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.