Summer Learning

Over the summer, ALL CURRENT 6th and 7th graders will have two (2) math and two (2) ELA IXLs to complete each week.

STEM Middle School will post the links to each week’s IXLs on the STEMBLOG (https://stem.dearbornschools.org) every Monday STARTING on Monday, June 22nd and ENDING Monday, August 17th. 

If you are on vacation and cannot complete IXLs on a particular week, no problem!  These assignments will just need to be completed by the first day of school – Monday, August 31st.

In addition, all current 6th and 7th graders will need to read 3 books at or above their current reading level over the course of the summer.  Students – Please be sure to record the title and author for each book, there will be an assignment related to your summer reading when we return to school.

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Week of June 8th – Last Week of School!

Hi STEM students!
I just wanted to send out a few reminders as we wrap up the school year:

1) Your STEM teachers will not be posting any new work in Google Classroom this week. If you are behind on last week’s work, you will have until the STEM late deadline (Monday, June 8th) at 2:15pm to submit any assignments from the week of June 1st. My only request is that if you are handing in late work, please send me an e-mail so I know to re-check your homework and update your grade!

2) Our last virtual class will take place on Tuesday in Big Blue Button, during our normal scheduled class time. Please make arrangements to be in our virtual class on time, so that we will have the chance to celebrate the school year together and say goodbye to one another.

3) My office hours on Wednesday will be held via e-mail instead of Big Blue Button this week. If you need me, send me an e-mail!

4) Have a really great summer! I will really miss you, and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in the fall!

Sincerely,
Miss Roberts

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Virtual Learning – Week of June 1st!

VIRTUAL LEARNING – WEEK OF JUNE 1st, 2020

6th Grade Science –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating methods of space travel, we’ll explore International Space Station technology, and we’ll learn about how microgravity can impact the human body during space flight. In addition, we’ll be taking a virtual field trip to learn about how NASA astronauts collect field research and data while orbiting the Earth in the ISS. 

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 6.GG.1 – Analyze Models of the Earth-Sun-Moon System (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – Complete IXL Science 6.GG.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 FRIDAY (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-6/analyze-models-of-the-earth-sun-moon-system

2 – Life on the ISS Virtual Field Trip & Life on the ISS Reflection Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – 
First, you will need to check out the Life on the ISS Virtual Field Trip PowerPoint presentation. Be sure to watch the embedded video, answer the questions, and click on the Learn More links at the end of the presentation. Then, complete the Life on the ISS Reflection Worksheet. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm)!

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) 
– 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. THERE WILL BE A FINAL DO NOW CHECK THIS WEEK – MAKE SURE THAT YOUR DO NOW DOCUMENT IS UP TO DATE. YOU WILL NEED A MINIMUM OF 20 ENTRIES FROM MARCH 30TH THROUGH THIS WEEK TO EARN FULL CREDIT.

Do Now 1 – What are some examples of experiments that NASA scientists do in the International Space Station laboratory? 

Do Now 2 – Do you think it’s possible to spot the ISS from Earth? How could you prove this?

Do Now 3 – Given the lack of gravity in space, how do astronauts do “normal” things, like exercise or sleep comfortably without bouncing all around the cabin?

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

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7th Grade ELA –
This week, we’ll be discussing, practicing, and applying our text dependent analysis (TDA) strategies to a novel: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. This week, we will finish our discussion of The Outsiders by considering plot elements, character dynamics, themes, examples of figurative language, and how the story ties into real historical events. In addition, we’ll be reviewing literary devices and techniques to keep our skills sharp.

HOMEWORK
1 – Nothing Gold Can Stay – Poetry Reading (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) –
 For this assignment, you will need to read the poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost. This is the same poem that Ponyboy recites to Johnny while the boys are hiding out in the church in The Outsiders. Complete this reading assignment before the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm).

2 – Nothing Gold Can Stay Poem Analysis Worksheet (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – After reading the poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost, open the Nothing Gold Can Stay Poem Analysis Worksheet in a new Google Doc, type your answers into the worksheet document, and then upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom before the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm).

