Week of Nov. 12, 2018

English

Students reviewed the past tense because memoirs need to be written in past tense. Techniques for beginning a memoir were also discussed.  Next week will be mini-lessons on introspection, MLA format, and titles. The first draft of the memoir is due on Nov. 20/21 and this is the rubric.  Students will also be given time to work on their book club presentation, which will be on Dec. 3/4.

Social Studies

Students did the mock MUN conference. Next week, they will learn about their assigned country and start their research for the real MUN, which will take place in December. Two weeks will be allotted to research.

Science

Gr. 8 did more lab demos on chemical change.  There will be an assessment on this through a lab practical (students in pairs will conduct an experiment) and individually written CER on Nov. 26/27.  Transfer of Learning assessment will be on Nov. 28/29 about the Law of Conservation of Mass. Next week, students will do mini lab demos on chemical change and design their own lab experiment to prove the Law of Conservation of Mass to prepare for the assessment.

Mathematics

This week, Ms. DeLuigi’s class started to work on transformations and will continue next week. Mr. Cargile’s class finished their assessment and will work on exponents next week.


Week of Nov. 5, 2018

English

Gr. 8 watched a video on the memoir, added more ideas for their memoir ideas in their Happiness Grid, and started planning for their own memoir. Next week will be mini-lessons on verb tenses, how to show character change through direct or indirect characterization (STEAL), and how to start a narrative as they continue to write their memoirs. Memoirs are written in class and the first draft is due on Nov. 20/21.  The final draft is due on December 10/11.

Social Studies

Students prepared for the Mock MUN and took the UN assessment. Next week will be the mock MUN which is not graded. Students have to take note of the parliamentary procedures:

Science

Students had lab demos on chemical changes. They were expected to take notes on the signs of a chemical reaction:

Color changenew substances might reflect different colors of light. Change in color because when a new substance is formed the new substance reflects light in a different way
Energy changethe container may get hotter or colder or release energy in the form of light.
Gas producedbubbles or vapor may be observed.
Precipitate formed – an insoluble solid might form in a liquid.

Next week will be a continuation of chemical changes.

Mathematics

Next week, Mr. Cargile’s class will have a quiz on rational and irrational numbers. Here is a practice test from Ms. Deveza. Ms. Deluigi’s class finished the performance task.  Next week will be on Geometry: Transformations.


Week of Oct. 22, 2018

English

Students learned about recognizing STEAL in indirect characterization and they had their first book club meeting.  After the break, they will continue learning narrative techniques and they will start writing their memoirs.  Also, they will have Book Club Meeting #2.  Book Clubs this quarter will be graded.

Social Studies

Students have finished the UN document.  They are expected to annotate (ask a question; define an unknown word; write a connection; selective highlighting) the 23 pages if they have not yet done so.  Assessment on this will be on Day 3 immediately after the break. The full UN document is in Google Classroom. Gr.8 have also started discussing the MUN packet.  They will have a mock MUN conference (Paris Peace Conference), which is not graded before the real debate. Their assigned countries for the real debate will be determined after the break. The topic (Nuclear Proliferation, LGBTQIA, or Capital Punishment) for the debate has been chosen by the class.

Science

Gr. 8 assessed their own learning habits and came up with a generalization about physical changes.  The phenomenon for chemical changes has been launched. After the break, chemical changes will continue to be explored.

Mathematics

Mr. Cargile’s class learned about converting repeated decimals to fractions. After the break, they will continue with approximating irrational numbers, then they will review for their first assessment.  After the break, Ms. DeLuigi’s class will work on the infographic performance task and then will go into Geometry.

Week of October 15, 2018

English

The memoir was the topic this week and students thought of memorable moments in their lives. One of those small moments written in their notebook will be turned into a memoir after the break. Students also checked out their book club book. For this unit, 54321 for the Book Club looks different:

Below is an example of how to do this in their English notebook:

Next week will be about using DADI (Dialogues, Actions, Descriptions, Introspection) to reveal STEAL (Speech, Thoughts, Effect on others, Actions, Looks) in order to show character change in their memoirs. Book Club meeting will also begin and students should be ready with their notes.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 continued annotating the UN packet and they will finish the 23-page document next week. They will also begin talking about the MUN debate to be continued after the break.

