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7th & 8th Grades

April Newsletter

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Grades Seven & Eight

RELIGION
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Grade 7: During the month of April, the seventh grade classes will focus on the Easter season. Through discussions and activities, students will come to understand that the resurrection of Jesus is the greatest of all signs of the Presence of God in the world.  

Grade 8: During the month of April, class lessons will focus on the Easter season. Students will participate in activities, meditations, and personal reflections that help to strengthen their relationship with God. After Easter, students will begin their study of prayer.  

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS         

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Grade 7: Students will begin to read the novel Lyddie, written by Katherine Paterson. This novel tells the story of a young girl who goes to work in the Lowell mills, and explores the issue of working conditions in industrializing America. The unit builds students’ background knowledge about working conditions and how it affects workers.  In addition the unit will focus on plot, character, and setting and their interaction in literature. Vocabulary and grammar lessons will continue throughout the month

Grade 8: Students will continue to develop their ability to read closely while reading Night by Ellie Wiesel. Lessons will focus on the three forms of irony and how it is used in the novel. In addition, students will identify the use of symbolism and the development of the main character as dynamic.  Finally, the will identify ways they can see themselves as characters in transition. Vocabulary lessons will continue throughout the month.

SOCIAL STUDIES

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Grade 7:  This month we will examine how social, political, and economic inequalities sparked reform movements and resistance efforts.  Students will investigate examples of early 19th-century reform movements such as education, prisons, temperance, and mental health care while examining the circumstances that led to the need for reform.

Grade 8: WW II will be our unit for April. Students will examine how the worldwide economic depression and militant nationalism resulted in the rise of totalitarian rule. Students will examine American involvement in World War II including the American strategy in the Pacific and the invasion of Normandy on D-Day.

MATH

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MATH 7:Students taking Math 7 will finish up solving multiple-step equations and writing equations to represent real-world situations. Terminology related to polynomials will be covered. The next topic will be perimeter, area, and volume.

MATH 8: During the month of April, students taking Math 8 will finish up solving pairs of simultaneous linear equations graphically and algebraically.  They will also write and solve systems based upon real-world situations.  The next topic will be solving systems of inequalities.

MATH Algebra 1: Students taking Algebra I will be studying different types of functions.  Problems related to linear, quadratic, cubic, square root and absolute value functions will be covered. Real world physics and business applications will be modeled.

SPANISH

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Grade 7: The seventh graders will learn to talk about their family and to describe their homes. Also, students will tell their age and find out someone else’s age.
Felices Pascuas de Resurrección !

Grade 8: The eighth graders will learn how to use direct object pronouns in sentences in the preterite tense. Also, students will learn the irregular verbs: “ir” & “ser” in the past. We’ll talk about the paradises and opposite seasons in Latinoamerica countries.  Felices Pascuas de Resurrección !

SCIENCE

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Grade 7:  During the month of April, students will

begin the study of the Animal Kingdom.

Students will compare and contrast invertebrate and vertebrate animals particularly anatomy and physiology.   Our lab experiences will support these lessons

Grade 8: During the month of April, students in the eighth grade science classes will begin their study of weather and climate. Laboratory investigations will include measuring weather variables and constructing a weather map.  In addition, concepts and skills for the New York State Intermediate Level Science Assessment will continue to be developed.

REGENTS EARTH SCIENCE:

Students in the Regents Earth Science course will begin their study of weather systems and climate.   Laboratory investigations will include constructing and analyzing synoptic weather maps.   To be successful in this course, a daily review of concepts is strongly recommended.  

The Teachers of Grades  Seven and Eight.