NFS Curriculum Update :: December, 2014
Debate & Public Speaking
Veteran and new Debate and Public Speaking students are offto a great start! Students were recorded reading the new Newtown Friends School mission statement and given feedback regarding pace, volume, articulation, eye contact, body control, emphasis and gesture. They wrote “I Like” speeches describing a particular passion and again viewed themselves after being recorded. Currently, students are preparing “Please, parent, please” speeches where they argue for a privilege or item they have been denied previously. Debate class capitalizes on teenagers’ natural ability to argue!
Eighth graders will jump back into solving linear systems and perfect his or her skills on solving using graphing, substitution and elimination. We will continue to interpret given scenarios and transform them into linear systems with two variables. Mixtures, interest, and wind/air speed are all new real-life applications that will be explored. Then, the analysts will choose between comparing cell phone plans, cable plans, or two cars to synthesize which is the better buy based on the group’s consumer’s needs and desires. The cooperative groups will construct scenarios, linear systems, and a conclusive report that will be shared with the class. We will also continue working with Microsoft Excel, learning functions on the graphing calculators, and sharing class notes and resources in Google Classroom.
Eighth grade problem-solvers will start December off determining whether or not the two NASA astronauts have enough oxygen to install solar panels on the International Space Station with regard to oxygen usage. Following analysis of the given scenario, students will work in cooperative groups and create scenarios around a specific topic that involve a three-variable linear system. Within these scenarios, the groups will create the scenario, describe the scenario as a linear system, solve the system, and advise the client based on the results. Toward the end of the month, eighth graders will revisit absolute value functions and perform translations on the Cartesian plane. We will also continue working with Microsoft Excel, learning functions on the graphing calculators, and sharing class notes and resources in Google Classroom.
Eighth grade Spanish students will continue to work on research and translation regarding the Inca Empire. Each student was assigned a cultural aspect of the Inca civilization to investigate. He or she will need to prepare their information to be presented in a paper slide video. Students will need to prepare dialogue cards and drawings, practice clear pronunciation, and execute a lively delivery to create an informative and interesting video.