Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of Oct. 14th - 18th

Classroom Notes

ELA

This has been a busy week in ELA! We’ve continued reading our novel, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. We also started digging into some vocabulary, discussing affixes, and annotated some readings in preparation for our first Socratic Seminar. Next week, we’ll continue reading our novel and finish up our inferencing objective. Busy, busy!



Week at a Glance:

Monday - Fiction Inferences, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

Tuesday - Fiction Inferencing Post-Test, Grade-Level Comprehension

Wednesday - Affixes, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie continues

Thursday - Inferencing Retakes

Friday - Affixes, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie continues


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

Math

This week we are continuing Unit 2: Introducing Proportional Relationships. Please view our Family Materials for Unit 2 to review important vocabulary and see sample problems that you can do with your student at home. Students are also able to continue to improve their Unit 1 scores. Information on how to improve Unit 1 scores is in Google Classroom under "How to Improve Unit 1 Scores."


Power Standard for Unit 2:

7.RP.A.2 - Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.

Life Science

Week at a Glance:

This week, we will be introducing biotic and abiotic factors as well as talking about how living organisms interact with one another.


Learning Target for the Week:

I can describe biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem in which organisms interact.


Important Vocabulary

  • Organism
  • Species
  • Population
  • Environment
  • Ecosystem
  • Biotic Factors
  • Abiotic Factors
  • Limiting Factor
  • Competition
  • Carrying Capacity


Power Standards for the Quarter:

LS2.A.1: Analyze data representing the effects of resource availability on organisms in an ecosystem

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

What was it like to be an early European Explorer? Students are learning about the adventures of early exploration and what life might of been like on board a ship!

Is Christopher Columbus a Hero or Villain? Next week students will be looking at all the facts and deciding for themselves.


Learning Target for the Week:

  • Compare the reasons Europeans wanted to explore and settle in the New World and how they affected the Native American population in their area.


Power Standards for the Quarter: Compare factors motivating Europeans to explore and settle in the New World to explain colonial diversity and regional differences in North and South America.


Key Terms & Events: COLONY, CONQUISTADORS, MISSIONARIES, IMPACT, CONVERT, SLAVERY, and COLOMBIAN EXCHANGE


Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Heather Yates - hyates@fulton58.org

Lara Brunk - lbrunk@fulton58.org

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.