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|Social Studies |
We have picked up from our earlier study of The Renaissance to study the changing ideas involved with The Reformation and its influence on Europe, in particular. Locating the many new countries of Europe has proven to be a challenge, but the kids have made tremendous improvements in their ability to locate the 48 European countries on a map.
We have juggled the many interruptions of January with research on Peter the Great and Russian history. We are currently exploring the end of the Romanov family rule and the creation of a communist Russia. The class will continue to "make sense" of the communist reality not only in Russia, but also in China and current day North Korea.
|Have you ever wondered why you have blonde hair and everyone else in your family has brown? Why does everyone in your family have blue eyes? These are some questions that the 7th grade students will be investigating this month in science. We spent the past few weeks learning about the work of Gregor Mendel now we are moving on to discuss the process of meiosis and how genes are passed from one generation to the next. Is it random or not? The students will be making a connection between meiosis and Mendel's results. We will discuss genetic disorders and create a pedigree chart for a trait using information from our own families.|
|Language Arts |
Students will read, Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick. A complete literary analysis will include: writing quatrain poems, studying amplification, writing short stories, examining similes, point of view and suspense. Ongoing vocabulary, grammar and creative writing will continue.
Students are nearing the completion of Chapter Three which focused on solving equations. Chapter Four will cover Solving Inequalties. Students will learn how to solve inequalities using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Solving mult-stiep and compound inequalities will be tackled as well. Absolute Value Equations will round out the chapter.
|Honors Algebra |
Why do we need to learn this? When will I ever use this? These are common questions heard during many math classes. The purpose of this course is to answer those questions. During the month of October we will be looking at graphs. We will begin with a review of the coordinate plane and how to graph a line. We will discuss the slope of a line and what it means. Analyzing graphs to identify the relationship between the variables is an important skill that we will practice this month.
|Physical Education |
Even though the Winter Classic is done and over with, the hockey spirit is still alive in PE. Deck hockey has allowed them to showcase their dribble, passing, and shooting abilities. They are working well as a team, and building stamina and agility with each game!
The New Year began with a belated performance of the Holiday Show. The enthusiasm and energy was alive and well and has continued throughout the classroom activities. The students have built up their repertoire of guitar chords and have branched out from playing basic nursery rhyme songs to A Horse with No Name by America, Right Here Waiting for You by Richard Marx and Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles, to name just a few. February wouldn’t be complete without a love song and the students will be playing an Elvis Presley rendition of Wooden Heart.
Seventh grade have learned about places in a city. They used this vocabulary to ask questions such as Donde esta? where is....?
Students exchanged knowledge with our Peruvian students learning about the famous writer "Mario VArgas Llosa" awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature last year.
Students will be lerning about professions in a city and as part of their projects each student will have do their first Spanish interview.
Seventh graders have thus far visited a synagogue, mosque and cathedral in our study of great religions. For our Christianity unit they found Renaissance paintings of the important events of Jesus's life. They also briefly learned about the Eight Beatitudes which we will be using in Ethics class and they took the "profile" art of Renaissance artist Archimboldo and turned it into an image of a "Deadly Sin". Obviously, they enjoyed doing this assignment! For Islamic art they just finished a tessellation project. In the mosque we looked for the five design devices often incorporated in Islamic sacred art: tessellations, linear pattern, Arabic sacred writing, arabesques and stellar patterns. We will next be doing a unit on Hinduism where each child will be responsible about making an image of an important Hindu deity and discussing that deity's status and attributes from Hinduism to the class.
In Ethics/Belief Systems the children are leading discussion groups and doing written work about our topics. We had a wonderful discussion about the story of Isaac and Ishmael led by Ben and Robert last week. This week the girls will be leading a discussion about Jacob and Esau. We will next start our unit about modern ethical dilemmas. Each child will choose a dilemma they wish to lead a discussion about and do a written analysis of how to solve the dilemma using the specific guidelines we have learned from religion and situation ethics. They will have a quiz on the vocabulary needed to help them make good ethical decisions in mid February.
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