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Ms. Uruchima: 7th Grade

Welcome to 7th grade!

 
My name is Jessica Uruchima. This is my first year at Tiegerman. I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Latino Studies from Fordham University. I also received my Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University.  
 
I'm looking forward to teaching 7th grade and seeing all the students’ wonderful progress. If you would like to contact me, please email me at juruchima@tiegerman.org.
 
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Announcements/Reminders

Reminders:
- Please continue to check your child's communication notebook, as I do write in it when necessary. 
- I send home copies of students' quizzes and tests in students' "take home folders."
 
 
Upcoming Dates:
November 28th & 29th: School Closed (Thanksgiving)

Learning Objectives: Week of 11-18-19

Math: Number System Unit: We will add and subtract positive and negative rational numbers.

ELA: Informative/Explanatory Unit: We will outline our informational writing components: introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. 

Key Skills: organization, transition words, outline, draft, editing

Reading/Writing: We will focus on prefixes, verb tenses, and suffixes.

Science: Energy & Matter Unit: We will learn what energy and matter are, the types of energy, and sources of energy.

Social Studies:  British Exploration/Colonial American Unit: We will learn about Jamestown and Plymouth Colony.

Learning Objectives: Week of 11-11-19

Math: Number System Unit: We will begin our Number System Unit. We will find absolute values, solve additive inverses, and add positive and negative integers with and without a number line.

ELA: Informative/Explanatory Unit: We will finish learning how to write strong components of an informative piece: introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Then, we will each begin writing our own informative writing outline and draft.

Key Skills: organization, transition words, outline, draft, editing

Reading/Writing: We will add prefixes to root words to create new words with new meanings.

Science: Geology Unit: We will learn about the types of fossils, how fossils are formed, as well as the importance of fossils.

Social Studies:  Native American and Early Encounters Unit: We will review for our unit test on Wednesday. Then, we will begin our British Exploration/Colonial American unit.

Announcements

Reminders:
Please continue to check your child's communication notebook, as I do write in it when necessary. 
 
Social Studies Test: Unit 1 (Native Americans and Early Encounters): Wednesday, November 13th. We reviewed on Friday and will continue reviewing tomorrow (Tuesday) for the test on Wednesday, 11-13-19.
 
Upcoming Dates:
 
November 15th: School Gala
November 28th & 29th: School Closed (Thanksgiving)

Announcements

Please continue to check your child's communication notebook, as I do write in it when necessary. 
 
Reminder: Parent Teacher Conferences are tomorrow, 11/5/19. You should have received a form with your assigned times for conferences. Please check the form to ensure that you were correctly assigned to meet with the teachers/specialists you wish to meet with.
 
Math Test: Unit 1 (ratios, unit rates, proportions, similar figures): Friday, November 8th. We have been reviewing since Friday and will continue each day this week.
 
Social Studies Test: Unit 1 (Native Americans and Early Encounters): Wednesday, November 13th. We will be reviewing this week for the test on Wednesday, 11-13-19.
 
November 5th: 11 A.M. Dismissal/Parent Teacher Conferences
 
November 11th: No School (Veteran's Day)

Learning Objectives: Week of 11-4-19

Math: Proportions Unit: We will review each day for our Unit 1 test: ratios, unit rates, proportions, similar figures.

ELA: Informative/Explanatory Unit: Students will learn how to write strong components of an informative piece: introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion.

Key Skills: highlighting, key details, organization, transition words

Reading/Writing: We will edit and revise sentences to use appropropriate punctuation, syntax, and capitalization.

Science: Geology Unit: Rock cycle and the formation of fossils.

Social Studies:  Native American and Early Encounters Unit: Conquest of the Inca and Aztecs. We will also review for our unit test.

Announcements

Please continue to check your child's communication notebook, as I do write in it when necessary. 
Also, please return the Parent Teacher Conference form if you have not done so yet. You should have received a form with your assigned times for conferences. Please check the form to ensure that you were correctly assigned to meet with the teachers/specialists you wish to meet with.
 
 
October 31: Halloween! Students may dress in costumes. No masks or inappropriate/violent accessories allowed.
 
November 5th: 11 A.M. Dismissal/Parent Teacher Conferences
 
November 11th: No School (Veteran's Day)

Learning Objectives: Week of 10-28-19

Math: Proportions Unit: We will solve similar figures using proportions. We will also solve word problems involving proportions, ratios, and similar figures.

ELA: Argument Writing Unit: We will write our own argument writing on the topic: Should we celebrate Columbus Day?

Key terms: claim, evidence, counter-argument, rebuttal, conclusion

Reading/Writing: We will read articles, highlight important information, and determine the main idea/supporting details.

Key Skills: highlighting, main idea, key details

Science: Geology Unit: 3 types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.

Social Studies:  Native American and Early Encounters Unit: The Age of Exploration and the Columbian Exchange.

Announcements

Communication Notebooks: I sent home a letter explaining our communication notebooks. Please check the notebook on a regular basis in case I write to you. If you have any question or concern, please write to me in the communication notebook and I will respond there.Thank you!
 
- Also, please be sure to return the Parent Teacher Conference form.
 
