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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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.

English

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.

Science

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.

Math

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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Week of Jan. 5 – 9

Science

We are concluding our physical and chemical changes unit this week and next. This week has been a review of all the concepts in both physical and chemical changes, along with a lab on baking cupcakes (which students were able to eat afterward!). The cupcake lab was very similar to one of the tasks in the final performance task for the unit. The final performance task will begin next week as students prepare a breakfast and have to identify all of the physical and chemical changes that take place during the preparations. Below are some videos that explore the science of cooking and describe many of the changes that students will have to identify.

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Math

In math, students have been continuing with the geometry unit and are now working with polygons and angles. The main concepts this week have focused on angles inside triangles and angles of two parallel lines with a transversal line. There have been a lot of new vocabulary words introduced and I have posted below the lesson slides from Ms. Chung’s classes this week below for students to review.

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English

As we begin the new literature unit this week, students have been introduced to several selections of novels they can read for the quarter. They have now selected their books and are in groups base on their selections. As they read their books, students will fill-out discussion sheets that will be used to help facilitate conversations on the reading and hopefully get them to make deeper connections to the reading material. Once they have finished their reading and discussions, students will be writing an essay on their books. Below are the topic choices they will have on writing the essay. Certain books fit certain topics better and we will be helping guide topic selection over the next week. Knowing what they are going to write about will help guide their discussions and give more time to gather evidence from the reading to support their essay. Next week students will have two literature discussion groups that they must prepare for by writing a summary of what they read, finding five quotes that are meaningful, and asking three open-ended questions to discuss.

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Social Studies

Students this quarter will be focused on revolutions and in particular, the People Power Revolution that took place in the Philippines. This week students were introduced to the “Stages of Revolution” by Crane Brinton. Below is a presentation and video that reviews the four stages. Next week on Monday or Tuesday (depending on block), students have a poster due that uses an analogy to compare the stages of revolution to something they are familiar. Many students choose to use sports as their analogy. They might choose soccer/football and compare a game to the four stages of revolution. As a reminder, all social studies classes have a read and respond assignment due Friday Jan. 9 by 9pm.

Please refer to this presentation while making your analogy poster.

Watch this video by Mr. Jhay to help make connections to the stages of revolution with the Hunger Games movies.

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Week of Dec. 1 – 5

Math

This week in mathematics we did a review of transformations and took a quiz over transformations. Most students did well on the quiz and only made a few minor mistakes. We will be continuing with our geometry unit into next semester and I have attached a review sheet below that revisits the basic skills students will need along with some introductions to the concepts we will be exploring next semester. Students can follow the links in the review sheet to see videos and do practice problems on Khan Academy. Next week, teachers will be using that time to challenge students with the skills they just learned and do some problem solving that relates the concepts to real world applications.

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English

Students have been given this week to work on their scrapbook collection of poems. The scrapbook will be due Monday or Tuesday of next week Dec. 8 or 9. I have posted the requirements for the scrapbook below. Also reading logs will be turned in next week. I have attached a blank reading log for the past two months below. We will finish next week with some fun activities dealing with poetry. When we return from break, students will begin their literature unit where they will chose a book to read and then analyze it with the theme of “power” in an expository essay.

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Science

We have been doing labs that explore the four pieces of evidence that a chemical reaction have taken place. Precipitate formation, temperature change, color change, and formation of gas. They will do a practical lab that covers lab skills and their ability to interpret data to show evidence of a chemical change next week. I have included the lab write-up document below that also has sentence starters to help students explain there evidence of a chemical change. This will be their final assessment for the semester. Once we return from break, students will do their performance task of cooking a breakfast and explaining all of the physical and chemical changes that occur. They will make pancakes, jello, and cook bacon (if allowed). In an assessment that follows the lab, they will explain all of the changes that took place. So have your child cook breakfast for you over the break and relax as they feed you as part of their homework!

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Social Studies

In social studies this week, students have been busy with the Model United Nations conferences. They have proposed operative clauses on the topic on nuclear disarmament and are in the middle of debating those clauses now before a vote takes place. Next week will continue with the conferences to finish the semester. Once we return from break students will begin their unit on “power” and will be studying the Philippines People Power Revolution. At the end of the unit of study, students will write a persuasive essay on their opinion (based on evidence) that either the revolution was a success or failure.

Week of Nov. 24 – 28

Social Studies

This week was a very busy one for social studies. Students needed to complete a total of 10 notecards from researching their assigned countries stance on nuclear disarmament. They then had to use that research to write a policy statement for their country along with three operative clauses for action during the MUN conference that will begin this week and carry over until next. Time was given in class to complete a lot of these requirements, but most students needed to work outside of school of these assignments. Below is a template for a general guide in writing the policy statements. Most policy statements were due Thursday, but a few classes still have until Friday morning to complete. I am also posting example statements below to refer to so students have a good idea of what the finished statement looks like. Next week will be all about the Model United Nations Conference. Students will read their policy statements and submit their operative clauses for debate. This conference will be the final assessment of the semester. Students will be given a grade on their participation and talking points during the conference.

