Week of Jan. 26 – 30

Social Studies

This week students are wrapping up watching the videos and taking notes on People Power Revolution. Here is the link to all of the videos and supporting notes for anything they might have missed during class. I highly suggest that students go back and re-watch the videos to help them understand the important events and people. Students have been working on a timeline of events for People Power Revolution using the website Dipity and I have posted below a document to help with their timelines that has the major events that need to be included with a brief description. They will also need to insert a picture for each event on their Dipity timelines. The timelines are due first class next week. Finally, they will have a quiz on the events, people and places important to the PPR the last class next week. We will review the events and people during SI class and here is a link to help study the places they need to locate on a map.

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We have been exploring this week how the Pythagorean Theorem came about and why A-squared + B-squared = C-squared. They have now been introduced to the equation and will be using it to find the different lengths of sides on a right triangle. I have posted a presentation below that explains the theorem and also contains extra practice from Ms. Naggea. Students next week will begin to work with word problems involving the use of the theorem and then we will be preparing for the geometry unit assessment.

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Most students have finished their novels and are preparing to write the expository essay on a question they picked earlier on the choice board. Most students are looking at the changes that happened to the main character or the theme of the novel. We are guiding them with their thesis statements based off of their question and then helping them find evidence from the novel that supports their answer. I have posted a presentation below that looks at how to create a thesis statement and how to structure an expository body paragraph. Students will then be expected to write their essay following this format based off of their thesis and using supporting evidence. They will write this essay in class the last week of February. Next week students will check out a second novel and begin reading it while we work on constructing our essays.

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This week was centered on a lab that investigated the amount of work it takes to get to the top of a mountain. Students were asked which would take more work, going straight up the mountain or taking a winding road. The lab revealed that they would both take the same amount of work. The formula for work is Work= Force (Newtons) x Distance (meters). They found that going straight up increased the force but reduced the distance. The winding road decreased the force but increased the distance, resulting in the two being the same amount of work. They are now expected to do a complete lab write-up (similar to what they will do next year in HS) to express their findings from the lab. We have been spending a lot of time this week guiding them through the write-up process as practice. I have posted a sample lab write-up below so students can see how each section was completed. The lab write-up will be due at the beginning of next week. Next week we will begin a new lab investigation on pendulums and what changes the speed of the pendulum’s swing, mass of pendulum, height of swing, or length of pendulum.

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Week of Jan. 12 – 16

Social Studies

This week students got to see all of their classmates analogy of a revolution posters and compare thinking about the stages of revolution. They then did a brief review of the history of the Philippines that led up to the People Power Revolution. They also began making a map of metro Manila and watched some introduction videos about Cory Aquino and Imelda Marcos. These videos served as a starting point for the next series of videos called Lakas Sambayanan. The Lakas Sambayanan  videos give a detailed account of the events surrounding the People Power Revolution and the people involved. The video is split into ten minute chunks that students will watch and take notes. The videos can be hard to follow and are in Tagalog with English subtitles. I highly encourage students to watch them multiple times and to compare their notes with the teacher notes that I provide them. They will begin to watch these videos next week and I have posted a separate page for those videos and notes here.


We are continuing to read our selected books and are completing discussion group sheets to focus on our essay topics that have been chosen. I have encouraged students to choose either to write the essay about the theme of the book (such as friendship, acceptance, over coming difficulty) or on the main character and how that character changes as the story progresses. The reading for the books will be done next week and we will spend some class time working on writing after that. The first focus for the writing will be making a thesis statement and supporting it with evidence from the book.


This week concludes the unit on physical and chemical changes. Students had a great time cooking their breakfast and eating the results. They will now have to do an individual write-up explaining all of the physical and chemical changes that took place in the lab. Next week will be the introduction to our physics unit and the terms they will need to know.


In math, students are still focused on all of the ways to find angle measures in parallel lines with a transversal, triangles, and quadrilaterals. I have posted some extra practice below for review of what we have learned. Next week we will begin to learn about the Pythagorean Theorem and how it applies to finding the length of triangle sides.

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Lakas Sambayanan Videos and Notes

Teacher Notes on the videos:

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Lakas Sambayanan Videos 1-10:













Week of Jan. 5 – 9


We are concluding our physical and chemical changes unit this week and next. This week has been a review of all the concepts in both physical and chemical changes, along with a lab on baking cupcakes (which students were able to eat afterward!). The cupcake lab was very similar to one of the tasks in the final performance task for the unit. The final performance task will begin next week as students prepare a breakfast and have to identify all of the physical and chemical changes that take place during the preparations. Below are some videos that explore the science of cooking and describe many of the changes that students will have to identify.



Cheeseburger Chemistry


In math, students have been continuing with the geometry unit and are now working with polygons and angles. The main concepts this week have focused on angles inside triangles and angles of two parallel lines with a transversal line. There have been a lot of new vocabulary words introduced and I have posted below the lesson slides from Ms. Chung’s classes this week below for students to review.

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As we begin the new literature unit this week, students have been introduced to several selections of novels they can read for the quarter. They have now selected their books and are in groups base on their selections. As they read their books, students will fill-out discussion sheets that will be used to help facilitate conversations on the reading and hopefully get them to make deeper connections to the reading material. Once they have finished their reading and discussions, students will be writing an essay on their books. Below are the topic choices they will have on writing the essay. Certain books fit certain topics better and we will be helping guide topic selection over the next week. Knowing what they are going to write about will help guide their discussions and give more time to gather evidence from the reading to support their essay. Next week students will have two literature discussion groups that they must prepare for by writing a summary of what they read, finding five quotes that are meaningful, and asking three open-ended questions to discuss.

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Social Studies

Students this quarter will be focused on revolutions and in particular, the People Power Revolution that took place in the Philippines. This week students were introduced to the “Stages of Revolution” by Crane Brinton. Below is a presentation and video that reviews the four stages. Next week on Monday or Tuesday (depending on block), students have a poster due that uses an analogy to compare the stages of revolution to something they are familiar. Many students choose to use sports as their analogy. They might choose soccer/football and compare a game to the four stages of revolution. As a reminder, all social studies classes have a read and respond assignment due Friday Jan. 9 by 9pm.

Please refer to this presentation while making your analogy poster.

Watch this video by Mr. Jhay to help make connections to the stages of revolution with the Hunger Games movies.