5-12-08 Homework Post

Carnival on Friday!!! Carnival on Friday!!!

The first annual 8 South Carnival will be held on Friday from 3:30 to 5:30. Student booths are planned and they are putting on the final touches. Parents, please feel free to stop by. Bring younger children or chaperone a small group of elementary students around.


 

We have our first products from the garden. Madeleine and Morgan pulled a beautiful radish out this afternoon. Several accidental radishes were also pulled (early) and tasted.

Some were yummy. Some were bitter.


Literacy:

We started reading Act II of The Miracle Worker and learned some new vocabulary.

Homework:

Read your independent reading book. When you finish a book, start a new one, but, before you do, POST to COL under your class’s BOOK BINGE! It’s a class versus class challenge and, apparently, 5-6B is favored to win. However, we all know that the underdog sometimes emerges triumphant, to the surprise of all! Prizes will be awarded to the winning class during the last week of school.


Mathematics:

Algebra 8 (1-2A)

Today. students reviewed for the Missouri Algebra 1 norming test that they will be taking on Wednesday and Friday. Students will not receive scores back on this test and not grades will be recorded. The results will be used to norm the test for next years Algebra 1 students across the state.

Homework:

  • Finish review packet

Algebra 8 (5-6A)

Today, students finished Investigation 3 and worked on ACE(3) in class while I had one-on-one meetings with students about their investigation 1 & 2 homework and quiz grades.

Homework:

  • Finish Problem 3.3
  • ACE(3) 9-15, 18, 20-23

Science:

How are you progressing through the workload? The “assignments” are listed below. The only students who have ALL THREE reflections done are: Eby, Gold, Ribaudo, Sumner, Nachbar, and Yoon. Everyone else has one or more to turn in to me. Be a nice guy/gal and turn it in early rather than late.

Homework:

  • Reflection and COL post for Chapter 1 Cartoon Guide to Environment (I)
  • Pros/Cons and article for Chapter 10 Cartoon Guide to Environment (I)
  • Reflection for Chapter 14 Cartoon Guide for Environment (I)
  • EC #7 Summary Questions (from sheet I gave you)(I)
  • Your Group Lab Presentation (at Symposium) (G)
  • Garden mass comparison (I/G)

Social Studies:

Homework: Read pp. 210-214 and answer 1,2,3,4, and 6 on p. 214 (B Day);

Middle Ages test: A day ( Monday, May 13); B Day (Tuesday, May 14).

4-4-08 B Day

Math MAP testing starts Tuesday!


Make sure you have a scientific calculator and at least two #2 pencils for Tuesday!!!

Monday will be a regular A Day. You will not have any MAP testing!



Literacy:

Homework:

Read through the end of Chapter 25 in Mockingbird.  Due Monday (A day) and Tuesday (B day)


Mathematics:

Algebra

Today in class we started by organizing the work we have completed in the first two weeks of this quarter. Next, we warmed up by checking our homework answers. Then, some students received some extra one-on-one review time while others started the Looking for Pythagoras unit review packet.

Homework:

  • Pythagorean Theorem worksheet (if it was not finished)
  • Looking for Pythagoras unit review packet

Science:

I want to thank students for all their hard work on the MAP test this week. I say this not because you were taking the science portion, but because we are aware how much effort and energy this requires and, often, it can go without recognition.

Homework:

Students are to pray for no rain. Well, I can’t make you pray as a homework assignment, but I can ask you to hope for a dry spell. Students should have their carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and water cycles drawn in their comps books already, but if not, that is the homework. We will be watching Inconvenient Truth when you return to class next week.


Social Studies:

Homework: Read pp. 93-97; answer questions 1,3,and 4 on p. 99.

4-1-08 A Day (tomorrow will be MORNING B day classes only)

MAP SCHEDULE

Here is the electronic schedule. Tomorrow’s tests will be in Science and Communication Arts. Tomorrow will ONLY BE YOUR B DAY MORNING CLASS!!!

Literacy:

Homework:

Harper Lee research (directions on COL)

Post to at least three of the new forums.

Both assignments need to be completed by Friday.


Mathematics:

Algebra

Homework:

Challenge Algebra 8

Homework:


Science:

We are discussing the nitrogen and carbon cycles. Students should now have the water and nitrogen cycles in their comp books and labeled with notes.

Homework:

Students have to draw the carbon and phosphorus cycles in their comp books.


Social Studies

Homework: Read and take notes p. 90-91 (on Confucius) and 91-92 ( on Daoism).

