Grade 8

Math 8 week at a glance (June 18 -  June 22):

This week in Grade 8 we presented our created/modified games or wrote our final unit test. It was our final assessment in Math at MCS. 

Next week we wrap up with some locker clean outs, culture building, and a peek ahead to the expectations, and anixiety, of leaving MCS behind and what to expect for the ninth grade. 

Math 8 week at a glance (June 11 -  June 15):

This week in Grade 8 we worked on our last assessment task of the year. We spent the beginning of the week choosing between creating/modifying a game in order to reflect knowledge of probability versus writing a standardized test to show our knoledge. 

The rest of the week was spent preparing ourselves for our test (Tuesday in class) or for the date to present our game (between Tuesday and Friday in class). 

Math 8 week at a glance (June 4 -  June 8):

This week in Grade 8 we took the data that we collected from playing games last week and chose a graph that we felt best represents that data. We then wrote a paragraph response (or created a short presentation) in order to describe the connections between the data we collected and the graph we created. 

Next week we will carry this work forward into our final summative task involving probability, which is due June 15.

Humanities : May 14-17:

In English we are continuing our study of allegory through Arthur Miller's The Crucible. This unit will culminate in a formal writing assignment that will have the students compare the events in the play with real-world events. 

In social we are looking at the government structure of Edo Japan and how isolation, both geographical and self-imposed, kept Japan separate from the rest of the world. We will be looking at the affect this isolation had on Japan going forward.



Humanities 8: April 23-27: This week we will be wrapping up our study of the Aztecs and starting to look at the worldview of Japan during the Edo period. We will have a project the class will complete this week to express their understanding of the Aztec Worldview. In English, we are looking at The Crucible by Arthur Miller and will be drawing comparisons to today's society. We have finished Act I and will be working on the conflict and setting of the play and will start Act II next week. 

Math 8 week at a glance (April 16 -  April19):

This week in Grade 8 we continued our work on our cumulative Chocolate project for our Shape and Space unit. The expectation is that all students come to class Monday with completed calculations and nets for their shapes so that we may begin writing our essays or preparing our presentations for later in the week.

Those students that will be away from dryland sailors are expected to have completed their projects and ready to submit/present upon returning. 

Math 8 week at a glance (March 26 - March 29):

This week in Grade 8 we completed a workshop using our new surface area and volume calculations that we researched last week. We solved questions using our new formulas, cut out and constructed nets, and measured real life objects to calculate their dimensions (thanks Mrs. Mackenzie!)

Thank you to all the parents that came to meet on Tuesday night. Students are encouraged to log onto the Prodigy math game website in order to keep up with their shape and space knowledge over the break. We are building toward our cumulative chocolate project that will take place as soon as we get back from break. Happy Easter everyone.

Grade 8 Humanities: March 12-16: This week we are analyzing poetry. The sudents will select a poem and prepare a presentation, walking the class through the formal analysis of their piece of writing. In social, we are looking at the Aztecs before te arrival of the Spanish, focusing on the building of their empire and the factors that lead to their success. 

Math 7 week at a glance (March 4 - March 9):

This week in Grade 8 we viewed our Patterns videos and reflected on the unit as a whole. 

Towards the end of the week, we took our newly gained knowledge of algebra and used it to explore Pythagoras' theorem . Using the M.A.T.H. workshop model, we began to experiment with different types of questions, proofs, and ways to use Pythagoras' theorem in the world around us. 

Next week we will finish up our Pythagoras workshop and plan ahead for a mini assessment on our new theorem. Students are encouraged to keep up with their online prodigy math game as a way of reviewing both what we are doing in class and practicing our more basic knowledge from past units. 

Math 7 week at a glance (February 28 - March 3):

This week in Grade 8 we completed the scripting, filming, and editing of our group video project. On Friday we co-created a group rubric that we will use for marking. Monday will be our primary viewing day our video groups. 

When applicable, continue to use the M.A.T.H. workshop model in order to give us different perspectives on the curriculum objective we are facing. The Grade 7's and 8's are locked in a friendly competition for number of Prodigy questions answered online. As of Friday morning the Grade 8's had a 300 question lead, thanks in large part to a few eager beavers. Be sure to log on when you get the chance and complete this weeks online assignment!

Math 8 week at a glance (February 12-16):

Although we had quite a few disruptions to our Math class this week, the Grade 8's have been hard at work writing scripts for their presentations that will be filmed after the break. 

