New Novels, New Year, New Grammar

The Trial in “To Kill A Mockingbird” by: Julia D.

This week in 8th Grade Language Arts, we began reading the trial in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We have been acting out the trial instead of just reading it normally. For each chapter, Mrs.Teitelbaum gives us a new part. This has been a very fun and interactive way to read the book, and the whole class has really been enjoying it.

Although reading To Kill a Mockingbird has been our main focus this week, we have also been starting most days with grammar worksheets. One of the worksheets we do has many different types of exercises on the page. For example, there might be a part where it asks you to find spelling mistakes in a sentence. The other worksheet consists of exercises for a lesson we have been learning about grammar. Overall, this has been an eventful week in 8th Grade Language Arts.

The Trial & More on To Kill a Mockingbird by: Abigail F.

This week in eighth-grade language arts we got to the point in To Kill a Mockingbird where Tom Robinson goes on trial for the alleged beating and rape of Mayella Violet Ewell (daughter of Bob Ewell). We have been reenacting the trial in class. Every person has a role and acts out their part. There is one narrator who reads the parts that aren’t spoken aloud.

On Monday, we read Heck Tate’s testimony. Tuesday was Bob Ewell’s turn, and on Wednesday, Mayella’s testimony was read. On Thursday, we got to Tom Robinson’s account of what happened.

Interestingly enough, Boo Radley’s story has completely disappeared from the book. The only reason I was reminded of it was because Scout said that Mayella seemed even more lonely than Boo Radley. This was because, when asked, Mayella seemed not to know exactly what a friend was and thought that the opposing counsel, Atticus, was mocking her.

Boo hasn’t seen the light of day for twenty-five years and Mayella does not have any friends. She is a nineteen-year-old girl who is raising her seven younger siblings and has been taking care of the house since her mother passed because her father disappears for days on end and comes back sick and drunk. According to Tom, it seems like Mayella was so desperate for human companionship outside of her family (and perhaps even an abusive father), that she forced Tom into an uncomfortable situation he couldn’t get out of. Tom (if he is telling the truth) was just trying to do the right thing by helping Mayella out with household chores because he pitied her  and that backfired. Boo, Mayella, and Tom are all victims in their own way.

Tu B’ Shverbs by: Yosef B.

In LA class we started a new unit. The unit is called subject-verb agreement. A verb must agree in number with its subject. This is a singular example, “He eats dinner.”

Here is a plural example, “The kids eat dinner.”

There are really tricky errors to notice. A subject and a verb that are separated must agree. The subject of a sentence can never be found in a prepositional phrase. A prepositional phrase is a phrase that starts with a preposition, and ends in a noun. The herd of cows sleeps in the barn. It’s singular because it’s only one herd.

Compound subjects (joined by and) take plural verbs. A present tense plural verb does not end in s. Steve’s kindness and strength make him a good leader. In either/or situations, the verb must agree with the subject nearest to the verb. Steve nor his friends eat salad.

If the subject of the sentence is a singular indefinite pronoun use a singular verb form. Singular indefinite pronouns are, each, no one, every, everybody, everyone, someone, etc. Tu B’Shevat is soon, and our class is performing a Tu B’ Shevat parody at the Tu B’Shevat Performance, so we have also been preparing for that.

Happy New Year by: Masha B.

It was the first week back from winter break, so happy new year!!! 6th grade started reading a new book called Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz. It is about a boy named Jakob, even though everybody calls him Yanek, surviving through the Holocaust. The story takes place in Krakow, Poland. Then we started learning about commas, such as were they go and what they’re used for. An example is that when you write a city and state you put the comma after the city and before the state: Ex. Jacksonville, Florida. We also did some bell work.

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Outside of the Ordinary

The 6th graders finished their Jewish Literature novel The Night of the Burning.  The students all completed projects and have posted them on their blogs.  Be sure to check them out!

They also played the innovative language arts’ games created by the 8th graders.

