Parents – How to Support with Google Classroom

What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is the platform we use to host all daily assignments and due dates for students.  Some summative and formative work is actually completed on Google Classroom, but sometimes the assignments just contain the instructions and resources, as students might be completing the assignment elsewhere, such as their subject notebook.  The following video is a great explanation and tutorial about Google Classroom.


What is PowerSchool?

PowerSchool is the platform that we use to officially report student progress in terms of summative and formative work.  If you would like to officially see your child’s progress, please log-in to PowerSchool.  If you do not know how to check PowerSchool, you can watch the video below.

6 Bricks, Infinite Chicks

In math class, the students had a geometry challenge.  They were given 6 lego bricks.  The challenge was to use the same 6 bricks to create as many different chicks as they could within a limited time (15 minutes).  Some students were able to make 60 different chicks while other groups were able to make up to 89 different chicks.  I think my students had fun.  Below is an example of different chicks one group was able to make:

Extreme Weather – Criterion D – The Impact of Science

In science, we learned about extreme weather.  Each student researched a different type of extreme or “severe” weather condition.  Some students learned about typhoons, others learned about droughts, while others learned about tornadoes and blizzards like the two articles that are featured below.


Students learned about these storms and the damage they cause; where and why these storms exist; and how to stay safe during this type of weather conditions.  Furthermore, students studied the impact of science and how science is used to study and predict whether, and how weather technology can benefit communities.   Feel free to read the example articles below by Ellie Bok and Harrison Hong:

Extreme Weather – Droughts

Have you ever lived in a city in which there was a water shortage?  That can be very inconvenient and in some cases, scary or even life-threatening. 

In science, we were learning about EXTREME WEATHER.  Students chose different weather conditions to inquire about.  Then each student created his/her own article describing that weather condition.  Below is an article about droughts.  Please open the article to learn about droughts.

Weather Data Report

In science class, we have been studying about WEATHER.  We learned about the 6 factors of weather:  temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind, clouds, and precipitation.  We were able to collect daily weather data from January and February 2021.  After we collected our data, we compared the morning weather data to the afternoon weather data.  Below is Jan’s weather data report which describes the differences between morning and afternoon weather.  He used scientific reasoning to explain these patterns.  You can read his report below to find out more about the patterns we noticed.

Visual Percents Project

In math class, we did a “Visual Percents” project.  We needed to go to this webiste:  CIA World Factbook Website.  It is a website with lots of statistical data about different countries of the world.  For example, if you would like to see how much access a particular country has to clean water, you can find it on this website.  Or perhaps you would like to compare two countries and you can notice their unemployment rates or the poverty rates from those countries.  It’s extremely interesting and you can find a lot of information on almost every country in the world.

I chose to research about energy sources.  I decided that I would look up Australia and see what percent of Australia’s energy source is from renewable energy.  I was actually surprised to find out that only 17% of Australia’s electricity comes from renewable energy.  It seems like Australia would have so many opportunities to use solar power because it’s been so hot there and Australia has a big desert; the desert is even getting bigger.

Then, when I made a percent graph of Australia’s energy resources, it looked even smaller.  It is clear that most of Australia’s electricity (83%) comes from non-renewable energy such as fossil fuels like oil and coal.   We need to get more countries to switch over to using renewable energy because burning fossil fuels increases the number of greenhouse gases in the environment.

The Hydrologic Cycle

The Hydrologic Cycle

Perhaps you have heard of the “Water Cycle” before.  The water cycle is the natural cycle in which water evaporates from the surface of the earth into the air and then returns to Earth in the form of rain, sleet, snow or hail.  The water cycle is also called the “Hydrologic Cycle.”

As we study about weather in science class, we are learning that this cycle is extremely important to weather, along with temperature.  Below I have created an interactive picture that explains how the hydrologic cycle works.

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Understanding MYP Criteria Grades and Final Grades

Getting accustomed to the MYP grading system can be somewhat complicated.

For each class, there are FOUR CRITERIA SCORES (0 – 8 scale).  However, at the end of the semester, there is only ONE FINAL SCORE for each class and THAT SCORE is on a scale of 1 -7. 

This can be quite confusing.  Therefore, I found a very helpful video that explains the MYP  numeric system.   If you want to know more about MYP, you may find other posts in this category helpful.

How to Multiply and Divide Mixed Fractions

In math class, we are learning about fractions, specifically How to Multiply and Divide Mixed Numbers. So I made a how-to video about this skill. It was quite difficult because I didn’t realize how difficult it is to explain a skill that I know how to do. I had to use all of the write vocabulary words as I was explaining how to do these skills. But the hardest part of all is to speak and write at the same time. I had to do the video several times before I got it right, but having a script with me helped me remember the correct words to say at the right time.

You can see my How-To video below.

Say NO to Shark Fin Soup

In class, we were learning about human population growth and its impact on Earth’s natural resources.  I decided to inquire about sharks.  I learned that we have basically lost approximately half of our ocean’s sharks in the last 15 years.  I do know that about 100 million sharks are killed per year just for their fins.  Selling shark fins is a huge business and it still goes on even when it is illegal in many countries.  I promise to never eat shark fin soup and I want to educate the people around me to understand that sharks are important to our ocean’s ecosystems.  More efforts need to be taken to save the sharks.  Below you can see my visual representation:


Also, I’d like to include this video that teaches people about sharks and why they are so important to our oceans’ ecosystems.