This week in math we will be focusing on adding and subtracting linear expressions. This will build on students' prior knowledge of the distributive property, combining like-terms, and integer operations (knowing that when multiplying/dividing, different signs will produce a negative answer and the same signs will produce a positive answer). We will be working from pp. 395-409 in the textbook. Following a mid-week assessment, we will move on to factoring expressions, which will build on students' understanding of greatest common factors and like terms.
This week in science we will be wrapping up our unit on rocks and minerals by reviewing the rock cycle. This is the process in which rocks change (very slowly) from igneous to sedimentary to metamorphic states, depending on which force (heating, cooling, weathering, pressure) is applied. Students will also be spending a large chunk of their class time on their conflict mineral project - students are working in groups to create awareness for the trade of conflict minerals from Africa. Here are a few articles:
Groups will be creating their choice of either a presentation/pamphlet/poster/video to explain what conflict minerals are, regions of the world that are involved, the use of these minerals in everyday technology, what is being done to control the trade and hold companies accountable, etc.
Finally, VSVS (Vanderbilt Students Volunteering for Science) will return to West End next month for four weeks. Each week they will present a different lesson (always with a hands-on/experiment component) for both science classes.
I'm Kyle Bohle and I teach 7th grade science.