English Language Arts
In Writing, we finished our personal narrative unit! We had a blast describing ourselves as we learned how to describe our characters' internal and external characteristics. We then learned how to create and describe the settings of our stories by stating what we see, hear, and smell in our stories. We learned how to create and decipher between different types of conflict and then how to create solutions to solve our problems! We used the narrative writing checklists as a guide to check our work.
In Reading, we have been working hard in our small guided reading groups. We have been locating evidence in text with "Self-to-Text" connections. We have been analyzing character traits and how characters change throughout a story. We have been identifying the main idea of stories and details that support the main ideas. We have also been exploring cause and effect relationships.
In Grammar, we have been working hard with our "Grammar Boot Camp" activities! We have been learning and continuously reviewing nous, proper nouns, verbs, verb tenses, adjectives, synonyms, antonyms, commas, prefixes, and suffixes. We have been integrating our grammar skills into our reading and writing everyday! It has been neat to see how using prefixes and suffixes can help us read new words, spell new words, and also help us understand the meanings of words.
In Math, we now have a good understanding of the concept of Multiplication, which is the repeated addition of the same number. We can solve these problems by using a variety of strategies such as drawing equal groups, arrays, or "using doubles." We are also learning how to use a multiplication table and the patterns that exist within them. We have been drilling every day.
It is primordial for your child to know his/her multiplication facts inside out otherwise division will be challenging. We will be using the "facts family" process to introduce the concept of division very soon.
In social studies, we are learning about the Road to Revolution. Students summarized the causes of the American Revolution including; Britain’s passage of the Stamp Act, Tea Act, and the Intolerable Acts; also the rebellion of the colonists and the writing of the Declaration of Independence. The solution for the revolutionary colonists was to form the patriotic group called the Sons of Liberty. Students discovered the true meaning of “No Taxation Without Representation.” Students also compared the perspectives of South Carolinians, during the American Revolution, including Patriots, Loyalists, women, enslaved and free Africans, and Native Americans. Then they reviewed the battles of the Revolutionary War such as; The Battle of Charles Town, King’s Mountain, Cowpens, and Eutaw Springs and how the British wanted to reoccupy the southern colonies. Students finished their study of the Revolutionary War with the Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris.
Our first unit is on Physical Science. Students got excited about the overview of the branches of science and how science has changed our world.
We defined that Matter is everything that is around us and that has a mass and takes space.
We then introduced the 3 forms of matter Solid, Liquid and Gas. We backed up our statement by making many predictions and doing all kinds of experiments. We compared our predictions to the results. My students were amazed and they learned so much by doing…and they loved it!
The highlight of our experiments was the launch of a rocket! Using a plastic water bottle three tongue depressors and the small cork the student had to build their own Rockets. The full was vinegar, the retardant was tissue paper, and the reactor was baking soda. We show them what the final product look like but we never gave them any directions. The idea was for them to try once, observe and reflect upon what happened and why it happened. Then based on their result, they had to modify their rocket hoping for a better second launch!
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Stop Hunger Now Service Learning 2017
Teaming up with 7th Grade