# Week of Sept. 17-21

Math

This week in math we focused on covering the use of transposing in algebra. This is solving for a variable with other variables in the equation. This is very helpful when trying to find an answer with a formula. Not only will this be helpful in algebra, but in science classes too. Here is a sheet for extra practice on transposing.

Science

Dissection!! We did our first full dissection this week on a pig heart. The purpose was to identify the major structures within the heart and look at the heart as a smaller sub-system within the circulatory system we are studying. Students will need to finalize their sketch for next class. Students need to be sure that they make a comment on the blog here: http://pasambag.ism-online.org/2012/09/07/gr-8-homework-extension-blog-reflection-1-system-components-2/

English

We continue to write on our Memoir and we had our first draft due. Students are looking at how to plan and connect the memoir to a theme, and how to plan out their writing using different scenes to move the story forward. They need to be sure that they are looking at actions, thoughts, dialogue, and details.

Social Studies

Operative Clauses, Policy Statements, and international chaos! We move forward with working on our Model UN project and looking at real issues that are facing the international community. This week was all about learning the issue that each class will be debating for the MUN and how each country might view the issue so we can prepare our policy statements. Beginning next week we will start researching the assigned country and find evidence to support our policy. Due on Sunday students will have New Mag #3 to complete. Instructions are found here: http://willeyc.ism-online.org/2012/09/19/news-mag-article-3-about-your-topic/

# Week of September 10-14

Math

This week we focused on solving equations by balancing both side of the equation. We worked on using manipulative materials to help understand how to solve equations by removing operations to isolate the variable. We also had a challenging problem solving set #2 that was worked on during the week and was due Friday. Problem number 2 was of a particular challenge for many students! Here is a PowerPoint that cover the Algebraic Reasoning.

Science

We started a new unit this week and are looking at the bodies circulatory system. Here is the PowerPoint to get a jump start: http://www.slideshare.net/ismscience/notes-on-circulation We had a short week with only one class because students attended a seminar from the Foundation for Chemical Dependency. We did a short lab on vital signs and took our pulse rate, respiration rate, and learned our lung volume. Students need to comment on the quote, Aristotle once said ‘The  whole is more than the sum of its parts’. What does this mean? Cite an example that relates to your daily life. Here: http://pasambag.ism-online.org/2012/09/07/gr-8-homework-extension-blog-reflection-1-system-components-2/

Social Studies

In Social Studies we practiced parliamentary procedures for running a Model UN activity. Students were assigned a country to research for the upcoming MUN topics that will be debated in class. Students need to begin this research by completing their next News Magazine article #2 found here: http://willeyc.ism-online.org/category/grade-8-social-studies/ These are due Sunday evening at 9pm.

English

Writing, writing, writing. This was the focus this week. We are taking our “small moment” writing and transforming them into a short memoir that will have a central theme. Students are having a hard time deciding on that theme and then crafting writing to match the theme. Next week will be dedicated to more writing and helping students to understand the theme aspect and how to write with that in mind. We will begin by developing plans to organize our thoughts and feelings into a story.

Learning Support

In SI classes we have been working on mastering the four types of sentences and the mechanics of recognizing them and writing them. The goal here is to be able to see writing patterns and to vary our types of sentences. A secondary goal is to know what non-sentences are by knowing how to properly recognize and write specific sentence types. We have also began to use meta-cognitive reading strategies with texts. We modeled using these strategies and then began to try them independently. Reading and writing will be an ongoing focus of strategies class this term.