While our use of the online Prodigy game has come down of late, we will continue to review and engage with material. Remember to log on over the break and compete assignment #3! The assignment will be 15 questions in length. 

Math 7 week at a glance (February 5-10):

This week in Grade 8 we wrapped up our latest M.A.T.H. workshop around solving two step linear equations and moved forward to planning and end of unit assessment. Most students have found a group to work with and create a dramatic representation of our latests math concepts. 

We have also been using an online Math game called "Prodigy". It's easy to search up and is a game that focuses on improving the students core math skills. It can be played at home or at school and has been worked into our workshop rotation. Ask your son/daughter to show you their wizard!

Humanities 8, January 29-February 2

This week we are wrapping up our study of the Renaissance and will be starting our study of the Aztecs. We will be looking at the forces that brought the Spanish to the New World and the impact that movement had on the the Aztec people. 

In English, we are continuing our study of poetry by looking at poetic styles from different eras and creating our own in that style. This week we are finishing our work on the Romantic period and will start Modernist and Harlem Renaissance next week. 

Math 8 week at a glance (January 22-25):

This week in Grade 8 we continued to experiment with our MATH workshop format. Mr. C collected a lot of feedback from the class and made some small changes to the format itself. 

Within the format we are examining how to solve linear equations. Any review at home with the materials we have used in class (texbook or online based) is encoruaged.


Math 8 week at a glance (January 8-12):

This week in Grade 8 we reflected on our cumulative asessment project and many of us got a chance to see our marks. We also dipped into our new patterns unit and got a chance to do some practice questions from page 337 on Friday. The questions will be homework checked Tuesday morning.

Going forward in our patterns unit I will be looking at experimenting with a M.A.T.H. workshop structure. If you're curious, you can read about it on a blog here:  

Humanities: January 8-12: Welcome back! We are starting January with a look at poetry. The class will be analyzing work of famous poets, and creating poems of their own over the next couple weeks, culminating in a in-class coffee house where students will share their work with the class. In social, the class is working on a Choose Your Own Adventure story that focus on a thinker during the Renaissance. This piece of historical fiction will be presented on websites that will be shared at later date. 

Math 8 week at a glance (December 18 - Dec 22):

This week in Grade 8 we presented all of our hard work from our Cumulative Unit Assessment. Everyone should have their presentation or writing shared with Mr. C as well as their math work submitted.

During their time off for Christmas, students are encouraged to spend a little time with their Math when it makes sense. Perhaps on long drives out to the ski hill practicing basic facts, or around a warm fire with a website such as Khan Academy. 

After the break we will reflect on our experience as 'detectives' and shift our focus to Patterns. 

Happy Holidays everyone!

Math 8 week at a glance (December 11 - Dec 15):

This week in Grade 8 we used our class time to prepare a presentation for our cumulative unit project. Students were given the option to create a writing piece, or visual presentation and will begin presenting them on Monday. 

All students need to have something to present/submit by Monday's class. The rest of the week will be spent assessing, presenting, reflecting, and fine tuning these presentations. 

This week in humanities: December 4-December 7:

In English, we are continuing our study of irony with "The Cask of Amontilado" by Edgar Allan Poe. This will lead into an assignment to be completed by the end of the week that will highlight the students' knowledge of irony in all its forms. In social, we are continuing our study of how ideas were spread in the Renaissance by looking at the formation of universities and the nobilities quest for information. 

This week in humanities: November 27-December 1:

In English we a re continuing our study of short story elements by examining irony. We will be able to recognize dramatic, verbal, and situational irony in a piece of writing and argue the author's intention. We will be looking at the text "The Drunkard" by Frank O'Connor. In social, we are looking at how the ideas of the thinkers of the Renaissance were spred throughout Europe. We are focusing on Gutenberg, the printing press, and its influence on the spread of information.

This week in humanities: November 20-24. 

This week in English we are looking at short stories. This unit will focus on a number of literary elements present in short stories, with students completing an assignment based on each. The first is symbolism in Ken Lui's 'The Paper Menagerie,' where students will be tasked with creating an artistic piece that makes use of symbolism. Towards the end of the week we will study allegory in Edgar Allan Poe's 'Masque of the Red Death.'

In social, we are looking at Machiavelli and debating whether or not his writings are relevent in the 21st Century. 

This week in humanities: November 13-17. 

We have completed our essay on The Outsiders last week. These will be be returned and changes may be completed and they can be resubmitted, if interested. We will be beginning a study of short stories this week that will end with each student drafting their own piece of short fiction. We will be reading and analyzing a variety of short stories and then write our own.