Update Week of October 14

Parents,

It was a short week due to the Eid-Ul-Adha national holiday on Monday and  ISM Faculty In-Service on Tuesday.

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 worked on their Reader Profile Performance Tasks.  These are due Thursday, October 24.

MATH

Students continued to practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative integers with order of operations.

 SCIENCE

Students in Mr. Paterson’s classes completed their interpretations of the data they gathered from the Bird Beak Variation Simulation to determine which beak was better and why and wrote a conclusion with supporting data.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students in Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s classes completed and turned in their National Geographic performance tasks.  Students began to define “Innovation.”

 

Update Week of October 7

Parents,

Just a reminder that students do not have school October 14-15 due to Eid-Ul-Adha national holiday on Monday and  ISM Faculty In-Service on Tuesday.

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 English class share what they like and what they don’t like about reading.

 

Students in Ms. Hawkinson’s  and Ms. Monroe’s classes were assigned their final performance task for the quarter, a Reading Profile Performance Task.  This performance task consists of two parts.  Part A provides information about the student as a reader.  Part B introduces, explains and provides examples of each of the seven metacognitive reading strategies.

Students began planning a format for their Reading Profile Performance Task and began mind mapping and prewriting.

SCIENCE

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Students in Mr. Paterson’s class complete Bird Beak Variation Simulation line graphs.

Students in Mr. Paterson’s classes completed their line graphs for the Bird Beak Variation Simulation.  Students then analyzed the data to answer the question, “Which species was most successful in adapting, the spoon-bill or the fork-bill birds?”  Students then found the median, mode, mean and range of the data they collected.

 

MATH

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Mr. Cargile teaches the Rules for Multiplying Integers.

Students took the Math subtest of the MAP early in the week.

Students in Mr. Cargile’s classes learned and applied the Subtracting Integers Formula (e.g. a-b = a + (opposite of b) or 5 – 3 = 5 + (-3) = 2 or 6 – (-2) = 6 + 2 = 8).  Students worked on practice problems, page 281(#61) and pages 287-288 (7 – 17 and #s 41 and 42) in class.  Any incomplete problems were to be finished for home work.

Block F (Nageea) Integers Quiz on October 16th.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students in Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s classes worked on their Performance Task Scaffold.

 

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

Update Week of September 30

Parents,

Grade 7 students will take the Mathematics subtest of the MAP this week.  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 continued to write and revise their The Pearl writing tasks.  Students in Ms. Hawkinson’s classes peer edited their pieces on Wednesday.  Ms. Hawkinson, and other teachers, were available for one-on-one conferences.  Students in Ms. Hawkinson’s classes turned in their completed pieces on Friday.

Monroe- Reading Log in due October 10th.

MATH

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Students in Mr. Cargile’s Math class brainstorm some of the ways positive and negative integers are used in our everyday lives.

Students in Mr. Cargile’s classes spent the week covering adding and subtracting integers using chip models and a number to model the problems and solutions.

SCIENCE

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Students in Mr. Paterson’s classes investigate how beak types can determine how effectively a bird can survive. Students use spoons and forks for beaks and rubber bands for worms.

Students in Mr. Paterson’s Science continued the Bird Beak Natural Selection investigation.  On Friday students bean to create graphs to show the data their groups collected during the investigation.

 

Students in Ms. Cook’s class began work on their performance task, The Key to Identity. Homework is to work on their key for their organization, due October 10th.

Block G (Pasamba) Lesson Modeling ideas- Observation and Interpretation of data from Survival of the Beakest.

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

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Students in Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s Social Studies classes began working on the Identity Unit Performance task.

 

 

 

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

Thank you,

~Steve Fischer