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.
Week 38
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will concentrate on finishing our reading book – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas –and then watch and critique the movie. We will also learn how to use a grading rubric to selfassess journal entries, and write a critique and rewrite specific journal entries.
Homework
 2 paragraph handwritten reflection on the general nature of friendship, and the dynamics of the friendship between the main characters in the novel.
 Complete journal rubrics, critique, and journal edits
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about genetics.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Factor trinomials of the form: ax^{2} + bx + c = 0
• Solve equations of the form: ax^{2} + bx + c = 0
• Solve equations using the Quadratic Formula
• Using the Discriminant to determine the number of solutions to the function
Week 37
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will finish the topic– How do we know what is true?The word study covers the use of word roots – astro, cycle and equ, and the grammar lesson will focus on how to use punctuation of quoted speech and cause and effect structures. We will continue with the reading book – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – and read and analyse chapter 1618.
Key & academic words

• axis, equator, equinox, hemisphere, rotation, solstice
• parallel, parameters, phase, revolves, sphere, transmit
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 6, Reading 4.
• The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – chapter questions
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about light technology and how it can be used.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Factor equations of the form: x^{2} + bx + c = 0
• Solving equations of the form: x^{2} + bx + c = 0
• Factor trinomials of the form: ax^{2} + bx + c =0
• Solve equations of the form: ax^{2} + bx + c = 0
• Factor binomials that are the difference of squares. Use this pattern to solve equations.
Week 36
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue the topic– How do we know what is true? The word study and grammar lesson will focus on how to use punctuation of quoted speech. We will continue with the reading book – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas –and read and analyse chapter 1315.
Literary & academic words

• Science fiction, stage directions
• Conferring, evidently, occurrence, version, visible
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 6, Reading 3.
• The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – chapter questions
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about mirrors, lenses, light waves and sight.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Use the Distributive Property to factor polynomials.
• Solve quadratic equations of the form: ax^2+bx=0
Week 35
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue the topic– How do we know what is true? The word study and grammar lesson will focus on how to use participial adjectives. We will continue with the reading book – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas –and read and analyse chapter 13.
Key & academic words

• constellations, discoveries, galaxy, phenomenon, solar system, telescope
• identified, location, philosopher, predictable, theory
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 6, Reading 2.
• The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – chapter questions
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about light and the electromagnetic spectrum
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Finding the squares of sums and differences. Finding the product of a sum and a difference in solving equations
• Multiplying a polynomial by a monomial
• Use the Distributive Property to factor polynomials.
• Solve quadratic equations of the form: ax^2+bx=0
Week 34
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will start a new topic– How do we know what is true?The word study and grammar lesson will focus on antonyms and modal verbs that express ability, necessity and permission. We will continue with the reading book – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas –and read and analyse chapter 11. Students will also practice their letter writing skills.
Literary & academic words

• Myth, hero, heroine
• Despite, enforce, manipulate, occupy, restore, role
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 6, Reading 1.
• The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – written assignment
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about interference, resonance, detection and communication using sound waves.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Finding the squares of sums and differences. Finding the product of a sum and a difference in solving equations
• Multiplying a polynomial by a monomial
• Use the Distributive Property to factor polynomials.
• Solve quadratic equations of the form: ax^2+bx=0
Week 33
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue the topic – Why do we explore new frontiers?The word study and grammar lesson will focus on frequently misspelled words and comparison structures. We will continue with the reading book – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas –and read and analyse chapter 9.
Literary & academic words

• Onomatopoeia, hyperbole
• Instruct, invisible, partnership, rigid, substitute, unique
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 5, Reading 4.
• The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – written assignment
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be looking at the different interactions of sound waves.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Write polynomials in standard form
• Add and subtract polynomials
• Multiply a polynomial by a monomial
• Multiplying two binomials using the Distributive Property
Week 32
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue the topic – Why do we explore new frontiers?The word study and grammar lesson will focus on compound words and the correct use of modal verbs. We will continue with the reading book – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas –and read and analyse chapter 8, focusing on the importance and symbolism of clothing.
Key & academic words

