8H Homework & Announcements

February 2018 Curriculum Review

The following information is intended to serve as an outline of studies for all core classes during the month of February.

Language Arts with Mrs. Paster

What should scientists and people be doing to create better vaccines and protection from the flu? Does restocking NH lakes and rivers with fish help or hurt the environment? How does social media negatively and positively affect the behavior of teens? How does a person lead a happy life? These are just a few of the questions being investigated by students as they research their self-selected topics by gathering and organizing relevant information, citing textual evidence, and presenting information that reflects grade eight writing standards.  This research paper will serve as the basis of the students’ formal speeches and oratorical project. Additionally, students will complete lessons 12-13 in Vocabulary for Achievement.  The chapter 9 verb and mood review in Holt Handbook begins later this month.

Science with Mr. Magnusson

Students worked to create portfolios in January keeping in mind that some of the resources we use in the classroom will serve as excellent go-to pieces when they are in high school.  We will be continuing our unit on chemistry this month exploring various topics through some hands-on labs.  Topics studied will include the periodic table, balancing equations, law of conservation of energy, and the Bohr model of the atom.  We are now in the time of the year where students are expected to be able to begin functioning as 8th grade students preparing for high school.  Students will be expected to work independently as well as in small teams and lab groups.

Pre-Algebra with Mrs. Bonsaint

During the month of February, students will complete their work with systems of equations and will begin their work with functions. They will understand relations, identify functions and represent them in different forms. Nonlinear functions will be introduced in graph form. Students will describe, compare and sketch functions. Students will continue to have vocabulary work and weekly “Standardized Testing” practice .  They should continue to work to keep their math materials organized.

Algebra I with Mrs. Bonsaint

During the month of February, students in Algebra I will complete their work with systems of equations. Students will learn to solve systems of equations by graphing, by substitution and by elimination. Our next topic will be exponents and polynomials. They will learn the properties of exponents, including rational exponents. They will learn about powers of ten and scientific notation. Our work with polynomials will include addition, subtraction, and multiplication using properties of exponents and combining like terms. Students will continue to have nightly homework, vocabulary and weekly “Standardized Testing” practice.

Social Studies with Mr. Coggeshall

In February, we will be finishing up WWI by learning about the United States involvement in the war.  The unit will conclude with a presentation by a collector of World War One artifacts who will share his vast knowledge and collection with the students.  The next unit of study is life during the 1920's as begin to examine the emergence of modern America.



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