January 7- January 10

In Science this week, we will be learning about viscosity of liquids and the effect temperature has on viscosity through an exploratory lab and in class demo.

In Math, we will begin learning how to multiply various forms of fractions, with a brief review of addition and subtraction of fractions covered before the break. 

December 16- December 19

In Science, 

This week, the grade 8 students will explore various math games to reinforce concepts learned this month. Students will be practicing their skills on equivalent fractions, adding, subtracting fractions and finding estimations for fractions with various group and individual activities. 

December 9- December 13

In Science, on Tuesday, students we will have a quiz on all topics related to our Mix and Flow of Matter Unit that we have covered so far. We will do some review on Monday’s class, but students are encouraged to look at their notes over the weekend. The remainder of the week will be spent doing a research project on Mix and Flow technologies.

In Math, students will continue with their revision of addition and subtraction of fractions. They will also begin learning to order fractional sets all with varying denominators. 

December 2- December 6

In Math, students will focus on reviewing their subtraction skills with fractions. Students will also begin to compare and order fractions of various forms. 

November 25- November 29

In Science, we will be starting our Mix and Flow of Matter Unit this week in Science. We will start by developing an understanding of the states of matter and how mixtures are classified. There will be a lab activity to reinforce these ideas.In Math, the Grade 8 students will be reviewing fractional skills from previous years. They will be reviewing how to reduce, simplify, convert between various forms of fractions, find equivalent fractions, and add and subtract fractions.

Following are some links that can help with these review topics:

Khan Academy:  Adding fractions with unlike denominators

Khan Academy:  Subtracting fractions with unlike denominators

Khan Academy:  Equivalent fractions and reducing- How to and practice

Khan Academy:  Comparing and ordering fractions

Khan Academy:  Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Math Antics:  Adding and Subtracting Fractions 


November 12-15

In Math, the grade 8s will be starting their new unit on fractions. Students will be taking a pre-assessment, reviewing grade 7 material and begin to explore the vocabulary associated with the unit. 

In Science, we will be wrapping up our unit on body systems with a research project on diseases that affect the systems.

November 4- November 8

In Math, students are wrapping up the integers unit.  Students in 82 and 84 are having their unit test this week and students in 81, 83, and 85 will be finishing next week.  

In Science, the grade 8’s will be doing a lab to demonstrate the functions of the Nervous System. They will then be moving to diseases that impact various body systems. They will be having a Body Systems quiz on Tuesday, November 12.


October 28- October 31 (November 1 is a PD day)

In Science we will be doing mini labs that will further their understanding of the human body systems.

Students will be reviewing multiplication and division of integers in class. They will then transition into practicing order of operations with integers as we build in complexity of the problems. November 6th, will be the unit test and students are allowed to bring in their guide sheet they have been working on throughout the unit. 

Khan Academy:  Why a negative times a negative is a positive

Khan Academy:  Multiplying positive and negative numbers

Khan Academy:  Dividing positive and negative numbers

Math Antics:  Integer Multiplication and Division

October 21- October 25

In Science, we will be learning about the body systems and creating a foldable booklet to record the information. The majority of grade 8's will be at Camp Horizon at some point in the week, so this will be an independent project that they will work on the days they are at school. It is important for everyone to get all the body systems information this week as it will lead us into lab activities related to each system in the following week.

In Math, students will be learning to multiply and divide integers. They will learn to pick up on patterns that help guide them towards determining the sign of their answers. This will later transition us into order of operations with integers. 

The following are links that could be used to review Grade 7 content:

Khan Academy: Review of adding negative numbers

Khan Academy:  Adding numbers with different signs

Khan Academy, adding negative numbers: Practice

Khan Academy: Adding and Subtracting negative numbers

Khan Academy:  Subtracting a negative

Khan Academy:  Adding numbers with different signs

Math Antics- Adding and Subtracting Integers: 


October 14- October 18

In math, students are starting the Integer unit with a pre-assessment and then beginning the review of addition and subtraction.

In science, we will be learning about how cells become organized and the systems in the body. We will be starting a project around the body systems that will involve research into diseases that effect the organs in these systems.

October 7- October 10

In Math, students are reviewing in order to prepare for their unit test on Squares, Square Roots and Pythagorean Theorem coming up either this week or next.  The next unit will be integers which will involve reviewing addition and subtraction and learning how to multiply and divide (which is the grade 8 focus).  Students will do a Pre-Assessment on these skills in order to determine the appropriate starting point for each student.

In Science we will be developing skills of preparing slides and looking at various cells under the microscope. We will then be discussing how cells are organized which will lead to learning about the body's various systems.

September 30- October 4

In Science, now that we have identified the organelles in plant and animal cells and the functions they carry out, we will be learning the parts of a microscope and how to use microscopes to observe cells.

In Math, students will continue work with determining the area of "slanted squares" and begin to apply squares and square roots with the Pythagorean Theorem.  The following links may be helpful:

Finding the area of a "slanted square":  Finding the area of a "slanted square"

Khan Academy:  Introduction to the Pythagorean Theorem

Khan Academy- online extra practice:  Practice questions

September 23- September 27

In Science, the grade 8’s will be starting their Cells and Systems unit. We will be investigating the seven characteristics of all living things and will begin work on the structure and function of cells.

