March Madness: TMSA 7th Grade Curriculum Updates and Class Announcements

7th Grade Social Studies - Mr. Duffie

The Ottoman EmpireTMSA's 7th grade students  are learning about the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire. Students will gain an understanding of the European partitioning in the Middle East after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire led to regional conflict. 
Fast Facts about the Ottoman Empire:
  • One of the world's greatest empires from approximately 1290 until 1922
  • The center of the empire was located in Anatolia, modern-day Turkey
  • At the height of its influence in the 1500's, it was the world's mightiest empire
  • Nearly surrounded the Mediterranean Sea, covering much of southeastern Europe, northern Africa, and the Arab Middle East


Also, TMSA's 7th grade students are exploring the  European partitioning in the Middle East after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, which led to regional conflict. Students learning the historical reasons for the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948; inclusive of  the Jewish religious connection to the land, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and Zionism in Europe. 

Aligned with the project based learning model, students will also feature a culinary experience to show pride, traditions, and rich heritage throughout middle eastern countries. Of which, select students will prepare a dish. Students will get to highlight why they selected the dish, why it’s important to the middle eastern culture and explain the ingredients used to cook the dish. 


7th Grade Math - Ms. Hemans

Math Ratios and ProportionsTMSA's 7th grade Math scholars closed the third quarter out with ratios and proportions. After a rigorous unit of new math terms and ideas, the 7th grade scholars were able to showcase their learning in our unit 3 project.  The Unit 3 project “What’s the better deal?” allowed students connect classroom concepts to real-world applications. In this assignment students, used actual store prices from various circulars to calculate the unit prices from each store. Once the students found the unit price from each store, they created a chart to compare prices. By comparing prices, our 7th grades scholars were able to identify the better deal. Now, you have a new shopping buddy to assure you get the best bang for you buck.

7th Grade ELA - Ms. Campbell

Amanda Gorman
During the third quarter, TMSA's 7th grade students engaged in learning opportunities that provided them with skills to master grade level standards ELA.  We started the year off  learning about Point-of-View! This was the prefect segway into our lesson on Inauguration Day by reading excerpts of the poem entitled "The Hill We Climb" by Amanda Gormon. We then ventured into learning about Author's Purpose.  During this unit, we reinforced our ability to identify the different types writing with a Mini Project the scholars completed.  Next we studied and reviewed Compare and Contrast.  Presently, we are working on "Deconstruction and Argument" and the writing process.   
Science - Ms. Jenkins
Recently, our 7th Grade Science students completed a survey of human organ systems with a detailed
study of the Skeletal and Cardiovascular Systems. This fun unit laid the foundation students will use as
they apply their knowledge of the human body to a comparative zoological study of major vertebrate
animal classes.
G. Oviatt
Sketched by TMSA 7th Grader, G. Oviatt
M. Martin
Sketched by TMSA 7th Grader, M. Martin

To extend the curriculum from “text-book to real world” application, TMSA’s 7th Grade Science students
are participating in our 2nd year of the “Trout in the Classroom” (TIC) Program sponsored by the Upper
Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The TIC program educates students about the life cycle of
Rainbow trout. The program for this year began back in February, when we received approximately 150
fertilized eggs flown in from a hatchery in Washington State. Shortly after arrival, the embryos inside the
eggs began to hatch into “sac-frys” which survived on the leftover yolk sac from their time in the egg.
After about 2 weeks, with the food in their yolk sacs depleted, the small fry juvenile trout began their
next phase of development by receiving hand fed meals of protein rich fish food. Currently, we are
happy to report that our trout are healthy and growing! Through the unique hands-on experience of
raising these trout, students are learning important fundamentals about ecology, natural selection,
energy flow, and the evidence behind the Theory of Evolution. In addition to complimenting the Science
curriculum, this program promotes an awareness of the role of conservation in valuing and maintaining
Georgia’s natural resources.

March Madness Announcements 

March Madness 

7th Grade Tutorial Sessions
The 7th Grade Team will begin offering tutorials on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for Math and Reading starting the week of March 22nd.  Please contact your scholar's homeroom teacher if you are interested.   

P.S. Don't forget these important housekeeping items:

Students should be completing 2 lessons of iReady daily;  a lesson does not count unless the score is passing
  1. Please have your student log into OTUS and iReady in front of you to show you their progress
  2. Students should be checking the homeroom class board on OTUS for enrichment opportunities, small group assignments and other important 7th grade announcements