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.
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.
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.