Week of December 7

English

This week was spent transforming their old poems into visual form.  Then the students enjoyed gallery walk while giving feedback. Next year, the students will write their Cornerstone essay and then they will go into the Power unit (the transformative power of words) and learn about propaganda.  They will have another opportunity to have book clubs.

Social Studies

This week they successfully finished their MUN debates.  Next year they will go straight into the Power unit and they will learn about the Philippine People Power EDSA revolution.  R and R will be coming from the Philippine Daily Inquirer instead of CNN.

Science

Grade 8 finished their quiz on physical changes and they had a perfect way to end the lesson by making ice cream from liquid nitrogen.  The students had fun explaining the science behind making the ice cream, which will prepare them for the performance task when they get back next year as they explain the science behind cooking.  They will have a lesson on chemical changes for two weeks before going into the performance task.

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Mathematics

This week the students finished their performance task on transformations.  When they come back they will look into triangles.

Week of November 30

English

This week, the students have finished their essays and book club.  This weekend they have to think of how to transform their old poem into a visual art. They are expected to present it next week on a Tuesday or Wednesday depending on their block.  This is a low-key, stress-free, and fun form of assessment, where they will do a gallery work to view and appreciate the different transformations of their poems.

Social Studies

This week was the start of the MUN debate.  Operative clauses have been emailed so that the students can prepare their questions.  They are expected to ask questions throughout the debate to obtain a grade. They can continue to research this weekend to prepare for the continuation of the debate next week.

Science

Science has been focused on physical changes. They completed different station activities, many of which focused on states of matter and why these changes take place. They are expected to have completed all summary observations and explanations for each activity as well as presented data using proper tables and graphs. Quiz next week on physical changes. Here’s a summary presentation to help them review for the quiz.

Math

In math class this week, students have been finishing this semester working on a performance task using their skills of transformations to design a hub cap for a car that would appeal to car buyers. The aim of this task is to allow students to design and describe in detail the geometric transformations and use their creativity to demonstrate their understanding. They will continue working on this next week.