Week of Aug. 27, 2018

English

Gr. 8 read the story, “Just Lather” and analyzed it using literary devices. Topic (word or phrase) versus theme (statement) was also discussed. Next week, they will start their Book Club and they will develop the thesis of “Just Lather” which answers the question of how the literary devices reveal the theme of a story. The following week, September 10, they will have a reading assessment where they will read a story and analyze how the literary devices reveal the theme. In October before CWW, they will have a writing assessment in which they will write an essay about how literary devices in their book club book reveal the theme.

Below is the big question in English:

Social Studies

Students analyzed WWI propaganda posters and read war poems.  Next week, they will learn about how people coped with the war. Then the question of whether it’s moral to use chemical weapons during a war will be discussed.

Science

Students worked on their e-columns, which will be a year-long group investigation.  Next week they will continue building it and then they will look at Physical Changes. Assessments are coming up on the week of September 24 (physical changes) and October 15 (lab practical).

Mathematics

Ms. DeLuigi’s class worked on converting terminating and repeating decimals to fractions.  Next week will be a continuation of rational and irrational numbers. Mr. Cargile’s class continued to work on basic skills using real-life word problems and Big 4 (mixed problems involving fractions and decimals). Next week will be a continuation of these problems.

Week of Aug. 20, 2018

English

Students discussed the literary devices in the story, The Gift of the Magi, and chose their book for the Book Club. Next week, students will read “Just Lather, That’s All” and continue to discuss literary devices.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 learned about numbers related to World War I and they came up with the generalization that international conflict can stem from the formation of alliances based on militaristic, nationalistic and/or imperial interests. Next week, posters and political cartoons during WWI will be analyzed. Below is an example of a poster.

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Students are expected to watch CNN 10 and the WWI videos posted in Google Classroom for CEFL.

Science

Students presented their modified lab of the Thirsty Candle and learned about Science practices. Next week, they will work on the e-column.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 worked on Fractions and Decimals this week. Next week will be about rational and irrational numbers.

Week of Aug. 13, 2018

English

Gr 8 wrote their “Where I’m From” poems and discussed literary devices.  They read the “Gift of the Magi” and then went to the library to check out fiction books.  They are expected to bring a book that they are reading to their English class.  Next week, they will talk about summarizing techniques, story structure, figurative language and theme using the “Gift of the Magi” story.

Social Studies

Students learned about the causes of World War I using the acronym MAIN (militarism, alliance, imperialism, nationalism). Next week, they will look into it further and discuss how WWI became a global conflict. They will look at political cartoons and write paragraphs about MAIN. The videos will be posted in Google Classroom.

Science

Students finished their “Thirsty Candle” trial inquiry and wrote their CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning).  Next week, they will work on building their E-column.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 finished their diagnostic assessment.  Next week, they will go into converting fractions to decimals and vice versa.

Week of Aug. 6, 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope that you all had a restful summer break and that you are ready for school year 2018-2019!

Ms. Kathryn Deveza  (Teacher Assistant)  and I are here to help support your child throughout the year in their core classes (English, Math, Social Studies, and Science). We work closely with all of the Gr. 8 teachers to advocate for your child’s needs.  We accomplish this by co-teaching in the core classrooms every day.  Great pride is taken in finding the right balance in supporting their needs while challenging them academically on their level.

I will be using this blog to communicate with you, so please bookmark this site.  This is updated on Friday afternoons.  You will find a short overview of what has been happening along with a look at what is coming up in each core curriculum class.  I will also post resources that are helpful for that week. I wish to particularly invite you to look at the Homework calendar often as all the assignments in the core subjects will be posted there on the day that they are due. Many parents find this very helpful when their child comes home and says, “I don’t have any homework” every night. Planners were distributed to your children. It is very important for you to check the planners every day as that will communicate to your child the importance of school work and of being organized.

Many students take the Strategies Instruction class (SI) to help support learning and develop skills. In SI we take the time to help with organization, learning strategies, skills development, and task-specific instruction. We do not use class time to complete homework. The class time is fully dedicated to improving and learning additional skills.

I look forward to meeting you all during the Open House on August 29, 2018.

I will be setting up goal meetings with you and your child soon. In the meantime, please feel free to schedule a meeting with me using this link if you have pressing concerns.  I always look forward to meeting with parents because they are the experts on their child.

Thanks,

Mrs. San Agustin

The students started the year by having seminar workshops to start the year right.  The regular schedule did not start until Thursday third block.  As such, the teams have not yet had a chance to meet, but what follows is a snapshot of what is going to happen next week.

English

The first unit is about Systems of Storytelling.  Grade 8 will learn about realistic fiction, theme, literature, analysis, and literary devices. Students will choose a book for their Book Club.

Social Studies

Quarter one is about Bringing the World Together. Next week, students will explore the question of why countries go to war and what causes international conflict.  Students are expected to reflect on a question that will be posted in the classroom and they will write in their journal notebook after each class.  This journal will be assessed two times per semester.

