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FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of Sept. 3-6

Classroom Notes

ELA

We had a great full week. We have gotten to know your kiddos through some team-building activities and finished an inferencing pre-test. Next week, we will be digging into their writing and studying inferencing. In addition, NWEA testing begins Tuesday.


Week at a Glance:

Monday - Labor Day

Tuesday - NWEA Testing, Unit 1 Starts (Inferencing)

Wednesday - NWEA Testing, Writing Samples

Thursday - NWEA Testing, Inferencing Continued

Friday - Inferencing Continued, Intro guided reading


Learning Target for the Week:

This means I can recognize use background knowledge and the text to make a conclusion or inference. I can also support my claims with the text and the inferences I made.


Important Vocabulary:

  • Inference

  • Drawing conclusions

  • Text support


Power Standards for the Quarter:

RL1A: (fiction) 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.

RI1A: (non-fiction) 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.

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

Speaking & Listening: Present in a clear and audible voice while remaining on-topic, focused, and maintain voice level and pace


Team-building breakout- We worked on our team-building skills to do an escape room. The 7th graders did a wonderful job working as a team and exercising their communication skills.


Important Vocabulary:

  • Inference

  • Drawing conclusions

  • Text support

Math

This week we will begin Unit 1: Scale Drawings. Our first week of this unit will focus on corresponding parts and scale factors and answering the question, "What are scaled copies?" Please view our Family Materials for lessons 1-6 to review important vocabulary and see sample problems.


Power Standard for Unit 1:

7.GM.A.1 - Solve problems involving scale drawings of real objects and geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing the drawing at a different scale.

Life Science

  1. Week at a Glance:

    We will continue going over lab procedures and review the vocabulary associated with it.

    Learning Target for the Week:

  • I can identify variables and understand their purpose in a lab.
  1. Important Vocabulary

  • Hypothesis
  • Independent Variable
  • Dependent Variable
  • Control
  • Constant
Power Standards for the Quarter:


  • LS1.A.1: Provide evidence that living things are made up of one or many varied cells.
  • LS1.A.3: Use evidence to argue that multicellular organisms are organized by varying levels of complexity
Ms. Simon’s Class: August 26-30
Miss Keith’s Class: August 26-30

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:


This week we will finish pretesting over our first unit and then begin activities to help us learn more about how Native Americans settled in the Americas.


Learning Target for the Week:

  • Learn how to navigate our text book
  • Explore how natives first came to the Americas


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


Key Terms & Events: artifact, migrate, environment, natural resource, culture, cultural region, resourceful, and adapt


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.