Food Insecurity Research

Recently, our school has become involved in the Ohio Design Challenge topic of food insecurity around the world.  The eighth graders chose to look into biotechnology, with a concentration on genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) as a potential solution to food insecurity in certain countries.  We began our research with a KNOW/NEED TO KNOW chart so we could specify our research moving forward



As a review game, 7th grade played “sign wars” to help them practice their adding integers skills.   Two players at the board would each pick a card from their stack, reveal them to the class and then to each other.  Black playing cards were negative and red cards were positive, and all students added the corresponding values together.  First one with the correct answer wins the point!  Below, Matt and Jake are documented during the different stages of the game.

Merry Christmas!

We LOVED our Christmas pajama day! It was a great way to relax and enjoy time together before the holiday.  Thanks to Mrs. Makruski for all the fun things you planned for us!

Interpreting Graph Data

Pictured below are the box and whisker plots that our sixth grade class created during a topic on displaying and interpreting data.  The data we used came from a parent survey asking questions regarding student transportation to and from school.

A few of our sixth graders presented their graphs at an early meeting of select Amherst City Council members. They interpreted their graphs so the information they presented to the City Council members was both informative ans useful!

Identifying Rational Numbers

Sixth grade just finished up a topic where they learned that rational numbers include any number that can be written in ratio (fraction) form.  These types of numbers include fractions, decimals, and even whole numbers.  Students showed their knowledge of plotting rational numbers on a number line during an activity where they had to correctly label a point on a graph, based on where their name stick was located!

“Plotting Pumpkins”

As a Halloween activity, eighth grade practiced their graphing linear equations skills when provided with the equation, or given a story problem.  They worked with values in slope intercept form to begin creating graphs by first plotting the y-intercept, then using the slope of the line to create more points on the line.  Pumpkin candy corns were used as points on the line, and as snacks 🙂

Marks of the Church

The eighth grade class was tasked with representing the Marks of the Church,  by posing their bodies and using props.  They selected the above images to represent, One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. 

Math “Clue” Words

Sixth grade had recently been struggling to take a story problem and turn it into an equation to solve.  We decided to turn a previous activity into a visual for the classroom that would help us to remember what words indicated specific math operations.  Our visuals included the symbols for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and the equals sign.

Native American Totem Poles

This past week, the eighth grade students have been learning about the different Native American tribes that inhabited North America before the arrival of the Europeans.  The students took a quiz to determine the animals that represented their individual characteristics best.  They then used those animals to create their own totem poles.  The animal with the strongest match is placed at the top, with the next strongest match below that and so on….Read the descriptions of the animals and see if you can guess which totem pole belong to which eighth grade student!

Spirit Day!

This past Friday, the Saint Joe’s students and staff celebrated returning to school and all of our awesome sports teams!  We showed off our creativity in the form of our 3D letter that we created to hang in our Maker Space!  Eighth grade was responsible for the letter “E”.  We built the letter’s frame from foam board, reviewing math concepts like total surface area and precise measurement.  We decorated our letter by melting crayon wax onto it using hair dryers.  Oh, and we did a pretty awesome dance too!

8th Grade Pep Rally Dance