Science

Unit one is about the Nature of Science and the students started the investigation of the “Thirsty Candle”. Some vocabulary words for this unit are:

Phenomenon, Observation, Constant Variables, Independent Variable, Dependent Variable, Qualitative Data, Quantitative Data, Hypothesis, CER, Model

Next week, students will modify the investigation.

Mathematics

The first unit will be about Fractions, Decimals, and Rational Numbers.


Week of May 21, 2018

English, Social Studies, and Science

Students worked on their Science AFC: model, inquiry, or engineering solution.  This is due Day 3 (Thursday or Friday) this week. Below is the checklist:

Next week will be spent on preparing for AFC day on May 31. AFC schedule has been posted in Google Classroom.

Mathematics

Students finished the unit on data analysis and were given time to work on their AFC project. Next week will be on preparing for their AFC presentation.

Week of May 14, 2018

English, Social Studies, Science

Students continued working on their AFC: English on the letter, Social Studies on the research paper, and Science on the investigation, engineering, or model. Below is the checklist for Science and here is the rubric.  The plan is due Day 1 beginning of class next week.

On Sunday, Social Studies research paper is due to Turnitin before 8 pm. Here is a sample paper.

Requirements:

  • Word count between 600-1,200 (excluding Works Cited page)
  • Minimum 5 paragraphs
  • Include the word count at the end
  • Submit completed text (NOT the template!) in a new document to turnitin.com.

Below is the rubric for the paper:

Next week, English and Social Studies classes will be spent on preparing for AFC Day.  Science will be on completing their model/investigation/engineering solutions.

Mathematics

Students worked on averages and scatter plot. There will no longer be a test on this.  Time will be spent on AFC preparation.


Week of May 7, 2018

English, Social Studies, and Science

Students continued working on their AFC research.  English is focused on the letter; Social Studies is on the causes and tried solutions; while Science is on investigation, engineering, and model for their macro or micro solution. They have to choose the path on how they will show their solution. Their Inquiry Lab Design/Design Plan/Draft Model is due day 3 next week May 17/18.

Gr. 8 have to write a research paper on the causes and tried solution due to Turnitin by 8 pm on Friday, May 18 for their grade in Social Studies AFC.

Below are the presentation options on AFC Day, May 31.  Wild Card has to be approved by their AFC mentor.

Mathematics

Students worked on their performance tasks.  Next week will be about Data Analysis.  There will be a test on this and then time will be spent on AFC.

Week of April 30, 2018

English and Social Studies

Students continued their AFC research. In English, they have focused on writing their letters. In Social Studies, they worked on tried solutions and outcome.  Note cards are due on May 11.  Letters are due on May 10/11.

Science

This week, students started the science component of AFC. In DAY 1, students designed a way to filter dirty water (from the previous activity) and completed their design plan. DAY 2 was about constructing and testing their filter. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next week, they will design an experiment based on their own AFC research question.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 worked on their performance task.  Next week will be about statistics and probability to help them with their AFC research.

Week of April 23, 2018

English and Social Studies

AFC letter assignment sheet was introduced in English and they are due on May 10/11. Students have continued their research this time with a focus on causes.  Four note cards are due this Friday before 8 pm. Students have to make sure that the causes have solutions. Next week, they will work on the Tried Solutions, which are due on May 11 at 8 pm.

Science

This week, Gr. 8 culminated their discussion on the Unit: Interdependence in Ecosystems. They had the final observation on the E-column and prepared for the assessment scheduled day 2 of this week.  E-column journal is due this Friday.  Here is the rubric for the journal. Students have to make sure that they have both quantitative and qualitative data in their journal. Day 3 was a transition activity in preparation for the science component of AFC which takes place after the long weekend. Students did the Who Dirtied the Water activity and talked about whose responsibility it is to clean the water.  When they come back from the long weekend, they will design an experiment to clean up the water and the final challenge is to drink it.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 took the test on Functions. Next week will be about the performance task, Who Stole the Donut posted last week. The performance task is due end of class on May 7/8.

Week of April 16, 2018

English and Social Studies

Students continued their research. Four causes note cards are due next Friday before 8 pm. English will still require a letter to a leader, but with a focus only on the global overview of the problem. Social Studies will now require an essay on the causes and tried solutions.

Science

This week, students explored the question, “How is matter cycled within the ecosystem?”. They looked into the water and carbon cycles and applied their understanding of these cycles to the E-column. Next week is the assessment on the E-column on the second block.  Journal is due third block and will be graded for communication. Knowledge and Understanding will be in a form of a quiz. The Transfer will be a question like “Create a model of how matter is cycled in your E-column.”

Mathematics

Students continued learning about functions and distance-time graphs. Next week is a continuation of the distance-time word problems then practice test and actual test on Functions and Equations. After that will be a performance task of their own “Who Stole the Donut”?  Then the last unit is on statistics after which the students will work on AFC.