Hello Parents, Families, and Friends of our AV-W 8th Graders. Here’s what we’ve been up to during this first month of school.
8th Grade Science
We’ve been busy. The year started out with a review of measurement (SI units, volume, mass, density, length), a discussion of the scope of physical science, and a review of the scientific method while we investigated expanding Gummy Bears. We are currently in the process of writing our first lab report. Students have also been researching STEM careers in order to create a Google Slides presentation for their classmates. We will also begin writing our first lab report during the coming week.
Please take some time to look at your student’s science notebook. Each day they are asked to write down the learning target(s), complete the warm up activity, and take notes during the lesson. In addition students are asked to participate in a weekly discussion using Haiku (ask your child about this). This week we will also incorporate the daily use of an exit ticket. You can see the format of daily lessons by visiting the planbook.
We have also been working with Mr. Wauter’s Musky Time group to lay the foundation for our new recycling and composting initiative. Many of our 8th grade algebra students will also have the opportunity to accelerate their science education during Musky Time as well. It’s wonderful to see such dedication and leadership in these scholars.
We recently kicked off our Civil War Expedition on Friday. This week we will be exploring the causes of the Civil War. So far we’ve introduced the topics of secession, slavery, states rights, the Underground Railroad, suffrage, and abolitionists. The 8th graders did a wonderful job during our post kick-off discussion on Friday.
It’s been a fantastic start to the school year. Thank you for connecting through Class Dojo. I hope the weekly reports are giving you a new insight into our classroom.
It’s a great day to be a Musky!