Learning Previews - Grade 8 - December 13, 2016

Learning Previews - Grade 8 - December 13, 2016
Posted on 12/13/2016
English: Mr. Saveriano
After reading the historical fiction Inside Out and Back Again, 8th graders are composing a well-developed composition that incorporates a lead, an original thesis statement, body paragraphs that use M.E.A.L. as a structural guide, and a concluding paragraph that reconnects with the lead. In addition, students will draw upon their study of the universal refugee experience and compose two research-based poems that reflect the “inside out” and “back again” aspect of a refugee experience. Ask your student what aspect of the refugee experience they are working to capture in their poem!

Science: Mr. Dave Suchy 
Students have begun their Earth science unit. During this unit they will study the causes of weather and climate. We are analyzing data and observing models to explain the greenhouse effect and what causes the seasons. In the coming weeks students will be learning about the causes of weather and climate and ultimately they will explain the causes of climate change and propose solutions. This week you can ask your kids to explain the seasons to you!

Math (On-Grade Level): Mr. Jose Oliveira  
Students have spent the last few weeks learning about Lines and Linear Equations. As we expand our knowledge of slope and using y-intercepts, students have been able to graph the line of a given equation. Students have also learned about scatter plots and lines of best fit as we begin to close out our unit. Ask your student about the slope-intercept form of a linear equation.

Math (Accelerated Math): Mr. Jose Oliveira 
As we prepare to finish our Linear Equations and Inequalities portion of the current unit, students will learn how to solve one variable inequalities, compound inequalities and also absolute value equations. During the few weeks students learned about mixture problems and literal equations. Ask your student how math felt more like an English class for a few days.

Social Studies: Mr. Jason Everhart 
Eighth grade social studies students are currently learning about the European Middle Ages, examining the role of religion, military, unification, and feudalism though the lives of St. Benedict, Charles Martel, Charlemagne and William the Conqueror. We will also explore the impact of the plague, Crusades, and Viking invasions over the next two weeks. Students will write their first DBQ (Document Based Question) next week, answering the question, "Were the Dark Ages Really Dark?" using primary and secondary sources as evidence and analysis of their claim. Ask your student what their opinion is. More importantly, ask them what their strongest piece of evidence is! We are working on supporting claims with clear, specific evidence from primary source documents. Make sure they can explain what primary source they used and why they think it is a good source for this evidence!