Week of September 25, 2017

English

Students continued having mini-lessons on narrative writing techniques for their memoirs which are due the week of October 9. Next week, they will learn about introspection techniques and scene three will be due before they go for CWW.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 continued reading and annotating the UN packet.  Videos were also shown about the League of Nations and Treaty of Versailles. Quiz on the UN packet will be on the week of October 9.  The quiz will have three parts: multiple choice questions about facts; comprehension short answer questions; and the students’ best closed and open evaluation questions from the UN packet.

Next week, students will read pages 13-17. Students who need support in understanding the packet can watch WWI, League of Nations, WWII, and United Nations on BrainPop. Username and password have been shared with the students. They can email me if they need help.

Science

Students investigated the Dive Reflex. Students collected data and organized and presented data using Google Sheets. It is expected that Gr. 8 will know how to use Google Sheets to present data and graphs.

This investigation concluded their exploration of the question “How do organisms detect, process and respond to information?” Next week will be wrap up of dive reflex detecting information and introduction to memory modeling. Performance task will be about creating a model – an analogy for systems.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 had their MAP testing and a practice quiz.  Next week will be the quiz on exponents. After that, students will work on scientific notation.


Week of September 18, 2017

English

Memoir performance task was discussed and the scaffold was shared.  See last week’s post for the rubric. Memoirs are due on Oct. 12 for Blocks B and C and Oct. 13 for Blocks DGH. Next week, students will have mini lessons on overusing descriptions, using the senses to write, and punctuating dialogue.  Part 2 of the scaffold is due on the first session of the following week before CWW.  Students should also be ready with Book Club Meeting 3 with their notes on MCRS in their reading notebook (see photo below):

Social Studies

United Nations packet was introduced with a quizlet for the vocabulary words. Next week students will continue reading and annotating the UN packet up to page 12.  They annotate by doing the following:

  • changing the font of unknown words into red and writing the definition on the comment box
  • highlighting important details
  • writing a connection
  • asking the following questions: wonder, knowledge, comprehension, closed, and open evaluation

Quiz on this packet will be on October 12/13.

Read and Respond #1 is due next Friday by 8 pm and the summary will be submitted to turnitin. The article for the Read and Respond has been posted on Google Classroom.

Science

Gr. 8 worked on the different stations to answer the question: How do organisms detect, process, and respond to information from the environment?

Students then summarized what they have learned:

Science notebook will be checked and graded using the rubric below for organization in learning habits:

Next week will be about the dive reflex experiment and the nervous system.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 reviewed the rules of exponents.  Next week will be MAP testing and practice for the test. Here is a practice quiz from Ms. Deveza. Quiz will be on Oct. 3 for Block A; Oct. 10 for Block H.

Week of September 11, 2017

English

Book club due dates for the chunk has been given and students wrote the dates in their planner. Baseline writing assessment was also given back. Next week will be MAP testing, Book Club 2 and introduction to the Memoir performance task, which will be due on the week of October 9: Oct. 12 for Blocks B and C and Oct. 13 for Blocks DGH. Here is a scaffold for the performance task and below is the rubric:

Social Studies

For CEFL watch CNN 10 Mon-Thurs; Al Jazeera on Fridays every other week; and Our Little Earth every Friday. Causes of WWI were discussed. Next week is MAP testing and discussion of the United Nations packet.  Here is the differentiated UN packet.

The first Read and Respond will be due on September 25.  An article from Newsela will be given and the students can choose their Lexile level.

Science

A phenomenon about some animals was introduced and the students looked for their own phenomenon to find out if the behavior of the organism was innate or learned.  Students worked on different stations to answer the question: How do organisms detect, process, and respond to information from the environment?  Here’s a quizlet for the vocabulary words in this unit. Next week, they will complete the station activities, create an information processing model and work on the Nervous System.

Mathematics

Rules of Exponents was discussed. Next week will be about negative exponents and a review of all the exponent properties.  Quiz on the exponents will be after the MAP testing.


Week of September 4, 2017

English

Memoir and DADI have been discussed and students have revised their birthday moments after peer review. Book club choices were revealed.  Students were given their books and they are expected to read 20 pages a day or enough to finish the assigned chunk per week. They are also required to write the 10 (8 plus all the connections) Metacognitive Reading Strategies that they use while reading their book club book chuck in their reading notebook.

Next week will be the MCRS quiz, where they will read a story and write a comment on ALL the 8 strategies.  They need to have the following labels: Identify, Apply, and Explain.  Examples of comments are in the Google Classrooms on the story, The Glass Castle. Students will also re-write their small moments focusing on DADI.

How to comment on the MCRS.

Social Studies

Read and Respond Rubric has been shared.  Students also finished their first quiz. Gr. 8 should know that CEFL questions (which starts next week) will be selected from these three sites: CNN10, Aljazeera in pictures, and Our Little Earth.

Next week will be about World War I to give the students a background on how the United Nations was formed. They will summarize the MAIN  reasons for the war and take Cornell notes. World War I will not be assessed.

Science

Gr. 8 talked about how science works based on their two labs: thirsty candle and modified thirsty candle.

They were also shown how to make a model to explain their investigation like they would do on a test that measures Transfer of Learning.  To explain the collapsing can (see photo below), for example, the model below the photo would get a grade of 7:

Next week, they will continue learning about how organisms know what they know.  The slides are in Google Classroom for this new unit on Information Processing.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 had their first quiz on rational and irrational numbers.  Exponents was introduced and will be continued to next week.  See below for some help on this topic.  Quiz on this will be after the MAP test.