Summer is a time for relaxation and reading! I hope you are filling your summer reading list with exciting books. I would like you to check out the Book Blog website that the 7th grade created. This year we added book trailers to the website as well. It is filled with recommendations for great reading. You can locate the website at http://marbleheadcharter.org/bookblog/ or by going to the Book Blog link on the school’s webpage, under the tab ‘Parents/Students”. On the school’s website you can also find the summer reading list to help you choose a great book.
I would love to hear about your summer reading and share with you my summer reading. Your summer homework is to read, read, read and then write. Please write one reading letter to be mailed by July 29, 2016. I have included a copy of the “Suggestions for Writing About Reading” if you are looking for ideas. You can mail your letter from wherever you are; overnight camp, vacation or home. Don’t forget the stamp!
Please mail your letter to:
Molly Wright, MCCPS, 17 Lime St. Marblehead Ma. 01945
I look forward to seeing you soon.
The 7th grade had a great trip to Lowell Mills National Historical Park last Thursday to learn about the history of the mills and how they managed and harnessed the energy from the Merrimack River. Students were given a tour of the mills to see a working turbine and also were able to see, hear, and feel the energy at work in the looms. Students were also challenged with being scientists or engineers in an activity to figure out the best configuration for water wheels and where to place the mills to direct the water along a model river. All in all, it was a fun and engaging day for our students and directly related to their global studies and science curriculum.
Students wrote reflections on what they learned the following day. Below are a few examples of what they shared.
The “kiss of death” is how someone would put the string through a shuttle. We learned about this process after trying to do it with our hands, instead of our mouths. The “kiss of death” involves putting your mouth up to a hole and sucking the string through the hole and potentially in your mouth. This passed many diseases, and posed a threat of consuming small fibers of string. It was the only way to get the string through the hole in 10 seconds without getting fired.
Most of the things I learned came from the tour at Lowell Mills. It was very interesting to look at the history and the tools dating back to the 1800’s. Everything I learned is important to the study of the industrial revolution, because we were able to feel like the mill workers and step into their shoes for a little while.
The most difficult thing I learned was that if the water current changed, so would the canals. When water is running it needs to be at an angle; if the water current changed the ground level would have to change to produce proper flow of the water. I learned how gates were used to control the amount of water that goes through the canals at a time.
Seventh graders were highly engaged in solving problems using the engineering design process Thursday April 14th. They were given the challenge to build a model dam that could hold back the water and control the flow of water at a slow and quick rate! They started by researching dams to learn about how they work, their shapes, and consequences to the environment when they are built and if they fail. Then students examined the materials and drew their own designs. Working with their teammates, they were able to develop a design together and plan for building.
We loved how engaged students were when building and their incredible teamwork. In the end, many dams didn’t completely work, but those that did got a big applause from the entire class! Whether they worked or not, all students learned from this project and were able to reflect on what they might do differently in the future!
We thank the Friends of Marblehead Public Schools for funding the event and all the teachers and staff that planned and made the day possible!
The 7th grade’s global theme is Conflict and Harmony which is discussed throughout the year. This term, the connection to our curriculum is particularly strong. Student’s explored the relationship between conflict in harmony through their study of Romeo and Juliet, as well as the human body.
The ultimate love-hate story of “Romeo and Juliet” connects to the 7th grade theme of Conflict and Harmony. Through their writing and performing, students can identify where and how conflict and harmony are created, resolved and concluded.
The human body is made up many systems working in harmony to maintain homeostasis, a stable internal environment, in the body. Student’s were required to identify and describe how many of the human body systems worked together in order to achieve this harmony. In addition for exhibition, they researched a disease, disorder, or injury of the body or in other words a conflict. Students had to identify the impact this conflict had on human body systems. Click Here to check out their research process and sites!
Hello 7th grade students and parents,
We hope you are enjoying your snow days! Just a quick update on the coming week.