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.
Review and Exam Week
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
Vocabulary
Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of vocabulary by matching definitions, filling in the blanks, and creating their own sentences.
Reading Comprehension
Students will be given a passage 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 adverbs
– Correcting punctuation errors
– Identifying adverbs
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
1. Earth’s Layers
• Compositional layers (crust, mantle, core)
• Physical layers (lithosphere, asthenosphere, mesosphere, outer core, inner core)
2. Plate Tectonics
• Evidence for continental drift (fossils, mountain ranges, glaciation, seafloor spreading,
ocean trench)
• Theory of plate tectonics
• Boundaries (convergent, divergent, transform)
• Mechanisms of tectonic movements (mantle convection, ridge push, slab pull)
3. Mountain Buildings
• Folds (anticline, syncline), Faults (strikeslip, normal, reverse)
• Mountains (folded, volcanic, faultblock)
4. Volcanoes
• Volcanic landforms (mountains: shield, cinder, composite; fissures & lava plateaus; craters
& calderas)
• Locations (divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries, hot spots)
5. Earthquakes
• Earthquakes (focus, epicenter)
• Cause (elastic deformation, elastic rebound)
• Locations (at divergent, convergent, transform boundaries)
• Effects (ground shaking, ground displacement, flood, fire, tsunami)
6. Measuring Earthquake Waves
• Seismic waves (body waves: Pwave, Swave; surface wave)
• Measuring (seismogram, locating epicenter, magnitude, Richter scale,
Moment Magnitude scale, intensity, Modified Mercalli scale)
• Factors (magnitude, local geology, distance from epicenter, building construction)
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
A. Exponents
1. Multiplication of Properties of Exponents
2. Division Properties of Exponents
3. Rational Exponents
4. Scientific Notation
B. Quadratic Expressions and Equations
1. Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
2. Multiplying a Polynomial by a Monomial
3. Multiplying Polynomials
4. Special Products
5. Using the Distributive Property
6. Solving x^2+bx+c=0
7. Solving ax^2+bx+c=0
8. Differences of Squares
9. Perfect Squares
Week 38
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 6 in the textbook and workbook.The unit explores, “The Value of Work.” The grammar lesson will focus on homophones and subordinate conjunctions. We will also read the text, “John Harrison Clockmaker.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
carpenter, smallpox, pendulums, foremost, precise, latitude, longitude, navigation
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 6: Measuring Earthquakes
This week, we will pick up where we left off from last week. Students will complete their epicenter worksheet. They will practice identifying location of the epicenter of an earthquake. Then, students will learn about different scales to measure an earthquake as well as factors that determine the effects of an earthquake. At the end of the week, students will take the last test on earthquake and measuring earthquake. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Measuring Earthquakes
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
In this final learning week of the school year, Algebra 1 students will wrap up the unit on factoring polynomials. We will examine the Difference of Squares and Perfect Squares and how to factor them. We will conclude the week with a test.
Week 37
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 6 in the textbook and workbook. The unit explores, “The Value of Work.” The grammar lesson will focus on compoundcomplex sentences. We will also read the text, “Mother Jones and the Children’s Crusade.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
textile, coverage, labor, publicity, instrumental, enforce, wages, exploitation
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 5: Earthquakes & Lesson 6: Measuring Earthquakes
This week, students will conclude lesson 5 on earthquakes. Students will learn about common places that earthquakes occur as well as effects of earthquakes to human. Finally, we will conclude this school year with the final lesson on measuring earthquakes. Students will learn about tools to measure earthquakes and calculate the epicenter of an earthquake, using seismogram. Students will also learn about volcanoes. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Earthquakes
– Measuring Earthquakes
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week in Algebra the fun continues as we up our factoring polynomial skills. If you thought “grouping” and “additive inverses” were exciting, wait until you get a load of what’s coming.
Week 36
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 6 in the textbook and workbook.The unit explores, “The Value of Work.” The grammar lesson will focus on compound sentences. We will also read the text,“The Village Blacksmith.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
brawny, sledge, forge, rejoice, repose
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 4 Volcanoes & Lesson 5 Earthquakes
This week, students will learn about volcanoes. They will learn different kinds of volcanoes, different landforms they create, and where they form. Students will receive a review and take a test on mountain buildings and volcanoes. At the end of the week, students will explore the topic of earthquakes. Students will also learn about volcanoes. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Volcanoes
– Earthquakes
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we will be putting our polynomial skills to a test with an assessment on Tuesday. For the later part of the week, we begin – gasp – factoring polynomials.
