Monday, October 5, 2015

This Week 10/5 - 10/8

Special Events This Week:

  • Field Trip this Thursday. We will be leaving school by 8:15. Students must be wearing their regular uniform. No skirts please. Everyone will want a warm jacket and a sack lunch. I still need chaperones for this trip. If you can attend, please let me know. We will return to school by noon. 
  • Jog A Thon is also this Thursday. Because we will be on our field trip during our assigned time, 8th grade will run their laps during our PE time. Students may bring a change of clothes. 
  • Book Fair - Book fair begins this Thursday. Stop in for some great discounts. 
  • 8th Grade Family Night is also this Thursday. Join me in the 8th grade room to learn all about your choices for high school and to discuss fundraising for our end of year trip. 

Students will be able to...

  • Explain the structure and powers of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. 
  • Describe the legislative process in the U.S. Congress.                                                   
  • Identify the legislative branch's role in the system of checks and balances/separation of powers.                                                                                                                        
  • Analyze a primary source (excerpts of Article I).
  • Model the lawmaking process by participating in a role-play activity to design a school cell phone policy.
  • Model the effect of unicameral and bicameral voting systems by participating in a series of votes about the cell phone policy.
  • Determine the effect of a single-house system by analyzing data about state populations and the number of representatives in each house. 
  • Identify the constitutional powers of Congress.
  • Describe the factors members of Congress weigh when voting on bills.
  • Demonstrate how members of Congress weigh factors by voting on hypothetical bills.
  • Evaluate information in order to apply each factor to real-life issues in the hypothetical bills.

Students will: 
  • describe friction as a force that impedes motion and generates heat
  • distinguish between static friction and kinetic friction
  • explain why friction occurs
  • describe common occurrences of friction, including those in which friction can be used to advantage in everyday life
  • describe ways in which friction can be reduced

Course 3 Math: 
  • Lessons MAP test and lessons 16 - 19

Literature: The Good Earth, Chapters 1 - 4
Students will: 
  • understand how to use specific literary terminology 
  • demonstrate comprehension of historical background concerning Pearl S. Buck 
  • develop an awareness of historical background concerning events taking place in China during the time Buck wrote her novel 
  • read critically and analytically to draw comparisons, make inferences, trace plot development, and evaluate theme

Students will: 
  • Give their first book talk

Writing: (Topic of the week: Education: Past, Present, and Future)
Students will:
  • write a final draft that shows significant changes from the rough draft

Study Skills:
Students will:
  • Get their planner signed nightly
  • Plan ahead for needed supplies
  • Turn in work on time ***** Homework return rates have been less than ideal. Please ask your student if they are turning in their homework. 
  • Use flashcards to improve vocabulary scores

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