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Hands On Learning at the Apple Store in Charleston
South Carolina History
Eighth grade historians created original newspapers for the Civil War. The students chose an event during the Civil War and wrote a newspaper article about the event. They created authentic newspapers that included the parts of a newspaper and pertinent information for the time period. The students included an advertisement for their paper and enjoyed conducting research and learning about the different products that were invented during this time period.
Students have wrapped up their study of Waves and have begun their study of Earth's Place in the Universe.To begin, we have read a text written by Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot” which examines humanity’s place in the universe and mankind’s responsibility to deal kindly with each other and to preserve and cherish our home. Students have participated in a Paideia seminar to help them form their thoughts about the text. They have practiced the skills required for a true dialogue in which the participants think about each other’s ideas and respond by asking questions to further their own understanding. At the conclusion of the seminar, students will crafted a “found” poem in which they rearranged some of Sagan’s words to create their own meaning. They have used a wet-in-wet technique to paint watercolor backgrounds for their poems and affixed their poems to the backgrounds for display.
Geometry students recently wrapped up their Unit of study focused on the properties of Quadrilaterals. This past week we started our hands on learning project where students will be researching, blue print designing, and then building a kite with all the proper geometric characteristics. When construction is complete, students will test their kite designs with a flight day. I can't wait to share the photos from this experience on our next website posting!
Algebra students have spent the past few weeks studying Systems of Equations and Inequalities. Systems of Equations, also knows as Simultaneous Equations, have so many everyday applications ranging from determining the best loan choice to make when buying a car or a house when you consider the duration of the loan, the interest rate and the monthly payment of the loan to trying to decide on the best cell phone plan, determining at how many minutes both companies charge for the same amount and deciding from there which is the best plan for you and your intended usage.
Students have just completed a unit on functions and seemed to understand and actually enjoy the learning. We have moved on to a geometry unit where we use algebra to determine missing angle measures. Students were blown away to see concepts they learned in seventh grade coming back to visit them as eighth graders. We had a talk about how math tends to build and just because we moved on from a unit doesn't mean we won't see the concepts again. The math minutes that we do every day are such a good way to revisit standards from the past. Please encourage your student to review their math minutes daily in preparation for the quizzes they take every other Friday.
This week, our guest speaker was Ben C. Ben spoke about Dr. Charles M. Mulli, the Founder of Mully Children's Family group of Homes and Schools, and the power of gratitude. Ben discussed the power that gratitude has to penetrate the most dire of circumstances and inspired the audience to reconsider their views of wealth and success. Ben, also, challenged the audience to be reflective and to redefine personal potential. Finally, Ben's portrayal of Dr. Mulli left us imagining what our future might look like if we gave a little more gratitude, brought a little more honor ,and took a little more personal responsibility.
8th Grade ELA
This week, students drew a comparison between the topics and issues that emerge in literature and the topics and issues that emerge in our personal life and communitites today. Students will continue to evalaute how various text convey similar themes.