The Pike Road Bulletin
Community 8 : January 17
Respect Diversity Project
Many of the students are unable to tell us about their family history, so we hope you will find time to speak with your child about your family's cultural heritage. If you are willing to come speak to a small group of students about your cultural heritage, that would be even better!
Several learners got into an intense chess game during pop time. Even onlookers were offering suggestions as to possible moves.
PRS Tour Guides
Jarvis, Luke, and Andrew relax after an evening of providing PRS tours for Alabama Association of School Boards members.
Words of Wisdom
As part of our Growth Mindset unit, students created walls of inspirational quotations to encourage them when they face challenges.
PRS Tour Guides
All About Me Commercials
Our Impact Award goes to Jamichael Barnett for creating such a touching video and for trusting his C8 family enough to share it with us.
Academic Achievement Award
Victoria Tidwell has earned this week's Academic Achievement Award. Keep up the great work, Victoria!
Brandon Thompson earned this week's effort award for taking it upon himself to provide purposeful peer feedback to several classmates in Edmodo before students were even instructed to do so.
Academic Achievement Award
Pike Road Patriots Picnic Tables Project
Upcoming Learning Objectives
English Language Arts/ ￼History
- RL.8.1- Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
- RL.8.3- Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
- RL.8.5- Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
- RL.8.7- Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
- W.8.3- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
[8.G.9] Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
Algebra I Standard - Percent of Change
[N-Q.1] Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multistep problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays.
Geometry Standard - Similar Polygons
[G-SRT.2] Given two figures, use the definition of similarity in terms of similarity transformations to decide if they are similar; explain using similarity transformations the meaning of similarity for triangles as the equality of all corresponding pairs of angles and the proportionality of all corresponding pairs of sides.
As we move farther into math, learners are becoming familiar with the different calculator functions. It is not required that the learners have an actual calculator, but it is recommended for them to have a version that they will be able to become comfortable using. Most learners like the TI-30x style (about $10-$15).
Physical Science Energy Standard 13:
Create and analyze graphical displays of data to illustrate the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass and speed of an object
- define motion, speed, and velocity
- Use the formula speed= distance/time to to calculate average speed
- use the formula KE= 1/2 mv^2to measure the kinetic energy of moving objects such as tennis balls, golfballs, and marbles
- create a bar graph and analyze data to determine the effect of mass and speed on the kinetic energy of an object
- design, construct and race fan cars
Edmodo is our learning management system where assignments are posted. Here, you will see assignments, due dates, late notifications, tutorial and resource links.
Parents may access this through a unique code found on your student's Edmodo home page. Signing up is easy-just go to www.edmodo.com, sign up as parent, enter your access code and fill in the required information.
While our learners have laptops, we continue to use Composition notebooks for notes, assignments, practice work, lab work and journaling.
Please make sure your child has a composition notebook for their respective classes.
FreshGrade is the reporting tool used to communicate what skills are being introduced and how our learners are performing on these skills. As lead learners, we continue to attend professional development opportunities and collaborate with our peers on the most efficient ways to use FreshGrade and ensure that you are provided with a clear and accurate view of what your child is learning. One thing we have recently discovered is that parents are not seeing the lesson descriptions and additional resources that teachers are adding along with the title of the activity or standard being assessed. To view these, just click on the blue "show" in the top right hand corder of the box. We hope you will find this information to be helpful.
While learners may not have formal homework assignments other than reading nightly, there my be times when your child will need to continue working on an assignment they didn't complete in class or work on a project which will span over a longer period of time. Learners are also encouraged to identify skills that "have not met expectations" and review the learning notes, tutorials, and practice activities. Once students believe they have a better understanding of the concept/material, they should speak to their lead learner about the best way to reassess that particular standard.
HOW CAN I BEST SUPPORT MY LEARNER AT HOME?
*READ! READ! READ!
All learners should be reading daily. Find something your child is passionate about and fuel that passion by encouraging them to read about it. Get them to describe what they've read to you in detail. You might even want to read the same book and discuss it.
Some of the many benefits of reading daily include...
- increased knowledge
- vocabulary expansion
- exposure to a variety of quality writing styles
- improved writing skills
- mental stimulation
- stress reduction
*Get your child's account information and check to see what information and resources are being sent daily. Accounts to check: EDMODO/ GMAIL/ FRESH GRADE
*Ask your child SPECIFIC questions about their learning.
"I read in the Smore newsletter that you are learning different world cultures through the reading of Cinderella. What are some of the versions of Cinderella you have read in class, and in what ways have you learned about other cultures?
I read that you are analyzing the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass and speed of an object. What activities did you do to learn about this? Which activity did you enjoy the most? Can you tell me how speed and energy are related?"
*PLEASE REMIND YOUR LEARNER TO BRING HEADPHONES AND CHARGE THEIR COMPUTER EVERY NIGHT.
A Day in the Life of an 8th- Grade Patriot
1:00- 2:00 PE, art, drama, or music elective
2:00-3:00 Project time