Tuesday, April 18, 2017

8th Grade Projects - WWII Museum Project Started

Hello all!

Just wanted to do another update, sorry I missed last week.

So, we are continuing to work on WWII. This is our last week of "front loading" information. Last week students learned about the Jewish Holocaust and the Chinese Holocaust. This week we are focusing on the most pivotal battles of the war.

We want to give students as much time as possible to work on their museum exhibits, and with testing the schedule will be crazy, so we are having them start building next week. Last week students chose their groups and topics for their Museum Exhibits, and this week we have been allowing them about 50 minutes a day to work on their exhibits with their groups. They will probably need to bring in supplies to build their exhibits from home, so this week they will hopefully be figuring that out.

The Exhibits will be on display May 18th, and parents are encouraged to come! More details will follow regarding the specifics of that day, but please mark it on your calendar. Your students are working really hard on these, and they would love to share what they've learned and done with you!

Also, I updated grades, so they should be up to date with everything I have, and I will do my best to stay on top of them.

Thank you for raising amazing young people!

Monday, April 3, 2017

8th Grade Projects - World War II

Hello all!

I wanted to update you on what we are working on in Projects, as well as catch you up on what we've been working on the past few weeks.

Students worked on their Great Depression Websites and turned them in right before Spring Break. I was so impressed with all of their hard work! If you haven't yet, I would encourage you to have your child show you their website. They spent a lot of time and put a lot of effort into building beautiful websites, as their grades reflected!

After Spring Break we started learning about World War II. First we reviewed the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I and how it contributed to causing World War 2. Then we reviewed which countries were part of the Axis Powers and which were with the Allied Powers. On Thursday, students worked to label a map of Europe and the Pacific that showed which countries were Axis Powers, which were Allied Powers, which were controlled by the Axis Powers, and which were neutral, along with where major battles took place. Students will finish this map tomorrow (Tuesday).

Today, students will hear from Ollie Slonaker, who is a former History and Geography teacher who went to Dachau and other sites important to World War II. We are so excited for students to have the opportunity to hear from someone who has actually been to and studied these significant sites and times.

For the rest of the week, students will be studying Adolf Hitler in an attempt to gain a better understanding of this man who made a radical impact on history.

As a quick reminder, the Middle School Student Council is raising money for the Fallon Youth Club. Each classroom has a container to collect money, and the class with the most money at the end of April will be rewarded with a movie and Taco Bell for lunch. So if you have any spare change laying around the house, please consider sending it with your student so that they can donate it to Fallon Youth Club and potentially win a lunch party!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

8th Grade Projects - Great Depression Continued


I just wanted to give you a quick update about what we are doing in Projects. We are still studying the Great Depression, and students are still working on their websites. Their websites are due next Tuesday, 3/14, and students will have a test over the vocabulary next Thursday, 3/16. The quarter ends the 16th, and grades have to be posted the 19th, so I need any and all late or missing work by Thursday 3/16. The grades are up to date, and the only grades that will go in after this are their Great Depression Website Project and their Great Depression Vocabulary Test.

Monday, February 27, 2017

8th Grade Projects - Great Depression Continued (Dust Bowl, FDR, and the New Deal)

Hello folks!

We are still working on our Great Depression unit, and it seems like it is going really well. From what I've seen of the students' websites, they are doing a fantastic job! I have been impressed with their creativity in putting together these websites. They are learning a fantastic skill that they will be able to use in their professional lives, along with learning about this fascinating period in American history!

On Thursday, we watched a great video about the Dust Bowl. This week, we will be learning about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. Students will be adding the content for these topics to their websites.

Just as a heads up, I did input grades on Thursday, so your student's grades should be up to date except for what we did today. Students did exceedingly well on their Roaring 20's exams, and they also did well on their magazine projects. I also passed back the graded rubric for their Roaring 20's Magazine Project today, though I did notice some students threw these away without taking them home. Overall I was impressed with their projects, and I have seen growth in the students over these last almost three quarters.

Thank you for supporting your students and for raising such amazing kids!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

8th Grade Projects - Great Depression

I am so sorry not to have posted more. I will eventually get into a rhythm and get this blog written consistently!

We have finished our Roaring 20's unit. The students worked hard in teams of 4 to create awesome magazines that discussed different aspects of the 20's. I am almost finished grading their magazines, and they are on display by the office. You should check them out if you get a chance!

I will be updating grades tonight. Students did an awesome job on their Roaring 20's essay test, and a good job on their magazines overall.

We are now studying the Great Depression. For their final project, they are working independently to build a website about the Great Depression. We are using Wix to build these websites, which will be a great resume builder when the students get older.

We will continue studying the Great Depression until the end of 3rd quarter, and then during 4th quarter we will be focusing on World War II.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

8th Grade Projects - Roaring 20s Continued

Hello folks!

We are still learning about the Roaring 20's, and students will continue to work on their magazines.  After getting into writing/designing the magazines with the students, the middle school teachers and I realized that the original time we allotted was not quite enough, so we are extending the deadline for the magazines to be finished to Monday. Students will have all day Thursday to work on their magazines.

I have been very impressed with the depth of many of the topics your students have chosen! And it has been enjoyable reading their articles as they are writing them. I am excited to see the final products your students produce!

On Monday, the students will have a vocabulary test and a short essay test about what made the 1920's "roaring."

Until next week, when we will be starting the Great Depression!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

8th Grade Projects Update

Hello parents of 8th graders!!

I am so sorry that I haven't been consistent with posting on the blog. I have been remiss in my duty, and I will work this semester to diligently post on the blog weekly. It always helps if you comment so that I can see that people are reading the blog! 😉

We have finished with Science and are now moving on to Social Studies, which I am very excited about! This semester we will be studying the 1920s and Great Depression in 3rd quarter and World War II in the 4th quarter. I am so ecstatic that we get to spend so much time on these eras, since most of the time in history classes they get so little time and focus even though they are so interesting!

Last week we reviewed what happened during WWI because so much of what happens in the decades following directly relates to what happened during the war. Then we started learning about the Roaring 20s. I introduced students to the project, for which students will work in assigned groups of 4 to write and design a magazine. Each student will be responsible for writing an article about a specific topic related to the 1920s, such as flappers or organized crime. Then the group will put their articles together to make a cohesive magazine, for which they will also design a cover and table of contents. I'm really looking forward to seeing all of the great articles and designs your students write and create!

The magazines will be due next Thursday the 26th, and students will also have their vocab test as well as a short essay test on that day. I feel confident that students will do well on their assessments.

If you have any questions, please email me. However, I encourage you to have your students come and talk to me to build up their independence and sense of responsibility. They benefit so much from dealing with their issues themselves, and it takes it off of your plate as well. Just something to consider.

Thank you so much for raising such amazing students. I feel honored to teach them!