Seventh Grade Homeroom (6-8 Social Studies, 6-7 ELA)

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Oct. 29, 2020

Grade 6 – “Out of My Mind”  packets are due now.  Kahoot quiz on Monday on chapters 5-6; Social Studies test on Wed., 11/4 – study guide on Google Classroom

Grade 7 – The Outsiders Comprehension Check questions for chapter #3 , due tomorrow, on loose leaf with a heading, please restate the question in your answer or submit via Google Docs on Classroom

Grade 8 – Read over Module 3 – Westward Expansion – Lesson #2



Oct. 28,2020

Grade 6 – please review the Study guide for Module 2 test next week (Wed. or Thurs.) – do not spend more than 2-3 minutes looking for the answers, we will review tomorrow in class.

Please read Out of My Mind through chapter 7, Kahoot quiz tomorrow on chapter 5-7.  Also, complete the packet on Out of My Mind

Grade 7 – $3.00 dress down tomorrow – BOX TOP,please send in Halloween $5.00 for Friday.  Read through The Outsiders chapter 6…quiz? tomorrow? also complete SS packet for Lesson 1 – Module 2. 



7Oct. 27, 2020

Grade 6 – Please do SS Module 2 – Lesson #3 – The Stone Ages and Early Cultures, reread the lesson and complete online assessment

Grade 7 – Please finish SS HMH Module 2 – Lesson #1 – Europeans Sail to the Americas (worksheets) ; make sure you have read up to Chapter 6 The Outsiders

Grade 8  –  Please reread WESTWARD EXPANSION module lesson #1 and do online assessment



Oct. 23, 2020

Grade 6 – Earlier in the week the students worked on Enrichment projects for Module I.  Many of the students created their own maps, while others did some research on a topic of interest, or researched archaeological tools. 

PLEASE READ through chapter #6 Out of My Mind for Monday, Oct. 26th – Kahoot quiz.

Grade 7 – The students enjoyed reading an article on “Women in Aviation” in Zoom break out rooms, and next week they will begin their first research project/informational essay.  Please make sure to have selected a female aviator from the 20th century to do your project on.

Please read up to chapter # 7 The Outsiders, quiz on Tuesday for chapters 3-5.

Grade 8 – Have a good weekend!



Oct. 22, 2020

Grade 6 – Please make sure to read through Chapter #5, Out of My Mind, read Lesson #2, Module 2 – The Stone Age, think of questions that focus on the vocabulary words


Grade 7 – Continue reading The Outsiders

Grade 8 – No homework – congratulations to the students making their Confirmation


Oct. 21, 2020

Grade 6 – HMH: Please read Module #2  –  Lesson #1 and come up with 1-2 questions to ask your fellow classmates in a Kahoot – please answer on Google classroom or on loose leaf.

Grade 7 – Please read The Outsiders chapters 3-4 and come up with some questions for your classmates about these chapters, either true/false, multiple choice or survey.

Grade 8 – 






…Oct. 20, 2020

Grade 6 – The students had a wonderful experience interviewing our guest speaker who has muscular dystrophy. Please have them complete the assignment on Google Classroom or write a one-paragraph reflection on the experience. What did they learn? What would they still want to ask or know? 

SS Test tomorrow 

Grade 7 – Please finish reading the article on “The Flu of 1918” – do questions in Google Forms/Classroom

SS Test tomorrow – Module I, Europe, Africa, and the Americas Before 1500 – 

Grade 8 – Please finish reading the article on the “Flu of 1918” and highlight important information. Pop quiz tomorrow on the article.

TEST on Thursday, Oct. 22nd – Module 19 – “Reconstruction”


October 19, 2020

Grade 6 – Please read the article on “Fact Checking” and highlight important information, make sure you have read up to Chapter 5 for “Out of My Mind” – finish Enrichment activity you started in class today.


Grade 7 – SS test on Wed., Module I – Uncovering the Past, Study guide was distributed last week and we have been reviewing in class. Please make sure you have read through chapter 6 for “The Outsiders”


Grade 8 – SS test on Reconstruction – Thursday, Oct. 22nd, study guide was given out last week and we will be reviewing in class. Please read article on “Fact Checking” – and highlight important information – ALL CIVIL WAR PROJECTS ARE DUE BY TOMORROW!




October 16, 2020

Grade 6 – In grade 6, we started our first junior novel, “Out of My Mind” and we are looking forward to our first class guest speaker who like our character Melody, is afflicted with a disorder that impairs her mobility, etc.  We wrapped up Module I in our Social Studies text, and the students are all working on their own Enrichment activity TO BE DONE IN CLASS next Monday and Tuesday. There is a module test next Wednesday, please review the lessons 1-4 of Module I and refer to the study guide. Have a great weekend!



