Wednesday, 30 March 2016 00:00

April

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Happy April! I hope the weather starts acting like spring soon! 8th Math: We are working towards finishing the Saxon book! We are continuing to work through one lesson every day and have a test after every 5 lessons. We are working on pre-algebra concepts and getting the 8th graders ready for next year! If you have questions about math placements for next year, feel free to contact me! We will have an end of the year benchmarking test on May 5th as well. 8th Grade Language: We have just started our research projects and will be working on these all of April, into May. Each student was able to choose their own research topic and we will practice citing sources, gathering information, and writing outlines before starting the paper. These skills cover a majority of 8th grade standards and benchmarks for language, so this project is important. We will be using the Chrome Books and iPads for writing and researching. I haven't assigned spelling as frequent because of the Living Stations, the play, and short weeks! Please let me know if you have any questions about anything in language class! 8th Grade Religion: After spending the better part of March preparing for the Living Stations of the Cross, we are moving on to Theology of the Body, with Mrs. Deb Ryan. Every Tuesday and Thursday from now until the last week of May, Mrs. Ryan will come and do the theology of the body curriculum with students. So far, students are handling the content very well and have been respectful of Mrs. Ryan. On the days when we're not having ToB, we will be working in the textbook. Our focus for this month is church history-specifically our church as apostolic. Students will still have religion tests over the content. The second week of April, I will administer the ACRE test, which is a standardized test of religion skills. Please let me know if you have any questions! 8th Reading: We just finished our independent reading unit. I was very impressed with the quality of work and rigor of novels that the students chose to work with for the last 2 months. I think a lot of students really enjoyed this format and it was fun to see them blossom as readers! For the remainder of the year, we will be reading Between Shades of Gray, a Holocaust novel set in Lithuania. There will be quizzes and daily work throughout, but students will also be asked to write a compare/contrast essay between the novel and a play we are attending in April, "The Diary of Anne Frank". This should take us to the end of the year, but if we have time we will read some short stories and poetry. 6th Language: We have just started our research projects and will be working on these all of April, into May. Each student was able to choose their own research topic and we will practice citing sources, gathering information, and writing outlines before starting the paper. These skills cover a majority of 6th grade standards and benchmarks for language, so this project is important. We will be using the Chrome Books and iPads for writing and researching. I haven't assigned spelling as frequent because of the Living Last Supper, the play, and short weeks! Please let me know if you have any questions about anything in language class!
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