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.

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