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March Newsletter

Grades Seven &  Eight

RELIGION

Grade 7:  The seventh grade will focus on the liturgical season of Lent. We will use religion classes to better understand the Passion of Jesus as we begin our preparation of the Living Stations performance on Wednesday, April12th .Please join us in the school auditorium at 9:45AM.

Grade 8:  During the month of March, class lessons will focus on the liturgical season of Lent. This season is observed with an open, purified heart, which enables us to know ourselves in the mystery of Jesus Christ’s dying and rising.  Students will participate in activities, meditations, and personal reflections that help to strengthen their relationship with God.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Grade 7:   In March we begin our study of Westward Expansion by the United States and how driven by political and economic motives, our nation expanded its physical boundaries to the Pacific Ocean.

Grade 8: This month we begin our study of World War II and how the aggression of the Axis powers threatened United States security and led to its entry into the war. We will investigate the nature and consequences of warfare during WWII that transformed the United States and the global community.

 

MATH

MATH 7:  Students taking Course 2 will begin to use their knowledge of simplifying expressions to solve simple and multiple-step equations. In addition, the students will use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems.

MATH 8:  During the month of March, students taking Math 8 will continue their study of slope and linear equations. They will also finish up their Water Park Project. The next topic to be covered will be analyzing and solving pairs of simultaneous linear equations both graphically and algebraically.

MATH Algebra 1: Students taking Algebra I will finish their study of statistics and move on to reviewing slope and concepts related to linear equations and functions. Students will be analyzing and solving pairs of simultaneous linear equations graphically and algebraically.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Grade 7:  Students will begin to compare fiction and nonfiction texts. Through the use of narrative writing, the elements of narrator, characters, dialogue, story events, and theme will be examined. Students will explore etymology of words. Vocabulary and grammar lessons will continue throughout the month. The next independent reading genre is science fiction.  Reading logs are due on March 14 and 28. The science fiction book project is due on March 14 th .

Grade 8:  During the month of March, students will begin to compare organization of texts with regard to chronological order, cause and effect order, comparison and contrast, and paragraph structure.  In addition, students will explore word origins.  Vocabulary and grammar lessons will continue throughout the month. The next independent reading genre is science fiction. Reading logs are due on March 14 and 28. The science fiction book project is due on March 14 th .

 

SPANISH

Grade 7:  During the month of Marzo, seventh graders will conclude this chapter entitled “Food” with reading and talking about differences between eating habits in United States and in the Spanish-speaking world. Also, they will learn how to conjugate verbs ending in…er and…ir.

Grade 8:  In Marzo, the students will discuss past actions and events, and refer to people and things already mentioned. Also, they will read and talk about resorts in the Hispanic world. Finally, the eighth graders will present a cultural project.

 

SCIENCE

Grade 7:  During the month of March, we will complete our unit on Evolution. By midmonth, we will begin our study of Earth’s smallest living organisms: viruses, bacteria, protists and fungi.  Our lab experiences will support these lessons.

Grade 8:  During the month of March, students will conclude their study of weathering, erosion, and deposition. Laboratory investigations will include analyzing the similarities and differences between physical and chemical weathering as well as glacial processes.

REGENTS EARTH SCIENCE:  Students in the Regents Earth Science course will begin our study of Earth’s geologic history.  Laboratory investigations will include constructing a geologic profile and correlating fossils. To be successful in this course, a daily review of concepts is strongly recommended.

The Teachers of Grades Seven and Eight.