Week of May 21, 2018

English, Social Studies, and Science

Students worked on their Science AFC: model, inquiry, or engineering solution.  This is due Day 3 (Thursday or Friday) this week. Below is the checklist:

Next week will be spent on preparing for AFC day on May 31. AFC schedule has been posted in Google Classroom.

Mathematics

Students finished the unit on data analysis and were given time to work on their AFC project. Next week will be on preparing for their AFC presentation.

Week of May 14, 2018

English, Social Studies, Science

Students continued working on their AFC: English on the letter, Social Studies on the research paper, and Science on the investigation, engineering, or model. Below is the checklist for Science and here is the rubric.  The plan is due Day 1 beginning of class next week.

On Sunday, Social Studies research paper is due to Turnitin before 8 pm. Here is a sample paper.

Requirements:

  • Word count between 600-1,200 (excluding Works Cited page)
  • Minimum 5 paragraphs
  • Include the word count at the end
  • Submit completed text (NOT the template!) in a new document to turnitin.com.

Below is the rubric for the paper:

Next week, English and Social Studies classes will be spent on preparing for AFC Day.  Science will be on completing their model/investigation/engineering solutions.

Mathematics

Students worked on averages and scatter plot. There will no longer be a test on this.  Time will be spent on AFC preparation.


Week of May 7, 2018

English, Social Studies, and Science

Students continued working on their AFC research.  English is focused on the letter; Social Studies is on the causes and tried solutions; while Science is on investigation, engineering, and model for their macro or micro solution. They have to choose the path on how they will show their solution. Their Inquiry Lab Design/Design Plan/Draft Model is due day 3 next week May 17/18.

Gr. 8 have to write a research paper on the causes and tried solution due to Turnitin by 8 pm on Friday, May 18 for their grade in Social Studies AFC.

Below are the presentation options on AFC Day, May 31.  Wild Card has to be approved by their AFC mentor.

Mathematics

Students worked on their performance tasks.  Next week will be about Data Analysis.  There will be a test on this and then time will be spent on AFC.

Week of April 30, 2018

English and Social Studies

Students continued their AFC research. In English, they have focused on writing their letters. In Social Studies, they worked on tried solutions and outcome.  Note cards are due on May 11.  Letters are due on May 10/11.

Science

This week, students started the science component of AFC. In DAY 1, students designed a way to filter dirty water (from the previous activity) and completed their design plan. DAY 2 was about constructing and testing their filter. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next week, they will design an experiment based on their own AFC research question.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 worked on their performance task.  Next week will be about statistics and probability to help them with their AFC research.

Week of April 23, 2018

English and Social Studies

AFC letter assignment sheet was introduced in English and they are due on May 10/11. Students have continued their research this time with a focus on causes.  Four note cards are due this Friday before 8 pm. Students have to make sure that the causes have solutions. Next week, they will work on the Tried Solutions, which are due on May 11 at 8 pm.

Science

This week, Gr. 8 culminated their discussion on the Unit: Interdependence in Ecosystems. They had the final observation on the E-column and prepared for the assessment scheduled day 2 of this week.  E-column journal is due this Friday.  Here is the rubric for the journal. Students have to make sure that they have both quantitative and qualitative data in their journal. Day 3 was a transition activity in preparation for the science component of AFC which takes place after the long weekend. Students did the Who Dirtied the Water activity and talked about whose responsibility it is to clean the water.  When they come back from the long weekend, they will design an experiment to clean up the water and the final challenge is to drink it.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 took the test on Functions. Next week will be about the performance task, Who Stole the Donut posted last week. The performance task is due end of class on May 7/8.

Week of April 16, 2018

English and Social Studies

Students continued their research. Four causes note cards are due next Friday before 8 pm. English will still require a letter to a leader, but with a focus only on the global overview of the problem. Social Studies will now require an essay on the causes and tried solutions.

Science

This week, students explored the question, “How is matter cycled within the ecosystem?”. They looked into the water and carbon cycles and applied their understanding of these cycles to the E-column. Next week is the assessment on the E-column on the second block.  Journal is due third block and will be graded for communication. Knowledge and Understanding will be in a form of a quiz. The Transfer will be a question like “Create a model of how matter is cycled in your E-column.”

