Week of December 5

English

Gr. 8 have finished their Task 2, and Task 3 has been discussed which is due on December 12/13 depending on their block. The poem can be as short as this:

Task 3 short

or as long as this one:

Task 3 long

Below is the rubric for Task 3:

Task 3 Rubric

Social Studies

MUN conference is well under way and will continue until the end of next week.  This is the rubric that will be used for their grade for the entire conference. Students are required to ask at least two questions and to stand in front twice to speak for or against a clause. When they speak for or against a clause, they will be asked questions.  The clauses have been emailed to them so that they can prepare ahead of time. They are not allowed to use their device during the conference, so everything will need to be printed or handwritten.

Science

Lab investigations have continued this week and the quiz on the investigations will be on December 12/13 depending on their block. Practice test and answer key is on Mr. Pasamba’s site in the Student Resources folder. Here is another practice test from Ms. Kath Deveza. Review slides can be found here.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 have learned how to use GeoGebra and have started working on their performance task, which is due on Dec. 13.

Week of November 28

English

Gr. 8 have been busy working on their Task 2, which is due second block  next week. They have been given scaffolds and plenty of examples in the google classroom such as this slides presentation, which basically writes the essay for them to help them complete the task. This is an example of the poetic analysis essay. Next week, they will work on Task 3, which is due the following week before the break.

Social Studies

Students have finished their MUN research and have come up with their policy statement and operative clauses.  Next week they will begin with their MUN conference. Students will deliver their policy statements in front of the class and they will lobby for their clauses. After that the debates will begin.  They will be graded using this rubric.  As the students work on their last Read and Respond, they need to be aware of how their wonder questions will be graded.  They can still work on their past wonder questions bearing in mind the rubric below:

Wonder question rubric

Science

Lab investigations about transformations have begun and will continue next week.  Quiz about the investigations will be on Dec. 12 for Block D and Dec. 13 for the other blocks.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 have finished their end of unit test. The next two weeks before the break will be spent working on their performance task using drawing or GeoGebra app. Tutorials have been posted in the Google Classroom as well as the performance task.

Week of November 21

English

Students have finished Task 1 about their poet.  Task 2, which is about how the poetic devices were used in their chosen poem to translate the language into a theme, was introduced. Next week, the format for Task 2 will be discussed and the scaffold will be shared.  Task 3 will also be given.  Task 2 is due week of Dec. 5 and Task 3 is due week of Dec. 12.

Below is the rubric for Task 2 and here is an exemplar.

Task 2 Rubric

Below is the rubric for Task 3:

Task 3 Rubric

Social Studies

Students continued their research for the MUN.  Policy statement and Operative Clauses will be due week of Dec. 5 and the MUN conference will commence. Grade 8 should be prepared to stand in front of the class to deliver their policy statements; lobby for their operative clauses and engage in a debate to pass their clauses. Next week is their last Read and Respond for this quarter.  Students should particularly look at their wonder question and make sure that it is a question that improves their comprehension and not just any random question.

Science

Gr. 8 have started the unit on Transformation.  Below is a visual that show what they will learn in this unit.  A quizlet for the vocabulary is recommended.  A review of the particle model is likewise a must. Unit test before the December break.

Transformation unit science

Mathematics

Gr. 8 have finished the unit on transformations and the picture below shows them literally making their connections on the different kinds of transformations: translation, reflection, rotation, and dilation.

Transformations math connections

Next week will be end of unit test. The rest of the remaining weeks will be spent on performing task using GeoGebra . See last week’s post for the practice test.  The students have been given lots of review materials in the Google Classroom as well as YouTube tutorials by Ms. Naggea. Below is a visual for describing the transformations from Ms. Kathryn Deveza:

Describing transformations

Week of November 14

English

Gr. 8 have been busy researching and writing about their chosen poet’s life and transformation.  The deadline for Task 1 has been moved to November 21. Next week, they will analyze their chosen poem and write about how the poetic devices were used to translate the language into a theme. They will make a showing relationship brain frame to help them write the paragraphs. Here is a scaffold for Task 2, which is due on the week of December 5. Book Club document will also be due that day, which finishes the book for this quarter.

Social Studies

Students have researched their class topic and have been given their country for the Model United Nations (MUN).  Next week they will continue researching, and a total of nine MUN note cards will be due next Friday.  They will review how to evaluate websites using the CRAAP test.  As well, they will learn how to get better results with Google.  The note cards will help them write their policy statements and operative clauses for the MUN conference, which will be in December before the break.

Science

This week the students have finished their performance task.  Next week they will wrap up the unit on systems and will start the unit on transformations: physical and chemical changes.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 have finished learning about the different transformations: translations, reflections, rotations, and dilations.  Next week will be a review of everything and a pre-test.  Unit test will be on the week of November 28.  Here’s a practice test from Ms. Kathryn Deveza for those who want to study ahead. Performance task will be in December before the break. Below are some video tutorials from Ms. Naggea:

Dilation

 

Week of November 7

English

This week, the students researched on their chosen poet’s life, created a brain frame, and wrote a summative paragraph about the beginning, middle, and end of their poet’s life. Next week, they will write about how their poet is transformational. Performance Task 1 and Book Club Document 2 is due end of next week. Below is the rubric once again for Task 1 : Poet’s Life and Effect Part 1:  Biographical expository paragraph on (1-2 paragraphs using FRED) Part 2:  Poet’s life: How has your poet had a transformative effect on the reader, society, and/or culture?

