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FMS 8th Grade Newsletter: Week of Oct. 14-18

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Unit Objective:

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.

8RL1B: Determine the meaning of words and phrases using affixes

Learning Target: I can use prefixes de-, pre-, re-, and non to figure out meanings of words.

This Week in ELA:

Monday- Vocab Post Test/ Rough Draft writing

Tuesday- Rough Draft, Self Edit, Retesting for Post Testing

Wednesday- Rough Draft, Self Edit, Retesting for Post Testing

Thursday- Self/Peer Edit, Corrections.

Friday- Writing Personal Draft.

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 use similar figures to write equations of lines.

Monday: Lesson 11 Writing Equations for Line; Week Sheet

Tuesday: Lesson 12 Using Equations for Lines

Wednesday: Lesson 13 The Shadow Knows

Thursday: Unit 2 Test

Friday: Unit 3 PreTest

Unit 2 Week Sheet #3 (Lessons 11-12); due Thursday (10/17)

Advanced Math

Unit Objective:

Understand how to write and solve equations and inequalities.

Learning Target for the Week:

To use and solve equations and inequalities.

Monday: Review

Tuesday: Topic 1 Test

Wednesday: Topic 2 PreTest

Thursday: Topic 1 Corrections

Friday: Topic 2 Linear Equations


This past week students completed their Humpty Dumpty cars in Mrs. Shrout's classes. They all did a great job designing the cars. Mr. Knipe's class started our mini unit of electric and magnetic forces.

Objectives being taught:

6-8ps2B1 Analyne diagrams and collect data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.

6-8.ps2.b.2 . Create and analyze a graph to use as evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions depend on the mass of the interacting objects.

6-8ps2B3 Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that electric and magnetic fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.

This week students will be completing various activities surrounding electric and magnetic forces. They will be learning about the factors that effect the strength of electric and magnetic forces. We will do a hands on experiment regarding gravitational forces. Lastly, students will be completing in balloon races using static electricity.

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.

6-8.AH.3.CC.E Evaluate the responses of early American leaders to the social, political, economic and religious challenges facing the new nation.

This Week in History:

This coming week we will finish the Constitution and start our First President, G. Washington.

Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Lara Brunk - lbrunk@fulton58.org

Chris Crowson - ccrowson@fulton58.org -

Bill of Rights

It was a busy 4-day week! We completed the "Get ready, Get set, Teach!" activity and started reteaching (finally) on the formative of the constitution. We retook it on Friday.


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.