Update Week of March 10, 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

Last week students worked with their groups to create a scene based on their Literature Circle selection.  This week they continued to prepare and rehearse their pieces for Literature Theater performance in front of the class.  Students performed their pieces during the second class session.  During the third class session, students took the Reading portion of the MAP.

MATH

Students have been focusing on practicing and mastering Combining Like Terms, Distribution and One-Step Equations.  Students spent the second session reflecting on their own progress over the school year in Math class to prepare for student led conferences on Thursday, March 20.  Students will be taking a pre-assessment and assessment on Combining Like Terms, Distribution and One-Step and Two-Step Equations beginning next week.

SCIENCE

Students in Mr. Patterson’s Science classes completed their investigations of Newton’s Third Law (“For every action, there’s an opposite reaction.”).  Students will complete an assessment in the first session next week covering Newton’s Three Laws.

Students in Ms. Cook’s Science classes continued to investigate density and worked on their Recycling Factory.  They were introduced to Convection, Conduction and Radiation in the last session.

Mr. Pasamba’s Science classes need to answer the sheet on achievement for the student led conferences on Thursday, March 20.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Last week, students participated in a mock stock market.  Students assumed the roles of countries selling hard commodities (e.g. oil, coal) or soft commodities (sugar, cocoa), banks or as the Account Exchange.  Students completed a third day of trading during the first class session.  During the second session students began to reflect on this simulation and how it connects to international relations and stability.  In the third sessions students began to reflect on their progress since the beginning of the school year in preparation for the student led conferences, Thursday, March 20.

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

Have a great weekend!

~Steve Fischer

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