Monday, November 30, 2015

8th grade classroom update

Welcome Back!  We wanted to remind you that the first trimester closes on Friday, 12/4, as well as share the upcoming units of study for the next three weeks.

Social Studies classes will focus largely independent study of the Gilded Age.  Students received a menu of activities from which to choose to demonstrate their learning.  Some of the menu items have common due dates, which can be viewed on the 8th grade Google calendar.  Students will assign themselves due dates for the remaining activities.  One hundred points on the menu earns an A+.  Please ask your child to share his/her menu and calendar of due dates.  

Science classes will embark on a study of Energy and Systems focusing on Simple Machines and work.  This unit will culminate with a classroom project that involves creating Rube Goldberg machines and a Simple Machine test on Friday, 12/18.  

Language Arts classes, having recently finished a brief short story unit that focused on literary elements, are now engaging in poetry writing.

Math classes will be finishing our unit Filling and Wrapping over three-dimensional measurements, and then we'll shift gears toward studying the Pythagorean Theorem and its application to various real world scenarios in our unit Looking for Pythagoras. Students will be provided a makeup opportunity for the Filling and Wrapping unit test if the need arises.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Article for you to read

Below is a link to an article about online privacy that I wanted to share with you.  I think you will find it interesting, and may possibly want to share it with your children. 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Classroom Update 11/16

As we approach the end of the first trimester, we would like to highlight a few upcoming events.

Thursday, November 19: Social Studies- Reconstruction test

Friday, November 20: Language Arts- Letter Essay due.  Also, there will be a practice lockdown at 8:15 am.  

Eighth Grade Math- Investigation 2 Quiz

Monday, November 23:  5th grade buddies gather in the afternoon to write a Thanksgiving meal poem.

   Intensive Math - Unit Test over Filling & Wrapping

Tuesday, November 24: Science- Forces and Motion unit test (chapters 1, 2 and 3).

Wednesday, November 25: Beginning of Thanksgiving break- No school

Friday, December 4:  1st Trimester ends