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7th Grade Social Studies
Students have considered the synergy, or lack of it, during the Age of Imperialism this month. Students used their analysis of the Newsela article, “Imperialism and Resistance Shape the Modern World,” to reflect on their learning of this unit of study. Then, they used textual evidence from the article to support the claims of their thesis statements in essays they composed on "The Causes and Effects of Imperialism." As a culminating project for this unit, students created “Imperialism Recipes," showcasing their understanding of the synergy used by European countries to take over other parts of the world, while on a global scale, chaos and a complete lack of synergy during this era paved the way for World War I.
7th Grade English Language Arts
We have begun our Power of Debate unit. This unit focuses on 5 main skills-
*evidence (what is the right evidence to support your point of view and how do I cite it properly?)
*persuasion (word choice)
Our students analyzed articles to better understand the format and language of this type of writing. Students researched if letter grades are better than a standards based number system of 1,2,3,4. They held an amazing discussion using the Philosophical Chairs format to share their points of view. Many of the students didn’t realize Riverview’s report card follows best practice of both philosophies and is a hybrid of both. Students also researched if zoos should still exist in our society. They formed debate teams and researched their arguments to debate in the Philosophical Chairs format. This format allowed them to see the value of research and preparation, when speaking or writing persuasively. Finally, students worked through the writing process creating their own argumentative essays.
Monday we will hold a Philosophical Chairs to share their research. I am so impressed with their small group discussions and ability to form questions and ideas that are thoughtful.
7th Grade Science
This month, we have been learning about bacteria, an important group of single-celled organisms. We learned about how the majority of bacteria species are helpful to humans, while a few of them cause disease. To explore further, students conducted an investigation about where bacteria are found in our everyday lives. They learned the technique for swabbing areas, inoculating petri dishes, and mathematically determining the amount of bacteria present on the dishes. We learned a lot about where bacteria are found around our school campus. Students created a public service announcement to summarize their data in an effort to educate others about where bacteria are found. Finally, students researched either a beneficial bacteria species or a harmful one and created a "Wanted" poster or a "Help Wanted" advertisement. Overall, students came away with a deeper appreciation of the tiniest of all living things that create SYNERGY for our health, our economy, and our environment.
Algebra - Mrs. Cooler
Algebra students have been working so hard these past few weeks with mid-term exams and now finishing up the unit on Systems of Linear Equations. Not only is this unit very important to their mathematical education futures, Systems of Equations skills are used unbeknownst to many individuals. "Many people use linear equations every day, even if they do the calculations in their head without drawing a line graph." Feel free to read this article for further information on the topic. sciencing.com/linear-equations-used-everyday-life-6022370.html
Pre-Algebra - Mrs. Cooler
"Pre-Algebra students are making such great progress in their current unit of study: Equations and Inequalities. These mathematical building blocks are so important to understanding all that will follow, both in and out of the classroom. Everyday, adults use these skills - "Everyone who works needs to pay taxes to the federal government. Many states and cities also collect income taxes. The federal government also collects money to pay Social Security and Medicare to senior citizens. When you work, your employer uses an equation to calculate how much money to send to the government and how much money to put in your paycheck."
Math - Mrs. Kolb
Expressions, equations, and inequalities oh my!! First period has finished the unit on all 3 and will look forward to a geometry unit next. We have learned that with multi-step equations and inequalities, we must first distribute, then combine like terms, and then play Red Rover where we get the variable on one side and the numbers on the other. With inequalities, we must remember one extra step and that is if you multiply or divide by a negative, you must flip the inequality sign. Each step is little and easy individually but when used collectively, it gets harder to remember all the steps. One of the best things students can do is to work neatly and use space to work and to also take their time. Second period has finished expressions and will move to equations next week. We will act out the concept of Red Rover so students can physically see how each side takes a turn until the sides have letters on one side and numbers on the others. Any time students can act out or see how math works, there is a much better chance they will remember the steps.
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