Learning Previews - Grade 7 - September 2017

Learning Previews - Grade 7 - September 2017
Posted on 09/12/2017

7th Grade Math (On Grade Level and Accelerated Math Pathways): Mr. Chris Devlin
Chapter 5: In this chapter, your student will learn about direct and inverse proportions. Some of the skills your student will practice are:

  • Identifying direct and inverse proportion from a table, equation, or graph
  • Solving real-world direct and inverse proportion problems
  • Using graphs to interpret direct and inverse proportion

7th Grade ELA: Ms. Amy Gonzalez
Unit Title: Immersion in Reading and Writing (Sept-Oct.)
This launch unit begins the year long theme around “growth.” Students are exploring what it means to be a writer, reader, speaker and listener in class and in their personal lives. They will be reflecting on how they have used their literacy skills in the past, present, and make goals for what they would like to accomplish in these areas by the end of the year. We are building a collaborative community through reading and discussing a variety of genres and experimenting with different writing styles.
Major goals include establishing independent reading, beginning reader’s-writer's notebooks, student profiles as quick publish, and book talks. The key skills I would like students to develop at this time are around establishing regular independent reading and keeping an organized reader’s-writer’s notebook. To support your student at home, ask them to show you their notebook. It should be divided into different three sections, including response, notes, and vocabulary. Questions to help your student talk about their reading include: How would you describe the main character? Have they done anything that has surprised you yet? If your student is reading nonfiction, you can ask, How much background knowledge of this topic did you have before you started reading this book? What have you learned so far?

7th Grade Social Studies: Ms. Beatriz Motto
Our first couple weeks of 7th Grade Social Studies will have students explore how they define themselves personally and in our society. Additionally, we will examine the impact discrimination can have on certain groups. Through discussions, multimedia presentations, and examination of different primary and secondary sources, the 7th Grade will deconstruct the history of race and how it affects us today. 7th Graders will be reflecting on what they can do to make their school, community, and world a better place to live in.

7th Grade Science: Mr. Jay Mahoney
Unit: Introduction to Chemistry; How can I Make New Stuff from Old Stuff
After a week or so of establishing classroom norms and expectations for seventh grade science, students will focus on understanding the processes of science and how to use scientific method to answer their own questions in an organized and thorough way. We will begin our first IQWST unit called Introduction to Chemistry, continuing the new curriculum which students started last year as sixth graders. IQWST is a sequenced curriculum that looks at core ideas, scientific practices, and performance expectations that allow students to build on previous knowledge. Our curriculum unit focuses on a Driving Question, in this case How Can I Make New Stuff From Old Stuff?, and consists of learning sets of lessons guided by sub-questions that address content important to answering the Driving Question. Each lesson provides multiple activities allowing different  entry points for students to access curriculum. The lessons are structured with differentiation strategies and are supported with practice in doing good science and engineering.  Literacy goals are also part of lessons so students will be developing some science literacy within the lessons. In the first learning set will generate original questions from observing chemical reactions, describe properties of matter to differentiate substances and identify how they are similar and different. Students will conduct solubility tests as a means of describing matter as well as experiments dealing with melting point and hardness. As the unit progresses students will have opportunities to look at other important chemistry concepts. Looking forward to a great year in the science classroom.