Below are some of the notes / instructions given for 8th grade classes on specific days. Archived: 1st term 2nd term

Green = Extra Credit Red = Homework


Thursday, March 22nd. Last day of term
  • All late work is due by the end of the day for up to 80% credit. You MUST have turned in a post-it note with your name, period, and what you want me to regrade.
  • Please check your grades. Leave a note for Mr. T if you have questions.
  • Don't forget, you can do the extra credit below (text in green)
  • Activities for Thursday:
    • Take your composition book and pencil with you (I will be donating the composition books if you leave them)
    • Anything left in storage cabinet of yours?
    • If you have earbuds, please take them as well
    • Click here to take the end of class TEST. (20 pts) No talking!
    • Click here to take the end of class self evaluation (20 pts). No talking! Remember - grading is on quality, quantity, and proper writing techniques.
    • If you get done early and want extra credit, you may do the following
      • With earbuds ONLY
      • Watch one or both of the following TED Talks. On your wikipage, write a 3-5 sentence summary of the video AND a 3-5 sentence opinion paragraph
        • How Behavioral Science can Lower Your Energy BIll: 8:00 min. What's a proven way to lower your energy costs? Would you believe: learning what your neighbor pays. Alex Laskey shows how a quirk of human behavior can make us all better, wiser energy users, with lower bills to prove it.
        • We Are All Cyborgs Now: 7:45 min: Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on "external brains" (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.

Mon-Thur March 12th-22nd
  • Robotics unit. See 8-robotics link to the right
  • Due by Wednesday, 21st
    • Frequency chart
    • Challenge 1
    • Challenge 2
    • Robotics Self evaluation
  • PLEASE check your grade and ask questions. YOU are responsible for the grade you get. Last day to turn in work is Thursday, March 22nd
  • Extra credit: up to 75 pts. Click here for detail. May do with one other student. Must prove your own personal effort. Turn in via 'sharing' with your google account.

Friday, March 9th
  • Please check your grades!!! Don't wait until the last day to turn in late work! Don't forget to follow late-work or re-grade turn in procedures (post-it note)
  • Friday is the competition. See the KidWind page to the right for rules and grading
  • Please check with the teacher about coming 9th period. Not all students will be allowed to come 9th period. I know you all like to socialize, but 9th period is a time for makeup and to get more time to work.
  • Friday - what's due:

Monday, March 5th thru Thurs, March 8th
  1. First thing: Click here to watch an instructional video on utility knife safety as a review of how to properly handle this tool.
  2. Then take this quiz. This quiz is due before the end of the period on Monday. No work is to be done until you successfully pass this quiz.
  3. Finally, electronically sign the consent form
  • This is KidWind Challenge week. Challenge is Thursday. Please sign up on the board if you wish to come in 9th period.
  • By the end of Thursday your team must have completed submitting the data for your wind turbine. If your data is not in by 7:00 am Friday, your turbine is immediately disqualified, you won't be in the running to go to the Akron competition, and the highest grade you'll receive is a 70%. THAT's how important the data is! (As well as a reflection of your personal responsibility)

Wednesday thru Friday: Feb 28th thru March 2nd
  • It's KidWind competition time! See the KidWind page to the right for rules and grading.
  • Next Wednesday or Thursday is the competition.

26,27 Feb, Mon and Tues
  • Monday - last day to work on research. Any group that wants to do their presentation can get extra credit. Please refer to the Steps and Procedures for all the items that are expected. See the grading sheet as well.
  • Tuesday: All presentations due.
  • Remember your Friday homework! It's a LONG read!

Mar 2
Due Friday, March 2nd. 20 pts. Homework: Read the following article, "What Google Learned from its Quest to Build the Perfect Team." Read the entire article, parts of it, a portion of it...whatever - but, take at least 15 minutes of quiet, focused reading. (This IS difficult reading. Do you have Grit?)
Now, transfer to your wiki (under the title, "Team Work") the 5 or more sentences or concepts that you ran across. These are copy/paste things, so make sure you put them into quotation marks and at the end of your work, cite the quotes with the web address. Want extra credit? Write elaborate compare / contrast opinion sentences - postulating how we could use this new knowledge to better the teams in this engineering class.

20 Feb - 23 Feb
  • KidWind Research all week Follow instructions on Steps and Procedures page of the 8KidWind page, found on the linkbar to the right
  • Plan for various 'short' demos this week including: Measuring,Marking, Cutting default blades, utility knife safety, 'Speaking Out!" - to keep others safe; Hot glue use and safety; collecting data with the wind tunnel
  • Plan to give your presentations on Friday.
  • Missing work? Redo assignments? Please follow late work turn-in procedures
  • Reminder about last week's homework.
  • Homework: watch the following movie, "How Does Fracking Work?" https://youtu.be/Tudal_4x4F0 When you’re finished, type in the title “How Does Fracking Work?”at the top of your wikipage. Below the title, write the answers to the following questions: Due by Thursday.
    • What causes the formation of natural gas from layers of decaying organisms?
    • The point at which horizontal drilling begins is….?
    • What causes the “fracking” of the shale rock?
    • What are the common ingredients found in fracking fluid? Describe their uses.
    • What are some concerns associated with the disposal of used fracking water?
    • Next, in a paragraph, compare your thoughts of ‘fracking’ before you watched the movie and after you watched the movie. Please include some thoughts on who you think would be the most affected by fracking as well as how fracking is helpful/hurtful to our society. Please use at least 2 technical terms in your writing. Grammar, punctuation, content, and quantity will count towards your final grade. Remember – you can pause, rewind, or totally re-watch a movie if you need to

15, 16, and 17 Feb



14 Feb - Wed
  • Make sure your names are on the architect project in the cabinet. You may come in during 9th period at YOUR bidding.
  • Completion of end of unit self evaluation. Click here if you fully completed making the scale model. Click here if you did NOT fully complete the model
  • Introduction of the KidWind Unit
  • Homework: watch TED Talk - "Grit: The power of passion and perseverance". On your wiki, put a title, give a short summary of the talk, followed by your opinion. Then, conclude with if you think you have GRIT and why you think you do or don't. Do you want GRIT? How will it help you in life?

