Science with Ms. Brannon
Hi 7th grade families! I am so happy to have finally started a science rotation! I’ve loved getting to know each and every one of your children over the past week, and I’m looking forward to continuing to get to know them better as we learn about some exciting science topics. We are currently almost finished with our introductory science unit covering the scientific method to prepare us to think like scientists and to be able to excel during the next two years in the IB program. After this unit concludes, we’ll dive into Chemistry where we study atomic structure, chemical reactions, and applications of chemistry.
Language Arts with Mrs. Foote
Grammar, usage, and mechanics – words that typically inspire shuddering and groans from students. Last week, students were introduced to my Harry Potter-themed “Grammar House Cup.” I am thrilled to report that I have seen tons of enthusiasm from students about this addition to Language Arts. Starting next Friday, each student will work on completing an individualized “game board” focusing on a grammatical skill set. The game board will lead students through a variety of self-paced activities to strengthen and improve their writing. In addition, students can earn points for their “house” by catching grammar and spelling mistakes in the real world.
In the coming weeks, we will continue our novel study of The Outsiders, which is part of our larger unit on identity. Over the course of this unit, students will develop their craft as narrative writers and improve their ability to read classic fiction. My hope is that each student will complete the unit knowing and understanding that our identities are a product of our experiences, relationships and the choices we make.
Math with Mrs. Hovey-Vicknair
We are settling into our new math schedules this week and charging forward into more complex representations of linear relationships. I can already tell with the smaller class sizes that we are capable of deeper understanding and more “aha” moments. This week we are solidifying conceptual understanding and procedural fluency working with single variable linear equations and entering the realm of the “multi-variables”. Our initial work with manipulatives and multiple representations of data should lend nicely to grasping the idea of multi-variable linear equations. We also are continuing to make connections to linear relationship found in the real world.
Art with Mrs. Macauley
The 7th graders have had a busy couple months in the art room. So far this year, we have been reviewing the elements of art through the creation of each student’s name designed on their art portfolio. Grades for this assignment, as well as comments, can be found on Canvas! Currently, we are wrapping up a collage unit that will become your students customized sketchbook cover and beginning to plan for the quickly approaching Empty Bowls unit. Empty Bowls is a local fundraiser to raise money for the local organization, Neighbor Impact, to help the less fortunate in our immediate community. There is a Canvas announcement posted on the art page with all the details if you would like to attend the event! Please feel free to come by and visit the art room anytime!