My Newsletter

7th Grade Homeroom News

Wow! I can’t believe it is already October. Time sure flies when you’re having fun! Thanks to everyone that came to our Open House! If you didn’t get signed up for Parent/Teacher conferences or our classroom parties, please call the office and they will get you signed up.

The best way to contact me after school hours is through email. Please feel free to email me anytime at bjones@ewinggradeschool.org. I will get back to you as soon as I can. If you ever have a question on assignments, make sure you check the homework hotline. We update this daily.

Science

8th Grade

Every grade level is completing an Interactive Notebook for science this year. These notebooks will be a record of student work over the course of the year and will hopefully help students make big connections to the real world and promote higher order thinking.

8th grade finished up their STEM projects and did a fantastic job. Thank you everyone for working very hard. We have started our first book “Introduction to Chemistry”. This is a hard subject for 8th grade and we are doing our best to get through it. We started off the unit with an introduction to matter. We then moved on to discovering the three states of matter and how they change state.

MS-PS1 Matter and Its Interactions

7th Grade

Every grade level is completing an Interactive Notebook for science this year. These notebooks will be a record of student work over the course of the year and will hopefully help students make big connections to the real world and promote higher order thinking.

7th grade has started our first book of our new curriculum on “Earth’s Structure”. Students have discovered the main parts of the Earth System and how constructive and destructive forces change earth. We also learned how heat is transferred and how convection currents occur in earth’s mantle. We will then move on to a chapter on rocks and minerals.

MS-ESS2 Earth’s Systems, MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, MS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

6th Grade

Every grade level is completing an Interactive Notebook for science this year. These notebooks will be a record of student work over the course of the year and will hopefully help students make big connections to the real world and promote higher order thinking.

6th grade has started our first book of our new curriculum on “Ecology and the Environment”. We have discussed how living things affect one another and how energy and matter move through ecosystems. We will then move on to how people use Earth’s resources, and how to use them wisely.

MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, MS –ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe, MS-ESS2 Earth’s Systems, MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

5th Grade

Every grade level is completing an Interactive Notebook for science this year. These notebooks will be a record of student work over the course of the year and will hopefully help students make big connections to the real world and promote higher order thinking.

5th grade has started our first chapter “The Nature of Science”. We are learning why scientists conduct investigations, how they interpret data and draw conclusions. We are also learning how to use basic scientific tools.

ETS 1-1: Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. ETS 1-2: Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. ETS 1-3: Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

Social Studies

6th Grade

Everyday students will work on a daily geography skill. We will go over these daily geography packets every Friday. These packets will help our students learn about the basic skills of geography and map use.

6th grade is learning about the World. We have started our first chapter on “Early Civilizations and Cultures”. We “dug up the past” by discussing the early gatherers and hunters and the early farmers. We then explored Berengia and the mystery of Skara Brae. We ended our chapter on discovering the Chauvet and early cave paintings. Our next chapter is on Early Civilizations.

5th Grade

Everyday students will work on a daily geography skill. We will go over these daily geography packets every Friday. These packets will help our students learn about the basic skills of geography and map use.

5th grade is learning about the United States. We have started our first chapter on “American People, American Land”. We have talked about how and why the United States has a diverse population. We discussed immigrants and ethnic groups and how these have contributed to the U.S. We have also discovered how our government came to be and what it means to have a free enterprise system. After this chapter we will move on to Early Life, East and West.