February 29 – March 4

I hope everyone had an enjoyable long weekend!

Lesson 1 – MAP Testing (Language Test)

Lesson 2 – Students will have about 30 minutes to finish up their compare and contrast paragraphs which will complete the Silk Road Map and Guide Assessment.  Then they will look at some vocabulary that has to do with international trade.  They will do a knowledge rating and then define the words with a partner.

Lesson 3 – CNN Student News Kahoot will start off the lesson.  And then the students will have a chance to share what item they have traded for in the Trading Up activity.  And finally we will do an activity to review the International Trade Vocabulary.

February 22 – 26

I hope everyone had a wonderful time at CWW!  I had a great time working with Papaya Academy and Renovate to Educate.

This week is a short week so not all classes will have the same amount of lessons but we should be able to finish up the Silk Road Map and Guide Assessment this week so we can start fresh next week with International Trade.

Lesson 1 (A & C) – Students will make compare and contrast brainframes that they will use in the following lesson to write some paragraphs.  They are comparing and contrasting their section of the Silk Road that they researched with the other sections researched by other groups.

Lesson 1 (F, G, H) – These students have already completed the brainframes and will begin writing their paragraphs about the comparisons and contrasts between human and physical characteristics along the Silk Road.  G and H will need to finish by the end of class or attend tutorials to finish because this is the only lesson I have with them this week.

Lesson 2 (A & C) – These students  will begin writing their paragraphs about the comparisons and contrasts between human and physical characteristics along the Silk Road.  If the students do not finish the paragraphs they will need to attend tutorials in order to complete their work.

Lesson 2 (F) – For this lesson, students in F Block will have a catch up day.  They will have the class time to complete any part of the Silk Road Map and Guide Assessment that they have not completed.  This includes: Collaboration Evaluation Sheet, Unifying Characteristics Chart or the Compare and Contrast Paragraphs using the brainframes.  If all of the students have completed their assessments then we will play the Silk Road Trading Game.

Lesson 3 – No Students have a third lesson this week due to the time off on Thursday and Friday.  Enjoy the long weekend!

February 9 – 12

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a relaxing 3 day weekend.  This will be our last week before CWW and we do have a lot to get done so it will be pretty busy.

Lesson 1 – Students should come to class prepared with the information and pictures that they are going to place on their Silk Road Map and Guide.  They will have the entire class period to complete their maps.

Lesson 2 – As part of the Assessment for the Silk Road Map and Guide the students will have to identify the human and physical characteristics that unify their section of the Silk Road.  Once they have identified these characteristics they will have to write a paragraph for both the physical and human characteristics and explain how they unify their region.

Lesson 3 –  (Only F, G, H due to missing Monday, Feb 8) – Students will compare and contrast the human and physical characteristics on their Silk Road Map and Guide with other sections of the Silk Road.  They will need to write paragraphs comparing and contrasting the characteristics in the different sections.

*Reminder – Next week is CWW, please turn in your permission slips if you haven’t already.  We will be taking a break from regular classes to focus on Service Learning.  Regular classes will resume on February 22.  

February 1 – 5

I hope everyone enjoyed the record setting weekend for the Bearcats this weekend!  Well done to all the teams participating.

Here is the Assessment Table for Semester 2.  Sorry for the delay in getting this to you, there were some changes that needed to be made before we could send it out.  Please note that while we hope that this is the finalized table, there could be a change later on in the semester if we need to move some things.  I will let you know if this happens.

I would like to congratulate the new Newsmasters of the Month for January.  Well done!  Keep up to date with the current events by watching CNN Student News.

A Block – Misaki

C Block – Hannah

F Block – Lucas

G Block – Yuki

H Block – Gaby (highest score of all the classes!)

This week students will continue working on their Silk Road Map & Guide Assessment.  As this is an assessment the work for this should be done while in class or during tutorials.  Work on this project should not be done at home or with the assistance of anyone outside the group.

Lesson 1 – Students will finish making and answering the research questions about the Human Characteristics for their section of the Silk Road.

Lesson 2 –Students will finish making and answering the research questions about the Physical Characteristics for their section of the Silk Road.

Lesson 3 – Students will find pictures and type out the text that they are going to include on their map.  These items will need to be printed and brought to the next class.  They will not have class time to print, this needs to be done on their break, during lunch or before or after school.

The Silk Road Map & Guide Assessment will be due February 11 (A and C) and February 12 (F, G, & H).

January 25 – 29

Happy Monday Everyone!  This week students will be introduced to the Silk Road and we will discuss the Silk Road’s importance, what was traded, where it was located and what it is exactly.  Students will then be working on their Silk Road Map and Guide Assessment that will be due February 11 and 12.

If there are any sports fans out there, the Rugby and Touch IASAS tournament has been moved to ISM and will be begin this Thursday through Saturday.  If you have some free time later this week come on by and help support our Bearcats!  http://iasas.jisedu.or.id/rugby/

Lesson 1 – Students will be introduced to the Silk Road through a quick presentation with a short video clip and then a short reading that will help them to become more familiar with the Silk Road.  They will have to answer some questions about the Silk Road.  If they do not complete this in class, they will need to finish it for homework.  It will be due next lesson.

Lesson 2 – We will review the answers to the questions about the Silk Road and the students will be able to share some interesting facts about their city.  We will watch Crash Course with John Green about the Silk Road and do a 3-2-1 activity.  Then I will introduce the Silk Road Map and Guide assignment.    Students will work within a group to do research on a section of the Silk Road.  They will need to create a guide for future traveler’s of the Silk Road.  They will need to explain the human and physical characteristics that a traveler might encounter along their section of the Silk Road.

Lesson 3 – Students will have time to work in their groups on the Silk Road Map and Guide Assignment.

