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4th Period ELA:

  • Mindful Moment
  • Red Scarf Girl: We read and annotated the prologue of Red Scarf Girl.
  • Book talk at the Library. Students checked out a book for independent reading.

5th Period Social Studies

  • We checked out our social studies textbooks. These textbooks will be left at home. We have a set of History Alive textbooks in the class for students to use. 
  • G.R.A.P.E.S of Me! 
    • Students used the elements of G.R.A.P.E.S to examine their own lives.
  • Students worked on their Thematic Island Project (due Thursday Sept 12)

6th Period ELA:

  • Mindful Moment
  • Red Scarf Girl: We read and annotated the prologue of Red Scarf Girl.
  • Book talk at the Library. Students checked out a book for independent reading.

7th Period Social Studies

  • We checked out our social studies textbooks. These textbooks will be left at home. We have a set of History Alive textbooks in the class for students to use. 
  • G.R.A.P.E.S of Me! 
    • Students used the elements of G.R.A.P.E.S to examine their own lives.
  • Students worked on their Thematic Island Project (due Thursday Sept 12)

4th period ELA

 

Fingerprint Essay Project Due

Silent Reading 15 minutes

 

Students took notes about how to use vivid language and precise verbs to "show" versus "telling" in their writing. 

We practiced as a class and worked in pairs to create sentences that "showed" rather than simply "told" the reader what was happening. 

 

Students wrote about a time when they felt a strong emotion. Students were expected to use vivid language and precise verbs in their writing.

 

We shared our writing in class discussion paying extra attention to examples of vivid language and strong verbs. 

 

5th Period Social Studies

 

Students took notes on the concepts we will be using to analyse civilizations. Geography, religion, accomplishments, politics, economics and social structure also known as "G.R.A.P.E.S".

 

We discussed the connections between the elements of G.R.A.P.E.S and how they are interconnected. 

 

As a class we read an article about the "Nacirema: Tribe" and investigated the traditions and culture of this society. We also made connections to our culture and society. 

 

Students worked on their Thematic Island Projects, which are due on Thursday Sept 12. 

 

 

6th Period -- Did not meet today

 

7th Period Social Studies

Students took notes on the concepts we will be using to analyse civilizations. Geography, religion, accomplishments, politics, economics and social structure also known as "G.R.A.P.E.S".

 

We discussed the connections between the elements of G.R.A.P.E.S and how they are interconnected. 

 

As a class we read an article about the "Nacirema: Tribe" and investigated the traditions and culture of this society. We also made connections to our culture and society. 

 

Students worked on their Thematic Island Projects, which are due on Thursday Sept 12. 

 

 

 

 

5th period Social Studies:

Ms. Marty from our Counseling office came and presented to the class. She explained how to use their services. The students also took a brief survey. 

Students began work on a new project. They will be creating a Thematic Island based on a theme of their choosing and using 15-geographic terms they have been working with.  This project is due September 12. 

 

 

6th period English language Arts:

Ms. Marty from our Counseling office came and presented to the class. She explained how to use their services. The students also took a brief survey. 

Fingerprint Essay Project due today. Students turned in this project at the start of class. 

Students learned how to write with vivid language and precise verbs to paint a picture with their words. After learning about the difference between "showing" and "telling", students wrote about an experience in which they felt strong emotion. Students were expected to use strong verbs and descriptive language to describe the event. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th/5th Period

ELA:

- Silent reading - 15 minutes

- Journal Entry #2 in English Notebooks

- Disgusting foods "Quick Write" in Amplify

- Fingerprint Essay Rough Draft Due

- Peer Editing

 

Social Studies:

- Geography terms review

- Geography flash cards

- Geography terms Kahoot!

 

Homework:

Bring a book!

Fingerprint Essay Final Draft due September 4th

Geography terms and flash cards due Friday

Geography quiz - Friday

 

6th/7th Period

Social Studies:

- Silent Reading - 15 minutes

- Journal Entry #2

- Geography Review

- Geography Flash Cards

- Geography Terms Kahoot!

 

Homework:

Bring a book!

Fingerprint Essay Final Draft due September 4th

Geography terms and flash cards due Friday

Geography quiz - Friday

 

5th Period -- Social Studies

We reviewed our geography terms as a class and in small groups. 

Checking Geography terms: working in groups, students used Chromebooks to make sure their answers were correct. 

Practice Quiz: To prepare for Friday's quiz, students got in groups (created a team name) and worked together to get the correct answers to the geography slide show. We played several rounds.

