Virtual Learning – Week of March 30th!

VIRTUAL LEARNING – WEEK OF MARCH 30th, 2020

6th Grade Science –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating the connections between force and motion. Students will be examining concepts such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, net force, acceleration, and difference between balanced & unbalanced forces. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Science Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students should be finishing their experiments at home, collecting data, and taking photographs of their experimentation process.

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 6.B.2 – Identify Independent & Dependent Variables (Work on this anytime Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – Complete IXL Science 6.B.2 – you will need to earn at least a 95% to receive credit for this assignment. Since you’ll complete this work directly in the IXL website, you do not need to turn this into Google Classroom, however, YOU MUST LOG INTO IXL in order for your score to be recorded. Complete this IXL before the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-6/identify-independent-and-dependent-variables

2 – MiSTAR 6.4.3 – Paper Towers Experiment Video & Lab Report (Work on this anytime – Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – First, you will need to watch the “Giant Paper Towers Experiment” YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkH-0dpYbkc). Then, open the Paper Towers Lab Report assignment in a new Google Doc, type your answers into the document, and then submit your work in Google Classroom.  Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm)!

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – Read over the following Do Now prompts and write your Do Now answers in your Semester 4 Google Doc (just update your Do Now Google Doc as you have been doing all semester in class). Make sure to include the date, prompt number, and your answer.

Do Now 1 – In your own words, explain – What is Newton’s 1st Law of Motion?

Do Now 2 – According to Newton’s Laws of Motion, what would happen if you were holding a balloon in your hands that was filled with air, and then you let it go? (Tell me about force and direction).  

Do Now 3 – How is your Science Fair project going? What do you need to work on this week?

Complete your Do Nows in your Semester 4 Do Now Google Doc in Google Classroom before the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm).

4 – Science Fair Project (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday) – Finish your experiment, collect data, and take photos of your experimentation process for your display board. (There is no due date for your Science Fair project this week, since this is an on-going process).

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7th Grade ELA –
This week, we’ll be discussing, practicing, and utilizing text dependent analysis (TDA) strategies to create evidence-based pieces of writing. Students will be comparing and contrasting different styles of TDA writing, and we’ll examine the reasons why authors must include a clear claim, evidence, and reasoning in their writing. Students will also need to continue working on Book Project 3, which is due on Thursday, April 16th (since this due date falls after we plan to return back to school, our Book Project 3 plans have not changed). All of the Book Project 3 instructions, details, deadlines, and the rubric are available in Google Classroom.

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL ELA 7.K.3 – Choose Evidence to Support a Claim (Work on this anytime Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – Complete IXL ELA 7.K.3 – you will need to earn at least a 95% to receive credit for this assignment. Since you’ll complete this work directly in the IXL website, you do not need to turn this into Google Classroom, however, YOU MUST LOG INTO IXL in order for your score to be recorded. Complete this IXL before the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/ela/grade-7/choose-evidence-to-support-a-claim

– Yosemite National Park (California) Virtual Field Trip & C-E-R Worksheet (Work on this anytime Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY)– Take a virtual field trip of Yosemite National Park by visiting this website: https://www.virtualyosemite.org. After checking out the sights, fill out the C-E-R Worksheet. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm)!

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – Read over the following Do Now prompts and write your Do Now answers in your Semester 4 Google Doc (just update your Do Now Google Doc as you have been doing all semester in class). Make sure to include the date, prompt number, and your answer.

Do Now 1 – Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What are some of your academic and professional goals?

Do Now 2 – What is the coolest thing that you saw on your Yosemite National Park virtual tour?  

Do Now 3 – How is your Book Project 3 going? What do you need to work on this week?

Complete your Do Nows in your Semester 4 Do Now Google Doc in Google Classroom before the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm).

4 – Book Project 3 (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday) – Continue to read your Book Project 3 novel, update your reading log, and work on your Book Project 3 project pieces. (There is no due date for Book Project 3 this week, since this is an on-going process and the project is due on April 16th, after you return back to school).

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8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we will be working with an educational computer programming website (Code.org) to use problem-solving skills to address computer science challenges, explore different types of educational websites, test their computer literacy skills, and study how information is transmitted between people and electronic devices. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Engineering Design Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students will explore topics, conduct research, and identify a real-world problem that will kick off their own Engineering Design Process. All Design Fair instructions, details, deadlines, and rubrics are available in Google Classroom.

