Week of January 25


The students have continued to learn about the EmPOWER method of writing. It is expected that they will apply the strategy in writing their essays on the week of February 8. They are to write an 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. Strategy Instruction students have been using this organizer to help them in writing the essay.  It is important that they provide the evidence of their thesis statement by quoting from the book. Here is the Thesis Statement and PEEL strategy presentation once again.  This will be reviewed next week in their English classes.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 have continued to watch the Lakas Sambayanan videos and they have updated their maps and timelines.  There will be a quiz on the events, people, and places important to the People Power Revolution.  After that, they will be working on the Fakebook of their choice (Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos, or Ninoy Aquino).


The students have continued to work in the lab with more independence.  From a small group of four, they have now been working with a partner and relying less and less on the teacher as they read and follow the directions on their own.  Next week, they will be graded as they perform an experiment with their partner.  After that, they will write the results and discussion individually.  They are expected to use the third person in writing their scientific reports with quantitative and qualitative data.

Gr. 8 have also designed an experiment to prove the Law of Conservation of Mass. Here’s a crash course on that law.



Pythagorean Theorem has continued to be the topic this week and they have started to apply it to actual problems. They will have a test on Geometry soon and here are some notes from Ms. Kathryn Deveza.  The students are encouraged to attend tutorials as Ms. Naggea is back.



Week of January 18


The students have been introduced to the EmPOWER strategy in writing.  This will help them in planning, organizing, revising, and editing their writing.  Click on the picture below to enlarge.



Students are halfway through their novels, and are learning about the choices on the choice board like tone, mood, and style.  I encourage the students to choose character or theme as their topic. In writing the essay, they will use the Thesis and PEEL strategy.  They will write their essay in class on the week of February 8 before they go to CWW.

Social Studies

The students have started watching Lakas Sambayanan videos that give a detailed account of the events surrounding the People Power Revolution and the people involved. Here’s a link to Bill Laulo’s post on those videos last year including the notes that will help the students.

As they learn about People Power, the students add the places to their map and timelines. They will use these information to create a Fakebook.

Here are the two videos that they will watch next week.  They might have time to watch the other videos as well.  Check the link for all the videos.




This week the students continued on their lab work on chemical changes. Next week, they will have to perform lab experiment with partners and write individual write-up explaining all of the physical and chemical changes that took place in the lab. Students are reminded to use the third person point of view when writing lab reports.  Some of them are still using “I” in their sentences. After the practical test comes the performance task, which is about the science of cooking.


Students 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. They also learned about similarity of triangles.  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.

The Pythagorean Theorem classnotes

Similar Triangles





Week of January 11


The students have now selected the novels that they will read this quarter and are in groups based on their selections. As they read their books, students will fill out prep sheets that will be used to help facilitate conversations on the reading. Please see the calendar for the book club dates. 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. 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. It is important that they use post-it notes for the evidence that they will need to support their thesis.  This will save them time on the day they write their essay.


Social Studies

This week students finished working on their analogy of a revolution poster. They then did a brief review of the history of the Philippines that led up to the People Power Revolution. Next week, they will begin making a map of metro Manila and watch some introduction videos about Cory Aquino and Imelda Marcos. These videos will serve 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 Filipino with English subtitles.

Here are the first two videos if you want to watch ahead.




This week students continued to explore Chemical Changes. They completed lab demos to find evidences of a chemical reaction. They practiced making qualitative and quantitative observations. Below is a visual guide for the words that they have to use in writing their observations:


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 videos that show physical and chemical changes in the kitchen.




The students learned about the Pythagorean Theorem and how it applies to finding the length of triangle sides.


Week of January 5


This week the students made a Visual Book Review of a novel that they have read over the break. This gave them an opportunity to recommend a book that they like to other Grade 8 students and for them to discover a new book to read based on the recommendations of their peers.  Next week, they will be introduced to the EmPOWER writing process method as a preparation for expository writing on the book that they have chosen for the book club. The book should be read by the week of February 1.  The cornerstone expository essay on the book will be written in the classroom on the week of February 8.  They will be given two class periods to write and edit the essay, which comprises the biggest part of their grade this quarter.

Here’s an overview of the EmPOWER writing process method  by Mr. Bill Laulo.

Social Studies

Students this quarter will be focused on revolutions as they begin the unit on Power.  They will focus specifically on 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 review the four stages. Next week, students have a poster due that uses an analogy to compare the stages of revolution to something they are familiar.  Read and respond next week will now come from the Philippine Daily Inquirer as they get ready to learn about the Philippines.

Stages of Revolution

Here’s a video that Mr. Jhay Lingo created last year for those familiar with The Hunger Games to better understand the stages of revolution.



The students continued on the Transformation unit as they learned about chemical changes.  They had an exciting time exploring Hydrogen and Oxygen (whether they explode or not!) as they learned what will happen to water when an electric current is allowed to run through it. Next week, they will continue to have laboratory work on chemical reactions.

set up


In math, students have been continuing with the geometry unit and are now working on angles. There have been a lot of new vocabulary words introduced.  Here’s the link to the slides that I showed to my students in Strategy Instruction Class.

Ms. Kathryn Deveza also made this great visual tool to help remember the new vocabulary words.

Angle Theory

Next week, they will learn about polygons.