Update Week of January 20, 2014

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 students continued to discuss their novels in their Literature Circles.  Ms. Hawkinson had students complete a reflection following the each Literature Circle meeting.  To prepare for Literature Circles, students need to write a summary of each passage, complete 10 sticky notes using the Reading Metacognitive Strategies and at least two open-ended (FAT) questions.

MATH

Mr. Cargile’s students continued to work with percents this week.  They spent the first class session of the week focusing on finding the percent of a number when given a whole. Students then found the percent increase or decrease in a number if it is made larger or smaller by practicing practical and real-world situation problems.

SCIENCE

Students in Mr. Patterson’s classes continued their investigations into forces by focusing on Newton’s Second Law, F = ma (acceleration).

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students in Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wisling’s classes continued working on their Silk Road performance tasks.

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

Have a great weekend!

~Steve Fischer

Update Week of January 13, 2014

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 students discussed their novels in their Literature Circles.  Ms. Hawkinson had students complete a reflection following the each Literature Circle meeting.  To prepare for Literature Circles, students need to write a summary of each passage, complete 10 sticky notes using the Reading Metacognitive Strategies and at least two open-ended (FAT) questions.

MATH

Mr. Cargile’s classes continued to set up, solve and check ratio and proportion problems this week.

SCIENCE

Mr. Patterson’s classes collected data and graphed it for an investigation in Acceleration. For this investigation a student from each group ran 50 meters, while other students recorded his/her time every 5 meters.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Students in Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wisling’s classes began working on their Silk Road performance tasks.

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

Have a great weekend!

~Steve Fischer

Update Week of January 6, 2014

Happy New Year!!  Welcome back!!

Below are the summaries of the topics we covered in English, Math, Science, Social Science and Strategy Instruction. This week’s summaries are brief, as we are just begin the second semester and most classes are beginning new units.

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 got into their Literature Circles and chose books to discuss.

MATH

Students in Mr. Cargile’s classes continued to practice Ratios and Proportions problems.

SCIENCE

Students in Mr. Patterson’s classes continued their investigations with Forces.  Ms. Cook’s classes reviewed Newton’s Laws with a Jeopardy game and started to brain storm ideas for their Rocket Science performance tasks.  Mr. Pasamba’s classes concentrated on Force, Mass and Acceleration.  Homework is to complete the questions on the F=ma activity for their car pulley.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students in Mss. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s classes began the Interactions Unit by defining by starting to define interactions and brainstormed words which they thought can be associated with this unit (e.g. trade, physical geography, communication, etc.).  Classes completed Opinion Continuum and Unify & Divide Region activities and an Introduction to the Silk Road.

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

As always,

~Mr. Fischer