Level 7                                                                   March 2018 Newsletter

Some time has passed in Level 7 and things have been going smoothly! Students have continued to work on and enhance their critical thinking skills, along with their cooperative and individual learning skills.

 

In Spelling we have worked on learning how to spell English words that derive from other languages, and words with the final ending sounds of /n/, /ən/, /chər/, /zhər/, /ɪj/, /ɪv/, and /ɪs/. Students have worked to define our spelling words as a class, using their own knowledge and deductive skills. Students have then taken part in both group and individual work to focus their understanding of the words.

 

In Grammar we’ve been focusing on capitalization and punctuation. Students have learned the capitalization rules for names of people, pets, places, things and abbreviations, and participated in writing activities that challenged their memory and learning of these things. Students have learned about the different uses for commas and quotation marks, along with the rules for writing titles of books, magazines and newspapers, culminating in a small writing project where students needed to write a dialogue between two friends discussing their favorite book.

 

In Science students have learned about the forces that shape earth’s surface and the different resources that the earth offers. Students first learned about the different ways that rocks form, and how over time rocks can change in shape and kind due to environmental factors. Students then learned about both rapid and slow changes to the earth’s surface, and some of the effects and consequences these changes can have on the landscape of the earth. Next students focused on the different types of resources the earth has, and the importance of managing and conserving said resources. Students learned about the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources, and looked into some of the more unique ways that some people try and conserve the resources around them. Students watched a video about fully self-sustainable houses and designed their own self-sustaining homes after. Students wrapped up the unit by learning more about the three R’s of conservation – reducing, reusing and recycling – brainstorming different ways to implement the three R’s and the importance of each on the future of the earth.

 

In Social Studies students have looked into the intricacies of starting one’s own business and just what it means to be an entrepreneur. Within this topic students learned about supply and demand, and the importance of understanding each in order to have a successful business. Students then looked into incentives and advertising, and how this can help a business sell a good or service. Students put this learning to the test by creating, marketing and designing an advertisement for a product or service of their own, which they had to present and try to sell to the class.

 

In Reading class students have read about a family who took in a screech owl, focusing on the different facts and opinions found within the text, and how this helps us understand the feelings of the characters in the reading. Students then read a historical fiction piece about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, using sequence of events graphic organizers to help them better understand the events that took place in the reading. This

 

In Writing class students have been expanding their writing skills by focusing on the purpose of different types of writing, and how to use these types of writing to accomplish the goal of your writing. Students first worked on descriptive writing where they were challenged to write about living in a new place for three months, using at least 4 adjectives to describe the place using their five senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste, and feel. Then students looked into cause and effect and wrote about a Chinese New Year gone wrong, where one bad thing led to another bad thing, which led to another bad thing, leaving the writer in a mess.