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Science News… This week in 7th grade science we will be presenting our Newton scooter projects and demonstrating knowledge of Newton's laws. As a part of that project, we will be using the iPad timers to measure time as part of the measurements needed to find the speed of each student's Newton scooter. Later in the week, we will be conducting a lab on balanced and unbalanced pressure. Students will once again be using the iPads as they draw on a picture from the lab in order to explain atmospheric pressure, balanced pressure, and unbalanced pressure.
In 8th grade science, our students will be working on a Human Body Systems project using the iPads to "teach others" about how body systems work together. This will be the first time they will be completing an assignment for 8th grade science using the iPads as a class to demonstrate their knowledge. We are excited to see the results in a traditional non-“Connect Me” grant classroom. Our “Connect Me” grant recipient colleagues have been sharing their “expertise”, and now we are reaching other teacher’s classrooms.
ELA News… In ELA7 we will be finishing up our novel and will also be administering our third quarter common assessment. Monday will be their last day to work on final projects (research for our book The Outsiders and we will have those who are ready present. Tuesday and Wednesday we will finish presentation and also view the movie while comparing it to the novel and on Wednesday have our Greasers and Socs party. Thursday and Friday students will take the third quarter common assessment.
In ELA8 we will be finishing up our novel and will also be administering our third round of common assessment. On Monday several students will be presenting final projects over our reading of My Brother Sam is Dead and those projects that do not include a performance component will be listening. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have our common assessment with Thursday being our reader’s workshop and library day. Friday we will use the half day to make sure all students have completed their final projects and the third quarter common assessment. All missing work is due on Thursday.
For the completion of third quarter’s common assessment, students will begin the assessment reading a nonfiction article, answering constructive response and multiple choice questions. Concepts covered will include main idea, text evidence, author’s decisions, text analysis, and summarization. Students will also have to create a summary after reading another nonfiction article. Grammar will be tested using a paragraph to decide topic sentence, unnecessary details, and sentence order and structure. When this part of the test is completed, students will begin writing an argumentative essay on the debate of whether or not boys and girls should be in separate classes. This will conclude the 3rd quarter in ELA classes.
Math News…In our math classrooms in the middle school we have been focused on creating a positive math culture. When it comes to mathematics, the students have been learning that they ARE able to do it all with practice. One part of having a strong math culture foundation is vocabulary. In class this week we are practicing our math vocabulary with a station game called Vocabulary Rock n’ Roll. In this game the student are grouped together, choose a card, which has a math vocabulary word on it, and roll two dice. The numbers they roll on the dice tell the students what they need to do with that vocabulary word. They will be defining the word, draw it, name an example, name a non-example, describe what the word reminds you of, and/or name characteristics of the word. This will help those who don’t know the vocabulary as well to see other examples and have other students become the teacher and show their understanding of math vocabulary.
March 13: End of 3rd Quarter
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