Math This week we have been reviewing volume and surface area to ease back into math after the break. We have also started our Geometry Unit and students have been practicing drawing 2D views of 3D shapes. Homework - Complete Rectangular Prism (volume and TSA) sheet for Friday, Jan. 11
Science Students can continue to work on their research for the Body System group project. Each group has been assigned a specific body system to research and build a 3D model representation. The project outline is posted on the website (unders Cells and Systems). Remember if your group plans on purchasing materials for your project, the limit is $10 per group. Try to use recyclable items from home (cardboard boxes, plastic bags, balloons etc.)
As I told the kids at the beginning of the year and over the last couple of weeks, my contract as temporary coverage for the math/sci grade 8 is coming to a close. It has been a pleasure getting to know all of the students in 108 and 102. Thank you to all for the learning experience. I know you all will continue on to have an awesome rest of the year with the wonderful Mrs. Shaw. :-)
Make sure you have considered what you are bringing for solstice and get those plates, cutlery, and cups in or you'll be eating with your hands!
The first verbal response is due by the end of the day on Monday, Dec. 17th.
There is a second verbal response that will be due by the end of the week (can still be submitted into the holidays)
This Wednesday will be an active laboratory investigation that goes into a lot of the biological concepts we have been going over these passed 3 weeks, including a frog dissection! So come to class prepared on Wednesday to get your inner scientist out to play.
Volume practice is due on Monday, Dec. 17th. We will now be working collaboratively in class for word problems relating to surface area and volume.
We are diving head first into calculating Surface Area of cubes, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, and cylinders this week. This will lead in to calculating volume of said shapes, which we will begin next week.
This will amount to a lot of practice work to develop efficient computation. We will end the week off with using this knowledge to solve a real world problem!
Biology is here! We will begin with an analysis on life and cells of the animal and plant variety.
This will lead to a mini project to analyze functions of the different parts of cells. Look for more info on that next week. In addition, we will be looking at current events in science where each student will choose an article that interests them and formulate a presentation which will be carried out in the last week before winter break.
The solubility labs should be completed and I should have a hard copy.
The Pythagorean exemplar booklets (example problems from the levels work sheets) should also be handed in.
We have reviewed all we know of 2D shapes and will be practicing applying these skills to practical problems in the coming week. This is the basis for our work with 3D shapes and their properties!
Coming up next week is the final wrap up to our chemistry unit.
There will be a practical quiz on Friday, Nov. 23rd that will encompass our last concepts: Viscosity, Density, and Buoyancy. In addition, we will be carrying out a viscosity investigation (using our "sparkling water") and a Buoyancy Challenge!
On Monday Nov. 12th, the solubility/temperature lab report will be due in a hard copy. In all, the kids have had 3 work periods totally over 3hrs to complete this lab. It is being typed up on a google document so if parents would like to check it out, feel free to help edit.
There is an extensive rubric to help with expectations for each section and I have a checklist that resides on the board to help with the calculation and hypothesis sections (see the picture below).
Down with Pythagorus, Go 3D shapes GO!
We are rounding out the Pythagorean Theorem unit this week and we will be beginning our geometry unit. This will begin with review of 2D objects vocabulary, area, and perimeter.