English and Social Studies
Students have been given all of this week again to research the Causes and Home Country Outlook section of the Advocating for Change topics they were assigned. The note cards are due Friday, April 29 at 9 pm. They need to make a Cause and Effect brain frame for Causes and a Telling brain frame for Home Country Outlook. Next week, they will research the Tried Solutions of their problems. Note cards and Showing Relationship brain frame are due next Friday, May 6 at 9 pm. Below are samples of the brain frame.
This week, students took their test on Work, Power, and Energy. They have also learned how to set up different pulley systems and design their own investigation. Next week, they will talk about the last performance task on simple machines and mechanical advantage: Rescue Mission Machine. They will build machines (e.g. lever, wheel and axle) that will lift and carry materials over “flat land”; machines (e.g. pulley, ramp) that will lift materials to the top of a “mountain”; machines that will move materials across/through “water”; and machines that will move supplies down to the village.
Gr. 8 worked on the water slide performance task. Next week students are required to bring their Math textbook, calculator, and ruler for the last unit on Statistics and Probability.
End of Year Parent Meeting
If you have not done it yet, kindly use this link to book a time to meet with me starting on April 25 re your child’s progress and recommendations for next year.
English and Social Studies
Students have been given all of this week to research the Global Overview section of the Advocating for Change topics they were assigned. They need to have a minimum of 11 note cards and a telling brain frame completed by this Friday April 22 at 9:00pm. The students are using a research template to collect their research. They have four sections to fill out on each note card. Often overlooked is the My Ideas section where they have to explain why the information they found is important and what further questions they have after learning this information. The research templates can be found on the AFC website. Below is an example of a note card.
The brain frame is on A3 paper. A photo of the brain frame will be inserted into the research template. Below is an example of a Brain Frame. They need to paraphrase the answer to the questions and use in-text citation.
Next week they will continue with the research on Causes and Home Country Outlook sections of the research templates. The note cards will be due next Friday, April 29 at 9 pm. They need to make a Cause and Effect brain frame for Causes and a Telling brain frame for Home Country Outlook.
Students had fun this week exploring the use of simple machines and learned how to calculate mechanical advantage (MA). They learned about how levers, wedges, screws, and wheel and axles increase MA by distributing the load over a longer distance. Next week they will begin to work with pulleys and then be given a pulley lab to complete. They will be graded on the lab write-up and their ability to interpret the data from the lab.
This week, Gr. 8 have finished the practice test and actual test on Linear Equations. Statistics and Probability will be the focus next week. This topic will be useful as they get deeper into their AFC research.
Tomorrow the water slide homework performance task is due.
End of Year Parent Meeting
Kindly use this link to book a time to meet with me starting on April 25 re your child’s progress and recommendations for next year.
This week, the students worked on the Merchants of Cool video and their Advertising Campaign. This document needs to be submitted to Google classroom tomorrow. Next week, they will review brain frames, note taking, paraphrasing, and in-text citations for their AFC project.
Gr. 8 have finished their political speeches this week and have voted for their choice. They have started crafting their research question, which needs to be approved by their advisers by Sunday so that they can start researching on Monday. This means that they have to submit this document before Sunday. Next week they will start their research on global overview of their selected topic using this template. Global Overview is due April 22, Friday, at 9pm.
In Science, students have completed the Pendulum Lab investigation and related this to the Law of Conservation of Energy. Then, they had a quiz on Work, Power, and Energy. Next week they will explore Simple Machines.
Watch these videos for a simple explanation of the different simple machines.
Gr. 8 have wrapped up their lesson on Linear Functions and they will have a test on this next week. Here’s a practice test to help you review. The next unit is on Statistics and Probability.
This week the students watched the PBS documentary, Merchants of Cool, and started working on their own advertising campaign which is due next week. They will re-brand a product in order to alter the target audience. They can, for example, choose a product currently targeted for adults and make it appealing to teenagers, or choose a product that appeals to teenagers and target adults or children instead. The goal is to successfully switch the target audience of the chosen product. Individually they have to answer questions in their google doc and as a pair or group they have to present their campaign on an illustration board showing the profile of the target market, logo, slogan, pictures of the product, and storyboard of both the old and the new campaign. Next week they will continue working on their campaign which is due on Friday.
This week the students have delivered their political speeches. They have also now been introduced to their final project for the year – Advocating for Change (AFC). It is highly recommended to visit the AFC website which contains many of the required documents for the unit and resources to find research on the topics. Students should bookmark this website. Every student is required to attend weekly tutorial sessions starting on April 12, 2016 until the final AFC conference. The dates of the required sessions are Tuesday, April 12, and then all Thursdays from this point (April 21, May 5, 12, 19, 26) for a total of six sessions. They need to have formulated a research question by April 17 and get approval from their topic advisers. Students are expected to work on a large amount of research they will need to understand their topic and research question. Next week, they will create a brain frame and start to create their research question.
The concept of Energy was explored this week. They read this handout and worked on calculating Kinetic and Potential Energy. Quiz on this next week.
This week in Math was all about linear equations. They have been introduced to the y-intercept formula of y=mx+b. Next week, they will apply the formula to word problems and then they will have a quiz on April 19.
More videos here.