The research part of the AFC unit is coming to a close soon. By the beginning of next week all students need to have at least 14 note cards for the different areas of their topic. (see choice board for areas). The students will be given more time to develop their cards further. They need to have a source properly filled out in Noodletools bibliography section for the card(s). They must have a paraphrase of the information they are using. They need to have a sentence or two in the My Ideas section of each cards that tells why the information is important to the research question(s). Finally, they need to have each card placed in the outline where it belongs (what it is answering). This is a very time consuming process and will be important to use in the AFC project (see choice board).
The students will not be required to do a research paper in AFC. They will have a choice on how they demonstrate what they learned in their research. Below is the choice board of projects they can choose. Students must show an understanding of each of the subsections in whatever project that they choose. The subsections are listed below the board grid. Students should choose wisely something that is their strength to produce. They will have class time in English to work on the project for the next two weeks. The final project is due May 9th. I have posted all of the due dates on the homework calendar and as a document on my blog. Things are starting to move much faster now!
Students have built their Eco-columns and are now doing observations on them in classes. They need to make a diagram of the Eco-column and keep a data table on the different measurements they are responsible for. They will then take that data and analyze it later in the unit. Students in charge of the terrestrial column need to water their plants every day, not just class periods. Students can go here to get the data table forms and print them to use in collecting their data. Having organized data will be essential when it comes to analyzing it later.
Warning! Test on Pythagoras Theorem Monday and Tuesday next week. We have spent this week reviewing the concepts and doing a performance task using the theorem. Below is a review sheet that covers all of the concepts on the test. Students should practice the concepts to be ready for the test. After the test students will be given a new Problem Solving Set #7. This will be the last problem solving set before the year ends. We will move into probability and statistics next week to finish the year.
AFC is in fully swing and students have a lot of research to be doing over the weekend. They are researching the first half of the research project and they will need 6-10 note cards in Noodletools by 9pm on Sunday. I have posted below a couple of templates that ask guiding questions to help them focus their research. I have placed these templates into their ACF Portfolio Folders in Google Drive also. They need to be looking at the Global Overview of their topic and their Home Country Outlook. They should have at least one note card for each subsection of those parts of the research. Each card will likely take 30-45 minutes to complete (including research time). Most of the students have completed 3-4 cards, but most of them need to be fixed by including the source in the bibliography section on Noodletools or adding an in-text citation in the paraphrase section of the note card. Next week will continue to be research heavy and they will be looking at Causes and Solutions. Please see below for a list of research that they can use as a starting point if they are having trouble.
We are continuing to work with Pythagoras Theorem in math. They are now using the theorem in real-life applications and finding out how useful the math can be when the have their own houses! Next week will be the final week of the unit, with the assessment over the unit on Monday the 29th or Tuesday the 30th. Look on the Homework Calendar for the specific date by block and teacher. Below is a review game that they can use to help study for the assessment. The first part of the review are the questions and the second the answers to help them check. The final unit of the year will be on statistics and probability.
We have been working on an advertising campaign in English for the past week and it will be finished next Tuesday the 23rd. Students will be turning in a poster with a product that they picked to change the target audience for and adapted its logo and slogan to a new target audience. An example might be to changing Nike’s “Just do it” to a new audience for older adults who want comfortable shoes to stroll in a park. The new slogan might be “Just do it slowly”. The have been assigned partners and my need to get together with them over the weekend or after school Monday to finish the poster. Next week in English students will begin their AFC research project to demonstrate what they learned in the research from Social Studies. More details on that to come next week!
This week in science, student are constructing a Eco-Column. You may have noticed missing plastic bottles from your house, or your child asking you to buy large bottles of soda-pop for “school”. They have transformed the bottles into an enclosed mini ecosystem that they will be observing and taking notes on how it changes over time. This should be an interesting investigation for them as it continues into next week.