In math, students are continuing to develop understanding around square roots and approximating square roots of non-perfect square roots.

The following links may be helpful for deepening these understandings:

How to find the square root using factor trees: How to find a square root using a factor tree

Khan Academy, "Approximating Square Roots":   https://www.khanacademy.org/ma...

Khan Academy: Additional online practice

September 16- September 19

This week in Science, students will be working on creating scientific drawings as the next step in understanding the components of a lab write up.

In Math this week, we will be continuing to build upon the concepts of square roots and squares from last week by doing some problem solving and application.  We will then move into approximating or estimating the values of non-perfect squares.  

The following links provide examples of how this can be done:

Khan academy, "Understanding Square Roots": https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/x2f8bb11595b61c86:rational-exponents-radicals/x2f8bb11595b61c86:radicals/v/understanding-square-roots 

Let's Do Math (uses the numberline):  

September 9- September 13

This week in Science we will be focusing on the different components of the Scientific Method through mini labs and hands-on activities.

Math:  Ms. Potts, Mr. Honish, and Mr. Erickson are really looking forward to working with this wonderful group of students.  The three of them bring more than 45 years of combined math education to the classroom.  Google Drive folders will be set up this week.  Students will be able to access the lessons we do on a daily basis.  This year we will be working together to make the math meaningful and challenging for your student.  This week, students will be doing some baseline testing of times tables and computation skills so that we can assess where your student is working in relation to grade level requirements.  This can also highlight areas in which the student is experiencing gaps in their learning.  As a result, we will spend some time each period devoted to basic skills.  During the first month, our focus will be on basic multiplication facts; any practice in this area at home would be welcomed.  As far as curriculum, grade 8s will begin the year learning about squares and square roots.  This will lead into applications with the Pythagorean Theorem.

This week, after completing the baseline assessments, we will be introducing the "Squares and Square Roots" unit.  Students will learn how these concepts relate to the geometry of a square and became more familiar with the new symbols and terminology.  

Following are some links related to concepts we will discuss this week: 

Khan Academy Videos:

Introduction to exponents (squaring): https://www.khanacademy.org/ma...

Introduction to square roots:  https://www.khanacademy.org/ma...

The relationship between the sides and area of a square:  https://www.khanacademy.org/ma...

Mathantics video:



Math and Science

January 7- January 10

In Science this week, we will be learning about viscosity of liquids and the effect temperature has on viscosity through an exploratory lab and in class demo.

In Math, we will begin learning how to multiply various forms of fractions, with a brief review of addition and subtraction of fractions covered before the break. 

December 16- December 19

In Science, 

This week, the grade 8 students will explore various math games to reinforce concepts learned this month. Students will be practicing their skills on equivalent fractions, adding, subtracting fractions and finding estimations for fractions with various group and individual activities. 

December 9- December 13

In Science, on Tuesday, students we will have a quiz on all topics related to our Mix and Flow of Matter Unit that we have covered so far. We will do some review on Monday’s class, but students are encouraged to look at their notes over the weekend. The remainder of the week will be spent doing a research project on Mix and Flow technologies.

In Math, students will continue with their revision of addition and subtraction of fractions. They will also begin learning to order fractional sets all with varying denominators. 

December 2- December 6

In Math, students will focus on reviewing their subtraction skills with fractions. Students will also begin to compare and order fractions of various forms. 

November 25- November 29

In Science, we will be starting our Mix and Flow of Matter Unit this week in Science. We will start by developing an understanding of the states of matter and how mixtures are classified. There will be a lab activity to reinforce these ideas.In Math, the Grade 8 students will be reviewing fractional skills from previous years. They will be reviewing how to reduce, simplify, convert between various forms of fractions, find equivalent fractions, and add and subtract fractions.

Following are some links that can help with these review topics:

Khan Academy:  Adding fractions with unlike denominators

Khan Academy:  Subtracting fractions with unlike denominators

Khan Academy:  Equivalent fractions and reducing- How to and practice

Khan Academy:  Comparing and ordering fractions

Khan Academy:  Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Math Antics:  Adding and Subtracting Fractions 


November 12-15

In Math, the grade 8s will be starting their new unit on fractions. Students will be taking a pre-assessment, reviewing grade 7 material and begin to explore the vocabulary associated with the unit. 

In Science, we will be wrapping up our unit on body systems with a research project on diseases that affect the systems.

November 4- November 8

In Math, students are wrapping up the integers unit.  Students in 82 and 84 are having their unit test this week and students in 81, 83, and 85 will be finishing next week.  

In Science, the grade 8’s will be doing a lab to demonstrate the functions of the Nervous System. They will then be moving to diseases that impact various body systems. They will be having a Body Systems quiz on Tuesday, November 12.


October 28- October 31 (November 1 is a PD day)

In Science we will be doing mini labs that will further their understanding of the human body systems.

