Update Week of November 3, 2014

Parents,

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

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

ENGLISH

Poetry is in the air!  Students have been writing poems and learning how to use different poetic devices.  This week students covered onomatopoeia and imagery.  

For homework students should have completed the following types of poems:  tankas, antonym, and diamante.

MATH

Mr. Cargile’s classes continued to practice fraction and decimal conversations and using the Order of Operations.  Students started the School Supplies Activity during session three.  This is due next week.  The unit assessment is also next week.

SCIENCE

Students in Ms. Cook’s science classes continued to explore innovation through the Four Features of Natural Selection.  Students should have completed Part 3 of the performance task, Model Assessment.  Next week students will start motion, forces and energy.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students started exploring Innovation this week!  They worked with their table groups to complete the Marshmallow Challenge during the first class session.  Students then began to analyze Chinese Innovations,and their influences on the modern world.

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

~Steve Fischer

Update Week of October 20, 2014

Parents,

Below are the summaries of the topics 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 classes continued to learn and apply the different poetic devices to their own poetry.  This week students covered symbol, metaphor, alliteration and personification.  Students were also required to write an acrostic poem and a haiku for homework.

MATH

Students in Mr. Cargile’s classes completed the reflection and the corrections for the Rational Numbers Quiz and continued to practice solving problems involving integers, decimals, fractions and order of operations.

SCIENCE

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students began the Innovation unit by 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 innoculation.

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

~Steve Fischer