Update Week of November 18

Parents,

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 continued to learn and apply the different poetic devices to their own poetry.  Ms. Hawkinson’s classes learned about symbol, hyperbole, repetition, rhythm, rhyme and personification.   Students in all classes will be quizzed (mix & match) next week on all the poetic devices.

MATH

Students in Mr. Cargile’s classes read over Problem Solving Strategies.  They then worked on Problem Solving #2, referring to the Problem Solving Strategies.  Students also took a Decimals and Fractions Pre-assessment to determine what areas they needed to relearn. Students then corrected their own pre-assessments.  Students divided into two groups. One group solved decimal word problems, the other practiced a decimal review lesson.

SCIENCE

Students in Mr. Patterson’s classes discussed how keys can help us identify species. Mr. Patterson divided students into two groups and had them each remove a shoe.  They then had to create a key to help them describe and narrow down to each shoe to help them answer, How is identity categorized by common traits.  Students were assessed using ten objects (snack chips).  They were asked to categorize the chips by size, shape, color and texture.  Most students created a category tree.

SOCIAL STUDIES

In Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s classes, students continued to work on their performance task, Innovation in Time, with steps 3 through 6 and the Who, When, Where, and What. Students then wrote a paragraph related to their innovation.  Students practiced researching their innovations and citing online sources, including photos found on the internet, using Easybib, an online bibliography.

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

~Steve Fischer

Update Week of November 11, 2013

Parents,

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 and Ms. Hawkinson’s classes continued to explore poetry this week.  In Ms. Hawkinson’s classes students defined and practiced using similes, metaphors, imagery,onomatopoeia and alliteration in their own poetry.  In Ms. Monroe’s classes students learned about smilie and metaphorhyperbole, and alliteration and practiced using these poetic devices in their own poetry.

MATH

Students in Mr. Cargile’s classes reviewed adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative integers.  They took a pre-assessment and then reflected on what areas they still needed to practice and master for the unit assessment to be given next week.

SCIENCE

Students in Mr. Patterson’s classes completed a Natural Selection (Population Changes Over Time) Model Assessment and evaluated themselves using a rubric.  They continued to investigate Natural Selection with the Norit Model.  Students compared and contrasted traits that the models have in common.  Differences were used to identify the Norits species, which allowed students to classify the Norits species by their by their characteristics and traits.  “Organisms (living things are classified (organized) based on common traits.”

Students in Dr. Matton’s (Cook) classes explored Newton’s First Law, Balanced and Unbalanced forces, with the Forces Circus activity (plate spinning, hula hooping, balance beam, scooter and lean of war).

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students in Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s classes completed the Chinese Ingenuities activity and began exploring innovations that are used today (e.g. computer, mobile phone, airplane, cars &c.).  Students discussed whether or not the following inventions were very important, important, or least important: compass, porcelain, gun powder, paper money and small pox inoculation.

Student chose an innovation that they will research for the next performance task in social studies.

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

Thanks!

~Mr. Fischer

 

 

Update Week of November 4, 2013

Parents,

Welcome back!!  I hope you and your family enjoyed October break!

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 English classes started the Poetry Unit this week.  In Ms. Hawkinson’s classes, students in groups took a cut-up of a poem by Nicannor Parra and rearranged the words to create an original poem that they shared with the class.  Students worked in groups during the week to produce Found Poems.  Students in Ms. Monroe’s classes leaned about the following poetic devices:  alliteration, hyperbole, metaphor and smilie. 

MATH

Students in Mr. Cargile’s Math classes reviewed adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative integers this week.  Students reviewed the rules for each operation a provided examples.  Students also practiced a variety of problems using an app on the classroom set of iPads.

Students will be given a assessment covering integers next week.  Please consult the calendar for dates.

SCIENCE

Students in Mr. Patterson’s classes continued to analyze and discuss evolutionary adaptation using information from the species they and their partners researched.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students in Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s classes continued to explore Innovation. Students examined Chinese Innovation this week.

STRATEGIC INSTRUCTION

This week I focused on reinforcing what the students are doing in English and Math.  I reviewed the four poetic devices, alliteration, hyperbole, metaphor, and smilie and I had students create examples of their own to share with the class.  Below are video links that define and also provide examples for each:

Alliteration, HyperboleSmilies and Metaphors.

For Math the students worked out some integer problems and played Integer Bingo.

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

Thanks!

~Mr. Fischer