# What Are You Grateful For?

We all have so much to be grateful for this time of season. I thought I would share some of the special things in life…

“I am grateful for rugs, water, and air particles”- Sloane Bradley
“The children I get to work with five days out of the week…and cottage cheese!”- Mr. Kevin
“Olive Garden Pasta”- JJ Grant
“I am grateful for my friends!” -Zoe Raymer
“People….As much as they get on my nerves, I need human interaction!” -Devon Porter
“Caffeine, chocolate, my kids, and a break!”-Ms. Lindsay
“My dog, Ollie.”- Caroline Couey
“Family, because why not !?!”- Ellen Swafford
“Taylor Swift”- Peyton Woodward
“Family”- Ms. Allison
“My life”- Landon Taylor
“Family and The Cooper School”- Morrison Hawes
“The Earth”- Griffin Sills
“Animals”- Eva Cain Boudolf
“Everything pumpkin flavored”- Ms. Maggie

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science?
Seventh graders learned about how energy is transferred in the food chain this week. They learned about the different types of consumers, such as herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. The seventh graders also learned about ecosystem services and how we as humans rely on them not only for food, water, shelter, and oxygen but also for support, regulation, and culture. Lastly, seventh graders learned about keystone species and the importance they play in our lives. When we get back from break, they will learn more about calories and how to calculate them by burning cheetos.

What’s up in Math?
This week, 7th graders explored what a solution to an inequality means, then worked towards solving some more complicated inequality problems and graphing them. When we return from Thanksgiving break, we will continue finding solutions to inequalities, understand how the distributive property of multiplication can help us solve them, and find equivalent expressions.

What’s happening in ELA?
This week, seventh grade researchers synthesized their notes and knowledge onto a single page to focus their thinking and make connections between the data and facts they’ve come across. This page formed a ‘blueprint’ for their eventual infographic which they created in Canva. Students took time to present data, facts, and quotes in a visually stimulating, organized way.

Returning from break, 7th grade researchers will begin research on new topics – specifically topics in which there are ongoing debates. Researchers will keep track of evidence from both sides of an argument, learning how to identify implicit bias and even their own bias as they approach sources.

What’s going on in Social Studies?

This week, the seventh graders dove into the Amendments of the constitution! Students learned about why the amendments exist, and were challenged to draw each of the 27 amendments! This led into the students being asked to compare the Articles of Confederation with the Constitution. Students were then introduced to citizens’ roles in society.

After Thanksgiving, the students will be asked to prepare for a debate. The debate will center around the idea of if the Senate should be based on population. Students will work on forming their arguments before taking part in the debate later in the week.

Important Dates:
November 17th – Harvest Feast (Half Day- 11:30 Dismissal)
November 20th-24th – Thanksgiving Break