Math with Miss Lail

Period 1: This week students continued solving simple interest problems using the formula I = Prt, where I = interest, P = principal, r = interest rate, and t = time. When using the formula I = Prt, students recognize that units for both interest rate and time must be compatible; students convert the units when necessary. Lastly, students solved real-world percent problems involving tax, gratuities, commissions, and fees. Students solved these problems using equations, tables, and graphs. Students also are starting Geometry. We discussed what they will be doing next week in terms of scale factoring. The ability to read maps is a skill that most people use throughout their lives. While students have many opportunities to copy and read maps, few ever create them. When they do, they realize that mathematics plays a major part in mapmaking. The goal is for students to work in pairs and they will create a scale map of our school. They will include landmarks, important details, legends, and an accurate scale.

Interest Rate-

Period 2: This week students understand that an inequality is a statement that one expression is less than (or equal to) or greater than (or equal to) another expression, such as 2x + 3 < 5 or 3x + 50 100. They also interpreted a solution to an inequality as a number that makes the inequality true when substituted for the variable. Students were able to solve word problems leading to inequalities and interpreted the solutions in the context of the problem. They graphed solutions to inequalities taking care to interpret the solutions in the context of the problem. Asssessment Wednesday, Decemeber 17th.

Here are some helpful websites:

Khanacademy.org has many great examples to practice the skills learned in class.

Inequalities-

Period 3: This week students understand that an inequality is a statement that one expression is less than (or equal to) or greater than (or equal to) another expression, such as 2x + 3 < 5 or 3x + 50 100. They also interpreted a solution to an inequality as a number that makes the inequality true when substituted for the variable. Students were able to solve word problems leading to inequalities and interpreted the solutions in the context of the problem. They graphed solutions to inequalities taking care to interpret the solutions in the context of the problem. Assessment Wednesday, December 17th.

Here are some helpful websites:

Khanacademy.org has many great examples to practice the skills learned in class.

Inequalities-

Science with Mrs. Gnojewski

This week our focus was on water in the atmosphere. Students explored the concepts of relative humidity and dew point. On Tuesday, students used simple materials to determine the dew point temperature of the classroom. The results of this experiment indicated that if we cooled the classroom to approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit, we would be able to produce fog in the room. On Thursday, students analyzed data from last Saturday to make inferences about the relationship between temperature and relative humidity. We will finish up our analysis on Tuesday next week and begin exploring atmospheric pressure and winds. Check out the weather resources below to start thinking about winds and pressure.

Review

Cloud in a bottle

Cloud Formation

Preview

Super Cool Wind Map

Global Wind Map

What causes wind

Understanding air pressure

Atmospheric pressure

Astronomy Exploratory with Mrs. Gnojewski

This week students took some time to reflect and process their learning about the sun by creating a product that demonstrates their new knowledge. I am so excited to see the final products (from songs to plays) on Monday. This project connects to the following two MYP Approaches to Learning.

-Use and interpret a range of discipline specific terms and symbols

-Present information in a variety of formats and platforms

In addition to wrapping up our study of the sun, students began learning about stellar evolution. We will explore different types and stages of stars in more depth next week. Here are a few resources to start exploring.

See the International Space Station go over Boise

Stellar Evolution

Stellar Evolution simulator

What is a star exactly?

Health/Fitness with Mrs. Stelzner

The first workout of the week was a reactive drill workout in which lateral movement is emphasized. The second workout of the week was a fitness 4 square game in which a student who got 'out' of the game did 10 pushups, sprint, and 20 lunges before joining a new game.

In health this week, we had a formative assessment on the article Alcohol and the Brain. Depending on how much students had to use their notes is a good indication of whether or not they need to be putting in more time. We listened to the NPR podcast Teenage Drinking May Cause Irreversible Brain Damage. It can be listened to at this link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122765890. The students were very interested in the differences between girls and boys' brains. We finished up the week analyzing why an individual would move throughout the drug use continuum from non-user, experimental user, occasional user, regular user, or dependent user. From there, we discussed possible consequences for drug use with impact on family/friends, safety, school-related, mental and physical health, legal, health of others, and financial.

*The final two weeks of the semester will be our human growth and development unit. Your child will be bringing a permission slip home this upcoming week. Below is the permission slip if you would like to look at it before he/she brings it home.

/uploads/5/2/5/8/5258770/human_growth_and_development_permission_slip.docx

Humanities with Mrs. Axtman

This week we continued our studies of Ancient Greece by looking at and reading about different aspects of their geography and the ways it affected life, in particular farming, trade, and the growth of city-states. Those reading are attached (link removed) . Students had time to work on their group projects, and we ended the week by looking at 4 short videos (links removed) to learn about the 4 types of Ancient Greek Government. Students demonstrated their understanding of this by drawing a (link removed) showing the progressions from between the different types. There will be a notebook check this weekend, and I will follow up with emails for any students that are missing assignments.