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Math

In math class this week, we worked on our hubcap design project and began to review for the assessment on transformations. The hubcap design is due for all students no later than Friday Nov. 28! Even if students are not finished, they should turn in the partially completed design to their math class student Google folder. On the assessment next week students will need to be able to recognize each of the four transformations (translation, reflection, rotation, and dilation) and be able to quantify what happens during each transformation. They will also have to perform these transformations on a four quadrant graph. The assessment will be the first block they have math class next week (Monday or Tuesday). I have posted below some review materials from Ms. Naggea and Ms. Chung for students to practice with at home. Next week students will begin with an in depth look at similarities and congruence that will then lead to working with triangles and Pythagoras Theorem.

Ms. Naggea review materials:

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Ms. Chung review materials:

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English

This week has been dedicated to supporting students with working on their poem analysis essay.  They have been given opportunities to get teacher and peer feedback on their ideas and writing. The essays will be due on Monday Dec. 1. They will turn this in by having it in their English student Google folder. I have included below the template that students can use to pattern their essay writing. Next week they will spend the remainder of the semester working on their poetry scrapbooks. The requirements for the scrapbook are posted below in a “brain frame” format. Scrapbooks are due Dec. 8th or 9th depending on block.

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Science

Science has been focused on physical changes for the past couple weeks, and this week we concluded with our exploration of physical changes. Many of the activities focused on states of matter and why these changes take place. Students completed a lab on the state changes of water and looked at the reasons that temperature does not increase during a state change. I have included the main ideas of these state changes below. Next we will be exploring chemical changes and looking for evidence that a chemical change has taken place. The first lab will be about endothermic and exothermic reactions. Students will be given a grade during the lab on their practical skills in using proper lab techniques and ability to analyze the data that is recorded. I have also added the lab write up below for an idea of the skills they will need to use.

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Week of Nov. 17 – 21

Social Studies

Things are progressing quickly with the Model UN Conference. This week students are working on the research phase of the conference by finding information about their assigned countries stance on nuclear weapons. They are required to use EBSCO as a source (see below for login from home computers) and one print source. I have provided a print source that students can use below from the International Panel on Fissile Materials (this is also a great site to find information). They need to have a total of 10 notecards in NoodleTools by the second class of next week along with a finished policy statement. Here is a list of due dates for the upcoming conference:

Week of Nov 17: Research Week
Block 1 – Research Time, EBSCO
Block 2 – Research Time, EBSCO, Print Source, Website
Block 3 – Research Time, EBSCO, Print Source, Website
Due Friday Nov 21, 10pm:
1. R&R (last one for the quarter)
2. 5 NoodleTools Notecards (1 EBSCO, 1 Print Source at least)
Week of Nov 24: Research and Drafting
Block 1 – Research Time (EBSCO, Print Source, Websites) / Drafting P.S.
Block 2 – Drafting of Policy Statements and Operative Clauses
Block 3 – Practice of P.S. / Conference Starts!
Due end of Block 2:
1. Policy Statements and Operative Clauses
2. Total of 10 NoodleTools Notecards
3. They’ll need to come with their notecards printed before the conference.
 
Week of Dec 1: Debates
 
Week of Dec 8: Debates, Reflection, Vacation!
As you can see they will be very busy next week with the research and writing of the policy statements. In support of that I am posting a writing guide for the policy statements along with a couple samples of statements from previous years.

EBSCO Databases- Link: http://goo.gl/HOaEaF  username: ismanila password: makati

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English

We are finishing up with the “brain frames” this week and beginning to write the rough draft of the essay on the transformational analysis of their poet’s poem. The final draft of the essay will be due on Friday November 28th. Next week will be dedicated to writing the essay and supporting students with one-on-one conferences to look at their writing and give suggestions for improvements. All students will be given a template to help guide their writing using the expository format. Below are two templates. They can download them and type directly into them for the rough draft. For the final draft they will have to take their sentences out of the boxes and format them into paragraphs. The first template is a basic template with guiding statements on what needs to be written in each box. The second is a more scaffolded template that has sentence starters and descriptions of what goes in each blank.

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Math

In math we started the performance task for this unit where students will perform all of the transformations that they have learned (translations, reflections, rotations, and dilations). They are going to be using a software program called Geometer’s Sketchpad. This program is only available on the computers in the labs here at school. They will have a total of three class periods to work on the performance task, but after that they will need to use tutorial time or after school to finish up. Below I am posting a few videos that guide students on how to use the program. I also have posted below the task explanation/rubric and some examples. Students will need to post a picture (screenshot) of each step in the making of their hubcap design along with a explanation of what transformation they completed. The performance task will be due Friday November 28th.

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Science

This week in science was a lot of fun! We did many mini labs on phase change and focused on the properties of physical changes of substances. At this point students should have a strong understanding of what a physical change is compared to a chemical change. We have a full lab the last block of this week on the phase change of water. The lab will require the whole period to complete and each student will have to carefully complete their role in the lab. They will then have to use the data from the lab to complete their own individual graph of the results. Below is presentation covering the mini labs and notes from class along with the procedures of the full lab. I have also included a few videos that reinforce the concepts learned this week. Next week we will begin with chemical change.

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