Field Trip to Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Eighth grade students had a wonderful learning experience at Caw Caw Interpretive Center! They saw first hand how the indigo plant was harvested and the early process of using the plant to make indigo dye. The students each got to tie dye a t-shirt using the indigo dye. Students walked through the beautiful plantation and learned how important the land and natural resources were to the Native Americans in South Carolina. The Native Americans were able to find a BALANCE in trading excess crops with other tribes in the Upstate to gain supplies not found in the Lowcountry. Students took turns making fire and discovering the challenge of living off of the land. A huge lesson learned was that the Native Americans did not waste anything.
8th graders have had a great time getting to know their Kindergarten buddies so far the year. Would look forward to working with them even more after our Fall Break.
We have had a great start to our school year so far! We spent the first few weeks learning all the basics of Geometry and how to properly label and name these building blocks. After completing the unit, we spent a week working on an in class project (pictured above) where students were tasked with the creation of their own geometric land with a theme of their own choosing.
Since the start of this school year, Algebra students have invested their time thus far learning how to solve equations and inequalities and how to classify numbers in the number system. Students have learned the importance of keeping an equation BALANCED by performing inverse operations to each side of an equation in order to derive a solution. We have worked on a number of skills individually, with partners (as pictured above) and with whole class activities.
Mrs. Kolb's Pre-Algebra students have successfully completed our second chapter on equations and are now quite proficient at solving for x and BALANCING the equation. We will be moving on to more graphing related content after Fall Break.
PLEASE NOTE: All math students are required to have a calculator (with their name on it) as part of their required materials.
South Carolina History
Eighth grade students have learned about the early exploration of South Carolina by the Europeans, and how important the Carolina Colony was to Great Britain. South Carolina's plantation system produced many cash crops which strengthened Great Britain's hold on the colony. Students learned about the 13 colonies and the different characteristics of each colony including natural resources, economy and the immigrants that settled in each area. Using this knowledge students created their own ideal colony. They were challenged with creating a colony that was successful due to a balance with the economy, government, natural resources as well as a cohesive group of people.
Since the start of the school year, English I students have investigated the impact that different archetypes have on literature. Students have used their study on archetypes to independently identify emerging topics, host discussions, and make alternative interpretations supported by examples and explanations . Ultimately, the understanding that we wish to endure is that a fair and balanced perspective is strenthened throuhg thoughtfull inquiry, balanced research, and rich discussion.
8th Grade ELA
Since the start of the school year, Eighth Grade ELA students have investigated how details shape meaning. Students engaged in thoughtful, analytical reading and writing that focused on exploring the coming of age theme that is found in literature. Students have used the coming of age archetype as a framework for relfecting on their own lives, too.
Students have developed their understanding of the relationships between forces and motion. They have learned how to collaborate and communicate like scientists by using the claim-evidence-reasoning method for presenting critical thinking. They have designed independent investigations to find the answers to the questions "How does force affect motion?" and " How does mass affect motion?" Students are in the process of presenting their findings to their classmates and receiving feedback on their reasoning and use of scientific vocabulary.