The seventh graders are reading novels in social studies and participating in literature circle discussions. Why read a novel in social studies? Groups are reading different novels that are all set in the 20th or 21st centuries and are all dealing with an important event in history or with an important social issue facing the world today. Today we are all about 3/4 of the way through our novels and are discussing if we would add a new character to the story and what their role would be and what kinds of questions we have about our novels - such as what we don't understand, what we wonder about, surprises in our stories, etc. Many students have been surprised at how interesting their books have been.
Students in Mrs. Toumey's Honors Language Arts class presented their book reports using slide presentations on the new smart TV's in Edgewood's Learning Commons. They all enjoyed the opportunity to present in small groups, then hold discussions about dystopian societies.
Isa S., an 8th grade student at Edgewood Middle School, has been selected to perform on the 2018 Middle School Honors Performance Series. The opportunity begins June 20 and lasts for 5 days. The performance will take place in Carnegie Hall, New York, NY. Her audition CD was submitted back in November 2017. Congratulations, Isa! We are excited that you have the opportunity to showcase your talent!
8th Grade History students are giving their speeches this week! While they are incredibly nervous, they are doing a fantastic job! Teachers are assuring students that nerves before giving a speech in public are perfectly normal. Public speaking is a critical job skill, one which we want our students to practice now so they are more confident in their futures!
Students worked in the library during Student Resource Time putting the finishing touches on their projects. Parents and community members are all invited to come watch presentations all next week, being held in our Library Learning Commons. Ask your student for the exact date and time they will be presenting, or contact the school for more information!
The seventh graders have just wrapped up their World War II unit and we spent some time reviewing the Holocaust. In our final activity we read the poem "To the Little Polish Boy Standing with His Arms Up" by Peter L. Fischl and then the students wrote their own letter or poem to the little Polish boy. The goal was to help the students think about compassion for others and, hopefully, make history a little more personal by drawing them deeper into a famous photograph from that time period.
Miss Rohrer, FACS teacher, and Mrs. Eberhardt, Teacher Librarian, have been working with students in the Stitch 'N Save class to create e-textiles. Students made their own pattern, then diagramed electronic circuitry on this pattern. They cut their pattern out on felt or fleece, then had to sew on their electronics parts correctly so the light bulbs worked. Each success was met with shouts of glee as light bulbs activated! Be sure to have your student show you their finished electronic pillow project next week!
Students in Mr. Fleming's science classes are learning about the rock cycle. They received different chocolate pieces (semi-sweet, milk, white, mini, and M & M's) which they had to "weather" by smashing them into pieces, or sediments. Then they layered the pieces on foil, showing how sedimentary rocks form. They will then apply pressure to their foil packets of sediments to demonstrate how metamorphic rocks form. Lastly, they will heat their packets to show how igneus rocks form. It should be interesting to see what happens with all their chocolate pieces!
Students in Dr. Tseng's Chinese I class celebrated Chinese New Year by tasting a variety of Chinese snacks. Least favorite - seaweed! Best - Chocolate! Most surprising - seeds! As they tasted their snacks, students talked about what American snacks they would share with someone from China.
Many students from both Edgewood and Lakeview Middle Schools competed in the National History Day Regional Competition on Saturday, February 17. Both schools had several teams place who will move forward to state competition on April 14. We are so proud of all our students! Many thanks to them, to their parents, and to Edgewood teachers Mr. Devlin and Mr. Ringler, history teachers, and Mrs. Eberhardt, teacher-librarian for all the dedication and hard work!
Cook spaghetti squash. Scrape it out of its rind. Use the rind as a bowl. Add sauce and Parmesan cheese. Fool yourself into thinking you are eating spaghetti but really you are getting more veggies. Fun in FACS class!
FACS students stained cotton and polyester fabric. We tried washing out the stains in our 6 milk jug "washing machines" which contained different detergents and stain removers. We analyzed the results, recorded our findings and wrote conclusions.
Mrs. Helser's Honors Language Arts class has spent the past three weeks working on researching information, then developing a plan to help combat current issues in society. The team of Abby, Skyler, Cora, and Morgan researched the topic of teen suicide, then emailed Ben Higgins asking if he would come speak to Edgewood students about depression and suicide. Mr. Higgins graciously agreed and shared his own story of how he has asked for help when he has struggled. Our students and staff appreciate the work these students did, and appreciate Mr. Higgins coming to talk with our students about this serious topic. Way to make a difference!
