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FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of February 24-28


It’s been a great week in ELA as we are finishing our expository essays after teacher feedback. We are continuing our class novel, A Night Divided, with shared reading assignments. Please be sure that your student continues to answer the questions. Also, ask your kiddo about what is happening in the book! In addition, we are preparing for our next Socratic Seminar. We are excited and ready for a full 5-day week!

Week at a Glance:

Monday - Reading on Grade Level Quiz, writing

Tuesday - A Night Divided Shared Reading, writing

Wednesday - A Night Divided Shared Reading, writing

Thursday - A Night Divided Shared Reading, writing

Friday - Socratic Seminar

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 continue learning about plant and animal cells and the organelles found in each.

Learning Target for the Week:

I can differentiate between structure and function in plant and animal cell organelles, including cell membrane, cell wall, nucleus, cytoplasm, mitochondrion, chloroplast, and vacuole.

Important Vocabulary

  • Eukaryote
  • Nucleus
  • DNA
  • Cell Membrane
  • Cell Wall
  • Selectively Permeable
  • Organelle
  • Cytoplasm
  • Ribosome
  • Mitochondria
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER)
  • ATP Energy
  • Golgi Apparatus (Bodies)

Power Standards for the Quarter:

LS1.A.2: Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of the cells contribute to that function.

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

This week students are finishing our objective 5: Spirit of Independence.

Students should be able to tell you the reason for taxes, the reactions of the colonist to these taxes, why the colonist were so upset about not being represented in Parliament, and taking an event from this time period and explaining it in the view of a Patriot or Loyalist. Students will be testing on Tuesday or Wednesday of this 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 -