Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday, December 19

Science: Discussed MLA guidelines for in-text citations as well as formatting the works cited page. Students analyzed a sample paper and identified the in-text citations along with the matching citations on the works cited page. They then practiced writing in-text citations. As long as students have all the information and citation details necessary to write their Energy Research Paper there is no homework over break.

Geometry: 4.1-4.3 Quiz. No homework!


RR English:
Read every evening
Reading log is due Monday, January 5, 1015
parents must sign reading logs

RR Math:
None, however some students are missing
assignments that could be completed over
break. The end of the semester is
January 23, 2015

Humanities: Students checked 7.3 guided reading and began to work on 7.4 guided notes (found in book) in class today. Hopefully, students finished 7.4 in class. If not, it is due when we return from break.

Pre-Algebra: Today we created a flip-chart of rules of divisibility and used it to decided if four-digit or larger numbers are divisible be these numbers without a calculator. There is no homework. Enjoy your break :)

Chinese:  圣诞快乐!Hope everyone have a wonderful holidays!! Meanwhile, please check the class blog for the assignments. 


ELA - Students used the research they produced in Science, the source worksheet, and their outline to produce a rough draft of their Position Paper in their journal for Day 2 of their Writer's Workshop. We will be working on these as soon as we return, please have your first draft of your essay done! How to write an argument & How to write a position are attached. Homework- Have a great break! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday, December 18

Humanities: Students continued to work on 7.3 guided questions. 7.3 guided questions worksheet is due tomorrow.

RR English:
Read every evening
Reading log is due Monday, January 5, 1015
parents must sign reading logs

RR Math:
A section of math should be completed each night
Math packet is due Friday, December 19
TEST: Friday, December 19

Pre-Algebra: We worked on 4.2, working with GCF using prime factorization and story problems. The homework is 4.2, 2-28 even, 29, 30. The notes and homework are available at http://norupstein.weebly.com/pre-algebra-notes-and-homework .
Please bring the following items to class tomorrow, if you have them:
-colored pencils or highlighter
-glue stick
-scissors

Science: Continued taking notes from Discovery Education videos. Tomorrow we will be discussing citations.

Geometry: Finished 4.3 and did the 4.3 handout. Students need to take the time to go over the 4.3 handout more carefully for homework. Quiz tomorrow. 

ELA - Students began their Writer's Workshop with Position Paper Day 1. This cross curricular project was started with our Informational Reading Reader's Workshop, continued in Science with research and organizational lessons, and is now coming to completion with writing the paper and practicing a presentation of the information. Today we took the research completed in Science class and organized it in an outline & used the argument checklist to analyze their progress.  I checked thesis statements and gave remarks on adjustments. Tomorrow we will be using this outline to flash draft our first draft of this paper. If your student has any missing information for their outline please have him or her complete it tonight. Homework: Grammar take home quiz, Journal entry #2.44, Read.

Spanish: WHAT WE DID: We took Part 2 of the Chapter 2 Test. We started Chapter 3 by reviewing the vocabulary, and completing exercises 3 and 4 on page 79. This is homework if it was not completed in class.  


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday, December 17

Science: Students received individual feedback on the research they have done so far (5 days in class!) and some suggestions on what they still need to work on. They need to bring all of this info with them to language arts tomorrow! We then discussed different citation/formatting styles (MLA, APA, ASA, Chicago Style, Oh My!), we are using MLA for this paper with Language Arts, as well as how to properly cite a video. We then watched a portion of Powering The Future: The Green Revolution from The Science Channel and students took notes that can be used in their research paper. We will finish this video tomorrow and potentially watch a few others. On  Friday we will wrap up the science portion of this project by discussing other formatting guidelines (in-text citations and Works Cited pages using MLA). 

ELA - Students corrected their Grammar 6.2 and we moved on to 6.3-6.4 Conjunctions and Interjections (yes, of course we watched Schoolhouse Rock for both). Rewrites should be done tomorrow if not by Friday. Most have received theirs back. This will help them with their argument writing in the future. Be sure to have all research and worksheets from Science in ELA tomorrow, we will be starting our Position Paper. Homework: Grammar 6.3-6.4, Journal Entry #2.42, and READ.

Geometry: We CRUISED through section 4.3 on similarity, no homework. 4.1-4.3 quiz on Friday.

