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

Update Week of December 16, 2013

Parents,

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

As you know Holiday break begins December 18.  I hope you enjoy your time with your family and friends.  As it’s a shortened week and Tuesday, December 17th is Sports Day there will not be an update next week.

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 completed and turned in their Poetry Anthologies.  Students in Ms. Hawkinson’s classes worked together in groups to interpret and perform a poem for a Poetry Choral Performance.

MATH

Mr. Cargile returned the graded Fractions, Decimals and Percents Assessment students took last week.  Students completed an assessment reflection and made corrections.  Students then worked on problems from collaboration cards- two cards per table, answers on the other card.  Students then began the next unit, Ratios.  Mr. Cargile provided examples of how ratios are part of a whole (fractions), or part/part or use to compare different types of quantities and measures (rate).

SCIENCE

Mr. Patterson’s students continued to explore forces with Newton’s First Law of Motion (Law of Inertia)- an object at rest will remain at rest, an object in motion will remain in motion unless acted on by another force.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students in Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s classes completed their Name the Room nomination performance tasks.  Students then had the opportunity to share with their classmates why ISM Loft-house should be named after their innovator.

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

See you again on Monday, January 6, 2014!!

~Mr. Fischer

Update Week of December 2, 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. Hawkinson’s and Ms. Monroe’s classes spent the week analyzing a poem of their choice using the Point, Evidence, Explanation method of critical writing for their Cornerstone Assessment.  They also continued to work on their poetry anthology, which is due next week.  Please consult the Assignment Calendar for the specific dues dates.

MATH 

Students in Mr. Cargile’s and Ms. Nageea’s classes continued to review decimals, percents and fractions.  Students took a pre-assessment to determine which skills they needed to specifically review.  Students corrected their own pre-assessments and reflected on the skill areas they individually needed to review and master before the actual assessment on Friday.

SCIENCE 

In Mr. Patterson’s classes, students observed several demonstrations of forces.  Students will next focus on Laws of Inertia, which is Newton’s Three Laws.  Students were introduced to an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion will always be in motion unless acted on by an outside force.

Ms. Cook’s class continued to explore the Innovation unit by defining and demonstrating speed, velocity, distance, acceleration, deceleration and constant velocity, as well as Newton’s 2nd Law, the Law of Acceleration (F= M x A).

In Mr. Pasamba’s classes students need to work on the their World without Friction poster, which is due Thursday December 10th.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Ms. Vogt’s and Mr. Wislang’s classes spent the week students continued to work on their Innovator Performance Tasks.  Ms. Vogt extended the deadlines for submission.  Please consult the Assignment Calendar for the specific dues dates.

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

Enjoy the weekend!

~Steve Fischer

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

 

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