 

 

 

 

7th Grade Update by: Ariel O.

This week, we finished reading The Outsiders. After finishing, we then began working on news articles on an important event that happened in the book. We spent the week preparing our newspaper articles which we glued onto a real newpaper. On Monday, we decided to name the newspaper “Tulsa Times”, and we worked for the rest of the day. We had no Language Arts on Tuesday and continued our articles on Wednesday. Thursday we also had no Language Arts because of the Science Fair. On Friday, we dressed up as either a Greaser or a Soc and shared our news articles. We also watched “The Outsiders” movie and ate lots of snacks.

The articles were all about major events in the book, so I did my article about the church burning in Windrixville. This event was one of the most important ones in the book because it led to Johnny’s death, which later led to an even greater series of events. Overall, The Outsiders was an excellent classic that I recommend to all readers.

Check out all of our articles on our blogs.

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Happy Hanukkah!

 Brilliant Book in 6th Grade by: Lily D.

This week in Language Arts, we finished our book. The book is called The Night of the Burning. It was written by Linda Press Wulf. It is about two sisters in Poland, who are living after WW I.  The Night of the Burning was a Russian pogrom (racial riot) that happened in 1920. Jewish people were killed, and their property was burned. The older sister Devorah has frequent flashbacks to before and during the Night of the Burning. Months after the pogrom, the girls are living in an orphanage in Pinsk, Poland, where Jewish philanthropist Isaac Ochberg comes to relocate two- hundred children to South Africa. At the time, South Africa was a safe, populous Jewish nation.

We are also finishing our grammar unit on fixing run-on sentences. The phrase run-on sentence is misinterpreted . Most people think it is a sentence that goes on and on. It is actually just a sentence that isn’t properly punctuated. Here is an example:

I went to the pharmacy to pick up my medicine but the pharmacy was closed.

This is a run on, because it needs to have a comma in between medicine and but. There are two other ways to fix a run on, besides a comma. You can alter the sentence a little, by taking out the word but and adding a semi-colon.

I went to the pharmacy to pick up my medicine; the pharmacy was closed.

You can also add a period:

I went to the pharmacy to pick up my medicine. The pharmacy was closed.

 

Congratulations to Talia Z. for winning the GeoBee for the school!  Way to go!

Also congratulations to our other middle school students for making it to the finals: Sam K., Yosef B., Aidan K., Julia D., and Ben D.

 

 

7th Grade Hanukkah Fun! by: Ava J.

This week the 7th Grade finished reading the book The Outsiders. Everyone, but two people, in the 7th Grade enjoyed the book. The people who didn’t enjoy the book said it was because it was too sad.  On Tuesday, we had to complete chapters 11 and 12 vocabulary before we finished the book The Outsiders. One of our words was roundabout: many people got confused because they thought that it meant the street definition for roundabout. Actually, the definition  Mrs. Teitelbaum was looking for was the adjective. The adjective definition for the word roundabout is: not following a short direct route; circuitous. To use roundabout in a sentence you could say: The roundabout taxi driver made turns I never knew of, and we got home 15 minutes later than needed.

Not only did the 7th graders finish The Outsiders, they finished their unit on semicolons (;) and colons (:).  We learned that semicolons stop and then connects and that colons stop then introduces something. Because we finished the semicolon and colons unit on Monday, we had a quiz on semicolons and colons on Tuesday. We had to know all of the rules for semicolons and colons. Semicolons have 3 rules:

  • Join two independent clauses.
  • Separate items in a series with commas.
  • Join two independent clauses with a transition.

Colons also have 3 rules:

  • Introduce a list
  • Introduce a quotation
  • Introduce another summary or sentence

8th Grade

The 8th grade is continuing to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  After winter break, the class will be starting the big trial and actually get to act out some of the testimonies.  The class will finish the novel at the end of January.  The class has been learning over 100 vocabulary words with this novel.  It is a vocabulary “RICH” novel.  Everyone in the class is anxious to find out what will become of Scout and Jem, as well as, what will happen to Tom Robinson and the mysterious Boo Radley.

