Week of February 8

English

This week in English was all about writing the Cornerstone Essay analyzing the novel they read for literature discussion groups. They spent the first block planning and writing the essay and the second block writing and revising the essay. The essay will be a large part of their grade for this quarter and students have been working hard to prepare for the essay. After CWW, they will go on to creative writing about the five amazing World War II stories that deserve to be shared.They will create a realistic scene or non-fiction piece that is a maximum of 700 words in length. They do not have to tell the entire story, but just one important scene for part of this soon-to-be-made movie.

Social Studies

The students have started working on their Fakebook project, which will be due on Feb. 29.  They will make a Fakebook of Ferdinand Marcos or Imelda Marcos or Benigno (Ninoy) Aquino Jr. They will have to add status updates that relate to five important events from the revolution and also create five friends of historical importance to comment on the status updates. The status updates should be about power. The requirements are posted below. The next part of the unit will be for students to form their own political parties along with a developed platform on issues.

Faking the Past

Science

In Science, the students applied their understanding of physical and chemical changes to the science of cooking. When they come back from CWW, they will have a performance task, where they will cook and identify the physical and chemical changes that they observe while doing the activity.

Cupcake

Cupcake

Here’s a video on denaturation, just another big word that they have learned this week!

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Math

The students had their unit test on Geometry. After CWW, they will start the algebra unit beginning with like terms, simplifying equations, and using the distributive property. These concepts will be introduced over the next couple weeks along with solving equations for a variable.

Here’s a video that you can watch in preparation for the next unit.  More videos are available here.

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Week of February 1

English

The students have finished reading their novels and have learned about the EmPOWER writing method.  Next week, they will write the five-paragraph essay on their own. They will have two sessions to do this: one for planning and one for actual writing and revising. It is important to have them write the page number in their post it notes for the evidence to support their thesis statement because the post it notes will be removed from their books during the essay writing. The essay will be a large part of their grade for this quarter and students have been working hard to prepare for it. Here’s the template again for organizing the essay.  Brain frames will also be used.

Social Studies

The students have finished watching the videos on the People Power Revolution and they have added what they have learned on their timeline and maps. The highlight of the week was a visit from former President Ramos who was a key figure in the People Power Revolution. Students were able to hear him speak about the revolution and ask questions they had about his role in the revolution.

Former President Ramos

Next week they will have a test on Metro Manila map, Marcos era, and the People Power people, events, places, and dates.  Here’s a good site to review the map. They are encouraged to watch the videos again and to compare their notes to this guide to prepare for the test.

 

Science

The budding young scientists have finished their lab experiment and their lab practical assessment this week.  It was pleasing to see them becoming more independent as they carried out the instructions on their own with less and less questions asked from the teachers.  Next week they will apply their understanding of physical and chemical changes to the science of cooking.

Physical and Chemical Changes

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Math

In Math, they have continued to review the lessons on Geometry to prepare for the assessment that they will have next week. They have been working on the proof and application of the Pythagorean theorem looking specifically at word problems and deciding on the correct form of the formula to use. Here’s a practice test from Ms. Kathryn Deveza.