Period 1: This week students continued solving simple interest problems using the formula I = Prt, where I = interest, P = principal, r = interest rate, and t = time. When using the formula I = Prt, students recognize that units for both interest rate and time must be compatible; students convert the units when necessary. Lastly, students solved real-world percent problems involving tax, gratuities, commissions, and fees. Students solved these problems using equations, tables, and graphs. Students also are starting Geometry. We discussed what they will be doing next week in terms of scale factoring. The ability to read maps is a skill that most people use throughout their lives. While students have many opportunities to copy and read maps, few ever create them. When they do, they realize that mathematics plays a major part in mapmaking. The goal is for students to work in pairs and they will create a scale map of our school. They will include landmarks, important details, legends, and an accurate scale.

Interest Rate-

- https://www.khanacademy.org/economics-finance-domain/core-finance/interest-tutorial/interest-basics-tutorial/v/introduction-to-interest
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AZijeJDmgY

Period 2: This week students understand that an inequality is a statement that one expression is less than (or equal to) or greater than (or equal to) another expression, such as 2x + 3 < 5 or 3x + 50 100. They also interpreted a solution to an inequality as a number that makes the inequality true when substituted for the variable. Students were able to solve word problems leading to inequalities and interpreted the solutions in the context of the problem. They graphed solutions to inequalities taking care to interpret the solutions in the context of the problem. Asssessment Wednesday, Decemeber 17th.

Here are some helpful websites:

Khanacademy.org has many great examples to practice the skills learned in class.

Inequalities-

- http://www.mathplanet.com/education/algebra-1/linear-inequalitites/solving-linear-inequalities
- http://www.cliffsnotes.com/math/algebra/algebra-i/inequalities-graphing-and-absolute-value/graphing-on-a-number-line

Period 3: This week students understand that an inequality is a statement that one expression is less than (or equal to) or greater than (or equal to) another expression, such as 2x + 3 < 5 or 3x + 50 100. They also interpreted a solution to an inequality as a number that makes the inequality true when substituted for the variable. Students were able to solve word problems leading to inequalities and interpreted the solutions in the context of the problem. They graphed solutions to inequalities taking care to interpret the solutions in the context of the problem. Assessment Wednesday, December 17th.

Here are some helpful websites:

Khanacademy.org has many great examples to practice the skills learned in class.

Inequalities-

- http://www.mathplanet.com/education/algebra-1/linear-inequalitites/solving-linear-inequalities
- http://www.cliffsnotes.com/math/algebra/algebra-i/inequalities-graphing-and-absolute-value/graphing-on-a-number-line

Science with Mrs. Gnojewski

*Standard: Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions*.This week our focus was on water in the atmosphere. Students explored the concepts of relative humidity and dew point. On Tuesday, students used simple materials to determine the dew point temperature of the classroom. The results of this experiment indicated that if we cooled the classroom to approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit, we would be able to produce fog in the room. On Thursday, students analyzed data from last Saturday to make inferences about the relationship between temperature and relative humidity. We will finish up our analysis on Tuesday next week and begin exploring atmospheric pressure and winds. Check out the weather resources below to start thinking about winds and pressure.

Review

Cloud in a bottle

Cloud Formation

Preview

Super Cool Wind Map

Global Wind Map

What causes wind

Understanding air pressure

Atmospheric pressure

Astronomy Exploratory with Mrs. Gnojewski

This week students took some time to reflect and process their learning about the sun by creating a product that demonstrates their new knowledge. I am so excited to see the final products (from songs to plays) on Monday. This project connects to the following two MYP Approaches to Learning.

-Use and interpret a range of discipline specific terms and symbols

-Present information in a variety of formats and platforms

In addition to wrapping up our study of the sun, students began learning about stellar evolution. We will explore different types and stages of stars in more depth next week. Here are a few resources to start exploring.

See the International Space Station go over Boise

Stellar Evolution

Stellar Evolution simulator

What is a star exactly?

Health/Fitness with Mrs. Stelzner

The first workout of the week was a reactive drill workout in which lateral movement is emphasized. The second workout of the week was a fitness 4 square game in which a student who got 'out' of the game did 10 pushups, sprint, and 20 lunges before joining a new game.

In health this week, we had a formative assessment on the article Alcohol and the Brain. Depending on how much students had to use their notes is a good indication of whether or not they need to be putting in more time. We listened to the NPR podcast Teenage Drinking May Cause Irreversible Brain Damage. It can be listened to at this link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122765890. The students were very interested in the differences between girls and boys' brains. We finished up the week analyzing why an individual would move throughout the drug use continuum from non-user, experimental user, occasional user, regular user, or dependent user. From there, we discussed possible consequences for drug use with impact on family/friends, safety, school-related, mental and physical health, legal, health of others, and financial.

*The final two weeks of the semester will be our human growth and development unit. Your child will be bringing a permission slip home this upcoming week. Below is the permission slip if you would like to look at it before he/she brings it home.

/uploads/5/2/5/8/5258770/human_growth_and_development_permission_slip.docx

Humanities with Mrs. Axtman

This week we continued our studies of Ancient Greece by looking at and reading about different aspects of their geography and the ways it affected life, in particular farming, trade, and the growth of city-states. Those reading are attached (link removed) . Students had time to work on their group projects, and we ended the week by looking at 4 short videos (links removed) to learn about the 4 types of Ancient Greek Government. Students demonstrated their understanding of this by drawing a (link removed) showing the progressions from between the different types. There will be a notebook check this weekend, and I will follow up with emails for any students that are missing assignments.