Week 35
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 6 in the textbook and workbook.The unit explores, “The Value of Work.”The grammar lesson will focus on multiplemeaning words. We will also read the text, “Interview with Babe Secoli.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
discount, automatically, retirement, ashamed, trifles, extent, infallible, irritates
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Unit 4: The Restless Earth
Lesson 3 Mountains Building & Lesson 4 Volcanoes
This week students will conclude Earth’s layers and plate tectonics with a test. Then, we will explore mountains building and different types of mountains. Students will also learn about volcanoes. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Mountains Building
– Volcanoes
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week, Algebra 1 will be focusing on multiplying polynomials. We will be examining multiple methods, including “horizontal,” “vertical,” and “FOIL.” We will make extensive use of the Distributive Property and learn how to factor polynomials.
Week 34
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 6 in the textbook and workbook.The unit explores, “The Value of Work.”The grammar lesson will focus on multiplemeaning words and idioms. We will also read the text, “The Network Kid.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
resume, reference, independent, participated, brainstormed, employed
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Unit 4: The Restless Earth
Lesson 1: Earth’s Layers
Lesson 2: Plate Tectonics
This week students will conclude the Minerals & Rock Magic Box Project. Then, we will start the final unit on the restless Earth. We will explore Earth’s layers as well as plate tectonics. Students will learn the dynamic and mechanism of our Earth’s surface.Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Mineral and Rock Magic Box Project
– Earth’s Layers
– Plate Tectonics
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
With our newfound love of exponents mastered, Algebra 1 turns to a new unit on polynomials. This week, we will: Classify polynomials! Add polynomials! Subtract polynomials! On Thursday, we will pause in our studies for a fieldtrip to Fresh Milk. If you can’t milk it, don’t drink it!
Week 33
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 5 in the textbook and workbook. The unit explores, “Personal Legacy.” The grammar lesson will focus on multiplemeaning words. We will also read the text, “Mahatma Gandhi.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
trappings, upbringing, depriving, dismantled, waning, liberation, caste, oppression
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Unit 3: Minerals and Rocks
Lesson 3: Three Classes of Rock
This week students will conclude the unit with three classes of rock. Students will learn to classify different type of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Then, students will do a project on this unit. The project is called Mineral and Rock Magic Box Project. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Minerals
– Mineral and Rock Magic Box Project
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week in Algebra we continue our exponent unit. We finally make our graphic organizers on Monday and try it out with a quick quiz. We then take exponents to a whole other level, returning briefly to scientific notation and moving onto exponential functions, exponential growth and decay. Don’t forget: No school on Thursday.
Week 32
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 4 in the textbook and workbook. The unit explores, “Approaching Adulthood.” The grammar lesson will focus on frequency adverbs. We will also read the text, “We Could Start Right Now.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
population, limited, replace, acknowledge, additional, reduce, resources, distribute
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Unit 3: Minerals and Rocks
Lesson 2: The Rock Cycle
This week students will conclude the topic of minerals and start to learn the rock cycle. Students will learn processes of rock formation as well as different types of rocks. They will learn about types of rocks in more details in the next lesson. At the end of the week, students will take the test. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Minerals
– The Rock Cycle
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week in Algebra we examine the rules for exponents. We will be concentrating on how to simplify and solve exponent expressions. A graphic organizer will be filled in to keep track of all the rules. As a break, we go on a field trip on Thursday morning!
Week 31
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will review the December Midterm by addressing common mistakes and answering student questions. We will also discuss goal setting and memorable achievements through various writing activities.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Unit 3: Minerals and Rocks
Lesson 1: Minerals
This week students will start to learn the next unit on minerals and rocks. They will start with the first lesson on minerals. Students will learn basic structure of minerals and identify different minerals by using their physical properties. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Minerals
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
In this twoday week, Algebra 1 will begin its unit on exponents. The class will go back to the basics, reviewing what is an exponent and a monomial, before embarking on the important multiplication properties of exponents.
Review and Exam Week
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
Vocabulary
Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of vocabulary by matching definitions, filling in the blanks, and creating their own sentences.
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 homophones
– Correcting punctuation errors
– Determining subjectverb agreement rules
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Earth’s Spheres
Identify five different earth’s spheres (geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, & biosphere)
Give examples how each sphere interacts, describe earth’s energy budget.
Weathering
Identify 2 different types of weathering (physical & chemical)
agents of weathering (temperature, pressure, animals, plants, wind, water, gravity, oxygen, acids), and give their examples.
Erosion and Deposition by Water
Explains erosion and deposition
Identify different landforms caused by streams (canyon, valley, floodplain, alluvial fans & delta),
groundwater (caves, sinkholes),
ocean (sea cliff, cave, arch, stack, wavecut platform, beach, sandbar, barrier island).
Erosion and Deposition by Wind, Ice, and Gravity
Identify erosion and deposition by wind (abraded rock, desert pavement, dunes, loess),
ice (horn, arêtes, cliques, kettle lake, erratic), and gravity (creep, rockfall, landslide, mudflow)
Soil Formation
Describe the physical and chemical characteristics of soil layers.
