Week of Jan. 21-25

Math

This week ended with an assessment on functions and graphing. This completes the first part of the unit. We are now moving into learning about slope and line intercepts. This will require the student to learn the y-intercept form and draw on their algebra skills. Also, a new problem solving worksheet was handed out to be done as homework. They will need to have 2 of 6 problems completed by Monday.

Science

We completed an experiment on Work using ramps, a car, and Newton Scale. The result found was that moving a mass to a constant height takes the same amount of Work no matter what the distance. Students need to complete a final draft of the experiment write-up, due first class next week. Here are some very useful resources from Mr. Pasamba’s blog. These resources will come in handy as they continue doing more science write-ups this unit.

Social Studies

Students continue to watch the video on the People Power Revolution in class and take notes as they watch. It would be very helpful for students to watch the videos again at home and take time to pause the video to write in their notes of important events. Below is a completed timeline that students can use to help fill-in any blanks that they might have. They must have a completed timeline on the www.dipity.com site this week. Starting next week they will begin to write an essay that argues if the revolution was successful or unsuccessful with supporting evidence.

 

English

The novel study continues and picks up the pace this week. The students have been working on using graphic organizers to show the sequence of events in their novel, as well as using their meta-cognitive reading strategy bookmarks to help with reading comprehension. For the next few weeks, students will have a reading lesson day 1, group discussions on the book day 2, and a writing lesson on day 3. This pattern will mean that they have assignments due on the day 2 lessons (Wednesday or Thursday).   We are moving closer to writing the essay. The students will have to choose a question to answer in the essay from a list. They should know which question they are going to answer by next week for the essay. Here is the list of question they need to be choosing from.

Week of Jan. 14-18

Technology is cool! All students in Strategies Instruction and students being supported in a core class, have been added to the Homework Calendar share for Google. They now will have all the assignments appear automatically in their Google Calendar for the school account.  All they have to do is login to their school Google account and click on calendar to see the assignments. Students have also been encouraged and taught how to use the calendar to add their own reminders and calendar events.

Math

This week we finished working on the Hubcap Design performance task. The rest of the week was spent on review for the test next week. The test will be at the end of the week and we will begin the week with more review. If you want extra resources to review with follow this link to download Concept Checks to use for review at home.

Science

We have begun the Unit on power. Students have been introduced to the main concepts and were encouraged to learn the vocabulary and formulas that will be used during this unit. The vocabulary and formulas can be studied online using the Quizlet webpage. This is a great resource to help learn the content and should be used at the beginning of the unit to help understanding of the concepts. Here is a link that will take you to the Quizlet webpage.  

English

This week was busy with the Cornerstone Assessment. This assessment will be used to determine student skills and will also serve as the assessment for Honors English in grade 9. Next week will be the first full week of the novel study. Groups will meet once a week to discuss their novel and help further their understandings by hearing other opinions and perspectives. Each week will require students to complete reading journals, fill-out meta-cognitive reading strategies bookmarks, and read a set number of pages. The novel study will end after we return from CWW and will then transition into an essay assignment about their novel.

Social Studies

Students have been watching a movie on the People Power Revolution of the Philippines. They have also been filling out a timeline and doing teacher assigned readings on the revolution.  They will begin to research, use the readings, and movie notes for an essay in the next couple weeks. One of the cool assignments will be setting up a “Fakebook” account that they will use to make posts as one of the leaders during the revolution. They will have to make posts in favor or against what was happening during the revolution.

Week of Jan. 7-11

Welcome back! This week begins mark the beginning of a new semester and a fresh start. Keeping up with assignments and organization will be key to ending this year with our best efforts.

English

We begin the semester with a novel study. Students have been assigned their books and the dates for which they need to complete sections of reading. Classes will be broken into book groups and have four group meetings to discuss the books they are reading. As they read, students must fill-out bookmarks and keep a reading journal. These will be used to fuel the group discussions. At the end of the reading, students will be writing an essay based on answering a question from a list provided by the teacher. Here is a link to that list. This week students need to choose three possible questions they want to answer and see how well those questions fit the book they are reading. By the first meeting students will need to have picked one question and begin filling out their bookmarks to help answer that question. Finally, next week students will complete a writing assessment that will take place over two class periods. This assessment will replace the ERB assessment that was used in the past.

Social Studies

People Power Revolution! Students are learning about the Philippine revolution that took place in 1986. They will be making a timeline of events, taking notes on a video about the revolution, and then writing a 5 paragraph essay on the question, “Was the People Power Revolution a successful revolution for the Philippines?” They will have to support their opinions with evidence from their notes and teacher provided articles. They will begin watching the video next week. Below is the video they are watching on YouTube.

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Math

Prior to the holiday break students began learning about graphing, identifying functions, types of functions, and interpreting data tables. We have taken a short break from that and are working on a performance task where students are using software to create hubcap designs using geometric principles of reflection, dilation, translation, and rotation. This task is done in class and they have two full periods to complete it. This is a difficult task with many steps and the work can only be done at school with the software. Students might need to stay after or use tutorials to complete the task (extra time will be given for those students in SI class). After the task, we will be reviewing what we have learned on graphing and functions before taking a test in the next couple weeks. Resources for reviewing can be found here.

Science

This week in science we are really cooking! Students are cooking breakfast items in the lab to observe and explain the physical and chemical changes that happen as we prepare food. After they have completed the labs, they will then take an assessment on their understanding of the physical and chemical changes they observed. They will need to explain why a change was physical or chemical. During the labs students are taking notes about the changes they are observing and will be able to use those notes on the assessment. This assessment will end the unit on transformations, and we will then begin the next unit on relationships between work, energy, power and machines.