We’ve talked about having a “strong finish” as an 8th grade class this year, rather than letting 8th-graderitis get the best of us, and so far the students have been engaged and getting a lot of good work done. They had very insightful small- and large-group discussions about The Lord of the Flies today, and it’s nice to see that almost everyone is keeping up with their reading.
Emma's Class Report
Today we had our first day of school of 2017. We started organic chemistry and started a new song in choir. We also had gardening and are working on our boxes for organizing our extra stuff in the back of the school. We started Lord of the Flies and read in small groups and had a class discussion about the book.
Today we read through some of our play and had chemistry, where we tested different types of sugars usings fehlings solution. We had explorations, and we also played recorders and started a new song.
Today we had math and took a take-home quiz. We had chemistry and went to stations and saw how iodine affected different fruits, vegetables -- and how it acts as an indicator for starches. We also had study hall.
Today we worked on our ‘testing for reducing sugars’ experiment write-up and we reviewed yesterday’s lesson and tested the touch, taste and solubility of sugars and a starch. Later in the day, we looked at rough ideas for play costumes and we also worked on our cover page for Organic Chemistry in oil pastels, charcoal, or watercolor paints.