• harvested, independence, missionaries, ranching, settlers, sharecropper
• maintain, survey, tradition, ultimate, widespread
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 5, Reading 3.
• The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – written assignment
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about the different properties of waves and the physical equations derived from them.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Write polynomials in standard form. Describing like/unlike terms for grouping purposes. Adding/Subtracting Polynomials
• Multiplying a Polynomial by a Monomial
• Using the Distributive Property to find the product of a polynomial and a monomial.
• Multiplying Polynomials using the Distributive Property. Using the FOIL Method to find the product of two binomials
Week 31
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the reading book – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – analysing themes and symbolism, and make initial prep notes for character analysis.
We will also be looking more closely at the process of journaling. Students will have the opportunity to assess and analyse their own work, making recommendations for improvement.
Homework
• Chapter 6&7 reading comprehension questions for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week will be an introduction to waves and their physical classifications and properties.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
Review and Exam Week
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
Reading Comprehension
There will be an excerpt from our readings in the class textbook, followed by questions that focus on students’ abilities in comprehension and critical thinking.
Vocabulary
Students will demonstrate understanding of vocabulary words by matching the words with definitions and using them in sentences. These are vocabulary words from our weekly
vocab quizzes.
Grammar
Students will be asked to show ability to correctly use the following –

● Synonyms
● Present perfect
● Future tense for prediction
● Capitalisation of proper nouns
● Conjunctions – and, but, or
Literary Skills
Students should be able to

● Identify examples of foreshadowing and conflict
● Identify author’s purpose
● Identify central themes
Writing Skills
Students will be asked to write a paragraph expressing personal opinion on a general topic.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke

• Earth’s layers
• Plate tectonics
• Mountain building
• Volcanoes
• Earthquakes
• Measuring Earthquake Waves
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas

1. Students will identify angle pairs derived from a transversal intersecting parallel lines
2. Students will solve for missing angle measures involving transversals and parallel lines
3. Students will test for congruency and supplementary relationships based upon angle pairs.
4. Students will solve for missing angles using established Angle Theorems.
5. Students will be solve problems involving AngleAngle Similarity using bisectors and corresponding angle measures.
6. Students will solve right triangle problems using the Pythagorean Theorem.
7. Students will test for right triangles by using the Converse of the Pythagorean Theorem.
1. Students will use the Distance Formula to solve problems on the coordinate plane.
2. Students will be asked to classify angles as acute, obtuse, or right triangles.
3. Students will derive the volume of cylinders and solve for missing dimensions of a right cylinder.
4. Students will derive the volume of a cone and solve for missing dimensions of a cone.
Week 26
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue the topic – Why do we explore new frontiers?The word study and grammar lesson will focus on synonyms, and past perfect and simple past. We will continue with the reading book – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – with a mini research project and read and analyse chapter 5
Key & academic words

• elevation, geographical, kilometre, relief, scale, sea level
• adjacent, chart, erode, found, labels, physical
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 5, Reading 2.
• Chapter 35 questions for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about how to measure earthquakes, different types of seismic waves and which factors are important when determining earthquake destruction.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Find the Volume of Cones, both oblique and right cones
• Develop the concept that the Volume of Cones is an extension of the Volume of Cylinders
• Develop the concept that the Volume of a Sphere can be derived from the sum of infinitely many pyramids all with their vertices at the center of the sphere and that the volume of a sphere is a three dimensional expansion on the area of a circle.
Week 25
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will start a new topic – Why do we explore new frontiers? The word study and grammar lesson will focus on synonyms, and past perfect and simple past. We will continue with our new reading book – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – with a prereading exercise and read and analyse chapter 3 & 4
Literary & academic words

• dialogue, flashback
• accompany, assist, goal, interpreter, locate
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 5, Reading 1.
• Make a complete list of words and phrases that create a sense of danger and foreboding in chapter 3 & 4
• Reading comprehension worksheets
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about earthquakes, what causes them and the geological vocabulary used to describe them.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Determine whether a triangle is a Right Triangle given the measures of all three sides.
• Use the Pythagorean Theorem to develop the Distance Formula
• Use coordinates of the endpoints of a line on a plane to determine the length of the line.
• Derive the Volume of Cylinders and calculate the volumes of cylinders
Week 24
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic –can we see change as it happens? We will practise reading comprehension through the reading of Harlem: Then & Now. The grammar lesson will focus on how to use long ‘e’ spelling, and nouns, pronouns & possessive adjectives. We will continue our new reading book – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – with a prereading exercise, and then read and analyse chapter 1 & 2
Literary & academic words

