Week of March 14


Students have been working on their creative war stories, which is due today by 3 pm. Next week they will submit their propaganda poster with an explanation (note that this has been changed from PEEL to informative paragraph) on Tuesday or Wednesday before Spring Break. They have to include the following information on their paragraph: what group made the poster: who is the target audience; what is the message; and the propaganda techniques that were used and evidence of how they were used in the poster.

Social Studies

This week in Social Studies students have been finishing up the research for their political party speeches and worked on finding solutions to issues in the Philippines. Students will now use that research to draft their speeches that are due this Sunday March 20. The written speech needs to have citations. Next week students will create a political party slogan and poster. Please see last week’s post for samples of the speech and template to help in writing it. The speech needs to be two to four minutes long.  Here is the rubric for this performance task.


The students have continued their modified Free Fall investigations and have explored the concept of Work. Work=Force x Distance.  2016 March Gr. 8 Science 2016 March Gr. 8 Science-3

Next week, they will continue their investigation on work and will then go on to the  types of energy and energy transformations.

Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy.  Email me if your child has forgotten the username and password for Brainpop.



Gr. 8 have just finished their quiz on Algebra and have started learning about functions and linear equations and will begin to work on understanding the y-intercept formula of y=mx+b. Class notes on Linear Functions.  Homework this week is to complete the myimaths.com assignment which is called Functions 1. This is due next week.

Here’s a video on graphing using x and y intercepts.


Some more videos are available from Khan Academy website.



Week of March 7


This week, the students have learned the 11 propaganda techniques.  Their propaganda poster is due on the last meeting before the spring break. War stories are due during the last class next week. Please see previous posts on these performance tasks.  Here are the rubrics for these tasks: War Stories Rubric  Propaganda Poster Rubric

Social Studies

Grade 8 will be very busy with research starting this week. They took the political spectrum survey and they were grouped according to their beliefs. The political party performance task has been introduced.  Please open the hyperlink to see the task and the deadlines.   The four note cards are due this Sunday. Research will be coming from this site.

Here is a sample Minister Brief and a sample Party Leader Speech. 

Template for the Minister Brief for those who want to use it. Here’s also a shorter scaffold.

Below is a video on in-text citations for their research.



This week the students explored the concept of power and investigated the physics of free fall.  The difference between mass and weight was reviewed.


Next week they will continue writing their lab reports on free fall modifications.  They are expected to be more independent on writing lab reports as this is the expectation in Grade 9.  They will then study Work.  Here is a video on that:



This week the students have finished their review on Algebra and they had a quiz on this.  Next week they will work on Linear Functions and here is the study guide for that.

Functions and Equations

Linear Functions

Some videos from Khan Academy follows.  More videos on this topic from this site.

What is a Function?





Week of February 29


This week, Gr. 8 have started writing their war stories.  Using their brain frame, they have to create a realistic scene or non-fiction piece that is a maximum of 700 words in length. They do not have to tell the whole story; just a scene. The students have also started to learn about propaganda. Next week they will learn about the propaganda techniques often used by governments and advertising agencies. There are eleven techniques that they will need to be able to recognize and understand how it works to persuade the audience. After they have learned the techniques they will then use them to create their own propaganda poster (due March 18). They will also have to write a paragraph explaining their target audience and how those techniques were used to persuade them to take action. Here’s a quizlet on the propaganda techniques and a slide show presentation.

Social Studies

Students have finished working on their Fakebook this week.  They have also participated in a debate on whether the Philippines is better off after the People Power Revolution. They used the SAC format again in the debate and the Gapminder to gather evidence. They will utilize the same program when they do their research for the AFC.  To build their case for the debate, they used the TREE format: Thesis, Reason, Evidence, and Example. To say that the Philippines is better today than during the People Power Revolution, they must give the reason (for example, better economy) and gather evidence/example (for example cite sources such as Gapminder to give statistics or data to prove that we have better economy today).

Thesis Tree


Next week, they will be placed in political party groups and assigned roles as either the political party leader or ministers of the environment, health, economics, or social issues for their performance task. They will research on their area of focus to support their parties political platform. They must complete four notecards from at least two sources and write their speeches that they will use to present their parties platform.


The students have finished the unit on Transformation and have started the next unit on Power, which is about Physics. They will study the following concepts: Work  (W=F x d) Power (P=W/T); Energy (kinetic/potential); Law of Conservation of Energy; Simple machines- types; and Mechanical Advantage.  This is usually a fun and enjoyable unit as they build simple machines to solve problems.  Here is a quizlet to help the students with the vocabulary for this unit.



In math, students have started the algebra unit and are beginning with like terms, simplifying equations, and using the distributive property. These concepts will be introduced over the next couple weeks along with solving equations for a variable.  Quiz on Thursday.  Here’s a practice test.

Here are some videos for this unit: (more videos are available from Khan Academy).