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 8.C.3 – Use Data from Tests to Compare Engineering Design Solutions (Work on this anytime Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – Complete IXL Science 8.C.3 – you will need to earn at least a 95% to receive credit for this assignment. Since you’ll complete this work directly in the IXL website, you do not need to turn this into Google Classroom, however, YOU MUST LOG INTO IXL in order for your score to be recorded. Complete this IXL before the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-8/use-data-from-tests-to-compare-engineering-design-solutions

– Yosemite National Park (California) Virtual Field Trip & C-E-R Worksheet (Work on this anytime Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY)– Take a virtual field trip of Yosemite National Park by visiting this website: https://www.virtualyosemite.org. After checking out the sights, fill out the C-E-R Worksheet. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm)!

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – Read over the following Do Now prompts and write your Do Now answers in your Semester 4 Google Doc (just update your Do Now Google Doc as you have been doing all semester in class). Make sure to include the date, prompt number, and your answer.

Do Now 1 – Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What are some of your academic and professional goals?

Do Now 2 – What is the coolest thing that you saw on your Yosemite National Park virtual tour?  

Do Now 3 – How is your Design Fair project going? What do you need to work on this week?

Complete your Do Nows in your Semester 4 Do Now Google Doc in Google Classroom before the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm).

4 – Engineering Design Fair Project (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday) – Finish your prototype drawings (thumbnail, orthographic, and isometric) in your Engineering Notebook/Log, finish building your prototype design, update your Engineering Notebook/Log to catalog how your project is going and where you are at in the design process, test your prototype to ensure that it works, collect data, and take photos of your design process for your display board.(There is no “due date” for your Engineering Design Fair project this week, since this is an on-going process. The Design Fair is set to take place on May 4, 2020).

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Wednesday, March 25th!

Hi STEM students!
I hope you’re doing well! In addition to the educational materials and resources that I’ve already provided for you in Google Classroom this week, I’ll be including some optional, fun things that you can do at home with your siblings and family members to help pass the time during the state-mandated lockdown. (To be clear, the activities I’m putting in the “Fun” folder are not class assignments, they’re just neat, engaging things that I’ve come across, that I simply wanted to share with you. Whether you choose to check them out or not is totally up to you). I miss you all and I’m looking forward to seeing you when school reopens!

Virtual hugs,
Ms. Roberts

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Virtual Learning – Week of March 23rd!

VIRTUAL LEARNING – WEEK OF MARCH 23rd, 2020

6th Grade Science –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating the connections between force and motion. Students will be examining concepts such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, net force, acceleration, and the difference between balanced & unbalanced forces. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Science Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students should be finishing their experiments at home, collecting data, and taking photographs of their experimentation process.

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 6.B.1 – Identify Control & Experimental Groups (Work on this anytime Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – Complete IXL Science 6.B.1 – you will need to earn at least a 95% to receive credit for this assignment. Since you’ll complete this work directly in the IXL website, you do not need to turn this into Google Classroom, however, YOU MUST LOG INTO IXL in order for your score to be recorded. Complete this IXL before the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-6/identify-control-and-experimental-groups

2 – STEM Current Events – NewsELA – “Touching Moments in Prosthetics” – Article & STEM Current Events C-E-R Essay (Work on this anytime – Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – First, you will need to read the NewsELA article, “Touching Moments in Prosthetics: New Bionic Limbs That Can Feel.” After reading the article, open the STEM Current Events C-E-R Essay assignment, read the directions thoroughly, and create a C-E-R (Claim-Evidence-Reasoning) essay addressing the question: How has new technology enhanced prosthetic limbs, allowing disabled patients to “feel?” Please see the detailed instructions on the assignment sheet for guidelines and directions. Make sure to open this assignment in a new Google Doc, type your C-E-R essay into the document, and then submit your work in Google Classroom. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm)!

3 – Do Nows – Semester 3 (Work on this anytime Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – Read over the following Do Now journal prompts and write your Do Now answers in your Semester 3 Google Doc (just update your Do Now Google Doc as you have been doing all semester in class). Make sure to include the date, prompt number, and your answer.
Do Now 1 – You’re in a moving car and a bug splattered on the windshield. Think about the direction that the bug and the car are moving in. What forces are at work? Are these forces equal? Opposite? Both equal & opposite? Explain your thinking.
Do Now 2 – In your own words, explain – What is a vector and how is it used by scientists? (Hint – “Vector” is one of your force & motion science glossary terms, so check out that document in Google Classroom if you’re feeling stuck).
Do Now 3 – In terms of your Science Fair project, what things do you need to work on to move your experiment/project forward? Make a quick to-do list and explain how you plan to check these tasks off of your list.
Complete your Do Nows in your Semester 3 Do Now Google Doc in Google Classroom before the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm).

