Update Week of September 23

Parents,

This is a short week due to Classroom Without Walls.  September 26th and 27th students will be at Club Balai Isabel, Lake Taal to participate in team building and other activities.

Grade 7 students will take the Language subtest of the MAP on Monday, September 30th. Students will then take the remaining subtest for Math the week of October 7th.  The week of October 16th is reserved for make-up sessions.

Please make sure that your child is well-rested the night before the assessments and has a healthy breakfast in the morning.

Below are the summaries of the topics we covered in English, Math, Science, Social Science and Strategy Instruction.

Please also consult the Assignment Calendar tab above for specific dues dates and upcoming Middle School events.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email, fischers@ismanila.org.

ENGLISH

Students in Ms. Monroe’s and Ms. Hawkinson’s classes started or continued their first drafts of The Pearl Writing Task.

MATH

Students in Mr. Cargile's Math class practice Order of Operations problems.

Students in Mr. Cargile’s Math class practice Order of Operations problems.

Students in Mr. Cargile’s classes were given Problem Solving #1.  Students choose four story problems and solve them, showing all their steps.  This assignment is to be completed outside of class and is due week  September 30.  Students also continued to review order of operations using the Operations Card Game they created last week.

 

 

SCIENCE

Students in Mr. Paterson's Science class.

Students in Mr. Paterson’s Science class.In Mr. Pasamba’s block G Science, homework is to copy data table to lab sheet, due Oct. 1, 2013.

In Mr. Pasamba’s block G Science, homework is to copy data table to lab sheet, due Oct. 1, 2013.
SOCIAL SCIENCE
Students in Ms. Vogt's class.

Students in Ms. Vogt’s class.

Students in Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s classes identified, compared and contrasted cultural traditions and practices, their values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
In Ms. Vogt’s block E and F classes the homework is for students to interview their parent/s for Rights and Responsibilities as a citizen of your passport country (refer to handout “Rights and Responsibilities: What’s the difference?” due Sept. 30, 2013.
As always if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email, fischers@ismanila.org.~Steve Fischer

 

Update Week of September 16

Parents,

September 23- October 18 MAP (Measures of Academic Progress).

Grade 7 students will begin taking the Reading subtest of the next Monday, September 23rd. Students will then take the Language subtest during the week of September 30th and the Math the week of October 7th.  The week of October 16th is reserved for make-up sessions.

Please make sure that your child is well-rested the night before the assessments and has a healthy breakfast in the morning.

Here is the schedule for our students for next week:

Block H (Monroe) 10:15

Block A (Monroe and Hawkinson) 11:30

C.W.W. (Classroom Without Walls).

C.W.W. is next Thursday.  Here is is what students should pack for the trip:

Packing List

Below are the summaries of the topics we covered in English, Math, Science, Social Science and Strategy Instruction.

Please also consult the Assignment Calendar tab above for specific dues dates and upcoming Middle School events.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email, fischers@ismanila.org.

ENGLISH

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Students in Ms. Hawkinson’s block A class pre-write.

Students in Ms. Hawkinson’s classes began focusing on “The Writing Process.”  They were asked to describe their own writing process through writing, drawing or a mind map.  Then student began “The Pearl Writing Task”, which is due October 3.  Students were two options for this assignment:  rewrite The Pearl in modern times or write an alternate ending to the story.  Students spent the 2nd class session prewriting.  The 3rd session they continued prewriting and began a first draft.

Block A (Monroe) Reading journals are due on Monday, September 23.

MATH

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Students in Mr. Cargile’s E block work on the performance task “Operations Card Game.”

Students in Mr. Cargile’s classes took the Unit 1 Assessment during the 1st class session. The 2nd class session was spent analyzing missed problems and reflecting on the steps to each incorrect answer.  The 3rd class session the students worked in pairs on a performance task called “Operations Card Game.”

There is no homework due for Mr. Cargile’s classes, but if you need to do the re-take of the test, you need to study.  Students who scored below 88% are eligible for the re-take.

 

 

SCIENCE

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Students in Mr. Paterson’s Science classes do an activity to investigate how species populations grow and change.

Students in Mr. Paterson’s Science classes focused on how the identity of populations change over time.  During the 2nd class sessions students conducted an investigation where students were randomly grouped as “deer” or “resources”(water, food, and shelter).  The deer-students had to decide what resource they needed then find that resource -student.  If the deer-student successfully paired with a resource-student a new deer-student was introduced into subsequent generations.  If not, the deer-student would die off.  Students were able to observe how access to resources affects the growth of a species population.  Students analyzed data conducted during the investigation to see these changes during the 3rd class session.