The physical education classes have been working on their swimming skills and enjoying time at the high school pool this month. They have worked on swimming techniques and cardio endurance as well as enjoying some friendly competition!
For the last several days Edgewood's 7th graders have been studying Medieval China and Japan. They were required to make a 3-D object or research a topic for a poster related to the history or culture of China and Japan. We've had some Mongol catapult competitions, "porcelain" displays, and Mongol/Samurai armor and weaponry among others. It's been alot of fun, especially measuring how far a catapult will throw a ping pong ball!
With the increased use of images in school work, it is important to give credit to the creator of all images, after making sure the image is free to be used. Edgewood offers the Image Quest database with hundreds of images that are free to use in student work. Students may also look for free images in Google by clicking on Settings in Google, then scrolling down to Usage Rights and selecting Free to Use. Once the student has selected an image, that image must be cited. Click the link below for guidelines on citing.
All of Mrs. Fisher's and Mr. Halferty's social studies students are working on projects related to medieval China and Japan. They have options of making a 3-D project such as Mongol or Samurai armor and weaponry, "porcelain and ceramics," maritime inventions plus many other options. Or they could research a topic such as a particular dynasty (Tang, Song, Ming) or an art form (Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese Noh or Kabuki theater), and several other options. We've been having lots of fun with cardboard, duct tape, air-dry clay, and popsicle sticks.
Mrs. Eberhardt, teacher librarian, Mr. Devlin, history teacher, and Anna Jackson, young adult librarian at Warsaw Community Public Library, worked together to help arrange for 8th grade history students to visit the public library. While there, Mrs. Jackson gave students a tour of the library and helped them locate resources for their National History Day Project.
Students in 7th grade language arts just finished reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. As they read, they annotated their books, looking for examples representing three major themes. After finishing their reading, they then wrote an essay, using text examples to show which theme they thought was strongest in the book.
In 7th grade social studies our students are learning about GDP (gross domestic product), per capita GDP (per person GDP), and standard of living. They learned the definitions then went to the World Bank website and looked up ten countries to compare the numbers and draw conclusions as to the possible overall strength of the economies, ranking them in the order they think they should be in. We discussed the varying factors in determining standard of living and how numbers can compare and tell you a story about each country.
These guys had quite a disscussion while dividing up their homemade pizza. They decided it was too difficult to cut it into 10 pieces so they cut it into lots of squares. Math, communication, problem solving all in a few minutes in FACS class!
In 7th grade social studies we did a three station rotation to learn about the Islamic religion. At one station they watched Makkah Live, the 24/7 Livestream from the Kaaba in Mecca. The students watched Muslims worshipping and recorded their observations. Another station was a comparison of holy books. They read the story of Moses and the Burning Bush from the Bible and from the Quran and compared the wording and the way the story was told. At the third station they worked in teams to create a Five Pillars of Islam "storybook" to summarize the meanings of the Five Pillars. The students had a lot of fun and really good conversation was generated while they watched the worship at the Kaaba.
Everyday Skills classes listened to a guest speaker from Med-Stat today. Mrs. McDonald came and spoke about sanitation and preventing food borne illness. She had students do a hand-washing activity using a black light. Thanks Med-Stat!
Congratulations to team "Demigorgans" (Cayla, Marie and Emily) for winning this week's enrichment bake-off! 5 groups of 8th graders had pie crust in their basket and created amazing food! Future chefs????
Edgewood's 2-D art class is enriching the lives of their fellow students! They are making the centerpieces for our festive holiday lunch, held on Dec. 13 when we return from seeing the musical at the Wagon Wheel Theater. Thanks to these artists for adding to our celebrations!
8th grade language arts students analyze various advertisements and the stereotypes they perpetuate and how they can be hurtful. This is in anticipation of th play The Diary of Anne Frank and understanding how Jewish stereotypes were used during the Holocaust.
