Week of Dec. 3, 2018

English

Gr. 8 presented their Book Club Book Presentation and finished their memoirs.  Next week they will work on their e-portfolio and have some time at the library.

Social Studies

Students started the MUN and will continue until next week.

Science

Students finished the assessment.  Next week they will work on kitchen chemistry.

Mathematics

Students took their tests this week.  Next week, students will go over the answers of the test and write their reflection in their e-portfolio.

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.


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.