This week in English students are writing their “small moments” and should have completed at least three of them now in Google Docs. In class we are looking at four structures of fiction writing that good authors use in varied patterns to create an effective story. Those structures are actions, descriptions, introspection and dialogue. They were given a presentation on those structures (see below) and then asked to identify them in the last short story they read (see below). Next week we will be getting them to choose one of their “small moments” to expand and use as the basis for a memoir they will be writing as the final performance task for the unit.
The quiz that was supposed to take place this week was pushed off until next (check homework calendar for date by block and teacher). I posted a Quizlet to help them learn the definitions here, but they will also need to give an example from the short stories we have read on how these were used. The don’t need an example of each one, they should just have at least 6-8 literary terms that they can provide and example for on the quiz.
In math we have been working with exponents and variables. Students have been multiplying, dividing, and using exponents to an exponent to explore the properties of variables with exponents. For extra review of the concepts, Khan Academy has some great videos with practice problems here. I have also included the notes from Ms. Naggea’s class that review the concepts and has more practice problems. In Ms. Chung’s class we have also started to work with scientific notation. Here is another video and practice problems that students can review with on scientific notation. Next week we will continue with scientific notation and begin to perform operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide) with scientific notation.
We have moved on from the digestive system to the circulatory system. This week started with an exploration of vital signs and how they relate to the circulatory system. The highlight of the week was the heart dissection (pig or cow). Digestion posters were due on Wednesday and the posters looked great! Next week we will be doing a schematic drawing of the human heart that tracks the flow of blood from when it enters the heart, until it exits. We will also be making a system chart of the circulatory system as a study aid. And we will be examining how the heart is a system within a system. The overall goal for this unit is for students to understand how systems work and relate to other systems. Here are some great resources that students can explore from Mr. Pasamba’s website. They can even do an online heart transplant!
In social studies students have been looking at the M.A.I.N. reasons that lead to the first world war (see below slide presentation). The acronym stands for: Militarism, Alliances, Industrialization/Imperialism, and Nationalism. From this they will look at the end results of WWI and how that led to The League of Nations being formed, then failing as a result of WWII. Next week students begin to read about the challenges and changes surrounding the operation of the United Nations. They will be using their interactive reading skills to read the beginning of the packet that will serve as their text for this unit. I have included a differentiated reading of that packet below. They will upload these to A.nnotate.com and use that site to make notations for the interactive reading skills. Some students did not so well on the quiz over these skills and I have posted a couple slide shows for student to review with here.
The highlight of the week for math was the assessemnt that we took. It was taken the second lesson of the week. The assessment results will be available quickly in PowerSchool. Students wanting to improve their grade can retake the assessment, but must show a plan of restudy and show the work completed before being able to retake the assessment. Students with a score of 3 or below should retake the assessment. A score of 5 is a respectable score and trying to get a 7 might not be worth the effort. We have begun to work with exponents this week and will be exploring exponents and how they relate to variables in algebra. These skills will be leading into our algebra unit and will help students better understand “like terms”. Next week will focus on skills that will lead up to our algebra unit and solving equations. Here is a link to videos and practice problems that students can work on to extend their classroom experiences.
Last week in science we completed an assessment on the digestive system. If students would like to increase their score, they can sign up for the reassessment using this link. As with all classes this year, students must develop a study plan with evidence of study in-order to take the reassessment. The link above provides the different ways students can show evidence of study. The first opportunity for the reassessment will be next week on Sept. 17th before school. Students can also arrange a time with their teacher if that date does not work. I can also facilitate a reassessment during SI class, but they must fill out the form and meet with their teacher first. We are now working on our digestion analogy model poster this week and next. They have been given time in class this week to work on the poster with teacher guidance, but no more class time will be given. The poster is due next week on Sept. 17th. I posted examples last week here. Next week we will start the next unit on the circulatory system. The highlight of the week will be the dissection of a pig heart to trace the flow of blood through the heart and lungs.
This week has focused on writing our “small moments” based off the “Where I’m From” poem. Students are writing about moments from their lives that were special to them. They are writing these moments and then being asked to expand those writings to include, description, actions, dialogue, and introspection. They will then turn these moments into a short memoir as the final performance task for the unit. We are also learning about elements of fiction and literary terms associated with the short stories we are reading. Next week during the last lesson of the week, we will be taking an assessment over the elements of fiction. Below is a Quizlet to help them study the terms.
This week in social studies students have been learning about the world before World War I. They are learning about “Nationalism” and how this concept lead to the first World War. The reason behind learning these concepts is to develop an understanding of the creation of The League of Nations and its ultimate failure and the beginning of World War II, which results in the United Nations. Students will be given a reading packet that will serve as the reference text for learning about the UN. I included that packet in a previous post here. Students can also develop their vocabulary that will be required for the reading with the Quizlet below. They will be reading the first two pages and doing interactive reading beginning next week. Finally, the weekly read and respond assignments are due each Friday by 10pm. I made a guide to help students complete these here.
Use this Quizlet to help study the definitions of the Metacognitive Reading Strategies for the Quiz next week.