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!
Although we are not quite experiencing the "re-birth" of nature outside yet, we are definitely experiencing it indoors with the Renaissance. Students have been looking at the major parallels between Classical, Medieval, & Renaissance history and are just starting to analyze art on their own. Soon you will be able to ask them about the people behind some of the major sights and masterpieces of Florence and beyond.
Last week, we looked at the printing press and how it is among one of the most revolutionary inventions of our time. Check out students using their own "movable type" below to create their own texts.
We are using JogNog quizzes to help review and prepare for Science MCAS. We just achieved the 500 Tower Certificate. Ask your student, how they are doing.
Ask your student what is good about the Rutherford model of the atom and what is missing from his atom model.
We are working on using models to explain the answer to science questions.
During this trimester (2), the students have continued to work on finding out what works best for them as a learner and how to advocate for the support that they need. In class, I see more and more students asking for assistance when they need it.
Since early October, I have been posting the homework for the students in Learning Skills class with the understanding that I will stop doing that once we reach the third trimester. It is hard to believe, but we are about 3 weeks away from the start of trimester 3. On Friday. March 2, I will be reminding the students that I will no longer be posting homework once report cards go out in late March. Many students are able to use Schoology and the individual updates from the teachers to find their assignments, but for others that may be too many places to look to find their assignments. I will also discuss the need for the students to begin to develop their own system, whether it be with a planner, use of a homework app, or consistently using Schoology. My hope is that during Trimester 3 students can use and refine their choice before leaving for high school.
Along with our daily routine of completing a warm up and reviewing/reteaching new concepts, students have been using app's such as ixL for review of math skills, noredink to practice writing skills, and reading articles from newsela to practice reading comprehension strategies.
Going forward, skills class will continue to focus on reviewing new concepts and test preparation but will also focus on getting ready for high school and what schedules and class expectations may be like. We will also be doing some review of previously taught science concepts as we get ready for the Science and Technology MCAS assessment.