7th graders are finishing up My Future My Choice. The program went wonderfully this year, and I’m so impressed with the way students showed maturity during all the lessons. I encourage you to talk to your child about what they’ve learned during the 10 lesson series. When we return from Spring Break, we will be delving into an exploration of DNA and genetics. Students will participate in a research project about some simple dominant/recessive traits, and learn how traits are passed on from generation to generation. This is one of my favorite topics within science and I’m looking forward to sharing it with students! Have a great Spring Break!
The seventh grade students are continuing to work on their historical character. The research they have conducted is being used to create a “character brochure” to express the interesting information of their character, focusing on a connection to the era. Students recently worked to write a brief connection to the era that was then placed on their brochure. This information is connected to Language Arts and Mrs. Holdredge’s classes. Students will be using the researched information to write a personal narrative based on their character. The personal narrative will be used in turn to create a skit connected to the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression.
We are just now beginning learning about the Great Depression. There are many connections to current times we will be exploring especially how President Franklin Roosevelt led our country in a new direction. There are many current news articles about President Trump and his new directions that I will work to bring into discussion.
Parents, this is a great time to remind students of continuing their work ethic and best efforts in class until the end of the year. Please help support their education at home by checking in with them, keeping up with completed assignments, and being prepared for class. Thank you.
Al Capone. Coco Chanel. Babe Ruth. Mary Pickford. Who needs dry, dusty textbooks when we can bring the 1920s and ‘30s to life through engaging, inquiry-based, student-led activities? The kids are making great progress on their personal narratives, told from the point of view of the historical figure they’ve been researching in Humanities. This is such a fabulous project, in which the students not only show off their research-based knowledge but also see these famous men and women as real people and serve as a conduit for the voices of the past. Stay tuned after Spring Break for an invitation to the culminating skits the students will perform for your entertainment!
Parents, Mr. Conrad and I have conferenced with most of you but would love to see you one more time this spring. Our office hours are every Tuesday from 8:30-10:00, but we are flexible! Just let us know if you need a different time/day. Please click here to schedule a meeting: http://signup.com/go/b3j6Xe.
Our annual Pi Day celebration was a huge success. This year the 7th grade students discovered how the number 3.1415926… is derived (the circumference of a circle divided by the diameter), some interesting facts about circles (why are manhole covers round), and some students participated in a contest to memorize the most digits of pi. Oh and did I forget to mention the students also got to eat a few slices of pie. Thank you to all those who helped make our celebration a success.
7th grade is busy working on a variety of performance pieces in order to get ready for our Spring Show on Thursday, May 25th at 2:00pm. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for this fun and informational performance. This year, we’re adding bucket drumming – which has been a great way to learn rhythms and teamwork.
Students also recently completed their Composer research projects, where they put together Google slideshows sharing history, facts and famous works by their composers. We learned a lot and it’s a great exercise in assisting students with developing their academic writing skills as we study plagiarism, citing our works and how to utilize academic integrity in their writing.