Currently I have a wiki which students may access in order to earn extra credit in social studies as well as take a math challenge. Students may earn an extra 10 points for each correct answer about Ancient Greece(our current unit of study). The student may answer all of the questions or as many as she or he wants. They have been shown the wiki and the extra credit opportunity has been explained to them.
Expository writing is the genre we are working with right now. Students are currently researching an energy source of their choice and taking organized notes. The final project will be a brochure which will be written and formatted on the computer. Students were given a descriptor of the five main subtopics they need to gather information on and are organizing their notes accordingly. They are also expected to complete a bibliography.
Adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators, simplifying fractions and adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers are the concepts we have most recently covered in math class. Students are persevering with these challenging, multi step problems.
Remember that next week is School Spirit Week! The newsletter as well as our school homepage has information on how we are "celebrating" every day.