Today in Science we continued to look at Density questions. Students completed a practice sheet in anticipation of a marked assignment coming up.
In Math we did some review for the test tomorrow and students received an assignment that will also function as a study guide. REMINDER: Math Murder Mystery  Due November 15 Integer Test  Due November 15
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Today in Humanities we took a look at our next section of the Renaissance  Exchange of Ideas. We took notes today and will complete an activity for the section tomorrow.
We also read Chapter 4 in The Outsiders today. It is a big chapter so I'm sure the kids will have lots to talk about if you ask them. We also completed our chapter questions as a class discussion today. REMINDER: Creative Journal Response  By next Creative Journal Day In Science today students continued to work on their understanding of Density. We completed a Density pyramid to help us remember the three different equations that we will use. We also looked at a number of word problems, which we will expand on tomorrow.
In Math students combined previous knowledge with their current unit on integers in order to complete Order of Operation questions. Students were given both expression questions to solve as well as word problems that they are strongly encouraged to complete at home. Tomorrow we will be going over any questions students have before they are given a "for marks" assignment. Remember: Integer Math Test  Thursday, November 15 Today in Humanities students discovered the joys of the growth of Italian City States during the Renaissance. Students learned about what made some of the City States unique and then decided which they thought was the best Italian City State. What students also saw was that all of the City States grew because of the increase in trade. The increase in trade allowed them to grow in other areas (ex. banking, textiles, navy, etc.)
In Language Arts we took a break from reading The Outsiders in order to complete our first Creative Journal Response. Students are given a choice between three topics to write about and create a visual. They will complete 4 throughout the novel and will choose their best to be handed in to mark at the end of the novel study. As Calgary heads to the poles tomorrow to vote on whether or not to bid for the 2016 Winter Olympics, we in Grade 8 will also be voting on what we think is best. Over the next two days students will read articles from both sides of the argument, with a debate on Wednesday. Then, Thursday during FLEX students will vote themselves on what they think Calgary should do. Attached is a document of links to different articles
Today in Science we began to talk about density. Student took notes and began working on a foldable to help them remember density calculations. One way to look at density is the "crowdedness" of the particles.
In math students delved into working on Division Word Problems for Integers. We focus on picking out the numbers and the key words to help us know if the integer is positive or negative. Remember: Division Word Problems  DUE Tuesday, November 13 Integer Test  DUE Thursday, November 15 Today in Humanities students read and discussed Chapter 3 in The Outsiders. One particular area of focus was in defining foreshadowing and what it might mean for our main characters. In Social Studies students worked on their Humanist Persuasive Paragraph. This is a big assignment because students are working on the template for writing a persuasive paragraph. They are required to connect their own lives to an area of Humanism. Remember: Humanist Persuasive Paragraph  Due Wednesday, November 14
Today in Science students completed a lab about viscosity. Students tested the flow rate of water, oil, and molasses in order to determine their relative viscosity.
In Math, students learned the rules for dividing with integers. Once they discovered the rules for division are the same as multiplication they quickly picked up on the word problem examples. Remember: Science Lab  DUE Friday, November 9 Division of Integers  DUE Friday, November 9 Now that we have read Chapter 1 of The Outsiders it is time to read Chapter 2! In this chapter we delved more into the lives of our main characters. Students then discussed questions for Chapter 2.
In Social Studies we continued to look at ourselves as Humanists. Students were introduced to the format of Persuasive Paragraph writing as they argued for why they are a Humanist. Using their information from yesterday's interview students chose their strongest argument and worked towards providing persuasive evidence. Remember: Humanist Persuasive Paragraph  DUE Wednesday, November 14 Today in Science we discussed the properties of viscosity. We examined what happens to the viscosity of a fluid when heated for both liquids and gasses; as well as being able to describe what is happening at a particle level.
In Math we tackled word problems for the multiplication of integers. Students did a number of examples with the class and then had a number to complete individually. REMEMBER: Multiplication Word Problems  DUE Thursday, November 8 
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