5-13-08 Homework Post

Carnival on Friday!!! Carnival on Friday!!!

The first annual 8 South Carnival will be held on Friday from 3:30 to 5:30. Student booths are planned and they are putting on the final touches. Parents, please feel free to stop by. Bring younger children or chaperone a small group of elementary students around.


 

We have our first products from the garden. Madeleine and Morgan pulled a beautiful radish out this afternoon. Several accidental radishes were also pulled (early) and tasted.

Some were yummy. Some were bitter.


Literacy:

We started reading Act II of The Miracle Worker and learned some new vocabulary.

Homework:

Read your independent reading book. When you finish a book, start a new one, but, before you do, POST to COL under your class’s BOOK BINGE! It’s a class versus class challenge and, apparently, 5-6B is favored to win. However, we all know that the underdog sometimes emerges triumphant, to the surprise of all! Prizes will be awarded to the winning class during the last week of school.


Mathematics:

Algebra 8 (1-2B)

Today. we checked over our work from Investigation 3 and we took a homework quiz over the investigation. Students then had time to work on Problem 4.1 in class.

Homework:

  • Problem 4.1 and 4.2

Algebra 8 (5-6B)

Today. we checked over our work from Investigation 3 and we took a pop quiz over the investigation. Students then had time to work on Problem 4.1 in class.

Homework:

  • Problem 4.1 and 4.2

Science:

How are you progressing through the workload? The “assignments” are listed below. The only students who have ALL THREE reflections done are: Eby, Gold, Ribaudo, Sumner, Nachbar, and Yoon. Everyone else has one or more to turn in to me. Be a nice guy/gal and turn it in early rather than late.

Homework:

  • Reflection and COL post for Chapter 1 Cartoon Guide to Environment (I)
  • Pros/Cons and article for Chapter 10 Cartoon Guide to Environment (I)
  • Reflection for Chapter 14 Cartoon Guide for Environment (I)
  • EC #7 Summary Questions (from sheet I gave you)(I)
  • Your Group Lab Presentation (at Symposium) (G)
  • Garden mass comparison (I/G)

Social Studies:

Homework: Read pp. 210-214 and answer 1,2,3,4, and 6 on p. 214 (B Day);

Middle Ages test: A day ( Monday, May 13); B Day (Tuesday, May 14).

5-06-08 (A Day) Homework Post

Literacy:

Homework:

You need to post to two new forums. Both of them can be found under 8-South Literacy. Scroll down to where you see The Miracle Worker. “Being a Teacher” and “Three Days to See” Due Wednesday (B Day) /Thursday (A Day)


Mathematics:

Challenge Algebra (1-2A)

Today we checked our answers to 12.5 and discussed the extra credit option for the Chapter 12 Test and the calendar for the rest of the year. Then, students had time to work on the rest of the Chapter 12 Review.

Homework:

  • Finish Chapter 12 Review

Algebra 8 (5-6A)

Today we took a look at recursive and explicit formulas and we figured out a way to calculate the total amount of money earned for Dribbling Dawn over a twenty year career. Next, we studied for our Investigation 1 & 2 quiz Wednesday. We finished by starting on Problem 3.1.

Homework:

  • Problem 3.1
  • Study for the Quiz Wednesday

Science:

Students are well into their end-of-the-year projects. I would like to remind them to plan ahead and make sure to start their work ahead of the deadline. NEWS ALERT!!! Anyone who has a Cartoon Guide needs to bring it back so I can re-distribute them to those who have not had a chance to read the book yet. Thanks!

Homework:

These are just the assignments DUE (not the small checks) by May 22:

  • Reflection and COL post for Chapter 1 Cartoon Guide to Environment (I)
  • Pros/Cons and article for Chapter 10 Cartoon Guide to Environment (I)
  • Reflection for Chapter 14 Cartoon Guide for Environment (I)
  • EC #7 Summary and Extra Questions (I)
  • Your Group Lab Presentation (at Symposium) (G)
  • Garden mass comparison (I/G)

Social Studies:

Homework: Read pp. 210-214 and answer 1,2,3,4, and 6 on p. 214 (B Day);

A day – Read 228-233 and answer questions 1-4 on p. 233.

