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December Curriculum News

We hope you find this final newsletter of 2017 helpful!

Language Arts with Mrs. Paster

In preparation for the reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, students have read research articles about the correlation between happiness and income.  While reading the articles, students completed assessments on their reading comprehension and wrote short answers that practiced their use of the ACE method--answer the question, cite the evidence, and explain. As they return from Thanksgiving break, students will begin reading the Dickens’ novella about Ebenezer Scrooge and the transformation of this dynamic character as he reconciles his relationships with his cherished money and his alienated friends and family.  Following the reading, we will attend a performance of the story at the North Shore music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts, on December 13.   Students will conclude the unit by writing an analysis/review of the production as they evaluate the choices made by the director and performers.  Additionally, we will continue vocabulary study and language review with lessons 7-10 in Vocabulary for Achievement.  The month will conclude with classroom competitions to determine representatives for the Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition. Students may participate directly by participating in the classroom bee held the week of December 20, or indirectly, by writing words/reading.   Word list for those interested in preparation will be distributed at the beginning of the month.

Social Studies with Mr. Coggeshall

Hello!  December finds us finishing up the American Industrial Revolution unit.  Students have been introduced to the stock market and are trading stocks in real time on a simulator.  Being an 80's kid, I watched MTV and enjoyed a program called "Win Ben Stein's Money".  My version is Win Cogg's Money! Be sure to ask your student for details.  During the month we will be exploring the massive immigration period of the late 1800's and early 1900's.  We will explore the conflicts created by the Industrial Revolution and immigration surge.  Also, students will be asked investigate their own immigration history.

Pre-Algebra with Mrs. Bonsaint

During the month of December, students in Pre-Algebra  will be working with lines and linear equations. They will graph and compare  two different proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph.  Students will also derive the equations y=mx and y=mx +b.

Students will continue to have nightly homework, vocabulary work and weekly skills sheets and they should continue to work to keep their math notebook organized

Algebra with Mrs. Bonsaint

During the month of December, students in Algebra I will study linear functions. They will write and graph linear functions, identify and interpret the components of linear graphs, including the x-intercept, y-intercept and slope. They will also graph and analyze families of functions. Students will continue to have nightly homework, weekly “Countdown to Testing” and should continue to keep their materials organized.

Science with Mrs. Westergren

Science class has transitioned from geology to chemistry.  We examined broader concepts in geology including plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, soil development, and erosion.  We finished off our geology unit with a Geological Timeline project during which we studied fossils, absolute and relative dating and time periods..  Our focus will shift from Earth Systems to all the chemical reactions that happen on Earth as we begin our Chemistry study.

Special Education with Mr. Angwin

Study skills - students continue to work on their organizational skills which include organizing notebooks for classes and checking Power School to see what assignments they may be missing.  Concepts that are taught in core classes are also reviewed during this period.

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