Grade 7 Update | May 2019

Grade 7 Update | May 2019
Posted on 05/02/2019
Curriculum Updates
In science, we are wrapping up our energy unit and quickly approaching our weather and climate unit. We will be focusing on how weather occurs and how we determine it. This unit will involve full participation and a hands on approach to learning about this aspect of the world around us.

In ELA, we are wrapping up our final essay, which is based on the themes presented in Strange Fruit by Abel Meeropol and The Flowers by Alice Walker. Additionally, when we return from April break, students will be taking the 7th grade ELA MCAS exam. The test dates are as follows; Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24.

In math, students are continuing the process with expressions and equations. They have modified expressions using operational properties, created expressions given real-world situations, and developed scenarios according to expressions. We are currently applying similar techniques to equations. Furthermore, students will gain the ability to solve for unknown values given various equations and scenarios. Lastly, in correlation with learning the unit, the students will be reviewing and preparing for MCAS.

In social studies, we are starting the 4th quarter off with an introduction to Ancient China. Students will be looking at the Shang dynasty and Chinese philosophies of Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism. This will lead us into our final Document Based Questions (DBQ) essay of the year which looks at The Great Wall of China and considers did the benefits of the wall outweigh the costs?

Teacher Conferences
If you would like to schedule a conference with your child’s teachers to discuss their progress so far, please contact your child’s advisor or Mrs. Etesse (metesse@cpsd.us) to arrange a time. If coming to the school is difficult, we are also happy to schedule a phone conference with you or communicate through email. We encourage all families to arrange a meeting before the end of the school year to discuss your student’s progress.
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