 

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It’s Almost Hanukkah Time

 

 

 

 

Grammar and To Kill a Mockingbird! by: Abigail F.

This week in 8th-grade language arts, we reviewed some of our topics from last year. We have been reviewing colon and semicolon rules. We talk about when we use colons, when we use semicolons, and when it is okay to just put a period.

Ex. (colon in a quote)

The principal made the following announcement over the school intercom: “Free ice cream for everyone!”

Ex. (semicolon and colon in a list)

The following people were coming to work on the house: “Amanda, the plumber; Joey, the designer; and Rex, the painter.

Ex. (colon/period separating two independent clauses/summary)

Julius was very annoyed. All he wanted was his voice to be heard

Julius was very annoyed: all he wanted was his voice to be heard.

Both of the above examples are correct!

We also continued reading To Kill a Mockingbird this week. In the book, Christmas just occurred. Right before Christmas, there was a house fire on their street. While Scout and Jem were standing in front of the Radley’s house watching the flames, Boo Radley snuck up and put a blanket around Scout’s shoulders. Now, we finally know that he is alive and, most likely, being contained in that house without his permission.

On Wednesday we had a vocab quiz and we are continuing to expand our vocabularies while reading To Kill a Mockingbird.

                                                      7th Grade is on a Role by: Aleeya S.
This week seventh grade has continued reading The Outsiders. We are on chapter ten. The Outsiders is about a group of Greasers and Socs. In chapter eight Johnny got severely hurt and is in the hospital. It is a really good book. 
A colon is used to:
1. Introduce a list

 

  1. Introduce a quotation:
  2. Introduce a new sentence or summary:
    Ben was wondering why Emily would not eat: it was because she ate before dinner.

A semicolon is used to:

  1. Join two independent clauses:

On Friday Zach cleans the dishes; on Saturday he did the laundry.

  1. Separate items in a series with commas:

On Thursday when Jake woke up first, he went to the bathroom; second, he showered; third, he brushed his teeth; fourth, he got dressed; fifth, he ate breakfast; and sixth, he left for school.

  1. Join two independent clauses with a transition

On Tuesday we had a quiz on chapters seven and eight vocabulary words from The Outsiders. On Wednesday we read chapter eight of The Outsiders and answered comprehension questions that go along with it. On Thursday we read chapter nine.

6th Grade News by: Jacob G.

This week in language arts class with Mrs. T we learned about compound sentences, independent clauses, simple sentences, run on sentences, and the seven coordinating conjunctions. An independent clause is a clause containing a subject, verb, and a complete thought. An independent clause can stand alone as a sentence. A compound sentence contains two or more independent clauses. A simple sentence is  a sentence consisting of only one clause, with a single subject and predicate. A run on occurs when two sentences are improperly connected together. The seven coordinating conjunctions are for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so.

This week in Jewish literature class with Mrs. T, we did a couple of things. First, we read more of our class novel The Night of The Burning. Also every week in Jewish literature class we have a test on vocabulary words from our book. We learn words that our in our book to help us understand the book while learning new vocabulary. This is what we did this week in Mrs. T’s room.

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Dazzling December

6th Grade by: Maya L.

In Mrs.Teitelbaum’s class we are learning about independent clauses. An independent clause is when there is a part of a sentence that can stand alone. Here is an example: We know Jim can get the job done. That is an example of an independent clause. On our practice sheets we  take the sentence and circle the part that can’t stand alone and put the independent clause in brackets. 

In class we are reading The Night Of The Burning.  It is a book that takes place in Poland and Africa during the time right after WWI. This girl Devorah and her sister Nechama are orphans. From this book we have had vocabulary words: one of the words was ‘Chided’  which means scolded.  After we do at least two vocabulary sheets we have a vocabulary test; I think this is a good way to learn vocabulary.

