The past two weeks in Humanities classes have been filled with Julius Caesar, historical research writing, and lots of vocabulary! We practiced a variety of class structures while reading Julius Caesar: listening to an audiotape, reading out loud as a whole class, and reading in small groups. I loved watching students have exposure to the play in these ways. I am impressed with the progress of their social studies essays so far – the first outline, the first draft, the first big essay can be a little confusing and a little daunting. All of my students were challenged to think deeply about the values of Hatmadah and Masa when approaching a new task or unfamiliar situation.
Keep an eye out for these upcoming Greek and Latin roots!
- Mikros – “small”
- Minuo, minuere, minui, minitum – “to lesson”
- Minus – “less”
- Tenuo, tenuare, tenuavi, tenuatum – “to make thin”
- Tenuis – “thin”
- Satis – “enough”
- Impleo, implere, implevi, impletum – “to fill”
- Plenus – “full”
The 7th Grade has immersed themselves into the world of real, and briefly imaginary, numbers. We’ve mastered integers, we’ve had debates about the existence of negative zero and now we’ve entered the realm of operations with rational numbers in their primary form; the fraction. Next we’ll learn about converting these fractions into decimals and discussing how to determine whether a number is a terminating, repeating, or continuous decimal. After all of that is practiced and mastered, we’ll learn how to do all of it once again using a much simpler method; a little tool called the scientific calculator. “May we use a calculator for these questions?” The answer in the coming weeks will finally be “Yes!”