October 14, 2020

Grade 6 – Complete the Google Slides 2-6 on Google Classroom for Out of My Mind, make sure to read through chapter 4 for tomorrow

SS Test on Wed., Oct. 21st – Study guide on Google Classroom and distributed in class today


Grade 7 – Finish reading Lesson #4 – Module 1 on contributions of Greeks and Romans – Do online assessment for the lesson

Grade 8 – read the handout on the Wade-Davis Bill and highlight important information, circle and look up unknown vocabulary



October 13, 2020

Grade 6 – please finish reading Lesson #4 in Social Studies – Module 1; The Goal of Government in an Economy and do the on-line assessment for Lesson #4.

Grade 7 – Reread “Icarus’ Flight” – the poem in HMH. Please answer the Check for Understanding questions


Oct. 9, 2020

Grade 6 – We had a great week in 6th Grade ELA/SS classes.  We learned about economics, scarcity, supply/demand, etc. We also did research on the author of our first junior novel study, Sharon Draper. The students received their books today.  These books belong to the school and need to be returned when we are finished.  Please have them read chapters 1-5 over the long weekend.  

Please check Google Classroom for the “Out of My Mind” digital assignments – THERE ARE NO ASSIGNMENTS DUE AT THIS TIME, I just want to make sure the students can access them from home. Thank you. Enjoy the long weekend!


Grade 7 – We started our research on the 1960’s to prepare for our first junior novel study of The Outsiders.  Please have them read chapters 1-3 over the long weekend. Next week we will begin assignments with the novel. The students are enjoying our Zoom Breakout Room group work.  Have a great long weekend!

Grade 8 – We wrapped up the Civil War and have started learning about the period of Reconstruction 



Oct. 6, 2020

Grade 6 – please complete the Study Guide worksheets for Lesson #3 – Economics

Test on “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All” poem

Grade 7 – Lesson #4 – Social Studies HMH Study guide pages; test on “Flight of Icarus”

Grade 8 – please read the packet on “Reconstruction” DO NOT COMPLETE just highlight what you think is important




Oct. 5, 2020

Grade 6 – finish reading HMH Module 1: Lesson 3 – Systems to Organize Resources and Needs and Wants – test on Wed., on “Life Doesn’t Frigthen Me” 

  • Art projects for poem are due NOW and poems are due through Google Classroom

Grade 7 – Review SS Lesson #3 – West African Kingdoms; test on Wed., “The Flight of Icarus”

Grade 8 – Civil War test on Oct. 6th ; start working on Civil War projects – see Google Classroom



10/2 – Happy Friday! Please make sure students have an extra mask in school and headphones. Thank you.

Please note that on Monday, Oct. 5th our Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign will kick off. It looks a little different than in years past, but is still a very worthwhile cause. Thank you!

Grade 6 – The 6th grade really impressed me with their poems this week. Today they began an art project to be completed at home and due Monday on their assigned line of the poem. 


Grade 7 – Grade 7 did amazing group work today on Zoom breakout groups. They really enjoy working in groups even though it looks very different. We will begin our first junior novel, The Outsiders next week. We are doing some preliminary research and readings to get ready.


Grade 8 – We finished up the Civil War – test will be on Tuesday, Oct. 6th – students are working on various projects that represent something about the Civil War (see Google Classroom)




Grade 6 –   No written homework, look around, do you see our poem? “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” please have markers for Friday’s art project. Thank you.


Grade 7 – Dear Parents/Caregivers, please note that the class fee of $40.00 is now due. This fee includes their copy of “The Outsiders” book which we will begin reading next week. Also, their subscription to Jr. Scholastic Magazine and any class supplies I need for the year. If you are unable to send in the $40.00 right now, please send in what you can. Thank you. Mrs. Cooney


Reread “The Flight of Icarus” in HMH, please make annotation notes throughout the text. Complete Check for Understanding. 


Grade 8 – SS Test on the Civil War, Tuesday, Oct. 6th – study guide on Google Classroom



Grade 6 – Reread “I’m Not Frightened At All” from HMH; be ready to analyze and discuss the poem in more detail tomorrow in class; Check Google Classroom for instructions – write a paragraph about one of the places listed in our Geography magazine article.