7th grade survives Thanksgiving break!

The 7th grade survived Thanksgiving break and came  back for another great week of Language arts. We read more of our great book The Outsiders. It’s about greasers and Socs. Everything is normal for greasers and Socs until one greaser killed a Soc attempting to kill his friend! We took a quiz on some of our novel vocabulary words. We also did colon and semi colon review. Here are some rules for that:
 Semicolons have three uses.
1. They connect two independent clauses. Here’s an example: Dave writes the books; Joe publishes them.
2. The second rule says semicolons connect to independent clauses using a conjunctive adverb. Here’s an example: Joe has a lot of homework; however, Dave did his homework in advance so he has no work to do.
3. The last use of a semicolon is to connect items in a list with comas. Here’s an example: Joe has lived in Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville, Florida; and Detroit, Michigan.
Colons also have three uses.
1. The first rule introduces a list. Here’s an example: He will need the following items for his sleepover: a tooth brush, toothpaste, a change of clothes, a book, and a phone.
2. The second rule is a colon goes in between two clauses when the second clause introduces an explanation. Here’s an example: I know why you are so moody: you didn’t go to sleep last night.
3. The last rule for colons is: a colon introduces a quote. Here’s an example: The students shouted: “No more homework.”

8th Grade by: Isa

In 8th grade this week, the class proceeds to work on the uses of semicolons and colons. We practice writing down their uses and where they belong in sentences. For example, in the sentence, “I’m not all that fond of the colors of tiger lilies; moreover, they don’t smell very good.” we used a semicolon, a transition word, and a comma afterward to connect two independent clauses.“There are three types of muscle in the body: cardiac, smooth, and skeletal.” is an example of a use of a colon which we use before listing or introducing something. (Also, don’t forget to add the commas between items.)

Our class also continues to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The book takes place in the Depression-era and features two siblings, Scout and Jem Finch, and their father, Atticus Finch. Although the book does have to do with Atticus, who is a lawyer, representing a black man on a case, we have so far only read about the Radley house and its story. After we finished up the 5th and 6th chapter, we worked on filling out questions about said chapters.

Pictures from VIP day:

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Time for Gratitude, Gratefulness, and Giving

Devorah’s Distress: The Night of the Burning and More in the 6th Grade        By: Sam K.

This week in Language Arts, we continued learning about independent clauses and phrases. An independent clause  MUST contain a subject, verb, and complete thought. We learned about how a simple sentence can have added phrases if it only has one independent clause. We also learned that a phrase cannot stand alone as a sentence. We showed our understanding by looking at several sentences, circling the phrases, and putting the independent clause in brackets. For example, if you write, When I went to the store, I saw John. It would look like this (Parenthesis will be used as a circle for this example):

(When I went to the store), [I saw John]

I saw John is the independent clause, as it can stand alone. When I went to the store is a phrase, so it can’t stand alone.

This week, we also continued our new book The Night of the Burning by Linda Press Wulf. In our book, the main character, Devorah, and her younger sister, Nechama, are in Warsaw as part of a group of 200 children being saved by Mr. Isaac Ochberg. Devorah grows to love the owner of a local restaurant, Madame Engel. She help Madame Engel around the kitchen. We also learned during a flashback that when her Uncle Pinchas returned from the war, he was so overwhelmed by the effects of German gases that he died after six days. Within a few months after Pinchas died, Devorah’s father died of stomach swelling. When we return to 1921, the children are getting ready to leave Warsaw. As Madame Engel hands out food, she hugs Devorah. As the boat pulls away, Devorah turns around and screams “Mama!” because she was the closest thing to her mother that she had.

Parts of speech, books, field trips, Seventh grade rocks by: Danny B.

This week we have been reading The Outsiders. We are on chapter four. The Outsiders is about a Greaser named Ponyboy. It takes place in the sixties and is very interesting! On Monday studied for our quiz Tuesday. We did review questions on the Outsiders on Monday, as well. On Tuesday, we took our quiz. Wednesday, we went over our homework and every day we read some of our novel except for Thursday.

