8th grade Core Subject – Week of March 23, 2020

SUBJECT

Information to get you started:

Instructional Materials

Additional Resources you may find helpful or interesting:

English 8

You can reach your ELA teacher by email. Please contact your teacher if you have questions or are unable to access materials/resources.

-Comprehensive PDF document containing an outline for home learning instruction, daily “Power Moments” Writer’s Notebook prompts, review materials, and a Family Literacy Challenge.

-NEWSELA.com (sign in with your Vestal Google account)

Click on the link below to access the materials you will need for this week’s instruction:

Outline for Daily ELA 8 Home Instruction 

Cursive Writing 

Keyboarding Practice

Grammar & Writing Help:

  • www.noredink.com (Students will receive additional information regarding this resource via their Vestal email.)

English 8 Enriched

You can reach your ELA teacher by email. Please contact your teacher if you have questions or are unable to access materials/resources.

-Comprehensive PDF document containing an outline for home learning instruction, daily “Power Moments” Writer’s Notebook prompts, review materials, and a Family Literacy Challenge.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/102S-8rv5kr8ww9CY8uf-o9LdcD__eA6Y/view

- www.NEWSELA.com

(sign in with your Vestal Google account – enroll using class code: DFK5WP)

Click on the link below to access the materials you will need for this week’s instruction:

Outline for Daily ELA 8 Home Instruction 

Cursive Writing 

Keyboarding Practice

Grammar & Writing Help:

  • www.noredink.com (Students will receive additional information regarding this resource via their Vestal email.)

Math 8

Hi Everyone! We are going to provide you with some online practice of what we have studied so far this year. This will help with our shortened review time we will have at the end of the school year.

For your practice materials, go to:

deltamath.com

In upper right-hand corner of screen, click on "create account" then select "student".

Type teacher code:

Mrs. Schultz: 362301

Mrs. D’Angelo: 458502

Ms. Ortloff: 309757

Ms. Quinn: 538037

Select your math period, then fill in your information in the boxes. Please use your school email address and I recommend using your school login password.

Then click on "create account" at the bottom of the screen.

Log back into Delta Math using your login information. Try the assignments that are available. Complete 5 correctly in each section.

Each week a new set of topics will be available. All questions are on topics we have covered during this school year.

Here are some additional resources:

Illuminations

This site, from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), features complete lesson plans, mobile games for students, interactive activities, and brain teasers. Grades: PreK–12

Illustrative Math

High-quality educational resources for teachers and students. Excellent math tasks, videos, lesson plans, and problem-based curriculum modules. Grades: 6–8Classroom Ideas

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is on a mission to give a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Their personalized learning resources are available for all ages. Video learning segments are followed by practice activities.  Grades: K-12

LearnZillion

Cloud-based curriculum for K–12 students, focusing on supporting both traditional and blended classrooms. Grades: K–12

Desmos

An online graphing calculator that students can use for free. Includes a teacher-centric activity builder for creating digital math activities. Grades: 9–12

GeoGebra

Another graphing calculator for functions, geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics, and 3-D math. Includes practice sheets. Grades: 9–12

Algebra

Hi Everyone! We are going to provide you with some online practice of what we have studied so far this year. This will help with our shortened review time we will have at the end of the school year.

For your practice materials, go to:

 Deltamath.com

In upper right-hand corner of screen, click on "create account" then select "student".

Type teacher code:

Mrs. Schultz: 362301

Mrs. D’Angelo: 458502

Ms. Ortloff: 309757

Select your math period, then fill in your information in the boxes. Please use your school email address and I recommend using your school login password.

Then click on "create account" at the bottom of the screen.

Log back into Delta Math using your login information.

Each week a new set of topics will be available. All questions are on topics we have covered during this school year.

Just as a reminder, the website:

 EMathinstruction.com

 has support materials and lessons for each topic we have studied so far this year.

In addition, here are some additional resources:

Illuminations

This site, from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), features complete lesson plans, mobile games for students, interactive activities, and brain teasers. Grades: PreK–12

Illustrative Math

High-quality educational resources for teachers and students. Excellent math tasks, videos, lesson plans, and problem-based curriculum modules. Grades: 6–8Classroom Ideas

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is on a mission to give a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Their personalized learning resources are available for all ages. Video learning segments are followed by practice activities.  Grades: K-12

LearnZillion

Cloud-based curriculum for K–12 students, focusing on supporting both traditional and blended classrooms. Grades: K–12

Desmos

An online graphing calculator that students can use for free. Includes a teacher-centric activity builder for creating digital math activities. Grades: 9–12

GeoGebra

Another graphing calculator for functions, geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics, and 3-D math. Includes practice sheets. Grades: 9–12

Social Studies 8

Google classroom: Please check your emails for your class code.

