Welcome to Grade 8
A few important dates to remember:
1. Our Winter Concert is on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, both at 1:00 and 7:00 pm
2. We are asked to bring, by Friday, December 15th, any of the following items for the Wawa Christmas Hamper Fund: Pancake mix, pancake syrup, cranberry sauce, pasta sauce, pasta, tuna, or Stove Top Stuffing mix.
3. Any tests that go home, I would like to be signed and returned to a school collection of work that will become our very own portfolios.
We have started the year by looking at our learning styles (Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic). We are further learning about ourselves by discovering the Multiple Intelligences. Everyone has ways they learn best and we all have different strengths and weaknesses. Knowing our strengths will help us to choose activities and projects that best demonstrate our new knowledge.
In Language, we are learning about biographies and figurative language, such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, and metaphors! We have now also read about Anne Frank. We are learning about how to make connections to what we read to help us to better understand a story. We are using text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. We have practiced this skill with our Nelson Literacy story and also with our read aloud. We are now working on writing an essay; we’re putting our paragraph practice to use! We have started our independent book reports on The Giver by Lowis Lowry.
In math we are now moving onto Number Sense!We will be learning and exploring the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents. We will also be exploring exponents and of course continuing to work with BEDMAS (order of operations). We have just spent the past week being math buddies with the Gr. 6/7 class, showing them how to make Pythagorean spirals by creating perpendicular bisectors. We also showed them how to fill the spiral with Zen Doodles.
In Science, we are continuing to explore the strand of life systems: cells. We are learning how cells become tissue, tissues become organs, and our organs work together to create organs systems in our bodies. We have also been fortunate enough to have had Dr. Poldmaa teach us about DNA and genetics. We were able to do a lab that enabled us to see our own DNA. We also learnt about Epigenetics and how we still have so much to discover about cells!
In gym, we are playing basketball based warm-ups and activities, as that will be the next competitive sport played. We are still focusing on getting our bodies moving in fun and creative ways with the activities we play, and a huge thank you to Ms. Portis for showing us how to play ‘Hula Hut’ dodgeball.
Will be posted shortly.