Learning Previews - Grade 7 - February 6, 2018

Learning Previews - Grade 7 - February 6, 2018
Posted on 02/06/2018

7th Grade On Grade Level Math: Mr. Devlin
Chapter 4: In this chapter, your student will learn how to solve algebraic equations and inequalities. Some of the skills your student will practice are:

  • Identifying equivalent equations
  • Solving algebraic equations and inequalities
  • Solving real-world problems using equations and inequalities

7th Grade Accelerated Math Pathways: Mr. Devlin
The AMP classes will be revisiting some previously taught 8th grade standards, as well as deepening their understanding of proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations.

  • Know and apply the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions
  • Use square root and cube root symbols to represent solutions to equations
  • Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times an integer power of 10 to estimate very large or very small quantities, and to express how many times as much one is than the other
  • Perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, including problems where both decimal and scientific notation are used
  • Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways

Science: Mr. Mahoney
Students in science will continue in their study of physics in the unit entitled “Why do Some Things Stop While Others Keep Going”? Students experience thermal and sound energy as they address the idea that energy can be transferred between systems. Students develop Energy Transfer Diagrams as models to represent and explain energy gained or “lost” in a system. They will continue by investigating that a ball stops bouncing because its energy is transformed and transferred to its surroundings, and a pendulum stops swinging because its energy is transferred to the surrounding air. Parents should see students beginning their long term science fair project as they develop their own question, develop their experiment, and analyze data to create a tri-fold board to present to their NetPals later in the semester. All science fair work is done at home and completed by each individual student or team of two students by deadlines set in class.

ELA: Ms. Gonzalez
Readers and writers will continue to develop their understanding of identity formation and transformation, focusing their study of identity through the lens of gender roles. They will begin a short research project on the role that media and advertising play in our understanding of what roles men and women are supposed to fulfill. Students will go through the research process and conduct a short research project in which they explore how advertisements portray stereotypical gender roles and the impact that has on an individual’s sense of self. As a class, students will read several articles about gender roles and advertising to build their skills as researchers. We will practice note taking and paraphrasing skills.

At home while watching tv or when shopping together at a store, you can bring up some of the big ideas we are exploring:

  • Society allows the media to convey specific messages about what a man and a woman should be like.
  • Media messages often affect individuals’ sense of self-worth and self-confidence.
  • Advertisements take advantage of individuals’ insecurities to sell products.

Social Studies: Ms. Motto
Students are finishing up their unit on Ancient India! They will now engage in a debate on the ruler Ashoka. Students will grapple with the question, Ashoka: Ruthless Conqueror or Enlightened Ruler? After February Break, students will begin writing their first research paper. Students will choose a famous, influential person in history and will create a 3-5 page research paper. Please be sure to check student’s agendas so that they are on top of their writing!