7th grade has been using a free online platform called EVERFI. They have several courses sponsored through various organizations such as Mass Mutual, the NHL, and the Patriots. All are standard aligned and approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Themes include: science and math in hockey, becoming an entrepreneur by creating a food truck business, developing coding skills as a secret agent, exploring STEM careers, and more. They even have a few on health, character development, african-american history, and digital literacy. Ask your student if they have started any of the modules.
For the entire year and over the summer, 7th graders will have access to an online program called IXL (I Excel).
This program allows students to work at their own pace and skill level and is aligned with the standards. There is a “Analytics” tab that allows both you and your child to view their progress, trouble spots, time spent on each skill etc…
Please ask your child to show you the program. They can also log in through the IXL app and work “on the go” if they want.
Last week was STEM week for the State of Massachusetts. MCCPS had various activities throughout the week. The 7th grade and their 4th grade mentees investigated bird beak shapes and how they are adapted to the food the bird eats. They will design their own beak and explain how its shape affects what their fictional bird might eat.
Yesterday, the 7th grade went on a walking field trip to Redd’s Pond and Old Burial Hill. We met the Marblehead Model Yacht Club and discussed with them the impact algae blooms are having on their races and the health of the pond. Students took water samples and tested for pestcides, nitrates, and bacteria. They also worked on describing a setting and transcribing headstones from Old Burial Hill, which they might use for their spooky stories.
We ended our busy week with a mentor/mentee activity. The 7th graders assisted in peer editing their 4th grade mentee’s animal stories. The pairings have been succesful and both grades are enjoying the opportunity to work together.