Week of May 22

Note: This blog is finalized on Fridays.

English

Gr. 8 worked on their choice board and This I Believe Speeches.  Next week, they will deliver the speech in class. See last week’s post for the rubric and sample of speech. Sample speeches for every AFC topic can be found in the English Google Classroom.

Below is the schedule for the AFC Summit:

Social Studies

Gr. 8 continued working on their AFC choice board projects which are due on Turnitin this Friday. Students have to write Operative Clauses for the AFC Summit due on May 29 at 8 PM. Below are the rubric and sample clauses. Next week they will have the mock AFC to prepare for the actual AFC on June 1.

Science

Gr 8 have finished their performance tasks on the E column.  Next week, they will present their videos and disassemble their E columns.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 worked out the formula for getting the volume of a cone from actual measurement using water.  More information here. They continued to work on the formula for getting the volume of the following similar 3D shapes: cylinder, cone, and sphere. There will be no assessment on this unit.  The students are just being prepared for Gr. 9.


Week of May 15

English

Students made a relationship brain frame to work on their proposed solutions.

This I Believe speech assignment has been given which will be performed in English class on May 29/30. This will also be delivered at the start of the AFC Summit on June 1. Here is a sample speech. Below was the rubric last year.

Social Studies

Students worked on the TREE organizer for their proposed solution. They need to submit this personally to their advisers this Friday at 3:00 PM. Final note cards are due Friday at 8:00 PM.  Next week, they will work on their AFC choice board projects, which are due May 26 at 8:00 PM.

Science

Students continued to work on their E-column. They have been writing their daily observations.  Assessment will be based on the journal and the video on the E-column. The journal is due Block 2 of next week and the video is due Block 3 next week. All the guidelines and samples are in Science Google Classroom.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 finished their end of the unit test. They will work on the volume of cylinders next week. Class note on this is posted in the Google Classroom.


Week of May 8

English and Social Studies

Students were reminded that causes need to be linked to the solutions. Solutions should link to the cause, but the cause need not all be solved because some are complicated. Choice Board was introduced and the rationale for their choice is due this Friday.  Please see last week’s post on the choice board and the rubrics. The final project is due on May 26 at 8:00 PM. Next week, the students will work on their last note cards – advocating for the solution that they support, which should consist of several different parts, for example, prevention-addressing current situation-rehabilitation and so on. Students should not forget the thesis statement.

Next week, the students will work on their last note cards – advocating for the solution that they support, which should consist of several different parts, for example, prevention-addressing current situation-rehabilitation and so on. They will fill out the TREE chart, which will be due to the advisors on May 19, Friday at 3:00 PM.

AFC dress code will also be discussed as well as the This I Believe speech, which is their personal statement about their issue.

Science

Grade 8 started their daily observations of the E-column. They should refer to the written log document shared in Google Classroom for the journal entries. Ecology notes are also posted on Mr. P’s website.

Mathematics

Students practiced analyzing data and working out the average and relative frequency.  End of Unit test will be on Monday, May 15.  Here is a practice test and the answer key.


Week of May 2, 2017

English and Social Studies

Gr. 8 have continued working on their AFC note cards.  Next week, they will research on Tried Solutions to their research question. Students are reminded to paraphrase properly.

Some students are still not using in-text citation properly.  They are encouraged to visit this site.  Choiceboard for this project will be introduced next week and they have to make their choice by May 12 at 8:00 PM. This was the rubrics that was used last year.

Science

Students have started the Interconnectedness unit and are in the process of building their Eco-column.  They will write their observations in a journal which will be the basis of their grade in this unit. Always check Mr. Pasamba’s site for more info.

Mathematics

Students have continued learning about correlation. They have also started working on the relative frequency. End of unit test will be on the week of May 15.

 

Week of April 24

English and Social Studies

Students have finished their AFC Global Overview.  Next week they will work on the Causes and Home Country outlook (they can choose their own country where they have more connection).

Science

Students took the test on the current unit. Next week they will start the Interconnectedness Unit.

Math

Students looked at describing correlation and line of best fit.

Next week they will be drawing scatter plots and in particular placing a line of best fit accurately and use this to approximate answers to questions using the variables. Then they will move on to relative frequency tables and discuss the association between variables.

Week of April 10, 2017

English and Social Studies

This week the students worked on coming up with their research question for the AFC. Research will begin next week and will continue for the next six weeks.

Science

Gr. 8 worked on Kinetic and Potential Energy and the Law of Conservation of Energy. There will be an assessment on Gravity, Work, and Energy next week.

Mathematics

Students worked on statistics calculating the mean, median, mode, and range using heights. They have also started to analyze statistics that they might encounter in their AFC research. They will continue working on this next week.


Week of April 3, 2017

English

The students finished working on their propaganda posters. After the break time will be spent on AFC. Students should visit the AFC site for information.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 delivered their speech for the political party project. After the break classwork will be spent on AFC. It is really important for the students to think about their research question. RefSeek is an academic search engine that they can use for research. InstaGrok is a site that can help them in exploring their topics.

Science

This week, students wrapped up their investigation on gravity and shared their CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) presentation with peers. Then they explored the concept of work through another investigation about the relationship between work and energy. After spring break, they will go into Law of Conservation of Energy – Pendulum.

Mathematics

Students worked on real life problems (ex: choosing the right taxi to take from the airport depending the rate and the distance) using y=mx+b using the Desmos graphing calculator. They also took the end of unit test on functions.

After the break, they will study statistics (calculating the mean, median, mode, and range using heights.)  Then they will learn how to interpret data from a graph/table that will help them in their AFC unit.

Week of March 27, 2017

English

Students learned about the propaganda techniques.  They have to use at least two of the techniques for their posters which are due third session of next week, April 6/7. Next week, they will work on their posters in the class.  When they come back after the break, they will work on their AFC topics. They need to have a book of their choice as well as a break from AFC research.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 have started researching on the solutions to their problem.  This time they can use resources outside of the recommended sites, but they still have to use the CRAAP test before using the website.  Note cards are due this week and the brief on April 2 to Turnitin by 8 pm. They also had a chance to choose their topics for AFC. Next week, they will deliver their speeches.  See last week’s post for the scaffolds. Below is the rubric for the speech.

When they come back after the break, they will work on their AFC topics.

Science

Students had the free fall lab, in which they used the  following formula and the unit m/s2 to measure the constant acceleration of a falling object:

Acceleration = 2 x Distance ÷ Time2

or

a = 2d/t2

Mathematics

Students measured the slope of the different playground equipment in elementary school and middle school.

They continued to learn about functions and end of unit test will be given next week.  Here is a practice test. After the break they will work on statistics to help them interpret the graphs in AFC.


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.