Week of Sept. 17, 2018

English

Gr. 8 discussed how to write an essay using the prompt “How does the author use literary devices to develop the theme?” Here is a sample essay and below are the parts of the essay. For every literary device, they need to have a paragraph about it.  

Examples of transition words/phrases to use between FREDS and Say More:

Next week, the focus will be on using quotes in an essay and planning Introduction and Conclusion. As well, sentence types will be reviewed to encourage the students to use a variety of sentences.

Social Studies

This week, students learned about the breakdown of discipline during WWI and how the military dealt with them. They then discussed morality issues, how the war ended, and the Treaty of Versailles.

Next week will be about the failure of the  League of Nations, diplomacy, repercussions of the war and preparation for the assessment (war diary or letter during WWI) happening the week of October 1 before CWW.

Science

This week, Gr. 8 finished exploring the five stations on physical changes. Next week, Day 3, is an open notes assessment on the physical changes station. Some classes will also work on station 6 on melting. The students are expected to have CER of the five stations as they will use that for the assessment. Notebooks will be collected for grading after the test,

Mathematics

Ms. DeLuigi’s class had the test and lesson on scientific notation.  Next week is more of scientific notation and exponents.

Week of Sept. 10, 2018

English

Gr. 8 took the test on the literary device.  Next week, they will talk about how to write an essay in preparation for the essay test on October 1.  The essay is about the theme of their book club book and how the author used the literary devices to deliver the theme.

Social Studies

Students learned about militarism and the use of poison gas in WWI.  The assessment was posted in Google Classroom, which is due first block of next week before 8 pm.  They are to analyze a propaganda poem or a poster and write a narrative response using the first-person point of view based on a perspective of their own choice (ex: soldier, wife, mother, child etc).  They will upload this on one slide using Trebuchet MS size 11 as the font. In the first paragraph, they must explain the message of the poster or the poem. In the second paragraph, they must explain how truthful the message of the poster or the poem is for them personally, based on their experience of the war, either in the trenches or back home. Below is the rubric:

Next week will be about discipline and morality issues during WWI.

Science

E-columns were finished and students have started to monitor the closed system.  They have also started the physical changes stations, which will culminate with the making of ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Next week, they will continue working on the stations. Coming up is a test on physical changes after CWW.

Mathematics

Ms, DeLuigi’s class had the quiz on real numbers.  Next week will be a continuation of exponents.

Week of Sept. 3, 2018

English

Students learned more about literary devices and how they create an effect on the reader in the stories, “Just Lather” and “The Gift of the Magi”.  They also discussed how to do 54321 in their book clubs.  Below is an example of how they will write 54321 at the back of their notebook for their book club: (They are expected to do this for each chunk of their book for a total of four entries.)

Next week will be a reading assessment and here is the study guide.  Below is the schedule for the coming weeks:

Social Studies

Gr. 8 learned about how the soldiers coped with WWI and they came up with rap songs on what they have learned about WW1. They also discussed how animals were used during the war. Next week will be about chemical weapons and life in the trenches.  The assessment will also be introduced on the 3rd session which will be due on the 2nd session the following week (Sept. 18/19). They will choose a poster or a poem and write a first-person narrative about it.  Below are examples:

Science

Students finished building their e-column and answered the following questions in their notebook:

  1. What is the earth made of?
  2. What does the e-column need for organisms to survive?
  3. What physical and chemical processes can be seen in the e-column?

 

Next week will be about Physical Changes stations.  They will explore vaporization (evaporation and boiling), melting, and freezing.

Mathematics

Ms. DeLuigi’s class continued to learn about rational and irrational numbers.  Mr. Cargile continued their basic math review through real-life word problems involving fractions, decimals, and ratio and proportion. This lesson will continue this month. Next week will be about estimation, practice test, exponent, and scientific numbers in Ms. D’s class.

Week of Aug. 27, 2018

English

Gr. 8 read the story, “Just Lather” and analyzed it using literary devices. Topic (word or phrase) versus theme (statement) was also discussed. Next week, they will start their Book Club and they will develop the thesis of “Just Lather” which answers the question of how the literary devices reveal the theme of a story. The following week, September 10, they will have a reading assessment where they will read a story and analyze how the literary devices reveal the theme. In October before CWW, they will have a writing assessment in which they will write an essay about how literary devices in their book club book reveal the theme.

Below is the big question in English:

Social Studies

Students analyzed WWI propaganda posters and read war poems.  Next week, they will learn about how people coped with the war. Then the question of whether it’s moral to use chemical weapons during a war will be discussed.

Science

Students worked on their e-columns, which will be a year-long group investigation.  Next week they will continue building it and then they will look at Physical Changes. Assessments are coming up on the week of September 24 (physical changes) and October 15 (lab practical).

Mathematics

Ms. DeLuigi’s class worked on converting terminating and repeating decimals to fractions.  Next week will be a continuation of rational and irrational numbers. Mr. Cargile’s class continued to work on basic skills using real-life word problems and Big 4 (mixed problems involving fractions and decimals). Next week will be a continuation of these problems.

Week of Aug. 20, 2018

English

Students discussed the literary devices in the story, The Gift of the Magi, and chose their book for the Book Club. Next week, students will read “Just Lather, That’s All” and continue to discuss literary devices.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 learned about numbers related to World War I and they came up with the generalization that international conflict can stem from the formation of alliances based on militaristic, nationalistic and/or imperial interests. Next week, posters and political cartoons during WWI will be analyzed. Below is an example of a poster.

Image result for wwi propaganda posters

Students are expected to watch CNN 10 and the WWI videos posted in Google Classroom for CEFL.