4/30/08 (A Day) Homework Post

Literacy:

Homework:

Typed To Kill a Mockingbird essay is due on Monday–all classes.  Essay must be proofread carefully and a minimum of five paragraphs.


Mathematics:

Challenge Algebra 8 (1-2A)

Today we revisited “the methods for graphing quadratic functions.” Then we worked more on completing the square and solving quadratic functions algebraically.

Homework:

  • 12.3 Worksheet and graph #2-10 in your composition book

Algebra 8 (5-6 A)

Today we checked our yellow and green worksheets, looked over problem 2.1, and discussed scientific notation of numbers less than 1.

Then we started discussing problem 2.2

  • Finish Problem 2.2
  • ACE(2) #1, 2, 3, 4, 15, 16, 21, 33

Science:

Homework:


Social Studies:

Homework: Finish the map we started in class and prepare two reflections for Portfolio Night.

For A day – Read pp. 195-200; answer 206 on p. 200.

4/23/08 Homework Post

Brunch for Books! Please check out the attached article about a book fundraiser through our library.Did someone say “barbecue?” Read the attachment about the upcoming 8th grade Community Alliance BBQ!


Upcoming Events: Poetry Slam on April 23rd at 7 p.m. Be there!!! Taylor Mali will be the MC.


Literacy:

During class, we are working on outlining our Mockingbird essays. Students are conferencing with Ms. Baker about their ideas and their organization.

Homework: Your Mockingbird outline is due on Monday (A Day) or Tuesday (B Day).  Also, keep reading your independent reading book.


Mathematics:

Challenge Algebra 8 (1-2A)

Today we took a look at our answers from 12.3 and then took notes on using factoring to solve quadratic equations.

Homework:

  • 12.4 #13-39 odds

Algebra 8 (5-6 A)

Today we looked over problem 1.3 of Growing, Growing, Growing and then we continued on with Problem 1.4.

  • Finish Problem 1.4
  • ACE(1) #28-30,35-38, 50

Science:

Homework:

NONE


Social Studies:

Homework: Quiz on Confucius, Daoism, Chinese Dynasties, and Chinese Exploration – A Day – Wednesday April 23; and B Day – Thursday, April 24.

4/17/08

Brunch for Books! Please check out the attached article about a book fundraiser through our library.Did someone say “barbecue?” Read the attachment about the upcoming 8th grade Community Alliance BBQ!


Upcoming Events: Poetry Slam on April 23rd at 7 p.m. Be there!!! Taylor Mali will be the MC. You need to tell Ms. Baker by tomorrow, if you want to participate.


Literacy:

Homework: Get your 4th Quarter Reading Contract Signed.


Mathematics:

Algebra 8 (1-2 A)Today we took a look at 12.1 and the beginning of 12.2.Homework:

  • 12.1 WS
  • 12.2 #10-48 evens

Algebra 8 (5-6 A)Today we discussed problem 1.1 of Growing, Growing, Growing. After making some observations, we explored problem 1.2 which challenged students to write basic equations modeling exponential growth.Homework:

  • Problem 1.2
  • ACE(1) WS

Science:

The soil has been turned over and is ready for the planting. I am hoping we will put plants in the ground tomorrow and Wednesday.

Homework:

Students have two tasks:

  1. Try the ElectroCity game on Clayton Online Learning. I am not taking a grade on this, but would like to see you try the challenge of balancing economics, pollution, and need for power.
  2. Read the article on ethanol from the recent Time Magazine. Try to find an article in favor of ethanol and bring the article in (find the claims and evidence).

Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexicoor this one with more pictures… Yeah, pictures!


Social Studies:

Homework: Read 314-320; Prepare for Dynasty Presentation;

A day – Tuesday, April 15 – finish Mulan worksheet; read 308-314.

4/16/08 (B Day)

Brunch for Books! Please check out the attached article about a book fundraiser through our library.

Did someone say “barbecue?” Read the attachment about the upcoming 8th grade Community Alliance BBQ!


