Week of November 23

Social Studies

This week was very busy for Gr. 8!  They needed to complete nine notecards from their research.  Note cards are due today at 5 pm. They then had to use that research to write a policy statement for their country along with three operative clauses for action during the MUN conference that will begin next week. Time was given in the classroom to do this, but most of them needed extra time.  Policy statement and operative clauses are due this Saturday at 5pm through turnitin.  Here is a template with scaffold for the policy statement and below is a sample policy statement from their MUN delegate packet.

Sample Policy Statement

Next week will be all about the Model United Nations Conference. Students will read their policy statements and submit their operative clauses for debate. This conference will be the final assessment of the semester. Students will be given a grade on their participation and talking points during the conference. They are encouraged to practice during the long weekend because they will be graded on how they speak and how they ask questions. They also need to have the policy statement printed for the conference.  No device will be allowed. Note cards will likewise be printed and cut up.


This week has been dedicated to supporting students with working on their poem analysis essay.  Rough draft is due next week and the entire week will be spent on revising their work through different stations.  Rough draft is four paragraphs long, double spaced, 500-1000 words, 11-12 font, left justified, first sentence of each paragraph indented, and no extra space between paragraphs.

Final essays are due end of next week, Dec. 3 or 4 depending on their block.  Last book club next is week as well and the sheet is due end of that week.


Science has been focused on physical changes this week and they concluded with their exploration of physical changes. Many of the activities focused on states of matter and why these changes take place.  Next week they will be exploring chemical changes and looking for evidence that a chemical change has taken place.  Quiz on the physical changes on the week of Dec. 7.


This week the students had an assessment on the four transformations (translation, reflection, rotation, and dilation).  Next week students  will begin with an in depth look at similarities and congruence that will then lead to working with triangles and Pythagorean Theorem.


Week of November 16


This week the students spent time analyzing poems using the Peeling the Fruit poem analysis map.

Next week, they will work on their poem analysis essay. All students will be given a template to help guide their writing using the expository format. I am sharing two templates that have been used successfully last year. They can download them and type directly into them for the rough draft. For the final draft they will have to take their sentences out of the boxes and format them into paragraphs with transition words and phrases. The first template is a basic template with guiding statements on what needs to be written in each box. The second is a more scaffolded template that has sentence starters and descriptions of what goes in each blank.  Essays are due on Dec. 3 or 4, depending on their block.

Social Studies

This week, the students went into research phase as they prepared for the upcoming MUN conference on Dec. 1 or 2, depending on their block.  They were introduced to EBSCO – an important database from which they can use credible information related to their topic.
Next week, students will be introduced to web-based sources that can assist in their research, and after a lesson on website credibility, will be able to freely use the internet to find information relevant to their country and its stance on the MUN topic.
Note cards are very important as they prepare for the MUN conference.  If they have excellent note cards, they can answer whatever question is thrown at them during the debate.

The students finished the systems unit this week.  In the next unit on transformation, students will be exploring the ideas of chemical and physical changes that we observe in chemistry. Students will practice their observation skills as they perform lab demos on physical and chemical changes.

Here’s a quizlet for the chemistry vocabulary and video below re physical versus chemical changes.



Grade 8 this week have been finishing their study of the four transformations: translations, reflections, rotations and dilations.  Below are resources to help your child at home:

Quick look on what transformation is all about

Khan Academy

Video below on introduction to transformations:


Quiz next week! Here’s a practice test from Ms. Deveza.

Week of November 9


The students have finished their brain frames, which will help them write their essay on transformation.  This essay will be due on November 26 or 27 depending on their block. Next week, they will continue learning about the poetic device; writing their own poems; and reading for their book club.  Book club sheet is due next Friday.

In writing the essay, they will look closely at their chosen poem and think about the following key questions:

  • Why is this poem their poet’s most transformative work?
  • What personal experiences helped their poet write this poem?
  • How do they use poetic devices to help transform the reader’s perspective?
  • How has this poem transformed people, society, or the world?

