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English
Students are starting the month creating independent reading projects. Of Mice and Men is the first novel students will read and analyze for class. Note-taking skills and small group work will be emphasized as the students prepare a mock trial based on their understanding of the novel. Students will continue working with journal writing, vocabulary, and editing skills.
American History
As part of our Civics unit, students will be studying the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the Constitution. We will complete an in-depth analysis of the process by which a bill becomes a law. We will also investigate the powers and duties of the presidency in America. Finally, we will examine the role of the Supreme Court.
Science
We have begun our exploration of meteorology. The opening chapter will be a study of the composition and layering of the atmosphere, air pressure and air quality. Further topics include how the Earth acquires energy and how it is transferred through the atmosphere, major wind patterns that govern climactic conditions, water in the atmosphere and precipitation. Activities that will be used to further students understanding will include: determining the heat capacity of both sand and water, determining dew points and relative humidity, an investigation into the greenhouse effect and a simple study into the absorption and radiation energy associated with a Leslie cube.
Math:
Pre-Algebra
Students are currently working on solving linear equations.They will then apply their skills to solve word problems.
Algebra I
Students are working on graphing linear equations.The idea of slope as a rate of change is visited as well as function notation and what it means to be a function.
Algebra II
Students are beginning an in-depthanalysis of linear systems of equations and inequalities with three variables. Linear programming applications will be explored as real-world examples of systems of equations. Three-dimensional graphing will be introduced to further enhance the students' visualization of mathematical models. Matrices will be used to solve systems of equations and to encode/decode messages. Students will incorporate the use of the graphing calculator throughout this study.
Geometry
Students have completed the first two units which provided them with a basic understanding of concepts of Geometry.Students are currently discovering methods for writing proofs, with both form and content being stressed. Students will be able to utilize postulates, definitions and previously proven theorems in their proofs.
Study Skills 8
Students will engage in activities related to the English classes reading John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and will analyze the plot structure, themes, and characterization. Students will also research strategies for self-advocacy, and they will develop their philosophy of self-advocacy,evaluate their habits, and set goals for success in 8th grade and in high school.
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