Week of October 19


This week, the students continued to transform their memoir into a poem.  They have also chosen a book for their book clubs and they are expected to read it over the break. Ask your child about their chosen book. When they come back, they will be introduced to Brain Frames and PEE (point, evidence, explanation) writing.  As well, they will  choose their poet and research on how their poems have made an impact on the society.

PEE Paragraph

Social Studies

Students have concluded their reading of the United Nations (UN) informational packet on part one and had an assessment this week. Now that the foundation has been laid for how and why the UN functions as an international organization, they will be moving on to doing model UN activities that mimic the functions of the UN.

Here is an example of an opening speech in the Model United Nations.



This week, the students continued with their hands-on activities to explore the interconnection between breathing and circulation. Students completed a lab investigation that determined the effect of exercise on heart rate and presented data using graphs on Google sheets. They learned what independent and dependent variables are and the parts of an experiment like the hypothesis, summary of observations, and conclusion.


This week was spent preparing the students for the unit test.  They had several pre-tests, which hopefully increased their understanding of the number system and exponents. When they come back they will be  introduced to their unit performance task on making an infographic. They can make the infographic on anything that interests them that can be translated into numbers and represented in a graphic form. This is the performance task guide. Students will be given some time in class, but a majority of the work will need to be completed at home. The research will likely be the most time intensive part if they pick a topic that does not have easy access to numbers. The project will be due on November 12.  Here are some apps that they can use to make their infographic: Infogr.am , canva , and Pages in Mac.

Strategy Instruction

The students learned about multiple intelligence and they took a Multiple Intelligence Self-Assessment.


They have also used PDA (Plan Do Assess) as a strategy for tasks and homework.


Week of October 12


We started the week with students changing paragraphs into poetry by using line breaks and removing words that do not enhance emotion. They have continued with this process of changing prose texts to poems by looking at line breaks, stanza, rhythm, and word choice. They took a paragraph from their memoir at the end of the week and changed it into a poem using this technique. Next week we will be introducing them to transformational poets that had a large impact on society. Examples would be Maya Angelou, Langston Hughs, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost. They will pick a poet that speaks to them and then will research their impact on society.

Important dates to remember for the 2nd Quarter are in your child’s planner, google docs, and my homework calendar.  Instead of outside book reading where they fill out a journal entry, they will now have book clubs and will have specific assignments. Next week, they need to have their ID’s with them as they check out their chosen book for the book club. No ID, no book.

Social Studies

The students have continued reading the UN Packet. Unit test on part 1 (pages 1-9) next week. They need to bring two pieces of paper for the test.  On the assessment, students will have to answer multiple choice questions, short answer comprehension questions, and then they will need to choose their best closed evaluation and open evaluation questions from the annotate. They will be graded on the quality of the questions that they created.

Here’s a guide on writing good questions.

Before this week ends, they have to choose their best Read and Respond assignment for Mr. V to mark. They will have a chance to update and improve  it this weekend. Please see the rubric in their R and R document.


After learning about the processes of Breathing and Circulation, the students explored how these processes are interconnected. They will find evidence of respiration, learn how to measure vital signs and apply their understanding through a lab investigation.  For their performance task, students must think of an experiment design to study the effect of an activity on the circulatory and respiratory system.  Ex: the effect of playing video games on their heart rate.

Respiratory System (Brain Pop)

Cellular Respiration (Brain Pop)


Unit test on rational/irrational numbers, exponents, and scientific notation next week. Please see last week’s blog about the sample test for review.

Strategy Instruction

We continued to look at scheduling their homework time by tracking their time.  Next week we will talk about PDA (Plan Do Assess) so that they can reflect on where their time goes and hopefully learn from the experience.

Week of October 5


The students had the Reading Carnival, in which they shared their memoir and received feedback from their peers.  It was a successful celebration of their writing.  Next week they will start the unit on Poetry.

Reading Carnival

Social Studies

This week, students began learning about the forerunner to the modern United Nations – the League of Nations.  They have continued to read the UN packet.  In LS we use the differentiated UN packet and I have created this quizlet to help them with the vocabulary. UN test before the break.



The students 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. They then looked at the interconnection between the circulatory and the respiratory systems. They should be ready to explain how breathing works using the model that they built. Model Lung




Students have been continuing to work with scientific notation operations this week. They 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.

Introduction to scientific notation with practice

Adding and subtracting with scientific notation

Multiplying and dividing with scientific notation

Here’s a practice unit test that Ms. Deveza made for the Number System and Scientific Notation unit. Unit test before the break.

Strategy Instruction

The LS students continued to use the SQ3R in reading the UN packet.  They have also learned time tracking activities to help them in making a home work schedule.