Grade 7  – If possible, please watch a part of the Presidential Debate this evening. Use the worksheets from class today to take notes. Finish reading the article from Jr. Scholastic “America’s Choice” and answer the questions on Google Classroom

Grade 8 –

HMH – Please reread Lesson #5 on the Civil War – pay special attention to Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address.

If possible, please watch a part of the Presidential Debate this evening. Use the worksheets from class today to take notes. 

Finish reading the article from Jr. Scholastic “America’s Choice” and answer the questions on Google Classroom





Grade 6 – ELA/SS – Go to Google Classroom and watch the video about poetry; Read Lesson #2 – Geography and be prepared to discuss in class tomorrow. Please share your Artifact Project with me on Google so you can present it in class.

Grade 7 – ELA – Go to Google Classroom and watch the videos on poetry and the “Icarus’s Flight”; do the Get Ready pages for “The Flight of Icarus” in the HMH online – review myth, theme, and infer.

Grade 8 – SS – Do the Module 18 –  Lesson #4 – online assessment we did in class today; complete the packet on Lesson #4 – YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO THE CHALLENGE ACTIVITY




Grade 6 – Finish Google Slides Artifact Presentation Project – due 9/28, assignment is posted in Google Classroom with a Rubric, study for “The Breadwinner” test tomorrow

Grade 7 – In Lesson #2 – Native American cultures – assignment is posted in HMH – Native American Culture Map 

Grade 8 – Read Module 18: Lesson #4 – Daily Life During the War; complete the Enrichment Activity from Lesson #3 – which is posted on Google Classroom


Grade 6 – Complete the worksheets from SS Lesson # 1 – Uncovering the Past

Today we talked about artifacts and how archaeologists use artifacts to uncover the past. Sometimes archaeologists use the artifacts they find at the same dig site to determine how old they are. We used the telephone as an example of how we could compare and contrast a cell phone, a dial phone and the telegraph machine to determine which one was older.

Make a list of 3 different objects/artifacts to pick from. Make sure you can find images of these objects over time.  Please do not do a phone, TV or car. Pick an object/artifact that the class might not have seen so that when you present the project to us, we are AMAZED!!

Also, how can we advertise SOCIAL HARMONY in our school.  We can’t rent the Times Square jumbotron for the school yard or lobby or hallway, so how can we get this important message out? Ideas please! 


Grade 7 – Study for “Rogue Wave”

  • Why is it important to learn about Native American Tribes?
  • Finish the two Junior Scholastic worksheets that were given out today on Aztec map and ‘The Race to Find a Vaccine’
  • I am still reading your Personal Narratives and will supply feedback 


Please be advised that there is a Back to School Zoom Meeting tonight for grades 6, 7, & 8 at 7:00 pm. Please check your child’s folder for the information. Thank you. 

Grade 6 – ELA test on Friday, “The Breadwinner” – please know what a thesaurus is. 

HOMEWORK – due 9/23:  Answer this question –

How does Parvana’s feelings change after she goes to the store for the first time? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

S.S. – Define a primary source and a secondary source. Give examples of each. You may draw one or all of the examples.  Complete the Lesson 1 – Uncovering the Past assessment online.


Grade 7 – ELA Test on Thursday, “Rogue Wave” – 

  HMH  –  Social Studies – Reread Lesson 1 that we read in class today and take notes – make sure to include the vocabulary words and their definitions, examples of how the Aztec, Olmec, Maya and Inca accomplishments.


Grade 8 – Social Studies – Assignment due Thursday, 9/24 – please pick one of the following:

  1. Create a poster trying to recruit either a Confederate or Union soldier – make sure it is effective 


2. Imagine that you are a new Confederate or Union soldier recruit, or some other civilian that helped out during the war. Write a letter back home describing your responsibilities and what it’s like to be in a war.

3.   Find an image of a Union or Confederate poster (can be 8 1/2 x 11) trying to recruit during the Civil War – write a summary describing WHAT YOU SEE in the image and its effectiveness. Who is it appealing to? 


9/21/20 – Grade 7

ELA test on Thursday, 9/24 on ‘Rogue Wave’ – vocabulary, Latin root words, comprehension of the text focusing on setting and plot.  Also, simple, complex, and compound sentences. Please review the assignments in HMH to practice for the test.

9/21/20 – Grade 8

Review packet from today, The Civil War and make sure you have a summary for the vocabulary words ready to share in class tomorrow. 

9/21/20 – Grade 6 

ELA test on Friday, 9/25 on “The Breadwinner” focus on setting and characters. Review vocabulary and assignments in HMH. 


