Intro to new theme: Extreme Earth (Distant Learning)
Thank you for your help in supporting your student!  It was wonderful having all 42 middle schoolers, plus teachers, all in one “room” this morning!
Things to know for this unit:
   1.  Students will do a group project for this unit.  They will work in groups of 3 (see below).  The project will have 4 parts, including a powerpoint, a scientific experiment, and 2 additional ways of sharing research information (ex. create a board game, create a comic, create a powtoon, etc).  This project will be due at the end of May.
   2.  The literature book for this unit is Nation by Terry Pratcher.  Students were given a digital copy and an audio copy of the book.  RJWs, Reflections, and Quizzes will be based on their reading.  Students were given a reading pacing guide for the book.
   3. Writing assignments for this unit will be assigned in Zoom meetings, and then posted.  Many of these assignments will be due the following day.  There will be special emphasis on poetry & other writing styles.
   4.  Teachers will continue to hold live classes on M, T, Th, & F.  
Week #1 Extreme Earth
  • Introduction to theme; choose project groups & topics
  • Assignments for the week are posted in Google Classroom
  • Zoom Classroom Meeting at 9am


  • Independent Enrichment activities (PE, Art, Music, etc.) are in Google Classroom.  Enrichment teachers have given assignments/suggestions on these activities.  They can all be done on Wednesday, or spread through-out the week.


  • Zoom Classroom Lessons (see below for times)
  • Math due (see Google Classroom)
  • Vocabulary #1 due


  • 8:30 – 9:45  Office Hours
  • 9:45  Quizzes for Humanities / Math will be posted in Google Classroom
  • Current Events #1 due (article & summary)
  • RJW due (from assigned Literature book)
  • Math due (see Google Classroom)
  • Work on Math/Writing/Humanities assignments, Passion Action projects  

Zoom Lessons & Teachers Availability

8:30 – 9:45 Office Hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday)

  • Teachers are available during this time to check in with students and answer questions.
  • Students need to sign on, respond to attendance question,  and be prepared for Zoom lessons (ready to learn/ask questions).

9:45 – 12:00: Live Teacher lessons (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)
All students should do one Math lessons and one Humanities lesson per day

Course 2: 9:45 – 10:15
Course 3: 10:30 – 11:00
Algebra: 11:15 – 11:45
Humanities (Choose one of these times that will be before or after your Math lesson)
Option 1: 9:45 – 10:15
Option 2: 10:30 – 11:00
Option 3: 11:15 – 11:45

1:00 – 3:00 Independent Work Time (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) Teachers are available to answer questions
Humanities and Math assignments
Read novel
Instrumental practice
Writing (Portfolio work)
Unit Project