On Wednesday we will review measurement conversions. Both English-to-metric conversions and metric-to-metric conversions. You will need a Metric Ladder bookmark in your notebook, and you will need to copy an "English-to-Metric Conversion Factors" chart from the worksheet into your notebook also (don't forget to include title, date, pg #, and include in your Table of Contents).
The worksheet is a class copy, so you will need to copy all 20 questions onto a loose-leaf sheet of paper. Don't forget your MLA heading and a title! Your homework is due Friday, 19 Sept, at the beginning of class.
Wednesday is Constitution Day! In advisory, we will have a discussion about the constitution and complete a few exercises.
Students are required to read through the information packet and complete the questions and worksheet activities. We should be able to finish all of this in class Wednesday, but it becomes homework otherwise. Due at the end of class Wednesday.
For advisory Tuesday, we partnered up and interviewed each other about possible career plans for adulthood. Each student, after discussing with their partner, completed the worksheet attached below. Worksheet due at the end of class Tuesday, 16 Sept.
Week 5 Schedule
On our last quiz, many folks did very poorly on the "math" section of the quiz, covering measurement, conversions, and scientific notation. We will be taking a new "math" quiz to replace the first one, and we will be reviewing the material again before we quiz.
Attached are instructions and a new scientific notation worksheet for homework. The worksheet will be due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, 17-Sept.
If you need additional help on scientific notation, visit Khan Academy at home or at school. You may also visit with Mr. Zuber after school any day (except Wednesdays).
Most Fridays in advisory, we will write for 10 minutes based on a new writing prompt each week. Students are expected to practice good writing skills such as using detailed and complete sentences, proper punctuation, and correct spelling. However, the grade in advisory for each piece of writing will be based on length. If the student writes at least a 1/2 page, they will earn 7/10 points. If they write at least a 3/4 page, they will earn 10/10.
Today's Writing Prompt:
You are in a room with no distractions. The door is locked, the walls are white. There is one chair on which you sit. On the table in front of you is a piece of paper. You know on the reverse side of the piece of paper is written your entire future: who you will marry, how many kids you will have, the jobs you will hold, and even how you will die. You are in the room for one hour only and can never return to it. Tell me if you would turn the paper over and read it, and explain why or why not? Explain what you think would be the consequences of reading it.
On Friday, 12-Sept, we started our Sun, Earth, Moon Foldable. I have decided that on Monday, 15-Sept, we will modify and add information to our foldable to make it more useful. The foldable should be completed in class on Monday (we may spill over to Tuesday if we run out of time), and should be used to study for our next quiz.
When the foldable is finished, there is a comparison activity to add to your notebook for homework. It is due Wednesday, 17 Sept.
Attached are instructions for the foldable, and the foldable worksheet.
Today we handed out a copy of the 8th-grade Homework Policy, in both English and Spanish, to each of the students to take home and share with their parents. Students are to return the "coupon" at the bottom of the letter with a parent signature by Wednesday, 17 Sept.
The main highlight of our homework policy is that students ALWAYS have homework. They may have class specific homework, but if they do not, they are to read and/or work on Khan Academy for 40 minutes or more.
Attached is the homework policy in both English and Spanish.
Tuesday, in advisory, we will do an activity that links our interests to possible job and career options for our future. In addition to the class discussion, linked below are several worthwhile articles finding a vocation or purpose in life. Attached is the worksheet students are expected to complete and turn in.
Turn Your Avocation Into a Vocation by Robyn Tellefsen & Jennifer Merritt
Richard Leider Explains How to Find Your Purpose