Junior High Academic Newsletter

6th Grade News

ELA: Welcome to the Junior High, 6th graders! I am excited to begin the year learning about fiction! Over the next three weeks, we will predict, write, and share about a few different books. These books include; "Among the Hidden", "Middle School", "Hatchet", "The Maze Runner", "Holes", "Harry Potter", and "Maniac Magee". We will learn about the elements of plot and how to incorporate them into our own fiction story. At the end of this unit I hope that you will have a better understanding of how the elements of plot bring meaning and purpose to a fiction story.

MATH: In math, we will begin learning what rational numbers are and how to graph them on a coordinate grid. During this unit each student will be required to draw picture on a coordinate grid and label the order pairs used to construct the given picture.

SOCIAL STUDIES: For the next three weeks we will be learning what it means to be a Geographer and a Historian. We will also be celebrating Freedom Week, this includes the study of our great country.

7th Grade News

ELA: The 7th grade ELAR classes are off to a great start. We started the first week off with some get to know you activities and book tastings, which the students absolutely loved. By the end of the book tastings, the students understood the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover!" For the next three weeks, our focus will be literary text including short stories. We will really dig into the plot of a story and see how each piece contributes to the other. For example, how the setting contributes to the conflict. In writing, we will be focusing on the steps in the writing process. By the third week, we will be writing an expository essay.

MATH: For the next three weeks, 7th grade math will master operations with rational numbers, learn about the number system and solve problems with integers.

The 7th grade math honors will be learning how to use the TI-84 calculator, the real number of systems and mean absolute deviation.

SCIENCE: We will start our study over flow of energy.

SOCIAL STUDIES: In Texas History, we are studying natural Texas and its people. Our first unit exam will be given the week of September 25th. After our unit exam, we will start our studies of the early explorers of Texas. As we progress through our units we will continue to work in our interactive notebooks.

8th Grade News

ELA: Over the next three weeks, our class will be in our Fiction Unit of study. Your student is responsible for THREE novels during this time. The Outsiders will be an in class Novel, a Book Club Novel that your student chose and an Independent reading Novel that can be from my library, the schools library or home.

In writing, we will be working on how author's generate ideas to write. Please help your student become aware of their surroundings so they can become better writers!

MATH: Welcome back 8th graders! 8th grade students are allowed to use calculators in class and on their test. I do not have calculators to send home with every student. They are not required to purchase one. If you have an Android phone there is an app Wabbitemu that gives you a Ti 84 calculator program on your phone for free. The first Vocabulary Study Contract, VSC is due on September 18th. The vocabulary words and VSC document are both glued into the math journal. We will be taking a test over unit 1 on September 19th. The second unit we are studying is solving equations. We will be expanding on what they have learned from 6th and 7th grade. If your student is absent, they can watch a video in Google Classroom to complete their notes. They can also use those videos to help if they get stuck on their homework. Please contact me if you have any questions.

SCIENCE: We will start our unit over atoms and the periodic table.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will identify the contributions of men and women to American society during the colonial era. Each day we will be identifying events during our celebrate freedom week. By the end of the week, we will finishing up our colonization unit with a test. Our next unit we will cover will be over the American Revolution.

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Reading Class: Over the next few weeks we will complete the process of learning the ends and outs of the Reading Workshop Model. This model will be followed for instruction throughout the year. We will begin our class read aloud novel, book club groups will choose their literacy circle book, for in class practice, and students will choose and begin reading their own "Just Right Book" for independent reading. Our focus for the next few week will be on the genre of fiction. We will analyze fictional elements, authors craft and the thinking needed to comprehend a fictional text! It's going to be a great few weeks!

Upcoming Dates

October 9, 2017 - Early Release and Parent Conferences

October 12, 2017 - Progress Reports Go Home

October 20, 2017 - Homecoming

October 27, 2017 - End of the 1st Nine Weeks