Sunday, September 17, 2017

Zombie Apocalypse Chronicles 09/18-09/22


Have you checked out how many townspeople you have saved, and what badges you have earned? Don't forget to visit the lab...

Dates to Remember:

  • End of Term 1: Friday, September 22, 2017
  • AdV Student Exhibition Night - October 11 @ 5:00 p.m.

Need help with something? Post your questions on Edmodo.


Classroom News

Reminder: RocketLit has started for all grades. Remember that you can re-take it as many times as you need until Friday at 2:30. Once grades are on Schoolloop they are final.


5th Science
This week you will write your first "Writing Across the Curriculum" essay. You will craft a story that demonstrates your knowledge of matter changes from the perspective of a water molecule. Have fun telling us your AdVENTUREs.

6th Science
This week you will write your first "Writing Across the Curriculum" essay of this school year. You will investigate "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" and provide evidence to support which one of the three is the most important. Stay focused and think about whether your choice is sustainable and feasible.

7th Science
This week you will write your first "Writing Across the Curriculum" essay of this school year. You will be defending DmitriMendeleev as you explain why his organization of the elements makes sense. Stay focused and make sure that the NSF does not shut Mendeleev down lest we unlearn everything you know about how the periodic table "works".


8th Science
This week you will write your first "Writing Across the Curriculum" essay of this school year. You will investigate "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" and provide evidence to support which one of the three is the most important. Stay focused and think about whether your choice is sustainable and feasible.

8th Engineering
This week you will get a chance to respond to the other students who are participating with you on the KQED Learn platform. As last week, make sure you keep your evidence handy as you craft your responses. This is the last week of our collaboration unit and you will participate in some fun activities that will help you be better collaborators. Start thinking about an item to bring for our Reverse Engineering project coming up next week.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Zombie Apocalypse Chronicles 09/11-09/15

Have you checked out how many townspeople you have saved, and what badges you have earned? Don't forget to visit the lab...

Dates to Remember:

  • End of Term 1: Friday, September 22, 2017
  • AdV Student Exhibition Night - October 11 @ 5:00 p.m.

Need help with something? Post your questions on Edmodo.


Classroom News

Reminder: RocketLit has started for all grades. Remember that you can re-take it as many times as you need until Friday at 2:30. Once grades are on Schoolloop they are final.


5th Science
We have proven that matter exists, even when we cannot see it. Now it is time to delve a little deeper. What is matter actually made of? This week is all about exploring the properties of matter. We will discuss mass, volume and density, and use a fun comparison to understand just how small atoms are.

6th Science
This week you will keep working on the Thermos Challenge. Remember to bring your materials and be ready to explain your choices. Testing of your thermos will happen on Wednesday, so that you have an opportunity to revise your work before presenting it  to the class. Final chance to revise your thinking on the goformative phenomena.

7th Science
A brief re-cap of the concepts you learned about ions and isotopes will lead into understanding the periodic table. You will finally get to know just how the elements are organized, and all the fun things that you can use the periodic table for. With that knowledge firmly in place, you will solve Mendeleev's Castle quest. Are you up to the challenge?


8th Science
Last week you gathered your information. Now it is time to develop your products. Much time and effort should go into making your interactive poster that details all you learned. Access to research materials will be limited.  Final chance to revise your thinking on the goformative phenomena.

8th Engineering
You were selected to form part of a special group of students that will be the first to interact with KQED's Learn platform. You will have the distinct opportunity to explore an issue, write a response and have conversations with other students about it. You will use each other's insights to craft your first WAC and show what you know.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Zombie Apocalypse Chronicles 09/04-09/08

Have you checked out how many townspeople you have saved, and what badges you have earned? Don't forget to visit the lab...

Dates to Remember:

  • End of Term 1: Friday, September 22, 2017
  • AdV Student Exhibition Night - October 11 @ 5:00 p.m.

Need help with something? Post your questions on Edmodo.


Classroom News

Reminder: To request a regrade for a Non-Zero or Warning assignment, you must send an e-mail to your teacher, with the URL of the document/page you want her to grade. You must sign your e-mail with your name, grade level and class. Remember that, although you only have one assignment, your teacher has to sift through all 170+ assignments and 5 gradebooks to find you. The easier you make it to re-grade, the higher the chance that it will be done promptly.


5th Science
This week we start our study of matter. A quick introduction will be followed by labs that will help you understand what matter is made of and how, even when we do not see it we can still make observations about it. Two fun labs to look forward to: "Is air really there?" and "Matter on the move".

6th Science
Now that we know how heat and temperature are related as well as how temperature affects matter, we are almost ready to test our knowledge. On tuesday you will have a Mastery Quest and be introduced to your first design challenge. Are you up to the task of designing an artifact to solve Mrs. Garcia's problem? Apply what you know about how heat is transferred from one object to another in order to be successful.

