Thursday, December 10, 2015

Book Club

Eighth graders just finished the American Revolution Book Club Project in Mrs. Galecki’s reading class.   Each book club had four scheduled reading and literary analysis assignments to complete over a four week period.  After completing each assignment, students shared their prepared analysis and response to the text during a scheduled, structured book club discussion session.   Students proved that they can engage in student-led, higher-level critical discussions about literature.  They shared their analysis of their texts' literary techniques, historical facts, conflicts, point of view and themes. 

Students will continue their study of the American Revolution in reading class by analyzing The Declaration of Independence.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Waves Menu Assessments in Science

 waves checkpoints
Students are currently working on self-selected assessments as we learn about waves in the current learning unit. Through a menu, students can pick and choose which assessments they would like to complete. 

Here are a few menu highlights:
- Waves "TIC-TAC-TOE" menu sheet describes each assessment activity
-  Students must complete three assessments (10 points each) 
- Assignments available on the science website  
- Full credit (100%) is 30 points and there is no extra credit
 - Grading checkpoints will be posted to science grade reports on 12/14, 12/16, & 12/22 
- Watch the Wave Assessment YouTube video
Tic-Tac-Toe Assessment area in Lab 110. Students can pick three assessments from nine choices.
Make-A-Rubric Station allows students completing a Free Space (Freestyle) activity the chance to also create a rubric for grading the project.