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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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.

Week of March 9 – 13

English

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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Math

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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Science

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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Social Studies

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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Week of March 2 – 6

English

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.

Science

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. 

Social Studies

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.

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Math

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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Week of Feb. 23 – 27

English

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.

Math

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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Social Studies

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.

Science

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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Week of Feb. 2 – 6

Social Studies

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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English

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.

Science

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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Math

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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Week of Jan. 26 – 30

Social Studies

This week students are wrapping up watching the videos and taking notes on People Power Revolution. Here is the link to all of the videos and supporting notes for anything they might have missed during class. I highly suggest that students go back and re-watch the videos to help them understand the important events and people. Students have been working on a timeline of events for People Power Revolution using the website Dipity and I have posted below a document to help with their timelines that has the major events that need to be included with a brief description. They will also need to insert a picture for each event on their Dipity timelines. The timelines are due first class next week. Finally, they will have a quiz on the events, people and places important to the PPR the last class next week. We will review the events and people during SI class and here is a link to help study the places they need to locate on a map.

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Math

We have been exploring this week how the Pythagorean Theorem came about and why A-squared + B-squared = C-squared. They have now been introduced to the equation and will be using it to find the different lengths of sides on a right triangle. I have posted a presentation below that explains the theorem and also contains extra practice from Ms. Naggea. Students next week will begin to work with word problems involving the use of the theorem and then we will be preparing for the geometry unit assessment.

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English

Most students have finished their novels and are preparing to write the expository essay on a question they picked earlier on the choice board. Most students are looking at the changes that happened to the main character or the theme of the novel. We are guiding them with their thesis statements based off of their question and then helping them find evidence from the novel that supports their answer. I have posted a presentation below that looks at how to create a thesis statement and how to structure an expository body paragraph. Students will then be expected to write their essay following this format based off of their thesis and using supporting evidence. They will write this essay in class the last week of February. Next week students will check out a second novel and begin reading it while we work on constructing our essays.

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Science

This week was centered on a lab that investigated the amount of work it takes to get to the top of a mountain. Students were asked which would take more work, going straight up the mountain or taking a winding road. The lab revealed that they would both take the same amount of work. The formula for work is Work= Force (Newtons) x Distance (meters). They found that going straight up increased the force but reduced the distance. The winding road decreased the force but increased the distance, resulting in the two being the same amount of work. They are now expected to do a complete lab write-up (similar to what they will do next year in HS) to express their findings from the lab. We have been spending a lot of time this week guiding them through the write-up process as practice. I have posted a sample lab write-up below so students can see how each section was completed. The lab write-up will be due at the beginning of next week. Next week we will begin a new lab investigation on pendulums and what changes the speed of the pendulum’s swing, mass of pendulum, height of swing, or length of pendulum.

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