- Monday: 8th Grade Pizza Day
- Tuesday: All School Mass
- Friday: No School for students
- Our class is out of tissues and paper towels.Please send a box or a roll if you are able to do so.
- Students should be dressed appropriately for wintery weather
- Check your child’s Black Folder regularly for graded work and important communications
- Toys and personal items should remain at home (especially Speks)
We have finished our learning of decimals! We next move onto Ch. 5 – Conversion of Measurement. In the first part of this chapter, students will learn to read, measure, and estimate customary measures for length, including inches, feet, yards, and miles. They will also estimate and measure weight and volume in small and large customary units. In the second part of this chapter, students will learn about length, mass, and volume in metric measures. They will convert between different units of measurement, such as meters to centimeters, kilometers to meters, kilograms to grams, and liters to milliliters. Finally, students will learn to tell time to the second and convert minutes and hours, using manipulatives to prove their thinking. They will read and tell time using the 24-hour clock. They will also learn the uses of a 24-hour clock, such as timetables for various types of transportation. They will then apply what they learn to solve real-world problems involving elapsed time.
This week, we are looking deeper into the Midwest region by honing in on our great city, Chicago! We will learn about the rich history of Chicago, some of the important historical people, interesting landmarks, the Chicago flag, the Great Chicago Fire and World’s Fairs, and more. Why is Chicago called, “The Windy City”? We will find out!
The kids have a coordinating packet to work on throughout each chapter, as we do every chapter, and they will use this as a study guide for the test. Please make sure your child is keeping this packet and any other coordinating review sheets in their social studies folder in their “sidekick.” It is important to keep track of, as we work with it daily as we move through the chapter and completion of it goes into their social studies grade.
In reading, we continue our Non-Fiction unit. In this unit, we are exploring how to read non-fiction material effectively and be able to recognize/extract important information from it. This past week, we specifically worked on identifying and understanding different structures of non-fiction text. We learned how to identify which structure is being used in a given non-fiction article, by looking for things such as “signal words.” This upcoming week, we will delve into the challenges of reading non-fiction texts.
In spelling, every week students are assigned 10 high frequency words and 2-3 hard to use words for spelling. On Mondays students write their list into their Orange Reading Spiral Notebook. Throughout the week students complete 2 spelling activities from a choice board. On Fridays, students turn in their spelling activities and take a spelling test.
In grammar, our class is currently covering VERBS. Each week students complete 2-4 pages of grammar and then have a short quiz on Friday. Our topic this week is Irregular Verbs.
In Writing, we are engaging in prewriting activities as we look ahead to writing an expository essay. Students are practicing writing good paragraphs by using the structural features: compare/contrast, problem/solution, chronological order, and description
We have been talking about how our conscience and God’s Commandments guide us towards making right and just decisions in our lives. We will be memorizing the Ten Commandments, with the first 3 being tested on Monday. We have also spent time taking personal inventories and reciting the Act of Contrition.
Thank you all for supporting Catholic Schools Week. We had a great time!!!