Category Archives: 7th Grade

7th Grade Literature

December means one thing in 7th Grade literature….A Christmas Carol!

We will begin our reading of A Christmas Carol on December 4. In lieu of doing a theme chart and questions for this book, the students will break into groups at the end of each class period to discuss the life lessons taught by the book (from the book 52 Lesson Taught by A Christmas Carol).  At the end of the novel, we’ll all discuss these lessons as a class.

**Date to remember – A Christmas Carol test Tuesday, December 19**

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7A Math

Dear 7th grade parents/guardians,

The first trimester was a success and I want to thank you for all your help! The second trimester, we will be picking up the pace. We started Unit 3 Module 6 this week. I plan on completing a lesson a day if possible. The topics we covered this week include: algebraic expressions, one-step equations with rational coefficients, writing two-step equations, and solving two-step equations. Next Tuesday, December 5th we will be having a quiz on Module 6. In module 7 we will be learning how to write and solve one-step and two-step inequalities.

We will continue having two lessons due each Friday in Simple Solutions. They will always be in order so students know what to expect and can work ahead if they would like! 🙂

As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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7R Math

Dear 7th grade parents/guardians,

7R has started Unit 3 in their Go Math books. This unit is about expressions and equations. This week, we focused on algebraic expressions. We went over key vocabulary including: equation, operation, solution, variable, algebraic expression, factor, and distributive property. Monday, we introduced the idea of simplifying expressions. Students completed a worksheet practicing this new skill. Next week, we will learn how to solve one-step equations and two-step equations with rational coefficients.

This trimester, we will continue having two lessons in Simple Solutions due every Friday. They will always go in order so students know what to expect and can work ahead if they choose to do so!

As always, please email me with any questions or concerns!

Thank you,

Miss Smith

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7th Grade Religion

Hello everyone!

In 7th grade, we continue to work with the Gospel According to Matthew. We will be finishing Matthew before we leave for winter break. After winter break, students will be reading the novel “Heaven is for Real”! It’s a remarkable book about a boy who survived an emergency appendectomy and his story about his trip to heaven and back. Thursday and Friday this week, students are reading chapter 8 in their Sadlier books. This chapter is entitled “Jesus, the Promised Messiah”. In this chapter, we consider how the Gospels reveal Jesus as the promised Messiah through details they give regarding his birth and early life. We will learn how the coming of Jesus Christ, fulfilled Israel’s hopes for the promised Messiah. We learn to trust that Jesus Christ, true God and true man, continues to be with us and to share God’s life with us in a special way.

December 8th is our next service experience check. Please remind students to bring their red booklets so I can see their progress thus far. This isn’t a deadline, but I want to make sure students have started and have specific dates set for the future. The holidays will be a perfect time for them to get more experiences in! 🙂

As always, email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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7th Grade LA

Seventh graders did a really impressive job on their Unit 9 grammar test that covered nouns.  It was nice to see them continue to build on skills that they have covered once before!

Enjoy Thanksgiving and the time off!

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7th Grade Religion

Hello everyone!

This week, students read Chapter 7 in their Sadlier books. This chapter was about the promise of salvation. We discussed about who and what helps us during difficult times. We talked about original sin with Adam and Eve and how God promised a Messiah to come. We believe this Messiah is Jesus Christ. We also did lesson 4 in Second Step this week which talked about giving and getting support during difficult times. We practiced having empathy and helping others that are in need. We can be an ally to anyone whether it be a friend, acquaintance, a stranger, or a family member. We did an activity where students were given situations and they had create a skit where they had to give support and advice. Sometimes students may be in difficult situations and they need to know when and how to go to an adult for help and when to encourage friends to seek help from an adult. We practiced having the confidence to be assertive in their communication skills. Next week, students will continue studying the Gospel of Matthew. We are on chapter 10 in Matthew.

As always, please feel free to email me if you have any questions/comments/concerns!

The end of the trimester is November 16th, coming up!! Time sure is flying by.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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7th Grade Math

Good morning!

Last week, we finished Unit 1 (The Number System) and this week we started Unit 2: Ratios and Proportional Relationships. I plan on finishing this unit next week. In Unit 2 Module 4 we are covering the following topics: unit rates, constant rates of change, and proportional relationships and graphs. Our vocabulary in these topics include: proportion, percent, ratio, simple interest, principal, percent increase and decrease, equivalent ratios, conversion factor, and rate of change. This week, I have been creating packets outside of the Go Math book. I am breaking things down in simpler terms and then we will return to Go Math. I believe this topic is very wordy in the Go Math book so I wanted to break it down in different steps that I thought would be more suitable to the students.

Let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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The Social Studies Corner – 7th Grade

The St. Cletus seventh grade students have been working hard as they explore America’s beginnings as an independence state.  Over the past weeks, they have explored the series of events that lead colonial Americans to conclude that independence from Britain was a necessary endeavor.  Students have discussed the impact that several key events (the Seven Years War/Proclamation of 1763, British laws, the Boston Massacre,  The Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts and Lexington & Concord) had on the colonial mindset as the colonists marched towards rebellion.  Students discussed the First Continental Congress and its efforts to broker peace with King George III and Parliament.  As part of the chapter, the students participated in a role-playing exercise in which they took on the positions of Loyalists, members of the Daughters/Sons of Liberty and those colonists who were undecided on issues of independence.