4 – MiSTAR 6.4.2 – PhET Simulations – Force & Motion (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday) – Spend some time checking out this neat set of PhET simulations to learn more about net force, motion, friction, and acceleration. Make sure to click through each of the activities (Net Force, Motion, Friction, and Acceleration) and manipulate the settings in each of the simulations to learn more about force and motion. (Since this is a set of simulations, there is no set “due date” for this assignment, but you’ll need to look this over before starting next week’s work). https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/forces-and-motion-basics/latest/forces-and-motion-basics_en.html

5 – Science Fair Project (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday) – Finish your experiment, collect data, and take photos of your experimentation process for your display board. (There is no set “due date” for your Science Fair project this week, since this is an on-going process. The Science Fair is scheduled to take place on May 4, 2020).

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7th Grade ELA –
This week, we’ll be discussing, practicing, and utilizing text dependent analysis (TDA) strategies to create evidence-based pieces of writing. Students will be comparing and contrasting different styles of TDA writing, and we’ll examine the reasons why authors must include a clear claim, evidence, and reasoning in their writing. In addition, we’ll be reviewing some literary devices to keep our skills sharp. Students will also need to continue working on Book Project 3, which is due on Thursday, April 16th. All of the Book Project 3 instructions, details, deadlines, and the rubric are available in Google Classroom.

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL ELA 7.M.1 – Use Personification (Work on this anytime Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – 
Complete IXL ELA 7.M.1 – you will need to earn at least a 95% to receive credit for this assignment. Since you’ll complete this work directly in the IXL website, you do not need to turn this into Google Classroom, however, YOU MUST LOG INTO IXL in order for your score to be recorded. Complete this IXL before the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/ela/grade-7/use-personification

– Personification Practice Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – Complete the Personification Practice assignment by typing your answers into the worksheet. Upload and turn in your work in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm)!

3 – STEM Current Events – NewsELA – “Touching Moments in Prosthetics” – Article & STEM Current Events C-E-R Essay (Work on this anytime – Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – First, you will need to read the NewsELA article, “Touching Moments in Prosthetics: New Bionic Limbs That Can Feel.” After reading the article, open the STEM Current Events C-E-R Essay assignment, read the directions thoroughly, and create a C-E-R (Claim-Evidence-Reasoning) essay addressing the question: How has new technology enhanced prosthetic limbs, allowing disabled patients to “feel?” Please see the detailed instructions on the assignment sheet for guidelines and directions. Make sure to open this assignment in a new Google Doc, type your C-E-R essay into the document, and then submit your work in Google Classroom. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm)!

4 – Do Nows – Semester 3 (Work on this anytime Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – Read over the following Do Now prompts and write your Do Now answers in your Semester 3 Google Doc (just update your Do Now Google Doc as you have been doing all semester in class). Make sure to include the date, prompt number, and your answer.
Do Now 1 – Journal –  Write a 4-sentence mini story that ends with, “…and that’s how I know that he stole the very last slice of pizza.”
Do Now 2 – Journal – If you could be a character on any reality TV show, what would it be? Why?
Do Now 3 – Journal – Explain a time when you had to do something that you didn’t like, but knew that it was good for you. (No, “homework” can’t be an answer here – think deeply about this and share your reflection).
Complete your Do Nows in your Semester 3 Do Now Google Doc in Google Classroom before the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm).

5 – Book Project 3(Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday) – Continue to read your Book Project 3 novel, update your reading log, and work on your Book Project 3 project pieces. (There is no set “due date” for Book Project 3 this week, since this is an on-going process and the project is due on April 16th).

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8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we will be working with educational software to use problem-solving skills to address STEM challenges, explore different types of educational websites, test computer literacy skills, study how information is transmitted between people and electronic devices, and explore the digital world. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Engineering Design Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students will explore topics, conduct research, and identify a real-world problem that will kick off their own Engineering Design Process. All Design Fair instructions, details, deadlines, and rubrics are available in Google Classroom. During this time, students should be finishing and testing their Design Fair prototype at home, collecting data, and taking photographs of their design process for their presentation board.

