Eighth Grade

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Mrs Vasta: English Language Arts

ELA students have reading homework every night that they have assigned themselves through discussing with their groups. Additionally, they need to have 8 discussion questions written by the time they have their book club discussions. They should be using sentence stems like:

  • What do you think about...
  • What is your opinion on...
  • How would you feel...
  • Could you relate...
  • I wonder...

Mrs Quezada: English & Spanish Language Arts

ELA: Eighth graders have been analyzing what constitutes strong revising with an emphasis on what will be expected in high school. The students are learning that in order to revise effectively, you need to pay attention to ideas and details rather than just conventions (grammar). Additionally, the eighth graders are learning that a strong writer will revise multiple times. We finished our narrative by participating in a Museum Walk, where students had the opportunity to read and critique their peers' writing. Make sure to ask your child if you can read their narrative; their topic was suspense and they wrote such fascinating cliff hangers!

SLA: The eighth graders are beginning their second book with Club de Libro. The students will be spending about three weeks on each book; they are expected to finish this book the first week of November. Students meet daily with their Club de Libro to discuss vocabulary, "regionalismos", and discuss questions from their "guías de literatura".

Maestra Perrone: Social Studies (Spanish)

8th graders are studying World War I. Study guide and all quick writes are due weekly. Students should be finishing notes, quick writes, and completing study guides nightly. Please encourage your child to watch world news in SPANISH nightly.

**** Students took AAPPL scores home along with goal sheets 2 weeks ago and I am still missing more than half of the class. Please take the time to complete these with your child and discuss all of the amazing career opportunities they will have being bilingual.

Thank you for your support!

Mrs Vasta: Social Studies (English)


Ms. Turner: Algebra

Unit 1: Relationships between Quantities and reasoning with equations and their graphs

Students explore the main functions that they will work with in Algebra 1: linear, quadratic and exponentials. The goal is to introduce students to these functions by having them make graphs of a situation in which these functions naturally arise. As they graph, they reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems related to the graphs they create.

Ms. Turner: General Math

Unit 2: The next unit in your child’s mathematics class this year is Looking for Pythagoras: The Pythagorean theorem.

Students’ work in the unit develops the Pythagorean theorem, a fundamentally important relationship connecting geometry and algebra.

Unit Goals

In this unit, students explore the Pythagorean Theorem, square roots, cube roots and strategies for estimating square roots and cube roots. The set of real numbers is extended from only rational numbers to also include irrational numbers.

The presentation of ideas in the unit reflects the historical development of the concept of irrational numbers. Early Greek mathematicians recognized the need for such numbers as they searched for a ratio of integers to represent the length of the sides of a square with certain given areas, such as 2 square units. The square root of 2 is an irrational number, which means that it cannot be written as a ratio of two integers.

Helping With Homework

You can help with homework by asking questions such as the following:

  • How is the area of a square related to its side length?
  • How is the volume of a cube related to its edge length?
  • How can you estimate the square root of a number?
  • When is it appropriate to use the Pythagorean Theorem?
  • How can you find the side of edge length of a figure without directly measuring it?
  • How can you find the distance between two points?

In your child’s notebook, you can find worked-out examples, notes on the mathematics of the unit, and descriptions of the vocabulary words.

Having Conversations About the Mathematics in Looking for Pythagoras

You can help your child with his or her work for this Unit in several ways:

  • Help your child find some examples of right triangles at home or in your community and apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the length of one side of a right triangle when the other two are known or can be measured.
  • Ask your child to explain the ideas presented in the text about finding distances.
  • Discuss with your child how the Pythagorean Theorem is applied by people in some careers, such as carpenters, architects, and pilots.

Mr. Ramos: Science

Students are learning about motion, speed, and velocity.