We are now finishing up with the new concept introductions and next week will be all about reviewing and practicing the concepts. The assessment over the unit will be week after next. After each assessment is another problem solving sheet. This will be the fourth one this year. It will be due one week later. Here is a video to help with a new concept this week.
Students are now in the thick of researching their assigned countries stance on nuclear disarmament. They should have 10 note cards in Noodletools drawn from 5 sources by Monday of next week. The note cards are to help them write a policy statement in a three paragraph form: Background, Current Position, and Goal of Conference. I have a sample of a note card and policy statement below. Policy statements will be due end of next week and the MUN conference will take place week after next.
In English a decision of quality over quantity was made and as a result, the task 4 performance will be scuttled in favor of more time on the essay writing process and spending time with students enjoying different transformative poetry styles. The deadline for the essay has been pushed into next week. We will then spend the rest of the time before holiday with students building their poetry scrapbooks and understanding of influential poetry styles. This should be a great way to end the semester with kids creating their own poetry and learning from others.
In Mr. Pasamba’s class students continued to examine phase change and in particular sublimation and deposition. They had some demo labs this week that demonstrated the concept of going from solid to gas and gas to solid. Students need to write up a hypothesis on what they saw in the demonstrations for next class.
In Dr. Lacson’s class this week students spent time preparing for the practical lab assessment in which students were graded on their basic lab skills and their ability to measure and calculate using provided formulas. Next week students will prepare for the final performance task of the semester. Below is a quick video that covers almost everything they will be learning to complete the performance task.
Students have been working on using the Brain Frame graphic organizers to do research on their poets and to investigate how they have had transformational effects on a personal, society, or cultural level. They will now be writing an expository essay about one poem from that poet. The essay will need to demonstrate their understanding, analysis, and interpretation of that poem. This is a complex task and their first exposure to analytically writing and thinking. To help support them with the task I have created a scaffolded graphic organizer to help the writing structure and analysis. I have also written a sample essay that they can look at to see what the end product should be. It can be found below in this post and it is also in their Google Drive English folder. We will take time in SI classes to begin writing the essay, but they will need to be working at home to finish the essay by the due date. The students will need to know the poetic devices to analyze the poem. I made a Quizlet to review them and it was posted to the blog on the main page this week.
We continue to add concepts in the geometry unit and this week we looked at the properties of quadrilaterals. Next week we will begin to look at similar triangles. The notes for this unit are posted below for review (and to help parents remember) the concepts from class. It is helpful to print these notes and paste in their notebooks. I will begin posting review materials as we get closer to the test.
In Dr. Lacson’s class the students just finished an exothermic lab and are now expected to complete a lab write-up on the reaction. As part of the lab write-up they need to create a graph showing the change in temperature over time (3 minutes). This will be due on Monday next week. The next assessment will be a practical assessment on their lab skills and will happen Wednesday of next week. They will conduct a chemical reaction lab, but will only be graded on their lab skills.
In Mr. Pasamba’s class they have just finished a lab on phase changes and will need to graph their results of the change in temperature over time. Below is a graphic that shows what their graph should look like and how it should be labeled. This graph is due Tuesday next week.
This week students were assigned their countries for the Model United Nations conference that will be the final performance task for this quarter. In Mrs. Shull’s class they will be examining Nuclear Disarmament. Over the weekend students need to visit her blog and answer questions on the topic. The directions and questions can be found here. This will be due Sunday evening by 8pm.
Ms. Villanueva’s class is also doing Nuclear Disarmament and students should have completed a background guide on this topic to help them focus their research efforts next week. She has great resources on her blog here. The countries that each student has been assigned can also be found on the site. Next week students will begin to research their countries stance on nuclear weapons to prepare for the MUN conference.
We are now exploring the properties of different shapes and angles in geometry. In Mr. Drayton’s class, this week has been dedicated to using the software Geometer’s Sketch Pad. We have been investigating the properties of specific shapes and the interior and exterior angles. Next week we will begin to attach the algebra skills we learned last unit to the properties of shapes for this unit. Students will be finding the variables based on the properties of shapes they are learning now. I have attached a practice sheet below based on triangle properties.
In Ms. Naggea’s class, students have been learning different visual cues to recognize equal angles and supplementary angles with two parallel lines and a transversal line. Next week her class will be in the computer lab working on the Geometer’s Sketch Pad to investigate the properties of specific shapes and the interior and exterior angles.
Both classes will continue to practice basic math skills and I have put some extra practice up that will help for the next test at the end of this quarter. Also, be sure to check out the quizlets for learning the geometry vocabulary.
English classes have started the poetry unit and we are focusing on the transformational properties of poems. Students are being assigned to groups based on a poet that they select. They will then be researching that poet and creating a graphic organizer for the information that is found. These graphic organizers will be due this week (Burke) or next (Shull), be sure to check the homework calendar. From that graphic organizer, they will begin writing an analysis essay on one of their poet’s most important poems. I will be providing a scaffolded essay template to help students use effective writing structures on the essay. I will provide that beginning next week and will post to the blog, as well as in their Google Drives.
The chemistry unit on transformations has been focusing this week on physical and chemical changes and how to tell the differences. Included in the physical changes are phase change, or the changes from solid-liquid-gas. The emphasis on learning the differences and key signs of chemical and physical changes will take place in a fun performance task where students cook a breakfast. They will have to describe the physical and chemical changes that are happening to the ingredients and show the evidence of both.
This week students began to learn how to write a policy statement for the MUN conference that will be the big performance task for this unit. They started this by imagining if the cafeteria had a fire and was shut down. What would the different groups within the school (administration, parents, teachers, students) feel is the best solution to this crisis? They have to take on that perspective and write a policy statement that will be voted on by the general assembly. This scenario will also expose them to the procedural rules of the UN General Assembly for the MUN conference. Most of the SI students will be working on the issue of Nuclear Disarmament with Ms. Shull for their MUN conference.