See last week’s post for samples of the paragraphs.

Transformational Poet Rubric

Social Studies

This week, the students had their debates on the cafeteria crisis and they have been introduced to their class topic for the MUN.  They have spent some time reviewing the background of their chosen conference issues. Next week they will learn what country they will be representing in the model UN conference. They will then spend the next two weeks doing specific research on their countries’ stance and to find resources to help them create the policy statement and operative clauses for the conference.The more they participate during the actual MUN debate, the higher their grade will be. Students can visit Mr. Hamlin’s website for more resources.

Science

This week, Gr. 8 worked on their performance task. They have designed their experiment and tested their hypotheses.  Next week, they will work on their write up. Below are the rubrics once again. They have to remember to write in the third person’s point of view.

Rubric Science

Sci Rubric 2

If there is time next week, they will be introduced to the next unit on transformation, where they will be exploring the ideas of chemical and physical changes that we observe in chemistry. Students will practice their observation skills as they perform lab demos on physical and chemical changes.

Mathematics

This week, the students worked on translation and reflection. Next week, they will work on rotation and dilation.

Here’s a visual to remind them about the transformations:

Transformation

TranSLation – SLide

ReFLection – FLip

Below is a Rotations tutorial video from Ms. Naggea:


Week of November 2

English

Quarter 2 is about poetry and transformation.  Students have chosen their poet.  Next week, they will start researching on the life of the poet. Performance Task 1, which is due on November 18, will have two parts: written piece on the poet’s life and achievement to see how he or she is  connected to transformation and another piece on the poet’s transformative effect. They will complete two brain frames to help them organize their essay and they will use FRED to prove their argument.

FRED

All the work will be done in class and they will turn in all the parts of their work at the end of each class.

Below are examples of FREDs on the transformative effect of the poet.  These are not yet the complete essay, but these are examples of the main paragraph:

Transformative effect on society

Transformation from other artists

Below is the rubric for the Performance Task 1 due on Nov. 18:

Transformational Poet Rubric

Students also have chosen their book for the book club.  Assignments are due every week on Google Classroom until November 25 when the book club ends.

Social Studies

This week students were presented with a crisis situation of the cafeteria being burned down, and then they were put into groups to represent students, parents, administration, teachers, and vendors. They then had to write a policy statement on how to best solve the issue of not being able to serve food in the cafeteria while it is being repaired. This will then lead into next week when they will debate the solutions to the issue using parliamentary procedures in the UN. Students will have to prepare arguments for or against the solutions being offered by the different groups.

This is great practice for the next part of the unit — MUN (Model United Nations), where they will be assigned a country and have to find solutions to some problems specific to their assigned country’s perspective. This will require students to do research and reading of some technical documents. They will need to practice how to speak confidently in front of the class behind a podium with note cards as guide.

Science

Next week is performance task on the systems.  Gr. 8 will design their own experiment and write lab reports with graphs. Students should know the following:

Expectations Science

If they review the Lesson Guide: Heart Rate Investigation, they will do very well on the performance task because they will be very similar.

In their group they will:

  • Write a research question
  • Write a hypothesis (can be individual or group)
  • Plan the investigation and identify necessary control variables
  • Test the investigation design and revise if necessary
  • Collect data
  • Record final data in each student’s science notebook

On their own they will:

  • Display the collected data as a graph in Google Sheets
  • Summarize the data presented in the graph
  • Answer the research question based on the data collected.  
  • Discuss the hypothesis in relation to the data collected.
  • Explain the data collected in relation to your understanding of the system(s) being investigated.
  • Discuss the interconnection between the system being investigated and another system.

Possible research question topics include the following:

  • The effect of activity (e.g. exercise) on heart rate
  • The effect of activity on carbon dioxide production
  • The effect of changing respiration (e.g. stopping breathing) on the heart rate
  • Another topic discussed with and approved by your teacher

Below is the rubric:

Rubric Science

Sci Rubric 2

Mathematics

Quarter 2 is about Geometry and Transformations. Gr. 8 will cover the meaning of congruence, translation, and reflection. Then they will look at  rotations and dilations.

See Khan Academy for Geometric Transformations.


Week of October 10

English

Gr. 8 was introduced this week to poetry and the poetic devices and this great poem by Billy Collins was read.

intro-to-poetry

They also transformed their memoir into a poem as a group.

Next week, they will choose their book for the Book Club and find a poem to share. When they come back from the break, they will choose their poet and poem and write about them. See this blog for the EmPOWER strategy that the students will use to write their paragraphs about the poet and the author. They will also have a choice board about transformation.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 continued to learn about the United Nations and have debated about the Veto Powers of the Security Council using the TREE (Thesis, Reasons, Evidence, Example) diagram, which they will continue to use for the rest of the year for the debates and AFC (Advocating for Change).

