Seventh Grade | Kimberly
ISAT Testing is in progress at KMS. Please be mindful of this. It is important that students have a healthy breakfast and get to school on time.
Success after school will be every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in room 804 from 3:05 to 4:00. All 7th and 8th graders who have a D or an F are expected to attend. Any others students who need help or need to get caught up are welcome to attend.
*Please note that the following are our projected lesson topics for the week and that they are subject change. Thank you for understanding and working with us.
This week we are starting to read the classic book, The Outsiders. This year is the 50th year of its publication so it's a special year for it! We have been taking notes on the times of the 60s so the kids can understand the context of the book. We will be reading all of it in class and writing reflective journal pieces as the story unfolds. On Wednesday, we have our second English (ELA) ISAT which will be a performance task. The students will have to write some kind of writing piece. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast. This week I will put the students AR Goal grades in the gradebook because next week is mid-term. Students need to be at 49% of their AR Goals by Friday. Their first genre is due on Wednesday, May 3rd.
7th Grade Math: Students are working area of polygons and surface area. They will also be working on ISAT review. The Math ISAT will be May 2nd. The ISAT Performance Task will be May 5th.
Pre-Algebra: Students are working area of polygons and surface area. They will also be working on ISAT review. The Math ISAT will be May 2nd. The ISAT Performance Task will be May 5th.
This week we are continuing our Medieval Simulation with discussions on feudalism and manorialism. Students will eventually draw a manor and some will role play what life was like for serfs.
Today in Health we discussed the harmful effects of smoking and tobacco use. I was impressed with the students’ knowledge and hope they make healthy choices regarding tobacco. We'll review tobacco, alcohol and drug use on Wednesday. This Friday we will have a guest speaker from St. Luke's to talk with us about protecting our skin. Should be a great lesson (although it feels like we may never see the sun!).
This week we will finish up our Earth Day activities and then continue our discussion on genetics/heredity. This week we will be exploring DNA as a code and students will be blown away as they, themselves, extract DNA from fruit! Students will be reminded to follow ALL lab rules and procedures. If lab rules and procedures are broken, the student(s) responsible will no longer participate in the lab and will be given an alternative assignment. We will also be discussing GMO's and participating in group discussions and activities.
This week in STEM we will finish up our KMS Bulldog sign challenge! Students were given a challenge to code a new animated sign for the KMS TV in the hallway as you enter the building. Have your student show you their creation. They are really grasping the creative computing concepts and incorporating their personal creativity to invent amazing things!!
We are presenting our Macro group research this Tuesday. On Thursday we are doing a food lab with Tortilla Roll-ups (containing Whole Wheat Tortillas, cream cheese, ranch powder, ham, spinach and tomatoes). Let me know if you student has any health concerns with any of these ingredients.
We are grading folders this Wednesday, make sure your student is up to speed--they should have the Reading Companion for Chapter 7 finished. We have begun our Chocolate Frog Cards and will continue with them through the week.