Upcoming Events:1. Poem in My Pocket Day on April 17th. Don’t forget to wear something with pockets tomorrow! The Poetry Slam on April 23rd at 7 p.m. Be there!!! Taylor Mali will be the MC. You need to tell Ms. Baker by this Friday, if you want to participate.


Literacy:

Homework:

Wear something with pockets.

Get your 4th Quarter Reading Contract Signed.


Mathematics:

Algebra 8 (1-2 B)

Today we took the Looking for Pythagoras Unit Test

Homework:

  • Problem 1.1 WS

Algebra 8 (5-6 B)

Today we discussed problem 1.1 of Growing, Growing, Growing. After making some observations, we explored problem 1.2 which challenged students to write basic equations modeling exponential growth.

Homework:

  • Problem 1.2
  • ACE(1) WS

Science:

The soil has been turned over and is ready for the planting. I am hoping we will put plants in the ground tomorrow and Wednesday.

Homework:

Students have two tasks:

  1. Try the ElectroCity game on Clayton Online Learning. I am not taking a grade on this, but would like to see you try the challenge of balancing economics, pollution, and need for power.
  2. Read the article on ethanol from the recent Time Magazine. Try to find an article in favor of ethanol and bring the article in (find the claims and evidence).

Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico

or this one with more pictures… Yeah, pictures!


Social Studies:

Homework: Read 314-320; Prepare for Dynasty Presentation;

A day – Tuesday, April 15 – finish Mulan worksheet; read 308-314.

4/14/08 (B Day)

Brunch for Books! Please check out the attached article about a book fundraiser through our library.

Guitar Hero Tourney will be after school Wednesday!!!

Did someone say “barbecue?” Read the attachment about the upcoming 8th grade Community Alliance BBQ!


Upcoming Events:1. Poem in My Pocket Day on April 17th. Ms. Baker will order Chinese lunch for anyone who pays me by April 16th. Ms. Baker has the menu. Poetry Slam on April 23rd at 7 p.m. Be there!!! Taylor Mali will be the MC.


Literacy:

Homework:

Respond to three new forums by Wednesday. The new ones are dated 4/14

Bring your poem for your pocket by Wednesday–two copies. Be sure that your name is on the poem.


Mathematics:

Algebra 8 (1-2 B)

Today we checked our answers to the Unit Review packet. Then we did a guided review activity in class and checked our answers to the questions. We finished by starting a more difficult review packet, Review packet #3.

Homework:

  • Finish both review packets that include smartboard slides. One is colored, the other is white.
  • Study for your Looking for Pythagoras Unit Test
  • Bring all of your work from LFP to make sure you get credit

Algebra 8

Today in class we checked our answers to the last review packet and we took the Looking for Pythagoras Unit Test.

Homework:

  • Bring in any missing assignments by tomorrow for credit
  • GGG Problem 1.1 (handout)

Science:

The soil has been turned over and is ready for the planting. I am hoping we will put plants in the ground tomorrow and Wednesday.

Homework:

Students have two tasks:

  1. Try the ElectroCity game on Clayton Online Learning. I am not taking a grade on this, but would like to see you try the challenge of balancing economics, pollution, and need for power.
  2. Read the article on ethanol from the recent Time Magazine. Try to find an article in favor of ethanol and bring the article in (find the claims and evidence).

Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico

or this one with more pictures… Yeah, pictures!


Social Studies:

Homework: Read 314-320; Prepare for Dynasty Presentation;

A day – Tuesday, April 15 – finish Mulan worksheet; read 308-314.

4/9/08 Homework Post

THE END OF MAP TESTING!!!!!   Tomorrow afternoon, we have a special guest coming to 8-South.  Ms. Baker’s friend, Miguel Dulick (a former Parkway North English/Spanish teacher), who lives in a town called Las Vegas, Honduras, will be showing photographs and talking about human rights and poverty.  The connections to our community service projects and to the themes in To Kill a Mockingbird should be quite rich. If any parents want to stop by for all or part of Miguel’s presentation, he will be in Room 309 from 12-1:42.


