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7th & 8th Grades

February Newsletter 
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   Grades Seven & Eight

RELIGION
Celtic, Knot, Interlocked, Intertwined, Overlapping
 

Grade 7:  This month the seventh grade students will reflect on our need for Jesus to lead us and the ways the first disciples responded to His call.

Grade 8: During the month of February, the eighth grade class discussions will focus on the Trinity.  Students will see that we relate to the three Divine Persons of the Trinity in different ways.  We are children of God the Father, brothers and sisters of Christ, and temples of the Holy Spirit.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 Constitution, 4Th Of July, July 4Th, Independence


Grade 7:  In February we continue with the development of the Constitution and the new nation’s struggles. We will go on to examining our government today with a focus on the role of each of the three branches.

Grade 8
:  This month we look into how the economic and environmental disasters in the 1930s created hardships for many Americans. Student will also examine President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s intensive government interventions in the United States economy and society.

 

MATH
Data, Graph, Math, Mathematics, Maths, Measure

MATH 7:  Students taking Math 7 will continue their study of percent during the month of February. Topics covered will include: simple interest, tax, markups and markdowns, gratuities and commissions, fees, and percent of increase and decrease. Our next topic will be solving equations.

MATH 8:  During the month of February the students will begin working on their Water Park Project.  This project will help the students understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations. Some of the skills involved will include:  slope, writing linear equations, finding the midpoint and using the distance formula.

MATH Algebra 1: Students taking Algebra I will continue their study of statistics. Students will complete a linear regression lab using the graphing calculator.  Our focus will then return to functions. Students will extend their knowledge of functions to include function notation and the concepts of domain and range.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Inspector, Man, Detective, Male, Person

Grade 7:  Students will work on developing comprehension skills during the reading of several short stories. The first story,” Amigo Brothers” by Piri Thomas, will focus on   developing insight.  This story is about two avid boxers and best friends who find themselves matched against each other in a championship fight. Vocabulary lessons will continue with emphasis on root words. Just a reminder, all students should be reading a minimum of 200 minutes during the two week period. The fifth independent reading assignment’s due date is February 14th. ( Please note the change.)  The next independent reading genre is science fiction. Reading logs are due on February 7th and 28th.

Grade 8:  Students will continue to work on developing comprehension skills during the reading of several short stories.  The first story is a science fiction piece entitled, “Who Can Replace a Man?” written by Brian Aldiss. In this story machines are programmed with specific levels of intelligence.  Vocabulary lessons will continue with emphasis on suffixes –ous and -ious. Just a reminder, all students should be reading a minimum of 200 minutes during the two week period. The fifth independent reading assignment’s due date is February 14th.(Please note the change ).  The next independent reading genre is science fiction. Reading logs are due on February 7th and 28th. 

SPANISH
Penguin, Animal, Bird, Celebration, Chocolates, Flower

Grade 7: During the month of Febrero,  the students will work on “la comida”.  They will learn to order food or a beverage at a café as well as at a restaurant.  Also, they will identify and shop for some food.

Grade 8: In Febrero, the eighth graders will learn about  summer  and winter weather.  As well, they will talk about summer and winter activities and sports.

 

SCIENCE
Microscope, Research, Laboratory, Science, Medical

Grade 7 Life Science: During the month of February, we will complete our unit on genetics.  By the end of the month, we will begin to examine the work of Charles Darwin and discuss his contributions to science.  Our lab experiences will support these lessons.

Grade 8 Earth Science: During the month of February, students will complete their study of the Earth’s dynamic crust.  By the end of the month we will begin our study of weathering and erosion.  Laboratory investigations will include mapping earthquake and volcano activity all over the world.

Regents Earth Science:  Students in the Regents Earth Science course will complete their study of plate tectonics and Systems of Earth.  By the end of the month, we will begin our 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. To be successful in this course, a daily review of concepts is strongly recommended.

 

                                Thank you,

The Teachers of Grades Seven and Eight.