Empty Bowls and Rise Against Hunger Event
Thanks again for joining us for our annual Empty Bowls/ Portfolio Night. It was wonderful watching your children share their learning with you. Our annual Rise Against Hunger was a huge success. We packed 40,000 meals for hurricane victims in North Carolina. It is always a special day to watch our school and community come together showing stewardship for others.
OFF CAMPUS FUN!
7th Grade Social Studies
This trimester seventh grade historians have used cause and effect relationships to analyze the synergy in the world, which resulted from the ideas and inspiration of the Enlightenment Philosophers. Students have discovered how the Enlightenment inspired "the people" to fight for the limiting of government powers and
for the rights of all citizens in the English Civil War and Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution. They have had fun sharing their expertise by creating comic strips of events of the English Civil War and Facebook pages on key players during the French Revolution.
7th English Language Arts
In Readers Workshop, our students have been focusing on short stories. Short stories are guaranteed to raise questions and initiate discussions that can lead to meaningful dialogues about what really matters in the lives of our students. We annotate and analyze these writing pieces together using the reading strategy -Signposts. Signposts are a reading comprehension strategy that gives concrete examples of what the reader should look for to help them unravel a story. In our Writers Workshop, we have been reading various poets focusing on imagery, tone and mood. Students are taking these ideas discussed from our mentor poems and creating their own free verse poetry.
7th Grade Science
In Science, students have been investigating the properties of matter and learning how matter can undergo physical and chemical changes. Students performed several tests on known substances to determine their physical and chemical characteristics. We had fun looking at solubility, flammability, and the chemical reactivity of the substances. Students were then given a "mystery mixture" that contained several white powders. They had to determine the make up of their mixture by performing several physical and chemical tests on the mixture. We had a lot of fun and practiced some collaboration and critical thinking in this engaging investigation!
Algebra students have finally concluded their second unit of study: Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities. Projects were turned in last week - below you can see some pictures of the kids working on those projects as well as some of the finished components. This has been a vital unit of learning as it sets up procedures that will be used in all future upper level mathematics. With equations and inequalities, students use inverse operations to balance both sides of an equation of inequality containing a single variable in order to find the value of that variable.
Pre - Algebra
In Pre-Algebra, students have spent the past two weeks reviewing previously learned concepts including integers and fraction operations. We have also been learning about positive and negative exponents, perfect squares and cubes, and scientific notation. These concepts will be used throughout the course of future mathematical studies as well as in future science classes.
Next week we will be putting our previously learned percent skills to work with our trip to Fat Patties! I'm sure the kiddos are very excited to put their math skills to work in the real world!
We have enjoyed learning about percents and how to use them to calculate tips, taxes, discounts and simple interest. These are such real life skills and we have talked about how we use them. We get to put these into practice by price shopping at Bi-Lo and Olive Garden to see the percent of change in what is spent when going out to dinner versus cooking at home. Being able to celebrate this learning by going out to lunch is such a treat and the hope is that students will be thankful to their families for the times they do get to go out to eat.
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