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 15
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 3 in the textbook and workbook.The unit explores, “The Move Toward Freedom.” The grammar lesson will focus on compound words and metaphors. We will also read, “Joe Bailey’s Freedom.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • bounty
• likeness
• sympathetic
• fugitives
• despair
• retorted
• underground
• railroad
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Science Fair Project
This week, students will complete and refine their project package, so that they can put the information in their board. Students will spend their class time to create and finish their board. Additionally, they will have opportunities to practice their presentation. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Science Fair Project Prep
– Science Fair Presentation
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week in Algebra 1, having mastered graphing in both slopeintercept and standard forms, we turn to using Algebra for solving a system of linear equations (where two lines intersect), employing such strategies as substitution and elimination.
Week 14
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 3 in the textbook and workbook.The unit explores, “The Move Toward Freedom.” The grammar lesson will focus on sensory adjectives. We will also read, “The Grand Mosque of Paris.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • encounters
• clandestine
• network
• code
• smuggle
• bin
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Unit 2: Sounds
Lesson 1: Sound Waves and Hearing
This week, we will conclude the lesson on sound waves and hearing. Students will receive a review and take a test after that. Toward the end of the week, students will get to prepare for their science fair projects. This includes the completion of their science fair package. Students will also begin to construct their presentation board. This task will be continued next week. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Sound Waves and Hearing
– Science Fair Project Prep
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we begin our week with a bang and a nice quiz on solving linear equations. We then directly proceed to our next unit, looking at various way to determine where two lines intersect.
Week 13
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 3 in the textbook and workbook.The unit explores, “The Move Toward Freedom.” The grammar lesson will focus on synonyms. We will also read the blog, “Every Blog Has Its Day.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • injustice
• property
• interferes
• afford
• obedience
• excuse
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Unit 2: Sounds
Lesson 1: Sound Waves and Hearing
This week, we will conclude the lesson on properties of waves. Students will take a takehome test on the topic, and we will begin the new unit on sounds. Students will learn about properties of sound, how humans hear, and Doppler Effects.Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Properties of Waves
– Sound Waves and Hearing
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude our unit on solving linear equations by looking at using the Distributive Property and determining whether a linear equation has one solution, infinite solutions or n solution. Get ready for the test on Friday!
Week 12
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 2 in the textbook and workbook.The unit explores, “The Thrill of Horror.” The grammar lesson will focus on multiplemeaning words and prefixes. We will also read, “Frankenstein.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• passion
• horrified
• unburden
• refuge
• misery
• reluctantly
• pursue
• devoted
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Unit 1: Introduction to Waves
Waves & Properties of Waves
This week, we will conclude the lesson on waves, specifically on classifying waves by medium. Then, students will take a test on waves. After that we will explore properties of a wave. Students will learn about different parts of a wave, including how to calculate wavelength, speed, and frequency. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Waves
– Properties of Waves
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
With mastery gained on simplifying linear equations using the Distributive Property, combining like terms and getting rid of those pesky fractions, we now get down to brass tacks and tackle solving increasingly complicated equations. What if there are variables on both sides of the equal sign? What if there are decimals as coefficients? What if these equations are put into “real world” situations? OMG!!
Week 11
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will explore goal setting. Using the acronym SMART, these goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timebound. As a class, we will discuss personal goals in and out of the classroom. We will also utilize the plot diagram to identify character goals and motivation.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Sound and Light
Unit 1: Introduction to Waves
This week, we will begin with the science fair project checkup. Students will receive the package that will help them to work on the project and hold them accountable for their progress as they will be turning in the package on regular basis. Then, we will start the new book on Sound and Light. The first topic that students will explore is about waves. Students will learn what a wave is and how to classify them. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Science fair project checkup
– Waves
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
In this abbreviated week, we review our properties of equality to solve for a variable. We will then step up the fun by solving for a variable that’s represented on both sides of the equal sign. Finally, the icing on the cake, everyone’s favorite, we will examine realworld situations which necessitate solving variables on two sides – and will construct our own scenarios to challenge our fellow students.
