A community meeting was held on March 30th where the classroom finalists in the Voice 2 Voice program performed their poems. They all did an incredible job! Hannah, Adam, and Franklin earned a spot on the stage at the Voice 2 Voice Finale at the Stonington Opera House on Friday, April 7th. They did a spectacular job there, as well.
Please take a moment to appreciate the hard work that that these students put into this project. Bravo!
Students in grade 8 have been learning all about the Bill of Rights and other constitutional amendments. As part of that process they have been playing the 'Do I have a right?!' game on icivics.org. This is an entertaining way to learn which amendments are which.
Everyone's favorite part of the chemistry unit is Slime Week. This week, we made a new slime in middle school every day.
We started out with a super absorbent polymer called sodium polyacrylate. It can absorb up to 300 times its own weight in water!
On day 2 of Slime Week, we demonstrated a chemical reaction and the formation of a polymer with the classic borax and glue recipe, but we added shaving cream to make if fluffy and fragrant.
Next was our only edible slime--instant pudding! The chemical reaction that allows instant pudding to thicken is similar to the reaction that makes cement harden.
We ended Slime Week with Oobleck, the classic corn starch and water slime. It is a non-newtonian fluid, which means that sometimes it acts like a liquid, and sometimes it acts like a solid, depending on how you handle it. The students kept testing this slime in creative ways to see what it could do.
8th grade math has continued to go full speed ahead! We've learned about functions, the Pythagorean Theorem, and even found time to celebrate Pi Day!
To wrap up our study of solving equations, we were greeted by the Equation Queen. She would let students know if their visual representation, steps in solving, and solutions were correct. Students worked incredibly hard to present their work to the Equation Queen! They worked well in partnerships, helping each other to understand and learn.
Impressive learning has occurred in 8th grade math! The students have worked very hard solving all sorts of equations - those with one step, two steps, multiple steps, variables with like terms - you name it, they've solved it. Their perseverance has been impressive. On top of solving equations, they have shown great support for one another, helping each other out when someone needs a hand with a tough equation.
8th grade students definitely got the hang of graphing linear equations. Well done, mathematicians! We are now moving on to solving equations, starting with modeling linear equations. It's exciting to see skills coming together. All of that hard work with integers and fractions will come into play in the coming weeks.
We are very excited to be part of the Voice 2 Voice Poetry Declamation Contest, a partnership with the Opera House Arts. The purpose of the program is to expose middle school students in grades 6-8 to the spoken word of poetry as a means of developing their voices and expressing themselves.
So far, students in grades 6-8 have been reading at least one poem per day. The middle school will be working with Opera House staff members this upcoming week as well as poet Emily Stribling.
To learn more about this program, please visit http://www.operahousearts.org/voice2voice.
Middle school students are invited to participate in the You Be the Chemist Challenge at Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School on Saturday, April 8. Students who make it to the national competition get to travel to Washington DC, all expenses paid! Each level of competition is like a spelling or geography bee, with multiple choice questions.
In class, we will continue to study chemistry until the end of the trimester, which is March 10. Our work in class will cover most topics that might appear in the local contest, but interested students should also use the provided study materials, which can be found at this link
or by asking Mrs. Bebell.
All life on planet Earth relies on one particular substance... water! Grade 8 is learning about how the use of water helped shape the life that formed around the ancient city of Rome. Engineering feats that still exist 2000 years after they were created, such as the baths, aqueducts and fountains are clear indicators of just how important water was to helping bring about the explosive growth of Rome. Students seem particularly interested in the Roman obsession with bathing, and cleanliness.