Middle School Grade 8

 Ms. Jillian Studdard

jillianstuddard@saintbernadette.org

 

November 10, 2016

Hello to the 8th grade parents!

Please be advised I have posted our new classroom schedule for Literature and English Language Arts. You can see it by scrolling down at the bottom of this date’s post. This new schedule allows us to have a full week or grammar followed by a full week of writing. So far, it’s working out very well!

This week feels as though it flew right by! Our student council was able to attend the Elementary Leadership Conference at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury this Tuesday. They met students from different schools and were involved in many fun learning activities that promoted leadership. I brought some ideas home with me so we can use them in our classroom throughout this year.

In Literature, we finished our second week of our figurative language unit. We’ve learned and reviewed similes, metaphors and idioms so far. Next week we will dive into hyperboles and the students will receive a new hyperbole packet. I will be keeping the packets until our final unit test when I will redistribute prior so students can review and study. I’m also prepping for our next literature book, which I’m keeping a secret for now. It’s a challenging book that evokes great discussions and projects. I’m very excited to be planning for it!

In ELA, we are on our week of writing and the 8th graders are finishing up their Personal Narrative Unit. They are learning how to write papers in MLA format which will help them in their freshman year of high school and beyond. We are also practicing designing cover letters for each writing piece that we do. Once each student is done, the pieces will be graded based on content and formatting and they will be brought home for you to read.

I hope everyone enjoys their three day weekend! Make sure to thank a veteran if you see one!

Sincerely,

Miss Studdard

Week One

MONDAY Day 1      TUESDAY Day 2     WEDNES Day 3     THURS Day 4      FRIDAY   Day 5

Literature:

Skill

Literature:

Skill

Literature:

Skill

Literature:

Skill

Literature:

Quiz on learned skill for that week.

ELA:

Introduce new vocab packet. Spelling words on board/Use your Vocab page

ELA:

Grammar

ELA:

Grammar

ELA:

Grammar

ELA:

Test on Grammar

 

Week Two

MONDAY Day 6     TUESDAY Day 7    WEDNES Day 8     THURS Day 9     FRIDAY   Day 10

Literature:

Skill/

Literature Book

Literature:

Skill/

Literature Book

Literature:

Skill/

Literature Book

Literature:

Skill/

Literature Book

Literature:

Skill/

Literature Book

ELA:

Writing

ELA:

Writing

ELA:

Writing

ELA:

Vocab Review

ELA:

Vocabulary and Spelling Test

 

November 4, 2016

Hello Parents!

We had another great week in eighth grade. We have finished our literature book, Maniac Magee, and we took our final book test on it earlier this week. The kids all did very well and I am very proud of them. Be sure to hang their tests on the fridge. We dove right into our next unit this week by starting a figurative language review. We reviewed similes and metaphors this week and will begin learning about idioms and hyperboles next week, which I have a feeling will be a piece of cake. This is one of my favorite units and I hope the students enjoy learning about figurative language as I do teaching it. With each new type of figurative language we learn, a packet will be provided. Feel free to look it over and use as many as possible with your family!

In English Language Arts, we started on Unit 2 of adjectives. We are breezing through our unit and took a short quiz on adjectives today. We are also wrapping up our unit on personal narrative writing. The students will continue working on their final drafts and will type out their final narrative in our computer lab complete with a cover sheet. They will need these skills in high school and beyond so I want to make sure we practice them a lot. Our next unit will be how to write research papers. This will benefit them greatly with their History research paper with Mr. Adams.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Miss Studdard

 

 

October 21, 2016

Hello Parents!

The students had another successful week! We are just about done with Maniac Magee. By the middle of next week, our novel will be over and we will be reviewing for our Unit Test on Friday October 28th! The kids seem to really be enjoying the book and I’m sad to have the unit be coming to an end. We will work on our 8th grade Time Capsule’s until we begin our Figurative Language Unit the week of November 1st! There are a lot of fun assignments in our Figurative Language Unit and the kids should have a lot of fun learning them.

In English Language Arts we are learning about Possessive Nouns this week. It’s riveting stuff! Ask the kids, it’s changing lives! 🙂 We recited a witty poem to help us remember. Peter did a very nice rap rendition for us. We had interactive lessons where the kids were able to come up to the board and write the possessive forms of different words. Sitting for 40 minutes at a time could get boring for just about anyone!

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Just a reminder, our school store is open every Friday at lunch and recess time. Announcements are made on Thursday and Friday mornings as a reminder for students who would like to bring money in to buy school supplies that are much cheaper than they would be at Staples — and it helps out the 8th grade class!

We will also be having a Halloween Dance next week on October 28th from 7PM-9PM in the Church Hall. The 6th, 7th, & 8th grades are invited. In order to make this dance a reality, we will need parents to please donate food, drinks, decorations and their time to help us with this event. I also wanted to get some disposable cameras so the kids could snap photos of themselves that they can’t look at two seconds later (you know, like we did in the olden days). I have sent a flyer home with information about our dance. We encourage all parents to please participate! If you have any additional questions about the dance, please contact me.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Miss S

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October 14, 2016

Hello Parents!

Our 8th graders had another successful week. We are well into our chapter book, Maniac Magee for Literature class. If you haven’t heard of this amazing book, you can read more about it here. It’s a great story with a lot of informative themes (family, friendship, race, segregation, homelessness, and baseball to name a few). The kids seem to really be enjoying it. We are almost finished and we will soon be reviewing for our Maniac Magee exam and project assignments!

In English Language Arts, we are learning about appositives and how to identify them in sentences.

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We are also learning how to write Personal Narrative stories. The kids got to choose the following topics this week:

  1. A time they made the wrong choice and they learned from it.
  2. The first time they did something and actually enjoyed it or realized they didn’t enjoy it.

 

If parents have any questions or concerns about this week’s lessons, please feel free to contact me!

Sincerely,

Miss Studdard