On Friday 31-October we will watch part of "How the Solar System was Made", an episode of the TV series, "The Universe" (season 6 episode 3). On Tuesday 4-Nov, we will finish the video. You can find this video on Amazon Prime (legally and high quality) and currently on YouTube (illegally and lower quality).
The attached worksheet has directions for the video notes that should be put into your class notebook.
On Monday 3-Nov and Tuesday 4-Nov, during advisory, students who earned at least 20 points for Shining Stars during 1st Quarter will have the opportunity to relax, kick back, and watch a movie! Students who did not earn 20 points (or who don't return their signed permission slips) will attend a study hall instead.
The movie for the Q1 reward is classic fantasy Labyrinth (PG, 1986) starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly (produced by the Jim Henson Company and Lucasfilm). You can find a parental guide to the film on IMDB here. To watch the film, students are required to return a signed parent permission form, as the film is rated PG. I will also accept emails and hand-written notes from parents for students in my advisory. The permission slips need to be returned by Monday 3-Nov at the latest.
Complete the attached crossword puzzle and when finished, add it to your class notebook.
Update: The quiz has been moved to Thursday, 30-October.
Wednesday is our first quiz for the 2nd Quarter. It will cover the Solar System, including the Sun, the eight major planets, the asteroid belts, and all other major parts of the system. You will need a completed Solar System Foldable to succeed on this quiz.
Quiz Retakes: If you are not happy with your quiz score, you will be able to retake this quiz. Before I will let you retake it, you must show me your completed Solar System Research and your completed Solar System Foldable. We will then schedule a time after school for the retake.
Update: The art project deadline has been moved to Friday, 7-November.
Using your research from last week you are to create an art project based on one of your research topics. Complete instructions are attached below.
October 27 through October 31 is national Red Ribbon Week! Red Ribbon Week is a celebration of being drug-free! Advisory classes will be designing door decorations for Student-Led Conferences (parents get to vote on which is the best!), and each day of Red Ribbon Week will have a different drug-free theme. Attached is more information.
Update: The quiz has been moved to Thursday, 30-October, so you will need your completed foldable by the beginning of class Thursday. Do not throw away your research or your foldable when you have mastered the quiz, add them to your class notebook!
Red Ribbon Week!
Student-Led Conferences (parent-teacher conferences) for the 1st Quarter will be on Thursday, 23-Oct, from 8 am - 11, 12 - 4, and 5 - 8 pm. Students should bring their parents to their advisory classroom first, and review their portfolio with their parents.
After reviewing the student's portfolio, if parents want to talk to any of the student's teachers individually, they are most welcome!
If your parents are not able to attend Student-Led Conferences on 23-Oct, they are welcome to make appointments with individual teachers at a later time.
Note: Do not throw away your research or foldable, add them to your notebook when finished!
Each student will be assigned a "Solar System Group". Each Solar System Group will then discuss and assign topics for each student to research. Topics include: the Sun, each of the eight major planets, Ceres and the Asteroid Belt, Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, and the Oort Cloud. Each topic must have at least one student assigned to it, students may end up with more than one topic to research.
Once a student has one or more research topics, they need to start their research! Students may work alone, or with other students who have the same topic. For example, for all of the students studying Neptune, they may work independently or work with the "Neptune Group".
Groups and topics have already been assigned and should be recorded in your class notebook. On Tuesday (21-Oct), we will clarify groups and begin research using in-class materials (textbook, Mr. Zuber's trade books, classroom computers, and student mobile devices). On Wednesday (22-Oct), we will continue research in computer lab 423. If your research is not complete Wednesday, you must finish over the four-day weekend.
All research is due Monday, 27-Oct, at the beginning of class. If you are not prepared, you are failing your Solar System Group. On Monday, each group will use the collected research for a new assignment. Further assignments later in the week may use the research as well.
There will be a Solar System Quiz on Wednesday, 29-Oct.