Identify the factors that affect soil formation (rock type, climate, topography, plants & animals)
Recognize soil horizons (O, A, B, C, R)
Identify soil properties (texture, color, chemistry, pore space, fertility)
Geologic Change Over Time
Describe how organisms are preserved (amber, asphalt, buried rock, frozen, petrified)
Explain different things that show earth’s history (trees, seafloor sediments, ice)
Relative Dating
Explain relative dating, how sedimentary rock layers disturbed (tilting, folding, faults, intrusions, unconformities)
Absolute Dating
Explain absolute dating and how it is done (radioactive isotopes, radiometric dating: radiocarbon, potassiumargon, uraniumled),
Explain how fossils are used to find age of rock
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
Transversals
Calculate angles formed by a transversal cutting two parallel lines
Identify similar triangles and use proportionality to find a missing side
Determine an angle of a triangle using the Triangle Sum Theorem and/or Exterior Angle Theorem
Pythagorean Theorem
Identify right triangles and determine missing sides using the Pythagorean Theorem
Find the distance between two points using the Distance Formula
Conic Shapes
Calculate the volume of a cylinder, cone and sphere
Week 26
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we willstart Unit 5 in the textbook and workbook.The unit explores, “Personal Legacy.”The grammar lesson will focus on prepositional phrases and subjectverb agreement. We will also read the blog,“Janet’s Planet.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
policy, fascinating, itemizing, accomplishment, persuade
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 2: Relative Dating
Lesson 3: Absolute Dating
This week students will conclude the first unit with soil formation. Students will learn properties of soils and factors that affect soil formation. Then, we will move on to the second unit on Earth’s history. Students will study about how fossils, rocks, and ice can tell us about the past. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Relative Dating
– Absolute Dating
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week in Algebra 1 we conclude our unit on scatter plots and embark on a study of frequency tables.
Week 25
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 4 in the textbook and workbook. The unit explores, “Approaching Adulthood.” The grammar lesson will focus on making adjectives into nouns. We will also read, “Jane Eyre.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
cruel, mercilessly, exposed, inherited, delusion, wager, parlor
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 5: Soil Formation
Lesson 1: Geologic Change over Time
This week students will conclude the first unit with soil formation. Students will learn properties of soils and factors that affect soil formation. Then, we will move on to the second unit on Earth’s history. Students will study about how fossils, rocks, and ice can tell us about the past. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Soil Formation
– Geologic Change over Time
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week in Algebra 1 we conclude our unit on volume by examining spheres. We will review and test on Chapter 13 and then begin our unit on scatter plots before taking a break for Sports Day.
Week 24
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 4 in the textbook and workbook. The unit explores, “Approaching Adulthood.” We will focus on reading comprehension, antonyms, and homophones. We will also read, “Before They Were Presidents.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
aversions, deficits, challenging, enthusiastic, benefit, elected, apprenticed, privilege
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 3: Erosion and Deposition by Water
This week students will conclude the topic of erosion and deposition by water. Then, we will move on to erosion and deposition by wind, ice, and gravity. Students will learn about different types of landforms formed by wind, ice, and gravity. By the end of the week, students will have a review and take a test. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

• Erosion and Deposition by Water
• Erosion and Deposition by Wind, Ice, and Gravity
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
Yay, back to a full week of Algebra! This week we conclude our unit on the Pythagorean Theorem by examining the Distance Formula and its many exciting applications. We will then have a review and quiz, followed by the start of the next unit … conic sections!
Week 23
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 4: “Approaching Adulthood.”We will discuss growing up and how people deal with success and failure through the film, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The writing lesson will focus on how to write a summary. We will also have an ESL Listening Activity that includes character development and theme.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 3: Erosion and Deposition by Water
This week students will explore erosion and deposition by water. Students will learn different types of landforms resulting from erosion and deposition by water, as well as the factors of such landform. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Erosion and Deposition by Water
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week Scout Camp eats up three of our five days – but not to worry, that leaves two days of math fun! In Week 23 we will begin examining the mighty Pythagorean Theorem, using it to solve for missing sides of right triangles and applying its derivative, The Distance Formula, to find the distance between two points.
Week 22
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 4 in the textbook and workbook.The unit explores, “Approaching Adulthood.”We will focus on homophones and writing a short narrative.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • elegant
• gratitude
• flocked
• matched
• saddle
• lacked
• figurine
• glimpse
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 1: Earth’s Spheres
This week students will review on Earth’s spheres. They will take a test on the next day. After the holiday, students will learn about weathering. Students will explore different kinds of weathering and how they shape the Earth’s surface. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Earth’s Spheres
– Weathering
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week in Algebra 1 we conclude Chapter 11 we put the AA Similarity Postulate to the test by estimating heights on the ABS campus. We will review the chapter before the Wednesday holiday and then return on Thursday for a quiz. On Friday we will begin the next chapter by examining the mighty Pythagorean Theorem.
