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FMS 8th Grade Newsletter: Week of Oct. 7-11

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Unit Objective:

8RL1A: Draw conclusions, infer, and analyze by citing the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Learning Target: Identify the setting of a story including time, place and mood.

8RL3D: Read and comprehend a grade level realistic fiction story independently and proficiently. Learning Target: I can read and comprehend an 8th grade realistic fiction short story.

8.W.2.A: Follow a writing process to produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, style, and voice are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience; develop writing with narrative, expository, and argumentative techniques.
a. Narrative: Develop narratives including poems about real or imagined experiences which establish and maintain a consistent point of view and include clearly identified characters, well-structured event sequences, narrative techniques, and relevant descriptive details.

Learning Target: I can...

Follow a writing process to produce a well-organized and interesting short story.
Create a plot and a setting for a story..
Render familiar experiences into scenes fit for literature.
Develop characters with coherent motives and personalities.
Utilize tone, descriptive language, and figurative language to paint on the page.
Deploy twists and surprises in ways that serve thematic development and character development.

This Week in ELA:

Monday- Wrap up Elements of a Story- review setting, character traits, conflict and how they relate to stories.

Tuesday- Post Test on Unit- setting, character traits, and conflict.

Wednesday- Vocabulary Pre-test and begin brainstorming for original short story

Thursday- Prefixes. Understanding small moments, supporting details and sensory details

Friday- Prefixes. Work on supporting details and story development

Students will be working to create their own original short story. They will understand how a story is developed and work to understand the writing process.


Unit Objectives:

GM.A.5s Use the properties of similar figures to solve problems.

Learning Target for the Week:

To identify and use dilations.

Monday: Lesson 1 Projecting and Scaling; Week Sheet #5

Tuesday: Lesson 2 Circular Grid

Wednesday: Lesson 3 Dilations with No Grid

Thursday: Lesson 4 Dilations with Square Grid

Friday: Lesson 5 More Dilations

Week Sheet #5 (Lessons 1-5); due Monday

Advanced Math

Unit Objective:

Understand how to write and solve inequalities.

Learning Target for the Week:

To use and solve inequalities.

Monday: Quiz 1.2; WS 1-4

Tuesday: 1-4 Literal Equations and Formulas; pg 28 11, 14-20, 32 even

Wednesday: 1-5 Solving Inequalities in One Variable; pg 34 12, 20-25

Thursday: WS 1-5

Friday: 1-6 Compound Inequalities; pg 41 19-24


Students will be diving into a new unit of Forces and Motion. The unit objectives are:

6-8.ps2.a.2 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object's motion depends on the sum of forces on the object and the mass of the object

6-8.ps2.a.1Apply physics principles to design a solution that minimizes the force of an object during a collision and develop an evaluation of the solution

Learning Target for the Week: Construct a device that will minimize the impact force during a collision.

Monday: Car Crash background OR Impact data

Tuesday: Car Crash background OR Impact data

Wednesday: Introduce Humpty Dumpty build

Thursday: Humpty Dumpty build

Friday: Humpty Dumpty build

Social Studies

Unit Objective:

6-8.AH.3.GS.E: Apply the principles of rule of law, representation, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism to explain the purposes and functions of the Constitution.

This Week in History:

This coming week Mrs. Brunk and Mr. Crowson will be reteaching and retesting over the Formative. We will also b wrapping up the Bill of Rights.

Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Lara Brunk - lbrunk@fulton58.org

Chris Crowson - ccrowson@fulton58.org -

Bill of Rights project

We had a fun week this week! 'Get ready, Set, Teach!' project was started and somewhat finished with the teaching aspect of the students. Students really dug into the research and made great projects! Ask your child about their amendment and see what they know!


Hats and Hoodies in School

As a reminder, hats and hoodies are only to be worn at school if a student has purchased a Hat Pass from the Thrive Hive. Students who choose to wear hats or hoodies in the hallway will be asked to take them off.