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September News

posted Aug 24, 2015, 2:37 PM by Laura Gore   [ updated Aug 24, 2015, 8:49 PM ]

Science -

September is a very exciting month for science classes!  We start off the year learning the scientific method and once September starts we get to get into our first science topics!  8th grade will be learning about the physics of motion, 7th grade will be diving into the history of our planet, and 6th grade will start out with Ecology!  This is the month of our watershed field trips too!  6th grade's field trip is 9/15, 7th grade's is 9/16, and 8th grade is 9/17.  I will be sending home permission slips and asking for parent volunteers to join us those days. These field trips are a lot of fun and a great opportunity for students to see the science that surrounds the water they see everyday.  I would greatly appreciate any parents who could join us for one of those days.  If you would like to join us, you can contact me by email (messersmitha@wgsd.us)  to let me know.

Math -

In September we will be reviewing key concepts and crucial knowledge that will be essential for students to succeed this year. We will also be starting a new homework system this year where students will have daily homework (with the opportunity to finish it during class, study hall, intervention, etc) as well as a weekly homework packet that will be DUE THURSDAY. I expect students to have a good amount of homework throughout the week, but my goal is for them to not have any during the weekend. 

Social Studies -

8th Grade is starting strong with the colonization of North America and is doing a project right off the bat.  The project is about telling the story of the lost colony of Roanoke.  All projects will be presented by Thursday, August 27.  7th grade is beginning with Ancient Rome.  The students will be conducting a "Rome Day" towards the end of the unit to show all that they have learned.  This will include dressing up as the Romans, cooking Roman food, talking about Roman politics and leaders, portraying what the daily lives and education was like during Ancient Rome, etc.  6th grade is beginning with the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas.  We will watch documentaries, perform some close reading of primary and secondary sources, and do some art related projects.  We will be celebrating Day of the Dead, as we will also be studying Mexico, Central America, and South America (not necessarily all in the first nine weeks).

Reading and Language Arts -

Our 6th grade classes will be reading, The Watsons Go to Birmingham in September and will have many activities and assignments that revolve around the book.  Our 7th grade classes will be reading, The Giver.  We will have many written responses pertaining to individuality and rules and order, which are major themes in the story.  The 8th graders will be reading, The Outsiders, which is a classic coming of age novel that follows two rival groups of teenagers during the 1960's that are divided by their socioeconomic status.  We will also be including vocabulary lessons on vocabulary roots every other week.  Our writing in September will focus on responding to what we read and 6 trait writing.  We will also move through our spelling units with a new lesson and test every other week.  We're excited to get our new school year underway!