Week of January 20 – 24

English

This week we had two book meetings and students should be at least halfway through the novel. We have another one next week and then the final one for this book week after next. When not having book meetings, students are learning mini-lessons on writing expectations for expository essays. These include voice, word choice, organization, proper sentence structure, and developing evidence from the novel with explanations to support a thesis. I have included below a worksheet that helps to develop a thesis statement with supporting reasons. I am also including the choiceboard sheet that is used to pick thesis topics. Next week students should have a clear choice for their thesis topic to help begin developing proper evidence to be used in the essay. In particular for Mrs. Shull’s class, who are all reading “Night”, I provided on the main page of my blog a link to section summaries and an audio version of the book. This can be very helpful to further comprehension with struggling readers.

 

 

Math

Students continue to add new concepts about functions and understanding what makes them either linear, quadratic, or exponential. Below is a concept check for what they have learned so far in Mr. Drayton’s class.

In Ms. Naggea’s class, this week was spent manipulating lines to create a hubcap design with the program Geometer’s Sketch Pad. Students should have completed this task and handed in by Friday. She also assigned a basic skills review that can be found below and is due January 30th.

 

 

 

Social Studies

This week students finished with the most intensive parts of watching a ten part video on the People Power Revolution. I made a separate post on the main page of the blog with all the videos and supporting notes. Next week they will finish the last parts with a check sheet that will outline the outcomes of the revolution. They will then need to take a stance on whether or not the revolution was a success or a failure and provide evidence on that stance from the check sheet and from articles provided for them in social studies. Students will be guided through a lesson to help them develop their thesis statements based on their stance. A cool website for them to use as an organizer for their thesis and ideas can be found here.  Finally, next week there will be a quiz over the map that they made on Metro Manila and over the first seven sections of the video.

Science

In Mr. Pasamba’s class students have a final draft of a lab report on conservation of mass due by 5pm Friday that needs to be typed and saved in Google docs. They also completed half of the labs for the final performance task that will culminate with students identifying chemical versus physical changes in making a breakfast. Next week they will have to complete an assessment where they write out, using lab notes, all the physical and chemical changes that they observed in the lab. In SI class we will review those changes prior to the assessment to help reinforce their observations.

In Dr. Lacson’s class students completed a pendulum lab that looked at the different independent variables that affect swing rate. The lab needs to be handed in as a hard copy and is due by Friday end of the school day. Next week will begin with reviewing those variables and then preparing them for a performance task on achieving the perfect swing rate for a playground swing set.

Week of January 13 – 17

And we are back! A fresh start is always a good thing. As students embark on semester two, it will be important to stay on top of things because this semester will get harder faster than last semester and end with a rigorous cross-curricular unit that demands a lot of time. Time management skills will be key in having a successful semester and Strategies Instruction will help by breaking down tasks and engaging students in task analysis skills. Let’s look at where we are at now.

English

Last week students were given their first book of two they will read in quarter three. Each book will have four group discussions that will require students to prepare notes on the four sections to foster discussion and prepare them for the essay that will be written on the first book. Students should be writing a short summary of their section, creating a T-chart that has quotes from the book that can be used as examples/evidence in the expository essay.  The essay on the book will be chosen from a choiceboard (see below) and students will be encouraged to make a selection from the board early on to help them find the information for the essay as they read. This will give them a critical head start in formulating their thinking and looking for strong examples to explain in the essay. Each teacher will have a slightly different set of assignments as they guide students through the reading, so please refer to the homework calendar for the specifics.

 

Math 

In math students have begun a new unit on functions. The unit will review data tables, point sets, graphing, and introduce them to the point slope equation and y-intercept formula y=mx+b. Students this week were expected to be able to identify a function and understand positive and negative slope. Next week they will be introduced to the point slope equation and begin working on how to find the slope of a line. Below are the notes for the whole unit on functions.

 

Social Studies

Power to the people! This week in social studies students have begun to watch a video on the People Power Revolution of 1986 in the Philippines . They have been given a comprehensive note taking guide that asks questions that they need to answer as they watch the video. In an effort to help reduce tracking issues and to allow students to better focus on the video, we are providing note taking assistance with a secondary sheet that has many of the answers to the questions. They will be watching the video over this week and next and I will post each video segment on my blog with the assistive notes as they need them.

Part 1

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Part 2

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Note Taking Assistance

 

Note Taking Guide

 

Science

In Dr. Lacson’s class students have begun with their unit on physics and are learning how to calculate potential and kinetic energy. Next week they will be doing a lab using a pendulum to reinforce the difference between potential and kinetic energy and how the calculations are applied.

In Pasamba’s class students are finishing up with the chemical and physical changes unit. This week they completed several mini-labs on the unit and will do a practical lab assessment demonstrating their lab skills on chemical changes. Next week they will have their final performance task of the unit involving cooking a breakfast and describing the physical and chemical changes that take place. Below is a review of the labs and the concepts learned.