Week of Nov. 26, 2018

English

Students were given time to work on their book club presentation and memoirs.  Next week, they will have the presentations and peer editing of their memoirs.  Then, the final draft of the memoir will be submitted.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 continued their research for the MUN.  The next two weeks will be the MUN conference.  Students are reminded that they have to print their work as they won’t have access to their devices during the entire conference. Printed Policy Statement and two Operative Clauses are due on Monday.

Below is the rubric for the policy statement:

Below is the rubric for the debate:

Science

Students worked on chemical labs to practice for the two-part assessment which will take place next week.  Students must practice safety lab procedures; create graphs; write CER for the chemical changes; and explain the Law of Conservation of Mass as well as think of a real-world example of the law.

Mathematics

This week, students continued to work on transformations (De Luigi) and scientific notation (Cargile).  Next week, Cargile’s class will have a unit test on the number system, exponents, and scientific notation.  Here’s a practice test from Ms. Deveza.  Next week, De Luigi’s class will finish the transformations and will have a test on all four kinds of transformations. Click on this to see the practice test from Ms. Deveza.

Week of Nov. 19, 2018

English

Students continued working on their memoirs and submitted the first draft for feedback. Next week, students will discuss the MLA format and how to write a title.

Then, they will be given time to work on their 3-5 minute book club group presentation, which will be on the following week. Below is the rubric:

Social Studies

Students started their research for the MUN debate and they discussed the CRAAP test for credible websites.

Next week will be their last opportunity to finish their research and notecards.  During the MUN debate, they will not be allowed to open their devices so they need to print their research.

Science

This week was on the Conservation of Mass and on energy changes – endothermic (vinegar, baking soda) and exothermic (steel wool) reactions. Next week is writing CER for the labs and review for the tests, which will be on the first week of December.

Mathematics

Ms. DeLuigi’s class worked on reflections (Geometry) and Mr. Cargile’s class worked on exponents. Next week, Ms. D’s class will be on reflection and dilation.  Mr. C’s class will be on exponents and scientific notation.

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.