Review and Exam Week
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
Vocabulary
• Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of vocabulary by matching definitions and filling in the blanks.
Reading Comprehension
• Students will be given an excerpt from the textbook and will be asked questions that
demonstrate their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
Writing
• Students will be asked to demonstrate their writing skills through a general writing prompt.
Grammar
• Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of grammar by:
○ Identifying subject, verb, object
○ Identifying simple and progressive tense
○ Identifying homophones and onomatopoeia words
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Human Body Systems
Know main functions, key organs, diseases, interesting facts about each system, and how they relate to one another.
 Skeletal system
 Muscular system
 Circulatory system (cardiovascular & lymphatic)
 Respiratory system
 Digestive system
 Excretory system
 Nervous system
 Endocrine system
 Reproductive system
Human Health
 Immune system: different types of white blood cells, how the body build immunity, challenges to the immune system
 Infectious diseases: causes of infectious disease, how they are transmitted, how to treat them
 Nutrition & fitness: six classes of nutrients, healthy diet, eating disorders, two types of exercise
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
The Algebra I Midterm Exam will consist of three main areas: Scientific Notation, Linear Equations and Functions.
For scientific notation, students will need to know how to go back and froth from scientific notation to standard notation, including adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing in scientific notation.
For linear equations, students will need to know how to find the slope and yintercept of a line, as well as deriving a linear equation from a graph, table or two points. Additionally, given a linear equation, students must be proficient at graphing the line.
Regarding functions, students must be able to determine from a mapping diagram, table or graph if a relationship is a function or not.
Given a linear equation, students will have to fill in a table, graph the function and determine if linear or not.
Week 8
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will begin Unit 2 in the textbook and workbook.The unit explores, “The Thrill of Horror.” The grammar lesson will focus on figurative language and sensory details. We will also read the article, “That Was Scary! Let’s Do It Again!”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • exhilarating
• unscathed
• trigger
• sensitive
• alert
• thrill
• genuine
• coursing
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Unit 2: Human Health
Lesson 1: The Immune System
Lesson 2: Infectious Disease
This week, students will conclude the last body system, the reproductive system. Then, students will have a review on the endocrine and reproductive systems for their fourth test on the following day. After that we will explore the next unit on human health. We will focus on the immune system and infectious diseases.Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– The Reproductive System
– The Immune System
– Infectious Disease
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
Week 8 will be a transition week for Algebra 1. We will conclude our function unit with a review and quiz for the first part of the week and then begin a new unit on solving linear equations (not on the midterm).
Week 7
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will begin Unit 2 in the textbook and workbook.The unit explores, “The Thrill of Horror.” The grammar lesson will focus on gerunds as subjects and subject complements. We will also read the blog, “Off the Top of My Head.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • sketches
• spooky
• menacing
• furious
• distracted
• wandering
• screeching
• revenge
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 6: The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
This week, students will conclude the nervous system. Then, students will have a review on the excretory and nervous system for their third test on the following day. After that students will continue giving their lesson/presentation to the class.We will explore the endocrine system and the reproductive system. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– The Nervous System
– The Reproductive System
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude Unit 2 by studying functions – identifying basic functions, identifying linear functions, comparing functions and analyzing graphs. Textbook material will be supplemented by worksheets and Kahoot!
Week 6
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will begin Unit 2 in the textbook and workbook. The unit explores, “The Thrill of Horror.” The grammar lesson will focus on onomatopoeia words. We will also read the blog, “Off the Top of My Head.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• horror
• terror
• fear
• dread
• trepidation
• fright
• anxiety
• disquiet
• panic
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 5: The Digestive and Excretory Systems
Lesson 6: The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
This week, students will first get a review for the lymphatic and digestive test, which will be on the following day. Then, students will continue giving their lesson/presentation to the class.We will explore the excretory system and probably the first half of the nervous system. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– The Excretory System
– The Nervous System
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we wrap up our Linear Equation Unit by examining deriving linear equations from graphs and realworld situations (not)!! For 8B, no class on Friday due to English Week, but 8A will have a Kahoot day!