Literacy:

Homework:

The following work needs to be completed by Monday (B day) or Tuesday (A day) of next week. We will be have work time in class to accomplish some of this:

1. Finish the novel. 2. Revise your letter to a classmate (directions on COL).

3. Respond to four new forums (all marked 4/7/08). 4. Find a poem for your pocket (directions on COL)

There are also enrichment options available on COL.

Essay outlining/writing will begin next week.


Mathematics:

Algebra 8 (1-2B)

Today in class we checked our work on the Unit Review packet and we continued on with Problem 3.4.

Homework:

  • Finish problem 3.4 A, and B

Algebra 8 (5-6B)

Today in class we checked our work from problem 3.4 and the ACE questions from last night. We continued our study of the Pythagorean Theorem by looking at possible right triangles in ACE(3) #27 and then we started our Unit Review Packet 3.

Homework:

  • Finish ACE(3) #27
  • Finish LFP Review Packet 2

Science:

Homework:


Social Studies:

Homework: Finish yellow sheet on Confucius. Read “Ode to Mulan” and answer the questions for the poem.

3-12-08 Post (Field Trip)

What an experience!


Our kiddos had the opportunity to visit a Hindu temple, visit a Mosque, eat lunch at Queeny on a beautiful afternoon, and then visit the Cathedral-Basilica all in one school day.Our students were very well behaved asking great questions at each place of worship. It was a pleasure to spend the day with each one of them.The photos from the trip are uploading now and should be ready on our Team Flickr Page in the next twenty minutes. Check back then to view pictures of the memorable experience.

Math Homework:

Algebra 8:

  • Be ready to embed project by tomorrow morning

Challenge Algebra:

  • No official homework
  • Be sure to bring your computation books tomorrow.

Literacy:

1. Ms. Baker has put several new forums on COL for this week (These are different from last week’s forums, which are now “closed.”) You need to post to THREE of the new ones by Thursday morning. For 5-6B only, posting to these forums is optional. You are to be sure that you post your story to the wiki, if you have not already done so. You also must give feedback to your writing partner in Hawaii.  This must be done before spring break.

2. All classes– Read through the end of Chapter 16 by the Monday after spring break. Take notes on important details. Expect a quiz on Chapters 9-16 when we return from break.

3. There is an enrichment option on COL (Map Activity). This is optional. Due Thursday before break.

1/28/08 (A Day Homework)

Literacy:

During class, we discussed the Literary Tea Party and students began brainstorming ideas.

Homework:
By next class, you need to post to the following forums:

1. Lesson I’ve Learned

2. Monsters and Ghosts and the Bogey Man: Oh My

Also, you need to write drafts for the Literary Tea Party in your writer’s notebook


Mathematics:

Challenge Algebra –

  • We started class by reviewing the Mid Chapter 9 Quiz and correcting our mistakes.
  • Next, we checked our homework answers from Lesson 9.5.
  • Then, we explored combinations of transformations and we found out that if we track a certain point from the parent function to the transformed function, the order in which you apply the transformations has an effect on where the point ends up.
  • We concluded that their is an order to apply transformations to the points of a function.

Homework:

  • Lesson 9.6 #8-14, #16-23

Algebra 8-

  • We discussed constructing reflections of geometric shapes using an angle ruler in problem 2.1.
  • Then we reviewed for our Investigation 3 quiz.
  • We brainstormed ideas for how we could use ed.voicethread.com in our math class as online review resources.

Homework:

  • Finish the review packet
  • Study for the Investigation 3 Quiz Tuesday.

Science:

It was not easy, but we are mucking our way through the concepts of chemical and physical reactions. What separates them? Can both be “undone?” How can I tell one from the other?

Homework:

Students are to prepare for their PS15 experiment. This involves two tasks.

  1. Complete the pre-lab write-up. The procedure, materials, and background are in a handout given to the students.
  2. Students are to complete the research questions on the back of a handout given in class today. The “Chemistry” handout has a dozen concepts and vocabulary words that students will need to know to completely grasp what occurs during PS15. Find the answers. I have text sources if you would like to use them, but you have other research tools at your disposal as well.

Social Studies:

Homework: Test on Rome.

For homework, read pp. 244-248. Answer questions 1-6 on p. 288.