Be in the Know
*New Unit – Food, Inc: In this unit, students will do a Multimedia project, read Omnivore’s Dilemma, watch the documentary “Food, Inc” and will be learning:
*Where food comes from (farm to table)
*Eating habits and food traditions from other countries
*Local vs Industrial
*Nutrition (healthy vs unhealthy)
*Impact & Balance of their own food choices
*Plus much more, including learning about what it takes to get a job!
This is our 4th unit, which means expectations and workload continues to ramp up. Please make sure your student has time at home, every day, to work on their assignments! Expect students to be in the kitchen more, with questions & comments. This unit will open their eyes to what they are putting in their bodies, and how the food got to their table!
*Farm Visits: We will start taking small groups of students out to the Family Harvest Farm (Pittsburg) for experiential learning opportunities. Students will be divided up by their current Science day. The first two visits have been scheduled, and we are working on the 3rd visit. We could use 3-4 drivers for each trip (must be able to take a minimum of 3 students). Please look to see which day your student is going, and if you can drive, please let us know ASAP (school procedures apply for drivers). The study trip form you filled out for our first trip to the farm, will cover these trips too. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Thursday, January 20th from 9:30~12pm
Thursday, February 10th from 9:30~12pm
March (date TBD)
*Possible Study Trip to North Berkeley in February. We are currently working on putting this fantastic (and delicious) trip together. Cross your fingers, and keep looking for updates!
Weekly Work (additional assignments may be added by teachers)
Vocabulary #1: due Wednesday, quiz on Friday
Writing #1: Complete the pdf: Corn From A-Z Due Friday
Current Events #1: Find an article in the newspaper related to our theme (FOOD or The Food Industry). After you read it, write a three-paragraph summary of the article. Due Thursday
Literature: Read assigned pages by Thursday; quiz on Friday
RJW#3: due on Friday
Math: Daily assignments, including classwork & homework. Assorted due dates, & assessments are usually on Fridays.
Science (Nutrition): In class activities & assignment – may have homework
Writer’s Workshop: Portfolio of writing assignments Due in April
Food, Inc Project: Students did a chalk talk on Food, Inc. Students picked topics and group members today. Divide up jobs and start researching.
Passion Project: yearlong project with assorted benchmarks/due dates. Students are given an hour a week in class to work on this project. Ask what their focus is on. Ask your student how they are doing on the project!