 

6th Period -- ELA
Continuing our "point of view" lesson, students used Chromebooks to take pictures of their faces after imagining that they ate something disgusting. 

Students used the photo and previous class work to write about a time when they ate something disgusting. 

After reviewing how to share out in class, several students volunteered to read their writing out loud. Students offered positive detailed responses to those who shared their work. 

Next, after reviewing how to correctly peer edit, students exchanged copies of their Fingerprint Essay rough draft for peer edits. 

Agenda:

Silent reading - 15 minutes

Journal Entry #1: Students wrote about their silent reading using prompts. 

We talked about "Point of View" in our writing. Students wrote details about the most disgusting food they've ever eaten. We discussed as a class. 

Fingerprint Essay work time 

 

Homework:

Fingerprint essay Rough Draft due tomorrow Aug. 28

Geography terms due Thursday Aug 29, Quiz friday Aug. 30

 

 

7th Grade Core Philospohy

•We believe that 7th grade is a time for kids to learn how to learn

 

•One of the main objectives of a Core class is to blend Language Arts and Social Studies – focusing on valuable information about world history, reading, writing, technology, and oral communication skills.

 

•It’s a time for students to open their minds; to become critical thinkers; to learn to analyze and question everything they read, see, and hear.

 

•We hope that they will gain an understanding of world history that will help them make sense of the world today. 

Mrs. Dowd's Class Rules

Mrs. Dowd’s Classroom Rules

 

First and foremost, remember the three expectations: Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe. 

 

1. Arrive on time 

2. Bring all materials to class

3. Be respectful to others and their property

 

Classroom Procedures:

 

1. Students should always sit in their assigned seat unless directed to do otherwise.

 

2. Students should be in the classroom before the second bell rings.  They should enter the classroom quietly, sharpen pencils (if needed), sit down in their seat and begin writing down their homework  or working on the opening activity.

 

3. Students are permitted to leave the classroom only when dismissed by the teacher or are requested by the office or nurse. Students are expected to go to the bathroom, water fountain, and locker at the designated times so they will only have to ask during class in rare emergency cases. 

 

4. Students should use PENCIL only and label their work with their first and last name and class period.

 

5. Students who arrive tardy to class must have a note from a teacher or the office indicating a reason for the tardy.   Five  (5) unexcused tardies will result in detention. 

 

6. Students who are absent for any reason are expected to make up any work they may have missed.   Grades for missed work will be entered as a “zero” until made up. It is the student’s responsibility to get missed assignments and turn them in, in a timely manner.  Points may be deducted for late work. Students are also responsible for missed tests/quizzes. These may be taken during study hall if arranged in advance.

 

7. Missing assignments are not acceptable.  Students have ample opportunities to make up work and may make use of study hall for additional help.     

 

8. Students are not permitted to use the classroom phone and are not to answer it unless they are told to by Mrs. Dowd.

 

9. Students are NOT permitted to use electronic devices or classroom computers without permission. Devices are not to be powered on until requested, and are to be powered off at class dismissal.  Phones should be in lockers or secured in a backpack, not in the classroom.

 

 

Mrs. Dowd's Class

Welcome to 7th Grade Core
Supply List

To assist your child in doing his or her best in the coming school year, I am requesting the following items. Please have them for class on Monday August 26 

(contact Mrs. Dowd if you have any problems with this)

 

7th Grade Social Studies Supply List 

 

  • pocket divider in binder 

    • you may use 1 binder for multiple classes.

    • Students will need to keep all Social Studies handouts, notes, quizzes, tests, etc. during each unit.

 

  • A spiral notebook for notes

 

  • blue and black ink pens, and #2 pencils 

 

  • colored pencils (These colored pencils can be shared with other classes.)

 

  • Hand-held pencil sharpener 


 

7th Grade Language Arts Supply List

 

  • a spiral notebook for this class.  A 1 subject, college ruled notebook will work fine. 

 

  • pocket divider in binder 

    • (you may use 1 binder for multiple classes; Students will need to keep any Language Arts handouts, notes, quizzes, tests, essays, etc. during each unit. 

 

  •  blue and black ink pens, and #2 pencils 

 

  • A 3-ring binder that is 1/2 in. or 1 in size. 

    • It should have a clear plastic sleeve on the cover. 

    • This binder will be used for the research/term paper.  You will not need it until December, but you may want to purchase at the beginning of the year so that you don’t have to worry about it.  

    •  I have examples in class if you have any questions about what type of binder to purchase.



 

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