Students in Ms. Cook’s block C class participated in an activity called “Survival of the Beakest” to investigate how changes in the environment will induce changes in the living organisms the inhabit them.  Students examined how variations in beaks effects access to food sources and thereby survival of particular birds.

Students in Mr. Pasamba’s Block G need to complete the Survival of the Bunny as homework in their google drive- due Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

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Students in Ms. Vogt’s G block create their own Third Culture Kid videos.

Students in Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s classes continued to explore Identity.  Students spent much of the week answering the question, “Where’s my home as a third culture kid?”  Students worked in groups and created their own Third Culture Kid video.  For homework, students need to interview their parents regarding traditions and practices in their culture(s).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email, fischers@ismanila.org.

~Steve Fischer

 

Update Week of September 9

Parents,

All Learning Support students must report to a core class tutorials every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:35 to 3:00.  If they don’t have anything to do in these classes, they must report to Strategic Instruction, where they will work on organization and/or study skills.

Students have a “tutorial passport” which they must complete before leaving for tutorial.  In the passport the student fills in which teacher he/she will be seeing and a goal for that session.  The core teacher will then sign the student’s passport and make any necessary remarks.  Then student then returns the passport to myself or one of the Education Assistants in room 3003.

This will help students establish and achieve goals for themselves in their core classes.

All students in Ms. Monroe and Ms. Hawkinson’s English classes are required to read at least 30 minutes a night, seven days a week, at home and make an entry each time in their Reading Journals.

Below are the summaries of the topics we covered in English, Math, Science, Social Science and Strategy Instruction.

Please also consult the Assignment Calendar tab above for specific dues dates and upcoming Middle School events.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email, fischers@ismanila.org.

ENGLISH

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Students read in Ms. Hawkinson’s “Cozy Corner.”

This week in Ms. Monroe’s and Ms. Hawkinson’s English classes students were introduced to the last Metacognitive Reading Strategies, Main Ideas and Synthesizing.  Students used these strategies in Ms. Hawkinson’s class while reading chapters 5 & 6, of The Pearl.  Students also completed their 3rd, and final, journal entry connected to The Pearl in Ms. Hawkinson’s A block on Thursday.  This is due on Monday, September 16.

MATH

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Student’s in Mr. Cargile’s E block practice review problems.

Mr. Cargile’s classes spent the week reviewing for the Unit 1 Assessment, which will be on Monday, September 16 in E block.  They did a review activity at the beginning of the week. Review problems were posted throughout the classroom.  Answers to the problems led students to the next problem to be solve.  Students then took a Preview Unit 1 Assessment and following that completed a review reflection which asked them to analyze why they did not correctly answer problem(s).

SCIENCE

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Students create and label DNA models they’ve made from candy.

Students continued their study of DNA in Science this week.  In Mr. Paterson’s class students constructed and label their own DNA models made from candy.

In Mr. Cook’s block C class, students covered the causes of DNA mutation (random mistake, radiation, chemical &c) and whether these lead to a beneficial or harmful adaptation.

SOCIAL STUDIES

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Students work on a stereotyping project in Ms. Vogt’s class.

Students in Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s classes continued to explore the causes and effects of stereotyping in the Identity Unit.  Both classes worked on a stereotyping project in which students use their own exposure to stereotypes from the media or their personal lives to describe its causes and effects.  Students also view a Barbie movie in both classes.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email, fischers@ismanila.org.

~Steve Fischer

Update Week of September 2

Parents,

I’m very glad so many of you made it to Open House last Wednesday.  It was a great pleasure to meet each of you.

Beginning Tuesday, September 10th all Learning Support students enrolled in Strategy Instruction will be required to sign up for mandatory tutorials for their core classes. Tutorials meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:35-3:00.  Tutorial time provides your child the opportunity to work one-on-one with his/her English, Math, Science, or Social Science teachers on any assignments, homework, projects or upcoming assessments.

Students will be given a “Tutorial Passport”, which they will take to their tutorial to have the teacher sign off that they were there and worked on something specific.  We are requiring that students write down at least one “to do” goal before going to tutorial.  They only have to go to one teacher per tutorial.  If they don’t need to meet with ay of their core teachers, we ask that they come to the Strategic Instruction class.

