Week of May 11 – 15

English

We are in the home stretch for English assignments. This Friday the Choice Board products are due by the end of the day. Students must turn those into their adviser for the topic group, which for most students is either myself or Mr. Jhay. If they chose to complete a letter to a leader, those need to be printed and turned in digitally for grading. Next week will be the final assignment of AFC for English; writing a speech called “This I Believe” in which students communicate what they have learned and make a personal statement of what they will change in their lives to improve their issue. This will be due Monday May 25 and presented to their classmates.

Social Studies

Students have been given time in social studies to complete their Choice Board assignments. Once they have turned those in at the end of this week, students will begin to practice the MUN procedures all of next week with a mock conference called “Advocating for Fun”. For the final week of social studies students will be preparing their note cards that they will need for the AFC conference on Thursday May 28. All parents are invited to come and look at the products in the library on that day and to observe their child while the conference is happening.

Math

This week the final assignment was due first period with students turning in their “Who Done It?” mystery graph and story. These all must be turned in by Friday morning or they will receive a grade of 0 for the project! The due date has been extended two times now for students and can no longer be extended. For the remainder of math classes the students are working on probability. They will be using a dice game called SKUNK to track the different combinations of dice rolls and find the probability of different roll combinations, then see how those compare to the actual game rolls of the dice. It should be a fun way to finish the year and still learn.

Science

It was a sad week in science as students did their final observations of their ecology columns. They had to disassemble them and compost their plants along with saying goodbye to their fish. We found interesting one-celled organisms in the water by looking at a sample through the microscope. Students will now be making final revisions to their journals and turning their data collected into graphs. Their journals and graphs are due the end of this week. Next week they will be making a  group video journal of their e-column with the pictures they took and voice overs from their journal entries. The videos will be presented to class by the end of next week, probably carrying over into the last week of classes.

Week of May 4 – 8

English

The week in English was spent guiding students through the writing of a persuasive paragraph for AFC called the “rationale”. In this paragraph, students are giving the best solution that they found from researching to help improve their issue and answer their research question.  The will need to turn this in by Friday May 8 at 3pm. I have included a template below that contains sentence frames for students to use as help in writing the rationale. Next week in English and social studies, students will begin work on their choice board product which is a demonstration of their knowledge on their issue and research question. I have also included below the choices they can make. All students have already chosen what they will be working on next week. The final product will be due Friday May 15 at 3pm. Student that chose the Information Display will need to bring those in to school and turn them into their issue adviser.

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Social Studies

This week in social studies students have been working on writing a thesis statement to be used in the “rationale” paragraph in English class and using time to write their rationales. Next week they will be given all of the periods along with English periods to work on their choice board products due May 15 at 3pm.

Science

We have continued to keep an observation chart and journal of the e-column chambers. We have also been taking pictures of the changes over time to use in a video that the groups will create at the end of the observation period. Next week is the last week of observations and journal writing. They will then begin the video and turn in their individual observations and journals.

Math

This week in math was all about applying what they learned in the functions and linear equations unit to a performance task “mystery” that can only be solved by graphing the movements of characters. Students must create a graph that has only one line that passes through a specific distance and time that will be used to solve the mystery. They then will need to create other lines for character movements with clues that allow the investigator to plot the movements. Sounds a bit complex and it is, but students have done an investigation that is very similar to what they are creating to help support this task. I have posted below the “Who Done It?” performance task. One has word banks and support for language, while the other is a more detailed explanation of the performance task. The performance task is due on Monday for Ms. Naggea or Tuesday for Ms. Chung.

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Week of April 20 – 24

Math

This week finishes the Equations and Functions Unit concepts and the assessment will be given next week on either Monday or Tuesday depending on block. I have posted below a review worksheet along with answers. Students should spend time this weekend reviewing the materials and notes from class to be prepared for the assessment. Students begin a performance task after the assessment on using graphs and functions to solve a mystery. That will be the final grade from this unit before starting statistics and probability as last unit of the semester.

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Equations and Functions Assessment Review ANSWERS

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Social Studies

This week’s AFC research focus has been Causes and Home Country Outlook. Students are researching the causes of the issue as it pertains to their research question and how the issue affects their home country (where passport is from, or where they have spent a majority of their upbringing). They will need to have completed seven note cards by Friday April 24th at 3pm. Next week will then focus on researching solutions to their issue. Also next week they will be introduced to the choice board of projects they can complete to demonstrate what they have learned about their issue. I have posted this below so that they can start thinking of which project best suits their issue and strengths.

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English

English classes this week were devoted to supporting students as they researched their Causes and Home Country Outlook. We also learned how to use in-text citations in MLA format. Next week will be focused on helping students select the best product from the choice board that will complement their skill set and be an effective demonstration of what they learned about their issue.

Science

We began making our self contained ecology columns (e-column) this week. They will be completed by the end of the week and students will make their initial observations and measurements of the e-column. Each student is assigned a specific chamber that they are in charge of observing and maintaining. They will have to make observations each class, take pictures and those assigned the terrestrial chamber are required to do daily visits to the science room to water the plants. This observation period will last for three weeks and then finishes with them making a video documenting the e-column and the changes they observed. Below are sample charts to track data for each chamber they are assigned.

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Week of April 13 – 17

Social Studies

Students have been given all of this week to research the Global Overview section of the Advocating for Change topics they were assigned. They need to have a minimum of ten note cards completed by this Friday April 17th at 3:00pm. The students are using a research template to collect their research. They have four sections to fill out on each note card. Often overlooked is the My Ideas section where they have to explain why the information they found is important and what further questions they have after learning this information. The research templates can be found on the AFC website here. Next week will continue with the research on Causes and Home Country Outlook sections of the research templates.

English

The English department decided to forgo the re-branding advertisement campaign in order to relieve some stress of beginning the AFC unit, and instead to use the next couple weeks to help support the research process. Students learned how to summarize, paraphrase, and cite their research to begin the week and then were given class time to work on using these skills on their note cards. Next week students will be given more class time to research their topics and have the chance to seek teacher support in completing the note cards.

Science

This week in science students needed to finish building their Rescue Machines for the final performance task of the Power unit. They are creating a poster to explain their machine and use their knowledge of calculating work, power, and mechanical advantage to show how effective their machines are at reducing the effort force of moving a heavy load. I have posted the performance task document below for reference. The poster and completion of the machines is due this Friday April 17th. Students needing extra time can stay after with Mr. Pasamba until 5pm to get help with their Rescue Machine and calculations. Next week students will begin the ecology unit and will need to bring in a clear 2 liter bottle to make their ecology-columns. These will be self-contained ecosystems that they will create and make observations on for the remainder of the semester.

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Math

When have learned about the slope of lines and have introduced the slope-intercept form of linear equations y=mx+b. Students have been given a chance to practice finding slope, x-intercepts, y-intercepts, and to then place that information in the slope-intercept form of a linear equation. Here are some links to Khan Academy for students that would like extra time to process the concepts for finding slope, and for using the slope-intercept form. Next week will be spent reinforcing these concepts of finding slope and using the slope-intercept form. Below are videos from Khan Academy to help with the concepts.

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Week of March 30 – April 3

Social Studies

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.

Math

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.

Science

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.

English

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.