Science

Students had the much-awaited ice cream using liquid nitrogen and learned the science behind it. They also took the second part of the assessment on physical changes.

Next week is about Chemical Change.

Mathematics

Ms. DeLuigi’s class finished their assessment and next week is about the performance task. Mr. Cargile’s class learned about one step equations leading up to irrational numbers. Next week is on estimating irrational numbers.

Week of October 8, 2018

English

Students finished and celebrated their essays.  Next week is about narrative writing as they read and eventually write their own memoirs after the break.  They will also get their Book Club book by the end of next week and start reading.

Social Studies

This week, students discussed WWII and they have started reading the United Nations packet posted in Google Classroom.  They had to annotate the packet up to page 13 this week:

  1. Define an unknown word
  2. Ask a question
  3. Make a connection
  4. Selective highlighting

Gr. 8 has a video assessment due next week, October 18 at 8 pm.  They have to record a minimum of 5 minutes video of themselves acting as a professor comparing and contrasting WWI and WWII using the acronym MAIN. The assignment, rubric, and sample video is in Google Classroom.  Below is the rubric:

Science

Students investigated freezing using dry ice, water, and salt water.  Next week on Day 3, they will have an assessment on the physical changes. They are expected to know about the physical changes stations and they have to create and analyze a graph based on a given data using Google Sheets. Review slides will be posted this weekend. They will also make ice cream.

Mathematics

Ms. DeLuigi’s class worked on scientific notation.  Next week is a unit test on the number system and equations. Here is a practice test. Mr. Cargile continued to work on the big four skills.  Next week, they will go into one step equations and decimal to fractions (irrational). Students are expected to work on Khan Academy as posted in their Google Classroom.

Week of Oct. 1, 2018

English

Gr. 8 started writing their essays, and they will continue writing next week for two more sessions.  They will then celebrate their writing.  The next unit will be on narrative techniques as they read memoirs and write their own.

Social Studies

Students discussed the repercussions of WWI and did their assessment on the morality of WWI.  Next week will be about the United Nations and MUN.

Science

Gr. 8 finished their assessment on the physical changes stations.  They have started their investigation on melting. Next week will be about freezing and hopefully, ice cream!

Mathematics

Mr. Cargile’s class will discuss one-step equations and decimal to fraction next week. Ms. DeLuigi’s class will continue exponents and will work on the performance task on infographic.

Week of Sept. 24, 2018

English

Gr. 8 continued to review how to write an essay and practiced writing one. They will start writing their essay on their book club book on Monday next week and they will continue writing for two more sessions after CWW.  Here’s a presentation for review and here is the rubric.

Social Studies

Students continued to learn about the failure of the League of Nations.  Next week, they will have another assessment on WWI, in which they will write a diary entry or a letter to an audience (soldier, themselves, wife, etc) of their own choice. They have to write a one-page letter or diary entry about their feelings from a chosen point of view (soldier, mother, husband, etc) about the moral acceptability of ONE issue connected to the conflict. Examples are military punishment; use of chemical weapons; use of animals; unrestricted submarine warfare; attacks on a foreign country; trench warfare; and the killing of civilians. All the instructions and resources are in Google Classroom. They will have one class period to complete the assessment next class.

Below is the rubric:

An example follows:

The first paragraph is defining the issue and the second paragraph is their moral stance on the issue.

Science

Students reviewed the physical changes in the five stations and they had a test on the modeling of their reasoning.  Next week, they will then continue to have lab investigation on melting and freezing. Afterward, there will be another test on physical changes focusing on the concepts and CER.

Mathematics

Mr. Cargile’s class will look into rational and irrational numbers next week.  Ms. DeLuigi’s class will go into exponents.

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.