The 7th graders in Mrs. Fisher's and Mr. Halferty's classes just finished up their Chinese Dynasties Timelines. They measured, plotted, recorded, found or drew pictures, and colored their timelines. Then, as a final step, they added in Aurasma, focusing on a single part of their timeline. Aurasma creates an "aura" or a superimposed picture or video on top of the picture on their timeline. It's really cool. Some examples of student work will eventually be posted in the hallway so all students, teachers, and adminstrators who have the Aurasma app can look for the hidden pictures or messages.
Congratulations to team "Scrambled Chickens" (Abby, Bailey, Jonah) for winning this week's enrichment bake-off. The winning entry was mini strawberry pies with lattice tops. Thanks goes to our judges Ms. Eppley and Mrs. Turner. All food was yummy!
8th grade honors begins their argumentative research unit with a bit of fun, speed debating! They had 5 different topics and 4 minutes with each to try and list as many arguments as possible to support their assigned claim on the topic. There was lots of shouting and hand waving in their attempts to prove they were right!
Students have spent the past two weeks designing and making holiday cards to send to Mr. Allen and his current military group. During Success enrichment time, a different group of students wrote letters in these cards, expressing their thanks to our soldiers and wishing them a safe holiday. Thanks to the folks who donated scrapbooking supplies to make the cards, and thanks to the many students who helped in this process!
8th grade language arts mourned the loss of characters in their novel And Then There Were None with character eulogies. Because these were horrible people, most turned into roasts and we all “died” laughing!
Students in Mr. Fleming's class report that they are testing common household items with mystery reactors to see what happens. After documenting results, they are developing a hypothesis on what each of the reactors actually is.
FACS Students in Everyday Skills classes got on www.choosemyplate.gov. Students entered information of age, gender, weight, height and activity level to find out how many calories and how much of each food group they need daily.
The Exploring Agriculture class at Edgewood used a mystery substance to make a cube. They then let the mystery cube set in the refrigerator over night to measure the mass, volume, and density of the cube. Agriculture sure uses a lot of math and science!
To complete our study of Ancient India, our administrative secretary Mrs. Leek visited the 7th grade social studies classes and spent a few minutes teaching us about the yoga of excercise. We learned relaxation techniques, good posture for sitting and standing, and well-known yoga poses such as tree and warrior.
8th grade Honors Language Arts students went to The Escape Room in Mishawaka. This activity supplemented their reading of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, which is a mystery novel. It takes critical thinking skills to solve a mystery, and to escape from an Escape Room!
8th Grade History has begun National History Day work! This is a great, in-depth research and presentation project where students learn many, many skills. We are excited to begin work this year! Attached is our parent information letter. Ask your student for more information, or check out Canvas. If you are not sure how to access Canvas, ask your child's teachers during Parent Teacher Conferences this week.
Congratulations to team J.A.S., Sophie W, Jordyn T and Aspen W. They won the enrichment bake-off competition with a delectable recipe of pie crust strips with chocolate chips baked inside, served with strawberry jam dipping sauce! Yum! The judges were Mrs. Smyth and Mrs. Leek.
8th grade students gave persuasive speeches in the library today. Their job was to convince others to move to their colony. Abby went over and above, dressing for the occasion and using a southern accent throughout her speech. If your student wants to move to South Carolina, now you know why!
Hi! My name is The Hobbit. I am a fantasy book. I take place in Middle Earth. What is your name? Students in Mrs. Toumey's language arts classes took part in book speed dating where they took turns telling each other about books they have read this past month, from the point of view of the book! Lots of laughter occurred as students discovered their next best read!
Students in Mr. Fleming's science classes had to follow directions exactly and measure correctly in order to get their colors lab to turn out correctly. They were so excited when their finished product was a series of six colors in rainbow order!
In Mrs. Fisher's social studies classes we took a break from our regular learning activity to try a new idea suggested by our nurse, Mrs. Akers. It's to bring physical activity into our learning. Students reviewed both cardinal directions and key locations in Mesopotamia by calling out a location on the map and jumping in the correction direction. It resulted in a lot of laughs and many students focused in on the map more than they had before when they just labeled a paper map. And, of course, they learned that North does not equal up!
Medical Detectives students learned about the human senses & then found how the different parts of the brain were associated with these senses. Students labeled & dissected a sheep brain. Mr. Binkerd & Mr. Cook’s students visited & their students described how the rod entered & exited Phineas Gage’s head. The Medical Detectives placed a simulated rod to show how Phineas’ brain was affected by it.