8th Grade Infinity Team News
This week was filled with pretests, practice, and review, both in literary elements and vocabulary. This will be valuable information as we begin our first novel unit using A Long Walk to Water. This unit will further develop the skills we've been evaluating- elements of plot, POV, character, making inferences, and conflict. We will begin by building your background knowledge, while developing your informational reading skills, using both articles and documentaries on "The Lost Boys," "Dinka" and "Nuer" tribes, and the land and history of Sudan. I hope you will also notice a connection to your studies in science and social studies as well!
Looking forward to an awesome start to the year and much success for you, 8th graders!
Keep up 212 Infinity! Don't forget we will be voting for BLOCK CAPTAINS starting in Block 1 on Tuesday! Plan your campaigns! Can't wait!!!
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8CC: Way to go on our Integer Exponents Topic, Infinity! You'll be excited to know that we're going to use the skills we learned in our last unit and apply them to our next unit of study, Scientific Notation. In this topic you'll learn how to compare numbers written in scientific notation, convert between numbers written in standard form and scientific notation, and learn how to multiply and divide numbers in scientific notation. You'll be amazed at how quickly you can solve super complex problems using the strategies learned in this topic! Please continue to work on Math IXL for at least 10-15 minutes a night. Keep those skills sharp! :) I have help sessions every Tuesday and Wednesday morning starting at 7:40 a.m. and by appointment. Keep up the great work!
Algebra: Superb work in Chapter 2: Solving Complex Equations! Our next unit of study is solving complex inequalities. In this chapter you'll solve and graph multi-step and compound inequalities. I know you'll be up for the challenge of solving absolute value equations and inequalities, as well! Wow, do we have some interesting problems ahead of us! Please continue to work on Math IXL for at least 10-15 minutes a night. Keep those skills sharp! :) I have help sessions every Tuesday and Wednesday morning starting at 7:40 a.m. and by appointment. Keep up the great work!
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In writing, the students are continuing to write their sci-fi stories according to Asimov's criteria. Both peer and self edits are helping the revising and editing process of this assignment. What's going on with grammar? We are currently learning about participles and gerunds! Ask your child about the Tripple Grammar Slammer each writing class. Your child is sure to impress you with what he or she is doing class.
In Science we will be piloting a new program called HMH Science Dimensions to use with our units this year. Our first unit will focus on the water cycle, followed by a unit on space systems. The online program, Science Dimensions, will include projects, hands-on labs, engineering challenges, and a variety of other activities!
In ELA, we will be kicking off Trimester 1 by reading A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park. This novel tells the alternating stories of two characters, Salva and Nya, who live in Sudan but at different time periods. I look forward to the discussions we will have surrounding this novel! Additionally, we will continue our weekly Word Within the Word (Stems) lists and grammar practice using the online tool NoRedInk.
This trimester in Social Studies we will be learning about the five themes of geography and applying this information to different regions of the world. Once we become familiar with the five themes and the tools geographers use, we will move into our first unit and focus specifically on the physical features, culture, and history of Europe. Throughout the year, we will be exploring and discussing how where we live affects who we are.
As 8th graders, we'll spend time making sure students are developing skills to prepare them for high school. This includes goal setting, self advocating, managing assignments, and developing study skills. We're looking forward to a new school year!