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In the HUMS7 academic update, we'll share an introduction to the events and lessons happening that week for your child.
HUMS 7th Grade
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Week of January 28th, 2013
In the mail, each household should have gotten a copy of the Family Media Agreement project that is designed to help parents and guardians set some norms at home for how school technology (and all technology) is being used. We want to build upon this by extending an invitation to all parents to come in and have a sort of 'coffee talk' conversation with faculty about how the 1:1 initiative has worked and not worked from the family perspective. In next week's newsletter, we'll share a variety of dates and times for those events, so everyone will be able to find a time that works. All are welcome. In the meantime, please call or email the team with any feedback or questions at team7@wwsu.org

Math News
 This week in math we will create a precise definition of what it means to be mathematically similar.  We generated similar figures by using a rubber band stretcher, copy machines, and plotting points on a coordinate grid.  Support your child’s understanding by asking these questions and ask him or her to justify the answers.
 
How does the copy machine percentage affect the new image?
Which coordinate rules produce similar figures?
Which coordinate rules produce unsimilar figures?
What is a scale factor?
 
Just a reminder that if your child can not answer these questions, have him or her write down what the confusion is and share it with me so I can help to move his or her understanding forward.  You can also refer to the letter I sent home at the beginning of this unit for more ways to support your child’s learning.

 

Book Project from Karsten V.

This week in English
This week in English students are spending a lot of time on individualized practice activities and extensions. Revised drafts were returned this week with feedback, and many students conferenced with Mr Potts to get more insight. For students who finished their writings earlier, extra credit opportunities have been discussed, including using iMovie to create short films or trailers for the stories or recording a radio drama from a story’s dialogue.

Meanwhile students are progressing individually through lessons on compound sentence grammar and punctuation, and many will begin looking at complex sentences next week.

 

Social Studies
This week we will be starting our research for the Ancient Middle East projects.  I have reserved the library for all classes on Thursday. On this day we will be looking at books only! No technology will be allowed except the use of our electronic card catalog. As much as I embrace the ipads, I still feel that books and libraries are essential parts of research.  We need both, and Harwood has a good library.  Students will need to select a very specific/narrow topic to research, and they will be the only student doing that topic in their class. They will be selecting topics Tuesday and Wednesday in class.

On another note, all the student posters from the ancestry research unit are up on the bulletin boards.  It may not be easy for you to come into school but you certainly can ask to see you child’s poster as they should still be on their ipad.  This could lead to a great discussion about what they learned from this unit.

Science

Today, students were taught a Concept Comparison Routine, one of the SIM learning strategies.  The Concept Comparison Routine is used to help students compare and contrast key concepts.  The Routine was modeled in class as we looked at comparing and contrasting M&M’s and Skittles to learn the skill.  We also used the Routine to compare and contrast birds and mammals.  Students were taught how to develop categorical comparisons and how to summarize.  This Routine is excellent as a writing tool to organize critical content to write a comparison essay.   

 

This week we will view the  microscopic world!   Using the compound light microscope to view cells will be a focus.  After learning the technology of the microscope , how to stain a cell and how to draw what is in the field of vision,  students will view plant and animal cells ( elodea and cheek cells,)  and then will use the Concept Comparison Routine to compare and contrast animal and plant cells.  The week will finish with a scientific literacy lesson where they will complete a writing assignment discussing the comparison.

 
 

Upcoming Events

Check out the "7th Community Calendar" for an ongoing list of activities happening at HUMS
 

Coming soon! Also you can see a sneak preview of the upcoming Family Media Agreement project at the Team7 website.

 

 
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