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What a fun week it has been celebrating Halloween and Red Ribbon Week. The 7th graders enjoyed picking our door theme for Red Ribbon Week--iTune Out Drugs...a large iPod (thanks Katie R. and Hannah O.!!) accompanied by smaller iPads saying "iTune out drugs because..." completed our theme this week! Between RRW bingo, buddy activities, and Halloween parties this week, we have had a lot of fun!

Here's what's happening in the classroom...

8th grade math-We still follow the same format for math. After every five lessons, there is a test and after every ten lessons, there is an investigation. We are looking one more test and investigation for this trimester. In the coming month, our big focus will be geometric shapes and finding missing angles. We will soon move into algebraic equations, followed by multi-step problem solving. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

8th grade language- We have had quite a bit of fun in Language class lately. We finished our research projects and introduced a poetry unit by listening to some CLASSIC poetry (You may hear your student quote Edgar Allan Poe around the house...!) Our poetry unit will wrap up this trimester in Language (final projects due November 13). Trimester 2 will focus on grammar and mechanics and by February, we will be diagraming sentences in our sleep! We are back at spelling every week, testing on Fridays. As always, e-mail me if you have any questions/concerns!

8th grade reading- We just finished reading our second novel of the trimester, The Maze Runner. It was such a fun class read, and I think all of the students really enjoyed it. We spent a majority of our time with this book looking at textual evidence and reading between the lines. We will start our next class novel on Monday 11/3, and we will be reading Ungifted. With this novel, we will be focusing on literary elements and comparing it to real life events. This novel will take us to Thanksgiving break.

7th grade language- We have had quite a bit of fun in Language class lately. We finished our research projects and introduced a poetry unit by listening to some CLASSIC poetry (You may hear your student quote Edgar Allan Poe around the house...!) Our poetry unit will wrap up this trimester in Language (final projects due November 13). Trimester 2 will focus on grammar and mechanics and by February, we will be diagraming sentences in our sleep! We are back at spelling every week, testing on Fridays. As always, e-mail me if you have any questions/concerns!

7th grade religion- In religion, we took some time to learn about "respecting life" this moth, as October is Respect for Life month. Our lessons, paired with the parish's Respect for Life Essay Contest, made for a very engaging unit, which sparked great discussion and thoughts among the students. The winners have been chosen for the RfL Essay Contest and the winners will read their essays after school mass on 11/5. We are now focusing on God in our daily lives, paying special attention to God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We will also take some time to learn about different saints next week, to coincide with All Saints' Day. The students have chosen a saint they wish to research and will submit a Saint Essay on 11/13. If you would like details about this, please let me know!

6th grade language- The 6th graders are working very hard in language. We are working on grammar--specifically nouns, pronouns, and adjectives. I am amazed at the thirst for knowledge this group has-they are always asking questions and finding ways to answer those questions together. I have seen them THRIVE in the language classroom; it is very neat! We will continue to work on grammar through this trimester, but we will do some poetry in late November. We are back at spelling every week, testing on Fridays. As always, e-mail me if you have any questions/concerns!

 

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