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9/21/17

    Another successful week for us here in the 7th grade.  We had a couple of important assemblies and represented our school well.
   The first assembly was a continuation of Puppets in Education with a focus on what to do in common stressful situations encountered in school and from peers.
    The second assembly focused on the the ever present internet and the importance of being careful what information you put out to the world. As he said repeatedly everything put out there is public and permanent. 
    I encourage you to speak with your students about both assemblies as they had some very good information, but especially about the on line safety as there are things that you as adults can do to protect yourselves and your students.

    In Language Arts we have continued our reading of Freak The Mighty and had some great book discussions about this amazing novel.  They all need to read through chapter fifteen by Tuesday. Our writing has been spread out of other content areas, and focused on our writing journals. We have worked through some of the different types of figurative speech, using some examples in our own writing, and have remained focused on our editing skills.

Social Studies has been a mixture of geography and history as well as civics.  We had our first quiz on the countries and capitals of Central America, tying into our focus on the Mayan, Aztec, and Inca Empires.  We will be launching a new rotating assignment based on current events so be on the lookout for the critera.  

    Science continues our work on understanding molecular structures, and how atoms bond to form new elements.  We created our own models of molecules using gummies and toothpicks this week to help understand how these structures appear and occur.

   Math has us looking at areas of different polygons.  We have learned the formula for how to find the area of a triangle, related this to the area of a square/rectangle and are now moving on to parallelograms and trapezoids.  
 
   Be very proud of your student as we have seen a positive change hapening in each and every one.  The efforts are noticed and appreciated by many.

9/14/17

  What a beginning of the year! I am amazed and very pleased with how well these students have adapted to and accepted their new teacher.  And even more so in how well they are treating each other.

    This week we had a very moving and informative discussion about 9/11 and the impact it had on those who were alive at the time (quite a reality shock to think that these students were not). This culminated in a project where we investigated the impact of images and how it helps convey the situation to others not directly involved.  We will be doing a display of photos from this tragedy as well as the stories they created for the before and after. 

    Math has seen us complete our first chapter on coordinate planes. We are now moving onto finding the area of different polygons with a focus on formulas and an intro to triangles.

    Language Arts has been a mixture of writing in our journals for different on demand prompts, understanding and using figurative language,as well as reading and discussing our book Freak The Mighty.  They all need to read through chapter ten by Monday. 

    Science has seen us working through the beginning understandings of Atoms and the periodic table and we had our first experiment with the motion of water.










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