Horrible Hurricanes Have Passed

8th Grade

The past three weeks have added up to about a week in terms of how much time was spent at school. With Labor day, Hurricane Irma, and Rosh Hashanah creeping toward us, we’ve had more days off than we can count, but sandwiched in between all this time off has been some, if not much, school. During this time, in Language Arts, we fit as much work as we could into these few days, finishing out questions and starting our design for our “Parts of Speech” games, we read a few parts of The Book Thief, and we took a quiz on parts 1 & 2 of the Book Thief’’s vocabulary. 

By: Jack H.

7th Grade is Ready to Go

    This was our third week in 7th grade language arts. We started the week on Tuesday because we had no school on Monday for Labor Day. We learned which form of to/too/two should be used when using them in a sentence. We also continued learning about annotating text, which is putting symbols and comments next to text that means something, so when you come back to it you can know your previous thoughts. We also learned how to identify the prefix and root word of a word. For example in the word submit, sub meaning under or below would be the prefix because it comes before the root word. The root word in submit would be mit meaning to send. So together, sub and mit make the word submit which means to give into a superior force.

Teaching prefixes and suffixes is an important part of building better readers. Whether in the early years or advancing through college, all students can learn prefixes and use that knowledge to become more proficient in language arts. Prefixes, suffixes, and roots are the essential building blocks of all words. Teaching prefixes and suffixes help students understand the meaning behind different vocabulary words and students that learn prefixes have the capabilities of breaking down unfamiliar words into segments that are easily understood, learning new words becomes simpler. It is important to understand that prefixes come at the beginning of a word while suffixes are added at the end. EduNova

  We were off Friday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for Hurricane Irma; I hope everyone did well and was prepared. When we got back on Thursday we went straight to Mrs. Hallett to start looking at ways to research for science fair and learn how to cite our sources properly. My science fair idea topic is to see the difference in our drinking water when it is without aeration. We also need to write a research paper in Language Arts for science fair. On Friday we took a quiz on prefixes and root words of a word. Well, that’s all for this week folks, but we’ll get back to you in a week.  By: Moe J.

Hi! I’m Daisy and this week I was assigned to do the 7th grade blog post. This was a very short week because we only had two and a half days. On Monday we started the day by doing bell work. Bell work is a little bit of everything-spelling, vocabulary, figurative language and much more. We also got a new vocabulary list. The test is Wednesday, September 27th (if you were wondering). For the vocabulary words we focus on the prefix and root  of the word. So you will notice that all the words have a prefix and root word. Here is the list: derogatory, telephone, universal, destruction, antitoxin and antipathy. 

On Tuesday we started with unit six in grammar. Unit six is about commas. There are five main reasons to use commas.

The first reason is after an opener. Here is an example: Having listened to over an hour of his complaining, Jenna left the room.

The second reason is to set off an interrupter. Here is an example: My knees and shins, bruised and covered with scabs, were a disgusting sight.

The third reason is to set off a closer. An example is: I sat in the corner alone, wishing desperately I had asked someone to dance.

The fourth reason is to separate items in a series. Here is an example: Listening to music, reading books, and painting outdoor scenes are my uncle’s favorite activities.

The last one is when you use a coordinating conjunction and a comma. An example: Gary will turn in his final, or he will flunk the class.

I hope everyone has a great new year! שנה טובה  By: Daisy

Sixth Grade

In language arts this week, we were learning about the different types of nouns. Here are the definition of the types of nouns. A noun is a person, place or thing. A common noun is the name of a group of common objects, for example boys, girls, states. A proper noun is a name used for an individual person, place, or organization, spelled with capital letters. (ex. Jacob, Mrs. Teitelbaum, Florida) A subject is the person or thing that is being discussed, described, or dealt with in a sentence.

Hurricane Irma came and we did not have school on Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, the school had no power and some teachers could not drive to school. When we got back, we reviewed our unit on nouns and are starting a verb review. By: Jacob M.

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