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 8.C.2 – Evaluate Tests of Engineering Design Solutions (Work on this anytime Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – Complete IXL Science 8.C.2 – you will need to earn at least a 95% to receive credit for this assignment. Since you’ll complete this work directly in the IXL website, you do not need to turn this into Google Classroom, however, YOU MUST LOG INTO IXL in order for your score to be recorded. Complete this IXL before the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-8/evaluate-tests-of-engineering-design-solutions

2 – STEM Current Events – NewsELA – “Touching Moments in Prosthetics” – Article & STEM Current Events C-E-R Essay (Work on this anytime – Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – First, you will need to read the NewsELA article, “Touching Moments in Prosthetics: New Bionic Limbs That Can Feel.” After reading the article, open the STEM Current Events C-E-R Essay assignment, read the directions thoroughly, and create a C-E-R (Claim-Evidence-Reasoning) essay addressing the question: How has new technology enhanced prosthetic limbs, allowing disabled patients to “feel?” Please see the detailed instructions on the assignment sheet for guidelines and directions. Make sure to open this assignment in a new Google Doc, type your C-E-R essay into the document, and then submit your work in Google Classroom. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm)!

3 – Do Nows – Semester 3 – (Work on this anytime Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – Read over the following Do Now prompts and write your Do Now answers in your Semester 3 Google Doc (just update your Do Now Google Doc as you have been doing all semester in class). Make sure to include the date, prompt number, and your answer.
Do Now 1 – Journal – How did it feel to work through an app design process (in Code.org)? Were the software design challenges easy for you to tackle, or did you struggle through this process? Explain your experience.
Do Now 2 – Journal – If you could design a robot to help you with everyday tasks, what would your robot specifically do? How could you get your robot to move? What might happen if your robot’s code malfunctioned, or if your robot doesn’t operate as planned?
Do Now 3 – Journal – In terms of your Engineering Design Fair project, what things do you need to work on to move your project & prototype forward? Make a quick to-do list and explain how you plan to check these tasks off of your list.
Complete your Do Nows in your Semester 3 Do Now Google Doc in Google Classroom before the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm).

4 – Engineering Design Fair Project (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday) – Finish your prototype drawings (thumbnail, orthographic, and isometric) in your Engineering Notebook/Log, finish building your prototype design, update your Engineering Notebook/Log to catalog how your project is going and where you are at in the design process, test your prototype to ensure that it works, collect data, and take photos of your design process for your display board. (There is no “due date” for your Engineering Design Fair project this week, since this is an on-going process. The Design Fair is set to take place on May 4, 2020).

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As always, I will be available to answer questions or address homework concerns during normal school business hours, so e-mail me if you need me.

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Wednesday, March 18th!

Hi STEM students & families!

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your patience, support, hard work, and kind words during this time. As you know, moving our traditional classes to an online platform in such a short span of time was no small feat, but knowing that we have the teamwork and support of our STEM students and families has made this process go as smoothly as possible.

So, students – thank you for all of the work you’re putting into your online assignments; ultimately, our goal is to help you to continue to learn and grow academically, in spite of not being able to regularly meet or hold class in person. Parents, thank you for continuing to support your children with their studies at home, we know that you’re juggling a lot, and we sincerely appreciate all that you do.

I miss all of you and I’m really looking forward to the day that we get to see each other in school again.

Sincerely,
Miss R.

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Virtual Learning – Week of March 16th!

Miss Roberts’ Class – Virtual Lessons & Assignments
Week of March 16th, 2020

6th Grade Science Homework & Deadlines
All work must be “turned in” via Google Classroom and IXL by the deadline.


6th Grade Science –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating the connections between force and motion. Students will be examining concepts such as Newton’s Laws of Motion and the difference between balanced & unbalanced forces. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Science Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students should be finishing their experiments at home, collecting data, and taking photographs of their experimentation process.

1 – Class Notes – Newton’s Laws of Motion (Complete on Monday) – Read over the Newton’s Laws class notes handout. Cut out the notes and paste them into your notebook. If you do not have a printer at home, write the notes in your notebook instead. (Since these are class notes, there is no “due date” for this assignment, but you’ll need to look this over before starting this week’s experiment).