Humanities: Students checked 7.2 and began to work on 7.3 guided questions in class. 7.2 guided questions are due Friday.

RR English:
Read every evening
Reading log is due Monday, January 5, 1015
parents must sign reading logs

RR Math:
A section of math should be completed each night
Math packet is due Friday, December 19
TEST: Friday, December 19



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday, December 16

Science: Last day of research for our cross curricular project with Language Arts on Alternative Energy Sources. Students took time to label all of their information according to the paper requirements (How the source generates electricity, Why it's a good choice for Michigan, Where it has been used successfully and Counterclaim rebuttal) and then turned them in to me at the end of the hour. I will be looking over how much information they have so that students know if they are missing anything.



Geometry: 4.2- Drawing dilations discussed in class. Homework is the dilation handout. Quiz o 4.1-4.3 Friday- please be sure to take the quiz early if you're going to be absent on Friday.

Humanities: Students checked 7.1 section assessment and began to work on 7.2 section assessment in class. Homework is to complete 7.2 section assessment.


RR English:
Read every evening
Reading log is due Monday, January 5, 1015
parents must sign reading logs

RR Math:
A section of math should be completed each night
Math packet is due Friday, December 19
TEST: Friday, December 19

Pre-Algebra: Today we practiced GCF and working woth prime factorization. The homework is to finish 4.1 from yesterday if not already complete.

Algebra: We took our Chapter 5 test today. No homework


ELA - Students corrected their Grammar 6.1 and we moved on to 6.2 Using Prepositional Phrases. Homework: finish Grammar 6.2, Journal 2.41, READ!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday, December 15

Science: Continued researching energy sources for the cross curricular project with language arts. We only have one more day with the COW- any additional research students need to do will have to be done outside of class! Students must be keeping track of which facts from which sources because they will be required to use in-text citations in this paper. Attached is a copy of the literature review/citation handout provided by Mrs. Petersen last week, it should be completed by the end of class tomorrow! 






Geometry: Continued exploring dilations. 4.1 practice is homework. Quiz on dilations and similarity Friday.

RR English:
Read every evening
Reading log is due Monday, December 15
parents must sign reading logs

RR Math:
A section of math should be completed each night
Math packet is due Monday, December 16
TEST: Monday, December 16

Pre-Algebra: Today we started 4.1, prime factorization of monomials. The homework is 4.1, all, front and back, due Wednesday. Tomorrow is a lab day, please dress accordingly.

ELA - Students handed in their rewrites for their Literary Analysis. Hoping the feedback helped! We then started Chapter 6 of our Grammar Units with 6.1 - Prepositions. We jumped over Chapters 4 and 5 as this chapter only has 4 lessons, perfect for right before break! Homework: Journal entry #2.40, Read, Grammar.

Algebra: Test tomorrow on chapter 5. No official homework tonight. Look over the 2 chapter reviews and try some problems on classzone.com

Spanish: WHAT WE DID TODAY: We took Part 1 of the Chapter 2 Test. Part 2 will be given on Thursday, December 18. Make up Vocabulary Quizzes will be given on Wednesday. Please see me if you would like to take the make up Quiz. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday, December 12

Humanities: Students shared Bill of Rights current events in class. No homework.

RR English:
Read every evening
Reading log is due Monday, December 15
parents must sign reading logs

RR Math:
A section of math should be completed each night
Math packet is due Friday, December 19
TEST: Friday, December 19

Pre-Algebra: Today we finished the Chapter 3 Test and students that were done work on a Chapters 1 - 3 Cumulative Review. No homework.

Science: Unit 2 tests were returned and we discussed them, then students had the hour to continue researching for our energy source cross-curricular project with language arts. Resources have also been posted to the blog- students need to focus on keeping track of their sources while researching. 

Geometry: Began unit 4: dilation & symmetry. 

Algebra: I have posted the answers to Review #1 that we went over today in class. Homework: Chapter 5 Review.

Chinese: We have homework this weekend. Please check the class blog.

ELA - Students received their Literary Essays back with the opportunity to rewrite and resubmit by Monday, December 15th. A checklist was given to help guide rewrites and class time available today through Friday. Rewrites will only be graded if accompanied by first paper and rubric. Homework: Journal entry #2.39 & READ!!!!