Welcome to 7th-8th Grade

Classroom News and Notes


Week of Jan. 17 – Jan. 21


Mr. Markgraf’s Classes:


7-8 Religion: God has many things to say about the choices that we make in life. As young people who are growing in independence, 7th and 8th graders are entering a new phase of life where they are beginning to make some of their own decisions. We are nearing the end of our unit on making God-pleasing decisions.


7-8 Science: Last week, we learned about the atmosphere of the earth. This week, we’ll begin looking at weather – how it works, how it’s forecasted, and how it affects what goes on here on Earth!


3-8 P.E.: We’ve been playing wallball for the first two weeks of the quarter. This week, we’re learning a different kind of wallball that will occupy our next couple of weeks.


God bless your week!


Mr. Aaron Markgraf




Ms. Lindemann’s Classes: 


Here’s what this week looks like…


Hymnology: Our hymn 491 “O Master of the Loving Heart” verses 1 and 4 will be due this Wednesday. The new hymn is 353 “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness.”


English: This is the last week we will spend on verbals. After learning about participles and gerunds, we learn about infinitives. We will have a large review on Thursday with a test on Friday.  We are doing the new round of MAP testing this week. Tuesday will be English testing.


Math: There will be a test on Tuesday this week.  Throughout the rest of the week, we will take a look at circumference, ratio problems, and geometric solids. We will do MAP testing on Wednesday.


Reading:  Reading is divided into two parts. One will be writing a compare and contrast essay about genres based on the novel they read before Christmas. The other part will be learning more about characterization and inferencing as we listen to Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Students will be working in small groups to inference what each of the clues mean to find out who did it! Reading MAP testing will be on Thursday.


5-6th Science: We will continue to look at the basic needs of plants and how plants function to meet those needs. Last Friday we researched what it took to put together a terrarium (garden in a jar). This Friday, we will be designing our terrariums and creating a list of supplies.


3-4th Music-This month we will spend time on learning what it takes to compose music. Students will work in groups and individually to write a short jingle about a candy bar. We will go through the steps of writing a jingle (describing the product, writing lyrics to the jingle, putting the words to a beat and music, playing the jingle, etc)