Mr. Daino, Mr. Covert, and Mr. Spena will be sending out codes via Email

The videos on the link below are listed chronologically (for the most part) and organized into two categories, the first being topics that are mostly review from throughout this year, and the second being topics that are mostly upcoming in our remaining units. The videos alone are great for review or new learning, and they are also accompanied by various quizzes, challenges, and related readings or primary sources, among other things. Students are encouraged to explore all of the available resources that come along with the videos, and are welcome to explore any other social studies/history related topics on the site! (suggestions provided)

8th Grade Social Studies Resources

VMS Library data bases:

Brain Pop

ABC Cleo

SMITHSONIAN PRIMARY SOURCES IN HS HISTORY

OTHER RESOURCES TO CHECK OUT:

KHAN ACADEMY

HISTORY CHANNEL

PBS.ORG  - HISTORICAL VIDEOS

Global Studies

The materials posted on Google Classroom are for review purposes and will not impact your grades.

Please sign into your Google Classroom weekly and directions will be posted for review materials. Please feel free to email your teacher if there any questions. We will be using the same resources as the high school. We will begin by using Khan Academy lessons with a review of Ancient Greece.

Khan Academy Vestal Middle School Library Database Textbook: Prentice Hall World History 2011

Science 8

(Gray)

Mr Gray’s Google Classroom

Code: iunoiss

Check student email and google classroom for information and assignments

Youtube: Crash Course Friction

Youtube: Crash Course Gravity

Science 8

(Skinner)

These materials are available to help you review and learn while we are out of school. 

Schoology   https://vestal.schoology.com/home

Here I will be posting with directions for what you can be doing to review/learn.  I have added links through our class that you can access to watch videos, play games, and complete lessons.  I will also put events/lessons on the calendar so you can manage your time.

Legends of Learning

https://app.legendsoflearning.com/login

Use the Teacher code SKINNE33 to get to your lessons and games.

Virtual Field Trips

Museum of Natural History

https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour

Museo Galileo (see all of Galileo's inventions) 

https://catalogue.museogalileo.it/

Mt. St. Helens Volcano

https://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips and games

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/community/virtual-field-trips/

Science buddies STEM activities

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/stem-activities

Science Spot Kidzone

https://sciencespot.net/Pages/kidzone.html

Earth Science

Mr. Gray’s Classroom

Check the google site for announcements and information. Announcements are located under the “Home” tab.

1. ReviewEarthScience.com 

2. Youtube: Crash Course Astronomy Video Series 

3. Youtube: National Geographic Documentary – Amazing Planet: LAVA DRIVEN WORLD

French

Remember, these materials are available to help you

review and learn while we’re out of school.  

These won’t affect your grades.

Classzone.com

This is our Discovering French Textbook online program.. You can choose the unit you wish to practice with and work on listening, reading and writing activities.

To access, visit www.classzone.com and follow these directions:

  • Select World Languages MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • Select NY from the map or drop down menu
  • Click Find Your Book
  • Select Discovering French 1
  • Choose your unit and what you want to do! @HomeTutor is great because there are lots of activities that cover vocab and grammar

French in Social Media:

7 Twitter Accounts To Follow If You’re Learning French

5 Spotify Playlists To Follow If You’re Learning French

 

7 Instagram Accounts To Follow If You’re Learning French

How to change your language settings to French on Twitter

French related articles:

Why does French have so many unpronounced letters?

How to start speaking French before your vacation

French News Site:

Le Monde 

Le Monde.fr - 1er site d'information. Les articles du journal et toute l'actualité en continu : International, France, Société, Economie, Culture

Educaplay.com

Educaplay.com is an online resource for all kinds of subjects at various grade levels (so you can try it for your other classes too!).

Search French and you will get a lot of interesting activities, many based on topics we have studied.  It’s game based so you can play and learn.

Watch a Disney movie in French!

Netflix, Disney+ and many of the dvd’s have options to view movies in French.  You won’t know all the words, but you can listen for those you do.

Quia Web

Tour a Museum from your Couch!!

Here is a link to an article about visiting museums from all over the world:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

German

Remember, these materials are available to help you

review and learn while we’re out of school.  

These won’t affect your grades.

Duolingo 

You can continue to work through Duolingo at your own pace.  When they designed this course, it was meant to be the equivalent of the first full year of a college course.  However, that means doing a bit every day and always going back to refresh and review previous lessons.  