Week 5
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 1 in the textbook and workbook.The unit asks, “How does culture affect behavior?” The grammar lesson will focus on homophones and progressive tense. We will also read, “A Lost World.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• mutations
• gender
• cooperate
• develop
• perspective
• individual
• strategies
• effortlessly
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 4: The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
Lesson 5: The Digestive and Endocrine Systems
This week, students will continue giving their lesson/presentation to the class. However, each group will be using only 1 class period for their presentation.This week, we will conclude the circulatory system with the lymphatic system. Then, we will explore digestive systems. At the end of the week, students will take a test, covering both systems. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– The Lymphatic System
– The Digestive System
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we continue our examination of linear equations, now graphing from the linear equation itself. Hopefully, students are feeling more comfortable calculating slopes and yintercepts following Week 4 and ready to move to the next exciting step.
Week 4
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 1 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “How does culture affect behavior?” The grammar lesson will focus on verb tenses. We will also read, “Lutefisk and Rommegrot: Keeping a Cultural Connection Through Food.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• adapt
• cycle
• isolated
• rhythm
• linguists
• tone
• embedded
• features
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 1: Introduction to Body Systems
This week, students will continue giving their lesson/presentation to the class. This week, students will learn about the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. At the end of the week, students will take a test, covering from muscular to cardiovascular systems. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– The Respiratory System
– The Cardiovascular System
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we continue our examination of the slope, honing those graphing skills. Following a miniquiz to test those skills, we enter into the world of representing nonproportional relationships, finding more slopes and now the yintercept.
Week 3
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 1 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “How does culture affect behavior?” The grammar lesson will focus on subject and object pronouns. We will also read the novel excerpt, “Taeyul” from When My Name was Keoko.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Pacing
• Twist
• Fetches
• Clan
• Register
• Fortune
• Honor
• Cupboard
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 1: Introduction to Body Systems
This week, students will give their lesson/presentation to the class. After they deliver the lesson, they will give an assessment to their classmates to evaluate what they have learned. Each group will have 2 periods to complete their lesson and an assessment. Then, I will give comments and provide a short summary of the lesson to the whole class. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– The Muscular System
– The Skeletal System
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude our first unit on Real Numbers and Scientific Notation with a test. On Thursday, we embark on a new unit: Proportionality and Slopes.
Week 2
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 1 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “How does culture affect behavior?” The grammar lesson will focus on identifying the subject, verb, and object in a sentence. We will also read the blog entry, “Xgog45.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• confronted
• anxious
• grizzly bears
• shrill
• jaywalking
• referee
• outside
• newspaper
• afternoon
• upright
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 1: Introduction to Body Systems
This week we will wrap up with the introduction of the body systems. Then, students will be assigned the project topic, and they will work together as a group to prepare their presentation. While the presentations will be given next week, the due date of the final product is on Friday 17, 2019. Students must submit their PowerPoint presentation, a handout, and a quiz at the end of the week. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Keeping the Balance
– Human Body System Project Preparation
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we finish our unit on Real Numbers on Monday and then proceed to spend the rest of the week examining and becoming comfortable with Scientific Notation. We will be moving decimals around, adjusting powers, adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing – all in scientific notation.
Week 1
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will focus on familiarizing the students with the classroom and curriculum.Ice breakers and teambuilding exercises will be led in order to engage students and prepare them for future group activities. We will introduce the Grade 8 English textbook and discuss classroom rules and expectations.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 1: Introduction to Body Systems
This is the first week of school year. We will begin with a course overview. Students will be informed about the structure of the course and what to expect. Then, we will start the first lesson on the introduction to human body systems. Students will learn about different body systems in the body. Additionally, students will be assigned the project topics, so that they will be ready to work on the project in the following week.Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Inside Out
– A Closer Look
– Keeping the Balance
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
Welcome to Grade 8 Algebra 1! This week, following an introduction to Algebra and class expectations, we will launch right into the thick of it by beginning our unit on real numbers. Holiday is over; get on those thinking caps.