Social Studies

This week, they finished the mock debate on the Cafeteria Crisis.  The students have been learning and practicing all the skills which they will use towards the end of the semester in their Model United Nations conference. 
They have spent some time reviewing the background of their chosen conference issues. Next week they will learn what country they will be representing in the model UN conference. They will spend the next two weeks doing specific research on their countries’ stance and to find resources to help them create the policy statement and operative clauses for the conference. MUN Conference will be on Dec. 1 or 2.
Starting this week, Read and Respond will no longer require them to write knowledge and comprehension question.  They will only have to write 3 questions:  Wonder, Closed Evaluation, and Open Evaluation.  They will also start answering their Closed Evaluation and Open Evaluation using the thesis tree guide below using a minimum of 100 words (or 50 for some students).
Thesis Tree

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Articles may now be chosen from any resource found on the Read & Respond resources page in your child’s shared resources. They still have to watch CNN Student News from Monday – Thursday.


The students had so much fun carrying on their different experiments on the effect of music, movie, exercise, temperature, and color on heart rate to name a few. Early next week is the conclusion of the systems unit and they are finishing with the individual write-up on their experiment design.  It is expected that they have a clear idea of the interconnection among the different systems as seen below:


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Next week they will also begin the transformations (chemistry) unit that will start off with them looking at physical and chemical changes.


They have finished their infographic posters. They have begun the new unit on geometry, focusing on transformations. They have started to cover the meaning of congruence, translation, and reflection. Then they will look at  rotations and dilations.

Here’s a video on rotations from Miss Naggea:


Week of November 3

I hope that you all had a well-deserved break and are ready to start the new quarter!

We have six weeks to go before the December break and those six weeks will be full of ongoing performance tasks.  Please make sure to check your child’s planners and the teachers’ blogs and sites for the deadlines.


The students will research on their chosen poet and poem. They will research the poet’s life and achievement to see how he or she is connected to transformation; how the poet had a transformative effect on them, society, and/or culture.  They will collect information and then create a large size (A3) brain frame that demonstrates their understanding of the poet.  Brain Frame is due next week (Nov. 12 or 13 depending on their block). 

brain frame

Here is a quizlet on the poetic devices that they will use to analyze their poems.

Poetic device by category

Social Studies

This week students were given a crisis of the cafeteria being burned down, and then were put in groups to represent students, parents, administration, teachers, and vendors. They then had to write a policy statement as a group on how to best solve the issue of not being able to serve food in the cafeteria while it is being repaired. This will then lead into next week when they will debate the solutions using parliamentary procedures used in the UN. Students will have to prepare arguments for or against the solutions being offered by the different groups. This is great practice for the next part of the unit where they will be assigned a country and have to find solutions to some problems specific to their countries perspective. This will require students to do research and reading of some technical documents. They will need to practice how to speak confidently in front of the class behind a podium with note cards as guide.


This week, the students completed the heart rate lab investigation and they got started with the systems performance task. They worked in groups and formulated an experimental design. Next week, once the lab design (Research question, hypothesis, variables, procedure) is completed, they will collect and analyze data and present the data using appropriate graphs. A separate day is provided for the individual write-up that will be completed in class.

In their group they will:

  • Write a research question
  • Write a hypothesis (can be individual or group)
  • Plan the investigation and identify necessary control variables
  • Test the investigation design and revise if necessary
  • Collect data
  • Record final data in each student’s science notebook

On their own they will:

  • Display the collected data as a graph in Google Sheets
  • Summarize the data presented in the graph
  • Answer the research question based on the data collected.  
  • Discuss the hypothesis in relation to the data collected.
  • Explain the data collected in relation to your understanding of the system(s) being investigated.
  • Discuss the interconnection between the system being investigated and another system.


This week students were given time to complete their infographic performance task, which is due on Thursday, Nov. 12. This is the task guide again as a reminder of what is needed to be completed.  Here again are some apps that they can use to make their infographic: Infogr.am , canva , and Pages in Mac.