• rhyme, theme
• brief, community, published, residential, section
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 4, Reading 4.
• Read chapter 3&4 of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about volcanoes, how they form and the different kinds found throughout the world.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Determine whether a triangle is a Right Triangle given the measures of all three sides.
• Use the Pythagorean Theorem to develop the Distance Formula
• Use coordinates of the endpoints of a line on a plane to determine the length of the line.
Week 23
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic – Can we see change as it happens? Due to Scout Camp, we will have a short week so will focus on vocabulary and grammar only. The grammar lesson will focus on how to correctly identify and use proper nouns & conjunctions.
Academic words
 • apparent, convince, enormous, integrate, symbol, undertake
Homework
 • Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 4, Reading 3.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about Mountains and the processes involved in their formation.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Explore the Pythagorean Theorem and construct a proof of the Theorem
• Find missing side lengths using the Pythagorean Theorem
• Provide realworld examples involving the Pythagorean Theorem and solving realworld problems
Week 22
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic –Can we see change as it happens? Due to the public holidays, we will have a short week so will focus on vocabulary and grammar only. The grammar lesson will focus on how to correctly identify and use synonyms, and the future tense for prediction.
Literary & Academic words

• conflict, foreshadowing
• achieve, consequence, impact, incident, injured, outcome.
Homework

• Revise for weekly vocab test on Friday
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 4, Reading 2.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about the various processes involved in the formation of Mountains.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Recognizing proportional relationships of corresponding angles
• Using the Triangle Angle Bisector Theorem
• Determining whether two angles are similar by using angle measures
• Using triangle altitudes, and medians of similar triangles
Week 21
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will start a new topic –Can we see change as it happens? We will practise reading comprehension through the reading of Changing Earth. The grammar lesson will focus on related words, and the present perfect tense. We will prepare for our new reading book – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – with an introduction to the topic of The Holocaust
Key & academic words

• fertiliser, fossil fuels, hybrid, microscopic, resources, solar power
• alternative, communication, enable, focus on, regulation.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 4, Reading 1.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be looking at the Earth’s physical layers in greater detail than previously. In addition we will be talking about the different phenomena related to the Earth’s surface (e.g. continental drift).
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
• Learn about special angle relationships when parallel lines are intersected by a third line called a transversal
• Finding missing values of angles based upon angle relationships and Theorems
• Establish criteria for Angle Similarity and Angle Congruence based upon established Theorems
Review and Exam Week
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
Reading Comprehension
– There will be passages from our current reading book The Pearl, followed by questions that focus on students’ abilities in comprehension and critical thinking.
Vocabulary
– Students will demonstrate understanding of vocabulary words by matching the words with definitions and using them in sentences. These are vocabulary words from our weekly
vocab quizzes and from our current reading book – The Pearl.
Grammar
– Students will be asked to show ability to correctly use the following –
● Adverbial clauses of time
● Subjectverb agreement
● Simple past tense, regular and irregular verbs
● Homophones
● Gerunds as subject or object
● Independent & dependent clauses
Literary Skills
– Students will be asked to
● Identify personality traits of the main characters from The Pearl.
● Create a plot diagram for The Pearl.
● Identify types of literary conflict in scenarios taken from The Pearl.
Writing Skills
Students will be asked to write a paragraph expressing personal opinion on a topic relating to our current reading book – The Pearl.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke

