Week of Sept. 16 – 20

English

In English this week, students have been working on improving and editing their personal narrative (small moment). They have been given strategies to help improve their writing and have been using peer feedback to get advice on what they need to improve. Teachers have also been consulting with students to add specific details, actions, thoughts, and dialogue to their writing. The due date for the narrative is next week before Classroom Without Walls (Tuesday or Wednesday depending on block). The next writing assignment will be a memoir. This will be an expansion of the personal narrative from one scene to three scenes. They can continue with their narrative they are currently writing or start with a new memory to write about.  The memoir will be due the second week on October.

Math

We have started working on linear equation solving. The students have been solving multiple step problems to solve for one variable. They have also been working on having the same variable on both sides of the equation. This has caused some confusion for students, as they need to remember to bring the variable to one side first. I have added a video from Khan Academy below that reviews the concept. Next week will continue with equation solving and begin looking at word problems and how to set up an equation from those words.

 

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Social Studies

In Social Studies, students have been learning about the impacts on WWI on the formation of The League of Nations and then looking at why the League of Nations eventually failed because of WWII. Students were given a UN reading packet that they will be using the interactive reading skills with and have read the first two sections. Student should have the packets marked up with these strategies and will continue to do so more next week. As they begin next week they will be watching a video on the overview of WWII. I have included the video they will watch in class for them to be able to review before and after class. Also, as a reminder, students need to be completing a Read and Respond each week. They should be doing this in a Google document that has the following sections: article link, article title, bibliography, a map of where the article is about, summary of article, a personal connection to article, and then questions they have about the article.

 

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Science

In Dr. Lacson’s class we spent this week reviewing for the Circulatory System quiz that week had on Friday. We also spent some time talking about blood types and how they differ. Students played a game on how to type blood and what types of blood can be used in transfusions. You can play too if you follow this link. Next week we will begin the Respiratory System.

In Mr. Pasamba’s class students were ready to dissect a pig heart, but Mr. Pasamba was ill for most of the week. He is feeling better and was here Friday. Some of the blocks were able to do the dissection on Friday. In his absence students did classwork on the Circulatory System to prepare them for the upcoming quiz. Students will need to complete a anatomical drawing of their heart dissection that traces the blood flow. An example of this was posted in the previous newsletters. This will be due next week. Check the homework calendar for the date.

Week of Sept 9 – 13

English

In English students continue to read short stories in support of learning story elements. We are also working on finishing up their first formal writing assignment. Next week students will be submitting a draft of their personal narrative (small moment) and will then be drafting the final version to be turned in at the end of the week. Students have been busy adding details to their characters and settings as we continue the writing process. They will be incorporating all of these details into their drafts and working with peers to get feedback on their stories. The next writing assignment will be to take what they have learned about story elements and detail development, and to use those techniques in writing a two or three scene memoir with a theme.

Math

The math quiz was a great success for most of our students! Many grades were in the A range. Congratulations for all the hard work learning the concepts. At the end of the quiz students were given the next problem solving worksheet. The problem solving will be due Wed. and Thurs. of next week (depending on teacher). They will need to have fully developed explanations of how they solved each problem using words and calculations. They must have at least 4 of the 6 problems correct to get a proficient score. Next week will be more review of basic skills and the introduction of solving equations. This is part two of the algebraic reasoning unit. Please see the PowerPoint notes from the previous posts for help on reviewing the concepts. Below is the Problem Solving #2 worksheet.

 

Science

In Mr. Pasamba’s class this week students have been busy making their digestive system posters. They were do Friday Sept. 13th. This will mark the end of the digestive system unit and they will begin with the circulatory system next week. In that unit they will be doing a dissection of a pig heart. They will then need to make an anatomical drawing of the heart with labels and explanations of the structures and their functions (see notes below for an advanced look).