Thursday, we had a middle school field trip to MOSH to see the Roman exhibit, we went to Sally Robotics, and we did S.T.E.A.M. activities at the downtown public library.

We have been working on semicolons and colons. Semicolons have three uses.
1. They connect two independent clauses. Here’s an example: Dave writes the books; Joe publishes them.
2. The second rule says semicolons connect to independent clauses using a conjunctive adverb. Here’s an example: Joe has a lot of homework; however, Dave did his homework in advance so he has no work to do.
3. The last use of a semicolon is to connect items in a list with comas. Here’s an example: Joe has lived in Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville, Florida; and Detroit, Michigan.

Colons also have three uses.
1. The first rule introduces a list. Here’s an example: He will need the following items for his sleepover: a tooth brush, toothpaste, a change of clothes, a book, and a phone.
2. The second rule is a colon goes in between two clauses when the second clause introduces an explanation. Here’s an example: I know why you are so moody: you didn’t go to sleep last night.
3. The last rule for colons is: a colon introduces a quote. Here’s an example: The students shouted: “No more homework.”

8th Grade Blogger by: Noam B.

This week in language arts we reviewed about when to use a colon or a semicolon. The rules of a semicolon are: join two independent clauses that are connected and joins two or more items in a series when commas are used. The rules of a colon are: introduce a list and quotations. 

Colon example. John brought the following items on the camping trip: a flashlight, pillow, sleeping bag, a football, and food.

 Semicolon example. There are two choices at this time; you can run away or fight.

This week we started reading a book called To Kill a Mockingbird. This book takes place during the Great Depression. When we read this book, the first chapter wasn’t that good, but the other chapters have been great. To Kill a Mockingbird has intense vocabulary which challenges us on our reading level. For our homework, we have to write context sentences using the vocabulary words that are used in the book. Every couple of weeks we have a test on those vocabulary words. We have a lot of work to do in language arts. I like that we have a lot of work  because next year we are going to high school, and we need to be prepared.

 

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New Novels in November

 Incredible Independent Clauses in 6th Grade by: Maddie M.

This week in Language Arts, we learned about independent clauses and phrases. An independent clause can stand alone because it has a subject, verb and complete thought. A phrase can’t stand alone. For example, I went to the store and saw my friend. I went to the store is the independent clause and saw my friend is the phrase. We also learned about quotation marks. You use quotation marks if you write someone’s exact words. For example, John said, “I need a glass of water.” You use single quotation marks if you use a quote inside a quote. For example, “George Washington said, ‘I cannot tell a lie’,” Mrs. Teitelbaum said.

We also started a book called The Night of the Burning by Linda Press Wulf. It is about a girl named Devorah and her sister Nachama who live in an orphanage in Poland in 1921. It also goes back to their happy life in 1915-1916. They live in a small village with their mother and father. In their orphanage in 1921 they are offered a chance to go to South Africa. Mr. Isaac Ochberg decided to bring 200 children to a safe place in South Africa. This is a great book and I am enjoying it a lot.

It’s All About the Semicolons, Colons, and The Outsiders in 7th Grade by: Courtney C.

  ​This​ ​week​ ​in​ ​language​ ​arts​ ​we​ ​started​ ​our​ ​first​ ​class​ ​novel​ ​called​ ​​The​ ​Outsiders​.​ ​​The​ ​Outsiders​ ​​is​ ​based​ ​in​ ​the​ ​sixties;​ ​it​ ​is​ ​about​ ​a​ ​boy​ ​named​ ​Ponyboy.​ ​Ponyboy​ ​is​ ​a​ ​”greaser”. Ponyboy​ ​is​ ​special​ ​because​ ​he​ ​is​ ​intelligent.​ ​7th​ ​grade​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​reading​ ​chapter​ ​two.

