Learning Previews - Grade 8 - April 2018

Learning Previews - Grade 8 - April 2018
Posted on 04/24/2018
English Language Arts: Mr. Saveriano

MCAS is happening this Thursday and Friday. Once MCAS is completed, 8th graders will begin an editorial unit of study. During this unit, students will study the craft of persuasive writing and utilize the techniques they will learn while composing an editorial on a topic of their choice. The unit begins with an immersion phase in which students are exposed to a variety of editorial articles through interactive read-alouds. This will allow students to construct their own understanding of this genre. Throughout the writing process, students will engage in a combination of intensive exploration of mentor texts and frequent one-on-one writing conferences. Students will then publish their work in a celebratory activity such as creating a class collection, orally sharing with classmates, or possibly submitting work to professional publications including newspapers and literary magazines. Be sure to amp up your household conversations regarding topics that matter most to your child and our society.

Science: Mr. David Suchy

8th grade students have begun their study of evolution. They will first be investigating and uncovering evidence that prove our big claim…”All of life on Earth is related and shares a common ancestor.” They will be gathering evidence by looking at the fossil record and using comparative anatomy and embryology to identify similarities between organisms alive today and those that are extinct. After our evidence is established we will then examine the mechanism of natural selection and how it acts to determine which individuals are best fit to survive in certain environments. The unit will culminate with a project about Biomimicry. During this project students will use the evolutionary history of life on Earth and all its incredible diversity as inspiration to develop new products to help people live better lives. Your child may present this project at the Harvard Science Showcase on May 25th or they may choose to create a project on their own. I will introduce the guidelines for the project in the coming weeks. Ask them about their ideas!

Social Studies: Mr. Thomas Trainor

8th Grade students are embarking on one of the most important units in their middle school careers, Civics and Power. Students will evaluate the relationship between government and citizens in a just society. Moreover, they will assess how individuals and groups affect systems of power. We will specifically engage in a thematic unit on the history, impact, and lasting contributions of the Little Rock 9, a group of brave high school students who challenged Jim Crow laws and segregation in public schools.

Math (On-Grade Level): Mr. Jose Oliveira

Right before April break we finished learning about the Pythagorean Theorem. Over the next few weeks before our math MCAS on May 8th and 9th, students will learn about transformations (reflections, dilations, translations, and rotations). We will utilize patty paper (tracing paper) to help demonstrate these transformations. Remember that review/extra help is available before school and on Tuesday after school. Be sure to ask your student how they can prove whether a triangle is a right triangle using the Pythagorean Theorem.

Accelerated Math Pathways: Mr. Jose Oliveira

Prior to April break students finished learning about Quadratics as they were introduced to the quadratic formula. As we come back from break we will focus on some data and statistics concepts to help us analyze various representations of data. Remember that review/extra help is available before school and on Tuesday after school. Students will be taking their Algebra 1 Final exam at the end of May, be on the lookout for an email with additional information about additional review sessions to prepare for the test. Be sure to ask your student how to determine the number of real roots (x-intercepts) a quadratic equation has.