Red/Purple Team Newsletter

October 2013

Pictures from the Manchester University Visit!

7th grade Language Arts/Honors Language Arts

We are pushing through The Hunger Games, and will be testing on chapters 1-9 soon. When we finish the book, there will be a final project, where students will create their own Hunger Games Arena. The project is titled, “The Munger Games” and more details will be forthcoming.

8th grade Language Arts/Honors Language Arts

We are finishing All of the Above, a novel set in inner city Cleveland. Students are set to have pen pals from an inner city school in Toledo (Where Mrs. Munger used to teach). Also, we will be working on a final project where students culinary capabilities will be put to the test! (Our book has a lot of awesome recipes inside, check it out if your son or daughter hasn’t shown them to you yet!)

Language Arts SWAG (Students with Academic Greatness) for October

1st period: Hannah Henning, Justin Manier, Sydney Wiley

3rd period: Andrew Van Auken, Caitlin Philpot, Emma Eagleson

4th period: Seth Ratliff, Lindsey Brown, Seth Pearson

5th period: Shelby Targgart, Logan Strange, Hannah Wallace

6th period: Trayce Jones, Makayla Medina, Alexis Rodriguez

­All SWAG students get to sit in the “swag seat”, receive a donut, and a certificate on the last day of their “reign”.


Congratulations to these students who are consistently going above and beyond!

7th Grade Math/Pre-Algebra

We’ve just started solving equations and will be working on these for the next several weeks. Students should be continuing to complete their video notes at night for homework. Mrs. Herbst is seeing way too many students coming to class with these not done. Students and parents can access the videos on YouTube.

Algebra

We are currently learning about relations and functions. We will be taking our first Algebra Acuity test two weeks after returning from Fall Break. Students should be encouraged to do well, as this is a good indication of how they will do on the ECA exam in the spring.

7th Grade Science

In science class, we spent a large portion of our first nine weeks really studying the scientific method and the metric system. As October approached, we started our new unit, “Earth’s Structures.” Already we have learned about the formation of minerals and how to identify them. We’ve practiced identifying the three different types of rocks, and we’ve spent a good deal of time studying the rock cycle that occurs around us every day. The comic strips we created about the rock cycle were excellent! We have since moved on to the processes that change the earth’s structures. Once we have finished the first half of this unit, we will the move on to plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes. This will take us into and possibly past the Thanksgiving break. We will continue to be working out of our lab notebooks daily, so if you have not taken the opportunity to glance through your child’s notebook, I highly suggest you do. Many of these notebooks are looking fabulous, and I hope that the rest will continue to get better and better!

8th Grade Science

In science class, we have concluded our unit on the scientific method and the metric system and have moved on to our Weather unit. So far, we have really delved into the different spheres on Earth and how these spheres interact by transferring matter and energy. As this next 9 weeks progresses, we will begin looking at different weather patterns and phenomenon, as well as what causes them. We will continue to be working out of our lab notebooks daily, so if you have not taken the opportunity to glance through your child’s notebook, I highly suggest you do. Many of these notebooks are looking fabulous, and I hope that the rest will continue to get better and better!

7th Grade Social Studies

Students in the 7th grade just finished our Population, Government, and Economics. Students did a great job through the unit. We spent time looking at population data from different countries, and using the data to create graphs in Excel. Students created skits on GO Animate over different types of government. We also worked in groups to design a product made of newspaper while adhering to the rules of either a traditional, market, or command economy. While studying how cultures develop and spread, students designed a collage of different pictures that described their culture. After creating the collage, students then wrote a short essay explaining how their culture developed.

With the start of second nine weeks, students will begin by studying the different religions of the world. We'll be looking at the historical background and central beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.


8th Grade Social Studies

Students in 8th grade social studies have been studying the thirteen colonies that founded by England in North America. We put a large emphasis on primary v. secondary sources. Students read speeches by Native American warriors then had a digital discussion. They were asked to put themselves in the shoes of the Native Americans, and decide if they would help the early English settlers that came to North America or fight to drive them from the continent. Students wrote great answers supported by primary source text, and answers varied greatly. We also read different primary sources about life in Colonial America. Many students chose to read a diary written by William Byrd II which detailed his life as a plantation owner in Virginia. To worked on comprehending secondary sources, students read a number of informational texts over the founding of different colonies. As a class, we focused on reading information sequentially including cause and effect relationships.

With the start of the second nine weeks, students will begin by studying the causes of the American Revolution. We'll start immediately with the causes and effects of the French and Indian War. Students will then create a digital flyer describing that acts and taxes that pushed the colonies to rebel.