RISE AGAINST HUNGER
SOUTH CAROLINA HISTORY
Eighth grade students have studied the events leading to the American Revolution. Students learned that Great Britain imposed many taxes on the colonists to pay for the French and Indian War. "No taxation without representation," rang loud throughout the colonies and sparked the colonists to join together and fight for their independence. The students researched the many battles of the American Revolution, focusing on the important battles that were fought in South Carolina. They were tasked with creating an informative and engaging visual to present to the class, and teach their peers about the battle. Using our big idea "balance," they had to find a balance between teaching the information to their classmates in a creative and engaging way, and providing a visual that included the information. The presentations were creative, original, and informative!
Students are wrapping up their study of forces and motion. They have learned about Newton's Three Laws of Motion. They have also learned how gravity and friction affect motion. They have developed experiments to test how mass affects motion and how force affects motion. Eighth grade science students will wrap up the unit by designing and building iterations of paper stomp rockets and explaining how the different designs result in longer flights for the rocket.
Geometry students wrapped up their third unit of study this week and tested their comprehension of parallel lines, transversals, and the angle relationships formed when they all converge. One might wonder where and how this knowledge could be applied in a real world setting! Many cities are designed on a grid with parallel streets. If another street runs across the parallel lines, it is a transversal. Special relationships exist between parallel lines and transversals. We have a perfect example of these types of intersections right here in Port Royal with Depot Rd. and all the parallel roads it intersects (ask your child to explain the angle relationships on the map below)
Algebra students have finally concluded their second unit of study: Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities. Projects were turned in last week - below you can see some pictures of the kids working on those projects as well as some of the finished components. This has been a vital unit of learning as it sets up procedures that will be used in all future upper level mathematics. With equations and inequalities, students use inverse operations to BALANCE both sides of an equation of inequality containing a single variable in order to find the value of that variable.
Students have moved on to a new unit! To better understand the characters and issues presented in George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion, students spent time learning about the impact of the Industrial Revolution on England during the nineteenth century. Students learned about the rise of the middle class, the increase in social mobility, and the general views and values ascribed to the time period. One of the general views held, which serves as the Enduring Understanding for this unit, is that each person has a responsibity to better themselves, others, and the society.
8TH GRADE ELA
Students will soon read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens! To better understand the characters and issues presentend in Dickens' piece, students spent time learning about the affects of the Industrial Revolution on England During the nineteenth century. Since Dickens was especially concerned with the hardships felt by the children of the working class, our study focused on learning more about the undesired consequences endured by those living during the time period who found themselves vulnerable to values at odd. As a result of experiencing (first hand) the advantages and disadvantages the period presented, Dickens wrote a Christmas Carol. Our Enduring Understanding for the unit (a belief Dickens held) is that we have a responsibility to use our wisdom and our abilities to better ourselves and others.