Upcoming Dates:
October 31: Halloween - Students may dress up in costumes. Masks and violent accessories are not allowed.
November 5: Early Dismissal (11 A.M.) Parent Teacher Conferences

Learning Objectives: Week of 10/21/19

Math: Proportions Unit: We will determine whether quantities are proportional or non-proportional by using tables and cross multiplication. We will then solve similar figures using proportions.

ELA: Argument Writing Unit: After reading pro/con articles about Christopher Columbus, we will write our own argument writing on the topic: Should we celebrate Columbus Day?

           Key terms: claim, evidence, counter-argument, rebuttal, conclusion

Reading/Writing: We will read pro/con articles and analyze the authors' arguments.

           Key Skills: highlighting, restating, key details

Science: Geology Unit: Earth's layers, tectonic plates, and what causes earthquakes and volcanoes.

Social Studies:  Native American and Early Encounters Unit: The after-math of Columbus, the Age of Exploration.

Learning Objectives: Week of October 14, 2019

Math: We will determine whether quantities are proportional or non-proportional by using tables and cross multiplication. We will then solve similar figures using proportions.

ELA: We will finish writing our argument writing (claim, reasons, evidence, counter argument, rebuttal).  

Reading/Writing: We will finish reading passages about the planets and their characteristics. Then, we will read other passages about the solar system. While reading, we will focus on highlighting important details. We will then answer short-response comprehension questions based on the passages.

 

Key Skills: highlighting, restating, key details

 

Science: On Tuesday, students will have a quiz about the moon, sun, and planets. We will review what we learned about Earth's cycles: Why are there 24 hours in a day? Why are there usually 365 days in year? Then, we will learn about what causes seasons.

 

Key words: hemispheres, seasons, axis, rotation, revolution, leap year

 

Social Studies:  Native American and Early Encounters Unit: I visited the Museum of the American Indian this weekend and will share photos/information from the museum.

We will learn about Native American life before European exploration, and what caused European exploration of the Americas. We will begin learning about the encounters between Natives and Europeans.

Technology: computer/internet safety

Home & Careers: We will begin a unit on growth mindset versus fixed mindset. Having a growth mindset will help us at home, in school, and in future careers.

Week of 10/7/19: Learning Objectives

Week of 10/7/19: Learning Objectives

 

Week of 10/7/2019

Math: We will continue determining how finding unit rates can benefit us in our everyday life (finding the better bargain, calculating pay, etc). We will then determine whether two quantities are proportionate by using tables and graphs. We will identify the constant of proportionality.

ELA: We will begin our argument writing (claim, reasons, evidence, counter argument, rebuttal).  We will write an outline, a draft, and then edit/revise at least 3 times before writing our final piece.

Reading/Writing: We will continue reading passages about the 8 planets and their characteristics. We will then answer short-response comprehension questions based on the passages.

Key Skills: highlighting, restating, key details

Science: We will review what we learned about the moon, sun, and planets last week. We will then learn about the reasoning behind Earth’s cycles: 24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year. We will also learn about what causes seasons.

Our science studies (and social studies units) are often interconnected with ELA, as we often read passages and answer comprehension questions based on our current science and social studies topics.

Social Studies:  We will begin our Native American and Early Encounters unit. We will learn about Native American migration theories, Native American life before European exploration, and what caused European exploration of the Americas.

Technology: Computer Parts: input/output/peripheral devices 

Careers: We will learn about the importance of good work habits. We will identify what work habits are necessary to success in work, school, and home. We will identify our strong work habits and the work habits we would like to improve in.

Announcements/Reminders

Reminders:
 
Please join us for Open School Night this Thursday, October 10th, from 6 to 8 pm.
 
Please kindly return any necessary forms to school. Thank you!
 
Upcoming Dates:
 
October 9th: School Closed (Yom Kippur)
October 10th: Open School Night (6 PM to 8 PM)
October 14th: School Closed (Columbus Day)

Week of 9/30/19: Learning Objectives

Week of 9/30/2019

Math: We will learn how to calculate unit rates in word problems. In particular, we will focus on how finding unit rates can benefit us in our everyday life (finding the better bargain, calculating pay, etc).

ELA: We will focus on argument writing, particularly the parts of a strong argument: claim, reasons, evidence, counter argument, rebuttal.

Reading/Writing: We will read passages about the 8 planets and their characteristics. We will then answer short-response comprehension questions based on the passages.

Key Skills: highlighting, restating, key details

Science: We will begin our geology unit by learning about the 8 planets, their order, and characteristics. We will also learn about the sun and moon, focusing on moon phases.

Our science studies (and social studies units) are often interconnected with ELA, as we often read passages and answer comprehension questions based on our current science and social studies topics.

Social Studies:  We will finish our unit on the 7 continents, focusing on geographic location, society, and environment. This week, we will focus on Europe and Australia. 

(Key terms: compass rose, cardinal directions, continents, oceans)

Technology: We will learn about the technology behind video games, as well as computer parts. In particular, we will focus on the differences between hardware and software. 

Careers: We are learning about steps students can take now to prepare for a career: developing good work habits, speaking to adults about their careers, researching careers, making a list of goals/plan of action.