Week 7 Music

There is a test Tuesday (7A) or Thursday (7B, 7C), and it includes both written and playing components. Please study and practice, and visit the site below if you have any troubles. Also, all music students have to do one concert review per semester and this is a great time to plan which concert you want to attend. They are due by December 7th, but it suggested that they write it within two weeks of the show as vivid details are lost over time.

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Science

In 7th Grade Physical Science this week, we will be continuing to examine density with an exciting laboratory activity… Ship ahoy!  We will then move on to examine the different properties of matter, both physical and chemical.  Try hunting around the house to find examples of physical and chemical changes.  Can you find both just by lighting a candle?

Verbs & Review

This week in Latin I we continued to work with the verb conjugations that were introduced the week before. We wrote out complete conjugations in charts and practiced parsing verbs–that is, identifying their person and number and providing a translation based on those. There was a quiz on this material on Thursday.

In addition, students were given an extensive packet of review materials to help them go over all of the material we have learned thus far about both nouns and verbs. We went over this packet in detail together, with student volunteers coming to the board to write down their answers.

This week we will be combining all of our newly learned skills to work in depth with the translation of stories outside of the textbook. Students will be given multiple short segments of Latin to work through for homework, and we will spend class time becoming more comfortable with the grammar and syntax of Latin sentences.

Studio Art

This week, on Monday and Tuesday students will continue their work on two more upside-down projects. Then they will start their first charcoal drawing. This time we will draw glass from the provided photo. The strong emphasis will be put on the showing glass and background texture as well as full range of value.

Studio Art

This week, on Monday and Tuesday students will continue their work on two more upside-down projects. Then they will start their first charcoal drawing. This time we will draw glass from the provided photo. The strong emphasis will be put on the showing glass and background texture as well as full range of value.

Tales of the Greek Heroes- Final Project and Exam Coming Soon!

We will be finishing up our reading of Tales of the Greek Heroes this week.  Students will conclude the text with a short project on one of the text’s characters, presenting information to the class just before our October break.  The project will include a short essay, biographical poem, and a character trading card, plus a poem or excerpt for memorization.

The final exam for Tales of the Greek Heroes will be Tuesday, October 6th.  Students will prepare with a review packet and class activities.

Our next text will be Call of the Wild, which we will be starting by the end of October.

Operations of Positive and Negative Fractions

The students took a test on Friday over operations of positive and negative numbers that they will be getting back early this week. This upcoming unit will be operations of positive and negative fractions. As this is our last unit of the quarter, please make sure your student(s) are turning in all their homework and studying for the exam (Friday, October 9th – the day right before fall break).

Egypt’s First Intermediate Period

Most importantly, please note that the students have a test on Monday. They received a review sheet this last Monday, so they know exactly what to expect. Please encourage them to study.

We are about halfway through our unit on Egypt, and this week’s material covered the end of the Old Kingdom, the First Intermediate Period, and the beginning of the Middle Kingdom. Egyptologists use these historical conventions as a means to divide up ancient Egyptian history according to its “peaks and valleys,” so to speak. The Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms refer to times of Egyptian unification and relative stability, whereas the First and Second Intermediate Periods refer to those times when Egypt was neither unified nor stable. The students learned what made for the instability of the First Intermediate Period—in short, climate change, famine, a weakened central government at the command of the pharaoh, and greater power held by provincial governors called “nomarchs” who tended to vie with each other for even more power.

Science

Here we are, ready to start another new unit all about matter.  This week we will start the exploration of matter with mass, and we will get to learn how to operate and read the triple beam balances.  After mass, since we have already covered volume, we will be ready to move onto density!  You can start to discuss with your child how a solid cube of iron would sink in the ocean, however, an enormous iron ship will float.