Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of March 18-22

Important Dates

March

25-29 NO SCHOOL ~ Spring Break

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Classroom Notes

ELA

It’s been a great week in 7th grade ELA! We continued to work on the three main types of meaning (figurative, literal, and connotative). We tackled figurative language and poetic devices, too! We learned quite a bit about Abraham Lincoln through our week’s shared reading, “O Captain! My Captain!” Next week will continue to explore these topics and take on some more poetry!


Week at a Glance:

Monday - Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Mini-lesson

Tuesday - Shared Reading, Mini-lesson, Objective practice

Wednesday - Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Mini-lesson

Thursday - Shared Reading, Mini-lesson, Objective practice

Friday - Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Mini-lesson


Learning Targets for the Week:

Writing: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.


RL1B (fiction): 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.


Important Vocabulary:

Connotative

Textual evidence

Figurative

Context

Expository

Plagiarism


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

RI1D: 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.

R.I.1.B: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, using context.

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.

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

Writing: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.

Math

Announcements: Due to missed school days the expressions post test will be taken in sections as students are ready and equations will not go into the grade book until the beginning of 4th quarter.


Expressions Level Up Resource can be used to help your student know what to practice at home to improve their math grade for Objective 4: Expressions!


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, our focus is on how to isolate and solve for variables in equations that involve multiple steps, including those that can be solved using the distributive property. Students who wish to improve their expressions grade can still do this to bring up their semester average.


Learning Targets for the Week:

  • I can the properties of algebra to simplify expressions.
  • I can use inverse operations to solve multi-step equations and inequalities.


Important Vocabulary: Coefficient, term, Properties of algebra: Identity, Associative, Commutative, Distributive, Multiplicative Property of Zero, inverse operations, equation, inequality.


Power Standards for the Quarter:

7.EEI.A.1: Apply properties of operations to simplify and factor linear algebraic expressions with rational coefficients

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

Life Science

  1. Week at a Glance:

    We will finish up the muscular system this week with a post test on Tuesday/Wednesday. We will review how each of the body systems we have learned about so far interact with one another up until break!

    Learning Target for the Week:

    1. I can identify the main functions of the muscular system and how it is structured.

    2. I can identify the main organs in the muscular system.

    Important Vocabulary

  • Cardiac Muscle
  • Smooth Muscle
  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Voluntary
  • Involuntary
  • Tendon
Power Standards for the Quarter:
  1. Understand and define each of the body systems and explain how they interact to keep us alive.
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3rd 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:

This week we learned about various taxes that King George imposed on the colonies and how the colonists reacted. We will be wrapping up this unit next week. The plan is to catch up students who've missed days due to illness or field trips. We'll complete a study guide and then take a short quiz by Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, Mrs. Crawford will be visiting the 7th grade classrooms.

Mrs. Yates classes took a quiz on Friday over the French and Indian War. Check out how they did by having your child show you their score in Google Classroom. Students also made hearts or hands for Dude, Be kind week!


Learning Target for the Week:


Explain how the effects of the French & Indian War were a turning point in American History that will demonstrate American independence.

  • Explain what caused the French & Indian War and the outcome.
  • Identify the reasons for taxes introduced by Great Britain after the War
  • Explain why colonies were so upset about not being represented in Parliament
  • Give multiple examples of colonists' reactions to the taxes.

Vocabulary: colonist, taxes, militia, repeal, tyranny, violation, boycott, restricted


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.