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CLASSROOM UPDATES: 2/17/16 - 2/26/16
Reading Unit: Nonfiction and Historical Fiction book clubs
Focus: Reading complex nonfiction texts
Writing Unit: Position Papers: Research and Argument
Students will be flash-drafting a position paper about violence in video games, using nonfiction articles as sources. They will also examine an assessment rubric and self-assess the strengths and weaknesses in their writing. Next week, students will participate in a cross-curricular activity in which they write a position paper about one of the compromises made during the Constitutional Convention.
To increase nonfiction reading skills, students have been reading articles using Newsela (www.newsela.com). Students are provided time each day to read articles of their choosing and take short quiz on the material. Students are required to have read at least 15 articles and pass the accompanying quizzes by the end of fourth term (February 18th).
Students are learning ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces). They will begin chapter two (monomials).
Friday: p. 94
Monday: p. 100
Tuesday: p. 104
Wednesday: p. 111
Thursday and Friday: STAR testing.
Compound probabliity, tomorrow is a review and Friday there is a test on Statistics and Probability. Students begin chapter seven (systems of equations) next week.
Unit: Reviewing Earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate tectonics
Test is the end of next week
Unit: Creating the Constitution
Essential Questions: What compromises emerged from the Constitutional Convention?
Students will recreate the Constitutional Convention and debate the issues that led to the compromises that helped frame the Constitution. Students should be reviewing their Interactive Student notebooks daily. Notebooks should be complete through section five this week, and through section nine next week.
NEED EXTRA HELP?
Ms. Barkho: Monday and Tuesday until 4:30pm, Thursdays by appointment
Mr. Bryant (subbing for Ms. Cathey): Monday - Thursday until 4:30
Mr. Krankowski: By appointment
Mr. Lorentzen: Mornings beginning at 7:15am
Mrs. McDaniel: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 4:30pm
Mr. Mudd: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Mr. Pearcy: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until 4:30pm
**There will be no tutoring available on the third Wednesday of each month as the teachers will be participating in Staff Meetings.