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – 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. THERE WILL BE A FINAL DO NOW CHECK THIS WEEK – MAKE SURE THAT YOUR DO NOW DOCUMENT IS UP TO DATE. YOU WILL NEED A MINIMUM OF 20 ENTRIES FROM MARCH 30TH THROUGH THIS WEEK TO EARN FULL CREDIT.

Do Now 1 – After reading the poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost, why do you think Johnny tells Ponyboy to “stay gold,” and why is this moment so significant in the novel?

Do Now 2 – S.E. Hinton started writing The Outsiders at the age of 15. She finished the story in high school and published the novel when she turned 18 years old. What are some goals that you strive to reach by the age of 18?

Do Now 3 – What are some things in your life, right now, that you wish could “stay gold” forever?

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

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8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating various ecosystems, to learn about food webs and food chains, how different species rely on one another for survival, and how environmental changes can affect an ecosystem. 

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 8.V.1 – Describe Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – Complete IXL Science 8.V.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 FRIDAY (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-8/describe-populations-communities-and-ecosystems

2 – Rainforest Ecosystem Virtual Field Trip & Rainforest Reflection Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – First, you will need to check out the Rainforest Ecosystem Virtual Field Trip PowerPoint presentation. Be sure to watch the embedded video, answer the questions, and click on the Learn More links at the end of the presentation. Then, complete the Rainforest Reflection Worksheet. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm)!

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) 
– 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. THERE WILL BE A FINAL DO NOW CHECK THIS WEEK – MAKE SURE THAT YOUR DO NOW DOCUMENT IS UP TO DATE. YOU WILL NEED A MINIMUM OF 20 ENTRIES FROM MARCH 30TH THROUGH THIS WEEK TO EARN FULL CREDIT.

Do Now 1 – What is a rainforest and how does this ecosystem differ from a temperate forest?

Do Now 2 – What are some of the plant and animal species found in a rainforest, like the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil?

Do Now 3 – What are some factors that are threatening the health of the rainforest and the safety of the plant and animal species that live there?

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

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Locker Pick-Up – Tues, June 2nd!

Locker Item Pick Up Information:
TUESDAY, JUNE 2nd  
(This will be the ONLY pick up day)

Please follow the directions stated below for the safety of our teachers, students, and parents:

1.     On the day of pick up, NO students or parents will be allowed in the building. Do NOT get out of your car.

2.     Cars must ENTER through the Warren gate & pull up to door #20 so that your car faces Ann Arbor Trail.

3.     Please tell the teacher on the sidewalk what student you are picking up items for.

4.     Have your trunk open, so that teachers have no contact as we deliver your belongings.

5.     Students will need to return instruments and library books (AKA Ms. Fryzel’s books) on that day.

6.     6th and 7th graders can keep instruments over the summer.

Scheduled Pick-Up Times:  

10:00am – 11:00am          6th Graders

11:00am – 12:00pm          7th Graders

12:00pm – 1:00pm           8th Graders

1:00pm – 1:30pm             Last Chance

SINCE MISS ROBERTS WILL BE HELPING WITH LOCKER DISTRIBUTION AT STEM, SHE WILL NOT BE HOSTING VIRTUAL CLASSES ON TUES, JUNE 2ND!! Course materials will be posted in Google Classroom instead. Miss R’s Office hours will run as scheduled on Wednesday, June 3rd.

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Virtual Learning – Week of May 25th, 2020

VIRTUAL LEARNING – WEEK OF MAY 25th, 2020

PLEASE NOTE – THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, MAY 25th DUE TO THE MEMORIAL DAY BREAK!! 

6th Grade Science –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating various ecosystems, to learn about food webs and food chains, how different species rely on one another for survival, and how environmental changes can affect an ecosystem. 