2 – IXL Science 6.G.9 – Balanced & Unbalanced Forces (Work on this anytime Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – Complete IXL Science 6.G.9 – you will need to earn at least a 95% to receive credit for this assignment. Since you’ll complete this work directly in the IXL website, you do not need to turn this into Google Classroom, however, YOU MUST LOG INTO IXL in order for your score to be recorded. Complete this IXL before the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-6/balanced-and-unbalanced-forces

3 – MiSTAR 6.4.2 – Balanced & Unbalanced Forces Experiment PowerPoint (Work on this anytime – Monday-Thursday: Complete by Thursday) – You’ll be completing our MiSTAR 6.4.2 experiment at home this week. The only materials you’ll need are a partner (any family member, sibling, friend, etc…) and a sturdy wall in your house. This PowerPoint will walk you through each step of the experiment, so read each slide carefully. 

4 – MiSTAR 6.4.2 – Wall Push & Pull Forces Lab Report (Work on this anytime – Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – This lab report goes along with the experiment detailed in the PowerPoint (listed above – Task #3). You will need to fill out the lab report by typing your answers into the worksheet AFTER you complete the experiment. Upload and turn in your work to Google Classroom by the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm)!

5 – MiSTAR 6.4.2 – Unit Summary Table Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – This unit summary table worksheet also goes along with the experiment detailed in the Balanced & Unbalanced Forces Experiment PowerPoint (listed above – Task #3). You will need to fill out this summary table worksheet by typing your answers into the worksheet. You will need to do this AFTER you have completed the experiment. Upload and turn in your work to Google Classroom by the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm)! 

6 – Science Fair Project (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday) – Finish your experiment, collect data, and take photos of your experimentation process for your display board. (There is no due date for your Science Fair project this week, since this is an on-going process).

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7th Grade English Language Arts Homework & Deadlines
All work must be “turned in” via Google Classroom by the deadline.

7th Grade ELA –
This week, we’ll be discussing, practicing, and utilizing text dependent analysis (TDA) strategies to create evidence-based pieces of writing. Students will be comparing and contrasting different styles of TDA writing, and we’ll examine the reasons why authors must include a clear claim, evidence, and reasoning in their writing. Students will also need to continue working on Book Project 3, which is due on Thursday, April 16th (since this due date falls after we plan to return back to school, our Book Project 3 plans have not changed). All of the Book Project 3 instructions, details, deadlines, and the rubric are available in Google Classroom.

Homework –
– Symbolism in Literature PowerPoint (Read over this PPT on Monday-Tuesday) – You will need to read the Symbolism in Literature PowerPoint – this is available in Google Classroom. (Since you are being asked to read, there is no firm “due date” for this assignment, but you must read over this PowerPoint before completing and submitting this week’s other assignments).

– Symbolism & Theme in Song Lyrics Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – After reading the Symbolism in Literature PowerPoint, you’ll need to fill out the Symbolism & Theme in Song Lyrics assignment by typing your answers into the worksheet. Upload and turn in your work to Google Classroom by the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm)!

– “The Open Window” by Saki (Read this story on Monday-Tuesday) – You will need to read the short story “The Open Window” – the full text is available in Google Classroom. (Since you are being asked to read, there is no firm “due date” for this assignment, but you must read this story before completing and submitting this week’s other assignments).

 “The Open Window” Plot Diagram Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – After reading the short story “The Open Window,” you’ll need to fill out the Plot Diagram by typing your answers into the worksheet. You must do this AFTER you read the story. Upload and turn in your work to Google Classroom by the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm)!

– “The Open Window” Text Dependent Analysis 3-Paragraph Essay (Work on this anytime – Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – After reading the short story “The Open Window,” you will need to write a 3-paragraph TDA essay, focused on one symbol in Saki’s story “The Open Window.” You will need to explain what this symbol means and represents, using specific examples and evidence from the text to support your claim. You must use a minimum of two quotes from the story to support your answer. Your final draft must include three paragraphs (intro with a thesis, body with quotes, and a conclusion), and it must be edited, proofread, and revised. Upload and turn in your Open Window TDA essay to Google Classroom by the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm)!

6 – Book Project 3 (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday) – Continue to read your Book Project 3 novel, update your reading log, and work on your Book Project 3 project pieces. (There is no due date for Book Project 3 this week, since this is an on-going process and the project is due on April 16th, after you return back to school).

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8th Grade STEM Apps Homework & Deadlines
All work must be “turned in” via Google Classroom, IXL, and Code.org by the deadline.

