Last week, we started our next MAJOR- the "Where in the World?" project. The last day to work on this project in class is this Wednesday. On Thursday, students will work through a self-assessment and peer-assessment to ensure that they have all parts of the rubric complete. We will begin presentations this Friday. Most students will not get to present on Friday, as it is an Early Release Day. I suggested the following pacing guide for students to make sure that they get everything done on time:
Thurs 8/10: Landform Identification (HW: country and continent)
Fri 8/11: In class: Boundary and Plates, Movements/Crust Effects/Landforms (HW: Impacts)
Mon 8/14: In class: Visual & Comparison, Begin to put together presentation
Tues 8/15: In class: work on presentation
Wed 8/16: Any last minute questions, wrap up presentation & begin to rehearse
Thurs 8:17: Self & Peer Assessments
Fri 8/18: [Early Release] Begin student presentations. Students who do not present 8/18 will present Tues 8/22.
**Note: I have included both copies of this assignment below. The one on the left is the version most students received. The one on the right is the modified version. If you are not sure which one your child received, please e-mail me. It is very important that you are using the correct version for your child. Everyone is free to look at both of them, but please note that there are slight differences in the rubrics. If you use the wrong one, your child could miss things that are supposed to be in their presentation and could lose points.
There seems to be an issue with the first lab (Bubbles!), so please let me explain. It is counted as a MAJOR assessment, which means your child has the opportunity to make up that grade if they A) forgot to turn it in, or B) did not like the original grade. This is an exception, as it was our very first major. In the future, your child will ONLY be able to make up MAJORS if they have no missing work. This would include a 0 for not turning in the MAJOR the first time.
You can access your child's grade by checking PowerSchool. Students are able to log in now. If your child has a "0", that means they did not turn in their lab sheet, even during the late period. If your child is sure that they turned in their lab sheet but they have a 0, please check their graded work folder in their science binder. If they do not have the lab there with a grade on it, they did not turn it in. These were handed back Monday. I did tell each class on Monday that they have an opportunity to fix their grade. It is due tomorrow.
Now, if your child would like to "fix" their grade, they need to go to DiscoveryEducation.com tonight to make up the lab. (UN: wcpstudentnumber PW: studentnumber) The lab is called "One Tomato Two Tomato." They need to complete all of the questions on the attached post-lab sheet and have it ready to turn in tomorrow if they are taking this opportunity to fix their grade.
Our Plate Tectonics lab sheet deadline is Monday. If they turn in in tomorrow or Monday, there will be a 10% late deduction, per our late policy in the student agenda. Your child's work is considered late if it is not ready to turn in when collected at the beginning of class, no matter what the excuse- with the exception of the absent policy if they didn't know about the due date in advance. Any time your child is absent, please have them check this section of the website as well as Google Classroom so they do not get behind. In middle school, we do not ask students for make-up work if they are absent. It is their responsibility to make sure they have their work caught up and turned in on time. We simply have too many students to track down absent work. They are, of course, allowed and encouraged to come see us about any questions they have about absent work.
I hope that I did not come off too harsh; that was not my intention. I just know that there are a lot of new things to learn with middle school and I wanted to make it as clear as possible. If you have any questions at all, please reach out to me! The goal is for your child to be successful! :)
**SPECIFICATIONS on tonight's science homework: Today we learned about our next MAJOR, called "Where in the World?" This is an individual, research-based project that will conclude with a presentation to the class next week. Please see the attachments below for more details about this project. Tonight your child is responsible for finding the "Landform Identification," or the continent and country where their landform is located. They should have this information ready when coming to class tomorrow.
And finally (whew!)- interims will go home tomorrow. Be on the lookout for these forms. This marks the halfway point of the quarter so that you have an idea of your child's progress. Please keep in mind that if your child has complete retakes or has turned in absent work besides what was actually due this week, that may not be reflected on their interim yet. It takes time to go through the assignments, and current assignments are the priority.
We had our second lab on Friday about plate tectonics. It was a lot of fun! Your child should be working to complete their lab sheet at home. It is due on Wednesday and will be counted as a MINOR grade. If your child was absent, they have an alternate assignment to complete and will need to see me for the details.
Today we are using resources posted to Google Classroom to learn more about Alfred Wegener. If your child does not get them finished in class, they need to be finished for homework tonight. We will be using these notes to complete another map activity in class tomorrow.
