Spanish Language Arts: Students are working on a review of PAST tense verbs. We are reading the third club book. Study guides are due in a few weeks. PLEASE encourage your child to read in Spanish at least 1/2 hour every day. Weekly homework is due every Friday and can be turned in on paper or uploaded to google classroom.
Social Studies: We are studying the war for Independence. Please ask your child about the important historical figures that helped shaped our history. Students will be doing a group presentation in class on important documents and how they shaped the Constitution. They are writing essays on famous historical people and how they affected US history during the war. The Unit test will not be until mid-November as we are working on the Constitution as well. Please encourage your child to review notes, complete their study guide, and practice nightly. Please encourage your child to watch world news in SPANISH nightly.
Seventh graders have been analyzing what constitutes strong revising. The students are learning that in order to revise effectively, you need to pay attention to ideas and details rather than just conventions (grammar). Your seventh grader should be able to tell you what ACT like COPS means, and explain the differences between the two. We are going to finish our narrative by participating in a Museum Walk, where students will have the opportunity to read and critique their peers' writing. Make sure to ask your child if you can read their narrative; they are truly such creative writers!
We are learning about the Revolutionary War and have just finished covering the Declaration of Independence. We will be continuing our lesson on the Revolutionary War in the upcoming weeks.
Students will be finishing up their study of the Ratios and Proportional Relationships Unit. They will be assessed on their knowledge early this week.
Next, students will be moving into the unit Expressions and Equations. To start off with, students will review writing equations and create equivalent equations.
Please encourage your child to spend some time throughout the week working on Exact Path. I would love if students were able to spend an additional 15-20 minutes a week on Exact Path outside of class, if possible. Students have their log-in information on their password sheets, and the website can be accessed at https://login.edmentum.com/.
Unit 2: The next unit in your child’s mathematics class this year is Looking for Pythagoras: The Pythagorean theorem.
Students’ work in the unit develops the Pythagorean theorem, a fundamentally important relationship connecting geometry and algebra.
In this unit, students explore the Pythagorean Theorem, square roots, cube roots and strategies for estimating square roots and cube roots. The set of real numbers is extended from only rational numbers to also include irrational numbers.
The presentation of ideas in the unit reflects the historical development of the concept of irrational numbers. Early Greek mathematicians recognized the need for such numbers as they searched for a ratio of integers to represent the length of the sides of a square with certain given areas, such as 2 square units. The square root of 2 is an irrational number, which means that it cannot be written as a ratio of two integers.
Helping With Homework
You can help with homework by asking questions such as the following:
- How is the area of a square related to its side length?
- How is the volume of a cube related to its edge length?
- How can you estimate the square root of a number?
- When is it appropriate to use the Pythagorean Theorem?
- How can you find the side of edge length of a figure without directly measuring it?
- How can you find the distance between two points?
In your child’s notebook, you can find worked-out examples, notes on the mathematics of the unit, and descriptions of the vocabulary words.
Having Conversations About the Mathematics in Looking for Pythagoras
You can help your child with his or her work for this Unit in several ways:
- Help your child find some examples of right triangles at home or in your community and apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the length of one side of a right triangle when the other two are known or can be measured.
- Ask your child to explain the ideas presented in the text about finding distances.
- Discuss with your child how the Pythagorean Theorem is applied by people in some careers, such as carpenters, architects, and pilots.