● Earth’s Spheres
● Weathering
● Soil formation
● Geologic change over time
● Minerals
● The Rock Cycle
● Three Classes of Rocks
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
1. Converting English verbal sentences into Algebraic Expressions
2. Solve linear equations by using the method of Substitution
3. Solve linear equations by using the method of Elimination
4. Students will solve equations with one variable, and problems with two variables, including on both sides of the equation
5. Students will be asked to distinguish between relations and functions and find function values
6. Students will solve equations and set up a function table to graph their solution
1. Students will be tested on interpreting graphs of functions
2. Students will use the Distributive Property to evaluate expressions and simplify expressions
3. Solve linear equations by graphing
4. Determining whether a system of equations has; one solution, no solutions, or infinitely many solutions
5. Determining the slope of a line and taking a linear equation in standard form and placing it into slope yintercept form
1. Students will be tested on identifying linear equations, intercepts, and zeros of functions
2. Setting up a system of equations, solving for the two variables, given information from a word problem
Week 18
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week we will include vocabulary from The Pearl chapter 6. The grammar lesson will focus on expressions of quantity. We will continue with character analysis of Kino & Juana from The Pearl, and create a plot diagram.
Vocabulary words
• ancient, triumphant, brittle, illusion, sinister, conceal, rigid, amulet, hysterical, fatigue
Homework
• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete grammar exercises in workbook.
• Continue to work on character analysis worksheets
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week is all about different classifications of rocks and how they are formed.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Continuing the topic of Transformations, introducing Rotations of figures
• Confirming that the Rotation of a figure does not change the Congruence of the preimage vs. the new image
• Describing how to complete a rotation of an image on the coordinate plane
• Summarizing the connection between Transformations and Congruence
Week 17
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week we will include vocabulary from The Pearl chapter 5. The grammar lesson will focus on infinitives of purpose. We will identify and analyse themes and plot in chapter 6 of The Pearl.
Vocabulary words
• stumble, wrenched, frantic, caution, preservation, sluggishly, abandon, exhilaration, authority
Homework
• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete grammar exercises in workbook.
• Read chapter 6 of The Pearl and complete comprehension questions.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about minerals.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Using the Properties of Translations to prepare students for Geometry and figures on the coordinate plane
• Drawing and classifying figures on a coordinate plane
• Moving figures on a coordinate plane by various transformations; reflections, translations, rotations
• Describing the effect of these transformations with respect to Congruence of two figures
Week 16
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will finish the topic –what defines success? We will practise reading comprehension through the reading of Students Win Robotics Competition. The grammar lesson will focus on gerunds as subject or object. We will identify and analyse themes and plot in chapter 5 of The Pearl.
Key & academic words

• corporation, engineer, innovation, physicist, robotics, theories
• affect, attain, awareness, challenge, design
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 3, Reading 4.
• Read chapter 5 of The Pearl and complete comprehension questions.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about Geologic change over time.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Solving Systems of Linear Equations by the Elimination Method using the multiplication operation. Show how both equations can by multiplied to have the variable of choice eliminated.
• Solving special Systems of Equations where there is no solution or infinitely many solutions and tie this into a graphical representation where a solution demonstrates that two lines intersect, if lines do not intersect, therefore they are parallel.
Week 15
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, due to the substitute public holiday and the school Science Fair, we will concentrate on our reading book – The Pearl. Students will select two main characters and identify the main motivational factors of these characters. We will also progress onto chapter 5.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
• Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Elimination Method using the multiplication operation
• Solving special Systems of Equations where there is no solution or infinitely many solutions
Week 14
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic – what defines success? We will learn how to use literary skills to identify character motivation, and the grammar lesson will focus on independent and dependent clauses. We will continue analysing character traits and motivational factors of the main characters in The Pearl.
Literary & academic words
• Character motivation & suspense
• considerable, displayed, objective, participate, previous
Homework
• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 3, Reading 3.
• Read chapter 5 of The Pearl
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about the formation and properties of the Earth’s soil.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
• Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Method of Substitution
• Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Elimination Method using adding or subtracting operations
• Solving System of Linear Equations by Elimination Method using the multiplication operation
Week 13
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic –what defines success? We will learn how to correctly use prefixes under, re, multi & inter and homophones.
Vocabulary words
• cultural, distinctive, interpret, precise, pursue
We will continue our reading book – The Pearl by John Steinbeck – by identifying themes in chapter 4 and adding to the character profiles of Kino & Juana.
Homework
• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 3, Reading 2
• Comprehension questions for The Pearl chapter 4
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about the different kinds of weathering and erosion.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
• Introduction to a System of Linear Equations in two variables.
• Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing
• Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Method of Substitution
Week 12
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will start with a new topic –what defines success? We will learn how to connect ideas through reading the 4 paragraphs in Success Stories, and the grammar lesson will focus on adverbial clauses of time and prefixes under, re, multi & inter
Vocabulary words
• enterprise, excelled, famine, satellite, scholarships, selfportrait, aid, commitment, contribution, global, priority
Homework
• Study for vocab test on Thursday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 3, Reading 1
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we are learning about the Earth’s Spheres and how they interact with one another.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
• Solving equations with the variable on both sides of the equation.
• Handling decimals and fractions when solving for variables
• Solving equations with rational number coefficients and constants
• Using the Distribution Property in solving equations for the variable.
Review and Exam Week
G8 Midterm Review
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
During this week, we have two days of review followed by the midterm exams themselves.
On Monday and Tuesday we will cover the following topics for the midterms –

