Second part of the research outline with guiding questions
Water Resources from EBSCO
This week has been all about research and answering guiding questions on the global overview of their assigned issue. Students are expected to have completed twenty notecards answering the guiding questions from the outline under “Global Overview”. These are due April 25 at 3pm. If students have not completed the notescards by 3pm, they should continue to work on them over the weekend, because this information is important in understanding their issue. Next week they will need to complete another set of twenty notecards covering their home country outlook (normally where their passport is from, or the country they have lived in the longest) and the causes of the issue. I have been providing research resources to the students in SI classes and through emails. I made a separate post with additional information for AFC research help.
In math, we have been working with radicals and have started to introduce Pythagoras Theorem. They have had a lot of practice on the skills and understandings of why Pythagoras Theorem works. Next week will be the final introduction of new concepts. There will likely be an assessment on this unit within the next two weeks. Below are the notes that are covered in the unit. These are good for them to review before the assessment. Another problem solving has been assigned this week and is due Monday the 28th.
In Mr. Pasamba’s class, students have been learning about global warming and the effects of this to ecosystems. Mr. Pasamba has been out most of this week and a substitute has been helping them learn about issues related to the ecosystem in support of the eco-columns they will be constructing next week.
In Dr. Lacson’s class, students have built their eco-columns and are now germinating their seeds to grow inside. They will then be monitoring the growth of the plants and updating their observation charts with data. They are taking data on three chambers of the eco-column. This data must be kept on a daily basis, not just when they have classes.
You will need to make a notecard and answer each of the guiding questions in the outline. Be sure to enter the source info into the bibliography section of NoodleTools first. The question you are answering with research is placed in the card title. Copy and paste the section of article that is specific to the question. Paraphrase the information in your own words.
We practiced some for the basic skills assessment this week and learned how to simplify radicals and radicals with exponents. We are at the beginning stages of introducing Pythagoras theorem. The first step is to make sure students understand how to simplify radicals, as this is a crucial part of using the theorem. Below are a few practice problems that they can use to review.
English and Social Studies
Since these are essentially the same class for the rest of the semester, I will update them together. We are working on finding out as much basic information as we can on the topic that has been assigned. All SI student are either doing Water Scarcity or Poverty. We will begin posting helpful resources once we return from break and updating them continually. Below are some resources from last year. Students should have their research questions approved my their English teacher this week or beginning of next. Getting that approved is important! Not having it approved does not mean they aren’t able to research. They should be doing lots of research right now! What they find or can’t find should help form the question. Students needs to pick an angle they are interested in and then see if the sources are actually out there for them to use. If not, they should revise their research question. A poll from last year found that over half of the students would have changed their research question. When we return from break students will be getting their first set of due dates for research note cards in NoodleTools. To help them still do research while on break follow this link to everything you need to do the research off campus.
In Dr. Lacson’s class, students learned how to make their observations, how to build the ecosystem, and what their responsibilities will be in the group. One of the most important parts of the task is to take daily observations and measurements. This means that they must go to the classroom everyday, not just the days they have class. This was difficult to remember last year. Some groups forgot to go everyday and were missing key data points for the task. They will begin building the ecosystems next week and finish up after break.
In Mr. Pasamba’s class they finished building and testing their rescue machines this week. Next week they will have to perform the rescue mission as a group for a grade on Monday, then on Tuesday the have a poster due that shows the diagram of the machine with calculations of mechanical advantage, work and power.