west7th WMJH 7th West Team
West Memorial Junior High  
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Teresa Abbott - reading
During the 5th six weeks in  reading,  7th grade Pre-AP G/T students have been reading the science fiction novel Calling B for Butterfly.  In addition to completing study guides, quizzes, and tests over the chapters, your child has been writing a dialectical journal which will be turned in after the novel is finished.   A dialectical journal is a way for your child to respond or react to the novel while he/she is reading it.  Some academic students have been reading various nonfiction selections during the 5th six weeks.   Vocabulary exercises, study guides, quizzes, and tests were completed for stories such as “Disaster at Sea” about the sinking of the Titanic, “Green Mamba”, and “Survive the Savage Sea”.

In addition, these students will practice writing skills learned this fall in their English classes by writing persuasive papers.  After brainstorming ideas, students will produce webs and outlines in the computer lab using a program called Inspiration.

After completing the above units, these students will enjoy reading several mysteries and will practice their ability to infer by identifying mystery guests from clues given by other members of the class.  These students will finish their 7th grade year by reading the novel The Outsiders  during the month of May.   Please encourage your soon-to-be 8th grader to read on a regular basis during the summer.  The summer reading assignment for Pre-AP and G/T students is The Light in the Forest   by Conrad Richter. 

In addition, all of these students completed a Fancy Folder Book Report after selecting and reading a book from a reading list given to the students.

Margaret Davis - English
Students in English have mastered nouns and noun complements and have moved on to the study of pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs.  They have tackled compare/contrast writing topics ranging from analyzing their favorite sweets to comparing travel modes of yesterday and today.  As they grow more aware of parts of speech, students have succeeded in analyzing sentence beginnings and verbs in their own writing in order to gain sentence variety and choose high-powered verbs.  Pre-AP/GT students have also studied how syntax reflects the author’s meaning and intent for the reader.

By year’s end, all classes will have constructed an origami pinwheel representing the eight parts of speech and will have spent considerable time perfecting their sentence diagramming skills.  Pre-AP and G/T students will have learned basic research techniques for their “I Search” investigation of career opportunities.

Debbie Fait - math
This group of young 7th grade PAP/GT mathematicians began the 5th Six Weeks Grading Period by completing several  lessons in Chapter 8.  Students identified corresponding parts of similar polygons and solved problems involving similar triangles and scale drawings.  They also learned to graph dilations on a coordinate plane.

Next they focused their attention on Chapter 11.  This chapter combines algebra and geometry to explore volume and area.  Students explored developing formulas for various measurements.  They also computed the areas of circles, surface ares of cylinders and prisms, and volumes of prisms, cylinders, pyramids, and cones.

Finally, they completed the grading period with a comprehensive review of the 13 Math Objectives in the TAAS Test.  Approximately 1 to 2 objectives were reviewed each day, with cumulative tests given along the way.

Mary Hlozek - science
During the 5th six weeks, our 7th grade PAP/GT science classes learned about the characteristics of the nine phyla of the animal kingdom and had the opportunity to observe internal characteristics of some of the simple animals like earthworms and sea stars.  They designed and carried out an experiment about the respiration of cold-blooded animals  and used their imaginations to design invertebrates or to write about the development of the amniote egg of a bird.

In the 6th six weeks, the students will extend their knowledge of animals by studying the specifics of the human body.  They will investigate heredity and genetics and they will draw and describe the main systems of the human body including circulatory, skeletal and muscle, digestive, respiratory, and excretory.  As a final activity, the lab groups will dissect a frog and examine these systems.

During the final two weeks of the six weeks,  each student  will make a pamphlet of natural forces and phenoma which affect life on earth.     

Bill Huffsmith - Texas history
7th grade Texas history finished the Revolution last six weeks.  This six weeks we are covering the Civil War with emphasis on Texas’ role.

Our team has been doing very well this year, and we are proud of their motivation and behavior.
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