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 6.V.2 – Identify Ecosystems (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY!) – Complete IXL Science 6.V.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 FRIDAY (2:15pm).https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-6/identify-ecosystems

2 – MiSTAR Unit 6.6 – Food Chains & Food Webs PowerPoint & Reflection Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – First, you will need to check out the Food Chains & Food Webs PowerPoint presentation (PDF). Be sure to read through all of the slides and test your knowledge with the quiz questions at the end of the presentation. Then, complete the Food Chains & Food Webs Reflection Worksheet. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm)!

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) 
– 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 – What is the difference between a food chain and a food web?

Do Now 2 – What is the difference between a primary, secondary, and tertiary consumer? Give examples to explain your thinking.

Do Now 3 – What is the role or purpose of a decomposer?

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

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7th Grade ELA –
This week, we’ll be discussing, practicing, and applying our text dependent analysis (TDA) strategies to a novel: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reading The Outsiders and considering plot elements, character dynamics, themes, examples of figurative language, and how the story ties into real historical events. In addition, we’ll be reviewing literary devices and techniques to keep our skills sharp.

HOMEWORK
1 – S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders – Reading – Chapters 10-12 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) –
 For this assignment, you will need to read Chapters 10-12 of The Outsiders. PDF files of the chapters will be uploaded directly to Google Classroom, so there is no need to buy or borrow your own copy of the text. Feel free to listen along with the audio book while you read, a link to the audio book will be provided in Google Classroom as well. Complete this reading assignment before the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm). 
http://esl-bits.net/ESL.English.Learning.Audiobooks/Outsiders/contenu.html

2 – The Outsiders – Chapter 10, 11, & 12 Chapter Response Worksheets (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – After reading Chapters 10-12 of The Outsiders, you will need to complete the Chapter Response Worksheets for each chapter (there are three in total – one for Chapter 10, one for Chapter 11, and one for Chapter 12). Open the Chapter Response Worksheets in a new Google Doc, type your answers into the worksheet documents, and then upload and turn in your worksheets in Google Classroom before the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm).

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – 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 – How is the theme of “family” demonstrated in The Outsiders? (Think about characters that don’t have a traditional family or come from a broken home, but find a sense of “family” in other ways).

Do Now 2 – What happens at the very end of the story that makes the plot come “full circle?” (Explain the ending).

Do Now 3 – If you were one character in The Outsiders, who would you be? In what ways are you and this character similar? (Talk about physical attributes and/or personality traits). Explain!

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

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8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating the frozen, windswept tundra of Antarctica. In addition, we’ll be taking a virtual field trip to learn about this unique landscape, its distinct ecosystems, and the groundbreaking discoveries that are being unearthed by scientists and researchers in this barren landscape. 

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 8.V.2 – Identify Ecosystems (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – Complete IXL Science 8.V.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 FRIDAY (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-8/identify-ecosystems

2 – Antarctica Virtual Field Trip & Reflection Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – First, you will need to check out the Antarctica Virtual Field Trip PowerPoint presentation. Be sure to watch the embedded video, answer the questions, and click on the Learn More links at the end of the presentation. Then, complete the Antarctica Reflection Worksheet. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm)!

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) 
– 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 – What are some examples of the innovative experiments that scientists and researchers are conducting at the research facility in Antarctica? 

Do Now 2 – Given the extreme weather and temperatures, what are some safety precautions that scientists working on Antarctica need to take to stay healthy?

Do Now 3 – Before sending rovers and robots to Mars, NASA tested out their machinery on Antarctica’s arctic tundra and scientists ran experiments there to study astronaut nutrition. Why do you think NASA chose Antarctica as a proving ground for these tests?

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

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Virtual Learning – Week of May 18th, 2020

VIRTUAL LEARNING – WEEK OF MAY 18th, 2020

PLEASE NOTE – ALL CLASSWORK WILL BE DUE AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY (2:15PM) ON THURSDAY OF THIS WEEK, DUE TO THE MEMORIAL DAY BREAK!!

6th Grade Science –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating various ecosystems, to learn about food webs and food chains, how different species rely on one another for survival, and how environmental changes can affect an ecosystem. 