8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we will be working with an educational computer programming website (Code.org) to use problem-solving skills to address computer science challenges, explore different types of educational websites, test their computer literacy skills, and study how information is transmitted between people and electronic devices. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Engineering Design Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students will explore topics, conduct research, and identify a real-world problem that will kick off their own Engineering Design Process. All Design Fair instructions, details, deadlines, and rubrics are available in Google Classroom.

1 – IXL Science 8.C.1 Identify Parts of the Engineering Design Process (Work on this anytime Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – Complete IXL Science 8.C.1 – you will need to earn at least a 95% to receive credit for this assignment. Since you’ll complete this work directly in the IXL website, you do not need to turn this into Google Classroom, however, YOU MUST LOG INTO IXL in order for your score to be recorded. Complete this IXL before the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-8/identify-parts-of-the-engineering-design-process

2 – Code.org – The Design Process – Unit 4, Lesson 12: Digital Design (Work on this anytime Monday-Wednesday: DUE ON WEDNESDAY) – We will continue our work in Code.org by completing the next lesson in our unit (Lesson 12). Since you’ll complete this work directly in the Code.org website, you do not need to turn this into Google Classroom, however, YOU MUST LOG INTO CODE.ORG in order for your work and progress to be recorded. Watch the embedded videos and take a look at the embedded worksheets in the lesson. You do not need to submit the worksheets for Lesson 12, since they are intended to be brainstorming activities. I will be looking at and evaluating the progress that you have made on your coded app in Code.org. Complete Code.org Unit 4 – Lesson 12 before the end of the school day on Wednesday (2:15pm). https://studio.code.org/home

3 – Code.org – The Design Process – Unit 4, Lesson 13: Linking Screens (Work on this anytime Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – STOP AFTER COMPLETING LESSON 13 LEVEL 12 – (WE WILL NOT COMPLETE THE LAST TWO LEVELS OF LESSON 13: LEVEL 13 & 14 – THE PART THAT ASKS YOU TO COMBINE AND LINK CODE WITH A PARTNER). Since you’ll complete this work directly in the Code.org website, you do not need to turn this into Google Classroom, however, YOU MUST LOG INTO CODE.ORG in order for your work and progress to be recorded. Watch the embedded videos and take a look at the new code that is introduced on the overview page (step 1). You do not need to submit any worksheets for Lesson 13, all of the activities in this lesson involve coding. I will be looking at and evaluating the progress that you have made on your coded app in Code.org. Complete Code.org Unit 4 – Lesson 12 before the end of the school day on Thursday (2:15pm). https://studio.code.org/home

4 – Engineering Design Fair Project (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday) – Finish your prototype drawings (thumbnail, orthographic, and isometric) in your Engineering Notebook/Log, finish building your prototype design, update your Engineering Notebook/Log to catalog how your project is going and where you are at in the design process, test your prototype to ensure that it works, collect data, and take photos of your design process for your display board.(There is no due date for your Engineering Design Fair project this week, since this is an on-going process).

As always, I will be available to answer questions or address homework concerns during normal school business hours (Monday – Friday: 7:25am – 2:15pm), so e-mail me if you need me. 

Stay safe, I miss you already! 

Virtual hugs, 
Miss Roberts

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Friday, March 13th!

Hi everyone!

A note was just sent out on the STEMblog, but I’m re-posting it here so we’re all on the same page:

As of now, our plan is as follows:

Teachers will be creating homework posts in Google Classroom and on their blogs every Monday (starting this Monday, March 16th). Any work assigned is due by Friday of that same week – make sure to have your work sent in and uploaded by the due dates (due to the nature of our grading deadlines, all work must be submitted and turned in by Fridays at 2:15pm to receive credit).

All homework assignments posted during this time will receive a grade.

The 3rd quarter marking period ends on Friday, March 27th.

If you have any questions, or if you are having technology issues, please contact your teachers via email – we will be checking our inboxes during normal school hours (Monday-Friday, 7:25am – 2:15pm). Emails sent after hours on evenings or weekends will be responded to on the following business day.

Stay safe, wash your hands, and hang in there! We’ll miss you!

Virtual hugs,
Miss Roberts

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Wednesday, March 11th!

