Week 3 – Algebra

This week in Algebra we took our first unit test and did very well overall. On Friday the students started seeing patterns in exponent and learned important properties from those patterns. (Ask your student what any number to the 0 power equals.) The students will be going over more properties this next week that they will use for the rest of the math education. Look out for homework on Tuesday night where they get to explain some of the properties to someone in their family!

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Noun Cases & Their Uses

This week in Latin I, students began to memorize the vocabulary from Chapter I of Latin for the New Millennium, and were quizzed on this material on Friday.

Most of our class time was spent learning about the properties of nouns in Latin: number, gender and case. We learned that each Latin noun has inherent gender; for instance, the word mensa (table) is inherently feminine, whereas the word clamor (shout) is masculine. As in English, words look different in the singular and plural, but unlike in English, nouns also change appearance depending on their function in the sentence. We started to work with nouns of the first declension, or noun family, which look similar to one another. All words of the first declension have the same case endings. For instance, if a first declension noun is the subject in a sentence, it will always end in “A.” Words like puella (girl) and agricola (farmer) follow this pattern.

The subject of a sentence appears in the nominative case, but there are four other cases that dictate the noun’s function in the sentence: the genitive, the dative, the accusative and the ablative. Students began to work with the uses of these cases as they would appear in English and also began to learn the endings of the first declension.

Next week, we will continue to learn about the first declension and how to approach translation, both Latin-to-English and English-to-Latin. They will be quizzed on the first declension endings and case uses on Thursday.

Science

This week we will wrap up our study of the Scientific Method on Monday with an exam and move on to methods and concepts in scientific measurement.  We will examine unit conversion and develop a working knowledge of the metric system.

Science

This week we will wrap up our study into the purpose and use of the Scientific Method with a unit test on Monday and move forward into understanding measurement and the metric system.

Week 3 Music

The students had their first playing quiz this week. Playing in front of friends can be very difficult and they handled the task with the upmost success. The classes have taken a few quizzes, but there is a test this week. 7A has the test on Tuesday, September 1st and 7B and 7C have their test on Thursday, September 3rd. Study hard and keep practicing recorder.

 

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Tales of the Greek Heroes begins Monday!

7th Grade Lit-Comp students have finished our initial grammar review.  They did a great job this past week analyzing and diagramming sentences with subjects, predicates, prepositional phrases, direct objects and indirect objects.  We will continue to review all of these concepts as well as memorize important items, such as helping/linking verbs and prepositions, so that these are automatically recognized in sentences and in our own writing.

We begin Tales of the Greek Heroes this week, so be sure to have the text at school on  Monday!

 

 

The Neo-Assyrian War Machine: Effective and Cruel

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The Bronze Age Collapse (c. 1200 BC) had brought the cataclysmic demise of many of the civilizations of the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. Historians and archaeologists are still at a loss as to what exactly caused the phenomenon, but foreign invasions (e.g. from the mysterious “Sea Peoples”), mass migration, climate change (e.g. drought), famine, and social unrest are all proffered as explanations, some with greater explanatory scope and some with lesser. Whatever the cause or causes, one imperial player, the Assyrians, remained relatively unscathed in the collapse, and came through it as the dominant regional power.

The Assyrian Empire (c. 911-612 BC, and which historians dub “Neo-Assyrian” post-Bronze Age Collapse) is particularly known for its effective war machine. In terms of both military technology (e.g. the use of siege engines and iron weapons) and doctrine (e.g. the use of combat engineers), it was the most advanced of its time and thus was able to conquer the most territory of any empire to date. Assyrians had a penchant for cruelty as well, of which they were proud: the leaders of those who resisted conquest were often impaled or flayed.

This, along with the Bronze Age Collapse in greater detail, is one example of what was covered in class this week. The students took an open-note quiz on Friday. Be advised: next Friday is their first (not open-note) test. display-117

Learning the Latin Alphabet

This week in seventh grade Latin we started to learn about the Latin alphabet and the pronunciation of the letters. The students were interested to note that there is no “J” or “W” in Latin, and that “V” and “U” were considered the same letter. We took a quiz on Thursday that focused on how to pronounce Latin vowels and diphthongs.

On Friday, we even started to go over how to translate Latin into fluid English, briefly touching on some of the more advanced aspects of syntax and sentence composition that apply specifically to inflected languages like Latin. For instance, we discussed how the meaning of a sentence in Latin is only vaguely connected to the order of words, whereas in English the meaning is almost entirely dependent on word order.

Next week we will begin to study parts of speech in Latin and the properties of Latin nouns. Students will be fully introduced to the concept of “cases”–meaning that in Latin, nouns look different based on the part that they play in the sentence. The subject of the sentence differs in appearance from the direct object. In studying case, students will be one step closer to understanding the grammatical subtleties of Latin and how to translate it!

Science

To recap last week, we discussed the steps of the scientific method.  This week we will continue to examine the scientific method, focusing on experimental design and practical measurement activities in the lab.  An understanding of the components of the scientific method and the process by which they work together is essential in fully learning about and understanding any branch of science.