​ ​​ During​ ​the​ ​week​ ​we​ also ​worked​ ​on​ ​commas​ ​and​ ​finished​ ​the​ ​comma​ ​unit.​ ​Also,​ ​we​ ​started​ ​a​ ​new unit on​ ​semicolons and​ ​colons.  

 Rules​ ​for​ ​Semicolons

​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​The​ ​first​ ​rule​ ​for​ ​semicolons​ ​is​ ​you​ ​can​ ​use​ ​it​ ​to​ ​join​ ​two​ ​independent​ ​clauses.​ ​For​ ​example: Sarah​ ​ate​ ​dinner;​ ​the​ ​dinner​ ​tasted​ ​great!

​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​The​ ​second​ ​rule​ ​is​ ​connecting​ ​two​ ​independent​ ​clauses​ ​using​ ​a​ ​conjunctive​ ​adverb.​ ​For example:​ ​Sarah​ ​like​ ​science;​ ​however,​ ​Mike​ ​likes​ ​language​ ​arts.  

​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​The​ ​third​ ​rule​ ​is​ ​​to use​ ​a​ ​semicolon​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​items​ ​in​ ​a​ ​list with commas.​ ​For​ ​example: The student moved to many places including Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and Nashville, Tennessee.  

Rules​ ​for​ ​Colons

​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​The​ ​first​ ​rule​ ​is​ ​introducing​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of​ ​things​ ​and/or​ ​items.​ ​For​ ​example:​ ​The packing​ ​list​ ​included the following:​ ​a​ ​sleeping,​ ​a​ ​flashlight,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​pillow.  

​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​The​ ​second​ ​rule​ ​is to use in between two independent clauses when the second one is summarizing the first.

For example: I know why you didn’t do well on the test: you didn’t study.

       The third rule is using it before introducing a quotation. For example: The American people shouted: “We shall have freedom for every man on this planet.”

Into the Life of Eighth Grade by: Allie B.

This week in eighth grade we learned about the Great Depression to give us background before we read the book To Kill a Mockingbird. So far we have read chapter one of To Kill a Mockingbird, and we answered questions about the chapter. Throughout the week we have also learned vocabulary words from the book. For homework, we take the vocabulary words and write context sentences with them.  In class, we read our sentences aloud skipping the vocabulary word; afterwards, our peers attempt to fill in the blank with the correct word.

We also have reviewed how to use colons and semicolons. There are three rules for using a semicolon: to join two independent clauses, to join two independent clauses with a transition word, and to separate items in a series that already contain commas. Example: Bob writes the books; Steve publishes them. That sentence is an example of two independent clauses combined with a semicolon. There are three rules for using a semicolon: after a stop and then introduce something, after a stop to introduce a quotation, after a stop to introduce another sentence or a summary. That sentence is an example of a colon.

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Verbs, Commas, Games, Oh MY!

7th Grade by: Yosef B.

In language arts we are going to start a new book called  The Outsiders. The book takes place in the sixties. We learned what news was going in the sixties, what music people liked, what clothes they wore, what movies were popular, and we learned about popular actors to understand more about the book we will read.

In grammar, we are finishing up commas in class and we have a test on Friday. We learned where to add commas. The first comma we learned about is an opener. An opener has a clause that can’t stand alone in the beginning; it has a comma then there is an independent clause. Here is an example:

Grumpy and tired, Steve got out of bed.

A closer is the next primary use of commas and is used when an independent clause is at the beginning of a sentence and has comma followed by a clause that can’t stand alone. Here is an example:

John made dinner, a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs..

A series is the next primary use of commas and is when there is a list of actions separated by commas. Here is an example:

Yosef got out of bed, brushed his teeth, ate breakfast, and went to school.

The next primary use of commas that we learned about is the interrupter. An interrupter has part of a sentence a comma, with something describing or something you can take out, then another comma followed by the end of a clause. Here is an example:

Kane, an amazing driver, drove from Florida to New York.

