Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017

Tick Tock - the school year is winding down. We have 41 official days of school left (but who’s counting). Yet with end-of-year and special events, we have about 10 days fewer of teaching time. So planning is critical and we need to make sure that the students are here EVERY day to get the most out of the end of their 7th grade year learning experiences!

We have had a great learning experience with Orson “Pigeon” Horshler from France as part of our immigration unit today! We also met a man, Titi, who is seeking asylum from Africa. Ask your kids about the things they learned from them about immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Michelle York writes:
We have begun our work in our Geometry units. The students are enjoying using manipulatives as well as their algebra concepts to solve geometry problems. We are going to need to move quickly through the geometry standards in order to be able to tackle the statistics and probability standards by the end of the year too. Information on the final math STAR assessment as well as the 8th grade placement assessment will be coming soon.

Britni Rowe writes:
This week in ELA we will be continuing to learn about immigration. Students will also begin preparing for their interviews next week with local community members who immigrated to the United States. At the end of the week, students will be expected to complete an interview at home in order to practice their interview skills.

Nancy Lindbom writes:
This week in social studies, we will be focusing on the challenges faced by immigrants/refugees when they arrive in America. The students will be working with their peers to creatively present these challenges to their classmates.

Liz Schambach writes:
Welcome to Quarter 4~~ We have begun with setting fitness goals based off our fitness testing results for ourselves on the fitness side of things. In the classroom, we are diving into knowing more about ourselves with the first Essential Question-’Where am I now?’ (mentally, physically, socially, emotionally). We have, also, started our in depth look at the futures we want and ones we want to avoid.  

Scott Dorr writes:  
This week we will be spending a couple of days doing a group read of our book “Operation Redwood” with the kids taking on the roles of the characters.  We will then do a couple of activities on cellular respiration, finishing with the kids comparing and contrasting the chemical reactions of photosynthesis and the chemical reaction of cellular respiration.

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