We are in the home stretch for English assignments. This Friday the Choice Board products are due by the end of the day. Students must turn those into their adviser for the topic group, which for most students is either myself or Mr. Jhay. If they chose to complete a letter to a leader, those need to be printed and turned in digitally for grading. Next week will be the final assignment of AFC for English; writing a speech called “This I Believe” in which students communicate what they have learned and make a personal statement of what they will change in their lives to improve their issue. This will be due Monday May 25 and presented to their classmates.
Students have been given time in social studies to complete their Choice Board assignments. Once they have turned those in at the end of this week, students will begin to practice the MUN procedures all of next week with a mock conference called “Advocating for Fun”. For the final week of social studies students will be preparing their note cards that they will need for the AFC conference on Thursday May 28. All parents are invited to come and look at the products in the library on that day and to observe their child while the conference is happening.
This week the final assignment was due first period with students turning in their “Who Done It?” mystery graph and story. These all must be turned in by Friday morning or they will receive a grade of 0 for the project! The due date has been extended two times now for students and can no longer be extended. For the remainder of math classes the students are working on probability. They will be using a dice game called SKUNK to track the different combinations of dice rolls and find the probability of different roll combinations, then see how those compare to the actual game rolls of the dice. It should be a fun way to finish the year and still learn.
It was a sad week in science as students did their final observations of their ecology columns. They had to disassemble them and compost their plants along with saying goodbye to their fish. We found interesting one-celled organisms in the water by looking at a sample through the microscope. Students will now be making final revisions to their journals and turning their data collected into graphs. Their journals and graphs are due the end of this week. Next week they will be making a group video journal of their e-column with the pictures they took and voice overs from their journal entries. The videos will be presented to class by the end of next week, probably carrying over into the last week of classes.
The week in English was spent guiding students through the writing of a persuasive paragraph for AFC called the “rationale”. In this paragraph, students are giving the best solution that they found from researching to help improve their issue and answer their research question. The will need to turn this in by Friday May 8 at 3pm. I have included a template below that contains sentence frames for students to use as help in writing the rationale. Next week in English and social studies, students will begin work on their choice board product which is a demonstration of their knowledge on their issue and research question. I have also included below the choices they can make. All students have already chosen what they will be working on next week. The final product will be due Friday May 15 at 3pm. Student that chose the Information Display will need to bring those in to school and turn them into their issue adviser.
This week in social studies students have been working on writing a thesis statement to be used in the “rationale” paragraph in English class and using time to write their rationales. Next week they will be given all of the periods along with English periods to work on their choice board products due May 15 at 3pm.
We have continued to keep an observation chart and journal of the e-column chambers. We have also been taking pictures of the changes over time to use in a video that the groups will create at the end of the observation period. Next week is the last week of observations and journal writing. They will then begin the video and turn in their individual observations and journals.
This week in math was all about applying what they learned in the functions and linear equations unit to a performance task “mystery” that can only be solved by graphing the movements of characters. Students must create a graph that has only one line that passes through a specific distance and time that will be used to solve the mystery. They then will need to create other lines for character movements with clues that allow the investigator to plot the movements. Sounds a bit complex and it is, but students have done an investigation that is very similar to what they are creating to help support this task. I have posted below the “Who Done It?” performance task. One has word banks and support for language, while the other is a more detailed explanation of the performance task. The performance task is due on Monday for Ms. Naggea or Tuesday for Ms. Chung.