This week students continued to work with exponents. They applied the laws of exponents. Students stated and applied zero and negative exponents. They also compared and contrasted monomials and polynomials. Next Thursday will be another formative assessment on standards e-i. Students can self-assess and ask questions during class, Sage Time, or office hours. Below are the concepts and skills we worked on this week.
Zero and Negative Exponents
Monomials and Polynomials
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
Learning Goals: Develop and use a model of the Earth-moon-sun system to describe the cyclical patterns of day/night and the seasons.
This week learners used a kinesthetic modeling technique to develop a deeper understanding of diurnal and seasonal cycles. In a large circle, students determined using themselves as a model of Earth, the rotation direction and seasonal positions of Earth in its’ orbit around the sun. As part of this process, students discovered that it is the length of days and angle of rays that cause seasonal variations on Earth. This animation is an interesting way to explore the Earth-sun relationship. This animation may also be helpful in understanding why some constellations are seasonal, while others are visible year round. Students watched and discussed these two video clips (Part 2) in class to help solidify their understanding of the roles of tilt and hours of daylight in seasonal variations. Students explored data to investigate variations in cycles across the solar system. This activity will be completed on Monday.
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This week the students had a collaboration project to design a strategic game which incorporated at least two of the components of fitness. They are also responsible to teach the game to their peers then reflect on what went well and what they would do differently if given the opportunity to teach it again.
In health, students finished their muscular anatomy chart and are gearing up for their summative on muscle fibers. Their muscle fibers summative is on Monday.
This week students continued the class reading of Outliers - with chapters from Part 1 (Opportunity) including Matthew Effect, 10,000 Hours and The Trouble with Geniuses (2). On Monday, students will finish TWG and being working on their first summative assignment.
Here are the class notes for the week and the reading notes template students should be using in their Interactive Notebooks for each class reading.
I have also included a youtube link to the audiobook - should you miss a class reading or need to review.