8th Grade Infinity Team News
What a great ending to Trimester 1 with your creative short stories! We will continue to work to publish those so that ALL blocks can share in my amazement! Do NOT discard any drafts in the meantime!:)
We are starting this trimester off with our shared reading of "Flowers for Algernon." You have already impressed me with your thoughtful questions, insights, and cooperation during the various activities we've done so far. Keep it up!
A HUGE thank you to last trimester's block captains: Caroline O., Hudson P., Meg M. Sydney O., Shae H., Olivia P., Anna M., Jeremiah S., Rachel K., and Colin R.
You guys rocked! It was a pleasure working with you, and I appreciated all of your hard work, leadership, and enthusiasm. True role models for your classmates!
All votes are in for Trimester 2 Block Captains....
Congratulations to the following students!!
Block 1: Caroline Ohlandt and Amirlyn Vasquez
Block 2: Quincy Hurley and Sydney Olthoff
Block 3: Nathan Horwitz and Phoebe Kullman
Block 4: Patrick Moran and Jeremiah Selvy-Israel
Block 5: Garret Kostov and Colin Rogers
I look forward to working with you this trimester and am excited to see what ideas you bring to make Trimester 2 great! :)
Our first meeting will be THIS Wednesday (12/5) at lunch! See you there!!
Remember to read EVERY night for at least 30 minutes and keep up that 212 spirit!
8CC: I hope you're excited to start Topic 6: Systems of Two Equations! In Topic 6, we'll learn how to solve linear systems using three different methods: graphing, substitution, and elimination. In our graphing lesson, you're going to love finding the solutions using paper and pencil and by using the TI-nspire app! We'll also take time to apply our new skills to real-world application problems. 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: Students have had a great start to Chapter 5: Linear functions. In this chapter, students will learn rate of change and slope, direct variation, and graphing and writing linear equations in slope-intercept form, point-slope form, and standard form. We'll also explore parallel and perpendicular lines, scatter plots and trend lines, and we'll wrap up the chapter with absolute value graphs. 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!