Junior High Academic Newsletter - Issue 6

6th Grade News

ELA: Over the next few weeks, we will be recognizing the fact that drama follows the same elements of fiction. The students will create their own play and perform it.

MATH: We will begin our unit over geometry. This unit will require the students to find the area of rectangles, parallelograms, triangles, trapezoids, and finding the volume of rectangular prisms. As we complete this unit, we will jump into learning about bar graphs, histograms, dot plots, and box plots.

SOCIAL STUDIES: For the next three weeks, we will be continue our unit over Europe and Russia. We will have a unit exam on Friday, March 2nd. Then we will start our unit over Asia. This will be our biggest unit of the year!

7th Grade News

ELA: During the next three weeks in reading, we will continue with our literary nonfiction unit and then work on some text to text connections before the week of spring break. Our latest class novel will be completed and a new novel decided on before spring break. When we return, we will dive into myths and epic tales. In writing, we will continue to work through different parts of speech, writing an expository essay, and beginning our bootcamp in preperation for the STAAR test.

MATH: In 7th grade math, we started working on solving and writing equations and inequalities. In 7th grade Honors, we started working on finding the surface area and volume of 3 -D shapes.

SOCIAL STUDIES: In Texas History we are studying the Unrest and Revolt in Texas unit. Our “Texan Newsletter” project will kick off the this week. As we progress through our units, we will continue to work in our interactive notebooks.

8th Grade News

ELA: Over the next three weeks, we will be working on our drama unit of study. Students will be consuming and critiquing multiple historical fiction plays for their accuracy, plot development, characterization and normal analyzation of text. For ELA, we will be continuing to develop vocabulary, our writing focus will be on personal narrative development and possibly becoming our own playwright.

MATH: Students have begun our final unit over surface area and volume. We will take a benchmark test the week before spring break and students will receive their score. They will also receive their STAAR review book before we leave for the break. Once we return form spring break, students will be working on their review to prepare for their upcoming STAAR Test on April 10th.

SOCIAL STUDIES: The week of February 26th, we will address the development of the economies in the North and the South, innovations in technology and the application of the American free enterprise economic system. Then we will study the economic and social changes that came about with increasing industrialization in the northern United States as well as the resulting changes in the southern United States after the invention of new farming machinery. Next students examine how the development of reform movements related to public education, temperance, prison conditions, care of the disabled, abolition, and the expansion of women’s right

Upcoming Dates

March 8, 2018 - Progress Reports Go Home

March 9, 2018 - Early Release

March 12-16, 2018 - Spring Break

March 30, 2018 - School Holiday

April 2, 2018 - School Holiday

April 5, 2018 - Report Cards Go Home