13 Feb - Tues
  • Scale models are due today. After today, you may come in 9th period to work to complete the model and get up to 80% credit.

8, 9, 12 Feb - Thursday, Friday, Monday

7 Feb, Wednesday
  • Grading of Floorplanner files is done. If you finish them at some further time, please follow late work turn-in procedures and you can get up to 80% credit. REALLY use the checklist
  • Time to make a model. On the Architecture Unit page.

5-9 Feb: Monday through Friday
  • Complete tasks of the Architecture unit. End of unit is Friday.
  • Reminder - this is supposed to be a Passive solar home. TONS of windows on the south side and cement floor (thermal mass)
2 Feb, Fri
  • Nothing new....see Thurs for details and due dates

1 Feb, Thurs
  • Please remember that when you're late in turning in work, follow late work turn-in procedures (on your class webpage and Mr. T's pages)
  • You're on your own for the rest of the Architecture unit. Make sure you're following directions!!!!! Architecture Unit page. or look at the 8 Architecture link on the NavBar to the right and on all Mr. T's pages
    • Up and coming short demos: Tips on how to use Floorplanner, requirements list overview, use/safety of model making tools;
    • Please be prepared to present/defend each of your own floor plan designs. We might have some opportunities to Skype with WHS students
  • Due Dates to note: (Many of your will get done long before these dates - awesome!)
    • Your final floor plan design sketch: Friday, Feb 2nd
    • Your final Floorplanner: Tuesday, Feb 6th
    • Completed scale model with your team: Friday Feb 9th
31 Jan, Wed
  • Don't forget...if you didn't finish the movies/reviews from Monday, they are homework and are due on Friday
  • Discussion: Passive Solar strategies and how it affects how you design your house.
  • Discussion: design tips and bubble sketches
  • Follow the steps on the Architecture Unit page. Make sure you go through 2 times showing the teacher your own design.
30 Jan, Tues
  • Complete sketches and flow lines from last Thurs and Fri. Last day to complete for full credit is tomorrow - Wednesday. When done, please show teacher for grading.
  • When you're done and have some time, find any sites that give 'good' tips on designing small homes. Put links on your wikipage and let me know.

29 Jan, Mon
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  • Mr. Thonnings is out of the district today. Sit in your assigned seats and use your assigned laptops. You will need your earbuds.
  • Watch each of the following videos. For each one - write a 3-5 sentence summary and a 3-5 sentence opinion of the videos on your wikipage. Include a title for each. This is an individual project. Please refrain from talking. If you get done early, you may quietly complete any work not done from last Thurs and Fri last week (Essential questions, Facts, Flow Sketches).
  • At the end of the period, make sure you log off and wait until the ctrl-alt-del before closing the laptop lid.

25/26 Jan, Thurs and Fri
  • Review Architecture page / directions / instructions. See link on right (8-Architecture) or click here
  • Tasks: Begin working individually / sharing with table groups ideas, designs you find
    • First things due are:
      • Essential questions (10 pts - Friday)
      • Facts (10 pts - due Friday)
      • 2 Sketches of two homes with flow lines (30 pts - due Friday)
24 Jan, Wed
  • Tape on comp books, pencils, and earbud bags. Turn in permission slips
  • Discussion: Homework
  • Next, get laptop, log in and go to the class discussion page. Respond to both posts (do NOT create a new post), then shut the lid of your laptop
  • Quick clip: the Material World In your mind, compare what you/we have to what they have
  • Lecture: short intro to architecture project to get your mind thinkings/designing/dreaming. See link on right (8-Architecture) or click here

23 Jan, Tuesday
  • Put tape on comp books, pencils and earbud bags
  • Review all the units: Architecture, KidWind, and Robotics
  • 15 minutes: Go to your class period wikipage
    • On the front page, find the link on how to edit your wikipage. Watch it with your earbuds and do whatever it goes over. Then...
    • On another tab, find a site about passive solar architectural strategies.
    • Back on your own wikipage, put in a title and then the link in a bullet list. You need to be logged in to complete this task.

  • Go home and count EVERY single thing in your house. (At least try for 10 minutes). Then, on your own wikipage, -with a title at the top -write a 7 to 15 sentence summary of this experience, your thoughts, ah-ha moments/ideas, frustrations, etc. Please include a 'list' of the top 5 items that you think are absolute necessities and 5 items that you just don't need. Conclude your writing with a sentence or two of why you think this assignment was given at the beginning of a unit dealing with designing a home.

22 Jan, Monday
  • Actions for today
    • What to do immediately!
      Welcome! Please take a popsicle stick and print your name on both sides. Put your books in the shelves at the front of the class and have a seat.
    • First day topics
      Introductions, procedures, rules, curriculum, behavior expectations, grading, etc
    • Tasks to accomplish
      • Get computer assignments, get your computer, and take class survey;
      • Open Chrome and log into your MyWLAKE. Bookmark Mr. T's page and your class period's page
      • Homework: Get Permission slip signed and brought back (or emailed), bring in composition book, pencil and ear buds