7th Grade Information

7th Grade PTC

Please take a few moments to read the letter from KCS and the helpful hints from our own math teachers!

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Imagine math is broken into 5 categories: Pre-Quiz, Guided Learning, Problem Solving, Practice, and Post Quiz. Students pass the lessons by either passing (90% or higher) the pre-quiz or the post quiz. Most students will not pass the pre-quiz because they have not been exposed to the material yet. After the pre-quiz, the Guided Learning is where Imagine Math teaches the lesson.  Students need to watch the video and pay close attention to what the program is instructing instead of just clicking “next” when they miss a problem.  Problem solving is usually word problems that use the skill just learned in the Guided Learning section and the “Practice” are additional problems to make sure the skill has been learned.  The post quiz is to see if the skill has been mastered. Students have to receive a 90% or better to pass the lesson. Teacher help is availble dudring the guided learning, problem solving, and practice sections.    However, the important thing to remember is that the Live Teacher is only available duirng the “Guided Learning” section after they have exhausted their hints.  If they click through the hints quickly without trying the problem agian, the live teacher will not be available.  It is used as a last resort if the student cannot grasp the concept with the two to three embeded hints per problem.

Here is a link with a little video summary about it… https://imaginelearning.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360005480994-Live-Teacher-Experience

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Seventh Grade Summer Reading

Summer. The sound of waves crashing against the sand, the smell of sunblock rising from the deck of the neighborhood pool, and the sight of interesting words on a page to spark your curiosity.

In an effort to strengthen reading skills, you will keep a journal of your engagement with different texts throughout the summer.   For each text, you will record the central idea, significant supporting details, and your thoughtful response to it.  Upon return to school in August, you will revisit these texts and your responses in an authentic project.

The rules are simple.  Choose any INFORMATIONAL text – novels, short stories, and poetry are for your own enjoyment and not for inclusion in your journal – and engage with it.

  • Going to get your braces adjusted? Pick up a magazine while you wait.
  • Working on your skills at camp? Read those tips and tricks to improve your skills.
  • Heading on an adventure for vacation? Grab a travel brochure.
  • Helping your parents install a new floor? Watch a how-to YouTube video.
  • Want to know how to talk to a baby bird? Head to wikiHow and gain some knowledge.

 

Here’s the details:

  • Read at least six different texts and use the log to record the details. A digital one will be downloaded and two paper copies are included with these instructions.  Only ONE video from your favorite YouTuber is allowed. That’s plenty.
  • Record the central idea and supporting details IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Copying and pasting is a rookie mistake.
  • Include as much information as possible about the source including web address, title of the article, author, and date of publication. The Internet is vast – we have to be able to find it again.
  • Snap a photo of print sources – don’t finesse it from the dentist office. We must have a copy of the print source.
  • Your texts must be substantial. A news article from CNN is substantial.  Directions for an IKEA dresser are not.
  • Use the example to help you record your info. A central idea is NEVER one word – that’s the subject.  Supporting details must be just that – detailed.  Your response to the text should be thoughtful, concise, and written in complete sentences.
  • For your response, consider the following questions:
    • How does this text relate to me?
    • What is the impact of the information on my community, country, or world?
    • What did I learn?
    • What do I need to know to understand this topic better?
    • What other ideas do I think about after reading this text?
Title of Text: How to Tell if Your Fish Is Dead
Author/Date of Publication: Lauren Baker
Website (if applicable):

https://www.wikihow.com/Tell-if-Your-Fish-Is-Dead

Central Idea:

Determining whether or not your fish is deceased is more complicated than just looking at it in the tank.

Supporting Details:

·      To check on the health of your fish, you need to try to scoop them in a net to examine its breathing, eyes, and scales.

·      Cloudy eyes and dry scales indicate death.

·      If your fish is dead, spend some time with it.

·      If your fish is suffering, clove oil can be used to put it out of its misery.

·      If you can take it out of the tank, do so.  Its body won’t harm other fish, but bacteria might.

·      Don’t flush it down the toilet.  It might disrupt another habitat.

·      Unhealthy fish might be a sign of something else.

·      Don’t feed them so frequently if they are failing to thrive.  Monitor their movement in the tank.

·      Watch them sleep – sometimes they are just pretending.

·      Be sure to monitor the water temperature and water ph.

Personal Response:

From this text, I learned how to dispose of a dead fish.  I am the owner of several fish and have been concerned about what would happen if one of them passed away.  After reading this article, I am curious about why fish would ‘play dead’ and I am going to google this to find out more information.  Perhaps this is a coping mechanism or some kind of survival instinct based on evolution.  How animals adapt to surviving in the wild is related to the environment in which they live.  It is interesting to think about how human beings experience the same situations.

  • Two reading logs are included, but we prefer digital logs.  The project will be downloaded through Schoology before you leave for the summer.  If you prefer paper copies or have questions, please see Mrs. Moles or Mrs. Ward.

We look forward to seeing you in August!

Mrs. Moles

Mrs. Ward

 

 

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