The Punnamaraju family was kind enough to take photos and share them in a Google photo folder with everyone.
It is hard to believe that school is almost over. The students are very excited and I believe are ready for the leap into high school. We have several discussions about high school, the expectations and how they can advocate for support when they need it. Students have continued to make guides and tools for their tool kit that they can take with them to high school to and use as needed.
I have also shared with the students the rubric that is used at Shrewsbury High School to determine their grade for their Learning Skills Class. Although not all students are going to SHS, the expectations are very appropriate for all students. These expectations including being prepared, being respectful to others in the classroom and using their time in class productively.
Good luck to all members of the class of 2022.
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These are some of our videos and posters we made. Look for articles we wrote in the Community Advocate in the upcoming months. Thank you for helping our planet.
Students from the honors math class have been working on demonstrations that show how to solve systems of linear equations. On Friday, they presented these lessons to the team in groups of 2-3 students. All students have been working on this standard and it was an opportunity for everyone to practice solving systems.
We've started our final major unit of the year, Shakespeare! The unit focuses on the essential question: should we still read Shakespeare today?
Check out the unit overview for more information!
Our next two units involve skills from all of our algebra units throughout the year. We are currently working in our systems of linear equations unit. Students will use their knowledge of linear equations from trimester one to find solutions of systems by graphing. They will continue to work on their equation solving skills from trimester two as they use algebra to solve systems by substitution and elimination. All students have an opportunity to improve the grade in the standard, “Solves equations and analyzes expressions that involve grouping symbols.”
Our last unit will take a look at exponential functions. This will be our first in depth look at nonlinear functions. Students will be encouraged to make comparisons between the properties of linear and nonlinear functions. During this unit students will create two projects and share them with the class. The choices include writing a children’s story, game, and trading cards.
After school help continues to be available on Mondays and Wednesdays.
We are busy getting ready for Display Day.
We hope to see you here between 1:50- 2:20 on Friday, May 25 to see what we have been doing this year!
The past month we have been talking about chemical and physical change. Our final example has been human digestion of food. We looked at different parts of digestion and have identified what are examples of chemical change and examples of physical change. Each class prepared a set of slides to go with their research.
In June, each 8th grade team has its own "Celebration Day" to mark the end of the students' time at Oak. Parents, friends, and other family members are all welcome to attend this event. 8 Blue's Celebration will be on Thursday, June 14, at 12:30 in the Oak auditorium.
We will be sending out more information about this event via email soon.
Students have been working on a science fiction unit centered around three essential questions:
How can literature teach us about the issues in our society?
Can fiction reveal truth?
Can individuals change society?
At this point, they are wrapping up their books, either Fahrenheit 451 or The Giver, and I'm so impressed with the connections they are making between the book and our world today! Check out some of their thoughts!
The 8 Blue TEam