At present, students are working through events leading up to and including the Declaration of Independence.  The seventh graders discussed the actions of the Second Continental Congress, including its appointment of George Washington as leader of the Continental Army and its efforts to avoid war through the Olive Branch Petition.  Students also continued their analysis of primary sources as they read the words of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and identified key phrases that Paine used to recruit colonists to the independence movement.  Students will cap the chapter as they read the text of the Declaration of Independence in teams and analyze the themes that lead to America’s identity.  The seventh grade students will apply their knowlege as they take their Chapter 4 quiz on Wednesday, November 8.

On Thursday, Students will begin analysis of the Constitution as they work towards success on the federal and Illinois constitution tests before the Christmas holidays.

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7th Lit

We are halfway through The Giver. The students are learning about themes and how to find examples of those themes. They will create final projects on different elements of the novel. Once we are finished with The Giver we will move onto A Christmas Carol!

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The Social Studies Corner — 7th Grade

Our seventh grade students have recently completed a unit in which they explored the underpinnings of colonial America, including the attitudes and ideas that were prevelant as the country moved towards revolution.  Students analyzed primary documents as they interpreted the language and background of the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact and the English Bill of Rights.  They also learned about the revolutionary ideas of the Great Awakening, which lead colonists towards an understanding that as they began to take charge of their religious life, so too they could take charge of their government.

Students also commenced work on their projects for the History Fair, which is scheduled for the third week in January.  The Chicago Metro History Fair organization has set this year’s theme as “Conflict and Compromise.”  Each student has worked towards selecting a topic within this theme and has been encouraged to chose a presentation form (research paper, website, display, performance or documentary) that best suits their personal talents.  In the coming weeks, I will be holding afterschool workshops to assist students who require technical assistance on their website and their documentaries.  A field trip to the Chicago History Museum also will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

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7th Grade Religion

Happy Friday!

We started our week with Second Step: Lesson 3. This lesson taught students about empathy and communication: negotiating and compromising. We watched videos of real students disagreeing about something and how they were able to come to a conclusion. The 7th graders practiced the Action Steps which are: Analyze, Brainstorm, Consider each option, Decide on the best option, and Evaluate. I gave students different situations and opposing sides. They created skits and showed how they were able to compromise with their partner and come to a mutual agreement.

We also learned about almsgiving and the reasons why giving alms is important. We give alms by giving food, money, etc to those in need. Wednesday and Thursday, we practiced for the Living Rosary which will be next Tuesday at 2pm. Students are required to wear the uniforms this day even if they have gym. Please have the boys wearing long pants because we believe this will look best when we are praying the Living Rosary. Students are grouped in different colors to represent the different countries around the world. We will create a live rosary around the Church. Students rotate saying the mysteries, Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.

Next week, we will be diving into our Sadlier books Chapter 6: Holy Spirit, Helper, and Guide. In this chapter, students will learn that they Holy Spirit is present and active in God’s plan of salvation. Just a reminder, each week we switch off between using the Bible and using the Sadlier book.

Finally, next Thursday, October 26th at 7pm is the Commitment Ceremony. Students must wear their uniforms. Students will be receiving their Journey to Confirmation books!

As always, please email if you have ANY questions/comments/concerns.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

 

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7th Grade Commitment Ceremony

Dear 7th grade parents/guardians,

The 7th Grade Commitment Ceremony is coming soon! It will be Thursday, October 26th at 7pm in the Church. Today, I will be giving each student a Commitment Agreements sheet. These need to be completed by each student and signed by their parents. They will need to bring their completed sheets with them to the Commitment Ceremony. It is mandatory for all 7th graders to attend and at least one parent. It starts at 7pm and will last one hour. Students will receive their Journey to Confirmation Booklets (also known as the Red Service Booklet) at this ceremony.

Let me know if you have any questions! Please help your child keep their Commitment Agreement sheet in a safe spot since they will need to bring it to the ceremony. Thanks so much!

 

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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The Social Studies Corner – 7th Grade

The 7th grade class spent the last few weeks exploring the documents and mindsets that let to the American Revolution. Specifically, students explored the language and circumstances of the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact and the English Bill of Rights, documents which played a role in the rights outlined by the US Constitution. Students also explored the diverse development of individual colonies and the frame of mind that each colony brought to the discussion of independence and the creation of a new government. Students will apply this background as they delve deeper into the context of revolution and the establishment of the American belief structure.

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The Social Studies Corner – Academic Bowl

Congratulations to the St. Cletus Academic Bowl team for a strong showing at the 2017 Brother Rice Academic Bowl competition. The team successfully answered a variety of questions on topics ranging from math, science and civics to sports and Brother Rice trivia.  The students participated in a team round, as well as an individual assessment of their academic prowess. Great job Kaj, Kamil, Zach and Tyler. You should be very proud of your accomplishments.

 

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7th Grade LA

Seventh grade has been busily working in the three areas of language arts – composition, grammar, and vocabulary.

They spent some time composing a descriptive essay on a historic place of their choice.  Hopefully, students learned that writing is a detailed process that takes time rather than something that they attempt to complete as soon as possible.

In grammar, we have completed Unit 8, which focuses specifically on subjects, predicates, and sentences.

Lastly, we began the month of October with Unit 1 vocabulary.  Acquiring strong vocabulary skills is imperative in students becoming better writers, as well as preparing them to be successful on their standardized tests.

 

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