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 6.V.1 – Describe Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems (Work on this anytime Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY!) – Complete IXL Science 6.V.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 THURSDAY (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-6/describe-populations-communities-and-ecosystems

2 – MiSTAR Unit 6.6 – Rainforest Ecosystem Virtual Field Trip & Rainforest Reflection Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Thursday: DUE ON Thursday) – First, you will need to check out the Rainforest Ecosystem Virtual Field Trip PowerPoint presentation. Be sure to watch the embedded video, answer the questions, and click on the Learn More links at the end of the presentation. Then, complete the Rainforest Reflection Worksheet. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on THURSDAY (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 – What is a rainforest?

Do Now 2 – What are some of the plant and animal species found in a rainforest, like the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil?

Do Now 3 – What are some factors that are threatening the health of the rainforest and the safety of the plant and animal species that live there?

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).

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7th Grade ELA –
This week, we’ll be discussing, practicing, and applying our text dependent analysis (TDA) strategies to a novel: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reading The Outsiders and considering plot elements, character dynamics, themes, examples of figurative language, and how the story ties into real historical events. In addition, we’ll be reviewing literary devices and techniques to keep our skills sharp.

HOMEWORK
1 – S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders – Reading – Chapters 7-9 (Work on this anytime Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) –
 For this assignment, you will need to read Chapters 7-9 of The Outsiders. PDF files of the chapters will be uploaded directly to Google Classroom, so there is no need to buy or borrow your own copy of the text. Feel free to listen along with the audio book while you read, a link to the audio book will be provided in Google Classroom as well. Complete this reading assignment before the end of the school day on THURSDAY (2:15pm). 
http://esl-bits.net/ESL.English.Learning.Audiobooks/Outsiders/contenu.html

2 – The Outsiders – Chapter 7, 8, & 9 Chapter Response Worksheets (Work on this anytime Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – After reading Chapters 7-9 of The Outsiders, you will need to complete the Chapter Response Worksheets for each chapter (there are three in total – one for Chapter 7, one for Chapter 8, and one for Chapter 9). Open the Chapter Response Worksheets in a new Google Doc, type your answers into the worksheet documents, and then upload and turn in your worksheets in Google Classroom before the end of the school day on THURSDAY (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 – Why do the Greasers and Socs continue to “rumble” or fight one another?

Do Now 2 – How is the theme of loyalty expressed in The Outsiders? How do the Greasers prove that they are loyal to one another?

Do Now 3 – Chose one character in The Outsiders and explain how that character’s behavior or attitude has changed or developed throughout the story.

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).

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8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating methods of space travel, we’ll explore International Space Station technology, and we’ll learn about how  microgravity can impact the human body during space flight. In addition, we’ll be taking a virtual field trip to learn about how NASA astronauts collect field research and data while orbiting the Earth in the ISS. 

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 8.GG.1 – Analyze Models of the Earth-Sun-Moon System (Work on this anytime Monday-Thursday: DUE ON THURSDAY) – Complete IXL Science 8.GG.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 THURSDAY (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-8/analyze-models-of-the-earth-sun-moon-system

2 – Life on the ISS Virtual Field Trip & Life on the ISS Reflection Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Thursday: DUE ON Thursday) – First, you will need to check out the Life on the ISS Virtual Field Trip PowerPoint presentation. Be sure to watch the embedded video, answer the questions, and click on the Learn More links at the end of the presentation. Then, complete the Life on the ISS Reflection Worksheet. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on THURSDAY (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 – What are some examples of experiments that NASA scientists do in the International Space Station laboratory? 

Do Now 2 – Do you think it’s possible to spot the ISS from Earth? How could you prove this?

Do Now 3 – Given the lack of gravity in space, how do astronauts do “normal” things, like exercise or sleep comfortably without bouncing all around the cabin?

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).

