Future Fest Gift Cards – Thank you to everyone who has donated a card, you are amazing and our tree is starting to fill up! If you haven’t had a chance to bring in a card, no worries, there is still time! Again, if you have any questions, please refer to our emails or let me know and I can fill you in!
7th Grade Reading – The Girl Who Drank the Moon continues to take up most of our reading block. The class has done a great job making connections and reflecting back to the beginning chapters to tie things together and answer questions. We have been working diligently to answer questions with format matters, elaboration with evidence, analyzing that evidence and completing with a solid conclusion.
8th Grade Reading – We finished Lord of the Flies this week! There were mixed emotions and plenty of conversation about how this novel’s last chapter played out. I absolutely loved listening to the kids discuss their reactions, frustrations, and questions. It’s fun to be at the point in our year that they lead so much of their classroom discussions and I get to sit back and listen.
Writing – Both classes finished up their expository essays this week. 7th was based on character traits from one of the main players in our class novel, The Girl Who Drank the Moon. 8th focused on how the boys from our class novel, Lord of the Flies, changed from being civilized to savage. Everyone worked extremely hard to elaborate thoughtfully and thoroughly on their body paragraphs.
Projects – This week groups finished up their body system projects, which meant quite a few kiddos working through their lunch breaks to get it done. Its pretty funny to see a kid mow down on their pizza while they create a digestive system on a big sheet of butcher paper. =) Turns out, these last few days of working really hard paid off and their projects turned out really cool and the groups did great on their presentations. Check out the pictures below!
*** We’ve got a final test next week (Tuesday, October 8th). They’ve got study guides, interactive notebooks, and vocab words to help them study. We’ve pumped the test day back one day to give just a little more time to make sure we are totally ready.