Science with Ms. Brannon
Hi 8th grade families! I am so happy to have finally started a science rotation! We’re off to an exciting start in the science lab learning about the nervous system. Students studied the brain and recently dissected a sheep brain! While the smell might not be my favorite, I love seeing students actively engaged in the learning process and dissections are a great way to make this happen. The dissection was a huge success and I was so proud not only of the level of knowledge your students showed during this activity, but also they way they all participated and worked together. This unit will conclude with a study of how drugs and alcohol interfere with the function of the nervous system, and specifically, why they are so much more harmful during teen years due to brain development. If you have any questions on how this part of the unit will look, please feel free to contact me or stop by for a conference. I’m looking forward to a wonderful 8th grade year with your kids!
Language Arts with Mrs. Foote
Grammar, usage, and mechanics – words that typically inspire shuddering and groans from students. Last week, students were introduced to my Harry Potter-themed “Grammar House Cup.” I am thrilled to report that I have seen tons of enthusiasm from students about this addition to Language Arts. Starting next Friday, each student will work on completing an individualized “game board” focusing on a grammatical skill set. The game board will lead students through a variety of self-paced activities to strengthen and improve their writing. In addition, students can earn points for their “house” by catching grammar and spelling mistakes in the real world.
In the coming weeks, we will continue our novel study of To Kill a Mockingbird, which is part of our larger unit on identity and relationships. Over the course of this unit, students will develop their craft as narrative writers and improve their ability to read classic fiction. My hope is that each student will complete the unit knowing and understanding that people of all races, genders, and ages can teach us life lessons and shape who we become.
Math with Mrs. Hovey Vicknair
While group work is a consistent struggle for the 8th grade mathematicians, I continue to see improvement in the collective class dynamics. They are finishing up their second unit where we investigated different ways to determine and define linear equations, making connections to different representations of linear relationships and investigating the meaning of these relationship when provided context. The main focus is on making sense of the data and application by developing an understanding of how characterizing relationships allows us to solve problems and find solutions.
Geometry with Ms. Williams
In the last few weeks, the Geometry class has really come together to become a high-functioning team. Whether they are working together to design an apartment or figuring out how to calculate the height of a triangle, they do an impressive job of respectfully sharing their own ideas and thoughtfully listening to each other’s ideas. Recent group work has centered around the concepts of congruent angle pairs and similar shapes.
Art with Mrs. Macauley
The 8th graders have had a busy couple months in the art room. So far this year, we have been reviewing the elements of art through the creation of each student’s name designed on their art portfolio. Grades for this assignment, as well as comments, can be found on Canvas! Currently, we are wrapping up a collage unit that will become your students customized sketchbook cover and beginning to plan for the quickly approaching Empty Bowls unit. Empty Bowls is a local fundraiser to raise money for the local organization, Neighbor Impact, to help the less fortunate in our immediate community. There is a Canvas announcement posted on the art page with all the details if you would like to attend the event! Please feel free to come by and visit the art room anytime!