1st Quarter Updates
What's happening in Social Studies
Our first party!
Towards the end of September we had our first team event in the MPR.
TONS of food too
Our amazing parent volunteers brought tons of cookies, brownies, vegggies and candy for the kids to munch on during our event!
We can't forget the games!
Not only did they enjoy spending time with each other while eating the sweets, they played a game all about songs that Ms. Sharaga organized and ran. It was a fun time had by all.
TONS of food too
Thanks for all of the support you have given to our students this year!
Updates from Math
Math 8 is going great so far! We started off the year by reviewing operations with integers and rational numbers. These skills are of utmost importance to learn subsequent procedures and concepts. For example, we used all of this skills in our second unit which focused on solving linear equations. We are currently working on graphing linear functions. The students are learning about slope, y-intercept, and connections between the different representations of a situation.
The students are completing a weekly writing assignment and doing daily homework on TenMarks. So far, I have gotten lots of positive feedback from both students and parents about how the homework and weekly writing assignments are supporting the learning that occurs in the classroom. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
I can’t believe that we have already completed a quarter of Algebra! We have worked through lots of content already. Some of the highlights include solving complex linear equations, solving literal equations, solving and graphing absolute-value inequalities, and working with the different forms of a line. We are currently working on our Linear Functions unit. Some topics that are coming up soon are point-slope form of a line and solving systems of equations.
The students are completing a weekly writing assignment and completing daily homework out of the Algebra textbook or via worksheet. The students have been doing a great job with all of their homework. The content is complicated and any student who needs extra support should attend TEAM time. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Properties was a main focus in class for about a week and a half. Students were given a term and together "crowd sourced" all of the terms in 10 minutes! Students used this information to help them complete their mind maps.
To start our chemistry unit, we begin by doing a week of demos and small activities for the gas laws. Students focused on what is matter and how is it affected and what things (heat, pressure) affect gases. This picture shows Charles' Law, the students saw the can crush once we heated it and placed it in cold water.
Phase and Phase Changes
We have been focusing on phases (solid, liquid, gas) for the past few weeks. We talk about how the molecules move, interact and their overall energy. We will use this information to help us understand how phase changes occur, which will be our focus for the next few weeks in class.