August Update

6th Grade

This week in Language Arts we learned about root words. When you take away all the prefixes and suffixes in a word, the word left is called a root word. Some of the words we had were astro, bio, geo, and more. The word astro means space and stars so any word that has the root word astro has to do something with space and stars. Another example is bio. Bio means life; so if a word has the root word bio, it has to do something with life. Root words are important because they can help us understand more complicated words.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 7.13.04 PMWe also started our first class novel study on The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 after doing some research on the time period of the 60s. In addition, we started brainstorming ideas for our first writing assignment which will be a personal narrative. Finally, in grammar we reviewed verbs and learned a song to help us remember our helping verbs.

7th Grade

In language arts we started writing  our realistic fiction stories. Mrs. Teitelbaum said to think about something that happened to someone you know, and change it up.  We all wrote down ideas. Then we decided on one idea and started drafting our stories.

By: Allie B.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 7.15.35 PMLast week we started a book called The Outsiders. It is about a teenage boy in the 1960s. At his school, there are two main groups, the Socs (sosh-es) and the Greasers. The Socs are the rich kids, and the Greasers are the less fortunate ones. The Greasers typically don’t have a good home life. Ponyboy (the main character) shows us the struggles he faces in a society in which everyone believes that he is an outsider.

We have also had three Word-of-the-Weeks so far:
Abberation – It was an aberration for someone to commit a crime in the peaceful community.
Accrue – He wanted all his money back, plus what had accrued over time.
Affinity – Although he and I are very different, I feel a strong affinity for him.
We also have our first vocabulary quiz this Friday.
By: Abigail F.

8th Grade

This week we learned so much in Language Arts!  Everyday, for the first five minutes of class we do a warm up. On Monday we have a word of the week.  Last week, the word was auspicious, which means showing or suggesting that future success is likely.  An example is: When I asked the teacher if I got a good grade on the test, she gave me an auspicious smile.  This week, the word of the week was abscond which mean to go away or escape from a place secretly or to go away and take something that does not belong to you.  An example is: Several people absconded from the jail.  On Tuesdays we have a grammar warm up.  For the last two weeks, Mrs. Teitelbaum has given us a tweet written by a celebrity and we had to correct it and write it correctly.  On Wednesdays we have a reading warm up.  We were given a paragraph on something, and we had to write the main idea and make up a title for the paragraph.  On Thursdays we have a literary term warm up.  Last week we reviewed metaphors and this week we reviewed similes.  On Fridays we have a writing topic.  But since school was closed this past Friday, we didn’t have one.  We had a great second week of school and I hope that everyone had a great week as well!

By: Ariella T.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 7.17.47 PMScreen Shot 2016-09-06 at 7.18.10 PMWe have also started our first novel studies.  Some students are reading The Book Thief and some students are reading The Endless Steppe. This week in Language Arts we learned about root words. When you take away all the prefixes and suffixes in word, the word left is called a root word. Some of the words we had were astro, bio, geo, and more. The word astro means space and stars so any word that has the root word astro has to do something with space and stars. Another example is bio. Bio means life so if a word has the root word bio it has to do something with life. Root words are important because it can help us understand more complicated words.

By: Eliana J.

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