3-26-08 (A Day)

Literacy:

Homework:


Mathematics:

Algebra

Today we took another look at our answers to the questions from problem 2.3. After we came up with the conclusion that the side length of any square is the “square root” of it’s area, we did a warm-up worksheet to practice what we know.

Then, we looked at right triangles. We learned the vocabulary words “legs” and “hypotenuse” and we tried to find the relationship between the squares coming off of the legs and the square coming off the hypotenuse.

Homework:

  •  Finish Problem 3.1
  • ACE(2) #7-19

Challenge Algebra 8

  • Checked our answers from 11.1
  • Took more notes on 11.2
  • Did a practice worksheet on 11.2
  • Took notes on 11.3

Homework:

  • 11.2 #14-36 evens
  • 11.3 #5-22

Science:

Seeds are in planters and, hopefully, on their way to germination. Not every group planted seeds. you can plant when you are ready or, if it is your choice, wait to sow directly into the ground in a week or two. We will be starting our garden work this Friday and into the next few weeks. Dress appropriately.

Homework:

Students have no homework.


Social Studies

Homework:

Work on portfolio for World Religions Unit. Portfolio is due on Mon. March 31 (B day) and Tuesday, April 1 (A day).

March 3, 2008 Homework Post (B Day)

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Do not assume tomorrow will be a snow day. Have your homework done NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER!

NOTE ABOUT WEDNESDAY: Please dress nice and pack a bag lunch for Wednesday. We will be going to the career fair and want to look nice. We will also have to eat and leave for the trip before the cafeteria opens so we need you to bring a bag lunch.

Literacy:

Today in class, we took a quiz over Chapters 1-8 in To Kill a Mockingbird. Students discussed chapters 6-8 in small groups.

Homework:

1. Read Chapter 9 by Wednesday.

2. “Climb Into His/Her Skin” Creative Writing Activity due Wednesday (in WNB).

5-6B ONLY: Storyboard needs to be finished by Wednesday.

3. Ms. Baker has put seven new forums on COL. You need to post to each of them by Friday afternoon.

There is an enrichment option on COL (Map Activity). This is optional.


Mathematics:

Algebra 8-

Students worked on their MSA project for the first half of class. Then students were introduced to the major concepts covered in our next book Looking For Pythagoras.
Homework:

  • Finish Problem 1.1 and ACE(1) #1,2
  • Finish Presentation part of MSA project by Wednesday morning.

Science:

We have changed several things to accommodate a dynamic schedule. With all the field trips and absences, dates and assignments have had to change. The third pen pal letter is now going to be a LEVEL II CHALLENGE. Students can take on this task if they want to, but it will not be required. The tasks remaining are all written below in the homework section.

Homework:

  1. Chemistry exam (March 10 and 11)
  2. Lab Report (No later than March 13)
  3. Chemistry Speed Dating (This will take place on March 13, but students will have a small script to prepare in the days before.

Social Studies:

After watching a short video, students had a choice of different activities to use as part of their World Religions portfolio.

Homework: Complete the daily log for the portfolio, complete the reflection for the station activity from class, and check out 8 South Social Studies Clayton Online Learning questions.

Science Update!!!

I am posting a study session schedule.  You will see lunches and after school times available.  I do this for you, not me.  Come or don’t…that’s your choice.  I know your schedules are packed so there are lots of times to make this plan flexible to your schedules.  Study Session Schedule

You can also reach me on AIM (Josh Wilmsmeyer) and Skype (MrWilmsmeyer) as you find difficulties in your work.

2-20-08 Homework Post (B Day)

ATTENTION PARENTS:

The Kaleidoscopes, Hubcaps, and Mirrors Unit Test will be on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.


Literacy:

Today in class, students participated in a Poetry Gallery, reading and analyzing poetry by writers such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Gwendolyn Brooks. We will start To Kill a Mockingbird next class.

Homework:

This work is due on Monday (A) or Tuesday (B)

1. In your WNB, write a response to the following:

What were the important messages (big ideas) in Twelve Angry Men?

2. Go on COL and follow the directions for “Poem: Family Member.” BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY!

3. Write a free choice piece in your WNB. You might look on COL for ideas. There is a forum titled, “Writer’s Notebook: Ideas for Third Quarter.”


Mathematics:

Algebra 8-

We checked out answers to ACE(5) #6, 7, 9-12, and 17. Then we took a practice quiz over Investigation 5, which was scored in class. This practice assessment provided students with immediate feedback of their understanding of the material. At the end of class, students had time to work on their “KHM Review Packet” which prepares them for their Unit Test which will be on Tuesday.
Homework:

  • KHM Review Packet #1-6, 10-14

Science:

Student, in class, completed a “Tootsie Pop activity.” This was a tactile way to learn chemical formulas inductively.

