Students are reviewing division of fractions and will soon be learning about algebraic equations with the use of algebra tiles. Students in 6/7 classes are working with rates and unit rates as they head into the next part of chapter 7.
- Students are working on interpreting the Gettysburg Address, and continuing our nonfiction unit, using Chasing Lincoln’s Killer as the anchor text in the regular classes.
Students should start reading their independent reading books- information to follow next week.
*Honors Reading has started reading Hiroshima as they continue their focus on nonfiction text The students are finishing up their group vocabulary presentations that will be presented next week.
*The Challenge Reading class is also focusing on nonfiction. The students are reading the autobiography of Helen Keller “The Story of My Life.” Additional focus has been on the context clues the students are using to identify the meaning of unknown words. Comparative Text writing is another focus.
- Students will be wrapping up the cell unit connecting concepts and discovering how atoms connect to organisms. We will be beginning a lab this week (Tuesday) so be sure to ask your student what is happening! A final cells assessment will take place on Wednesday, February 20th...a study guide will go home this week.
- Students will consider the effect of the environment and geography on the rise of civilization in Mesopotamia. Students will be asked to think about how, as a result of this civilization, crucial developments occurred, such as the inventions of writing, the wheel, and bronze. Students will be asked to describe how these inventions shaped our current civilization.
Students analyzed the mood and language presented throughout “The War of the Worlds” directed by Orson Welles. Next, students are going to compare Welles’s radio broadcast to a similar radio broadcast that took place in Ecuador. While comparing the two situations, students will be writing a multi-paragraph essay.
Please be sure your child is keeping up with the reading for
I Will Always Write Back
. Checkpoint #2 is due Tuesday, February 12.
In math this week, our focus has been on Interest. We discussed where we see interest in everyday life and how to calculate interest using principal amount, rate and amount of time. We will be having an assessment over chapter 7 concepts next week.
We have enjoyed viewing creative and fact-filled newscasts produced, scripted, and anchored by our own 7th grade science students. Causes and patterns for weather in our region are always a topic of interest and now you have a resident expert! Ms. Burton will visit with each 7th grade science class to discuss details and send home paperwork for our 7th Grade Camp. Look for these envelopes to come home with your student.
This week, we return to Europe and begin our look at the Middle Ages by looking at the beginnings and spread of Christianity. While this actually takes us back to the Roman Empire, Christianity becomes the bridge that links the two eras. Originally persecuted by the Roman Emperors, Christianity continued to spread, and eventually, beginning with the Emperor Constantine, became accepted, and then required within the Empire. After Rome fell, Christianity filled the leadership void in Europe, becoming the one unifying factor in an otherwise chaotic period of European history.
We have moved on to our next Greek and Latin Roots Workbook lesson. Finishing a grammar unit, we are investigating the Holocaust and starting the readings of Diary of Anne Frank, Night, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Research, writing, discussion, vocabulary, compare and contrasting, reading comprehension, and oral reading are all part of this unit.This unit culminates in March with our field trip to meet a Holocaust survivor. In two weeks we will be introducing the career project which involves technology, research, writing, and a presentation.
In Grade 8 Math, students are finding missing interior and exterior angles of triangles and learning the types of angles formed by a transversal cutting parallel lines. They will then move onto estimating square roots and solving quadratic equations. In Algebra, students have just finished up factoring quadratics. They will use this to solve quadratic equations using the zero product property. This will lead into them learning how to change forms of an equation which include standard, graphing, and vertex forms.
This week has been exciting! First and foremost we enjoyed our “Cold Days” off! Second, we finalized our learning of the Revolutionary War by watching the movie “The Patriot” (TV Edited Version). Students gained a visual understanding of the different fighting strategies used during this war as well as the impact it had on all who were involved. We also discussed what it means that The United States was founded on the idea of liberties. Lastly, this week, we discussed what criteria we used to make course recommendations for high school in Social Studies.
8th grade science students are reviewing all of the vocabulary for their Earth science unit. Next week, students will be diving into genetics by studying assexual and sexual reproduction and Gregor Mendel’s studies on genetics. 8th grade honors students are continuing to study weathering, erosion, deposition, and glaciers and the ways in which these events shape and change the contour of the land.
Encore Patriot Team
7th Grade Technology Education students are working in Photoshop and putting together portfolios of the graphic designs they have completed. 8th Grade Technology Education students are continuing their exploration of coding using Google CS First.
are continuing their project on two-point perspective, finishing up their building designs and beginning to incorporate elements of surrealism. Several 8th grade students won awards at the Lake and Geauga County Junior and Senior High School Art Show:
Naomi Brewer: Blue seal, Judges Award
Emme Gilbert: Gold seal
Elena Perrine: Gold seal
Paige Spicuzza: Gold seal
Congratulations to the winners and those chosen to enter the show!
6th grade students have a major project (The Good Life) due on February 19. The 7th grade students have their project (The Hunting Song) due on February 1. 8th grade students have started the beginning portions of their solo and ensemble project, which will be due during the last week of the quarter.
7th grade -
Students began the addiction unit and started discussing the dangers of underage drinking. We completed a worksheet showing how alcohol damages different organs and colored the journey alcohol takes through the body.
8th grade -
Students began the male anatomy defining the different terms and functions. Next we discussed some disorders that can occur in the male reproductive system and completed a crossword puzzle for understanding.