Welcome Parents & Students of 2014-2015 School Year

Hello Parents and Students,

Welcome to my blog. I hope you have enjoyed your summer and are ready to start learning!  I am excited to begin a new school year at RPIS.  If you have not done so, please review the following items listed below:

1. Please read my class syllabus (Parent Letter 2014-2015 Final) to be informed of my grading policy and classroom procedures.

2. Please enter your email address on my blog to receive a daily update.  If you are not sure how to proceed, please watch the video posted below.

3. Please ensure both science and social studies students have a separate binder for each class. We will fill these with notes and activities. Please let me know if you are unable to get a binder(s). Thank you for your efforts to complete my requests! :)

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Learning On The Lakeshore-Blog Implementation

Learning Goal: TWBA to identify how a blog can support their instruction.

Learning Goal: TWBA to experiment with a chosen blog function to implement within their blog.

Process Question: How do I extend learning in my classroom beyond the normal school day? 

1. Please read the  assigned short article and summarize in your words.  

2. Please meet in a A-B group and discuss the main idea of your article.

Process Question: Please identify one area for growth in your teacher skill set and explore how the blog may support your challenge.  

3.  Teacher Blog Demonstration

4. Choose one area to explore.  Review the handout packet and reference the step by step directions to identify one skill or function you want to install on your blog.  Please ask for “just in time” support if needed.

5.   Closing Reflection: What supports do you need to be able to build a blog that will support your teaching? 

 

 

 

 

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Google Tools For Social Studies Teacher

Learning Goal: TWBA to identify how Google Tools can support the instructional process.
Learning Goal: TWBA to explore one Google Tool for implementation and growth.

Process Question: How does Google connect to 21st Century Learning?

1. Google Tools Online Tutorial:  LearningOnTheLakeshoreGoogleToolsForSSSession1-Niklasch

Processing Loop: Please identify three major connections to the main idea of the paragraph.

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Processing Loop: Please draw your new learning or major ideas from the video clip on the back of your handout.

3. Please highlight three areas of exploration from the Google Tools List of your handout. Refer to you handout or the online tutorial to identify one area of growth using Google Tools. Explore the instructions of your growth area. If there is a video tutorial, feel free to view, practice on your device, or ask for additional support.

Processing Loop: Turn and Talk-Please explain to your partner the rational behind your growth area.

Closing Reflection: Please identify one lesson in which you are able to apply or implement a Google Tool. If you need additional support, consider using the Google Apps Lesson Plan search site from your online tutorial.

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6/4 Wednesday

RT: SWBA to demonstrate their skills of language arts. 

  • Post Assessment

SS: SWBA to create a city of the future. 

  • City Blueprint Planning: Rough draft due tomorrow!
  • City Presentations

SCI: SWBA to identify how Pangaea was formed. 

  • Plates Puzzle
  • Video Clip: Ice Age

 

 

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Continental Drift

Please use the following resources to complete the in class activity:

National Geographic Continental Drift Simulation 

Continental Drift Article and Clip 

Ice Age Continental Drift Clip 

 

 

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City Of The Future Sidewalk Project

Task: Your job is to design a city of the future with all the listed requirements.

Resources: Please use the following websites to help you create your future city.

 

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6/3 Tuesday

All missing work, projects, and assessments are to be completed asap!

RT: SWBA to prove the effects of global warming. 

  • Research Paper
  • Post Assessment

SS: SWBA to develop solutions to city problem. 

  • City Planning Group Work
  • City Planning Presentations

Sci: SWBA to identify the different types of plate boundaries within the Earth. 

  • Plate Boundary Simulation- Due tomorrow!
  • Plate Boundary Maps due now!
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6/2 Monday

RT: SWBA to prove the effects of global warming. 

  • Research Paper

SS: SWBA to develop solutions to city problem. 

  • City Planning Group Work

Sci: SWBA to identify the different types of plate boundaries within the Earth. 

  • Plate Boundary Simulation

 

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5/30 Friday

* There are only three day left to complete any project or assessment.  Please make sure you complete any project or missing work to be eligible to take your assessment. 

RT: SWBA to identify positive behavior at RPIS. 

  • PBS Seminar

SS: SWBA to develop and create solutions to city urbanization problems. 

  •  City Planning Group Work
  • Work day on Monday, presentations on Tuesday.

SCI: SWBA to identify and compare the three types of plate boundaries.

  • Plate Boundaries Interactive Lesson
  • World Plate Maps due Monday.
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Plate Tectonics Simulation

Part One Video Clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uSKzdbEVsI8

Part Two Video Clip:

http://www.ck12.org/earth-science/Earthquakes-at-Transform-Plate-Boundaries/lecture/San-Andreas-Fault/r1/

Part Three Video Clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt_jJUnTFhg

Simulation Website:

http://sepuplhs.org/middle/iaes/students/simulations/SEPUP_Plate_simulation.swf

 

 

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5/29 Thursday

RT: SWBA to identify the elements of culture. 

  • World Culture Review

SS: SWBA to develop solutions to city problem. 

  • City Planning Simulation
  • Finalize Assessment: Students that have not completed or started their assessment are calling it close.  All missing work is due ASAP in order to ensure students complete their assessments in  timely manner.

SCI: SWBA to identify the different types of plate tectonics. 

  • Sensory Safari
  • Map Analysis- Expert Field Work

 

 

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