Math this week was spent reviewing the concepts for the up coming assessment. The assessment will be Oct. 16th (Drayton) and Oct. 17th (Naggea) of next week. After each test students are given a new set of problem solving. This will be Problem Solving #3 and will be due one week later. The next unit will be on geometry and will be heavy on vocabulary. In SI classes we will create flashcards to help with the mastery of those terms. Finally, the week before the October break the students will have their first basic skills assessment. I have included review materials for the algebra and basic skills assessments below.
This week in social studies the students spent time reviewing for their UN packet reading test. This was a time consuming test and students put a lot of effort into getting ready. The test is now over and we are ready to begin the next unit on transformations. They will be looking at the Middle East and examining the Arab Spring. Specifically, they will be looking at the revolution that is occurring in Syria. The first activity will be to complete a map of the Middle East. Then they will begin to look at what is happening in Syria from different perspectives. Should be an informative look at revolutions.
The Memoir deadlines were extended for English classes from this week until next. Class time was spent on giving students revision strategies and mini lessons on grammar skills. The hope is that with adding time and reinforcing the grammar skills, students will further develop their memoirs into well balanced entertaining personal narratives. Next week will see the introduction of the new unit that focuses on poetry and the transformative effects it has on people and society.
In Dr. Lacson’s class, this whole week was spent preparing for the performance task on Friday. Students made models of respiratory disorders and then had to use the essay format to explain the models representation of the disorder along with writing about the information they learned from doing research. All of this in 65 minutes! That was the conclusion of the respiratory system unit. Next week begins with a look at chemistry and the exploration of chemical verses physical changes.
In Mr. Pasamba’s class, students began to build their models of human respiration using a jar and balloons to examine the mechanics of breathing. Next week will be further examination of human breathing mechanics and then looking at respiratory disorders. Students will need to do research on an assigned disorder and then replicate that disorder in their model of human breathing.
We are wrapping up the second part of the algebraic reasoning unit this week and next. The final two concepts were introduced in classes this week. They were transposing equations and turning language into algebraic linear equations. All of next week and part of the following will be reinforcing these concepts and preparing students for the assessment. I have included some review materials below for extra practice and learning. The next assessment will be the week of Oct. 15th- 18th.
This week in English students have been focused on writing their three scene Memoirs. These will be due by the end of next week. The students have been given a graphic organizer to help with the planning of the memoir. The writing needs to be focused around a central theme or big idea. I have given the organizer below along with an example of a past student’s memoir for them to refer to when writing. The sample is not perfect, but has many of the required elements. Students should be writing each night until the due date. They should be adding details, dialogue, actions, and thoughts that support their theme. This final draft will be the last grade in the unit and quarter.
The reading of the UN packets has concluded and now students are reviewing the concepts they have learned about the UN. There will be an assessment on the UN next week. The assessment will require students to answer multiple choice questions and then write four essay questions. This will be quite involved and we will be practicing this in SI class next week. The first two essay questions will be given to the students. They will have to answer the questions with facts from the packets. The next two essay questions will be ones that they come up with themselves. They have been practicing writing higher level analysis and synthesis questions in their packets. They will then take two of those questions and answer them on the assessment. The SI students will have support to complete this part of the test in SI class. They will have two full periods to complete the assessment. One in SS class and the second in SI.
In Dr. Lacson’s class we have been finishing up the respiratory system and studying the mechanics of breathing. Students next week will be doing two assessments. The first is completing four diagrams on how the mechanics of breathing works. The first two drawings will be with the model that we made in class. The second two will be anatomical diagrams of human breathing mechanics. They will then have to write a short paragraph contrasting and comparing the two sets of diagrams. Pictures of the diagrams are found below. The second assessment will be a performance task that has students build a model of breathing that has been altered to mimic a respiratory disorder. They will have to then explain in a couple paragraphs how their altered model represents the disorder and give supporting information about the disorder. I have provided a copy of the performance task below.
In Pasamba’s class this week the students did a pig lung dissection that explored the main structures of the lungs. The students now have to complete a lung chart that is based off of what they learned from the dissection. This will be due next week. They will next move into the performance task for building a model of human breathing mechanics. Students will build a model of human breathing and then alter that model to represent a respiratory disorder. They will have to then explain in a couple paragraphs how their altered model represents the disorder and give supporting information about the disorder. I have provided a copy of the performance task below.