesday - MAP Testing, ELA activities

Wednesday - MAP Testing, ELA activities

Thursday - Writing session three, continue author’s argument

Friday - No School


Learning Targets for the Week:

R.I.2D Evaluate an author's argument, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.

W.2.A.c: Develop argumentative writing by introducing and supporting a claim with clear reasons and relevant evidence, acknowledging counterclaims, and establishing relationships between claims and supporting evidence.


Important Vocabulary:

Analyze

Determine

Argument

Reasoning

Gather evidence

Craft argumentative writing

Paraphrasing vs. Quoting


Power Standards for the Quarter: ***If you click on this title, it is linked to the 7th grade ELA objectives in your eBinder.

R.I.2D Evaluate an author's argument, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.

RL.1.B.: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings using context affixes, or reference materials.

SL.1.C.: Acknowledge new information expressed by others including those presented in diverse media and, when warranted, modify their own views.

W.2.A.c: Develop argumentative writing by introducing and supporting a claim with clear reasons and relevant evidence, acknowledging counterclaims, and establishing relationships between claims and supporting evidence.

W3.A: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Math

Announcements:

Our Level up Hyperdocs can be used to help your student know what to practice at home to improve their math grade for Objective 4: Expressions and Objective 5:Equations.


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 quarter are linked to the Power Standards below.


Online book access.


Week at a Glance: This week, students take their post test over finding unknown angle measures and will begin exploring the geometry of solids using openupresources.org. Please click here to see the family resources for unit 7 Solid Geometry.


Learning Targets for the Week:

  • I can find unknown angle measures by reasoning about adjacent angles with known measures.

  • I can recognize when an angle measures 90∘, 180∘, or 360∘.


Important Vocabulary: adjacent angles, supplementary angles, complementary angles


Power Standards for the Quarter:

7.EEI.B.4: Write and/or solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable

7.GM.B.5: Use angle properties to write and solve equations for an unknown angle

Life Science

  1. Week at a Glance:

    This week we will start our ecology unit!

    Learning Target for the Week:

    1. I CAN identify some changes in genetic traits that have occurred over several generations through natural selection and selective breeding such as the Galapagos Medium Ground Finch or domestic animals.

    Important Vocabulary

  • Natural Selection
  • Selective Breeding
  • Organism
  • Environment
  • Genetic Traits
  • Genetically Modified Organism
  • Adaptation
  • Charles Darwin
Power Standards for the Quarter:
  1. Understand and define ecological factors that makeup our planet.
https://youtu.be/aTtfNGsPm2s
https://youtu.be/X-0ON6Ap1iY
4th 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:

MAP testing was a success this week as we wrapped up the ELA portion of the test. Since we did not see first or second hours most of the week, they will be slightly behind on some of the other classes. However, we will be sure to catch them up when we see them again next week!


This week we compared the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party, noticing that they were both forms of protest. While the Boston Massacre tended to be a violent protest that ended in tragedy, the Boston Tea Party was fairly civiled -- in the aspect that the men did not damage any other cargo on board the ship and even took time to sweep up afterwards. They had a very specific message to send the Parliament -- they wanted a voice and choice in their colonial laws. At the end of the week we took time to look at protests we've had in the more recent past and analyzed them on their ability to bring change.


Learning Target for the Week:

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


Vocabulary: rebel, revolution, Patriot, Loyalist, representation, authority, Sons of Liberty, liberty, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts, Lexington and Concord


Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Heather Yates - hyates@fulton58.org

Lara Brunk - lbrunk@fulton58.org

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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.