This week our 6th grade scientists will be studying the revolution and rotation of Earth. We will be discussing the path of the sun and shadows and how they are different with the seasons.
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This week will finish our discussion over the Protestant reformation. 6th graders will have a social studies test Thursday 2/21 over the Renaissance and Reformation. Quizlets can be found HERE.
Students in both MAT and Math 6 are continuing our unit on Using Properties of Equality to solve equations. Students are learning how to put their previously learned “mental math” skills into equations. Please check PowerSchool to see if any assignments are missing. Missing assignments may be turned in until the end of the quarter. Students may receive full credit for the assignment by paying Cadet Cash.
This week, students in 7th grade English worked on mastering the “tone” of their writing. We wrote example sentences and tried to match emojis to the emotion of the writing. We’ll continue with more on tone next week in a Study Island lesson. We’re also over halfway through our 3rd quarter novel, Big Mouth and Ugly Girl. Students have an upcoming video project over the book and their next Independent Reading Project due in a few weeks, so they should continue to make progress on those assignments.
This week students understood the formulas for area, circumference, and volume and used the formulas to solve real-world problems. We mathematically solved for volume of cylinders and three-dimensional objects, including rectangular prisms. We used the nets of three-dimensional objects to compute surface area. Students completed their bi-weekly Socrative bellringer quiz on Friday. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
This week, during social studies, students will be finishing our unit regarding Modern China. Specifically, students will be completing a partner project which will sum up various ideas and requirements learned throughout the unit. Also, we will be spending a bit of time learning about various points related to Southeast Asia. For more information regarding upcoming assessments/assignments, you may visit my classroom website HERE.
In 7th grade math, we have been working on identifying different information about triangles, including if a triangle can even be formed given certain information, and if so how many triangles can be formed. We have also been working on different angle relationships, which include complementary, supplementary, vertical, and adjacent angles. While working on these topics, we have also been using solving multi-step equations from last unit. We will soon be learning about slope and rate of change in terms of a graph.
7th grade scientists spent the past week becoming experts on the process of cell division. We learned the ins and outs of chromosome movement by modeling mitosis with cutlery, then illustrated the process thru images, read about how Mitosis and Families are linked, and finally identified cells in different phases of mitosis under microscopes, virtually, and in illustrations. Next week we will show what we know thru a Mitosis Project as we prepare for our Life Science benchmark test which will be on February 27th. For detailed listings of class happenings each day, check out my Canvas Page or our class Weebly Site Weebly site.
Science-8: This week our young Cadet scientists have started learning about DNA. Students started by learning about the basic structure of DNA and the scientists involved in discovering the structure and function of DNA. Next week students will be extracting DNA out of their own check cells in a DNA extraction lab. Students will also be building models and learning how DNA gets passed down from parents to offspring through the process of meiosis.
Life Science: This week our young Cadet scientists have started exploring the diverse world of the Kingdom Protista! This is the first of four eukaryotic kingdoms students will be studying and investigating. Students started by reading about what protists are, and how they are classified. Students then completed a virtual lab where they got to see different types of protists and fungi and try to classify them based on the characteristics they displayed. Next week students will continue their investigations over protists and will also get to take a look at protists under a microscope!
This week, students defined and described attributes for three-dimensional geometric figures and solved real world problems involving volume, specifically for regular pyramids by comparing soap bottles and pyramids in Mexico and Egypt. Next week, we will continue with geometry and begin understanding rotations, reflections and translations for two-dimensional figures. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week in Social Studies, we spent time preparing for our Ch 8-9 Test. Students created review that we played to help us review important concepts from this unit. Next week we will start our discussion of the Era of Good Feeling.
In Algebra, students just finished solving quadratics with graphing and the quadratic formula. These unit went along with our previous unit, which was factoring. All methods involve solving quadratics, but in different ways. It seems as though the quadratic formula is the students’ method of choice when it comes to solving quadratics. We also graphed exponential functions and looked at what they really mean in terms of real-life situations. Next week we will be starting our unit on radicals, which is just a fancy way to say square root.
This week in Language arts, we have been making our way toward the end of our class novel, Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings. Students completed an assignment this week in which they identified plot events from the novel and classified them into main plot events or subplot events. We then discussed which plot events could be parallel episodes. We practiced the skill of cause and effect by discussing how some events that have occurred in the novel helped to influence other later events. At the end of the week, we started a discussion on themes, or life lessons, that we have seen and learned from the novel. Students will be creating “theme memes” next week to help show their understanding of the themes from the story. Next week, we will finish the story and then begin to review for our final book test.
6th grade Band - Students are rehearsing selections titled “ Presto!” , and “America The Beautiful.” Students are concentrating on good note and rhythmic accuracy.
7th/8th grade Band - Students are rehearsing selections titled “Flight Of Eagles”, “Spectrum” and “Star Bright”.
The vast majority – 96 percent – of the school principals interviewed in a recent study agree that participation in music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school. Further, 89 percent of principals feel that a high-quality music education program contributes to their school achieving higher graduation rates.
~ Harris Interactive Poll, 2006
This week 6th grade artists are finishing their watercolor paintings and starting to plan out their ceramic coil pots that we will begin building next week. 7th grade artists are working on their tempera paintings that are influenced by aboriginal and/or native american art. Advanced art students are working on their watercolor paintings of insects or animals.
All choirs are continuing to work on music that they will be performing on March 9th at the ISSMA Organizational Contest. In addition to working on contest music, students will be diving deeper into sight reading, as well as taking a deeper look at the history and culture behind music they are singing in class/for performance. The ISSMA Organizational Contest for Middle School Choirs is on Saturday, March 9th at Avon Intermediate School West. This is a required event for all middle school choir students. It is important that all students attend. Time information will be sent to Mr. Shafer from ISSMA in the coming weeks that then will be shared with parents. Attire for this event is the CMS Choir polo shirt, black dress pants, and black dress shoes (same as the Winter Concert).
Some dates to keep in mind:
Saturday, March 9th - ISSMA Organizational Contest (Time TBD, required - part of the grade)
Friday, May 24th - It’s A Grand Night for Singing: A Spring Concert (7:00 p.m., required)
This week in Reading we learned all about the history and future of the chocolate business. The students ended the week with a performance task where they were asked to create a timeline from this week’s reading and write a chronological paragraph highlighting the history of the chocolate industry. Looking ahead to next week, we will be reading about an young athlete’s recovery process after an injury. If at any time there are questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com. Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend. See you on Tuesday.
Mr. Thompson and Mrs. Fakes
This week in Physical Education we finished up our baserunning unit. The students are continuing to prepare for the Fitnessgram Pacer Test. The students will take the final test at the end of the nine weeks. Have a Great Weekend!!
This week in agriculture students will begin to understand how plants are able to reproduce both sexually and asexually! Students will learn the difference between fertilization and pollination, and see how the plant’s anatomy is used for reproduction. Students will be dissecting a bean, planting some seeds, and developing a foldable to illustrate the difference between asexual and sexual reproduction in plants.
World Language students can now count to 49. They also know how to say their opinion about several common nouns. They can also make sentences negative by using ne pas.
French 1 students have learned several new verbs. They can conjugate RE regular verbs, CER and GER verbs.
This week the students presented their Career Exploration presentations. They also started working on goals to help them reach their career goal. We started looking at post-secondary education options. Next week, we will continue looking at these post-secondary options as we prepare for our upcoming field trip to DePauw University. Don’t forget to have your child return their permission slip and $5!