In Science, students are learning about force, speed, acceleration, and inertia and will be applying their understanding of Newton’s Laws to build models of roller coasters. In Geography, we are exploring the different components that make each culture unique before we begin our study of individual countries.
In the past week, the 7th graders loaded the school bus and experienced two amazing field trips. We attended Marian’s production of “Hello Dolly” and had the chance to cheer on several St. Pius X/St. Leo School alumni appearing in the musical. We also visited Boys Town where we learned about the life of Fr. Flanagan and the work he did to care for the neglected children of the world. We visited Fr. Flanagan’s home, toured the Hall of History, and celebrated Mass at Dowd Chapel. We continue to pray that Father Flanagan will be raised to sainthood and that we will have the courage follow his example and commitment to work for justice and charity.
“The work will continue, you see, whether I am there or not, because it is God’s work, not mine.”
-Father Edward Flanagan, Founder of Boys Town
September 17 Update
September 18, 2017
We just completed our first chapter and test in Geography. Students learned about the variety of contributions geographers make to our world through the study of both human and physical geography. Each student wrote a help wanted ad about a specific branch of geography. A few of the jobs described in the “Geographer Wanted” ads included meteorologists, economists, urban planners, cartographers, and hydrologists. We will start our chapter on climate and weather this week.
In science, we started our unit on the classification of matter and the physical and chemical properties of matter. Some upcoming projects include building a model of an atom and taking density measurements to predict if an object will sink or float in water.
Please mark your calendars for September 25th for a meeting on social media presented by Smart Girl Society. The meeting will be held at St. Leo Church at 6 pm. Fliers went home to all families, but please let me know if you need another copy.
No school on Friday, September 22nd!
Have a great week!
September 1, 2017
We wrapped up our unit on the Scientific Method and Scientific Inquiry this week. Students read about the strange case of BeriBeri and the discovery of Penicillin and analyzed how scientists designed and carried out investigations relating to those cases. Students then came up with their own questions, developed testable hypotheses, and designed investigations relating to their question. Each student had an opportunity to showcase his or her investigation during a gallery walk.
In Geography we discussed the five themes and six essential elements geographers use to organize their study of the world and its people. We discussed the two main branches of Geography: human geography and physical geography.
Welcome to 7C! I am a proud graduate of St. Pius X/St. Leo and am excited to be returning to this wonderful school community as the 7th Grade Science and Geography teacher.