7th Grade Classroom Updates- Room 11 2018-2019

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January 17- Thursday

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Close Reader Book- Arches 

Bell Work- PM Plunging into the News

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Lab Zone Skills Lab "Make the Right Call"- REBOOT (chance for students to correct errors)


January 16- Wednesday


Big Rocks’ Balancing Act (expository essay) Vocab and Practice and Apply on Chromebooks (all in class)

CNN10 Wednesday, January 16

AM: Bell work "The Birthday"

PM: Annotation work on CNN10 transcript

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Students will be revisiting their lab from last week and this week, and rewriting their results in the proper format if required. 

January 15- Tuesday



Short Story: Allied with Green
                    Do: Analyzing the Text
                          Critical Vocabulary


Sketch the process of Meiosis from the student text

Somewhat similar to this...

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January 14- Monday

Lab Zone Skills Lab "Make the Right Call" pp 168-169 (Started Thursday in class)

Required to turn in:

Part 1 Data Table- Crossing Two Homozygous Parents

Part 2 Data Table- Crossing Homozygous and Heterozygous Parents

Part 3 Data Table- Crossing Two Heterozygous Parents

Analyze and Conclude (this is the IMPORTANT part...) This is the part 31 students didn't do...

1. Making Models- 3 Punnett squares (I did the first one for the students) 

2. Interpreting Data (I had sample answer on board) 

3. Predicting

4. Making Models

5. Inferring

6. Communicating

(don't do "More to Explore")

SCIENCE FAIR- OPTIONAL for extra credit!

Bell Work- PM DOUBLE Negatives

Finish Close Reader: Polar Dreams

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January 10- Thursday

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Bell work: The Beginning of Government

Collections; p 148- Analyze the Text #1, #2, and #3.


Lab- Make the Right Call, p 168-169 part 1, 2, & 3 (turn in what you completed Thursday in the lab)

Probability and Heredity packet pp 73-76

Science Fair Packets went home

January 9 


Morning work: 

AM Shark Anatomy 101/ Sharky sic Word Scramble

PM Figurative Language in The Hunger Games

PM Analyzing the Text p 142; 1-3

PM Hunger Games Packet (as is, Capitol "Mutts" or Muttations) sic

We are currently working out of our Close Reader book: from Polar Dream p 45

No science today...
January 8, 2019 Tuesday

Officially announced today: Showing up for class without materials (eg. books) = 1 detention.


Morning work: Genetics and Heredity Word Search (Monday) Verbs (Tuesday)

Academic Vocabulary (from Mississippi Solo, Collection 3, page 136)  5 words, 

they will be tested Friday. Students should be able to answer the following question: What does "ensure" mean? 

Never assume it will be a "multiple choice" quiz.

1. affect, 2. element, 3. ensure, 4. participate, 5. specify  

Use the definitions in the book on page 136. 

CNN10 Booklet for Tuesday thru Friday


All: page 167; #1a, b, & c.

Rios: Shark Anatomy 101/ Sharky Scramble

January 7, 2019 Monday


Quiz results from 3 articles in "my.hrw.com" Xplor eMagazine 

A. Nature at Work B. Loo-Wit, the Fire Keeper, and C. Are Sharks Menacing or Misunderstood?

AM: Genetics and Heredity search (due)
PM: Genetics and Heredity search (not due)

Both: CNN10 Sketch for Monday and Best Day Ever


Rios: Shark Anatomy 101 & Scramble (due if complete)

Both: Define Key Terms on page 162

December 18- Tuesday  

ELA AM: Movie permission slip (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas)

Science: (all)

CNN10 Science Connection

Skills Lab pp 160-161

Students will turn in:
  1. Hypothesis
  2. Data Table
  3. (the following) Analyze and Conclude; 1-4 (exclude #2 for now)
1. Observing: The traits listed under Trait 1 in the data table are controlled by dominant alleles.

The traits listed under Trait 2 are controlled by recessive alleles. 

Which traits controlled b y dominant alleles were shown by a majority of students? 