Students will be reviewing multiplication and division of integers in class. They will then transition into practicing order of operations with integers as we build in complexity of the problems. November 6th, will be the unit test and students are allowed to bring in their guide sheet they have been working on throughout the unit. 

Khan Academy:  Why a negative times a negative is a positive

Khan Academy:  Multiplying positive and negative numbers

Khan Academy:  Dividing positive and negative numbers

Math Antics:  Integer Multiplication and Division

October 21- October 25

In Science, we will be learning about the body systems and creating a foldable booklet to record the information. The majority of grade 8's will be at Camp Horizon at some point in the week, so this will be an independent project that they will work on the days they are at school. It is important for everyone to get all the body systems information this week as it will lead us into lab activities related to each system in the following week.

In Math, students will be learning to multiply and divide integers. They will learn to pick up on patterns that help guide them towards determining the sign of their answers. This will later transition us into order of operations with integers. 

The following are links that could be used to review Grade 7 content:

Khan Academy: Review of adding negative numbers

Khan Academy:  Adding numbers with different signs

Khan Academy, adding negative numbers: Practice

Khan Academy: Adding and Subtracting negative numbers

Khan Academy:  Subtracting a negative

Khan Academy:  Adding numbers with different signs

Math Antics- Adding and Subtracting Integers: 


October 14- October 18

In math, students are starting the Integer unit with a pre-assessment and then beginning the review of addition and subtraction.

In science, we will be learning about how cells become organized and the systems in the body. We will be starting a project around the body systems that will involve research into diseases that effect the organs in these systems.

October 7- October 10

In Math, students are reviewing in order to prepare for their unit test on Squares, Square Roots and Pythagorean Theorem coming up either this week or next.  The next unit will be integers which will involve reviewing addition and subtraction and learning how to multiply and divide (which is the grade 8 focus).  Students will do a Pre-Assessment on these skills in order to determine the appropriate starting point for each student.

In Science we will be developing skills of preparing slides and looking at various cells under the microscope. We will then be discussing how cells are organized which will lead to learning about the body's various systems.

September 30- October 4

In Science, now that we have identified the organelles in plant and animal cells and the functions they carry out, we will be learning the parts of a microscope and how to use microscopes to observe cells.

In Math, students will continue work with determining the area of "slanted squares" and begin to apply squares and square roots with the Pythagorean Theorem.  The following links may be helpful:

Finding the area of a "slanted square":  Finding the area of a "slanted square"

Khan Academy:  Introduction to the Pythagorean Theorem

Khan Academy- online extra practice:  Practice questions

September 23- September 27

In Science, the grade 8’s will be starting their Cells and Systems unit. We will be investigating the seven characteristics of all living things and will begin work on the structure and function of cells.

In math, students are continuing to develop understanding around square roots and approximating square roots of non-perfect square roots.

The following links may be helpful for deepening these understandings:

How to find the square root using factor trees: How to find a square root using a factor tree

Khan Academy, "Approximating Square Roots":   https://www.khanacademy.org/ma...

Khan Academy: Additional online practice

September 16- September 19

This week in Science, students will be working on creating scientific drawings as the next step in understanding the components of a lab write up.

In Math this week, we will be continuing to build upon the concepts of square roots and squares from last week by doing some problem solving and application.  We will then move into approximating or estimating the values of non-perfect squares.  

The following links provide examples of how this can be done:

Khan academy, "Understanding Square Roots": https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/x2f8bb11595b61c86:rational-exponents-radicals/x2f8bb11595b61c86:radicals/v/understanding-square-roots 

Let's Do Math (uses the numberline):  

September 9- September 13

This week in Science we will be focusing on the different components of the Scientific Method through mini labs and hands-on activities.

Math:  Ms. Potts, Mr. Honish, and Mr. Erickson are really looking forward to working with this wonderful group of students.  The three of them bring more than 45 years of combined math education to the classroom.  Google Drive folders will be set up this week.  Students will be able to access the lessons we do on a daily basis.  This year we will be working together to make the math meaningful and challenging for your student.  This week, students will be doing some baseline testing of times tables and computation skills so that we can assess where your student is working in relation to grade level requirements.  This can also highlight areas in which the student is experiencing gaps in their learning.  As a result, we will spend some time each period devoted to basic skills.  During the first month, our focus will be on basic multiplication facts; any practice in this area at home would be welcomed.  As far as curriculum, grade 8s will begin the year learning about squares and square roots.  This will lead into applications with the Pythagorean Theorem.

This week, after completing the baseline assessments, we will be introducing the "Squares and Square Roots" unit.  Students will learn how these concepts relate to the geometry of a square and became more familiar with the new symbols and terminology.  

Following are some links related to concepts we will discuss this week: 

Khan Academy Videos:

Introduction to exponents (squaring): https://www.khanacademy.org/ma...

Introduction to square roots:  https://www.khanacademy.org/ma...

The relationship between the sides and area of a square:  https://www.khanacademy.org/ma...

Mathantics video:



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