Week of Nov. 19-23

Math

Geometry assessment is behind us, and now we are looking forward to strengthening our problem solving skills and basic skills. Next week will focus mainly on those skills. In the beginning of December there will be an assessment on basic skills and the Problem Solving #4 will be due next week.

Science

Physical Changes has been completed and the quiz over this concept is the beginning of next week. The quiz will have a large focus on vocabulary and using the Quizlet to learn the terms will be very helpful. Here is a link to the Quizlet. Also students can download the PowerPoint on Physical Changes to help review the concepts.  After the quiz, students will begin to explore Chemical Reactions. This should be a fun exploration of how things change and make new substances.

English

Task 3 of analyzing a poem will be finished this week and that leaves students to focus on making and completing their scrapbooks for the unit finale. This will be a decorative scrapbook that they create with poems they have collected and wrote, along with the previous essays and bibliography placed in the back. They get to make it as creative as they want and it should reflect them and their tastes in poetry. This final task will be due in the beginning of December.

Social Studies

There will be a geography quiz on the Middle East next week based on the maps that students have be filling out for the past couple weeks. This will be a skills and fact based quiz to check for their geographical knowledge of the region. Next, students will be working in groups to create a presentation on one of four historical revolutions. The French, American, Russian, or Iranian Revolutions will be explored. The presentations will be shared with the class to teach each other about the four different revolutions.

The weeks until break are going fast and soon the semester will be over. I have been trying hard to keep students focused as we head into the most challenging part of the academic semester. Please let me know if you have concerns or questions as things start to conclude.

Week of Nov. 12-16

English

This was a difficult week for all the English classes as student struggled to complete their research papers on the transformative works of a poet they selected. Many students had a hard time finding how they were transformative and then justifying that with research. It was a difficult assignment, but that is behind them now. They will now pick one poem from the same poet and use that in an analysis paper starting next week. They should already have selected the poem (as this should have been the poem they thought was transformative in the first paper). They will look at this poem from three sides. Here is the complete instruction set from Mr. Burke’s blog and this is the same for all of the other English teachers.  This should be a bit easier and more focused on poetry than the research and writing skills.

Math

Math is now finished with teaching the concepts for the Geometry unit and are now practicing and reviewing the concepts to make sure that they have been mastered before the assessment. The assessment has been delayed a couple of days because of students being away and to give extra time to master the content. The assessment will happen the end of next week. To get extra practice and to have a couple of review sheets please print out the sheets below to use on preparation for the assessment.

 

 

 

 

Science

This week has been a lot of practical labs. The reason is to help keep lab skills fresh and to review any weak points in students’ understanding of those skills. Later in this unit their lab skills will be assessed and we are using this time to make sure they are ready for the challenge. The focus of the labs has been states of matter and phase change. Graphing was the lab skill that we used to make sure students collected accurate data and then could express that data in a meaningful manner. Next week will continue with practical labs and finish up phase change. There will be a lot of new vocabulary with the chemistry unit and a Quizlet with all the vocabulary has been made to help students study. Follow this link to learn the words or click on the picture below.

Social Studies

What is the recipe for a revolution? Take one part middle class anger, and two parts economic disaster and human rights violations, shake them together and you have one nicely mixed revolution. The students have been looking at the different phases of revolutions and there causes. A great PowerPoint going over these phases can be found here and below. Students will next do a chart that makes an analogy of these four phases to something similar from their experiences. Some good ideas have been a basketball game, a story plot, a seed becoming a plant, and the four seasons. Finally, students have a News Mag that must be completed by 9pm Sunday evening. Follow the link here to get full details.


Week of Nov. 5-9

First week back from break and we are into the full swing of things with all core classes. In particular English has a looming due date for a large project, followed by an assessment in math for the geometry unit. SO let’s get started!

English

All English classes have been working on a research paper that explores how a poet (student’s choice) has transformed you, society, or culture. This has been a very challenging research project, mainly because the students are having to think critically on transformations while at the same time complete credible research that supports their thinking. Luckily, the due date has been pushed back from the beginning of next week to the middle (or even end) of next week. Here is a link to a full explanation of the project due next week.

Math

With one more concept to learn next week, we are heading into the review part of the unit before we have an assessment Nov. 20-21 (depending on classes). Next week will be it for learning the geometry concepts. We will then review and test the end of the following week. Here is a comprehensive PowerPoint for the unit and a vocabulary review.

 

 

 

Science

We just began the new unit on chemistry and have started doing labs to explore physical properties this week. There will be many hands-on activities as we explore the chemistry unit. The next performance task will be for students to cook breakfast and explain all the physical and chemical changes that take place in making the meal. Should be tasty learning!

Social Studies

The let the revolutions begin! We have started with the current events of Arab Spring and are learning about the changes happening in Syria. We will then take a historic look back at other major revolutions throughout history. Students have a presentation due on the Syrian uprising on Monday. Finally, students have their 5th News Mag article due this Sunday by 9pm. It needs to be done in Google Drive/Docs and then shared with Mr. Willey. Here are the directions.