2014 Class Newsletter #1

Copy of AV-W Only

 

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.

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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.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UNIT STUDY GUIDE

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.

Social Studies

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!

Mr. Jorgensen

Forces Unit Comes To An End

Students just completed the test for our Forces Learning Targets and did quite well.  We’ve been working on building up our study habits so we can experience success when it matters the most.

Ryan and Nate set the record for the farthest traveling pasta pod racer this year.  Congratulations to both of them.  They’ve given next years students some stiff competition.

We are now getting ready to study gravity, friction, and pressure.  This year we will attempt to funnel all of our learning through the construction of an energy producing wind turbine.  Let the fun begin.

Have a great weekend everyone.

It’s a great day to be a Muskie.

Mr. Jorgensen

Class Update 11/15

Language Arts/Reading:

  • No Journal Prompt Today – Start working on your Civil War Mind Map.  The map is due on Monday.

I CAN USE THE RUBRIC AND MY CLASS TIME TO CREATE A MIND MAP THAT DEMONSTRATES CRAFTSMANSHIP.

Science:

  • Do Now:  Take out your learning target Cornell Notes and critique sheet.  Sit with your partner.  Quietly wait for directions.
  • Educreations Formative Quiz
  • Rate Our Progress
  • Exit Ticket:  Today we will complete our exit ticket in a comment below.  I will show you how.  The question is:  WHICH TARGET /VOCABULARY TERM IS THE MOST CONFUSING TO YOU?
  • Here are some links that can help:  Energy Target Resources

I CAN ASSESS MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE ENERGY LEARNING TARGETS

I CAN LEAVE AN APPROPRIATE COMMENT IN THE EXIT TICKET BELOW.

Student Guest Post: Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier

Antoine was born into a rich family and was told he was going to law school but he wanted to go to a science school. But when he discovered a way to make the lights on the streets of Paris better he was accepted into the best school in England. Both of his major contributions to chemistry today had something to do with oxygen. One was combustion and the other was respiration. With combustion he worked a lot on gun powder and how to make it better by get dry charcoal, sulfur and saltpeter charcoal was great because it burned very quickly and left very little residue. Under respiration he learned about how oxygen played a key role in breaking down dead living things. He was one of the first people to realize that hydrogen and oxygen together create dew which is water. H2O

Zach

Sources:

 

 

www.chemheritage.org 

cti.itc.virginia.edu

www.antoine-lavoisier.com/