DON'T FORGET- PICTURES ARE TOMORROW! :)
Today we learned about the different types of tectonic plate boundaries in preparation for our lab tomorrow. Please review the four vocabulary words with your child tonight so that they are ready for the lab. If they forgot theirs at home, you can find my copy of our class "notes" from today below.
As always, I have asked students to dress appropriately for the lab tomorrow. Again, this is to build good habits for when we have labs in the future that require proper dress code. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.
Tonight's homework assignment was simply to fill in the examples (one each) for the different plate boundaries. Some classes were already able to get the homework done in class because we had some experts that were able to share what they knew about the boundaries during our discussion. The examples they shared are included in the version below.
We are in need of the following items for upcoming projects, ASAP! If you are willing and able, please send in the following items this week:
1. Graham Crackers
2. Vanilla Icing (red if possible)
Thank you so much for your support! The first two are for a lab I'd like to do on Friday this week to learn more about plate tectonics and the newspapers are for a project during Flight School. Thanks again! :)
Here is your first assignment from my website! Use the presentation below to complete the following tasks:
1) Pick 3-4 Vocabulary Words from the presentation to fill in a vocabulary sheet.
2) Work with a partner to fill in the guided notes sheet using the presentation below.
3) Find another set of partners to build a model of the Earth with!
Attached are my answer key and pictures of the vocabulary posters. We are having a MINOR (quiz) tomorrow on the Layers of the Earth. Please make sure that your child has their notes complete and help them make sure they have the correct information from the key below so that they can study tonight.
I have to brag on our students for a moment. They are transitioning to middle school so smoothly! It may feel a bit rough to you, but this is the best I have ever seen so far! We have been working in groups to learn about the layers of the Earth and, for the most part, students have done an EXCELLENT job managing their work within their groups. Nice job facilitators! If you want to check up on what they're doing in class, simply have them log into Google Classroom and they should be able to tell you about one of the layers of the Earth. Tomorrow they will be responsible for teaching their layer to the rest of their group.
Tutoring will start next week! I will explain it to students on Friday after their MINOR (quiz), but wanted to go ahead and put up the form. It is attached below. Please make sure to read the entire thing before sending it in. If you would like your child to attend, I will need to have the form turned in on Monday. The form will always be due the day before the tutoring session.
There were a few students absent last Friday, causing them to miss our first MAJOR. I talked with these students today to give them their make-up work. This should be completed by Friday. Thank you for your patience with this. I was hoping there would be a way to have them complete the same lab at school, but couldn't get it to work out.
First, they need to log on to DiscoveryEd. Once on this website, in the top search bar, they need to type "One Tomato Two Tomato." This will take them to a virtual lab. They are to complete the virtual lab on the website in order to answer the post-lab questions about the scientific method. They will turn in the post-lab for their grade.
Many of my students have homework due tomorrow. If your child was present Friday for the lab, the Post-Lab sheet is due tomorrow. This is for a MAJOR grade. If your child turns it in on Wednesday, 5% will be deducted from their score. If it is turned in Thursday or Friday, 10% will be deducted from their overall score.
Most students did not get our class work complete today either and need to finish for homework. We completed a pre-assessment for our next unit- Land Beneath Our Feet. This is not for a grade, but it is important for your child to be able to track their progress. At the end of this assessment, we created our first "study guide!" Your child should have written down in the Notes section of their binder: 1) The question number that they got wrong, 2) The entire question beside the question number, and 3) the entire correct answer beneath the question. This way they can easily begin to review at home! If this was not completed during class, it is to be completed at home and ready for tomorrow. Your child was given the opportunity to work during lunch if they have me before lunch. Only a few took this opportunity.
If your child was absent today, they can complete this work at home! Once they log into Google Classroom, they need to hit the "+" sign in the top right corner to add my class. The class codes are different for each class and are listed below. Once they have joined my class, there is a link to the pre-assessment. They will hit submit once finished. This is a pre-assessment, so none of this information has been learned in my class yet. Low grades are not only expected, but welcome. We will be focusing and learning from those mistakes! :)
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For some of our projects this year, I will be asking for parent volunteers. If you already know that you would like to volunteer in the future, please contact me. Otherwise, the need for parent volunteers will be included in the weekly update. Thank you! :)