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Virtual Learning – Week of May 11th, 2020

VIRTUAL LEARNING – WEEK OF MAY 11th, 2020

6th Grade Science –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating different forms of energy. In addition, we’ll be taking a virtual field trip to learn about fossil fuels, natural resources and different ways that we can power our planet by using renewable energy technology. 

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 6.Y.2 – Evaluate Claims about Natural Resource Use: Fossil Fuels (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – Complete IXL Science 6.Y.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 FRIDAY (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-6/evaluate-claims-about-natural-resource-use-fossil-fuels

2 – Powering the Planet – Renewable Energy Virtual Field Trip & Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – First, you will need to take the Powering the Planet – Renewable Energy virtual field trip by watching the interactive video linked in Google Classroom.  Then, complete the Powering the Planet – Renewable Energy Virtual Field Trip Questions Worksheet. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm)!

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) 
– 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 – What is a fossil fuel?

Do Now 2 – What is the difference between a renewable and non-renewable resource? Give an example of each in your explanation.

Do Now 3 – If you had the option to use renewable energy technology in your home (like solar panels, for example) would you? Why or why not? 

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

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7th Grade ELA –
This week, we’ll be discussing, practicing, and applying our text dependent analysis (TDA) strategies to a novel: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reading The Outsiders and considering plot elements, character dynamics, themes, examples of figurative language, and how the story ties into real historical events. In addition, we’ll be reviewing literary devices and techniques to keep our skills sharp.

HOMEWORK
1 – S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders – Reading – Chapters 4-6 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) –
 For this assignment, you will need to read Chapters 4-6 of The Outsiders. PDF files of the chapters will be uploaded directly to Google Classroom, so there is no need to buy or borrow your own copy of the text. Feel free to listen along with the audio book while you read, a link to the audio book will be provided in Google Classroom as well. Complete this reading assignment before the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm). 
http://esl-bits.net/ESL.English.Learning.Audiobooks/Outsiders/contenu.html

2 – The Outsiders – Chapter 4, 5, & 6 Chapter Response Worksheets (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – After reading Chapters 4-6 of The Outsiders, you will need to complete the Chapter Response Worksheets for each chapter (there are three in total – one for Chapter 4, one for Chapter 5, and one for Chapter 6). Open the Chapter Response Worksheets in a new Google Doc, type your answers into the worksheet documents, and then upload and turn in your worksheets in Google Classroom before the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm).

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – 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 – Describe 1 thing that is broken in The Outsiders – this could be a physical object or something metaphorical, like a promise.

Do Now 2 – If the Socs and Greasers were active social groups in your own school or neighborhood, which crew would you want to hang out with? Why?

Do Now 3 – There is a lot of slang used in The Outsiders – pick 2 slang words that the characters use, and explain what modern-day slang word you would replace it with. For example – The Greasers refer to police officers as “the fuzz,” whereas today, we might say “cops.”

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

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8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we’ll be studying, analyzing, and investigating different forms of energy. In addition, we’ll be taking a virtual field trip to learn about fossil fuels, natural resources and different ways that we can power our planet by using renewable energy technology. 

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 8.Y.2 – Evaluate Claims about Natural Resource Use: Fossil Fuels (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – Complete IXL Science 8.Y.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 FRIDAY (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-8/evaluate-claims-about-natural-resource-use-fossil-fuels

2 – Powering the Planet – Renewable Energy Virtual Field Trip & Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – 
First, you will need to take the Powering the Planet – Renewable Energy virtual field trip by watching the interactive video linked in Google Classroom.  Then, complete the Powering the Planet – Renewable Energy Virtual Field Trip Questions Worksheet. Upload and turn in your assignment in Google Classroom by the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm)!

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) 
– 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 – What is a fossil fuel?

Do Now 2 – What is the difference between a renewable and non-renewable resource? Give an example of each in your explanation.

Do Now 3 – If you had the option to use renewable energy technology in your home (like solar panels, for example) would you? Why or why not? 

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

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Virtual Learning – Week of May 4th!

VIRTUAL LEARNING – WEEK OF MAY 4th, 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 taking a look at some famous scientists and their groundbreaking discoveries.

