Week of March 20, 2017

English

Gr. 8 have finished their dystopian stories. Next week, they will work on their Propaganda poster based on their dystopian story.  The rubric can be found below. Here is a template to help them out.

Social Studies

Students have started working on their political party performance task. They have researched evidence for their problem. Next week, they will work on their solution. Four notecards coming from two sources are due this week, March 30/31 and the minister’s brief is due on Sunday, April 2. Those who need more support can use this scaffold. Here is a sample brief from previous years.

Next week, they will also choose their topic for the AFC (Advocating for Change): Contemporary Slavery, Poverty and Hunger, Migration, Fossil Fuel Consumption, Climate Change, Infectious Diseases, Gender Inequality, and Water.

Science

Students have worked on the science of cooking and discussed the following:

Pancake and Bacon

Next week, they will start the unit on power:

Power

Mathematics

Performance task has been submitted. Students have started working on word problems that involve distance, speed, and time. Next week, they will work on slopes and gradients.


Week of March 13, 2017

English

Students spent time working on their dystopian story, which is due end of class next week on March 27/28. The following week, they will have their book clubs and ePortfolios for the Student Led Conference. They should have finished reading their books by next week. The next unit will be on propaganda.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 have been working on their Fakebook and have submitted it. They took the political spectrum survey and they were grouped according to their beliefs. Next week, they will work on their political party performance task. Students should take note of the following deadlines:

The rubric for this task can be found here.  Below are some scaffolds that they can use for the brief:

Short version minister brief 

Political brief sentence frames

Use this for the background paragraph that is needed in the note cards.

Students should use the resources here for their note cards.  As they write their note cards, it is very important to paraphrase and write in-text citation.

Science

Students have finished their performance task and they have started working on the science of cooking to apply their understanding of physical and chemical changes. Next week, power unit will be introduced starting with the concept of work.

Mathematics

Who Done It performance task was discussed, which is due beginning of class session one next week, March 22 for Block C. They are given three class times to work on it, but they can also work on it at home. Next week, functions will be introduced.


Week of March 6, 2017

English

Students have started writing their dystopian stories, which are now due on March 20/21. Below is the rubric again. Rough draft should be finished by Wednesday next week for peer editing.

Social Studies

Students were given the opportunity to ask the former president Fidel Ramos and first lady Ming Ramos questions about the People Power Revolution and current events.

Fakebook project, which is due March 16/17, has been started. The posts need to reflect the use of power. Next week, they will be introduced to Gap Minder, which they will use in using statistics to support their research. Likewise, they will be grouped according to their political beliefs and will have a political party performance task on this.

Science

Gr. 8 finished the first part of their performance task on the physical and chemical changes. Next week they will finish the write up of the lab report and begin working on the science of cooking and will have another performance task on this.

Mathematics

Students worked on algebra and had a mini-quiz on this.  Next week, they will work on the performance task, Who Done It? and here is a scaffold for it. They will be given three class periods to work on this.

Week of February 27, 2017

English

Gr. 8 have started writing their dystopian stories, which are now due on March 16/17. Next week, students will learn about the following topics: building conflict, suspense, climax, and they will review DADI (description, action, dialogue, introspection). The students need to continue reading their books for the book clubs as well.  Their books will give them more ideas on how to write a dystopian story.

Social Studies

Students have wrapped up the Lakas Sambayanan videos. Next week, they will have the quiz on the Metro Manila map and Marcos years (watch the Lakas Sambayanan videos).  They also have to submit their completed map (sample below), which will be graded according to the rubric that follows. Then, the former President Fidel Ramos will come to ISM to talk about the People Power Revolution.

To qualify for re-test, their timelines must be completed. They will need their timelines as well for their next performance task called Fakebook.

Science

Students explored exothermic and endothermic reactions. Next week (March 6-10), they will have Performance Task A: lab practical, where they will be assessed on their skills in conducting an experiment.  The following week (March 13-17) they will have Performance Task B: the science of cooking.  For the Performance task next week, they have to know the following: physical and chemical changes, the law of conservation of mass, and exothermic/endothermic reaction and to explain their thinking using the model of CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning). Ms. Kath Deveza has prepared this slides to prepare for the task.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 have started learning about Algebra beginning with combining like terms. They have to know the following vocabulary:

  • positive/negative integers (positive/negative numbers)
  • expression
  • variable (letter)
  • coefficient
  • constant
  • equation

Next week will be about using different strategies to solve equations and a mini quiz.