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Geometry students recently concluded their unit of study on Triangle Relationships. Students were able to recognize the relationship between the measures of the sides and opposite angles in a triangle—specifically that the largest angle in a triangle is opposite the largest side and the smallest angle is opposite the smallest side. A real world application for this skill would be when architects design roof trusses in homes and buildings or the way cables are used to design bridges. Further, we connected this unit to our Big Idea: BALANCE in learning about how the centroid of a triangle is the point of concurrency of the three medians of a triangle and this is the center of BALANCE for a triangle.
Algebra students have been busy this month learning all about Linear Equations and the multiple representations of them. Linear Equations are the basis for many mathematically practices both in the classroom and in the real world. In the real world, you can use the various forms of Linear Equations to show graphs of gym membership costs, purchasing concessions at a sporting event and cost of cellular phones.
Pre-Algebra students have worked hard to finish our hardest chapter on graphing and solving equations through substitution and elimination. They are looking forward to our next chapter on functions. We know that with functions, a number is put in, a rule is applied and a new number comes out. Balance is achieved when the rule is followed and the output is a direct result of the input. Functions rule!!
SOUTH CAROLINA HISTORY
The American colonists fought hard to gain their independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution. A surge of nationalism rang throughout the new United States of America. The creation of the United States flag was important to the new Americans. Eighth grade students learned about the history behind the United States flag, and about the many different versions of the flag. Students also learned about the creation of the South Carolina flag. This flag represents the victory at the Battle of Sullivan’s Island. The students were challenged with creating a new United States or South Carolina flag. The flag had to be based on an historical event. The student’s flags were very creative and represented the many important events in both the United States as well as South Carolina’s history.
Students are now learning about the struggles that the new nation faced and the Civil War that almost tore the country apart. South Carolina was the first state to secede and faced years of economic despair as they rebuilt the state after the Civil War.
We are lucky to live in a city, and state with such a rich history!
Students have been very busy in science! They wrapped up their study of motion and forces by building stomp rockets and analyzing the effects different designs had on the distance their rockets flew. They also began their study of the properties and behaviors of waves by modeling waves and observing the behaviors of mechanical and light waves as they interact with different mediums.
Students now have a defined, thought-provoking thesis statement to build their keynote presentation around. This week, students will select better graphics to enhance and support the comprehension and delivery of their thesis and the content in their presentation. Students will finish the presenter notes and have all images for the slides in their presentation completed as well. At the end of the week, students will add transitions into their keynote and presenation to support the comprehension and delivery of their content and begin learning about rhetorical devices.
8TH GRADE ELA
Students are learning about being a word collector, styling content, and delivering ideas. Recently, students were asked to look for and mark thought-proving words and passages in their personal reading books. Students were also asked to select two words and two passages from their collection that they felt represented important events and/or emerging topics. Students will repeat this process throughout their novel study to practice artfully and intentionally placing, arranging, and presenting the ideas behind the words and passages they read.