Week of Jan. 12 – 16

Social Studies

This week students got to see all of their classmates analogy of a revolution posters and compare thinking about the stages of revolution. They then did a brief review of the history of the Philippines that led up to the People Power Revolution. They also began making a map of metro Manila and watched some introduction videos about Cory Aquino and Imelda Marcos. These videos served as a starting point for the next series of videos called Lakas Sambayanan. The Lakas Sambayanan  videos give a detailed account of the events surrounding the People Power Revolution and the people involved. The video is split into ten minute chunks that students will watch and take notes. The videos can be hard to follow and are in Tagalog with English subtitles. I highly encourage students to watch them multiple times and to compare their notes with the teacher notes that I provide them. They will begin to watch these videos next week and I have posted a separate page for those videos and notes here.


We are continuing to read our selected books and are completing discussion group sheets to focus on our essay topics that have been chosen. I have encouraged students to choose either to write the essay about the theme of the book (such as friendship, acceptance, over coming difficulty) or on the main character and how that character changes as the story progresses. The reading for the books will be done next week and we will spend some class time working on writing after that. The first focus for the writing will be making a thesis statement and supporting it with evidence from the book.


This week concludes the unit on physical and chemical changes. Students had a great time cooking their breakfast and eating the results. They will now have to do an individual write-up explaining all of the physical and chemical changes that took place in the lab. Next week will be the introduction to our physics unit and the terms they will need to know.


In math, students are still focused on all of the ways to find angle measures in parallel lines with a transversal, triangles, and quadrilaterals. I have posted some extra practice below for review of what we have learned. Next week we will begin to learn about the Pythagorean Theorem and how it applies to finding the length of triangle sides.

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