# Welcome Back from Break!

Wow! What a great week back from break! We heard so many great memories that were made during break spending time with family. The middle school is currently utilizing Advisory time to focus on gratitude. It has been heartwarming to see what the middle schoolers recognize in their life that they appreciate.

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Social Studies?

This week the students began their Industrial Revolution unit. This unit began with the students creating mini-lessons for their peers on a set of vocabulary words.

Next week, the eighth graders will be looking at the scale of the Industrial Revolution and the Scientific Revolution. Students will then research a woman in history that made an impact on the Scientific Revolution and create a poster to present to the class.

What’s happening in ELA?

Eighth graders are continuing to work on their Critical Literacy Unit. They are working on their critical literacy book reports using visual arts, poetry, and videos. I am excited to see the final results of their completed projects. While your eighth graders are working on their book projects, there will be no reading log homework assignments from November 28th through December 9th. In grammar, they completed week nine grammar and vocabulary lessons/quizzes.  The signed papers that will be sent home on Monday will be for grammar/vocabulary only.

What’s happening in Science?

Eighth graders explored calories this week! They explored how energy from the sun is converted into stored energy through our producers and how our bodies get energy from carbohydrates. They modeled the process of metabolism by breaking apart the bonds of a cheese puff using fire to observe how food releases energy. Eighth graders then used their data to calculate how many kilocalories are in a cheese puff. Next week, we will be going to Folly Beach Wednesday to observe waves and their characteristics.

What’s happening in Math?

This week in Math, students have powered through several lessons on understanding different displays of two-variable statistics. Students have been able to reason with two-way tables and relative frequency tables and how to draw information and predictions from those tables. Toward the end of the week, students looked at creating a line of best fit and analyzed what that told us in context of the variables. Today, they took a quick assessment before moving on to scatter plots next week.

Important Dates:

• December 6th: Folly Beach Field Trip
• December 16th: 11:30 Dismissal Pajama Day
• December 17- January 2: Winter Break