Week of Nov. 27, 2017

English

Gr. 8 practiced writing the full essay and they were given time to work on their presentations. Next week is the essay.  The students will read a story, make brain frames to plan their essay, and write a 4-5 paragraph essay about the theme and the literary devices that the author used to reveal the theme. Below is a basic scaffold that students can use and the rubric.

Social Studies

MUN policy statements were delivered in class and operative clauses were chosen and posted.  Next week is the actual MUN debate. Students should be prepared to debate on the first six clauses on session one. All the clauses are posted in Google Classroom to give the students time to research. Below is the rubric for the debate:

Science

Test papers were returned and discussed.  Students went into chemical changes and they had to take notes of the evidence and explanation for the chemical changes.

Below is the plan for next week: Law of Conservation of Mass. Assessment will be on the week of Dec. 11. They will work on an experiment and write a CER. Below is the schedule next week and the last week before the break:

Mathematics

Gr. 8 worked on reflection and rotation. Dec. 8 is the quiz on translation, reflection, and rotation. See last week’s post on these transformations.  When they come back from the break, the lesson will be on dilation and there will be a separate quiz on it.

Week of Nov. 20, 2017

English

The Book Club Literary Terms Presentation has been discussed, and the rubric is included in the document. Blocks B, C, D will present on  December 11 and Blocks G, H on December 12. Gr. 8 continued practicing how to write an essay in preparation for their performance task. Next week, expectations for the essay performance task will be discussed and students will be given the opportunity to meet with their book club groups to work on their presentations.

Social Studies

Students finished their MUN note cards and have started writing their policy statements. They have also started to complete their thematic maps, which are due on Monday. MUN begins on Monday. They will only be given one minute to deliver their Policy Statements and they need to have it PRINTED as they will not be allowed to use their laptops during the entire MUN. The rubric for the Policy Statement has been changed. After the delivery of policy statements, students will be given only a few minutes to write their operative clauses, so it is better if they come to class ready with their clauses. Examples have been posted in Google Classroom.

Science

Gr. 8 reviewed for the physical change test and took the test this week.  They then went into Chemical Changes starting with the “pop” test. Next week will be about chemical changes.  Assessment is lab work.

 

Mathematics

Gr. 8 went into the Transformation Unit starting with Translations. There will be a quiz on all the transformations before the break. Next week will be on reflections and rotations.

Rotation video

Week of Nov. 13, 2017

English

Students continued learning how authors use literary devices to reveal the theme in preparation for the essay during the week of Dec. 4-7.  Next week, Sniper will be read in class. Gr. 8 are also expected to continue reading their book club choices as book club presentation about how authors reveal the theme through literary devices will be on the week of Dec. 11-14. Sample parts of the paragraph for the essay are posted in Google Classrooms to help them in the two performance tasks: essay and presentation.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 went into research for their assigned country’s stand on LGBT or Nuclear Disarmament.  Students worked on their MUN note cards to prepare for making their policy statement. Next week, they will continue working on the 9 note cards which will be due on Monday/Tuesday. Then, they will work on a thematic map, in which they will color code the countries on the world map depending on their stand on the LGBT/Nuclear Disarmament issue.  Finally, they will write their Policy Statements and Operative Clauses.  Policy Statements are due to Turnitin on Nov. 26, Sunday by 8 pm.  Students will start delivering their policy statements in class on Nov. 27.  They have to print their own copy as they will not be allowed to use their devices.

Science

Students continued working on the lab stations and had their summary and group presentations.  They also had fun making ice cream using liquid nitrogen, which allowed them to extend their understanding of the process of solidification (freezing). Notebooks were collected and assessed for communication of learning, but most were found to be less than the expectation, so students were given until next week, on the day of the quiz, to fix their notes on the stations. Next week will be review and quiz.

The slide below is very important for the quiz. Students should be able to explain what is happening at each phase. The rest of the slides is posted in Google Classroom.

Mathematics

Infographics were submitted and students had gallery walks to see other works.  Next week will be Transformation starting with Translation.

These are the different kinds of transformations that will be taken up in this unit:

Week of Nov. 6, 2017

English

EmPOWER was reviewed

and the assessment was shared which will all be done in the classroom: Essays will be on the week of Dec. 4-7, while the presentation will be on the week of Dec. 11-15.

Students picked their choice for the Book Club. Students are expected to complete the Book Club Trackers in Google Classroom before the club meetings. Next week, book club presentation assessment will be introduced, and students will read and analyze “Just Lather, That’s All”.

Social Studies

Exemplary answers to the UN test were shared, and students read quick facts about Nuclear Disarmament and LGBT before voting for the MUN topic.  Block C chose LGBT, while Blocks F and G chose Nuclear Disarmament.  EasyBib add-on was shown for citation of work using MLA 8 format. EBSCO was likewise introduced as their source for their research to ensure the credibility of their sources instead of using Google. Next week, students will be working independently on both their research and their MUN thematic maps. The actual MUN conference will be at the end of the month. Students will be given two weeks of research time.

Science

Gr. 8 continued their exploration of physical changes. Any work not completed in class became homework. Students investigated the physical properties, fusion, and solidification. Next week will be a summary of the physical changes and review for the test, which will be on the following week.  Then students are in for a treat as they make ice cream.

Mathematics

Corrected test papers were given back, and test reflections were uploaded to ePortfolio.  Infographics performance task was discussed. They will work on this task for 4 class periods.  It’s due on Nov. 14 for Block A and Nov. 16 for Block H.