Next week they will review for the UN test and take the test.  Here’s a quiz reviewer. Below is the rubric for the comprehension questions that will be asked on the test. It is important that they read the UN packet pages 1-9.

Comprehension Questions Rubric

Below is the rubric for the closed and open evaluation question:

closed/open evaluation rubric

After the break, they will go into the Model United Nations (see below) and begin the next unit on transformation. A new R and R template will be introduced.

MUN

Science

This week, Gr. 8 had respiration and heart rate investigation. They are now being trained to be more independent to read the instructions about the lab on their own and come up with hypothesis and conclusion in preparation for high school. Next week, they will continue with the investigations and based on the labs and demo they will come up with an experiment design that will show the effect of exercise on the circulatory and respiratory systems. After the break, the performance task will be discussed.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 finished their infographic performance assessment. Next week they will have the end of unit test.  Please refer to previous post for the practice test.  Here’s also the unit pre-test for additional review.

When they come back from the break, they will work on transformations in Geometry.


Week of October 3

Last week was very short due to the CWW, so the focus of this blog will be about what’s going to happen the week of October 10, which is the beginning of the Second Quarter.

English

Quarter 2 is all about poetry and here is a presentation to get the students started. Gr. 8 will compare prose and poetry and will review the poetic devices. Here is a pdf of the different poetic devices.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 will finish reading the first part (pages 1-9) of the UN packet and will have a test on it before the October break.

Gr. 8 will be introduced to the TREE (see below), which they will use in debating about the UN Security Council Veto Power. Students have to give their thesis, reason, and evidence.

Thesis Tree

Assignments for This Week from Mr. V’s blog:
1.  CNN Student News – watch episodes from Monday – Thursday.  There is nothing you will write for this, but there will be a CEFL game on Monday the 17th, with many Student News questions.
 
2.  Read pages 6-9 (interactive reading) in UN: Challenges & Change.  This is due before the first block of class next week.

Science 

Gr. 8 dissected a pig’s lungs and made a model of the lungs.

lungs

This week they will make a short video explanation of how breathing works using the lung model.  Below is a guide for the video and see this website on how breathing works.

Model of Respiration

The students will also have a Heart Lab Investigation.

Mathematics

In Math, Gr. 8 will continue working on their infographics performance assessment and reviewing for the unit test before the October break. See last week’s post for the practice test.

Week of September 26

English

This week students have continued working on their memoirs and book club slides. Next week they will have book club presentations and book club choices for the next quarter. Here is the rubric for the book club presentation.

Social Studies

Students have continued reading the UN packet up to page 4.  They are expected to have the annotate completed per page.  Read and Respond this week is the last one for the quarter.  Two R and R’s will be graded and students have the chance to go back to their previews entries and improve on them for grading.

Next week, they will talk about the League of Nations and World War II.

Science

Gr. 8 have been learning about modeling.  They built a heart model and a model lung. Next week, they will continue discussing the respiratory system and how it relates to the circulatory and digestive systems. Students should always visit Mr. Pasamba’s site on the weekends to prepare for the next lesson.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 have continued to do calculations using scientific notation.  Infographic performance task was discussed and it is due on October 11, 12, or 13 depending on their block.  Here is the project guide and rubric. The infographic can be on any topic, but must have the following number facts: change fractions to decimals; change recurring decimals to fractions; estimate irrational numbers; and use scientific notation appropriately. Good sites to use for the digital poster are visually, information is beautiful, canva and infogram.  They can also use paper for the poster.

Next week they will work on their infographics. They will have the unit test on October 13 or 14 depending on their block.  Here is a practice test.

Week of September 19

Read and Write for Google

We are very excited to have this premium Read and Write for Google program for all LS students.  SI students explored this program this week and most of them found this helpful.  As long as they are logged on to Chrome, they can use this program.  See tutorial below.

English

This week, Gr. 8 continued to work on their memoir scaffold and the discussion on literary terms that they need for the book club slideshow.The deadline for memoir has been moved to October 3 or 4 depending on their block. On those days the Book Club presentation is also due and here is the rubric for the short presentation.

Next week, they will have the following: MAP testing; writing scene 3 of their memoir scaffold; book club slideshow practice; and peer editing of their entire memoir scaffold.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 started to learn about the United Nations.  There will be a quiz on the document that I posted last week.  Here is the original document again and here is the differentiated one.

Next week they will continue reading the UN document, which serves as their textbook for this unit and talk about the difference between state and nation.  Read and Respond #4 is due which is the last one for the quarter.  Two R and R’s will be graded – one from their choice and one from Mr. V’s choice.

Science

This week the students enjoyed examining a mammalian heart.

Heart

Next week, they will model a heart chamber by building a working pump and learn about the Respiratory System.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 this week worked on scientific notation. Here are the class notes.

Next week they will finish scientific notation and the performance task, Infographic, will be introduced. They will have a Unit test before the October break.