Mathematics

Students continued learning about functions and distance-time graphs. Next week is a continuation of the distance-time word problems then practice test and actual test on Functions and Equations. After that will be a performance task of their own “Who Stole the Donut”?  Then the last unit is on statistics after which the students will work on AFC.

Week of April 9, 2018

English and Social Studies

Students have finished their propaganda posters and paragraphs in English.  Next week, Gr. 8 will continue their research about their AFC topics in both English and Social Studies.  In Social Studies, they will talk about creating a research question. Thirteen global overview note cards are due next Friday, April 20 before 8 pm in Google Classroom. In English, students are expected to write a letter about the global overview and causes of their topic. In Social Studies, they will give an oral presentation on the tried solutions.

Science

Gr. 8 have finished their assessment and have started to discuss how matter is cycled in an ecosystem and in their earth column. There will be an assessment on this on the week of April 23. Next week will be a continuation of the cycling of matter. Below is a video that students can watch starting at 7:25.

Below is another video on the cycling of matter in an ecosystem:

Mathematics

Slope was the topic this week. Next week is about linear functions.  There will be a test on April 26/27.

 

Week of April 2, 2018

English

Students have started working on Propaganda, and the poster with printed paragraphs are due last block of next week. AFC will begin next week with the expectation that students will write a letter to an influential person or organization about their topic (with emphasis on global overview and causes).

Social Studies

Gr. 8 chose their topics for AFC and have been introduced to the note cards which are posted in the Google Classroom. Note cards are due on Fridays at 8 pm: Global Overview – April 20; Causes – April 27; and Tried Solutions – May 11. Next week, CRAAP test and paraphrasing will be reviewed as students continue their research.

Science

Gr. 8 collected and organized data on the Pendulum lab investigation. Then, they wrote their explanations using the CER framework – write a Claim and write the Evidence with the scientific Reason behind the evidence. The assessment was moved to first block of next week due to lack of time.  Then they will work on Cycling of Matter. The assessment will be about the following questions:

  • How does energy flow in an ecosystem?
  • How does energy flow in your E-column?
  • What happens to the amount of energy as it gets transferred from one form to another? (conserved)
  • What energy transformations take place when a pendulum swings?

Review notes have been posted in Google Classroom. Below are the key ideas for the assessment:

Mathematics

Students took the quiz on expressions and equations and have started the lesson on slopes.  Next week will be about functions and equations. Students should go on Khan Academy for the step by step lessons.

 

Week of March 19, 2017

English

Students did peer reviews and submitted their stories.  When they come back from the break, they will work on propaganda before going into AFC.

Social Studies

Students delivered their political party speeches. After spring break, students will go into AFC.  Note cards will be introduced and videos will be shown to help the students choose from the following topics: climate change, contemporary slavery, gender inequality, infectious diseases, migration, non-renewable energy sources, poverty and hunger, and water.  Students will not be required to come up with a research question until they have had a week of global overview research. Here is a slideshow presentation that I showed in SI  to help the students begin to think about the topic that interests them.

Science

Students worked on energy transformations using the pendulum lab.  When they come back from the break they will finish testing their hypothesis and on session 3 they will have Assessment #2 which will include a question relating/applying the Law of Conservation of Energy to the E-column. Students should review how to do CER.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 continued to work on expressions and equations.  After spring break, they will have the quiz on expression and equations second session of that week.

Week of March 12, 2018

English

Gr. 8 worked on their dystopian stories which are due next week. They will do peer editing and final revisions next week.

Social Studies

Students worked on the political party note cards.  Next week, speeches are due on turnitin by 8 pm on Monday and they will deliver their speech on Wednesday. As well the Marcos Years paragraph is due. Next week will be about the political party speeches.

Science

Students have concluded their video project on the origins of the Earth. This week, they focused on applying their understanding to their own “Earth-columns”. They started with a microscope investigation of a drop of water from their aquatic chambers as they explored the succession of organisms as well as trophic levels. On DAY 2, the focus shifted to energy flow in an ecosystem. They reviewed concepts on energy transformation and designed an investigation to answer this question, “What happens to the amount of energy as it is transferred from one form to another?”

Next week, they will review potential and kinetic energy and discuss transformations of energy in their earth column.  CER needs to be reviewed in preparation for their assessment after the spring break.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 continued to learn about combining like terms and distributive property. Next week will be about solving one step and multi-step equations. Practice test and quiz will be after Spring break.