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 6.G.1 – Calculate Speed from Time & Distance (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – Complete IXL Science 6.G.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 FRIDAY (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-6/calculate-speed-from-time-and-distance

2 – MiSTAR 6.4 – Asking Questions – Science Stories Article & Worksheet (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – First, you will need to read the MiSTAR 6.4 Asking Questions Science Stories Article. Then, open the MiSTAR 6.4 Asking Questions Science Stories Worksheet in a new Google Doc, type your answers into the worksheet 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 FRIDAY (2:15pm)!

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) 
– 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 – Which was your favorite scientist that you learned about in the MiSTAR 6.4 Asking Questions Science Stories activity this week? Why do you admire this person and their work?

Do Now 2 – What is one scientific discovery or invention that we haven’t quite perfected yet, but you think will exist in the future? How might this invention affect people or society in a positive or negative way? (For example – We don’t have a cure for cancer just yet, but it is something that doctors and scientists are actively working on. How might this cure impact people and the medical field in a positive way?)

Do Now 3 – Why do you think it is important for scientists to continue asking questions and looking for answers, even when they feel like they might be an expert on a topic?

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

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7th Grade ELA –
This week, we’ll be discussing, practicing, and applying our text dependent analysis (TDA) strategies to a novel: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reading The Outsiders and considering plot elements, character dynamics, themes, examples of figurative language, and how the story ties into real historical events. In addition, we’ll be reviewing literary devices and techniques to keep our skills sharp.

HOMEWORK
1 – S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders – Reading – Chapters 1-3 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) –
 For this assignment, you will need to read Chapters 1-3 of The Outsiders. PDF files of the chapters will be uploaded directly to Google Classroom, so there is no need to buy or borrow your own copy of the text. Feel free to listen along with the audio book while you read, a link to the audio book will be provided in Google Classroom as well. Complete this reading assignment before the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm). 
http://esl-bits.net/ESL.English.Learning.Audiobooks/Outsiders/contenu.html

2 – The Outsiders – Chapter 1, 2, & 3 Chapter Response Worksheets (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – After reading Chapters 1-3 of The Outsiders, you will need to complete the Chapter Response Worksheets for each chapter (there are three in total – one for Chapter 1, one for Chapter 2, and one for Chapter 3). Open the Chapter Response Worksheets in a new Google Doc, type your answers into the worksheet documents, and then upload and turn in your worksheets in Google Classroom before the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm).

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – 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 – Based on the characters that you’ve been introduced to in The Outsiders so far, which character do you think is the protagonist in the story? Why do you think this?

Do Now 2 – How would you describe the difference between the Greasers and the Socs? How might you compare these social groups in the story to real-life social groups in a middle school or high school?

Do Now 3 – Despite the craziness of the outside world right now, what is one “tiny victory” from this week that you can celebrate? (This could be something like an event or holiday that you’re celebrating with your family at home, or it could be a small personal goal that you’ve accomplished, like, getting in a 30-minute living room workout between virtual classes).

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

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8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we will be working with educational computer programming websites to use problem-solving skills to address computer science challenges, explore different types of educational websites, test computer literacy skills, and study how information is transmitted between people and electronic devices.

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL Science 8.EE.1 – The Greenhouse Effect (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – Complete IXL Science 8.EE.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 FRIDAY (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/science/grade-8/the-greenhouse-effect

2 – Code Combat (Intro to Computer Science – CS1) – Levels 12-18 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY)
 – We registered for Code Combat while we were still in school, and we started working on the first few levels together in class. This week, I’d like you to continue your progress and ensure that you have completed Levels 12-18. Complete Code Combat Levels 12-18 before the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm). https://codecombat.com/home

3 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – 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 – If you were to pick up where you left off with your Design Fair project with the intention of going further with your project or improving your prototype in some way, what would you do next? How could you evolve your design to make it even better?

Do Now 2 – What is the Greenhouse Effect and how does it affect our planet? What do you think will happen if we do not minimize the amount of CFCs in our atmosphere?

