8th Grade Academics

Week of October 11-15

ELA (Diehl, Hulin)

This week in 8th Grade ELA, the students learned how to understand poetry by using T.W.I.S.T.S. We reviewed author's tone and discussed the use of figurative language, such as alliteration, imagery, similes, and metaphors. Students continued to work on sentence structure and increasing their academic vocabulary. This week, the students will move on to Fiction and learn about its subgenres. We will read "What's the Worst That Could Happen," by Bruce Coville. Students will continue to use reading comprehension strategies to understand the text and to make connections with the plot, characters, and theme. As always, please encourage your student(s) to read nightly for at least 10 minutes. Reading logs are counted as a grade.

Math (Candio, Neal)

Math 1 is learning how to graph standard form equations and identify parallel and perpendicular slopes.

Math 8 is learning how to find the slope and y-intercepts with the goal of writing slope-intercept equations.

Science (Vance, Foster)

In Science we are continuing to move through our Earth History unit. We will be learning about index fossils, radioactive/absolute dating, and relative dating.

Social Studies (Tovar, Lappin)

We have started, and will be continuing, a longer unit on the American Revolution. Students will be engaging in all forms of primary documents through the use of Gallery Walks, History Labs, DBQs, print and non print texts and research. Students will also be making a visual timeline with their peers. We are excited to be exploring and digging into the very beginning of America.

Keep encouraging your children to read daily for at least 20-30 minutes. All students have accounts through the County Library using their lunch numbers with no late fees or penalties for checking a book in late. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to explore our amazing Library and discover something new through a book!