Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30

Science: Took a Daily Science quiz and then used the jigsaw method to read and take notes on Newton's 1st Law of motion. 

Geometry: Students had the opportunity to finish the Transformation Test.



Humanities: Students analyzed political cartoons in class. No homework.


RR English: Read every evening, eading log is due Monday, November 3, parents must sign reading logs.

RR Math: A section of math should be completed each night, math packet is due Tuesday, November 4. TEST: Tuesday, November 4


French 2: Keep studying clothing vocabulary and practice writing it.

Algebra: We started notes on 4.2. No homework!




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 29

Science: Graphed and analyzed the data on mass and speed that we collected yesterday.

Geometry: Took the unit 2 test.


Humanities: Students continued to work on their "Causes of the Revolution" quiz and watched a video on the investigation of the Boston Massacre. No Homework.

RR English: Read every evening, reading log is due Monday, November 3, parents must sign reading logs.

RR Math: A section of math should be completed each night, math packet is due Tuesday, November 4. TEST: Tuesday, November 4


French 2: Practice writing about clothing.


Pre-Algebra: Today we completed our 2.5 notes. The homework is 2.5 Practice C, 1-24 all. The notes and homework are available on http://norupstein.weebly.com/pre-algebra-notes-and-homework .

ELA - Students checked over their Grammar 3.2 and we moved on to Grammar 3.3 "Pronouns as Objects" we have seen Objects twice now so the students should be able to question themselves like we practice in class to find the Direct Object, Indirect Object, or the Object of a Preposition.  Tomorrow's assignment will include two lessons as I do not see my afternoon classes on Friday. Homework: Grammar 3.3, READ! AR quizzes are due by noon on Friday (I will be in my room for students to take quizzes after the half day).


Algebra: Discussed function notation, domain and range, and rewriting equations. Homework: wkst 4.1,4.7, 3.8

Chinese: Check the class blog for assignment detail.

Spanish I: WHAT WE DID TODAY: The field trip to Mexican Town was a big success! Students had the opportunity to learn about the Día de los muertos holiday through art, observation, and listening to stories told by lifelong residents of Mexican Town. Thank you parents, for supporting this very important and culturally rich educational opportunity. Thank you also, to the chaperones who made this event possible! When we returned to NIS, we had a wonderful discussion about all that we'd learned. I will be sending a link to view pictures. Thank you again to everyone who made this very special day possible! HOMEWORK: The Día de los muertos packet will be due on Monday. Please finish the crossword puzzle for tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday, October 28

Science: We began our unit on Newton's laws of motion by investigating the relationship between mass and speed on the flat track. Students collected data, tomorrow we will graph the data and talk about trends. 

Geometry: Went over the review for tomorrow's test. Homework is to study.

RR English: Continue working on reading logs, due Monday, November 3, 2014, remember parents signature.

RR Math: Math homework packet due on Tuesday, November 4, test day November 4

Humanities: Students took the "Causes of the American Revolution" quiz in class today. No homework.

Algebra: We discussed functions and function notation today. Homework: finish Function Sort in ISN, purpose of function notation worksheet, and intro to Chapter 4 homework.

French 2: Practice writing about the clothing you are wearing, and study the purple words for 10.1

ELA- Students checked in their Grammar 3.1, we went over the answers and then moved on to Grammar 3.2. Students were given the hour to work with my help and/or read. Ar quizzes are always available on the 3 classroom computers. Journals were handed in and will be returned tomorrow. AR quizzes are due by Friday, no extensions as we will be setting personal goals according to points earned for first Marking Period. In order to give students the full marking period to read I have to do this during the first week. Homework: Grammar 3.2 & Read

Spanish: Dear Parents, If you are planning to accompany our class on tomorrow's field trip to Mexican Town, please be sure to print, fill out, and submit the attached Parent Chaperon form (if you haven't already). I will also hand out hard copies to students in today's class. Thank you!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday, October 27

Science: Unit 1 tests were returned and discussed,  learning styles were discussed and groups worked on posters to present their learning styles. Lab corrections are due tomorrow.

Geometry: Worked on the review for the Transformations test and rotation quizzes were returned. Homework is to finish the review, Transformation test is Wednesday.

ELA - Students began their study of Pronouns today with a Schoolhouse Rock video :)  We then went over the first page of Grammar Chapter 3 Lesson 1 (GR 3.1) and the students had the remainder of the period to work on grammar and/or read. Homework: Journal 1.45, Grammar 3.1, Read. Please remember these other important Summative Assessment due dates:
* Tuesday, October 28th - Journals - 45 entries with table of contents to match (home and school entries combined)
* Friday, October 31st (1/2 day) - 5 AR quizzes taken and passed (one book every two weeks for the marking period)

RR English:    Reading Log due Monday, November 3



RR Math:   Homework due Tuesday, November 11 , TEST  November 11

Humanities: Students reviewed for the Causes of the Revolution quiz we are having tomorrow. Homework is to study for the quiz. A study guide is attached.

