In social studies, students have been introduced to their Advocating for Change (AFC) topics and have begun researching them to get a sense of the subtopics associated with their topics. They need to have formulated a research question by Tuesday March 31st and get approval from their topic advisers. Students can still update and change their research questions as late as April 13th once we return from break, but need to have them in a final draft to begin the formal research that week. I have posted below a guide on how to write their research question. Also, there is a very helpful AFC website that contains many of the required documents for the unit and resources to find research on the topics. Students should bookmark this website! Once we return, students are expected to work on the large amount of research they will need to understand their topic and research question. I suggest that students use the note card template 2 (Google Sheets) to keep track of their research. This can be found on the website here.
This week in math students have been introduced to linear equations and will begin to work on understanding the y-intercept formula of y=mx+b. I have posted below a self-paced lesson from Ms. Chung’s class that was assigned as homework for this week. Students can also go to Khan Academy to get extra practice and watch videos here.
This week students are in the final stages of building their “rescue machines” that harness simple machines to do the work of taking a load and transporting it to different locations in the classroom. When we return from break they will have to demonstrate how their machines work and be tested on if they can actually accomplish the tasks. After that, they will need to create a poster explaining their machine and doing the calculations for the machines mechanical advantage, work, and power. Here is the link to the performance task document that each student needs to complete along with the checklist for completing the poster. The poster will be due the week we return from break.
In English this week, class time was spent supporting the research question writing that was started in social studies classes. Students should have their completed research questions for AFC done and submitted to their topic advisers by Tuesday March 31st. Here is the document that needs to be completed and approved by their topic adviser. Next week after break students will start learning specific techniques used in advertising. They will then take an existing product and re-brand that product for a new target audience.
Students have been introduced to the propaganda techniques this week and have been given an assignment to find them being used in media. They needed to recognize what technique was being used and the target audience. At the end of this week they will be given the performance task of creating their own propaganda poster. On the poster they will need to create visuals and wording that uses several propaganda techniques to influence their target audience. This can political (to support their social studies political party unit) or target social issues they want people to act on (wearing seat belt, recycling materials, etc.). The most challenging part of the task will be writing a paragraph explaining their use of techniques. To help support their paragraph writing I have provided an example along with a template to outline the expository format.
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We have continued to work with combining like terms, simplifying expressions, evaluating expressions, and solving linear equations. Below is a presentation focusing on solving linear equations and some videos from Khan Academy for extra exposure and practice. Please follow this link to go through all the videos and lessons on equations from Khan Academy. Students also received their tests from the geometry unit. You can check PowerSchool for the grades (Ms. Chung has sent them home for parent signatures).
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Students had fun this week exploring the use of simple machines and learned how to calculate mechanical advantage (MA). They learned about how levers, wedges, screws, and wheel and axles increase MA by distributing the load over a longer distance. They will begin to work with pulleys later this week and then be given a pulley lab to complete. They will be graded on the lab write-up and their ability to interpret the data from the lab. I have attached below the lab document below for students to review prior to the lab. I have also included a review of the mini-labs from this week and a video on pulleys.
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This week in social studies they have been finishing up the research for their political party speeches and worked on finding solutions to social issues in the Philippines. Students will now use that research to draft their speeches that are due this Sunday March 15 by 10pm. I have posted below a sample speech along with a document containing sentence frames to help them write their own speech. Next week students will be giving their speeches and be creating a political party slogan and poster. If students want to, they can combine their English propaganda poster and social studies political poster into one assignment!
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This week in English students were introduced to propaganda techniques often used by governments and advertising agencies. There are eleven techniques that they will need to be able to recognize and understand how it works to persuade the audience. After they have learned the techniques they will then use them to create their own propaganda poster. They will also have to write a paragraph explaining their target audience and how those techniques were used to persuade them to take action. They will begin to create the poster week after next. Below are a slide show about the propaganda techniques and a Quizlet to help them study.
In science students completed a quiz over potential and kinetic energy. Most of the students did well on the quiz, but can do a retake if they want to improve their scores. They must email their science teacher with a plan on how they will study to improve their score before they are able to do the retake. The next part of the power unit is on simple machines. We will be looking at the six types of simple machines and learning how they increase mechanical advantage to do work more easily. Students will complete investigations on how to calculate mechanical advantage (MA) this week and next. They will then do a lab investigation on using pulleys to increase MA and be graded on their final lab write-up. Here is a link to an interactive website that explores the concepts behind how simple machines work.
Students in social studies have been placed in political party groups and assigned roles as either the political party leader or ministers of the environment, health, economics, or social issues. They are doing research on their area of focus to support their parties political platform. Here is a link to Ms. Villanueva’s blog that has a lot of websites to help find information they need. They must complete four notecards from at least two sources by the end of this week. Next week they will begin to write their speeches that they will use to present their parties platform. I have posted below sample speeches that students can use to guide their writing. They must use the research they found in their speeches.
Sample Minister Speech
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Sample Political Party Leader Speech
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In math, students have started the algebra unit and are beginning with like terms, simplifying equations, and using the distributive property. These concepts will be introduced over the next couple weeks along with solving equations for a variable. I have posted below practice problems that will be used in their homework and can be used for extra practice on the concepts. I have also posted a couple videos from Khan Academy to reinforce what we are learning in class.
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