Welcome to the 7th Grade Learning Lab


                January - February

ELA: In January and February students will be exploring fiction and drama.  In January they'll be reading Counting by 7s by Holly Sloan.  As they read this wonderful book about a young autistic girl, students with complete a Deep Study of Character to explore the complexity of character development in fiction.  Daily reading assignments and reflections on reading will be used to explore the tools that readers use to analyze characters.  Students will also be writing evidence paragraphs to strengthen their writing abilities.  In February, students will be reading the play of The Diary of Anne Frank.  In this unit they will be learning about elements of drama such as dialogue and stage direction, to explore how drama differs from fiction.     

As in the past, students will be completing weekly vocabulary studies, and should be reading a minimum of 30 minutes of either their assigned reading or free choice reading each day.

MATH: In January students will be continuing their exploration of ratios and proportions by working with percentages. They'll be learning to recognize and represent proportional relationships in charts, tables, graphs and equations, and learn how to use proportional relationships to help them calculate price increases, discounts, tax, and percent increases and decreases.  In February students will begin their study of expressions and equations.  In this unit they’ll be reviewing how to solve one step equations, then learning how to solve two step equations and inequalities. 

In preparation for the upcoming ‘on-line’ MCAS this year, students will also be learning how to express their math skills on line throughout the next months. Increasingly, they’ll be asked to complete both classwork and homework in different on-line programs such as google classroom and IXL.  

Upcoming Tests and Important Dates

Tuesday, January 30              Unit test Europe                           Mr. Peirce

Wednesday, January 31         Science Test  Photosynthesis     Mrs. Sorrows

Thursday, February 1            Math Quiz, Simplifying Expressions     

                                                                                                  Mrs. McBrearty, Mrs. Alberts



 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.