Week 21
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will continue Unit 4 in the textbook and workbook. The unit explores, “Approaching Adulthood.” We will begin partner interview presentations and practice using our vocabulary words through storytelling.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • precedes
• occurrence
• managing
• approach
• sensible
• humored
• achieve
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Lesson 1: Earth’s Spheres
This new semester students will explore 4 different units on geography. Students will explore different aspects of earth science throughout this semester. This week we will start with the first unit on Earth’s surface. Students will learn about different Earth’s spheres and how they interact with one another.Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Earth’s Spheres
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
Welcome back! This week we enter the wonderful world of measurement geometry. We begin by looking at parallel lines cut by a transversal and then spend the rest of the fourday week examining angle theorems for triangles.
Review and Exam Week
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
Vocabulary
• Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of vocabulary by matching
definitions, filling in the blanks, and creating their own sentences.
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 synonyms and homophones
○ Identifying punctuation errors
○ Identifying comparative and superlative forms
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Waves
 Understand different types of waves (transverse, longitudinal, mechanical,
electromagnetic), their properties (amplitude, wavelength, frequency, period, speed)
Sounds
 Understand sound waves, how they travel through different mediums (solid, liquid, gas),
what determine the speed of sound (medium, temperature), know different parts of
human ears, how humans hear sound, describe pitch, loudness (decibel), and the Doppler Effect.
 Describe how sound and matter interact (reflection & absorption), echo, echolocation, how
sound waves interact (destructive & constructive interference), sonic boom,
and resonance.
 Know applications of sound (sonar, ultrasound, telephone, CDs, computer).
Lights
 Understand electromagnetic spectrum (radio, microwave, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet,
gamma ray), how they penetrates Earth’s atmospheres.
 Describe how matters interact with light (transparent, translucent, opaque, absorption,
reflection), what determines the color of objects we see, and how light waves interact with
matter (refraction, scattering).
 Know how mirrors work (concave, convex, converge, diverge, real image, virtual image),
how lenses work (concave lens, convex lens, focal point), and draw ray diagrams.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
1. Solving linear equations
 Equations on both sides of the equal sign
 Equations with rational number
 Using the Distributive Property
 One solution, many solutions or no solution
2. Solving systems of equations: Given two lines, where do they intersect
 Possible methods: substitution, graphing, multiplication and addition/subtraction
 What if they don’t intersect? Infinite solutions and one solution
3. Transformations
– Translation, reflection and rotation – know them and love them.
4. Dilations
– Properties and algebraic representations
Week 18
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 4 in the textbook and workbook. The unit explores adolescence in, “Approaching Adulthood.” The grammar lesson will focus on adjectives and multiplemeaning words. We will also read the blog, “Placido’s Place.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • precedes
• occurrence
• managing
• approach
• sensible
• humored
• achieve
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Mirrors and Lenses
This week, students will start with a test on electromagnetic spectrum and interactions of light. After that, we will conclude the unit of light with mirrors and lenses. Students will learn different properties of convex and concave mirrors and lenses. They will also learn to draw ray diagrams.Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Mirrors and Lenses
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week in Algebra 1 we expand on our transformations unit by examining dilations. We will have a review and test towards the end of the week.
Week 17
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 metaphors and homophones. We will also read, “Escaping Earth.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • launched
• solar system
• extended
• sketches
• resistance
• velocity
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
The Electromagnetic Spectrum & Interactions of Light
This week, students will start the new unit on light. Unfortunately, we will not be able to complete the whole unit, due to our limited amount of time. Namely, we’ll not be able to explore light wave and sight, and light technology. Nevertheless, much of the missing content will be discussed in class. This week, we will explore the electromagnetic spectrum and interactions of light. Students will take a test at the end of the week. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– The Electromagnetic Spectrum
– Interactions of Light
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week in Algebra 1 we transition to a new unit on transformations. We will be concentrating on translations, reflections and rotations. Bring rulers and pencils‼
Week 16
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 irregular comparative and superlative forms. We will also read, “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
 • deserve
• resent
• treason
• fortune
• professional
• shroud
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Interactions of Sound Waves
Sound Technology
This week, students will continue and conclude the unit of sound. We will explore different interactions of sound wavesand learn about sound technology. Students will take a test at the end of the week. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Interactions of Sound Waves
– Sound Technology
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week in Algebra 1 we conclude our unit on Solving Linear Equations, expanding our methodologies with elimination and examining special systems. We will have an overall review and then an exam on Friday.
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.