Do Now 3 – Your choice! Pick something in the STEM field that you’re personally interested in and tell me about it. (Instead of relying completely on your own personal knowledge, do a little bit of research and summarize your findings, so that you can expand your knowledge).

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

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Big Blue Button – Virtual Classes & Office Hours

Hi STEM Students!
By now, you’ve probably heard the news that the district is no longer allowing us to use Google Hangout as a way to host live classes. Our only option to live-chat is through a program called Big Blue Button. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28th, I will only be able to use Big Blue Button to live chat with you – we will no longer be able to use Google Hangout.

From what I understand, YOU CAN ONLY ACCESS BIG BLUE BUTTON THROUGH iLEARN – This means that I cannot just send you a chat link to click on in Google Classroom like we’ve been doing in the past, you will have to go into iLearn, log into our new iLearn Class, and then click on the Big Blue Button icon in there to chat with me during your scheduled virtual class time. 

PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL OR GOOGLE CLASSROOM for detailed instructions regarding how to log into iLearn & use Big Blue Button.

You will need the unique class code that I emailed to you and posted in Google Classroom in order to log in and chat with me during my live classes on Tuesday and office hours on Wednesday.

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Virtual Learning – Week of April 27th!

VIRTUAL LEARNING – WEEK OF APRIL 27th, 2020

6th Grade Science –
This week, we’ll be we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Digital Science Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students should be finishing their experiments at home and completing their Science Fair Google Slides presentation. Students will continue to carry out their Science Fair experiments and projects at home as planned, but instead of bringing a physical presentation board to school on the day of the fair, they will be submitting a digital Google Slides presentation board to their teachers in Google Classroom instead. All Digital Science Fair instructions, details, deadlines, and rubrics are available in Google Classroom.

HOMEWORK
1 – Digital Science Fair Project (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday; DUE NO LATER THAN THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY (2:15 PM) ON MONDAY, MAY 4TH) – This week, I want you to focus on your Science Fair project, so all of this week’s assignments will relate to that in some way. Make sure to finish your experiment, collect and graph your data, write your conclusion, and finish your digital presentation board according to the Digital Science Fair Google Slides Presentation instructions in Google Classroom. After you have edited and revised the final draft of your Science Fair Google Slides presentation, you can upload it in the “Digital Science Fair Presentation Board Assignment” in Google Classroom. You can turn in your project anytime between Friday, May 1st and Monday, May 4thYour Digital Science Fair presentation is due in Google Classroom no later than the end of the school day (2:15pm) on May 4th, 2020.

2 – Science Fair – Data Table & Graphing Practice (Work on this anytime – Monday – Friday) – I am uploading some data table and graphing practice handouts to Google Classroom to be used as resources to help you with your Science Fair project. This is not an “assignment” – I just want you to read these over to make sure you understand what a science fair data table and graph look like. You may use whichever type of graph (line graph, bar graph, etc…) works best for you and your data in your Science Fair Google Slides presentation.

3 – Science Fair – Conclusion & Future Applications (Work on this anytime Monday – Friday) – I am also uploading a Conclusion & Future Applications handout to be used as a resource to help you with your Science Fair project conclusion. This is not an “assignment,” – I would just like you to read this over to ensure that you understand what a science fair conclusion looks like. 

4 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) 
– 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 – Thinking about your Science Fair project, was your initial hypothesis correct, or did your experiment and results totally surprise you? Explain what happened.

Do Now 2 – Now that your Science Fair project is complete – what are you most proud of? 

Do Now 3 – If you were to do your Science Fair experiment over again, what is something that you might alter or change?

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

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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 literary devices and techniques to keep our skills sharp.