7th Science
We will work on understanding density as an intrinsic property of matter. Using that knowledge, you will receive news from King Arthur to solve the density dilemma. We will then keep at it as we study ions and isotopes. Be prepared to apply the knowledge you gain


8th Science
We move on in earnest to geologic time and just how scientists determine dates using radioactive dating. By Thursday you will start your first project, creating informational products that will help others understand the characteristics of the different eras that big chunks of time represent. Your artistic skills will be put to the test.

8th Engineering
This week is all about sharing different points of view and understanding differences. Be ready with your best communication skills, which will help you solve the Zoom puzzle. Towards the end of the week you will be expected to create a mural that highlights and celebrates just how unique you are.
8E - Bring a digital selfie and pictures of at least 4 things that make you unique on THURSDAY!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Zombie Apocalypse Chronicles 08/28-09/01

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Have you checked out how many townspeople you have saved, and what badges you have earned? Don't forget to visit the lab...


Dates to Remember:

  • No school on September 4th in observance of Labor Day
  • End of Term 1: Friday, September 22, 2017
  • AdV Student Exhibition Night - October 11 @ 5:00 p.m.

Need help with something? Post your questions on Edmodo.


Classroom News

Reminder: To request a regrade for a Non-Zero or Warning assignment, you must send an e-mail to your teacher, with the URL of the document/page you want her to grade. You must sign your e-mail with your name, grade level and class. Remember that, although you only have one assignment, your teacher has to sift through all 170+ assignments and 5 gradebooks to find you. The easier you make it to re-grade, the higher the chance that it will be done promptly.


5th Science
You will start out the week by analyzing some mystery footprints that will require that you make careful observations. We will then continue to think like scientists as we study the practices of scientists. Do not forget to keep adding to your list of things that a scientist does so you can complete your first post successfully.

6th Science
We begin our first unit of the year. This week we will talk about heat and how it is transferred from one object to another. We will work hard at keeping sodas cold as we explore how heat and matter are related. Mid-week, we will the different modes of conducting heat by having a popcorn party. Bring your taste buds, as well as your powers of observation so you can determine what to serve.

7th Science
We start out the week by making observations into matter. You will be introduced to the particulate nature of matter through an interactive and then move on to building atoms. Towards the end of the week, you will use what you learned to solve the density dilemma as you determine which knight brought back King Arthur's crown.

8th Science
In preparation to understand geologic time, we start the week by reviewing the rock cycle. In class we will make a model of a sedimentary rock and then use the same processes as nature to transform it into metamorphic and igneous. We will then be reminded of our good friend Wegener, and discuss the fossil evidence for his theories. We conclude the week discussing relative age as we attempt to place rock strata in order.

8th Engineering
After our discussions last week on conflict and the power of listening, we start the week by developing some good listening habits. We then move on the some true collaboration activities as we continue to learn just what a collaborative environment is. Come prepared to participate actively and put all your knowledge to the test.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Zombie Apocalypse Chronicles 8/21-8/25

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Dates to Remember:

  • AdV Parent Information Meeting -  August 23 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • No school on September 4th in observance of Labor Day
  • End of Term 1: Friday, September 22, 2017
  • AdV Student Exhibition Night - October 11 @ 5:00 p.m.

Need help with something? Post your questions on Edmodo.


Classroom News

Reminder: To request a regrade for a Non-Zero or Warning assignment, you must send an e-mail to your teacher, with the URL of the document/page you want her to grade. You must sign your e-mail with your name, grade level and class. Remember that, although you only have one assignment, your teacher has to sift through all 170+ assignments and 5 gradebooks to find you. The easier you make it to re-grade, the higher the chance that it will be done promptly.

  5th Science



This week we will set up our blogs, and learn how to manage our GAfE and Edmodo accounts. We will explore the class website, and write our first blogpost. This will be your first attempt at XP!  We will round out the week by exploring what a scientist does.


6th , 7th and 8th Science
After a brief recap on GaFE, blogs and Edmodo, we will refresh our memory on the Science and Engineering practices using a new tool. You have your first blogpost due at midnight on Sunday, August 20.


 8th  Engineering

We will continue our learning on how to work collaboratively. We will start by discussing ways to de-escalate conflict. We will then look at ways to come up with ideas that help resolve conflict in a way that everyone "wins". 




Saturday, August 12, 2017

Back to School 2017/2018

Welcome AdVENTURErs,

I am very excited to introduce you to this school year's theme - Zombies of AdVENTURE.




