Week of March 19, 2017

English

Students did peer reviews and submitted their stories.  When they come back from the break, they will work on propaganda before going into AFC.

Social Studies

Students delivered their political party speeches. After spring break, students will go into AFC.  Note cards will be introduced and videos will be shown to help the students choose from the following topics: climate change, contemporary slavery, gender inequality, infectious diseases, migration, non-renewable energy sources, poverty and hunger, and water.  Students will not be required to come up with a research question until they have had a week of global overview research. Here is a slideshow presentation that I showed in SI  to help the students begin to think about the topic that interests them.

Science

Students worked on energy transformations using the pendulum lab.  When they come back from the break they will finish testing their hypothesis and on session 3 they will have Assessment #2 which will include a question relating/applying the Law of Conservation of Energy to the E-column. Students should review how to do CER.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 continued to work on expressions and equations.  After spring break, they will have the quiz on expression and equations second session of that week.

Week of March 12, 2018

English

Gr. 8 worked on their dystopian stories which are due next week. They will do peer editing and final revisions next week.

Social Studies

Students worked on the political party note cards.  Next week, speeches are due on turnitin by 8 pm on Monday and they will deliver their speech on Wednesday. As well the Marcos Years paragraph is due. Next week will be about the political party speeches.

Science

Students have concluded their video project on the origins of the Earth. This week, they focused on applying their understanding to their own “Earth-columns”. They started with a microscope investigation of a drop of water from their aquatic chambers as they explored the succession of organisms as well as trophic levels. On DAY 2, the focus shifted to energy flow in an ecosystem. They reviewed concepts on energy transformation and designed an investigation to answer this question, “What happens to the amount of energy as it is transferred from one form to another?”

Next week, they will review potential and kinetic energy and discuss transformations of energy in their earth column.  CER needs to be reviewed in preparation for their assessment after the spring break.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 continued to learn about combining like terms and distributive property. Next week will be about solving one step and multi-step equations. Practice test and quiz will be after Spring break.


Week of March 5, 2018

English

Students took the MAP test, discussed good beginnings, and have started writing their expositions in class. The deadline for dystopian stories has been extended to the second session of next week.  Rising action, climax, and resolution will be discussed next week and they will be given time to continue writing their stories in class.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 took the MAP test and started working on the Political Party Project. The note cards have been posted in Google Classroom and the students complete them in groups.  Students should take note of the following dates:

Here are suggested websites for the note cards. Next week will be spent on completing the five notecards proving the problem and two notecards supporting the solution.

Science

Students finished their videos and watched them in class. Next week, they will work on Energy – potential and kinetic – and transformation of energy. They will relate this to the Earth Column and there will be an assessment on this in the form of CER. They have to answer the question of how they can apply their understanding of the origins of the earth to their E-column.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 worked on combining like terms.  Next week will be on the distributive property and solving equations. Assessment will be after the spring break.


Week of Feb. 26, 2018

English

Gr. 8 worked on dystopian short story brainstorming.  Next week, they will take the MAP test and work on creative writing techniques to get them started on writing their stories. The stories are due the following week March 15/16. Here is a website of dystopian short stories for inspiration. Characterization and Exposition plans are due on March 5/6.

Social Studies

Students worked on their Fakebook and reviewed for the test, which will be on March 8/9. Instead of the Metro Manila map being graded, students will work on this for their performance task. They will still have a test on the map in which they will be given a blank map and match the 17 cities and municipalities as well as the following landmarks: University of the Philippines, Malacanang, Camp Crame, NAIA, Plaza Miranda, and Fort Bonifacio. Next week will be about political parties.

Science

Gr. 8 worked on their video presentations. Next week, they will present their videos and talk about the E-column and matter and energy.

Mathematics

Students took the MAP test, reviewed their test, and wrote their reflections.  Combining like terms was introduced and will be continued next week.  Students will also review integers.