Let the Games Begin!
This week our students will be taking the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI). The SRI is a reading comprehension test that assesses students’ reading skills. The score from this test helps teachers place students on the correct educational path, adjust their teaching style to students’ needs, track students’ reading growth over time, and match readers to books appropriate for their skills.
Students will be creating an informational poster about their favorite sport where they will apply vocabulary and grammar skills learned in class throughout the year.
Also this week, students will be participating in their grade level Field Day. Students will get to experience a variety of fun activities in a friendly and safe environment.
Field day dates are as follow:
8th Grade - Wednesday, May 15th
7th Grade - Thursday, May 16th
6th Grade - Friday May 17th
East Cobb MS International Night Celebration
Please join us for our International Night celebration and enjoy an evening of fun, food samples, dance, music, art and learn about the cultures that represent the diversity of our families. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
When: Tuesday, May 7, 2018
Where: East Cobb Middle School
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Travel Brochure Project
This week, students in our class will design a Travel Brochure for a destination of their choice. Students may choose a place they have visited, get ideas from our International Night celebration, or select a place they might want to visit. They may draw pictures, use photographs, add maps, and write details about what they learn as they research their destination. The final product must be neat, colorful and must include the following components:
Figurative Language/ Transportation Project
Students continue practicing figures of speech in preparation for a quiz on this topic.
The following link can help students practice and study for the quiz. Join the class using the class code to practice.
Figures of Speech
Class Code: KDNHW4
Wednesday we will begin working on a project using the theme of transportation. Students will apply vocabulary and writing skills learned in class.
Figurative Language Practice
Students will continue to learn about figurative language. They will be identifying similes and metaphors and explaining the difference between them. They will also identify alliteration and hyperbole. Students will finish their Figurative Language Project by Friday. They will have a quiz on figurative language on Friday.
Figurative Language Flocabulary (click on this link and listen to this fun way to explain figurative language)
This week students will begin taking their ELA Milestones Tests. 8th grade students will test on Monday and Tuesday, 7th grade will be testing Wednesday and Thursday. We strongly encourage that students eat a healthy breakfast and come to school well rested, so they can better focus on each test section.
During the days students are not testing, our IEL class will be working on a Figurative Language Project, which they will complete in class. They will identify different types of figurative language in a variety of texts. This week we will focus on personification, onomatopoeia, simile and metaphor. This project will be due next Friday, April 26th.
Animals in their Natural Habitat
Students in our IEL Communication class continue to study different animal species. They will be practicing comprehension skills as they read a series of articles about animals from Asia. They will read, discuss and complete activities on articles about The Snow Leopard, The Giant Panda and The Snub-nosed Monkey.
Vocabulary to focus:
The Tropical Rainforest
Tropical rainforest are found in many areas of the world. They run along the equator between the tropics of cancer and Capricorn. They are found in Africa, central America, South America, Asia, Australia and pacific islands.
This week our students will be learning about one of the greatest tropical rainforests in the world, the Amazon Rainforest. They will focus on the following vocabulary:
A New Species Project: Due Friday March 29, 2018
Task: Students apply what they have learned about animal characteristics and to create a new creature and introduce it to the class. You must the following facts to write a paragraph about your New Species using complete sentences. You will also create a colorful drawing or illustration about your creature.
Videos About the Rainforest:
How do we affect our environment?
This week our students will be learning about endangered animals and how we can affect our environment.
They will read articles and conduct a research project about an endangered animal of their choice. Students will use the computer lab and gather information from specific teacher assigned websites to complete their project.
Early Release: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - Students will be released as follow:
11:30 a.m. - High School
12:30 p.m. - Elementary School
1:30 p.m. - Middle School
If you have any questions, please contact your local school for more information.
Local School Professional Learning Day
Lessons from The Lorax
.This week we continue to work with The Lorax. Students will be identifying poetic devices and sensory images from the story.
They will also work on a collaborative project using parts of the poem to summarize and illustrate the story showcasing the elements of fiction in the story.
Vocabulary: Plot, Setting, Characters Conflict, Rising Action, Falling Action , Resolution
Students will take a test on Fridayday , which includes vocabulary, comprehension and identification of sensory images from The Lorax.
Wednesday is Early Release Day: Students will be dismissed 2 hours early.