This week in English was all about writing the Cornerstone Essay analyzing the novel they read for literature discussion groups. They spent the first block planning and writing the essay and the second block writing and revising the essay. The essay will be a large part of their grade for this quarter and students have been working hard to prepare for the essay. Next week we will continue with the literature discussions of their second novel and also complete the MAP assessments in reading and language.
In math students spent the week preparing and studying for the geometry unit assessment. They are taking the assessment on Thursday or Friday of this week. This will conclude the geometry unit and next week will begin the new unit on algebra and functions. The math classes will also be doing the MAP math assessment at the beginning of the week. Also a reminder, students have a performance task due Monday or Tuesday of next week. Posted below are review materials for the assessment this week.
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The highlight of the week in social studies was a visit from former President Ramos who was a key figure in the People Power Revolution. Students were able to hear him speak about the revolution and ask questions they had about his role in the revolution. Students are also creating their political parties this week and will be working on their platform for the upcoming election. This is always a fun part of the unit and students enjoy the political experiences of running for election. There has been a break from the read and responds over the past few weeks, but the next one is due this Friday evening.
Students in science have been learning about kinetic and potential energy and have completed a lab this week about the conversion between the two forms of energy. The lab involved using a pendulum and isolating the independent variables of mass, length, and angle to see their impact on the speed of the swing. They will have learned that only the length of the pendulum impacts the swing speed. Next week, students are taking their first quiz on the new unit. It will be on how to calculate kinetic and potential energy. I have posted below some review materials to practice making the calculations.
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Students have been learning about the People Power Revolution for the past couple weeks and this week ends with an assessment on their understandings of the events and people involved in the revolution. They have completed a timeline and map of Metro Manila that includes the events, people and places important to the revolution that they can use on their next performance task. They will be making a “Fakebook” page taking on the persona of either Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos, or Benigno (Ninoy) Aquino Jr. They will have to add status updates that relate to five important events from the revolution and also create five friends of historical importance to comment on the status updates. I have posted below the complete requirements of the task below for reference. This assignment will be due first block (Mon. or Tues.) when they return from CWW. The next part of the unit will be for students to form their own political parties along with a developed platform on issues.
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Students this week in English finished planning their essays on their first novel they read and will write the essay during the week of Feb. 23-27. This will be entirely written in class as part of the “Cornerstone” assessment in writing. They will have two periods to compose, revise, and edit their work. Before that happens students have been given another novel to read and will be discussing them like the first one. They will not need to find quotes from the story in their discussion preparations as it will not be used to write an essay.
In science student finalized their work lab write-up and began to learn about potential and kinetic energy. They are learning about the different types of both energies and did a reading to help support that learning. I have posted it below to review. Later this week and once we return from CWW they will be learning how to calculate potential and kinetic energy. Many students find this challenging and I have posted below a presentation that reviews how to make the calculations. There will be a quiz on making the calculations shortly after we return from CWW.
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By the end of this week in math, we will have covered all of the concepts for the Pythagorean Theorem. Once we return from CWW students will be doing a performance task using the theorem to explore real world applications. It should be a fun task and require problem solving skills. We will begin to review for the assessment over geometry after the performance task. The next unit will on functions and equations. Students needing extra practice with word problems can use the practice sheet below.
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