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:
or as long as this one:
Below is the rubric for Task 3:
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.
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.
Gr. 8 have learned how to use GeoGebra and have started working on their performance task, which is due on Dec. 13.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
TranSLation – SLide
ReFLection – FLip
Below is a Rotations tutorial video from Ms. Naggea:
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.
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:
Below is the rubric for the Performance Task 1 due on Nov. 18:
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.
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.
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:
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
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:
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.
Gr. 8 was introduced this week to poetry and the poetic devices and this great poem by Billy Collins was read.
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.
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.
Below is the rubric for the closed and open evaluation question:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gr. 8 dissected a pig’s lungs and made a model of the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week the students enjoyed examining a mammalian heart.
Next week, they will model a heart chamber by building a working pump and learn about the Respiratory System.
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.