Team 8-1 science is now learning about Chemistry, the study of matter. Students will learn about chemical and physical properties/changes, the Periodic Table, chemical bonds and reactions. We will have some interesting labs that analyze properties of matter with ice balloons, phase changes through making ice cream, and chemical reactions using vinegar and baking soda. Students also submitted their research projects as part of a science competition sponsored by NSTA and Toshiba. Visit www.exploravision.org for more information. We will keep our fingers crossed until we hear back from the competition in late March!
Welcome back from Holiday break! I hope it was wonderful and you had some time to relax. In Algebra 1, students are working on patterns and functions and are beginning the unit on Graphing in Chapter 6. The mid-term is on January 13 and 14. It is broken into two parts. The first day is short-answer and the second day is multiple choice. We will be reviewing for the mid-term the week before. In Math 8, students are beginning the unit on equations. We will be solving one, two, and multi-step equations. Students will also begin graphing linear equations.
The Constitution was written and ratified. The Anti-federalists won the debate to add the Bill of Rights, but what does the Bill of Rights give the citizens? More territories want to become part of this newly structured United States. How will they change the dynamic of the growing nation?
IMPORTANT CHANGE OF DATE: The 8th grade performance assessment will be held on Friday, May 16 from April 30th. Please DO NOT schedule any appointments for this day.
In January all 8-3 language arts classes will finish reading The Pearl. Our end-of-unit assessment will be a 5-paragraph essay addressing how a symbol teaches the theme of the book. Students will also have a Socratic Seminar in which they will discuss the oppression that Kino faces in the text, and evaluate how he chooses to handle it. After the conclusion of the Class Oppression Unit, students will begin the Racial Oppression Unit, using I Never Had It Made, Jackie Robinson’s autobiography, as our primary text, and a variety of companion pieces. Additionally, students will continue to study their word parts, and they will begin a new study of verbals. I’m looking forward to continuing our excellent year together! Happy 2014! In science class we successfully completed a unit on waves. The culminating project for this unit was making a musical instrument. Students made their own instruments out of every-day materials, and presented what they made to their classmates. Additionally, students were required to explain how to change the pitch and loudness of their instrument. We will now "move" onto a unit on Forces and Motion. Projects include calculating the potential and kinetic energy of a roller coaster we will make at school. Social Studies students recreated the Constitutional Convention in November, discussed the debate over its approval in December, and now will study its actual content in January. We will start with the legislative branch, and then look at the executive and judicial branches. Please watch or read the news with your child and reinforce the classroom content with what is happening in our government this month. Thank you! All math classes will be completing their current units/chapters then will be reviewing for their 1st semester mid-term exams. Those will take place the last few days of 2nd quarter.