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8th Grade iPad Returns

posted May 28, 2014, 1:00 PM by   [ updated May 28, 2014, 1:49 PM ]

Updating ePortfolios

posted May 15, 2014, 12:35 PM by   [ updated May 15, 2014, 1:20 PM ]

It's that time of year again: the time when we collect everything we've done and put it on our websites! This is very special one, since we need to pack everything up to take with you when you graduate. 

To start, here's a list of projects we did this year in the lab. We can start by adding some of these to our site:

What are some other projects or activities you might want to hold on to?

Lord of the Flies Project
Science Fair
Road to the Revolution
Jamestown Jobs
Lord of the Flies Newspaper Article
Native American Report

In 20 Years

posted May 15, 2014, 12:34 PM by   [ updated May 8, 2015, 11:02 AM ]

Your assignment is to design a magazine cover that characterizes where you see yourself in 20 years.  This should reflect the same ideas as the essay you wrote on the subject.  Here is an example:


Your design must consist of a minimum of:
  •  two photo layers:
    • A picture of you (your face must be recognizable)
    • A background
  • some text explaining your future position
Your design must be submitted as a JPG or PDF.  Photoshop, Word, or Pages files will not be accepted.

Submit Links to Your Image


Here is a video series on Photoshop skills that you will need.  It walks through a different project, but the ideas are the same:

Social Justice Project

posted Apr 10, 2014, 1:35 PM by   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 1:36 PM ]

GSP Investigation: Sum of Angles in a Polygon

posted Mar 19, 2014, 4:03 PM by   [ updated Mar 20, 2014, 12:00 PM ]

You may already know what the sum of the angle measures is in any triangle. In this activity, you'll see how that sum is related to the sum of the angle measures in other polygons.

Step 1: Construct and Measure a Triangle's Angles (Group Work)

  1. Construct triangle ABC
  2. Measure each interior angle in ABC
  3. Calculate the sum of the angles in ABC
  4. Move one or more points in ABC and observe how the measures and sum changes.

Step 2: Construct and Measure Polygon Angles (Individual)

  1. Construct quadrilateral EFDG, pentagon HIJKL, and hexagon MNOPQR
  2. Measure each angle in EFDG.
  3. Calculate the sum of angles in EFDG. Place the sum under the figure and record it on your table.
  4. Choose a vertex of EFDG and draw all diagonals from that point. No two diagonals should intersect.
  5. Record the number of triangles formed in the table.
  6. Repeat steps 2 - 3 for each additional polygon listed in the table. Once you see a pattern, you can stop constructing/measuring and fill in the table based on that pattern. 

Tables (found on worksheet)



Sum of Interior Angles































Question 1: Write a rule you can use to get from the number of triangles in a polygon to the sum of its interior angles.  Test your rule using the table below:



















If your results match the observations above, your rule is right!


Question 2: What is the relationship between number of triangles (t) and number of sides (n)?  _____________________________


Question 3: Now write a rule to get from sides to sum of interior angles and test it:


















Stations of the Cross

posted Mar 19, 2014, 3:45 PM by   [ updated Mar 19, 2014, 3:45 PM ]

Personal devotional book: Due March 21, 2014

 Length: Minimum 1 page per Station (14 all together) plus a cover page.

This should be a personally rewarding assignment, as you create for yourself a book of prayers and reflections on the Stations of the Cross.

You are to think about ways that the stations reflect current life. Jesus lives in His people. Are there people who suffer today? How is Jesus still “carrying a cross” in the world today? Find pictures on the internet, in magazines or newspapers, or draw your own.

Each page of your book should include the following:

·      The number and name of the Station (Example, “Station 1, Jesus is Condemned to Death.”)

·      A photo or drawing that shows a modern dayexample of the idea (Example, A person imprisoned by fear, prejudice, or for an unjust cause.)

·      A short prayer or reflection on the idea presented(Example, “Lord Jesus, you were unjustly condemned. Forgive us for the ways we condemn others today, by our prejudices, our fears, and our hatred. Teach us to be like you. Help us to forgive those who would condemn us, too.”)

Put your book together with an attractive cover, put your name on the front, and turn it in anytime on or before March 21, 2014

Evolution Activities

posted Feb 6, 2014, 1:25 PM by   [ updated Feb 6, 2014, 1:25 PM ]

Below are a few games that review concepts of evolution, heredity, and life sciences.  Spend a few minutes on each.

Design an Advertisement

posted Jan 23, 2014, 12:51 PM by   [ updated Feb 6, 2014, 1:24 PM ]

Plan Your Ad

  1. Work with a partner to pick a "client" for your ad. Your ad can be for...
    • a product
    • a service
    • an idea
    • a candidate or bill
  2. Next, choose a technique for your ad. You may choose any of the techniques below, or use a combination
    • Celebrity Endorsement: when a famous person talks about how they use your product and love it so everyone should buy it!
    • Bandwagon: It's really popular, so you should buy it!
    • Facts and Statistics: when an ad uses numbers to impress how good something is
    • Patriotic: when an ad shows that buying a product is the American thing to do.
    • Happy: when an ad shows that the people who use a product are super happy!
    • Before and After: when an ad shows the results of using a product
    • Emotional: an ad that appeals to your needs or fears, like:
      • Need for something new
      • need to stand out
      • need to be cool
      • fear of getting old
      • fear of accidents
  3. Where will your ad go?
    • Magazine
    • Comic Book
    • Website
    • Bus Stop
    • Billboard
    • Poster
  4. Let me know what you're doing:

Build Your Ad

You've had two and a half years of me teaching you stuff and you're in 8th Grade. Figure it out yourself.

(Some suggestions) 
  • For this project, don't worry about Creative Commons.
  • Use Photoshop, Pixie, or any other apps you like
  • Use pages or Word for the final page layout. It's harder to do that part in Photoshop.

Submit Your Ad

  • Be sure to submit your ad as a PDF
  • 300ppi would be best for printing (what's ppi? Look it up!)
  • Upload and share it with me in Google Docs. Title is <Your numbers> - <Your Ad's Title>

Understanding Advertising

posted Jan 16, 2014, 12:46 PM by   [ updated Jan 23, 2014, 12:36 PM ]

If you're having trouble with the game, try the text version which covers just the content.

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

posted Jan 10, 2014, 2:05 PM by   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 2:07 PM ]

Tomorrow is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. To do our part, we're going to publish and share the videos we made. Steps:
  • Log in to youtube and open your video.
  • Make sure your video is complete. It should have all sources listed, a call to action, and music. Please don't include your full names.
  • Edit the title. Take out your numbers and make sure it describes the specific topic of your video.
  • Make your video public.
Next, to get the widest possible audience for our videos, we're going to share them with our friends, family, and social networks. How will you spread awareness of human trafficking?

Human Trafficking gone Viral

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