**Science with Mrs. Gnojewski**

This week, the seventh graders wrapped up their investigations of scale properties in the Solar System by sharing their research publicly with their peers. Wow! I was blown away by the quality of the presentations and how knowledgeable the students were about the objects they researched. I will be asking a few students to take their presentations on the road to the downtown building to share with the DP students. In addition to finishing up their research, students started thinking about our new learning target;

*Develop and use a model to explain the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system*. Check out the links below to expand your current understanding of gravity. Next week we will wrap up the presentations and jump into an exploration of gravity.

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/shuttlestation/station/microgex.html#.VFJAT_TF_u4

What causes gravity?

Physics for kids

**Math with Miss Lail**

Period 1: This week students interpreted graphs of proportional relationships. They were able to interrupt what points on a graph of a proportional relationship means in terms of the situation or context of the problem. Students also used ration tables and ratio reasoning to compute unit rates associated with ratios of fractions in the context of measured quantities such as recipes, lengths, areas, and speed.

If you have questions or need support with rates and ratios this is clip to watch.

http://www.mathplanet.com/education/pre-algebra/ratios-and-percent/rates-and-ratios

If you have questions or need support with proportions this is a clip to watch.

http://www.mathplanet.com/education/pre-algebra/ratios-and-percent/proportions-and-percent

Period 2: This week students are able to examine situations carefully to decide whether two quantities are proportional to each other by graphing on a coordinate plane and observing whether all the points would fall on a line that passes through the origin. Then students studied examples of relationships that are not proportional as well as those that are. As a class we identified the same value relating the measures of x and the measures of y in a proportional relationship as the constant of proportionality and recognize it as the unit rate in the context of a given situation.

If there are any questions please use this website for support: http://www.cliffsnotes.com/math/algebra/algebra-i/equations-ratios-and-proportions/ratios-and-proportions

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/ratio-proportion-topic

Here is a video about comparing rates, which we have talked about rates in class. https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/linear-equations-and-inequalitie/rates-proportional/v/comparing-proportional-relationships-exercise-2

Period 3: This week students were able to compute unit rates associated with ratios of quantities measured in different units. Students then use the context of the problem to recall the meaning of value a ratio, equivalent ratios, rate and unit rate, relating them to the context of the experience.

Students understand that two quantities are proportional to each other when there exists a constant (number) such that each measure in the first quantity multiplied by this constant gives the corresponding measure in the second quantity. When students identify the measures in the first quantity with x and the measures in the second quantity with y, they will recognize that the second quantity is proportional to the first quantity. Students are using ratio tables to find missing quantities, which will later be used to solve equations, and graph.

Students also examined situations to decide whether two quantities are proportional to each other by checking for a constant multiple between measures of x and measures of y given in a table.

If there are any questions please use this website for support: http://www.cliffsnotes.com/math/algebra/algebra-i/equations-ratios-and-proportions/ratios-and-proportions

Another website that can support your child’s understanding is: https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-seventh-grade-math/cc-7th-ratio-proportion

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/ratio-proportion-topic

**Visual Arts Design a.k.a. Foundations of Art with Ms. Newstadt**

Design class has a new name, “Foundations of Art”. Students continue to study the Elements and Principles of Art to create their own original artworks in a variety of media. Students are continuing their artist study by either replicating a famous work created by their chosen artist (in either the same or other art media) or creating a new work done in the same artistic style and materials as their artist would.

Additionally students are expanding their working knowledge of

*Dias de los Muertos*symbolism and elements of design by creating their own sugar skulls (

*Calaveras*) or skeletons in Mexican style. Monday and Wednesday (D4B) students are drawing and then creating 3D mobile collaborations, and the Tuesday and Thursday group (D4B) are painting skulls on found objects (rocks)!

**Exploratory: Visual Arts with Ms. Newstadt**

Exploratory students took their Days of the Dead Calaveras to a new level by creating their own three dimensional

*ofrendas*(a.k.a. altars or shrines), which incorporate the sugar skulls they made Monday as a whole group with other 7th graders. These will be displayed at the Sage International School of Boise Art Show for

*Dias de los Muertos*! at Café Capri beginning November 6.

Language Arts - Mrs. Konkol

We are continuing to read Outliers. We have finished Section 1 (Opportunity) and now reading Section 2 (Legacy). I love our discussions - this upcoming week we will study how communication affects our success in the chapter "Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes." Please check Skyward for the new summative scores for the last Detailed Paragraphs comparing and contrasting the two geniuses, highlighted in Outliers (chapter 4 & 5). We will be spending some time on Monday doing some peer workshop on those drafts - it is imperative that all 7th grade students understand the process of writing analytically rather than summarily. Looking forward to a week where we all pretend to work for NTSB and do some really fun activities with this chapter!

**Reading Class - Ms Petra**

Thank you for sharing your wonderful kids with me.

Your children are amazing readers and they get to share their enthusiasm for books with me every other day during class.

As part of reading class they get to introduce a book of their choice to the class. We are also creating an annotated reading list of the (most remarkable) books, they think every Middle school students should read. Here is the form to enter their book of choice: http://goo.gl/forms/M02WG2K20

**Fitness/Health with Mrs. Stelzner**

The first workout of the week consisted of an upper body circuit of reverse push-ups and dips followed by a sprint/squat session. I'm sure that your child felt the effects of their hard work with the squats/sprints the next day and even more so the following day! The best way to become less sore from a workout is to workout again! The second workout of the week was a quick game of sprout tag to get the blood flowing in their legs to flush out the lactic acid buildup that made them sore.

The summative for this unit in health has 3 parts. There was a vocabulary section, a scenario they had to work through to peacefully resolve the conflict, and a mind map. The mind map is still a work in progress and the final draft is due on W/Th (Nov. 5-6). We will have a gallery walk during class so they can explain their mind map to others.

**Urban PE with Mrs. Stelzner**

This week we focused on a challenge of making a boat from nature using 3 different kinds of materials. They chose to either work alone or with one other person. The boats turned out fantastic with different shapes, sizes, and concepts! Some of them became very fond of their boats and caught up with it down stream to take home!