Science

Students presented their modified lab of the Thirsty Candle and learned about Science practices. Next week, they will work on the e-column.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 worked on Fractions and Decimals this week. Next week will be about rational and irrational numbers.

Week of Aug. 13, 2018

English

Gr 8 wrote their “Where I’m From” poems and discussed literary devices.  They read the “Gift of the Magi” and then went to the library to check out fiction books.  They are expected to bring a book that they are reading to their English class.  Next week, they will talk about summarizing techniques, story structure, figurative language and theme using the “Gift of the Magi” story.

Social Studies

Students learned about the causes of World War I using the acronym MAIN (militarism, alliance, imperialism, nationalism). Next week, they will look into it further and discuss how WWI became a global conflict. They will look at political cartoons and write paragraphs about MAIN. The videos will be posted in Google Classroom.

Science

Students finished their “Thirsty Candle” trial inquiry and wrote their CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning).  Next week, they will work on building their E-column.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 finished their diagnostic assessment.  Next week, they will go into converting fractions to decimals and vice versa.

Week of Aug. 6, 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope that you all had a restful summer break and that you are ready for school year 2018-2019!

Ms. Kathryn Deveza  (Teacher Assistant)  and I are here to help support your child throughout the year in their core classes (English, Math, Social Studies, and Science). We work closely with all of the Gr. 8 teachers to advocate for your child’s needs.  We accomplish this by co-teaching in the core classrooms every day.  Great pride is taken in finding the right balance in supporting their needs while challenging them academically on their level.

I will be using this blog to communicate with you, so please bookmark this site.  This is updated on Friday afternoons.  You will find a short overview of what has been happening along with a look at what is coming up in each core curriculum class.  I will also post resources that are helpful for that week. I wish to particularly invite you to look at the Homework calendar often as all the assignments in the core subjects will be posted there on the day that they are due. Many parents find this very helpful when their child comes home and says, “I don’t have any homework” every night. Planners were distributed to your children. It is very important for you to check the planners every day as that will communicate to your child the importance of school work and of being organized.

Many students take the Strategies Instruction class (SI) to help support learning and develop skills. In SI we take the time to help with organization, learning strategies, skills development, and task-specific instruction. We do not use class time to complete homework. The class time is fully dedicated to improving and learning additional skills.

I look forward to meeting you all during the Open House on August 29, 2018.

I will be setting up goal meetings with you and your child soon. In the meantime, please feel free to schedule a meeting with me using this link if you have pressing concerns.  I always look forward to meeting with parents because they are the experts on their child.

Thanks,

Mrs. San Agustin

The students started the year by having seminar workshops to start the year right.  The regular schedule did not start until Thursday third block.  As such, the teams have not yet had a chance to meet, but what follows is a snapshot of what is going to happen next week.

English

The first unit is about Systems of Storytelling.  Grade 8 will learn about realistic fiction, theme, literature, analysis, and literary devices. Students will choose a book for their Book Club.

Social Studies

Quarter one is about Bringing the World Together. Next week, students will explore the question of why countries go to war and what causes international conflict.  Students are expected to reflect on a question that will be posted in the classroom and they will write in their journal notebook after each class.  This journal will be assessed two times per semester.

Science

Unit one is about the Nature of Science and the students started the investigation of the “Thirsty Candle”. Some vocabulary words for this unit are:

Phenomenon, Observation, Constant Variables, Independent Variable, Dependent Variable, Qualitative Data, Quantitative Data, Hypothesis, CER, Model

Next week, students will modify the investigation.

Mathematics

The first unit will be about Fractions, Decimals, and Rational Numbers.


Week of May 21, 2018

English, Social Studies, and Science

Students worked on their Science AFC: model, inquiry, or engineering solution.  This is due Day 3 (Thursday or Friday) this week. Below is the checklist:

Next week will be spent on preparing for AFC day on May 31. AFC schedule has been posted in Google Classroom.

Mathematics

Students finished the unit on data analysis and were given time to work on their AFC project. Next week will be on preparing for their AFC presentation.

Week of May 14, 2018

English, Social Studies, Science

Students continued working on their AFC: English on the letter, Social Studies on the research paper, and Science on the investigation, engineering, or model. Below is the checklist for Science and here is the rubric.  The plan is due Day 1 beginning of class next week.

On Sunday, Social Studies research paper is due to Turnitin before 8 pm. Here is a sample paper.

Requirements:

  • Word count between 600-1,200 (excluding Works Cited page)
  • Minimum 5 paragraphs
  • Include the word count at the end
  • Submit completed text (NOT the template!) in a new document to turnitin.com.

Below is the rubric for the paper:

Next week, English and Social Studies classes will be spent on preparing for AFC Day.  Science will be on completing their model/investigation/engineering solutions.

Mathematics

Students worked on averages and scatter plot. There will no longer be a test on this.  Time will be spent on AFC preparation.


Week of May 7, 2018

English, Social Studies, and Science

Students continued working on their AFC research.  English is focused on the letter; Social Studies is on the causes and tried solutions; while Science is on investigation, engineering, and model for their macro or micro solution. They have to choose the path on how they will show their solution. Their Inquiry Lab Design/Design Plan/Draft Model is due day 3 next week May 17/18.

Gr. 8 have to write a research paper on the causes and tried solution due to Turnitin by 8 pm on Friday, May 18 for their grade in Social Studies AFC.

Below are the presentation options on AFC Day, May 31.  Wild Card has to be approved by their AFC mentor.

Mathematics

Students worked on their performance tasks.  Next week will be about Data Analysis.  There will be a test on this and then time will be spent on AFC.