7-8 Classroom

7th Grade Math Update

7th Grade Math Update

New Routine: Students now start each math class with two fluency sprints. The purpose of this warm up is to improve fluency and accuracy on a variety of computation skills. Sprints take 2 minutes, students check their answers, take a brain break, then complete a second sprint with the same content focus as the first sprint, trying to increase the number of problems they complete correctly. Current Unit: Ratios and Proportional Relationships. This unit starts with looking…

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8th Grade Math Update

8th Grade Math Update

Current Unit: Frogs, Fleas, and Painted Cubes: Quadratic Functions. After studying linear functions, inverse variation examples, and exponential relationships during the first part of the year, this unit changes focus and looks at a nonlinear polynomial relationship: the quadratic function. Students will learn to recognize quadratic patterns of change in tables and graphs, and they will learn to write equations to represent the patterns. 

Ski-A-Thon

We are hosting a ski-a-thon. Students are invited to ski as many laps as they can safely complete on the Tiehack side of Buttermilk Ski Area. We will have teachers, and other volunteers at the bottom of the mountain cheering them, encouraging them, and making for a festive day on the hill.   Prior to the ski day, students are invited to ask for pledges from friends and family outside of the school community in…

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Second Semester Thematic Units

A new semester, marks the beginning of a new thematic unit for 7th and 8th grade classes. Eighth graders will study the issue of homelessness in preparation for their trip to San Francisco, and the seventh graders will study the First Amendment as it applies to social media, as a means of becoming safe and sensible digital citizens. UNIT OUTLINE The content of each of these units has been outlined on class websites. Parents are encouraged…

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L.A. Skills Boot Camp

Each semester, the Language Arts program is based on a targeted theme. This semester has been based around Curiosity, and students have read and studied non-fiction and fiction texts, written summaries, narratives, and expository analyses and comparisons, and have presented their work in the form of a journal project, and a spoken presentation in front of a live audience. Next semester the 7th grade theme will be based around Social Media, while the 8th graders study…

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