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.


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.

 

Week of February 13, 2017

English

Students have started to brainstorm about their own Dystopian Short Story, which is due on March 9 or 10 depending on their block. Here are the assignment details and sample short stories provided by the English teachers.  Below is the rubric:

Here are examples of good beginnings.  Below is what counts as a strong ending:

Example of good ending from “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Rad Bradbury:

Dawn showed faintly in the east. Among the ruins, one wall stood alone. Within the wall, a last voice said, over and over again and again, even as the sun rose to shine upon the heaped rubble and steam:

“Today is August 5, 2026, today is August 5, 2026, today is…”

Social Studies

This week Gr. 8 have watched the Lakas Sambayanan videos and added to their timelines and maps.  They will continue doing this after the break.  Gr. 8 played a game card of events to practice for the test.

The quiz on the map and events will be the following week. Here is a quizlet on the Marcos events and a game to practice identifying the cities on the map.

These events should have been included in their timelines.

Science

The students had an experiment with this question: in the reaction between sodium bicarbonate and acetic acid, will the original mass of the substances change after the reaction? This was done to explore the Law of Conservation of Mass. Will the mass stay the same or not? Lab practical test will be on March 9 depending on their block. After that, they will have the science of cooking.

Mathematics

Students took the practice test and actual test in Geometry.  Before the actual test, they have analyzed sample answers to see what developing, proficient, and exemplary answers look like.

When they come back after the break, they will start working on Expressions and Equations.


Week of January 30, 2017

English

Gr. 8 students have finished their Cornerstone Essay.  When they come back from CWW, they will begin their book club and will start working on their Dystopian story and propaganda poster.

DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE:

  • Creates a fictional universe
  • Creates an illusion of a perfect society
  • Citizens oppressed by society
  • Exaggerated worst-case scenario
  • Makes a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.

DYSTOPIAN SOCIETY:

  1. The society is an illusion of a perfect, utopian world.
  2. Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
  3. Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
  4. A figurehead or concept is worshiped by the citizens of the society.
  5. The natural world is banished and distrusted.
  6. Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.
  7. Citizens have a fear of the outside world.
  8. Citizens are dehumanized.
  9. Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.

THE DYSTOPIAN PROTAGONIST

  • often feels trapped and is struggling to escape.
  • questions the existing social and political systems.
  • believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with the society in which he or she lives.
  • helps the audience recognizes the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective.

Social Studies

Students have continued watching the Lakas Sambayanan videos.  When they come back, they will continue watching Part 4 and 5, and they will add info to their maps and timelines. They also have to think of questions to ask former President Fidel Ramos when he comes to talk in March. No R and R that short week after CWW.

Science

Gr. 8 have continued to learn about physical and chemical changes and the Law of Conservation of Mass.

After CWW, they will discuss their lab designs and will be graded on lab practicals. Students will continue to explore evidence of a chemical change. They will finalize their experiment design on the Law of Conservation of Mass and conduct a final test. Then, they will communicate results using the CER framework (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning).

The next lab will be about Endothermic and Exothermic reactions.

Mathematics

Students have learned about Pythagorean theorem and solved word problems.  Class notes are in Google classroom. When they come back after CWW they will have reviews, practice test, and unit test. Here is practice test from Ms. Deveza.

Week of January 23, 2017

English

The dystopian story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, was read and discussed. Next week, they will write their Cornerstone Essay, where they will read a story and write about the theme and what literary devices were used by the author to reveal the theme. They will have two sessions to complete the essay. Rubric can be found below:

Social Studies

Gr. 8 had introductory activities leading to the People Power Revolution.  They were also given a map of Metro Manila, Philippines that they had to fill out as they learn about the revolution. Using these notes and slides the students discussed the People Power Revolution.

Next week, they will watch the Lakas Sambayanan videos. Below are the first two videos. Here is a video guide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F9c9_RFC8s

Science 

Gr. 8 worked on lab demos on chemical reactions.  Next week they will be assessed on lab practicals. They will be given an experiment to do and they will be observed and assessed on following directions, measurement, lab techniques, graphing, communication of physical and chemical changes, and using safety practices. Students are reminded to use the third person point of view when writing lab reports.  Some of them are still using “I” in their sentences.

Math

Students learned about Similar Triangles. Next week will be about Pythagorean Theorem.  The test will be after CWW.

 

Week of January 16, 2017

English

The students read  “There Will come Soft Rains” and discussed the theme and the literary devices that the author used to reveal the theme.  This is in preparation for their Cornerstone essay on January 30/31, where they will do the same thing.  Below is an example of a scaffold for the body paragraph:

Here is a scaffold for cornerstone that the students can use for practice.

Next week, they will read “Harrison Bergeron” and discuss the theme and the literary devices the author used to reveal the theme.

Social Studies

Students worked on their revolution analogy and discussed power. The new format of Read and Respond for this quarter was also discussed. Here is a sample from Ms. Kath Deveza. Next week, they will talk about the Philippines: history, map, and background of the People Power Revolution before they go deeper into it.

Science

Students have explored chemical changes, and they have started on the lab demos to find evidence of a chemical reaction. They practiced making qualitative and quantitative observations. Below is a visual guide for the words that they have to use in writing their observations:

Next week, they will continue with the lab demos.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 have continued to work on Angle Theory and Triangles.  Next week, they will discuss similar triangles.


Week of January 9, 2017

English

The students have been introduced to Dystopian Literature and Science Fiction. On the week of January 29, they will have the Cornerstone Writing Assessment, where they will read a dystopian/science fiction story and write about the topic and theme of the story using the FREDS framework from the EmPOWER writing process.  The two stories that will be taken up this quarter starting next week are “There Will come Soft Rains” and “Harrison Bergeron”.

Dystopian Literature

Dystopian Society

Social Studies

Students this quarter will be focused on revolutions as they begin the unit on Power.  They will focus specifically on the People Power Revolution that took place in the Philippines. This week students were introduced to the “Stages of Revolution” by Crane Brinton. Below are a presentation and a video that review the four stages.  Students have a poster due on Jan. 23/24 that uses an analogy to compare the stages of revolution to something with which they are familiar.  Read and Respond next week will now come from the Philippine Daily Inquirer as they get ready to learn about the Philippines.

Stages of Revolution

Here’s a video that Mr. Jhay Lingo created for those familiar with The Hunger Games to better understand the stages of revolution.

Science

Gr. 8 had a great first session by making ice cream using liquid nitrogen and learning the science behind it. For the next two weeks, the topic will be on chemical changes.  After that, they will have a performance task on physical and chemical changes.

Math

In math, students have been continuing with the geometry unit and are now working on angles. There have been a lot of new vocabulary words introduced. Below is a visual that Ms. Deveza made to help remember the angle theory. Next week, they will continue to have more practice on the angle theory, then move on to Similar Triangles. Class notes are always posted in the Google Classroom. Here’s a quizlet from Ms. Deveza.

Angle Theory