Below are the summaries of the topics we covered in English, Math, Science, Social Science and Strategy Instruction.

Please also consult the Assignment Calendar tab above for specific dues dates and upcoming Middle School events.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email, fischers@ismanila.org.

ENGLISH

This week in Ms. Monroe’s and Ms. Hawkinson’s English classes students were introduced to two more Metacognitive Reading Strategies, Inferring and Predicting.  In the middle of week students were also introduced to the Asking Questions Metacognitive Reading Strategy and practiced its application in The Pearl reading.

The Pearl

In Ms. Hawkinson’s classes, students read chapter 3 of The Pearl using either or both reading strategies. For homework, students are to continue reading at least 20 minutes a night, every night, and filling out their reading journals.

In Ms. Monroe’s classes, students groups each acted out a chapter of The Pearl. For homework, students are to continue reading at least 20 minutes a night, every night, and filling out their reading journals.

MATH

Students work together on an Order of Operations Challenge Activity.

Students work together on an Order of Operations Challenge Activity.

Students went over Exponents and were introduced to Variable Expressions and Order of Operations in Mr. Cargile’s Math class.  For the later, the students were given the following challenge activity to work on in their groups:

Write an expression with four terms and three different operations in which you work from left to right to evaluate.

Write a second expression that you cannot evaluate from left to right.

Student groups take turns explaining to their peers and Mr. Cargile and Mr. Fischer each sequence to their math expressions.

Student groups take turns explaining to their peers and Mr. Cargile and Mr. Fischer each sequence to their math expressions.

Homework was to complete pages 19-20 (3-15, 34, 35, 42) Block E for Monday, September 9 and Block C for Tuesday, September 10.

Divisibility Rules Quiz was rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday!   Please see previous posts for extra study resources!

In Ms. Nageea’s Block F class students can find the homework in google drive.  It is due Friday, September 13.

SCIENCE

In Mr. Paterson’s Science classes, students started a DNA investigation, which will continue into next week.  Students were also introduced to the different parts of DNA and their respective terms.

Students take DNA samples from their cheeks using Gatorade.

Students take DNA samples from their cheeks using Gatorade.

In Cook’s Block C Science class, students discussed a DNA model, comparing and questioning its parts and their functions.  Students also made distinctions between an experiment and a procedure.  There will be a DNA quiz on Friday, September 13th.

Mr. Pasamba’s Block G Science class created models of DNA.  For homework, students are encouraged to read Mr. Pasamba’s blog on DNA notes.  There will be a DNA quiz on Thursday September 12th.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Students define, discuss and find examples of discrimination, prejudice, racism, and tolerance in Ms. Vogt's class.

Students define, discuss and find examples of discrimination, prejudice, racism, and tolerance in Ms. Vogt’s class.

Mr. Wislang and Ms. Vogt’s Social Science classes continued to explore the topic of Identity with the Reasons and Affects of Stereotypes-how the media, people (parents, peers and leaders), and laws and rules shape stereotyping.

Students watched a couple film clips that focus on stereotyping.  Here is one:

African Men Hollywood Stereotypes

Students also watched The Eye of the Storm, a classic documentary exploring the nature of prejudice in a 3rd grade class in the late 1960’s:

The Eye of the Storm

Students analyzed the reasons for stereotyping and their effects.  To prepare them for this documentary students were randomly put into groups.  Each group was assigned to define and provide examples, historical, news-of-the-day or personal, of the following words: discriminationprejudice, racism and tolerance.

For homework students were asked to read “What’s On Your Mind About Stereotyping?” on Ms. Vogt’s google drive for Monday, September 9.

Mr. Wislang’s classes are to complete “What are the effects of stereotyping on individuals and the world?” due Friday, September 13th by 3:00 PM.

Please consult the calendar tab for specific upcoming due dates and email me if you have any questions or concerns, fischers@ismanila.org.

~Steve Fischer

 

 

Divisibility Rules Practice

Parents,

Students in Mr. Cargile’s math classes will be taking a quiz covering the Divisibility Rules this week- H and C blocks on Thursday and E, F and G blocks on Friday.

Students created a study guide a couple weeks ago.  It is in their math notebook to prepare them for the quiz.  Both Strategic Instruction classes have also reviewed the rules this week.

For additional practice at home, please click on the link below.  It includes the Divisibility Rules as well an answer key for the practice.

Divisibility Rules Practice

~Mr. Fischer