• Literary skills – identifying antagonist, protagonist, personality traits, and types of literary conflict, and also creating a plot diagram.
• Grammar structures –
o Passive voice
o Subjectverb agreement
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke

> body systems (intro)
> skeletal and muscular systems
> circulatory and respiratory systems
> digestive and excretory systems
> nervous and endocrine systems
> reproductive system
> immune system
> infectious disease
> nutrition and fitness
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas

• Algebraic Expressions
• Order of Operations principle
• Properties of Equality & Distributive Property
• Solve equations with one variable& two variables
• Distinguish between relations and functions and find function values
• Set up a function table to graph their solution
• Interpreting graphs of functions
• The Distributive Property to evaluate
• Absolute Value equations with one &two variables
• Graphing the solution set on a number line
• Identifying linear equations, intercepts, and zeros of functions
• Solving linear equations by graphing, and algebraic methods
Week 9
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic – where can a journey take you? The word study will look at words ending in ‘y’, and the grammar lesson will focus on adverbial clauses of time.
Vocabulary words
 Dignity, crafty, conceived, exhilaration, skimmed, insubstantial, extravagant, irresponsible
We will continue our reading book – The Pearl by John Steinbeck – by working on vocabulary in chapter 4, and practise the literary skills of identifying character traits and types of literary conflict.
Homework
 Study for vocab test on Friday.
 Complete character trait worksheet forKino & Juana in The Pearl.
 Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 2, Reading 4
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we are learning about Nutrition and Fitness!
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
 Comparing functions; use tables, graphs, and equations to compare functions.
 Compare functions each represented in a different way.
 Analyzing Graphs; describe a relationship given a graph and sketch a graph given a verbal and/or written description.
Week 8
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic – where can a journey take you? The grammar lesson will focus on nouns as adjectives, and prenominal & postnominal adjectives.
Literary words
 Simile, metaphor
Academic words
 adjust, emphasize, expand, immigration, temporary
We will continue our reading book – The Pearl by John Steinbeck – by working on our character charts and examining themes in the third chapter.
Homework
 Study for vocab test on Friday.
 Complete character trait worksheet for Kino & Juana in The Pearl.
 Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 2, Reading 4
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about Infectious Disease!
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
 Identifying and representing Functions, Linear vs. NonLinear Functions.
 Graphing functions and translating verbal problems into tables of values and graphs.
 Describing Functions
 Describing characteristics of Functions. Interpreting what is happening in a graph.
Week 7
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
 Define and use vocabulary words –
 Define and use academic words –
 Use the passive voice
 Reading book – The Pearl – themes in chapter 3, continue character mapping
This week, we will continue with the topic – where can a journey take you? The grammar lesson will focus on using the passive voice: omitting the by phrase.
The Pearl vocabulary words
 stern, despair, essence, prophecy, security, revenge
Academic words
 approach, migrate, sufficient, transport
We will continue our reading book – The Pearl by John Steinbeck – by working on our character charts and examining themes in the third chapter.
Homework
 Study for vocab test on Friday.
 Complete question worksheet for chapter 3 of The Pearl.
 Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 2, Reading 3
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week will be focused on the immune system, how it functions and diseases that can affect it.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
 Construct a function to model a linear relationship between two quantities. Determine slope and initial value
 Write an equation to model a linear relationship given a table of values.
 Contrast Linear and Nonlinear sets of data. Distinguish between graphs of lines and nonlinear patterns.
Week 6
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic – where can a journey take you? The grammar lesson will focus on suffixes – er/or, and using the passive voice.
Key words
 civilisations, expedition, exploration, market, navigator, trade
Academic words
 conducted, established, financed, region, varied
We will continue our reading book – The Pearl by John Steinbeck – by creating a character chart and examining themes in the thirdchapter.
Homework
 Study for vocab test on Friday.
 Complete question worksheet for chapter 3 of The Pearl.
 Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 2, Reading 2
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week is all about the reproductive systems.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
 Graphing linear nonproportional relationships using slope and the yintercept.
 Interpret the rate of change and initial value of a linear function in terms of the situation it models.
 Distinguish between proportional and nonproportional situations.
 Compare properties of two functions each represented in a different way.
Week 5
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will start a new topic – where can a journey take you? Students will learn how to identify problems and solutions. The grammar lesson will focus on understanding and using simple past tense, regular & irregular verbs.
