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7th Grade – Math

Happy Friday!

7R – We have been working on module 8 which is about modeling geometric figures. The lessons include: similar shapes and scale drawings, geometric drawings, cross sections, and angle relationships. We had a scavenger hunt around the room where we taped up cards with different problems on them. At the bottom of each card had the solution of a different card. Once students figured out an answer, they had to find their answer on the bottom of a new card. This eventually led them around the whole room to answer every question. They will be having their module 8 quiz on Friday, February 23rd.

7A – We are taking our test today on module 9: circumference, area, and volume. Students have learned how to find areas and surface areas of composite figures. We will be skipping ahead to unit 6: probability. This unit will be on the Aspire test so I want to make sure we cover it and students feel comfortable with this topic before testing. They will be learning about experimental probability and theoretical probability and simulations.

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

Starting next week, my office hours for extra help in math will be Tuesday and Thursday from 7:15-8am.

Thanks!

Sincerely,
Miss Smith

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7th Grade – Religion

Happy Friday!!

7th graders have completed the novel Heaven Is For Real and we just finished watching the movie. We were pushed back a couple of days because of the snow day last Friday and Stations of the Cross practice. 7th graders were in charge of the first Stations of the Cross and I have to say, they did such an incredible job. I am really proud of them. Our practices went really well and they took it all very seriously. We had 16 readers – two for the opening statements and 14 for the stations. They did a really great job and I appreciate their participation.

7th grade will be entering the National Student Poetry Contest. April is National Poetry Month so I thought it’d be really fun to get the 6th and 7th graders to enter their very own poems! It’s the 22nd season of this contest and I would like us to represent the 6th-7th Division for St. Cletus! Students are free to write about any subject (as long as it’s appropriate) and in any style (except for concrete/blackout poems). Their poems must be no longer than 20 lines. We started working on these yesterday and I ask that they are submitted by next Friday, the 23rd. I will print them all out and mail them in. I think this a great way to promote literacy in the classroom – and there’s also prizes.

After our poems, we will be starting the book of Mark! Also, please remind students to keep updating their ‘Journey to Confirmation’ booklets. They should be reflecting right away after each experience so that it is fresh in their heads. The next checkpoint is March 1st. This is our final checkpoint before they are due on May 4th.

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

Thanks so much.

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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The Social Studies Corner: 7th Grade

The 7th grade class has reached many milestones over the past few weeks.  Each member of the class has demonstrated a high level of mastery as they successfully passed exams on the:  (1) operation and purpose of the United States Constitution and (2) details of Illinois government and the Illinois Constitution.  This work has prepared students for a study of the early Republic, including the rise of political parties and their place in the development of the current form of American government.  Over the next months, students will explore the evolution of American politics and will compare and constrast it to issues that remain a part of modern political life.  Students also will explore the issues that faced early Americans as the country evolved from an early democratic experiment to a modern state on the precipice of world war.

Each student also has completed a project compliant with the National History Day competition (using the theme of Conflict and Compromise) in which they were asked to fashion a historic argument that demonstrates cause-and-effect, supporting it with contemporary evidence.  Students were given the option to display their prowess using one of five mediums:  a display exhibit, a documentary video, a research paper, a website or a performance.   Student projects were displayed and judged at the annual St. Cletus History Fair.  (A website of all student projects (with the exception of the displays) can be viewed by clicking here.)

Based on averages of the judges scores, the projects of 10 St. Cletus students were selected to advance to the Chicago Metro History Fair competition on April 7.  The projects are as follows:

Display Exhibits

Liz Braun, Bombing in the Square: The Haymarket Square Riot

Serena Garza, The Pullman Strike: A Turning Point for U.S. Labor Conditions

Conor Mulcrone, The Blackhawk War

Documentary Videos

Ava Calderon, The Trials and Misfortunes of the Chicago Seven

Madelyn Ciampaglia, Our Lady of the Angels:  Disaster and Redemption

Research Papers

Jenna Battista, Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

Ryan Clifford, Chicago’s Destruction And Rebuilding

Websites

Grace Koziol, Freedom Day School Boycott:  Activism Against School Segregation

Lauren Schinker, A School Fire That Shook a Nation: Our Lady of Angels School Fire

Will Wangard, The World’s Fair of 1893:  A Revolutionary Fair

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7th Literature

We are wrapping up our Agatha Christie murder mystery  And Then There Were None this week. The students will begin writing their character analysis aided by their annotations. We will also be conduction a Mock Trial where we will put the characters on trial for their original “crimes”. The rough draft of the paper will be written entirely in class and will be due on February 15. The final draft of the paper will be do on March 2. The students will be turning in a hard copy of the paper and NOT submitting it through Google Classroom.

Ms. Shupe

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7R Math

7th graders are working on Module 7 which is all about inequalities. We started this module before winter break and are continuing it now. I’ve been practicing a new activity with the students where I have them complete an exit ticket when they leave. I present a problem that goes along with what we learned for the day and when they hand them to me, I can see how well they are understanding the topic. This has given me a good idea on what they are grasping and where mistakes are occurring. With the exit tickets, I choose “my favorite no” which means I choose a student’s work that has an error. I write it on the board and students have to figure out what went right, what went wrong, and how they would correctly solve the problem. I have do something called Think, Pair, and Share. Students work independently at first, then pair up with someone to discuss their answers, and then I choose a couple students to share it with the class. I took an online course over winter break about teaching middle school math using the common core. I learned about these activities and put them into action this week. They are more student-centered; they take more time but are much more fulfilling for students. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email me!

Thanks!

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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7A Math

7th graders are diving into Module 8 this week. We are learning about scale drawings and similar shapes, geometric drawings, cross sections, and angle relationships. As I’m sure you’ve seen, we have been moving at a much quicker pace this trimester. I am always happy to provide extra help for students in the morning at 7:15am! 🙂

Miss Smith

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7th Grade Religion

Hope you all had a wonderful break!

7th graders are reading the novel Heaven Is For Real. It’s a remarkable story about a boy who claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Students are so excited to be reading this book! We will be answering discussion questions and doing a project along with this as well.

Miss Smith

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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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