The last primary comma use is a compound sentence with  FANBOYS  or a coordinating conjunction. For FANBOYS you have to have an independent clause then either for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so followed by a comma and another independent clause. Here is an example:

Yosef got to the fair at 10:00, but he had to leave at 1:00.

8th Grade News by: Austin G.

The Book Thief and the Board Game Projects are Finished!

During these past few weeks in 8th Grade Language Arts, we finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. We also finished the grammar board game project which we had been working on for most of this quarter. We read part 8, part 9, part 10, and the epilogue of The Book Thief. We split into a silent reading group and a group that read aloud, but for the epilogue, we read together. All of 8th Grade enjoyed reading this book.

We worked on our projects and finished making the board for our board games. Many of us were also waiting for the game pieces for our board games to print out on the 3D printer so we could color them. We tested out each other’s games by playing them and giving them constructive criticism. Then, we all fixed the problems they we were having with our board game. This week, we all wrote a reflection essay about our project. This was an eventful week for 8th grade!

Recent News by Ben D. 

This week in Language Arts, we are preparing to start To Kill a Mockingbird. We have started working on the vocabulary words for Chapter One and Chapter Two by learning the definitions and writing our own context sentences on them. There hasn’t been much going on since our week was only four days long because of parent-teacher conference day. However, we have been reviewing the proper usage of commas this week. In a sentence, a comma indicates a pause, and it can be used to set off an opener, closer, interruptor, get used in a series, and connect independent clauses with a conjunction.

We have also been learning about a new upcoming contest that we could enter in if we wanted to. The goal of the contest is about finding technology-based solutions to problems in the way we are learning in Jewish studies.

From Verb Phrases to Movie Days in 6th Grade by Talia Z.

This week in 6th grade  we did a quiz on the different types of verbs that we have been studying for a while. An example is an action verb: 

For example, “Sally ran furiously down the mountain.” Another example is a helping verb, which helps the verb phrase. Example: “She will run down the mountain.”

Later in the week, we watched Tuck Everlasting, the movie, because we finished reading the book. The thing is, instead of just watching the movie, we had to write all the differences between the book and the movie. Believe me, there were a lot of them!

Some of them included:

Book: Winnie Foster is 11 year old girl. Movie: Winnie Foster is a 17 year old girl.         Book: The book is very short, even though there are thirty something  chapters. Every chapter is very short, only two pages or so. Movie: The movie is more than a hour and a half long.

We also looked up background information about WWI, pogroms, Isaac Ochberg and South African Jewish communities during this time period because we will be starting our next novel study on The Night of the Burning next week.  We will be working on this in our new “Tanach Out of the Box” class called Jewish Literature and in our Language Arts class, as well.

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RETREAT next week!!

The Best Two Weeks Ever In 8th Grade

By Austin G

Welcome to the 8th grade blog post on what happened these two past weeks! First off, what are we reading? We are reading The Book Thief and we are almost done with it! The Book Thief Is about what life was like for a little girl during life in Nazi Germany, and the story is told by Death. Also in vocab, we are learning difficult words in The Book Thief.

Now for grammar, we are learning about how and where to use commas in sentences.The reason why we are learning about commas is we need to know how to use them in our classes in the future. It will help us read more clearly, write better, and understand text better.

Next is our projects, last week we were just starting to build our “Part of Speech” games and they are even better than Monopoly. We started out was just looking up information for our questions, then making the board game and characters, and finally creating the directions. That is all for the Best Two “Short” Weeks In 8th Grade!

 

 

 

 

We finally finished our games and wrote reflections about the game process.  Check out our blogs to read our reflections. This past week, we finally finished our book The Book Thief and we got to enjoy watching the movie and eating popcorn on Thursday and Friday in class.

6th Grade by: Evan W

In 6th grade Language Arts, we learned about verbs. There are action verbs: a verb that expresses physical or mental actions, like hit. We’ve also learned about linking verbs:  a verb that connects the subject with words that describe or identify it, like has. There are also helping verbs: a verb that works with the main verb to make a verb phrase, like am. Another word we learned is a verbal; it is a form of verb that does not function as a verb.