Homework:

Students have their Pen Pal Letter #2 due on Friday!!! This should be far better than the last one and should be a lot more fun to write. Go in depth and find the intricate history of your element. Are you blamed for the destruction of our planet? Have you been known to kill people? Do people prize you for your beauty? How were you discovered and by whom?

The only other homework would be to focus attention back on PS15. This lab was a difficult one and, as we have picked up more information, the students are able to give more effort and insight toward this work. Chemical formulas should now make a little more sense to us and we should maybe start to understand balancing equations.

I will post a lab report on Clayton Online Learning this week. It is not a sample of what I expect, it is a sample of corrections I am recommending for others. If one student is having trouble with CTQs and turning them into a lab report, many amy also be struggling from the same thing. Why not learn from others. Note: It takes a great person to submit their work for others to see corrected. Thank you to those volunteers.


Social Studies:

Homework: TEST ON AFRICA UNIT!!!!!!!!

A DAY – THURSDAY, FEB. 21

B DAY – FRIDAY, FEB. 22

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Watch African American Lives 2 on Channel 9 Wed. Feb 13 at 8 PM. Write a two paragraph reflection, addressing the following: What did you find interesting or surprising in the show? What were the different ways in which idea of race was discussed?

The reflection will be due by Tuesday, Feb. 19.

2-13-08 Homework Post (C Day)

Newsletter and Grades

Parents, if you have not already checked, the February newsletter has arrived and can be accessed by clicking on the “Pages for Parents” tab on the right side of this screen. Also, progress reports should be mailed out sometime this week. We suggest using our anecdotal feedback, combined with your child’s grades on PowerSchool, to help them evaluate their progress through this quarter. Trends consistent over multiple classes would be the first issue to address. While the majority of 8-South students are having a successful quarter, please remind your child of the importance of: arriving to school on time, meeting with teachers following an absence, and putting forth their best effort on tests and projects.

This week’s schedule is:

A B C X (field trip) No school

Don’t forget your $8 for Thursday’s trip to the Repertory Theatre to see Twelve Angry Men. Aren’t you starting to wonder what they’re so angry about anyway?

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING A BROWN BAG LUNCH FOR THURSDAY.

You will need to dress in your fine threads, as if you are going to an 80th birthday party for Grandma.

GUYS–Button-down shirts or sweaters; preferably no jeans

Want to learn how to tie a tie in 10 seconds? Click below:

http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Fastest-Way-to-Tie-a-Tie—How-to-Tie-a-Tie-in/

GIRLS — Long, fancy dresses (i.e. Ms. Baker at the Tea Party) JK. You know how to look nice. If you’re not sure, come ask Ms. Baker.

Sorry, girls…I have no fun links for you to click.

Literacy:

Today in class, Ms. Morrison came to talk about Clayton High School.

Homework:

1. Go on COL (8-South Literacy) and click on “Find a Poem to (hopefully) Love.” Follow the directions. This work is due in your WNB on Tuesday the 19th (A) or Wednesday the 20th (B). If done correctly, you should work on this assignment for more than one night, which is why I am giving you so much time.

2. Write a free choice piece in your WNB. This piece should be at least two pages. Need help coming up with an idea? Look in the Writer’s Notebook ideas forum on COL.


Mathematics:

Challenge Algebra –

  • Discussed homework answers from Lesson 10.3
  • Took notes on Lesson 10.4
  • Turned in comp books for grading
  • Received Chapter 9 Tests Scores

Homework:

  • Chapter 9 Test Corrections (Due Tuesday February 19th)

Algebra 8 1-2(B), 5-6(B)-

  • Discussed problem 5.4 and the major concepts from this investigation

Homework:

  • ACE(5) #5, 6, 9-12, 17   (Due Wednesday, February 20th)

Algebra 8 5-6(A)-

  • Discussed Problem 5.3 and started on Problem 5.4

Homework:

  • Problem 5.4 (Due Tuesday, February 19th)

Science:

Sorry to post so late. Students practiced working within the periodic table today in class. We also worked on our calorie equation using, but this time included the energy needs when changing the state of matter. This worksheet is in preparation of our upcoming quiz.

Homework:

Students should be:

  1. Reviewing the worksheet we did in class. The quiz on Wednesday will be over this very information.
  2. Revising/editing their CTQs and summaries for PS15. There are no answers in science, only better questions. As we discuss these thoughts and ideas, we find our original theses under scrutiny. That scrutiny forces us to ask better questions and the cycle continues.
  3. Researching for their 2nd pen pal letter. Again, use the resources at hand (websites the librarians arranged, textbooks in class, library books, etc.)
  4. Entering their pre-lab for PS16.
  5. Memorizing their 50 most common elements.
  6. Checking Clayton Online Learning for challenge opportunities.