TPR (Town's people Rescued)

As most of you know, my classes are gamified. That means that, amongst other things, your work will receive a number that represents the Town's People Recovered during your quest. These TPR are always additive, which means that once recovered, your number of TPR will never go down. Your ultimate goal this year is to "Save the Maximum number of Town's People". There are three distinct ways to get TPR:

  • Blog TPR: The blogs are not going away. Each blog is awarded a specific number of TPR based on a rubric score that also shows you what you need to do to improve for your next post. The bulk of your TPR will always be Blog TPR.
  • PBL Quests: I have decided to add your project rubric scores to the TPR count. The goal for this is to help you move up in ranking somewhat faster, as well as to encourage you to revise your project work for more TPR if possible, even after you have presented your work. 
  • Mastery Quests: Although these may not happen very often (once or twice a PBL run), they are worth double TPR. Not all assignments are mastery quests so please do not ask. I will let you know beforehand when a Mastery Quest is coming up so you can adequately prepare for it.

PAPERLESS CLASSROOM
As much as possible, I try to run a paperless classroom. In order to do this, I will teach you how to use several cloud-based tools in order to gather, sort, analyze and communicate information. Some of the tools you will learn to use effectively are Google Drive, Blogger, and Edmodo. You will learn more about these tools as we need them; and I will be giving specific instructions for their use. Please review the AUP included in the green sheet carefully, as you must abide this policy in order to maintain a professional online presence.

I love new tools, so if there is something you would like to use or see, let me know, and we can see about integrating it.

You also must know that this does not mean that you should not have a notebook and writing materials with you at all times. Your notebook is where you will gather your experimental data, as well as any notes that can then be uploaded as needed.

This also means that any paper given to you is important. If someone took the time to make all those copies, and I broke my own "paperless" rule, it is for a reason.

EDMODO

Edmodo is where you will find all assignments, quizzes and classroom resources. It is vital that all students sign up in order to have full access to our classroom resources. Parents can sign up, too. Edmodo will help you to keep up with due dates, tests, quizzes, and more. It will serve as your personal at-home tutor as I will often post videos of instruction, as well as additional materials and simulations to enhance your learning experience. You will also use Edmodo to work collaboratively with other students in class, and in other classes.

I will be giving out codes soon, and will expect you to join immediately. Remember, all of our assignments are EDMODO assignments.

Those of you totally new to Edmodo might want to watch the video below, (created by a wonderful Edmodo teacher, Travis Monk of Indiana U.S.), to get a good understanding of how you can get the most out of your Edmodo student account.

"ONCE A ZERO" POLICY

Late work is not accepted at AdVENTURE. If you receive a zero on the grade book it means that you made no attempt at turning the work in by the due date, or it was turned in with no name. This habit is detrimental to your work ethic and undermines my ability to help students you progress. The very least I expect from you is that you are able to write your name on a paper (or create and submit an electronic document) and turn it in by the due date. If that minimum effort is made, I can identify areas of weakness and you can receive the help you need. Zeros on the grade book will not be modified.

There are times when you will receive a W for an assignment. The W stands for Warning, and it is your cue to come talk to me about the assignment within three school days. If you do not seek me out to talk about a W within that time frame, I take it as an indicator that you have decided the assignment is not worth your time, and the W becomes a zero.


CONTACT 

Remember that if you need to get in touch with me, the best way to do so is by posting to Edmodo. For more private matters, like requesting a re-grade or informing me of an absence, a schoolloop e-mail is the way to go. 

I am thrilled that you are here and welcome you to the Adventure community.

Mrs. Garcia

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Letter to my students on the last week of school 16/17



Dear AdVENTURER's,

It is time to say good-bye to some of you. This time around is is particularly poignant for me, as this class of 2025 will be the last group of AdVENTURERs who I had the privilege to teach every day for your complete AdVENTURE experience. That makes you unique in many ways. Aside from the content that we've discussed in class, through this experience you've learned to navigate the ups and downs of relationships. At times you've been friends, and at times you've been enemies, but through it all that sense of family remained. 

As you move on to whatever is next for you, know that each and every one of you has a special place in my heart. Through your insightful comments, your personalities and the laughter and tears we've shared, you have been my teachers. Because you shared your experiences with me as you went from children to adolescents, and allowed me to guide you through this transition, I will be forever changed. You provided me with opportunities to grow as an educator and as a person. You were the ones I thought about every time I decided to try something new and I thank you for your patience and compassion when things did not work out. 

I take ownership of all those times I pushed you too hard. Know that I did that because I believe in you. I could not bear the thought of allowing you miss an opportunity simply because it would be easier to let it go. Each of the talents, skills, and abilities you developed when things were hard will serve you in the years to come. I invite you to continue to concentrate on the things that will have a positive effect on your life. Choose your friends wisely, listen to your trusted adults and mentors, and do the best you possibly can in everything you attempt.  As your memory of me fades, know that I will continue to search for the accomplishments that undoubtedly await you, and I will be forever in the background rejoicing with you.

Know that "once my student, always my student". I can and will always be willing to help. Even if you are graduating (congratulations by the way!), do not hesitate to contact me if you ever need to. You have a special place in my heart, and though you may be gone from my classroom you will always be a true AdVENTUREr.

Always,
Mrs. Garcia