Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

March Blog

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Happy March, everyone! With only 2 short weeks until Spring Break, we have a lot to cover and a lot to look forward to!

Here's what to look forward to in Ms. Campbell's classes in March...

 

8th Math- We will continue working through one lesson/day. Our next set of 10 lessons really focuses on geometric solids and prisms. We will be finding surface area, volume, and area of complex shapes. I want to continue to encourage parent involvement in your child's daily math homework, as we are getting into challenging concepts for the 3rd trimester, may of which build off of each other. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

8th Language- The 8th graders finished up their short story unit and they turned in some AWESOME stories at the beginning of February. From there, we went right back into grammar, working with rules of punctuation when dealing with dashes, hyphens, quotation marks, apostrophes, and parenthesis. We will focus on a spelling until until spring break, which will highlight common spelling errors in everyday writing (homophones, i before e rule, adding prefixes/suffixes, etc.) After spring break, I will have a student teacher from Drake joining me in the classroom. She is a secondary education and English major and we will work together to form lessons, assessments, and other classroom activities for the students. The student teacher's name is Ms. Stickle. Please contact me with any questions!

7th Language- The 7th graders finished up their short story unit in early February and came up with some very creative and innovative stories; they were really fun to read! Since then, we have been working on a grammar unit focused on capitalization. We took some time to look at what elements of a sentence would be capitalized (titles, names, first word of a direct quote, etc.). We will continue to work with grammar until spring break-our next unit will focus on punctuation dealing with commas, semi-colons, colons, and end marks. After spring break, I will have a student teacher from Drake joining me in the classroom. She is a secondary education and English major and we will work together to form lessons, assessments, and other classroom activities for the students. The student teacher's name is Ms. Stickle. Please contact me with any questions!

7th-8th Reading-After wrapping up our independent reading unit in early February, we started reading a novel called Between Shades of Gray, a thrilling Holocaust novel set in Lithuania. We have really dealt with compare and contrast in this novel and I have incorporated elements of social studies into reading class to show the differences and similarities between a 1940 and modern day US and Lithuania (and Germany, on occasion). After this, we will be reading a sequel to an earlier novel we read in class (the Giver) called Son. We will start that novel after spring break.

7th Religion- 7th grade has spent the last couple weeks preparing for Lent and thinking of things we can do to be our truest and best self during this time of preparation for the Lord's resurrection. We continue to check in with these sacrifices but have started a morality unit as well. This unit focuses on virtues, both cardinal and theological, modesty, and chastity. Please continue to have open communication with your child about what they're studying, as it is a difficult concept to grasp for some students. Additionally, I will be sending home the scripts for Living Stations before spring break. Many 7th graders have reading parts and I encourage them to practice over break so we are ready to rehouse when we get back!

6th Language- After turning in some great short stories in early February, we got right back into grammar focusing on capitalization in specific parts of sentences, titles, abbreviations, etc. We will test over that on Monday 3/2 and will go right into another unit of grammar that will take us until spring break. Our next unit will focus on commas, semi-colons, colons, and end marks. This can be a difficult concept for some students, so please encourage your child to ask questions if they don't understand. After spring break, I will have a student teacher from Drake joining me in the classroom. She is a secondary education and English major and we will work together to form lessons, assessments, and other classroom activities for the students. The student teacher's name is Ms. Stickle. Please contact me with any questions!

 

Even though it doesn't feel like it, Spring Break is only 2 weeks away-it will come faster than we think! 7th and 8th graders all have a part in the Living Stations and that will be sent home with them before Spring Break. I encourage you to talk with your children about their parts and work with them on reading, stage directions, etc. that they are involved with for this production!

Additionally, the middle school will go on 2 more field trips before spring break: Scrap Arts Music on 3/6 and Mayhem Poets on 3/10. Both field trips are at the Civic Center and both cost $3. Please send your forms and money into your child's homeroom teacher ASAP! 

 

Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions/concerns...and here's to hoping for Spring to come sooner! 

-Ms. Campbell

 

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