Literary words
 plot, character, point of view
Academic words
 abandon, collapse, finally, investigate, react, strategy
We will continue our reading book – The Pearl by John Steinbeck – by creating a plot diagram, creating a character chart and examining themes in the second chapter.
Homework
 Study for vocab test on Friday.
 Read chapter 3 of The Pearl.
 Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 5
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week is all about the nervous and endocrine systems.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
 Use tables, graphs, and equations to represent linear nonproportional relationships.
 Interpreting the equation y = mx + b as defining a linear function whose graph is a straight line.
 Determining Slope and yintercept
 Derive equations y = mx + b for a line through the origin and y = mx +b for a line intercepting the vertical axis at b.
Week 4
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week’s topic continues exploring the natural world. Students will learn how to use identify main idea and details. The spelling and grammar lesson will focus on simple & compound sentences and subject verbagreement.
Vocabulary words
 determination, appraise, ancient, satisfaction, savage, puncture
Academic words
 available, create, consist, process, reverse, source.
We will continue our reading book – The Pearl by John Steinbeck – by creating a plot diagram, learning about literary conflict and examining themes in the second chapter.
Homework
 Study for vocab test on Friday.
 Read chapter 3 of The Pearl.
 Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 4.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week is all about the digestive and excretory systems.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
 Write verbal expressions for algebraic expressions. Write algebraic expressions for verbal expressions.
 Use tables, graphs, and equations to represent proportional relationships
 Learn to find the rate of change or the slope of a line based upon data from a table, or a graph.
Week 3
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week’s topic continues exploring the natural world and the reading topic will focus on deserts. Students will learn how to use visualisation skills. The spelling and grammar lesson will focus on compound nouns, and simple & compound sentences.
Literary words
 figurative language, personification, setting
Academic words
 adapt, capable, concluded, rely, route
We will start our reading book – The Pearl by John Steinbeck – by examining themes in the first chapter.
Homework
 Study for vocab test on Friday.
 Read chapter 2 of The Pearl.
 Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 3.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be investigating different parts of the circulatory and respiratory systems, their functions, structures and importance in the body.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
 Scientific Notation with Negative Powers of 10.
 Use Scientific Notation to express very small quantities. Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times an integer power of 10 to estimate very small quantities.
 Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide Using Scientific Notation. Perform arithmetic operations in Scientific Notation.
Week 2
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week’s topic continues exploring the natural world and the reading topic will focus on ecosystems. Students will learn how to preview texts. The spelling and grammar lesson will focus on regular plurals and the application of comparison structures.
Vocabulary words
 nonliving, nutrients, organism, photosynthesis, reproduce, species
Academic words
 consume, environment, interact, similar, survive.
We will also start our reading book – The Pearl by John Steinbeck – by examining social structures in Mexico, and discussing the value of material possessions.
Homework
 Study for vocab test on Friday.
 Read chapter 1 of The Pearl.
Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 2.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This week we will be learning about the skeletal and muscular systems of the body, their structures, functions and why they are important.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
 Develop and Use Properties of Integer Exponents. Apply the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions
 Use Scientific Notation to express very large quantities.
 Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times an integer power of 10 to estimate very large numbers.
Week 1
Grade 8 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week we will start with student introductions and establish classroom rules.
The reading topic is about lifecycles of living creatures and students will learn about imagery and sensory details. The grammar lesson will focus on order of adjectives.
Vocabulary words
 cycle
 dramatic
 percent
 project
Homework – Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 1.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Rob Clarke
This first week will concentrate on getting to know the class, introductions, name games and going over rules of the classroom. We will have a brief overview of what the teaching year will look like so the students know what to expect. We will finish the week with a lesson easing students into the first unit – Body Systems.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:
 Review Real numbers, Rational and Irrational numbers
 Review the number line and ordering real numbers on the number line
 Review concept of Absolute Value with regard to the number line
 Discuss Operations with Integers
 Add/Subtract Rational numbers
 Multiply/Divide Rational numbers