6th Grade Science –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating the connections between force and motion. Students will be examining concepts such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, speed, acceleration, the impact of gravity on falling objects, and the difference between balanced and unbalanced forces. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Science Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students will study the scientific method, examine the parts of a science fair display board, discuss lab reports, practice data organization and graphing, and gather research.
Homework –
3/11/20 – Complete your Force & Motion Vocab Quadrants – These are due tomorrow (Thursday, March 12th) in Google Classroom!
3/12/20 – Work on your Science Fair project!
3/13/20 – Work on your Science Fair project – You should be in the experimentation & data collection phase of your project! Make sure to take photos of your experimentation process!

7th Grade ELA –
This week, we’ll be discussing, practicing, and utilizing text dependent analysis (TDA) strategies to create evidence-based pieces of writing. We’ll be comparing and contrasting different examples of TDA writing, and we’ll discuss the reasons why authors must include a clear claim, evidence, and reasoning in their writing. Students should also continue working on Book Project 3, which will be due on Thursday, April 16th. All of the Book Project 3 instructions, details, deadlines, and the rubric are available in Google Classroom.
Homework –
3/11/20 – Complete your Gift of the Magi TDA Essay – Prepare to edit, present, and turn in your TDA essay in Google Classroom tomorrow!
3/12/20 – The Gift of the Magi TDA Essay is due today in Google Classroom – upload your work! Bring a novel and your Book Project 3 materials to class tomorrow for Genius Hour!
3/13/20 – Continue reading and working on Book Project 3 – Due Thurs, April 16th!

8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we will be working with an educational computer programming website (Code.org) to use problem-solving skills to address computer science challenges, explore different types of educational websites, test their computer literacy skills, and study how information is transmitted between people and electronic devices. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Engineering Design Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students will explore topics, conduct research, and identify a real-world problem that will kick off their own Engineering Design Process. All engineering design fair instructions, details, deadlines, and rubrics are available in Google Classroom.
Homework –
3/11/20 – Work on your Engineering Design Project – Continue to update your Engineering Notebook/Project Log with prototype sketches & details about your process.
3/12/20 – Bring in your Engineering Design Project materials and Engineering Notebook/Project Log for Genius Hour tomorrow!
3/13/20 – Work on your Engineering Design Project – Continue to update your Engineering Notebook/Project Log with prototype sketches & details about your process. You should be in the prototype designing, building, and testing phase at this point in time. Make sure to take photos of your design process and collect data!

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Monday, March 9th!

6th Grade Science –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating the connections between force and motion. Students will be examining concepts such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, speed, acceleration, the impact of gravity on falling objects, and the difference between balanced and unbalanced forces. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Science Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students will study the scientific method, examine the parts of a science fair display board, discuss lab reports, practice data organization and graphing, and gather research.
Homework –
3/9/20 – Continue to work on your Science Fair Project. Human Body Quiz corrections are due by Thursday, March 12th!
3/10/20 – Work on your Force & Motion Vocab Quadrants – These are due on Thursday, March 12th!

7th Grade ELA –
This week, we’ll be discussing, practicing, and utilizing text dependent analysis (TDA) strategies to create evidence-based pieces of writing. We’ll be comparing and contrasting different examples of TDA writing, and we’ll discuss the reasons why authors must include a clear claim, evidence, and reasoning in their writing. Students should also continue working on Book Project 3, which will be due on Thursday, April 16th. All of the Book Project 3 instructions, details, deadlines, and the rubric are available in Google Classroom.
Homework –
3/9/20 – Finish The Gift of the Magi plot diagram.
3/10/20 – Complete The Gift of the Magi textual evidence worksheet.

8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we will be working with an educational computer programming website (Code.org) to use problem-solving skills to address computer science challenges, explore different types of educational websites, test their computer literacy skills, and study how information is transmitted between people and electronic devices. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Engineering Design Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students will explore topics, conduct research, and identify a real-world problem that will kick off their own Engineering Design Process. All engineering design fair instructions, details, deadlines, and rubrics are available in Google Classroom.
Homework –
3/9/20 – Work on your Engineering Design Project – Continue to update your Engineering Notebook/Project Log with prototype sketches & details about your process.
3/10/20 – Work on your Engineering Design Project – Continue to update your Engineering Notebook/Project Log with prototype sketches & details about your process.

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Wednesday, March 4th!

