Exploring the History and the Engineering Innovations of Textile Mills

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.

Engineering Design Day

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!

Term 2: Students Explore Conflict and Harmony Relationships

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!

Concussions by Eoghan

Work for your second Snow Day!

Hello 7th grade students and parents,

We hope you are enjoying your snow days! Just a quick update on the coming week.

1) Please be prepared for a vocabulary test on Tuesday. Review your packet for list 10 to make sure its complete and study your words!
2) Please check google classroom for the 6.1 video lesson. You will need the material for Math class on Tuesday.
3) Your teachers encourage you to spend some time researching your exhibition project (body system assigned on Thursday) and reviewing your Romeo and Juliet lines.
4) The Global Studies “West” test is rescheduled for Wednesday. The Romeo and Juliet Comprehension Test will be after vacation.
Enjoy the snow and stay safe!
Mrs. Wright, Dr. P and Ms. Sanborn

Update on the week of January 18th and 25th

Just a few reminders about this week:

-Science test on Friday! Students should be studying at least 20 minutes a night. The teachers are available to meet during AM and PM recess to answer any questions and to help study!
A quick preview for next week:
-We will be starting Chapter 5 for Math; please make sure your child watches the video lessons. They are posted on Google classroom.
-In Science, we are starting the Endocrine System and Nervous System next week.
-Global Studies will start to introduce their Exhibition project, it will be about life on the trail.
-We will finish up Schooled/Stargirl early next week. Please, encourage your child to make sure they are finished with the book by Monday. There will be a new spelling list next week all on Romeo and Juliet words. New packet will be assigned on Monday.
Tests next week:
Friday: Spelling

Concept Mapping in Science


This term students are studying the human body systems in science and how each system works to help maintain homeostasis.  In order to help identify the cooperation and relationships between the systems the students have learned how to build concept maps.  Concept maps help identify relationships by connecting key concepts with linking arrows. After an introduction of systems independently, they were challenged to work with a team to connect concepts from the respiratory and cardiovascular system.  They created some impressive and extensive concept maps!  See a few examples of their work below!  On exhibition night they will be sharing with the community how the human body system and disease relate to our global theme of conflict and harmony.

concept map cardio_resp- Eva Luca Asia Maisie (1) concept map jillian ryan masha lorenzo (1)


Mentoring Program

Our 7th graders each serve as a mentor to a 4th grader who they get to know better throughout the year.  Before their first exhibition, 7th graders modeled presenting and answering questions about their projects, then provided encouragement and feedback for 4th graders as they practiced presenting theirs.  This helped students feel more confident and comfortable with sharing their work.

In December, the students completed some winter activities together to further build their relationship.  They worked on creating a coordinated grid snowman and finding words in a winter theme scrabble-type game. Fourth graders brought cards for their mentor and Seventh graders gave their new friends holiday pencils.   Below are some pictures from our December activity!



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Getting Exhibition Ready!


This term is in full swing.  Students have worked on developing skills necessary to apply towards their exhibition projects for this term.  Seventh Graders will create interdisciplinary infographics, publish their book reviews on their book bloggers website, and are creating and analyzing neoclassical architecture and its relationship to government buildings.  Links to the google sites for each project are listed below.

We can’t wait to share their work with you this November!

Infographics- Informing Our World

Book Bloggers

Building History