January 18 – 22

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!  Last week, I was so busy with report writing and putting in final grades, I completely forgot do a blog post, my apologies.

This week students will finish making a Physical Map of Asia and will be introduced to the human and physical characteristics of a place.  They will do a sorting activity and then figure out which features unify and divide the people in a particular region.

Lesson 1 – Finishing up the Physical Map of Asia.  We started working on this last week.  The instructions for this map are located on Google Classroom.

Lesson 2 – Students will work on distinguishing between human characteristics and physical characteristics that make up a place.  There is a prezi and a  sorting activity to help them distinguish between the two.

Lesson 3 – Students will first have a Kahoot Quiz about the CNN Student News.  (They should have watched the 10 minute videos for Thursday Jan 14, Friday Jan 15, Monday is a holiday in the US so, not CNN for MOnday, Tuesday Jan 19 and Wednesday Jan 20.) After the Kahoot, the students will do a different sorting activity where they will determine which human and physical characteristics unify and divide a region.  There will be a discussion following the sorting activity.

Coming Up: Next week we will start the first assessment for unit 3: The Silk Road Map & Guide.  More information will be included on next weeks blog post.

January 5 – 8

I hope everyone had a relaxing, enjoyable, fun-filled holiday.  I had a wonderful time in Austria and Turkey and am now struggling with jet-lag as are some of the students.  Hopefully it will pass quickly for everyone so we are able to get back into the swing of things.

This week will see the introduction of the new unit: Interaction.

Lesson 1 – All students will be introduced to the unit by examining the essential questions and discussing any prior knowledge they have about the topics that we will cover.  They will then watch a set of videos and look for the ways in which the characters in the clips are interacting with others and the world around them.  Finally the students will do an opinion continuum with questions and/or statements related to interaction.  And example would be: Interactions can be both positive and negative.  The students will have to choose whether they agree or disagree with the statement and then place themselves along the continuum.  They will have a chance to state their opinions and then debate the others in the class.  We have done this before during the first unit and the students seemed to like it a lot.

Lesson 2 – Students will brainstorm with their table groups about what they think the 10 most important words will be for this unit.  They will have to explain how their chosen words relate to the unit and how they arrived at their top 3 choices.  Then they will look at set of words and sort them into characteristics that would divide or unify a region.  Again the students will work in table groups and have to be able to explain/defend their thinking.

Lesson 3 (F, G, & H only this week, A & C will start this next week)- Students will take a survey about the countries they have visited within Asia.  Then the students will make a thematic map representing the data from the survey.  From this data and map they will examine the characteristics of maps.  They will also look at the physical features of Asia.   This will help them later on when we start discussing the Silk Road.  *The mapping activity will take quite a bit of time and will likely finish in the middle of next week.

December 7 – 11

We have almost made it to the end of semester 1.   4 more sleeps left, as my former students used to stay.  I hope everyone will have a restful, relaxing and fun break.

Also, since this is the end of semester 1, we will be saying goodbye to some of our students.  Although I haven’t been your teacher for long, it has been great having you in class and getting to know you.  I wish you all the best in your new adventure and hope that you will keep in touch!

I have also completed the Quarter 2 Newsletter.  The newsletter contains a review of quarter 2 and a preview of quarter 3.  It also has some pictures of the students hard at work.  Enjoy!

Lesson 1 – Students will peer review their performance task.  They will then have the rest of class to make any necessary changes.  G & H block will also play kahoot this lesson since I will only see them once this week.

Lesson 2 (A, C, F Blocks) – Students will play kahoot and then do a unit 2 survey in order to give feedback about the Innovation Unit.

Lesson 3 (only F Block) – The students will have a shortened block due to the half day on Friday.  We will play geography games.

December 1 – 4

I hope everyone had a relaxing 3 day weekend.  I went to Cebu and had a great time.  It’s already December and we don’t have too much longer until the big break starting on December 11 after the half day.  Next week is also Sports Day so it should be a great couple of weeks.

Lesson 1 – Some classes will have their non-fiction writing mini lesson today instead of last week.  All classes will have a bibliography  mini lesson that will help them make a bibliography in the correct format.  The rest of the class, the students will have time to work on their performance task.

Lesson 2 – Students will have time to work on their performance task.  For A and C blocks, their final product will be due at the end of the hour.

Lesson 3  (Only F, G, & H Blocks) – Students will have the class period to finish up their performance task.  It will be due at the end of the class.

Performance Task Due Dates:

A Block – Thursday, December 3 (end of class)

C Block – Thursday, December 3 (end of class)

F Block Friday, December 4 (end of class)

G Block – Friday, December 4 (end of class)

H Block – Friday, December 4 (end of class)

November 23 – 27

Good Morning Everyone!  This week we will be introducing the Performance Task for this unit.  Students will be given plenty of class time in order to complete the Performance Task, but may still have to finish up a few things for homework.  I know that students are very busy with other assessments for other classes, so I’m hoping they will use their class time wisely to minimize the amount of homework they have.

Lesson 1 – Performance Task introduction.  Students will be given time to start working on their research for this P.T.  Students can also work on taking good notes.

Lesson 2 – Students will have a mini-lesson on creating a bibliography that includes the necessary elements: MLA format, alphabetized, source and photo information.  The rest of the time, students can continue working on collecting information for their P.T.

Lesson 3 – Students will have a mini-lesson about the importance of words using a word ladder.  They will then use the rest of the class time to work on their research and note-taking.

Performance Task Due Dates:

A Block – Thursday, December 3 (end of class)

C Block – Thursday, December 3 (end of class)

F Block Friday, December 4 (end of class)

G Block – Friday, December 4 (end of class)

H Block – Friday, December 4 (end of class)

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