Our Poetry Study is wrapping up! Students are revising their poems to be more vibrant and focused.
In reading, we are launching our Skinny Books/Big Ideas Unit. This is a part of a bigger grade-wide study of Disrupting Racism.
Students will be reading a variety of texts with a critical lens asking: How are groups represented? Is this fair? Who has power? How are systems of power at work? How can we disrupt racism?
Final 3-5 published poems and draft packets are due:
Monday December 9 (801 & 803)
Tuesday December 10 (802)
In-class Poetry Share:
Thursday, December 12 (802)
Friday, December 13 (801 & 803)
This month, we are continuing and will complete:
Unit 2 - Linear Models
Students are making scatter plots, drawing best-fit lines, computing residuals to determine accuracy of best-fit lines and making predictions.
Another emphasis of this unit is interpreting two way tables and writing valid conclusions based on the data given.
Here are some resources you might find helpful for this unit:
Worked out HW examples from this unit
Progression of Math Concepts for this unit
Practice with Two-Way Table
(see your child’s planner daily)
Once every week or every 2 weeks
There will be a short Winter Break packet assigned (12 questions). If your family is leaving early, please be sure that your child picks up a packet. This packet will be given out on 12/19 (W).
*Quiz 1 and 2 has given back, so make sure to sign the quiz the check it over with student.
Unit 3: Evolution
We will use what we learned in our study of reproduction and genetics to examine how life on Earth has changed over time. Our focus will be on human evolution. We will start with a study of the biology of skin color to support our interdiscipinary Disrupting Racism unit. We will look at current research in biology and anthropology to discover why we vary so much in this biological trait. We use this video as the cornerstone of our study:
HHMI: Biology of Skin Color
Students continue to delve into the theme of change over time by analyzing and interpreting fossil record data to find patterns that document the existence, diversity, and extinction of species throughout Earth’s history. Students further develop their understanding of evolutionary relationships in the second part of the unit by examining the underlying mechanism for the evolution of species, the process of natural selection.
Unit 2: Reproduction and Heredity
Genetic Testing Report
801 - 12/9
802 - 12/6
803 - 12/6
Unit 3: Evolution
Quick Notebook Check
Google classroom quiz
Coming back from Thanksgiving break, students will spend the week researching current events that connect to an aspect of their identity. It’s our chance to assess the historic events happening today - events we feel a connection with and are passionate about. Students will research into the root causes of the event, teach other students, and reflect on their learning.
December 9th, we are launching Disrupting Racism in social studies. Students will explore the origins of the concept of race during the Enlightenment and its evolution through United States history. We will explore how and why scientific racism developed, how it evolved through Eugenics, and impacted social and political decisions.
Students will use their NBs to track their personal understanding of race - how it changes and/or deepens through their study of history.
Dec. 2 - 6: Current Events
Assessment: Dec. 6
Gallery Walk of student NBs
Friday Writing: Based on the gallery walk, students reflect on current events, personal connections, and connections to history
Dec. 9: Disrupting Racism
Assessment: Tracking thinking through notebook work & Friday Writing
This month we are launching our Disrupting Racism unit in advisory.