Seventh Grade celebrated Pi Day on Thursday. Pi Day is Saturday 3.14.15. Students had stations to work at during their math time. The stations were review of the concepts we have been working on in Geometry and activities that went along with pi.
Period 1: This week students explored finding unknown marked angles in a diagram using properties they learned last week. They also found angles properties of triangles. Students also understand the idea of congruence, and match the sides and angles of two congruent polygons. They can draw the image of a plane figure in the coordinate plane under a reflection, a translation, or a rotation. There will be an assessment Wednesday, March 18th.
Period 2 and 3: This week students described three-dimensional figures built from cubes by looking at horizontal slicing planes. They also used the formula V = bh to determine the volume of a right prism. Students identify the base and compute the area of the base by decomposing it into pieces. They also computed volumes of three-dimensional objects composed of right prisms by using the fact that volume is additive. There will be an assessment Thursday, March 19th.
Slicing Rectangular Prisms with a Plane
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
Students, can you….
-identify independent variables, dependent variables and constants?
-explain how your experiment demonstrates how energy is absorbed, reflected or transmitted?
-explain how your experiment connects to urban heat islands, the greenhouse effect and/or climate change?
This week students completed the experimental design process and began collecting data. I was so impressed by how principled the students were while setting up, conducting and taking down their experiments. I appreciate all of the students who took the initiative to bring materials from home. Students began the process of formally writing up their labs. Here is a short checklist for what will be included in the final lab report, which will be due on Tuesday, April 7th. By the end of next week, students should have a rough draft of their introduction, procedure and results sections. I will be collecting the drafts on Thursday, March 19th.
Designing our Future Series of clips about sustainable design practices
Urban Heat Islands Video
More on Urban Heat Islands
Astronomy with Mrs. Gnojewski
This week students explored constellations. Each student chose a constellation to research in depth. Students will be creating an informational page to teach others about their constellation. This assessment is due on Tuesday, March 17. In addition, students learned about the Dawn mission to the asteroid belt.
Humanities with Mrs. Axtman
-Students can identify important characteristics that separate Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Times. This includes important invasions and inventions.
-Students can separate fact from opinion stereotype. (i.e. Islam religion in the Middle Ages and how it is portrayed in the media currently).
This week students read about the main differences and turning points between Ancient, Mediecal, and Modern times, and about key invasions that led to the start of the Middle Ages. Students also began putting together their LapBook, that will house all of their material for the next 5 weeks of this exploratory course. Additionally, students completed a webquest highlighting some main background information about Medieval Times. Next week we will begin with the Crusades!
Students that have to leave early for sports/activities, make sure you see me to get what you missed!
Fitness with Mrs. Stelzner
Workout #1: Progression on the :60 of 15 squats and 5 pushups, 14 squats and 6 pushups, 13 squats, and 7 pushups, etc. until the last rep of 5 squats and 15 pushups.
Workout #2: 6x200 with 30-25-20-15-10-5 full sit ups
Health with Mrs. Stelzner
LT: I will be able to assess the caloric, protein, carbohydrate, and fat content in a variety of foods. I will also be able to draw conclusions on healthy vs unhealthy options at various restaurants.
This week the students worked on a project in which they were to compare and contrast foods at various restaurants to find healthier options.
This [ www.fastfoodnutrition.org ] provides the nutrient content in a variety of restaurants.
Art with Ms. Newstadt
Students are continuing their 7th Grade Art theme “A Sense of Self & Identity” via the creation of sketch drawings and wire sculpture self-portraits using only contour lines. We studied the work of Alexander Calder before creating our own works of art. Students wrote a detailed art statement explaining their piece.
NOTE: Please let Ms. Newstadt know if the PowerPoint presentation posted last week does not show up for you.