Which traits controlled by  recessive alleles were shown by a majority of students? 

2. Interpreting Data: (cannot be completed until next science lesson)

3. Developing Hypotheses: Do your data support the hypothesis you proposed in Step 1?

Write an answer with examples.

4. Communicating: Based on your observation of traits in this lab, write a PARAGRAPH explaining why people look so different from one 


December 17- Monday  

ELA AM: Outsiders 3-9

Science: Mendel's Work; Reading/Notetaking Guide

Updated progress reports for language given out today to reflect the grading

of "test" comprehension paper over the weekend.

December 14- Friday  

Progress Reports went home today

Gift Exchange partners selected for next Friday!


December 13- Thursday  

ELA AM: Bell Work: Picture This

               Close Reader pp 95-100

ELA PM: Bell Work: Enjoy Your Food

               Close Reader pp 95-100

               Vocabulary Ch 1 & 2 (reaping-treason)

Science: 10 Definitions- heredity, trait, genetics, fertilization, purebred, 

gene, alleles, dominant allele, recessive allele, hybrid

December 12- Wednesday  

ELA AM: Literary Terms (simile, metaphor, etc.)
               Literary Terms (from today)

               The Outsiders Chs 7-12

ELA PM: Chs 10-12 The Hunger Games

               Chs 16-16

               Bell Work: Picture This.

Science: First test question has been released to the students!

December 11- Tuesday  

ELA PM: Hunger Games "Get to Know the Author" Flipbook

Science: Genetic Trait Bingo

December 10- Monday

Science: An Inventory of My Traits- Survey

(dominant and recessive genes)

December 7- Friday (due Monday)  

ELA AM: Outsiders Vocabulary; Chs 1-

12 (due Monday)

ELA PM: Hunger Games Vocabulary: Chs 19-26 (due Monday)

Hey, when is this homework due? Monday!

December 6- Thursday

All: CNN10

Science: Photosynthesis Crossword (extra credit)
               Photosynthesis: Making Energy (handout)

               TEST TOMORROW- Chapter 4 Cell Processes and Energy (no notes)



December 5- Wednesday

All: CNN10

Science: Study for test on Friday (no notes)

December 3- Monday

All: CNN10


ELA PM: Vocabulary Ch 10-13

               Flipbook Ch's 7,8,9
               "Symbols" Word Jumble

Science: (continuing test prep)

                Photosynthesis crossword due this week



November 28- Wednesday

All: CNN 10 1 week

ELA AM: Outsiders Packet (green trim) Due Monday

ELA PM: Vocabulary Ch 10-13

               Flipbook Ch's 7,8,9

Science: Cell Division Notetaking Guide
               Photosynthesis crossword (PM- due next week)

November 28- Wednesday

All: CNN 10 1 week

ELA AM: Movie Permission Slip

               Crossword Puzzle

ELA PM: Movie Permission Slip
               Vocabulary Definitions: Chapters 7-9; emaciated thru elusive

                The Hunger Games Maze (NOT for homework, and NOT due tomorrow... use for free time if any)

All: Progress reports go home today

November 27- Tuesday

All: CNN 10 1 week

ELA AM: Magic Squares (morning work) 
               Chapter 11 Writing Prompt

ELA PM: Themes Word Jumble

               District Badges 1) Luxury 2) Masonry 3) Technology 4) Fishing 5) Power 6) Transportation 
                                                      7) Lumber 8) Textiles 9) Grain 10) Livestock 11) Agriculture 12) Mining

Science: p 122; 1-2 &
               p 127; 1-2

Photosynthesis Reading/Notetaking Guide

Respiration Reading/Notetaking Guide

November 26- Monday

All: CNN 10 1 week


Matching 1

The Outsiders: Chapter 9

Writing Prompt

Think about Johnny’s final words:

“Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold...”

Write about what Johnny said, and what he meant by this.

The Outsiders: Chapter 10

Writing Prompt

Read the following passage from chapter 10:

“And even as the policemen’s guns spit fire into the night I knew that was what Dally wanted… He was jerked half around by the impact of the bullets, then slowly crumpled with a look of grim triumph on his face…..I knew he would be dead, because Dally Winston wanted to be dead and he always got what he wanted.”

