Previous Weeks – Grade 8

Throughout the semester, we have been updating the website with week by week information on what the students have been learning. Please choose from the weeks below.

Grade 8 Archive 2015/2016

Grade 8 Archive 2016/2017

Grade 8 Archive 2017/2018


Week 14

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

This week we will start Unit 3, Reading 3 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “What defines success?” The grammar lesson will focus oninflections and infinitives of purpose. We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.

The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

    • Character motivation
    • Suspense
    • Considerable
    • Displayed
    • Objective
    • Participate
    • Previous

 

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Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

This week in science class we will continue to learn about the properties of wave and how to calculate the different properties of waves. The students will also be preparing and putting the final touches on their materials for the science fair.
 

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Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we look at various methods of solving a system of equations – that is, finding where two lines intersect. We spend some more time on substitution, which is proving a stubborn concept, and then explore further methods: adding, subtracting and multiplying the equations (or a combination of the three) to eliminate a variable and solving for the remaining one. Same same but different.
 

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Week 13

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

This weekwe will start Unit 3, Reading 2 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “What defines success?” The grammar lesson will focus on homophones andgerund phrases. We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.

The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • Extended metaphor
 • Repetition
 • Stanza
 • Cultural
 • Distinctive
 • Interpret
 • Precise
 • Pursue
 

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Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

This week in science we will continue to learn about waves. We will be learning how to describe waves and what things affect a wave. The students will also learn how to determine the speed and frequency of different waves. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary for the week.

Vocabulary

    • Wave
    • Amplitude
    • Wavelength
    • Wave period
    • Frequency
    • Wave speed

 

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Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we are introduced to solving systems of equations – basically figuring out where two lines intersect. Put those thinking caps on!
 

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Week 12

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

This week we will start Unit 3, Reading 1in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “What defines success?” The grammar lesson will focus onprefixes and independent versus dependent clauses. We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.

The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

    • Enterprise
    • Excelled
    • Famine
    • Satellite
    • Scholarships
    • Self-portrait
    • Aid
    • Commitment
    • Contribution
    • Global
    • Priority

 

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Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

This week in science we will be starting a new book, Sound and Light. The students will be
learning about what waves are, disturbances and transfers of energy. The students will also learn the
how waves move with difference between longitudinal waves and transverse waves. We will also learn
about mechanical and electromagnetic waves. The students will be expected to learn the vocabulary for
the week as well.

Vocabulary

    • Wave
    • Medium
    • Longitudinal wave
    • Transverse wave
    • Mechanical wave
    • Electromagnetic wave

 

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Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we continue our study of linear equations, using our previously learned skills of inverse operations and distribution property to determine if an equation as one solution, infinite solutions or no solutions. This short week culminates with a quiz on Thursday.
 

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Review and Exam Week

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

Vocabulary

    • Students will be asked to demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary by matching
    definitions and filling in the blanks.

Spelling

    • Students will be asked to determine the correct spelling of vocabulary words through
    multiple choice questions.

Reading Comprehension

    • Students will be given an excerpt from the textbook reading and will be asked
    questions that demonstrate students’ reading comprehension and critical thinking
    skills.

Grammar

    • Students will be asked to demonstrate grammar knowledge by spelling regular
    plurals, identifying subject-verb agreement, forming the simple past of regular and
    irregular verbs, and recognizing active and passive voice in a sentence.

Writing

    • Students will be asked to demonstrate writing skills through a general writing prompt.

 

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Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

    • Body Systems (introduction)
    • The skeletal and muscular systems
    • The circulatory and respiratory systems
    • The Digestive and Excretory Systems
    • The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
    • The reproductive system
    • The Immune system
    • Infectious disease
    • Nutrition and fitness

 

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Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

    1. Real numbers, exponents, and scientific notation
      a. Real number
        i. Rational and irrational numbers, sets of real numbers, ordering real numbers
      b. Exponents and Scientific Notation
        i. Integer exponents, scientific notation with positive and negative powers of ten,
        operations with scientific notation

    2. Proportional and Non-proportional Relationships and Functions
      a. Proportional Relationships
        i. Representing proportional relationships, rate of change and slope, unit rate
      b. Non-proportional Relationships
        i. Representing non-proportional relationships, slope and y-intercept, graphing using
        slope and y-intercept, situations
      c. Writing Linear Equations
        i. Writing linear equations from situations, graphs and tables
        ii. Linear or non-linear? Making predictions.
      d. Functions
        i. Identifying and representing functions, describing functions, comparing functions,
        analyzing graphs

 

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Week 9

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

This week we will start Unit 2, Reading 4 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “Where can a journey take you?” The grammar lesson will focus on adverb clauses of time and words ending in ‘y.’ We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.

