Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Update, December 8th


Here is an update of what students on Team Prospect have been up to in their four core classes:

Science

Students are organizing their Science Fair Packet 2017 in their Google Drive. Background info may be found at http://tinyurl.com/ProspectSci1718.  Other studies include Earth Systems via Rock & Water cycles.

Math

7th Grade is continuing to explore the concept of similarity and exploring the effect of a scale factor on length, area, and volume. They also are learning how to construct scaled drawings of simple shapes. We should be finishing the unit and testing the week before the break.

8th grade has been working on finding slope of a line using graphs and the formal equation for slope. This requires them to be able to accurately identify points on the graph. They also are exploring how this presents itself in a linear equation. Next, they will work with equations in standard form and learn how to convert this into the slope-intercept form of a linear equation. 8th grade will be taking a test on this unit following the winter break.

Social Studies

Students have begun Unit 2: Immigration. We are covering the 4 major waves of immigration into the United States, plus the basic process of how a person from another country immigrates into the USA. Students will learn the basic vocabulary associated with immigration. We have resumed our Wednesday Gameday, and student engagement in their learning for these sessions has been strong! Currently students are reading autobiographical narratives of immigration- one is about a 12-year old girl who came from Russia in 1894. The other is about a boy who traveled from a refugee camp in Sudan to Chicago in the 1980's, eventually graduating from Harvard. Feel free to check our Google Classroom feed for assignments and additional video!

Language Arts

Students have been reading one of two books about the immigrant experience: either Crossing the Wire or The Day of the Pelican. Ask your students if they have reading homework! Those reading Crossing the Wire, about a boy trying to get to the U.S. from Mexico, should be to page 92. Those reading The Day of the Pelican, about a family fleeing Kosovo in the late 1990's, should be to page 56. Today, all students will take a spelling test on the words they've been studying for the past five weeks.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Prospect Student Led Portfolio Conferences SIGN UP



Hi,

Please use the form link below to submit a date/time for our Student-Parent/Guardian Conferences.
https://goo.gl/forms/9JH04EIz61UYkk5t2

"Team Prospect is offering opportunities for students, teachers and parent/guardians to meet about current progress. We will have 30 minute slots available on Monday, Nov 20th from 7:30 am - 12 pm OR Tuesday, Nov 28th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Input in best parent/guardian email and phone number. Please select a time below and write down on your calendar. On your chosen date & time, you & your student should arrive at Team Prospect Rm 205-206 or 211-212."

Thanks,
Team Prospect





Monday, October 16, 2017

Reading Expectations

Hello Team Prospect Students and Parents,


I wanted to let you know about the reading expectations for English Language Arts this year. Students are responsible for reading 30 minutes every day, as has been true in past years of middle school. This 30-minute daily requirement may come from in-class reading, the Read Read Read Unified Arts class, and independent reading time at home. The most important thing is that your students are reading, and that they enjoy what they are reading.


Reading Logs will look a little different this year than last. Last year, I was discouraged by the participation rate with reading logs. At the start of last year, roughly 50% of students turned in reading logs. By the end of the year, the participation rate for reading logs was down to about 10%. I came to realize that reading logs were not encouraging enough students to read, and students saw reading logs as a chore, rather than as a tool to help them with independent reading. I want students to know that independent reading should not be a chore, and should be something that they are motivated to do because they enjoy it. In an effort to get more students reading, reading logs will look more like a list of books read, rather than a weekly sheet that includes questions. Students may also be asked, occasionally, to send me an email or write a short paragraph about what they're reading. It can be helpful to encourage a “no screen time” rule for a certain amount of time, to give your students time and space to read.

Please see the attached list "Team Prospect's Favorite Books." All of the books on the list are favorites of at least one student (or teacher) on the team. This year, we will be reading some books as a class. We are currently at the end of reading The Giver by Lois Lowry for our dystopia and government unit. This winter, we may be reading The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson as part of our unit on immigration. During our Holocaust unit this coming spring, students will have a choice in the novel they read. Some Holocaust-themed novels are Night by Elie Wiesel, Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, and Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry.

Please feel free to email me, arehm@mymtsd-vt.org if you have any questions about reading, or anything else relating to Language Arts! Check out the Favorite Books list, and happy reading.

Ms. Rehm

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Social Studies and the Declaration of Independence

Well friends, currently in Social Studies we are analyzing elements of the Declaration of Independence.  Next week we will address important battles in the conflict between the American colonies and the British Empire.  Students will present on an important battle, campaign or fort to their classmates!  Tune in next week to see if the Americans will finally win their complete independence from those stinky Redcoats!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Science Activity Scroll

Hi,

Thanks for your patience while I figured out an efficient way to communicate daily science .

You can check out the shared Google doc I use for classroom and student learning opportunities.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lG6YIcP07UGtAzK6zMiV98gvIvh89cu22M9d75xPCho/edit?usp=sharing

Basic scroll setup lists daily classroom activities & resources by the week.

Students have taken two Friday quizzes (9/22 & 9/8) and submitted individual/group tabloid paper notes from three weeks' worth of activities.  I am still entering data into our PowerSchool software.  It has been a good learning curve for all of us.  I enjoy the scientific curiosity & voices throughout the day.  Most of them are not mine!  I look forward to many other voices throughout the year.

Keep me posted if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks,
Duncan