Pre-Algebra: We took notes over 2.5. The homework is Practice B, 2.5, 1 - 31 odd. Notes and homweork are available at http://norupstein.weebly.com/pre-algebra-notes-and-homework .

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday, October 24

Science: We discussed lab corrections and students were given time to work on their corrections, lab corrections are due on Tuesday, October 28. Unit 1 tests will be returned on Monday.

Geometry: Took the rotation quiz- no homework. Transformation test on Wednesday, October 29.

RR English: Logs are due Monday. 5 completed days with parent signature.

RR Math: Homework packets are due on 11-4-14. This is when our next test will be.

Chinese: Check the class blog for the assignment detail.


ELA - Dystopia Sharing! Students turned in their Utopia/Dystopia projects and those that wanted to shared. Very interesting to see what each student considered a Utopia! Yesterday in my haste I made a mistake in the list below - correction in bold :) Please remember these other important Summative Assessment due dates:

* Tuesday, October 28th - Journals - 45 entries with table of contents to match (home and school entries combined)

* Friday, October 31st (1/2 day) - 5 AR quizzes taken and passed (one book every two weeks for the marking period)


Humanities: Students reviewed for our "Causes of the Revolution" time line test on Tuesday, and shared current events, in class. Homework is to study for the test on Tuesday. A list of causes is attached. Choose ten causes, put them in chronological order and use a sentence or two to describe each.

Pre-Algebra: TOday we worked on section 2.4. The homework is 2.4 1 - 31 all. The homework is available at http://norupstein.weebly.com/pre-algebra-notes-and-homework .

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23

Thank you to the parents who came to conferences last night! Today, conferences are from 12:30 - 3:00 or 5:30 - 8:00.

Science: 1st & 2nd hours worked with their new groups to create an image to represent their shared intelligence strengths. We will discuss lab corrections tomorrow, please make sure to bring your lab to class with you tomorrow if you got it back at conferences! Lab corrections will be due on Tuesday, October 28.

Geometry: Attached is the key for that rotation practice homework. Rotation quiz is tomorrow, Transformation test is Wednesday, October 29.

Humanities: Students reviewed causes of the American Revolution, were introduced to 4.1 of the text and worked on a time line for the section. Homework is to finish the time line and complete a current event for Friday.


ELA - It was great seeing many of you last night at parent teacher conferences. I look forward to seeing more of the parents tonight. 1st hour was given until tomorrow, the beginning of the hour, to turn in their projects (hoping some will work on their project today with the half day). This gives another work day in class to 4th and 6th hours.
To clarify Project due dates/times:
1st Hour - Friday at the beginning of class
4th Hour - Friday at the end of class (COW in class)
6th Hour - Friday at the end of class (COW in class)
Please remember these other important Summative Assessment due dates:
* Tuesday, October 28th - Journals - 43 entries with table of contents to match (home and school entries combined)
* Friday, October 31st (1/2 day) - 5 AR quizzes taken and passed (one book every two weeks for the marking period)

RR English: Logs are due Monday.

RR Math: Homework packets were passed out.  

Pre-Algebra: Today we started 2.4. We worked on picture representations of story problems to support algebraic thinking. There is no homework today. 



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 22

Conferences are today and tomorrow:
Wednesday: 5:30 - 8:00
Thursday: 12:30 - 3:00 and 5:30 - 8:00

We hope to see you there!
Student Council - Friday is MSU vs UM day - wear your team's spirit wear or both colors to earn Spirit Points for your grade. Hats are allowed for a donation of $1.00 to Susan G. Komen

ELA - Students worked on projects today. We had the COW to publish final drafts.
Homework: Journal #1.43 & Read Projects due
Thurs end of class for 1st Hour
Fri beginning of class for 4th & 6th

Science: Students watched ESPN's sports figures as an introduction to our next unit on Newton's Laws of Motion and then came up with questions they had about the unit. We also created new lab groups based on the multiple intelligence inventory they completed after the test yesterday. We will discuss how the multiple intelligences relate to our learning strengths and weaknesses and how we can use that information to help us be more successful. Tests will be returned on Friday.

Geometry: Finished exploring rotations, homework is to finish the rotation practice that was started in class. Rotation quiz is Friday, transformation test is Wednesday, October 29.

RR English: log due Monday 11.3.14 (follow readers response and get parents signature

RR Math: homework packet due Tuesday 11.4.14

Humanities: Students checked 3.5 in class today and then used that information to write an argumentative paragraph on what they believe to be the most important cause of the American Revolution. Students then debated the causes of the Revolution. No homework.

French 2: 10.1 worksheet is due on Monday

Pre-Algebra: Today we took the 2.1 - 2.3 quiz. There is no homework tonight.

Algebra: Friday is our chapter test (6.4-6.6). Homework: Chapter Review. Answers are also posted here for classes that do not meet on Thursday.

Spanish: Good afternoon Spanish 1 families: If you, or someone you know, are interested in hosting an exchange student, please contact me for details. There is a Berkley High School freshman from Spain who is looking for a family. It would be a wonderful way to practice your Spanish skills, and learn about the Spanish culture!