- Picture day this Wednesday. Students should wear their regular uniform but a nice tie or scarf is appropriate.
- 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.
- 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. The Jog A Thon is the only fundraiser the PTA is hosting this year. The proceeds from it are used to fund hands on projects in the classroom, so please take a few minutes to ask family and friends.
- Book Fair - Book fair begins this Thursday. Stop in for some great discounts.
- Harvest Festival is this Thursday as well. Come enjoy a fun family evening beginning at 6:00. Please take note of the new earlier time. 8th graders will be working several booths so I would really like to see them all there.
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.
Course 3 Math:
- Lessons MAP test and lessons 16 - 19
Literature: The Good Earth, Chapters 1 - 4
- 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
- Give their first book talk
Writing: (Topic of the week: Education: Past, Present, and Future)
- write a final draft that shows significant changes from the rough draft
- 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