Deutsche Welle is a  media company, delivering news online, tv and radio.  They also have an extensive and continuously updated collection of resources for learning German.  Why? Germany has recently become home to 1.4 Million refugees, more than any other European country.   Helping refugees participate in German society benefits everyone.  

Below are links to sites run by Deutsche Welle (DW).  

What do you want to learn about?

German Language Course

  • Nicos Weg (Nico’s Way) - Click A1 (that’s the beginner’s course)

This is by far the best online language course I have found.  My own family has used it before traveling to Germany.  This is an excellent series.  There are plenty of 8th graders that have experience with Nicos Weg already.  The main frustrations that students have is that the exercises are picky and require correct punctuation and capitalization in order to get the answer correct.  My advice:  Either stop worrying about what your score is, or else, take your time (you have lots of it now).

Culture

  • Deutschland Labor  - This is a series of 20 videos about German culture.  It’s in German, and the language will be above your level, but each video has a Manuskript so you can read along, and also online exercises (matching, etc.)  Topics range from school to fashion to money to stuffed animals to hiking to sausage to art and music!  Enjoy!

Culture Basics - English

  • Mach dein Herz auf - Open your heart - This is in English and Arabic and directed toward refugees trying to start a new life in Germany.  It offers important insight into different parts of German culture

German Cities

  • Stadtbilder (City Photos) - These are videos showing major cities in Germany.  Again the language level is above yours, but these are great to see what Germany looks like.

Vocabulary Flashcards

  • Deutschtrainer - These are basically vocab lists organized by topic.  The videos are just listen & repeat (like flashcards).  There are 100 topics.  Everything from animals & pets, to rooms of your house, to feelings and relationships.  The format is not particularly exciting, but the content is very useful and current.

Quia Web

Tour a Museum from your Couch!!

Here is a link to an article about visiting museums from all over the world:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Spanish

Remember, these materials are available to help you

review and learn while we’re out of school.  

These won’t affect your grades.

Duolingo 

Continue to work through the courses given on Duolingo at your own pace. Go through it little by little everyday and occasionally go back to refresh and review previous lessons. Have fun with it!

Classzone.com

This is our Avancemos Textbook online program.. You can choose the unit you wish to practice with and work on listening, reading and writing activities.

To access, visit www.classzone.com and follow these directions:

  • Select World Languages MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • Select NY from the map or drop down menu
  • Click Find Your Book
  • Select Avancemos 1 (middle book- top row)
  • Choose your unit and what you want to do! @HomeTutor is great because there are lots of activities that cover vocab and grammar
  • Eighth Grade can go from Lección Preliminar - Unidad 4, Lección 2 (Padavona’s Classes - Mrs. Baldwin’s may be slightly ahead)

News sites

CNN español

This is a news website that allows viewers to read in Spanish about the latest news going on in Latin America, the United States, and the world. The level of language is

“Lee las últimas noticias e información sobre Latinoamérica, Estados Unidos, mundo, entretenimiento, política, salud…”

Learning Tools

El blog para aprender español

Up-to-date, this YouTube channel has more than 80 uploaded videos in Spanish that cover mostly grammar and vocabulary. The typical length of a video is about 5 minutes long

Top Songs to Help Learn Spanish!

This list provides a multitude of topics to listen to that are similar to American tunes in order to help learn some essential vocabulary (Basic greetings, body parts, vowel/animal songs, etc.)

Top 400 Essential Spanish Words

This list was compiled by analyzing the most common words from thousands of movie and television show subtitles with the goal of approximating the spoken language in real life. It is different than other such lists because it is more specific. This list contains the actual forms of words, be they masculine, feminine, singular or plural. It also contains the conjugated forms of verb

Spanish in Social Media

9 Twitter Accounts To Follow If You’re Learning Spanish

6 TV Shows You Can Stream To Help You Learn Spanish

Keep Summer Going With This Spanish-Language Playlist

Memes in Spanish

Educaplay.com

Educaplay.com is an online resource for all kinds of subjects at various grade levels (so you can try it for your other classes too!).

Search Spanish and you will get a lot of interesting activities, many based on topics we have studied.  It’s game based so you can play and learn.

Watch a Disney movie in Spanish!

Netflix, Disney+ and many of the dvd’s have options to view movies in Spanish.  You won’t know all the words, but you can listen for those you do.  Plus hearing the songs we love in Spanish is fun!

Quia Web

Tour a Museum from your Couch!!

Here is a link to an article about visiting museums from all over the world:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology is featured and that place is so cool!!!

PARENTS

Parent’s Guide to Google Classroom