The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

    • Simile
    • Metaphor
    • Adjust
    • Emphasize
    • Expand
    • Immigration
    • Temporary

 

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Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

In science class this week we will be going over nutrition and fitness. The students will learn the six classes of nutrients, how to read a nutrition label, and what makes up a healthy diet. The students will also learn about eating disorders, and different types of exercise (aerobic and anaerobic). The students will also be expect to learn the vocabulary words for the week.

Vocabulary

    • Nutrition
    • Nutrient
    • Diet
    • Overweight
    • Obesity
    • Eating disorder
    • Physical fitness

 

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Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we conclude Unit 2 with a review day on Monday and then a test on Tuesday. The rest of the week will be an introduction into solving linear equations – essentially using inverse operations to isolate and solve for the variables. Much fun will be had with fractions, decimals, variables and “real-world” situations. The excitement is palpable.
 

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Week 8

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

This week we will start Unit 2, Reading 3 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “where can a journey take you?” The grammar lesson will focus on using the passive voice and omitting the ‘by’ phrase. We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.

The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

    • Stern
    • Despair
    • Essence
    • Prophecy
    • Security
    • Revenge
    • Approach
    • Migrate
    • Sufficient
    • Transport

 

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Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

This week the students will be learning about infectious diseases. We will cover the difference between infectious and non-infectious diseases. The students will learn what causes infectious diseases, how infectious diseases are passed from one person to another, and how to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary word for the week.

Vocabulary for infectious diseases

    • Noninfectious diseases
    • Infectious disease
    • Antibiotic
    • Antiviral drug

 

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Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we finalize Unit 2 with an introduction to functions. After examining some basic qualities of functions (in a nutshell, an input yields only one output) we delve into more detail: Is a function proportional or not, linear or not. We utilize our new-founded linear equation expertise to look at linear functions. Finally, we hone our skills at analyzing graphs. Great stuff!!
 

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Week 7

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

This week we will start Unit 2, Reading 2 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “where can a journey take you?” The grammar lesson will focus on adding a suffix to form a new word and sentences using the active or passive voice. We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.

The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • Civilizations
 • Expeditions
 • Explorations
 • Markets
 • Navigator
 • Trade
 • Conducted
 • Established
 • Financed
 • Region
 • Varied
 

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Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

This week we will be testing on the reproductive systems and the information learned in unit 1. Students will also learn about the immune system. We will learn about different diseases and types of diseases. The students will learn how the body reacts to these different problems with different types of white blood cells. The students will also learn vocabulary for the week.

Vocabulary for week 7

    • Pathogen
    • Immune system
    • Microphage
    • T cell
    • B cell
    • Antibody
    • Immunity
    • vaccine

 

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Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we conclude our unit on linear equations, starting with a test on Monday and a pop quiz Friday. Yay! In between, we apply our new-found skills to word problems. Double Yay!!
 

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Week 6

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

This week we will start Unit 2, Reading 1 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “where can a journey take you?” The grammar lesson will focus on introducing root words and using the simple past of regular and irregular verbs. We will also start our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.

The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • Plot
 • Character
 • Point of view
 • Abandon
 • Collapse
 • Finally
 • Investigate
 • React
 • Strategy
 

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Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

This week in science class we will be studying the human reproductive systems fetal development and STIs. Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the reproductive system, stages of pregnancy and STIs. The students will also be expected to know the vocabulary words and their definitions.

Vocabulary words for week 6

    • Sperm
    • Testes
    • Penis
    • Egg
    • Ovary
    • Uterus
    • Vagina
    • Embryo
    • Placenta
    • Umbilical cord
    • fetus

 

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Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week Algebra I continue studying the slope-intercept form in both proportional and non-proportional situations. Students will learn to map lines using the formula from graphs, tables and the equation itself. Friday will conclude the week with a comprehensive test on the unit.
 

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Week 5

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

This week we will start Unit 1, Reading 4 in the textbook and workbook. The reading continues to focus on the natural world with an emphasis on the water cycle. The spelling and grammar lesson will focus on long ‘a’ spelling and subject-verb agreement.

