Welcome to the 7th Grade Learning Lab

September - October
Welcome back!

ELA: In our ELA class we'll begin our year with thinking about the goals we are setting for ourselves on the journey through 7th grades.  Students will create a "footprint" that that is a reflection of what is important to them and shares the goals they hope to accomplish this year.  We'll then begin our study of short stories such as Rikki Tikki Tavi, The Scholarship Jacket, and Leah and Sarah to practice reading strategies and learn about story elements such as plot, character, setting, point of view and theme. Using a writer's workshop model, students will be also be learning how to incorporate these elements in their own writing. 

MATH: I am very pleased that this year I will co-teaching Math with Mrs. McBrearty who has been teaching Math at Luther Burbank for several years. In September and October students will be refreshing their skills in working with fractions and decimals, and learning about positive and negative numbers.  They will applying these skills to real world problems relating to balancing financial accounts, temperature changes and changes in altitude.  Student's will have short quizzes every 5-7 days to help them identify skills they need to strengthen.  They will also have week long assignments called POWs (Problems of the Week) to help them develop skills with multi-step problem solving and explaining their work. 

Upcoming Tests and Important Dates

 Wednesday, September 20   Water Cycle Quiz     Science

 Wednesday, September 20  Subtracting Integers Quiz   Math



 The learning lab is a place where students come for support during tutorial periods, for extra help when  needed, and for small group ELA and Math classes.    

This web site is designed to be a resource for both students and parents. 

 It is a work in progress. Over the course of the year I hope to add easy and useful links to study tools, study guides, links to school and community resources, and links for parents.

I hope that you’ll visit it often, and let me know if there are tools or links I can add which would be of service to you.