The science students have spent the past couple of weeks continuing to build on our understanding of the human and environmental impacts on water quality and land stability. We completed a nutrient test showing that fertilizers can enter groundwater even after passing through soil. This concept led to a reading on the development of dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. We continued by looking at the water cycle and how erosion occurs as water runs down hill. Finally, students complete a topography mapping lab where they modeled the mapping process through the use of colored water and plexiglass.
Coming Up in Science
During the coming week, students will complete another activity on topography mapping and shoreline erosion through the use of a lab. We will be wrapping up this unit in the next week and a half. Starting on Thursday, December 17th students will start a performance assessment. Instead of a multiple choice or model assessment for this unit, students will determine where to build a school in a fictional town using all of the knowledge they have gained during the unit. They will have through Tuesday, December 22nd to complete the assessment. Therefore, in order for students to reach the highest levels of proficiency, it will be important that any missing assignments be completed during the next week. Late work will not be accepted once the assessment has started, so all focus can be on the assessment.
Instructional Model & Virtual Presence
Now that we are back in a cohort model, we will go back to a rotational instructional model as we used in the fall. Students will be completing assignments based on their cohort number, so we can implement as many hands on experiences while students are in the classroom. Full time virtual students will also be following the cohort model, but will be viewing attached videos instead of completing the hands-on labs, so they can complete the assignments. Therefore, we are asking all students who are not in the classroom, to be virtually present for the start of class. We want to make sure that all students understand the expectations of the day and how to access the various resources.
Google Classroom & For All Rubrics
As has been shared all year, please continue to review the student’s “To-Do” and “Done” lists. Any way work that is marked “½” still needs to be completed to be checked off. This will be a quick method for students and parents to track student progress as we wrap up our unit. Finally, feel free to review your students For All Rubrics account for posted formative and summative scores. We have posted the technology challenges assessment that students completed prior to Thanksgiving break.