Due to CRCT Remediation, we will likely not have any more 8th grade Read180 this year. Several students have asked me how they can improve their low progress report grades. The best thing to do is see me for makeup work. Here are a few assignments; I will try to upload more in the next few days!
And students who need to makeup a reading log can complete a book report on a novel of their choice. They should finish both pages. (See me if you'd like to borrow one of the Bluford High books.) Book Report 1 and Book Report 2
As I taught a lesson on how to choose the most important words in a multiple-choice question, I realized that the theory is really quite similar to doing a Google search. You decide which words will give you the answers you need, then you search through a list of results for the one that contains the correct answers. While this applies to CRCT preparation, it's also a skill that students will use nearly every day of their lives.
(Many thanks to this site, where I found the original template.)
Today we read a comparison and contrast of the sun, moon, and Earth. The passage attempted to explain why the sun rotates at varying speeds, but -- to be honest -- I was just as confused as the students!
This video from Khan Academy isn't 100% related, but hopefully it will explain the topic a bit more clearly to any interested students. KA doesn't allow embedding, so here's a link: How the Earth's Tilt Causes Seasons
I just stumbled across a neat poem in The New York Times. Here's a link, since I can't copy/paste it to my blog: "The Other Basketball Game" by Mel Glenn. I really like the stillness and melancholy in the words. Perhaps I'll share it with my Read180 classes!
In 0rder to attend Wednesday's "Hoops for Heart" event, students had to turn in ALL their Read180 work. For many students, this has been a huge motivation! Today's lesson was short, so I allowed students to use the time to do any necessary makeup work. If they have any zeroes after today, then it means they chose to use their time poorly.
I also offered students another article-with-questions as a substitute for any assignments. Here it is:
The closing project for my 8th grade classes was to create an advertisement promoting themselves to prospective mentors. The students created some great projects! Here are a few of the best videos. I'll try to post photos of somet of the posters once I edit out the names.