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October 27, 2019 by Shayna Byrd

Week Eleven – October 28-31

A big THANK YOU to everyone who signed up and sent in goodies for the Middle School Dance last Thursday! It was a great turn out and the kids seemed to have had a blast! I absolutely loved seeing the creative costumes and am looking forward to Halloween. 

HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES- 

Each year the 7th grade team has a pumpkin decoration! Please have your kiddo bring in their own pumpkin to decorate by Thursday, October 31st. In previous years the classes have gotten super creative  with constructing miniature costumes and painting their pumpkins. I’m excited to see what these kiddos come up with. We will not be carving pumpkins, so no carving tools are necessary. 

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We will also have a costume parade, so the kids can totally wear their costumes on Thursday! 

Students are also more than welcome to bring in treats to share with the class while we decorate. Please remember, we are nut free classroom. I will also bring in some drinks for the class to enjoy. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Halloween Party SignUp Genius Link – 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4EAFA723A1FE3-halloween1

7th Grade Reading – We will be finishing up The Girl Who Drank the Moon this week! During these last few chapters we are really analyzing how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader create such effects of suspense.

8th Grade Reading – The 8th grade team has been working this week on researching and  finding specific details about the Victorian Age and its different characteristics. They’ve created and presented Google slides to show their findings about the furniture, clothing, government, authors, entertainment, etc. This activity was in preparation of the novella, The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde, that we will begin Thursday. 

7th & 8th Grade Writing – This week both classes will begin their argumentative essays. Students have chosen topics and have made claims. This week they will work on setting reasons and finding evidence from reliable sources to support their thesis statements. 

Science – This week the class will work on explaining how energy flows through an ecosystem, and how the number of organisms present depends on the amount of energy available. They will also explore how carbon and nitrogen cycle through ecosystems. I love how the kids are digging deeper into these concepts and checking in with thought provoking questions.