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Materials List for Fall 2013

June 17th, 2013

Welcome to the 8th Grade! You will need plenty of notebook paper, colored pencils and a sharpener, a ruler, and ball-point pens with black ink.

Analogies: They’re a Matter of Balance!

September 21st, 2011

Students will be bringing home worksheets this year called “Analogies”.  These exercises are designed to expand vocabulary and promote higher level thinking skills.  Hopefully, they will provide some lively family conversation as well!

A simple analogy would be :  “cat is to dog as kitten is to puppy”.  It would be written as: “cat:dog::kitten:puppy”.  On the worksheets we do in class, one of the words would be omitted and it would be up to the student to fill it in.

The Analogies that we do in class are a bit more difficult.  Usually,  students will need to look up some of the words in a dictionary in order to complete the analogy.  Once you know what the words mean, you can begin to figure out the relationship that the words have with each other.  We have spent, and will continue to spend a lot of class time on these.

For example, in the analogy “letters:alphabet::_____:spectrum”, the alphabet is made up of letters, so that the relationship between letters and alphabet is that letters MAKE UP the alphabet.  You must have the same relationship on both sides of the analogy (that’s where balance comes in).  So the question becomes, “What MAKES UP a spectrum?”  After a quick look in the dictionary, you find that a spectrum is made of colors, and so “colors” is the answer!

Often, the hardest part of completing the analogies worksheets is figuring out what the question is!  Keep trying, but as a last resort, know that students can see me every morning and/or during academic lab for help.


September 13th, 2011

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