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8th Grade Trip to SC State Museum
7th Grade English Language Arts
Seventh grade students have jumped away from analyzing the development of a character in a novel and into the trenches of expository writing. In the previous unit, students explored the positive developments (character growth) that can occur as a result of being connected, or interdependent. Now, as students write essays on the impacts of imperialism, they explore the downfalls that connectedness can bring.
8th Grade English Language Arts
Eighth grade students concluded Book Clubs with a greater appreciation for literature and writing. Through discussion, reading, and writing, students made connections between themselves, their world, and their future. While Book Club served as a place for students to gather around central topics and analyze various points of views, it ultimately served a space to experience writing as individual within a community. It served as a place to appreciate the art of storytelling and the skill by which authors construct meaning and manufacture emotions. Students will capitalize on the momentum of this unit as they move into the next. They will move away from surveying the structure of fictional pieces to marveling at the architecture of argument in speeches and articles. Students will consider arguments and counter claims as they learn about the importance of discourse and discussion and its role in a balanced, democratic society.
7th Grade World Cultures
Seventh grade students are connecting with their big idea "Independence and Interdependence" as they learn about how countries around the world gained freedom from colonialism and imperialism to become independent nations with their own government, economy, customs and culture. A strong sense of Nationalism urged countries to fight for their freedom. The world must work together and become interdependent to form alliances and create a global economy. Global interactions around the world help build strong relationships and form alliances.
Moving forward we will delve into WWI and WWII and learn about the danger, destruction, and devastation of war. Students will be posed with the question, "What is the cost of war?"
8th Grade South Carolina History
Eighth grades students have learned about South Carolina's vital role in the history of the United States of America. The South was stubborn and relied on their plantation lifestyle and would not agree to the abolition of slavery. The election of Abraham Lincoln caused South Carolina to be the first state to formally succeed from the Union. The state of South Carolina was devastated economically and financially after the Civil War as towns and plantation were destroyed. Reconsruction would help the South recover and move on to prosper once again. South Carolina would discover how it's beautiful beaches and the coastal towns would attract many Northern tourists.
Mrs. Kolb's Math Classes
7th graders have just wrapped up chapter 5, expressions, and will show off all they learned with a chapter test next week. We talked about like terms in relation to gathering all zoo animals who belong to the same family and getting them together. We put cages around all the big, scary animals (7x, -3x, 5x, etc) and lassoed all the smaller animals. AKA constants (7, -2, 1 etc). We talked about how all the terms with variables are dependent on each other and need to be together in order to be safe and happy. We worked on adding and subtracting expressions as well and realized that distributing the minus sign can be hard to remember. We then thought of the minus sign as the guy who wanted to play opposite day and every term that follows the sign must play the game and become the opposite of what they are (positives become negatives and vice versa). Terms, we have learned, are interdependent on the signs that accompany them.
8th graders are working hard on functions and have decided they are not as hard as they sound. Functions can be written in 4 forms: graph, words, ordered pairs and in a table. We know how to take information from all kinds and graph the data as well as tell whether the data is continuous or discrete. We are comparing functions now and will work next week on constructing functions, nonlinear functions and quadratic functions. We know that a linear function must be balanced in order to form a line but we will see that a nonlinear function will not be as stable and will not form a straight line. Lots of excitement to come!
Mrs. Cooler's Math Classes
Pre-Algebra students recently finished up their study of Expressions, Distributing and Combining Like Terms. These skills are fundamental in continuing their mathematical education and are considered the Foundations for Algebra and further advanced math studies. They were able to understand how mixed groupings of like terms within an algebraic expression were INDEPENDENT of each other but how all pieces are INTERDEPENDENT as they need to be grouped to simplify and solve a problem. We will soon be working on a project of choice where students will choose how to display their knowledge of the skills they learned in this chapter.
Algebra students have been hard at work learning about Systems of Equations and Inequalities. This is such an important unit of study as it can be used often in the real world to compare costs of services for anything ranging from gym memberships to pet care to cell phone plans and far beyond that.
Geometry students recently concluded their study of Quadrilaterals and the characteristics of those shapes. During this unit, students used what they learned about kites to build their own geometrically correct kite and we then spent a class period trying to fly them. Please take a look at the slideshow below to see the kite building and flying in action.
7th Grade Science
This month, students are investigating human body systems and how these systems interact to maintain homeostasis in our bodies.. We have learned about the individual organ systems and how each organ in the system contributes to the job the system must do. We have examined the nervous, skeletal, muscular, integumentary systems, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and excretory systems. Our focus for future study will be diagramming how all of these systems work together. and what happens when a system ceases to function because of an injury or disease.
8th Grade Science
This month, students are investigating Earth’s Structures and Processes and participated in the Discovering Plate Boundaries exercise which helped them discover the different types of plate boundaries and the characteristics processes and landforms that occur at each. They have also found the commonalities that occur at each of the three basic plate boundary types: convergent, divergent, and transform. Students have also learned about the internal structure of the Earth and investigated how the structure and properties of Earth itself drives changes on Earth’s surface, specifically mountain-building and earthquakes. Students are currently involved in researching a volcano and comparing it to the Arenal Volcano we will see in Costa Rica.
7th Grade Website
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