6th Grade Science –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating the connections between unicellular and multicellular organisms. We’ll also be examining the parts of cells, functions of cells, the characteristics of living things, and we’ll be learning about the structure and function of body systems. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Science Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students will study the scientific method, examine the parts of a science fair display board, discuss lab reports, practice data organization and graphing, and gather research. All science fair instructions, details, deadlines, and rubrics are available in Google Classroom. Students will have a Human Body/Human Body Systems Quiz on Friday, March 6th – To prepare, students should review their science vocab terms, class activities, and class notes.
Homework –
3/4/20 – Complete your flip label cards for your Human Body poster project. Study for the Human Body Quiz on Friday!
3/5/20 – Study for the Human Body Quiz Tomorrow! Bring in Science Fair work and/or materials for genius hour in class tomorrow!
3/6/20 – Continue working on your Science Fair Project – Begin your experiment & start collecting data!

7th Grade ELA –
This week, we’ll be discussing, practicing, and utilizing text dependent analysis (TDA) strategies to create evidence-based pieces of writing. We’ll be comparing and contrasting different examples of TDA writing, and we’ll discuss the reasons why authors must include a clear claim, evidence, and reasoning in their writing. Students should also continue working on Book Project 3, which will be due on Thursday, April 16th. All of the Book Project 3 instructions, details, deadlines, and the rubric are available in Google Classroom.
Homework –
3/4/20 – Finish The Lady, or The Tiger plot diagram.
3/5/20 – Complete The Lady, or The Tiger C-E-R. Bring your Book Project 3 novel and project materials to class for genius hour tomorrow!
3/6/20 – Continue reading and working on Book Project 3 – Due April 16th!

8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we will be working with an educational computer programming website (Code.org) to use problem-solving skills to address computer science challenges, explore different types of educational websites, test their computer literacy skills, and study how information is transmitted between people and electronic devices. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Engineering Design Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students will explore topics, conduct research, and identify a real-world problem that will kick off their own Engineering Design Process. All engineering design fair instructions, details, deadlines, and rubrics are available in Google Classroom.
Homework –
3/4/20 – Work on your Engineering Design Project – Continue to update your Engineering Notebook/Project Log with prototype sketches & details about your process.
3/5/20 – Bring your Engineering Design Fair notebook/log and materials to class for genius hour tomorrow!
3/6/20 – Continue working on your Engineering Design Fair project – Create sketches and notes in your Engineering Notebook/Log and begin building and testing your prototype. Make sure to collect data along the way!

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Monday, March 2nd!

6th Grade Science –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating the connections between unicellular and multicellular organisms. We’ll also be examining the parts of cells, functions of cells, the characteristics of living things, and we’ll be learning about the structure and function of body systems. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Science Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students will study the scientific method, examine the parts of a science fair display board, discuss lab reports, practice data organization and graphing, and gather research. All science fair instructions, details, deadlines, and rubrics are available in Google Classroom. Students will have a Human Body/Human Body Systems Quiz on Friday, March 6th – To prepare, students should review their science vocab terms, class activities, and class notes.
Homework –
3/2/20 – Study for the Human Body/Human Body Systems Quiz on Friday!
3/3/20 –Cut, color and complete your Human Body Model Organs for your Human Body poster project. Study for the Human Body Quiz on Friday!

7th Grade ELA –
This week, we’ll be discussing, practicing, and utilizing text dependent analysis (TDA) strategies to create evidence-based pieces of writing. We’ll be comparing and contrasting different examples of TDA writing, and we’ll discuss the reasons why authors must include a clear claim, evidence, and reasoning in their writing. Students should also continue working on Book Project 3, which will be due on Thursday, April 16th. All of the Book Project 3 instructions, details, deadlines, and the rubric are available in Google Classroom.
Homework –
3/2/20 – Bring your Book Project novel to class this week & continue to work on Book Project 3!
3/3/20 – Bring your Book Project novel to class this week & continue to work on Book Project 3!

8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we will be working with an educational computer programming website (Code.org) to use problem-solving skills to address computer science challenges, explore different types of educational websites, test their computer literacy skills, and study how information is transmitted between people and electronic devices. In addition, we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Engineering Design Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students will explore topics, conduct research, and identify a real-world problem that will kick off their own Engineering Design Process. All engineering design fair instructions, details, deadlines, and rubrics are available in Google Classroom.
Homework –
3/2/20 – Work on your Engineering Design Project – Continue to update your Engineering Notebook/Project Log with prototype sketches & details about your process.
3/3/20 – Work on your Engineering Design Project – Continue to update your Engineering Notebook/Project Log with prototype sketches & details about your process.

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