9/18/20 –

Grade 6 Update

We had a great first week in Grade 6 ELA and Social Studies. We read “The Breadwinner” and reviewed how to analyze a text and do text annotations for character and setting. We reviewed vocabulary for the story and did our first Vocabulary Network activity. We will have an assessment on the story and these skills some time at the end of next week. I will provide you with more details on Monday.  

In Social Studies, we are discussing World Civilizations and how historians find out about civilizations from a long time ago. We had a class discussion on what artifacts we would leave behind for future civilizations to find out about us in 2020.  We are using HMH for both Social Studies and ELA.

Have a great weekend! Mrs. Cooney

9/18/20 Grade 7 Update

We had a great first week in the 7th grade. We read our first short story, “Rogue Wave.”  We reviewed plot structure and annotating the text for characters, details, setting and plot.  We had a successful Zoom class on Wednesday and we will have more next week. The students are getting used to HMH which is our ELA and Social Studies text.  The students are working on Personal Narratives about their first week of school. They are reviewing how to write a ‘hook’ or introduction to their narratives.  We will continue working on these next week.  The students will be using Google Docs to submit this draft.

The students also signed in to Junior Scholastic magazine. Each student has their own subscription. They reviewed some articles and current events. We will start our HMH Social Studies lessons next week and look at why historians study the Americas, Europe and Africa before the year 1500?

Please sign on to Class Dojo or supply me with the email that you would like to have the invite sent to. Also, class fee is due at this time. This fee pays for the subscription and any classroom supplies that are needed such as paper towels, wipes, tissues, etc. Thank you. Have a great weekend.

9/18/20 Grade 8 Update

We had a great first week in Grade 8 and reviewed events that led up to the Civil War. There will be a quiz on Monday and the students should check Google Classroom and use the hand out from class today for review. We will begin learning about the Civil War next week. Have a great weekend!



9/17/20 – Grade 6 HOMEWORK

Pick ONE vocabulary word from “The Breadwinner” and complete a Vocabulary Network. Please use the template that I gave out in class. If you do not have the template, then refer to Unit 1 in HMHCO Page 1 – Academic Vocabulary.  It must include 4 of the 6 features. The six are:  synonym, antonym, definition, sentence, related word, or word root.  Please complete on either a piece of paper, ELA notebook, a Google Slide or Docs. Thank you. 


Review the Civil War timeline DOC we created in class today, including the Vocabulary.  Quiz on Monday, 9/21 on the events that led up to the Civil War. 


9/16/20 – Grade 6 HOMEWORK

Please reread, “The Breadwinner” and complete ALL the activities for the lesson, either in digital form or use the paper handout I gave you in class today. Do the best you can. 

9/16/20 – GRADE 8 – HOMEWORK

Please read and complete Lesson 3  on the Lincoln-Douglas debate, be prepared to discuss in class tomorrow. Review vocabulary: abolitionist, secession, cession, annexation

Review the Dred Scott Case lesson we did in class today – Have a great night!


9/16/2020  GRADE 7 HOMEWORK

PLEASE COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNMENTS/ACTIVITIES FOR “ROGUE WAVE” either digitally or the paper handouts. Review vocabulary words associated with this story.  Also, think about what type of research you would like to do that relates to this story.  

Take a look at the sky later this evening around 6:00 – 6:30 pm. What do you see/observe? 

Please have parents sign in to Class Dojo. An invite was sent last week via the email that was provided to the school. Thank you. 



Welcome back to school!  I am thrilled to be back at Notre Dame Catholic Academy. It was great seeing all the students on Wednesday, September 9th! They ALL did a great job with the new procedures! I am so proud of their spirit and dedication to staying safe. 

As well as the Social Studies and ELA teacher, I am also the homeroom teacher for Grade 7. Please note that in order to follow social distancing protocol and keep the students safe, we had to physically separate them in to two classrooms, Room 202 and Room 204.  As their homeroom teacher, I will make sure to alternate mornings, snacks and dismissal times between the two rooms.  Please be assured that ALL the teachers will be dividing their time between the two groups in order to provide an equitable learning experience for both rooms in all subject areas. 

If you need to contact me, please email me on Option C.  I have also set up Class Dojo for Grade 7, I sent links to the parent/guardian emails that were on file in Option C. Please let me know if you need me to send it to a different email.

We will be jumping right in to learning starting Monday, September 14th.  Please ensure that the students bring in their charged iPad each day. Thank you!

 I look forward to working with you and your children this year! Stay safe and God Bless! 

Mrs. Lisa Tritremmel-Cooney

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