HOMEWORK
1 – IXL ELA 7.Y.5 – Is it a Complete Sentence or a Fragment? (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – 
Complete IXL ELA 7.Y.5 – 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 FRIDAY (2:15pm). https://www.ixl.com/ela/grade-7/is-it-a-complete-sentence-or-a-fragment

2 – “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell (Read this story on Monday-Thursday) – You will need to read the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” – 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 Most Dangerous Game” Guided Reading Questions (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – After reading the short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” you’ll need to complete the guided reading questions worksheet. Follow the instructions on the assignment sheet in Google Classroom for details and instructions. You must answer these questions AFTER you read the story. Upload and turn in your work to Google Classroom by the end of the school day on FRIDAY (2:15pm)!

4 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) – 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 – Authors use a literary technique called foreshadowing to give a warning to readers or hint about an event that will happen later on in the story. How does Richard Connell use foreshadowing in his story, “The Most Dangerous Game?”

Do Now 2 – “The Most Dangerous Game” was first published in 1924, and since then, a number of authors and filmmakers have “borrowed” ideas from Richard Connell’s story.  For example, if you’ve ever read or watched The Hunger Games, you’ll recognize that the storyline is basically The Most Dangerous Game – Part 2…with teenagers.  What do you think about modern stories that “borrow” ideas or plotlines from earlier works? Do you consider this to be a way to make old stories feel new again, or is it plagiarism? 

Do Now 3 – What is the best book you’ve read recently? (Miss R needs to add some new books to her reading list, do you have a recommendation?)

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

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8th Grade STEM Apps –
This week, we’ll be we’ll be focusing our efforts on preparing for the Digital Engineering Design Fair, which will take place on May 4th, 2020. During this time, students should be finishing their prototypes and projects at home and completing their Engineering Design Fair Google Slides presentation. Students will continue to carry out their Design Fair projects at home as planned, but instead of bringing in a physical prototype and presentation board to school on the day of the fair, they will be submitting a digital Google Slides presentation board to their teachers in Google Classroom instead. All Digital Engineering Design Fair instructions, details, deadlines, and rubrics are available in Google Classroom.

HOMEWORK
1 – Digital Engineering Design Fair Project (Work on this anytime – Monday-Friday; DUE NO LATER THAN THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY (2:15 PM) ON MONDAY, MAY 4TH) – This week, I want you to focus on your Engineering Design Fair project, so all of this week’s assignments will relate to that in some way. Make sure to finish your prototype sketches in your Engineering Log, finish building and testing your prototype, collect and graph your data, write your conclusion, and finish your digital presentation board according to the Digital Design Fair Google Slides Presentation instructions in Google Classroom. After you have edited and revised the final draft of your Design Fair Google Slides presentation, you can upload it in the “Digital Design Fair Presentation Board Assignment” in Google Classroom. You can turn in your project anytime between Friday, May 1st and Monday, May 4thYour Digital Engineering Design Fair presentation is due in Google Classroom no later than the end of the school day (2:15pm) on May 4th, 2020.

2 – Engineering Design Fair – Data Table & Graphing Practice (Work on this anytime – Monday – Friday) – I am uploading some data table and graphing practice handouts to Google Classroom to be used as resources to help you with your Design Fair project. This is not an “assignment” – I just want you to read these over to make sure you understand what a design fair data table and graph looks like. You may use whichever type of graph (line graph, bar graph, etc…) works best for you and your data in your Design Fair Google Slides presentation.

3 – Engineering Design Fair – Conclusion & Future Applications (Work on this anytime Monday – Friday) – I am also uploading a Conclusion & Future Applications handout to be used as a resource to help you with your Design Fair project conclusion. This is not an “assignment,” – I would just like you to read this over to ensure that you understand what a design fair conclusion looks like. 

4 – Do Nows – Semester 4 (Work on this anytime Monday-Friday: DUE ON FRIDAY) 
– 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 – Thinking about your Engineering Design Fair project, was your initial prototype idea correct (and did it work?), or did your test results totally surprise you? Explain what happened.

Do Now 2 – Now that your Engineering Design Fair project is complete – what are you most proud of? 

Do Now 3 – If you were to do your Engineering Design Fair project over again, what is something that you might alter or change?

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

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