April 5, 2016
Welcome back everyone. I hope you had a relaxing and fun break.
This week we are beginning our study of Ratios in Topic 10. We will also be doing some preparation for upcoming PARCC testing over the next few weeks.
In Block 5 math we will be taking a deeper look at Ratios and Graphing Ratios in Topic 12.
We have just finished our analysis of Old John Brown. The students have written an essay to make their claim about if Old Brown was a madman or a fighter for justice. Studies on Dred Scott case and the Lincoln Douglass debates also concluded this week. Southern Succession is on the horizon. * The votes are in: 69 students felt John Brown was a Murderer and 55 students saw him as a Martyr.
We finished the presentations and learned a lot from each other about public speaking skills and the variety of topics. The last piece of the multi-genre biography project is to write a reflective letter including what was learned, gems, and opportunities for themselves and for me. That letter is due Monday.
Additionally, we continue to read our novel and learn new vocabulary. Next week we will continue with our mini research project connected to Wednesday Wars and learn a set of new vocabulary words.
Remember next week is another 4-day week with the official conference day on Friday as well as other times throughout the week. If you signed up to conference with me, I’ll see you soon.
Have a beautiful (although not quite as warm) weekend, families!
“Thou hast only to follow the wall far enough and there will be a door in it.” From The Door in the Wallby Marguerite de Angeli
Students have been learning about cells and their functions. Cell analogy projects were shared and all students did a great job! Students completed a lab with potatoes demonstrating osmosis. There will be a unit test next Thursday and Friday. Students have been given a Quizlet to help them prepare. We will review next week.