It’s already half way through the year! Time really does fly! This quarter, students are doing a poetry unit, and then will discuss government oppression with a novel. During the poetry unit, students have read classic poetry and will even share their own poetry! We will end with poetry café, which is a fun activity where students show off their recitation skills. We are continuing in the year of the verb and will learn about verbals: gerunds, participles, infinitives…exciting stuff J. They will also learn about prepositions. We continue in our root study, finding how to use roots to help us know many more words. Ask them what they know about roots! Lastly, the students’ 3rd quarter project involves reading authors underrepresented in the literary canon. They have an opportunity to present information in different ways than they did last quarter, so it should be another fun one.
In Science, Team 8-1 will wrap up our studies about Chemistry. Students learned about how to use the Periodic Table and its trends. We then began our studies about Genetics. The Genetics Science Learning Center http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/ is an excellent resource for learning about the principles of inheritance and beyond. We watched corn seedlings emerge and gathered evidence to make a claim about the parents’ genotype. It is hard to believe that high school registration is upon us! We will talk about different Physical Science course options and requirements for each. I highly encourage students to consider taking STEM elective/club options available through Creek’s mathematics and science departments: Introduction to Computer Science, Science Research and Robotics. Students will receive registration materials on February 3.
We are in full force in the Third Quarter. Passes can be used for late work turned in within 7 days but will now be worth 50%. In Algebra 1 students are studying Linear functions and graphing. Students will continue this quarter by graphing quadratics. In Math 8 students are studying linear equations and systems of equations. Please remember to check COLE for weekly assignments.