Because of Tet we had a short week, only three days of school. Below is what the students were up to this week.
UOI: In UOI students were introduced to Advertising Campaigns. We looked at some of the subtle ways that companies market to them such as trying to get a celebrity to use their product or by getting a video to go viral. We analyzed the toy craze for “Tickle Me Elmo” from years ago and discussed more recent examples. Students then created their own campaign for how they would try to create a toy craze. For homework this week students were asked to find an advertisement of their choice and analyze it using PAPAMS. Product, Audience, Purpose, Advertising Technique, Media Type and Stereotyping. Please click on the link to their blogs above to see what they found.
Writing: Students continued to learn about persuasive writing. This week we looked at how to organize a persuasive speech. Students practiced this by choosing a fruit and then writing an election speech which tried to persuade the class to vote for them. The students did an excellent job and were very convincing. The winner of the election was Tra My, the apple!
Reading: Students continued Lit. Circles on Monday but then we stopped for the rest of the week because we had a large number of students out. We will continue Lit. Circles as normal next week.
PSEL: We looked out how motivation increases how well the students can concentrate which increases their understanding. We have been focusing on being self motivated this week.
Math: The students have begun to convert fractions to decimals. We practiced this by making a connection between fractions and music. Students discussed 1/2 , 1/4 and 1/8 beats. They tried coding the beats into Scratch which required them to convert the fractions into decimals. They then had to figure out how many times to play each beat to make it equal 1. For example they converted a quarter beat to .25 and then played the beat four times. The students quickly understood how to change a fraction into decimals and then could hear how they sounded together. Once the students understood this concept they then copied a song with several quarter, half and sixteen notes. The next day then coded their own original creations using the concepts we learned earlier.