In Dr. Lacson’s class, this week was all about the pig heart dissection. On Monday they dissected the heart with precision. We might have a few future surgeons out there. They then took detailed notes on the heart structures and functions in class. Finally, they needed to make an anatomical diagram of the heart with labels and a separate page with all the information from the notes. I have posted below all of the notes that should be on the separate page. This diagram is due Tuesday Sept. 17th. Next week will be spent reviewing concepts learned on the circulatory system for a quiz on Friday Sept. 20th. A review will be done in SI class to help prepare them for that quiz.

 

Social Studies

This week in classes students watched a video on events leading up to the formation of the League of Nations and examined why the League did not accomplish its end goals due to the beginning of WWII. The next step is for them to look at how and why the United Nations was formed and what was done to help prevent its failure like the League of Nations.  They will be given a reading packet that will have much of the information they will need for this unit. It will be important that they do not lose this packet. They will be using the interactive reading skills to find important information. There will be a quiz over the packet reading later in the unit and all of the interactive reading skills will help prepare them for the that quiz. We will be reinforcing the important information during SI classes to help them focus on the key issues and concepts to learn.

Week of Sept. 2 – 6

Math

This week in math has been devoted to reviewing the concepts for the quiz next week on Algebraic Reasoning Part 1. The quiz is scheduled for Wednesday of next week, Sept. 11th. Below you will find some review materials to help student practice for the test. This week we also spent time going over the basic skills that will be used throughout the semester and we will have a basic skills quiz once a quarter. I have also included some basic skills practice, but there will not be a basic skills quiz until we are closer to the end of the quarter. After the quiz next week, we will begin with part 2 of the Algebraic Reasoning. To begin with, solving equations will be the focus. We will start with simple 1 and 2 step equations.

 

 

English

In English this week we have started to write our “small moments” and are reading a short story that helps us examine story elements. Students were given a Freytag Chart (plot elements) to fill out about the short story they are reading. They will need to fill out the chart in regards to the story “The White Umbrella” and examine the different elements as they appear in that piece. This can be hard for some students to find an example of each element, and it is not important that they get it exactly right. We just want them to be looking for these elements as they read. We will review the chart with them and make corrections in class. The writing of the small moments should be a continuing process and students are expected to write for at least 20 minutes each night. That writing might just be revisions to what they already have. They are also going to be developing character details and if they are in Mr. Burke’s class need to have a character chart filled out about their small moment.  There is a lot happening in English classes right now. Every student should be reading and writing every night. For specific homework that will accompany the reading and writing, check the Homework Calendar.

Science

Students took the digestive system quiz this week and are moving on to the next project.

In Mr. Pasamba’s class, next week they will be designing a flow chart that depicts the digestive system and explains the structures, behaviors, and function of the system. They can use any system as an analogy. This might be a power plant, video game, or sporting team. As long as they can refer to the system and explain how it is like the digestive system, they can use their ideas. Some might not want to use the analogy and can just depict the actual digestive system. Students will be given time in class next week to work on it, but they will have to do some work at home to finish the chart.

In Dr. Lacson’s class we have started the Circulatory System. Students have been looking at how the heart functions and drawing diagrams of the heart. Below you can see Dr. Lacson’s drawings of the schematic and anatomical depictions. Starting next week students will be doing a dissection of a pig heart and will need to draw their own anatomical drawing with labels of each part of the heart. This should be fun!

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Social Studies

Students worked on completing their maps and practiced how to do the Interactive Reading. On Monday students in Ms. Shull’s class will be taking the quiz on Interactive Reading. Please have them refer to last weeks post to study the PowerPoint on Interactive Reading. It will all be covered on the quiz. They will also have to recognize the different levels of questioning and name each type (see PowerPoint below). Beginning next week, they will be learning about WWI to give them background on the formation of the League of Nations and its failure during WWII and what lead to the formation of the United Nations. Then students will get their reading packets about the UN. They will then be expected to use the Interactive Reading strategies to critically read through the packets by sections.