The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

    • Atmosphere
    • Condensation
    • Evaporation
    • Precipitation
    • Vapor
    • Water cycle
    • Available
    • Consist
    • Create
    • Process
    • Reverse
    • Source

 

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Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

This week in science class we will be studying the exciting world of the nervous and endocrine systems. By the end of the week the students will be familiar with the nervous system and the different parts of the nervous system. They will know how their senses work and relay information to the nervous system. We will also be talking about the endocrine system and the students will learn how the endocrine system uses hormones to chemically communicate with the body. The students will also be expected to become familiar with this weeks’ vocabulary words.

Vocabulary words for week 5

    • Nervous system
    • Brain
    • Spinal cord
    • Neuron
    • Axon
    • Dendrite
    • Endocrine system
    • Hormone
    • gland

 

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Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we enter the world of nonproportional relationships and, more specifically – drum roll, please – the slope-intercept form, y=mx+b. Major math fun will ensue as we graph and manipulate this powerful and useful equation!!
 

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Week 4

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

This week we will start Unit 1, Reading 3 in the textbook and workbook. The reading continues to focus on the natural world with an emphasis on deserts. The spelling and grammar lesson will focus on compound nouns, and simple and compound sentences.

The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • Figurative language
 • Personification
 • Setting
 • Adapt
 • Capable
 • Concluded
 • Rely
 • Route
 

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Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

This week the 8th grade will be learning about the digestive and excretory systems. By the end of the week they should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the major organs in both of the systems, as well as demonstrating knowledge on their basic functions.

The students should also be familiar with and memorize the vocabulary words for the week

    • Digestive system
    • Enzyme
    • Esophagus
    • Stomach
    • Small intestine
    • Large intestine
    • Pancreas
    • Liver
    • Excretory system kidney
    • Nephron
    • urine

 

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Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week Algebra 1 continues studying proportional relationships, finding the rate of change/slope and interpreting it. This then segues to Algebra 1 learning about non-proportional relationships and introducing everyone’s favorite: The slope-intercept form! Much graphing and plugging in x and y values will ensue.
 

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Week 3

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

This week we will start Unit 1, Reading 2 in the textbook and workbook. The reading focuses on the relationship between living and nonliving things in the natural world. The spelling and grammar lesson will focus on regular plurals and comparison structures.

The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • Nonliving
 • Nutrients
 • Organism
 • Photosynthesis
 • Reproduce
 • Species
 

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Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

This week we will be going over the circulatory and respiratory systems. The student will be expected to understand the major working organs in the respiratory and circular systems, and the vocabulary.

Vocabulary

    • Lymphatic system
    • Lymph
    • Lymph node
    • Artery
    • Capillary
    • Cardiovascular system
    • Blood
    • Vein
    • Respiratory system
    • Pharynx
    • Larynx
    • Trachea
    • Bronchi
    • Alveoli

 

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Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we conclude our first unit with studying negative scientific notation and operations. We will have a review of the entire unit with a big test on Thursday, covering all material studied so far this year. Finally, on Friday, we begin a new unit on proportional relationships.
 

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Week 2

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

This week we will start Unit 1, Reading 1 in the textbook and workbook. The reading focuses on imagery, sensory details, and the life cycles of living creatures. The spelling and grammar lesson will focus on prefixes and order of adjectives.

The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • Cycle
 • Dramatic
 • Percent
 • Project
 

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Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

The students should be familiar with and understand the bones in the skeletal system, the structure of bones, different types of joints, and 3 different types of muscles.
 

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Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we finish the first unit on real numbers and complete our first quiz, followed by beginning Unit 2 on exponents and scientific notation.
 

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Week 1

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Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

    • Focus on familiarizing students with the classroom, curriculum, staff and fellow students.
    • Introduction to classroom rules and expectations.
    • Ice breakers and team-building exercise to engage students.
    • Writing and reading comprehension worksheets to help identify ability and level of English.
     

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    Grade 8 Algebra I
    Teacher Neill Dixon

    This week will serve as an introduction to Algebra. Algebra can be viewed as a puzzle that requires manipulation to solve for an unknown or a variable. Up until now, students have carried out mathematical operations to the left of the equal sign (or above) with the answer to be filled in to the right of the equal sign. In algebra, manipulation will be required to isolate the variable and then solve for it.

    This week we will be studying rational and irrational numbers, sets of real numbers and ordering real numbers. Critical vocabulary and concepts will include: integers, whole numbers, real numbers, cube root, square root, perfect cube, perfect square, principal square root, rational numbers, irrational numbers, repeating decimal, terminating decimal.
     

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