Week of Sept. 29 – Oct. 3


We have been continuing to work with scientific notation operations this week. Classes have been learning to multiply, divide, add and subtract using scientific notation. I have added videos and links below that go over all of those operations for extra review of the concepts. Next week we will continue to review scientific notation and add the concept of working with cube roots. Cube roots will be the final concept in this unit, which means that classes will begin to review all of the concepts in the unit by the end of the week. The assessment date has not been set yet, and I will post that on the homework calendar as soon as I know it.

Introduction to scientific notation with practice. 


Multiplying and dividing with scientific notation.



Adding and subtracting with scientific notation. 



In English we have been revising our memoirs to make them better. The main focus this week has been on “theme”. Every memoir needs to have a clear theme that is developed through introspection. We have been looking at the mentor text “The Glass Castle” and how the author uses introspection to build her theme. I have posted below the mentor text for referral. The memoirs are due next week and on Oct. 8th all English students need to bring a printed copy. On that day we are having a sharing session for all classes during our advisory time. This will be a great opportunity for students to see and hear a wide variety of different memoirs. The final draft is then due the next day Oct. 9th in their Google English folder. They will have one evening to make any changes they might want after getting feedback at the sharing session. I have also posted the grading rubric below for referral so that students can check it against their memoir.

[gview file=”http://laulob.ism-online.org/files/2014/09/TheGlassCastlecolorcodedLS.docx”]

[gview file=”http://laulob.ism-online.org/files/2014/10/MemoirRubric2014.docx”]


This week in science we finished up with the circulatory system and as a final activity students made working models of the heart’s ventricle that pumped water. The student’s loved the activity and had an additional challenge to see how high they could get their model to pump the water. A write-up of the activity will be completed in class this week and next week we will begin with the respiratory system. This will be the final system that we will examine for the unit on systems. After beginning with the respiratory system, students will be introduced to the performance task to conclude the unit. This assessment will consist of students picking a system (digestion, circulatory, or respiratory) and then a disease/disorder that affects that system. They will have to create a model of the system that shows how the disease/disorder interferes with a component of the system and how that causes the system to malfunction.  I will post more materials on the performance task as it get closer.

Social Studies

Students in social studies have been continuing to read about the events leading to the formation of the UN. They have been learning the reasons that The League of Nations failed this week. Students should have the reading materials uploaded to A.nnotate.com to use their interactive reading skills and completed pages 1-6 at this point. They are also focusing on the vocabulary from the reading and will have a quiz over the vocabulary next week. The quiz will cover the vocabulary from the first two sections and I have posted those words below for them to study. They will not only have to know the word meaning, but also be able to use it in a sentence that shows the meaning of the word. Example: consensus- an opinion that everyone in a group agrees with or accepts. Sentence: “All school board members came to the consensus that green technology should be used in the school as much as possible.” The quiz dates for next week are posted on the homework calendar. I am also posting the UN readings below, with both the higher level and lower level materials.



Higher level

[gview file=”http://laulob.ism-online.org/files/2014/09/New-UN-Packet.pdf”]

Lower level

[gview file=”http://laulob.ism-online.org/files/2014/09/Differentiated-UN-Reading-Part-1-2014.pdf”]

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