This week is the end of quarter one and most units and finishing up this week and next. As this is the ending of many units there are many performance tasks and assessments happening over the next two weeks.
This week we have worked on putting the final touches on the student memoirs which are due last class this week (Thursday of Friday). Students are to have their memoir in their English Google Drive folder labeled with their last name and first initial followed by memoir final draft. Example: “LauloB Memoir Final Draft”. The paper also needs to be in MLA format. I have place a video below from Ms. Monroe on how to set-up that format. On Wednesday we had a reading carnival with all of the grade 8 students in the Little Theater. It was a great time with all of the students sharing their memoirs in advisory groups. It was very insightful to read many of the memoirs and get feedback from their peers. Next week we will begin our poetry unit for quarter two. This is a fun unit that hits the teenagers right in the feels. Along the way, they will be keeping a poetry scrapbook that they will analyze poems from chosen authors and also write their own poems. Near the end of the unit they will write their first expository essay analyzing a poem from an author they pick.
We have finished introducing concepts in math and have begun to review those in preparation for the upcoming unit one assessment. I have included a review worksheet below for students to use so that they are well prepared for the assessment. The assessment will be the last class of next week (either Oct. 16 or 17). The next unit which will start week after next is on geometry. We will be having students use ideas about distance and angles, how they behave under translations, rotations, reflections, and dilations, and ideas about congruence and similarity to describe and analyze two-dimensional figures and to solve problems. We will also be working with angle sums in shapes and then finally begin to work with Pythagoras Theorem.
Review Worksheet Answers (must download to see some answers)
Students continued to learn about WWI, The League of Nations, WWII and the formation of the UN. They watched a few videos that cover these topics and I have posted those below for review. This week we had a vocabulary test that covered the first two sections of the UN reading. Students were also given time to work on their read and respond assignment. I asked for this weeks read and respond to be pushed until next week becasue of the heavy work load this week. LS students should take what they started this week and concentrate on making it a polished R&R for next week. They have been asked to submit there best R&R from the past few weeks for grading. They should use this extra time to do a great job on this for next week and submit it as their R&R for grading.
We had a busy and fun week in science! We started off the week with a dissection of trachea and lungs. We next did a self-paced learning activity to learn about the respiratory system and finished with students building a model of how the lungs work using balloons. I have posted below some review materials that include videos and a Quizlet for the vocabulary needed on respiration. Next week we continue with the respiratory system and then introduce the performance task for this unit. The performance task will center on system disorders. Student will have to pick one of the three systems we learned (digestion, circulatory, and respiratory) and then pick a disorder that affects this system. They will then need to model how that disorder interferes with the performance of the system. Posted below is the performance task overview that students will be given next week.