Social Studies:

Homework: Complete the map started in class and complete he chart on West African trading kingdoms.

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Watch African American Lives 2 on Channel 9 Wed. Feb 13 at 8 PM. Write a two paragraph reflection, addressing the following: What did you find interesting or surprising in the show? What were the different ways in which idea of race was discussed?

The reflection will be due by Tuesday, Feb. 19.

February 12, 2008 Homework Post (B Day)

This week’s schedule is:

A B C X (field trip) No school

Don’t forget your $8 for Thursday’s trip to the Repertory Theatre to see Twelve Angry Men. Aren’t you starting to wonder what they’re so angry about anyway?

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING A BROWN BAG LUNCH FOR THURSDAY.

You will need to dress in your fine threads, as if you are going to an 80th birthday party for Grandma.

GUYS–Button-down shirts or sweaters; preferably no jeans

Want to learn how to tie a tie in 10 seconds? Click below:

http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Fastest-Way-to-Tie-a-Tie—How-to-Tie-a-Tie-in/

GIRLS — Long, fancy dresses (i.e. Ms. Baker at the Tea Party) JK. You know how to look nice. If you’re not sure, come ask Ms. Baker.

Sorry, girls…I have no fun links for you to click.

Literacy:

Today in class, we read and analyzed “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden. We also reviewed some Word Power! words for To Kill a Mockingbird and played an interactive game using those words.

Homework:

1. Go on COL (8-South Literacy) and click on “Find a Poem to (hopefully) Love.” Follow the directions. This work is due in your WNB on Tuesday the 18th (A) or Wednesday the 19th (B). If done correctly, you should work on this assignment for more than one night, which is why I am giving you so much time.

2. Write a free choice piece in your WNB. This piece should be at least two pages. Need help coming up with an idea? Look in the Writer’s Notebook ideas forum on COL.


Mathematics:

Algebra 8-

We warmed up by finding the rules for reflecting over the y-axis, reflecting over the x-axis, and a view different translations. Then we checked over our Problem 5.3 homework and made sure that we understood how to rotate images about the origin 90o, 180o, and 270o counterclockwise.

We started talking about combining transformations and then we started problem 5.4 in class

Homework:

  • Finish problem 5.4 by tomorrow

Science:

Sorry to post so late. Students practiced working within the periodic table today in class. We also worked on our calorie equation using, but this time included the energy needs when changing the state of matter. This worksheet is in preparation of our upcoming quiz.

Homework:

Students should be:

  1. Reviewing the worksheet we did in class. The quiz on Wednesday will be over this very information.
  2. Revising/editing their CTQs and summaries for PS15. There are no answers in science, only better questions. As we discuss these thoughts and ideas, we find our original theses under scrutiny. That scrutiny forces us to ask better questions and the cycle continues.
  3. Researching for their 2nd pen pal letter. Again, use the resources at hand (websites the librarians arranged, textbooks in class, library books, etc.)
  4. Entering their pre-lab for PS16.
  5. Memorizing their 50 most common elements.
  6. Checking Clayton Online Learning for challenge opportunities.

Social Studies:

Homework: Complete the map started in class and complete he chart on West African trading kingdoms.

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Watch African American Lives 2 on Channel 9 Wed. Feb 13 at 8 PM. Write a two paragraph reflection, addressing the following: What did you find interesting or surprising in the show? What were the different ways in which idea of race was discussed?

The reflection will be due by Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Science Update – Lab Reports

How do I write a lab report?

Here are a few websites you might find handy when deciding how to write your lab report.

Donna Young

Western Kentucky University

Virginia Tech

Falk Science

Each of these have characteristics that make them stand out.  A lab report is a personal document.  A scientist uses it to tell the story of their experiment and I feel, a specific rubric cannot fit every experiment.  You, as a student of science, need to analyze which parts belong to your report.  For example, the last website includes and “error analysis” section.  If you have anomalies that need description, you would do well to include that section in your lab report.  Every lab report, though, should have AT LEAST an abstract, hypothesis (including problem), materials, design description, procedure, data, results, and conclusion.  I would also think you should include the names of your lab partners.

Did you know it is okay to confer with others when writing a lab report?  That’s right, you can discuss the experiment, the data, results, conclusions, and everything.  So long as you include your collaboration in the paper and the writing/thoughts are your own, there is nothing wrong with group data analysis.