TACKY TOURIST DAY
Students had a lot of fun dressing up as "tacky tourists" while raising money for their trip to Costa Rica!
Students had a lot of fun this month applying their knowledge of the various types of quadrilaterals to build kites for flying outside. As you can see from the photos below, students researched, designed blueprints with proper measurements and then scaled their blueprint to build kites that we then flew outside.
In Algebra, students have been putting forth maximum effort to finish up the material needed to cover all the state standards they will be tested on for their South Carolina End of Course exam. One of the main topics we covered in the past two units was factoring trinomials and using quadratic equations to find the maximums and minimums of parabolas. "Parabolas can be seen in nature or in manmade items. From the paths of thrown baseballs, to satellite dishes, to fountains, this geometric shape is prevalent, and even functions to help focus light and radio waves." You can read further in this article: sciencing.com/real-life-parabola-examples-7797263.html
Students this month have worked hard on polygons and making transformations on the coordinate grid with polygons. They have learned that reflections flip across a line of reflection (usually the x or y axis) and translations slide either up or down and/or left and right. We will learn about rotations (spins) and dilations (enlarging or shrinking) after break. Who knew the coordinate plane could be so active?
Students just finished reading the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961. The novel is a timeless piece of literature that provides young adults with a forum to discuss current issues as well as overlooked traditions. Specifically, the novel is used as a means to discuss and question the responsibility we have as individuals to serve as independent juries: empathetic persons capable of using reason to discuss and confront controversial issues and make uncomfortable decisions.
Students just finished composing analytical responses. Analyzing texts allows students to explore and, as a result, better understand how writers use langage to express complex and nuanced ideas and feelings. During this unit, students examined how writers use specific words and phrasing to create, illustrate, and communicate multiple meanings.
South Carolina History
Eighth grade historians are learning about the importance of South Carolina during World War I. They worked in groups to analyze information about South Carolina's involvement in the war, including military bases, economy, patriotism, the great migration and the overall impact on the state during this time period. The students took on the role of the teacher as they taught the information to their classmates. The students then used the information to creatively design a visual depicting South Carolina during World War I.
This week, students are still investigating Earth’s Structures and Processes and wrapped up the Discovering Plate Boundaries exercise which helped them discover the processes that occur at plate tectonic boundaries. Now that they have looked at the original data available to Earth scientists, they have begun to find the commonalities that occur at each of the three basic plate boundary types: convergent, divergent, and transform. Next, students will add information regarding the internal structure of the Earth to their web of ideas and investigate how the structure and properties of Earth itself drives changes on Earth’s surface, specifically mountain-building and earthquakes.