Pre-Benchmark Reflection

Pre-Benchmark Reflection
Lauren K.
Today I will be taking the Benchmark Science test, tomorrow I will be taking the Benchmark Social Studies test. Last night I studied all of the study guides from the year. There were four study guides that I used.
The Science Skills Study Guide
The Weather Study Guide
The Atmosphere Study Guide
The Cells Study Guide

The study guide that I had the hardest time understanding was the atmosphere study guide. I think that is because it has been a while since I have reviewed the content in that unit. The Science Skills unit was easy to study for because it has very basic material that I have reviewed in previous years. And the Weather unit was also easy because I have also studied the content in previous years. The Cells unit was the easiest to study for because we just finished the unit on Friday (Today is Tuesday) and I still remember a lot of the material.

Diffusion, Osmosis, and Active Transport Demonstration Activity

Diffusion, Osmosis, and Active Transport Demonstration Activity
Lauren K.
A few weeks ago, I completed the Diffusion, Osmosis, and Active Transport Demonstration Activity with Emilie and Jamie. Together we took notes, and created a script to read off of in our white board presentation.
Here is the link to the Google Document we took notes on
Google Document No.1
And here is the link to the Google Document we wrote our scripts on
Google Document No.2

How did you decide who to work with, if anyone?
I decided to work with people that I could work well with, and people who would help get the task done on time.

If you worked with other students, how well did you collaborate with them?
I think we collaborated well, we really tried to understand the concepts before we taught the class about something we couldn't explain. We enjoyed working together, and produced a presentation that helped other students better understand the concepts.

What did you learn about your ability to collaborate?
I work …

Layered Curriculum Reflection

Layered Curriculum Reflection
Lauren Kennedy

Last week, I completed my Layered Curriculum. I actually find Layered Curriculums very beneficial to my learning. I have completed 2 layered curriculums in Social Studies this year, and 1 in Science. I started off slow in Layer C. I learned about various topic that were related to cells, which helped me further understand the concept and provide me with a resource for tests and quizzes.

TASER Paragraph

This is an image of my Atlantic Slave Trade TASER Paragraph.
In case you cannot read (due to messy handwriting and poor lighting) this is what it says:

     The Transatlantic Slave Trade was the process of slaves being traded for goods in Africa, and then being transported by ship to the Americas and sold for labor. In the second passage it says, "Mercantilism in Europe drove European countries to explore the world, establish an empire of colonies, and bring back raw and produced goods to the mother country to be used or explored."
This quote explains the obligations of the Europeans, (exploration, colonization, and transportation of goods) and some events that led to the need of African slaves in the Americas. The second passage also states, "As European empires expanded to the New World, however, they lacked one major resource - a work force." This quote further explains why African slaves were needed - because the Europeans were missing a major productive work f…

Note Taking Skills

This is an image of my Encomienda System Notes, in this post I will be sharing my process of note taking and how I organize my information.

In case you cannot read what I wrote (due to messy handwriting and lighting) it says:
What was it?
The Encomienda System was the right to demand labor in the form of gold, wheat, corn, chickens, mining, and agriculture, from a native person in return for instruction in the Catholic faith and Spanish language.

How did it work?
The Spanish soldiers/conquistadors demanded labor in return for the instruction of the Catholic faith and the Spanish language.

Why was it used?
The Encomienda System was used to the conquistadors advantage. It was *almost* free labor from the natives in which they had conquered.

- Whipping of the native people
- Back-breaking labor
- No freedom
-No rules

The Encomienda System declined after realization of their oppressive ways. As well as the Mexican Revolution.

Here are some helpful tips that I have learned throughout m…

Paper Slide Videos

On September 1st Layaa, Diza and I posted a video explaining Spanish Colonization. I will be sharing with you our grow and glows, and the collaborative process behind the filming of this presentation.
Link to Paper Slide Video

Grow: I feel that we could have improved on the flow of our presentation, in other words, we could make the transitions run smoother. I think that the font was also too small, and a little hard to read.

Glow: I do think that there was good audio quality and enthusiasm.

I think this flipgrid was more enjoyable than other flipgrids because we used paper to give relevant visuals, and not worry about how WE look in front of the camera, because our viewers are only hearing our voices.

Explorer Research Project

Explorer Research Project

A few weeks ago I was assigned an Explorer, Ferdinand Magellan. I had to create a powerpoint presentation on google slides and share my results with a small group of my classmates. Lately, we have been learning about the Age of Exploration. Today, I will be sharing what I learned from my research and my reflection of this topic.

New Knowledge
After this assignment, I have acquired some new knowledge on Ferdinand Magellan. He was a Portuguese explorer who was born in Sabrosa in 1480. Ferdinand sailed for both Spain and Portugal during his navigation career. Magellan was the first to circumnavigate the world in 1519, which was funded by Charles V of Spain. Ferdinand Magellan also discovered the strait that connected the Atlantic to the Pacific. (AKA the "Strait of Magellan") He also acquired new knowledge of land and sciences. He died in the Mactan Battle in 1521.

I really enjoyed giving and watching these presentations. I think that…