We also took a quiz on what we’re doing for verbs; it was just like what our usual verb practice has been everyday, but harder because it was our last one.

We all know a song to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down” for all the helping verbs.

We’ve started reading a book called Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. It is about this girl named Winnie. She meets a family, the Tucks. They are immortal and they tell her how they’re immortal. They become really good friends. Every time we read Tuck Everlasting we complete a short summary paper with a thought provoking question to make sure we are comprehending it. 

We also took a quiz on what we’re doing for verbs it was just like what our usual verb practice but harder because it was our last one.

Spectacular 7th Grade! by: Anna F.

We have learned a lot over the past three weeks in 7th grade!  As you may know, this year my class is participating in science fair.  To prepare for science fair, our class has to write a research paper.  The first few steps to writing a research paper, as Eva previously said, are to find resources, make citations, make a works cited page, and take notes on the articles you chose.  During the first two days back from Yom Kippur, we finished taking notes on all the articles, wrote our outline for the paper, and for bellwork reviewed the uses of commas.  On Wednesday, we learned how to make in-text citations by writing the first part of your citation, whether it is the author’s last name or the first few words of the title of the article in quotation marks and the page number if it is a magazine article online.

When we returned to school the following week, we learned how to write an introduction for our research paper, looked at examples from previous students, and starting writing it.  At first it was challenging to think of what to write because we couldn’t use personal pronouns, but we all got the hang of it pretty quickly.  We also reviewed some skills such as prefixes and suffixes and analogies.  Lastly, this week, we finished the rough draft of our research papers and reviewed idioms, figurative language, vocabulary squares, and sentence fragments.  Have a great weekend! 

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A Week in the Life of An 8th Grade Language Arts Student by: Abigail F.

This week in 8th-grade language arts we reviewed some of our topics from last year. Last year, we finished off the year with punctuation rules. We have been reviewing semicolon and comma rules. The comma rules include when to use them and the semicolon includes run-on sentences.

Ex.(comma in a series of three or more items)

I want to get apples, pears, and cat food.

Ex. (semicolon in a run-on sentence)

Bob likes steak; Billy likes vegetables.

We also continued reading The Book Thief this week. Currently, Liesel and Rudy are fourteen years old. We are in the middle of World War II and both of Liesel and Rudy’s fathers are about to be shipped off to war.

Next, our board game assignment is to be completed by the end of this week or early next week. We are creating board games about parts of speech assigned to us. We are 3D Printing our game pieces and using Google Draw or making the boards using technology or by hand. For example, one group is doing a chutes and ladders type game while another is making a model of the wall from the television game show, “The Wall”.

Friday is a half day because of Yom Kippur. Have a great weekend!

Learning About Science Fair-7th-By:Eva G

This week in language arts we have been learning about science fair requirements.We also learned how to take notes for our research paper. We learned that from each paragraph there is really only one main fact. So, once we know the fact, we have to try to come up with a sentence or two about the fact. We have to paraphrase the information or use our own words. That we we don’t plagiarize. That is why we have http://www.thesaurus.com. It helps us come up with other synonyms and antonyms.  We can only have one fact per note card. We have also been going to the library for lessons how to find appropriate sources, how to do citations for our sources, and how to complete the work cited page. We also reviewed the comma usage rules in grammar.

6th grade

  • We worked on verbs-learning the differences between action,linking and helping verbs

Action Verb~a word used to show an action

Linking Verbs~verbs that indicate a state of being

am is are was were be been being

look smell seem appear taste sound feel

Helping Verbs~a verb that works with a main verb to create a verb phrase

am is are was were be been being have has had do does did can may will

could should might would shall must

We also learned a song to help us remember our helping verbs to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down”

We started our personal narratives and will be finishing those next week.  We also will be starting our first class novel, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

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