Week of Nov. 3 – 7

Social Studies

This week students were given a crisis of the cafeteria being burned down, and then were put in groups to represent students, parents, administration, teachers, and vendors. They then had to write a policy statement as a group on how to best solve the issue of not being able to serve food in the cafeteria while it is being repaired. This will then lead into next week when they will debate the solutions using parliamentary procedures used in the UN. Students will have to prepare arguments for or against the solutions being offered by the different groups. This is great practice for the next part of the unit where they will be assigned a country and have to find solutions to nuclear disarmament specific to their countries perspective. This will require students to do research and reading of some technical documents. Below are three Quizlets that cover vocabulary they will encounter in the readings. Reviewing this vocabulary should help them better comprehend what they are reading.


This week students were given time to complete their infographic performance task, which is due Monday Nov. 10th. I have included the task guide below as a reminder of what is needed to be completed. We have also begun the geometry unit and have been working with translations, reflections, and rotations of polygons. Below are class notes from Ms. Naggea and here is some practice that they can do from Khan Academy to reinforce the concepts.

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[gview file=”http://laulob.ism-online.org/files/2014/11/Transformations-class-notes.pdf”]


The students have been practicing how to analyze poems in their scrapbooks and are now picking their poets to research and study for the up coming expository essay. The important parts of the analysis include poetic devices and deriving meaning from their own background knowledge and understanding the author’s life and time to help with interpreting the meaning. Once they have selected a poet, next week they will be producing a “Brain Frame” to represent the information they have found by researching. Below is a presentation on how to use the “Brain Frame” structures to suit the information found. I have also included below the poetic devices list to review the ones we will be studying during our poetry unit.

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This week is the conclusion of the systems unit and we are finishing with an individual write-up on their system disorder model performance task. They will be given prompts to answer questions about their disorder and model. They will need to be able to provide a detailed description of their disorder, explain how their model accurately represents their disorder, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the model, and suggest improvements they could make to the model so it is more scientifically ideal. Next week we will begin the transformations (chemistry) unit that will start off with us looking at physical and chemical changes.

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