Explain why you think Dally wanted to die, and why he got the cops to shoot him.


Chapter 5, 6, and 7 for Flipbook

Science: Bill Nye- Plants (Photosynthesis)

November 15- Thursday

ELA PM: 1) Themes (complete this) 2) Character Traits (as many as you can... work in process)

ELA AM: Coat of Arms (Shield)

CNN10: due Friday (or the following school Monday, but I would NOT wait...)

Tomorrow is feast day! What is your child bringing? (Note: we are dessert and soda heavy)

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 assignments were missing after turn-in time Wednesday morning. 

Expect pink slips.

November 14- Wednesday

Science: Chapter Test Thursday

ELA PM: Figurative Language in The Hunger Games

                Finish Chapter 9 questions


ELA AM: Coat of Arms (due Friday, cut out- requirements on board)
                Whom Would You Choose?

               Chapter 6 Writing Prompt- 6 sentences minimum

November 13- Tuesday

Science:  Chapter 3 Test is Thursday

ELA AM:  Chapter 6 Outsiders Writing Prompt

ELA PM:  Ch 3-5 flip book questions

                Ch 3-6 Vocabulary

November 8- Thursday

Science: Testing parameters set with students. Test is in one week from today.

ELA: PM Chapter 7 Strengths and Skills
               (Comprehension questions in progress)

         AM The Hangout

Final day to return progress reports.

Note Home: Crab Feed Basket

Dance Permission Slip (current GPA of 2.0 required to attend). 

Christmas Dance: Friday, December 7, 6 PM to 8:30 PM. "Christmas Ball" theme. 

Permission slips due by Wednesday, December 5, at 3 PM.
(tomorrow is PAT time for Room 11)

Sample question: Draw two diagrams, one that illustrates passive transport and 
one that illustrates active transport. Label the diagrams to make it clear how the two types of transport differ.

November 7- Wednesday

Progress Reports sent home today 


CNN10- 7 Days

Science: Test- next Thursday

ELA: PM Bumper Sticker
         AM Start folder work

November 6- Tuesday 

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CNN10- 7 Days: One bubble each day. (Tuesday through Thursday of next week)

ELA PM: VERY short answers for Chapter 7 (13 questions*)

Science: Western/Rios- The Cell in Its Environment (pp 52-54)

1. What does Katniss think of dressing like Peeta? 
2. Why does Katniss continue to dress like Peeta? 
3. Why does the thought of meeting the other Tributes make Katniss sick to her stomach? 
4. How does Peeta describe Katniss’s skill with a bow? 
5. How does Katniss react to Peeta’s description? 
6. What does Peeta mean Katniss has “no idea the effect she can have”? 
7. What advice does Haymitch share with Katniss and Peeta?
8. What does Haymitch demand of the District 2 tributes in public? 
9. How does Katniss think she stacks up against the other Tributes? 
10. Describe the Career Tributes. 
11. What skills do Katniss and Peeta concentrate on in training? 
12. Describe the Gamemakers. 
13. How does Katniss get their attention in her private session?

November 5- Monday

CNN10- Colored template with 5 days due tomorrow.

ELA AM: Slang
               Quiz Time: Chapters 1 & 2
               Music: Preferences

ELA PM:  Vocab on Flip Book paper

Science: Western/Rios- Chemical Compounds in Cells

November 2- FRIDAY

CNN10:  M-F Started Tuesday, due Monday, November 5

ELA AM: The Outsiders. We read to page 49. No homework. Work on Slang paper if not completed.

ELA PM: The Hunger Games. 5 of the PM students did not have their homework page completed. 

We read up to Chapter 5. Began work on decorating our Hunger Games folder to keep all work in. 

November 1

CNN10:  M-F Started Tuesday, due Monday, November 5

ELA PM: The Hunger Games Ch 1 & Ch 2 Flip book pages

ELA AM: Work on Slang paper

No Science- Minimum Days

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