Sunday, October 2, 2016

What's Happening This Week 10/3 - 10/8

Special Events This Week:
  • 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. 


History: 
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.

Science: 
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

Reading: 
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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