Welcome to Mrs. Lori LoCascio’s teacher page.
Assignments for next week, week of April 6th for 7th grade, have been posted to student announcements under your student’s SeeSaw account. Please see them below, as well:
Assignments for Week of April 6th:
Language Arts/Social Studies/Religion cross-curricular activity: research Easter traditions around the World. Create a brochure, power point presentation, poster or any creative expression of your choice. For example, where did the tradition of dying Easter eggs come from? Where did the tradition of Easter Egg Hunts derive? What are different traditions for the items used to stuff the eggs for the Egg Hunt? Your creative project must include at least 5 traditions, and have the website sources where you obtained your information, to receive full credit for this assessment.
Would you rather? Create 5 “would you rather scenarios” and post them to SeeSaw. Answer 5 of your peers’ questions. Be sure to include the “why” part of why you chose one scenario over another. For example, “would you rather eat peanut butter and jelly for a month and have to stay at home, or be able to go outside as you please, but eat apples and bananas? Why?”
It is that time of the beginning of a new month. Therefore, please vote for your “March student of the month”. This person must have exuded positive behaviors towards others while working from home, on SeeSaw. Please include why you chose who you did. As always, until everyone casts their vote, I will not approve the posts on SeeSaw.
Math: Ask you family for their favorite Easter recipe. Convert the ingredients to fractions and decimals. For example: “Grandma’s favorite, secret sausage stuffing: 1/2 cup of almonds or .5 cups of almonds, 3/4 of a stick of butter, or .75 of a stick of butter…..and so on….”
These assignments will be due on Wednesday at noon.
past due assignments from Week of March 30, 2020 work: Please post all work to SeeSaw when completed.
Religion: Create a video on SeeSaw. Pretend that you are the owner of a Roman Catholic Summer Camp whose mission is to teach the campers how to incorporate acts of kindness into their daily lives. How will you persuade the campers into signing up for your summer camp, as opposed to other camps offered in town, such as sports camps? How will you persuade the parents to register for your camp because it is the best option for their child’s emotional growth? This assessment will be based not only on creativity, but also your ability to infuse Catholic values into your message (reference to the Ten Commandments, Beatitudes, bible verses, missions of Saints ect.). The video should be approximately 2 minutes long.
Social Studies: If your thesis statement has been approved for your research paper, this week you are to provide 4 internet-link sources that you have researched to support your thesis statement. Specifically, you must include a quotation or two from the source that you will use as text evidence in your paper. For example, if your thesis topic is “The Boston Tea Party”, not all scholarly articles on the Boston Tea Party will specifically address the support of your thesis. You need to read the article, and critically analyze whether the article supports your statement. You need to explain to me how the source you chose supports the thesis statement.
Math: create an hourly journal of your activities for one day, 24 hours. Determine in percentages, fractions, and decimals the amount of time you spend on each activity. For example, if you ate meals from 9-10 a.m., 1-2 pm, and 6-7 p.m., you would record 3 hours, out of 24 hours eating, and translate 3/24, or 1/8 into percentages and decimals. If you slept for 7 hours, you would translate 7/24 into percentages and decimals. If you are on your phone texting 5 hours… and so forth.
Language Arts: The final draft of your identity personal narrative is due this week. If you have submitted your rough draft from last week, please use the checklist below to edit your work:
1.Did you capitalize the beginning of each sentence?
2. Is there a punctuation mark at the end of each sentence?
3. Did you indent 5-spaces for each of the 3 events that marked your identity? Each event must have its own paragraph.
4. Did your introductory paragraph include a ToSEEC topic sentence that introduces the reader to your personal narrative?
5. Did your closing paragraph include a ToSEEC conclusion statement that lets the reader know you have finished discussing the changing events to your identity?
6. Does each of the 3 – identity-events paragraphs include enough evidence and elaboration to prove the change in your identity, assuming the person does not know you at all? Did you describe in detail, with evidence and elaboration who you were prior to the identity-changing event?
The answers to the checklist questions, as well as your final draft must be submitted, to receive full credit for this assessment.
8th grade assignment for week of March 30th
If your thesis statement has been approved for your research paper, this week, you are to provide 4, internet-link sources that you have researched to support your thesis statement. Specifically, you must include a quotation or two from the source that you will use as text evidence in your paper.
Past due work from Week of March 23rd:
1. One-page examination of conscience of how you have related to family this past week while at home. Did you act as a peacemaker when helping siblings with homework? Helping prepare family meals? Sharing resources?
2. Bible verse study: read the Bible for 20 minutes every day. Record what messages speak to you. What is God trying to teach you about your life as a 7th grader and the future? 1 paragraph per day.
Language Arts: personal narrative. 5 paragraph minimum following the Wit and Wisdom ToSEEC method of writing-topic sentence, evidence, elaboration, conclusion, and Wit and Wisdom recurring theme of change of identity. Provide at least 3 examples of evidence in your life that has changed your identity. Was the change positive, negative, or both? Explain why. For example, if you were an only child, and then a younger sibling was born, you changed to a “big brother “ or “ big sister”. If you received the Sacrament of First Communion, your identity was changed. If you were a “public school student “ and changed to a “private school student” your identity changed. If you moved towns, your identity changed from a resident of Town A to a resident of Town B. If you joined a travel soccer or gymnastics team, your identity changed.
Social Studies. Brainstorm a topic and thesis statement for a future essay that we will be writing together step by step. The topic and thesis statement must relate to last week’s Chapter topics, but should be of something that interests you personally. For example, your topic could be the Declaration of Independence.
The thesis statement that you are trying to prove is the Declaration of Independence was a sign of state rebellion.
Math: please review the concepts of converting fractions, decimals and percents on Khan Academy. If you have to use your flash cards that you made last week to help you, at first, it is okay. Try to commit the conversions to memory, though.
Post 3 word problems about conversion on SeeSaw. Answer at least 5 word problems of your peers. For example “Mary gets $10 to spend every week. She spent 50% of her money on White Castle and 1/4 of her money on video game apps. How much money does she have left? Express your answer as a decimal.
8th grade social studies: Please check your school-issued gmail account. I have sent you an invitation to join my SeeSaw classroom. Please follow the instructions on the invitation. We will be corresponding strictly through SeeSaw, and will not be using this homework website for communication of assessments. Thanks so much.
Parents and students, thank you for your patience and cooperation during our third week of remote learning. Based on the e-mails that were sent to me, it appears that our third week, too, as the first and second weeks, was a success! Congratulations in rising to the challenge of managing your student’s learning success, while juggling your own career’s responsibilities. Many of you may have had to share computers and adapt to a time schedule that was not necessarily following the school day times of 7:55 a.m. to 3 p.m. I am cognizant of these issues, and as a result, to accommodate everyone’s needs, I have posted assignments for next week, Week of April 6th, as a combination of textbook work and internet learning, that you can work on, at your own pace throughout the week.
Please be reminded, that it is best to have your student designate a place in the house with a chair/table or desk environment, as opposed to doing his work on his bed in his pajamas. Also, I recommend that the classroom setting be mimicked as closely as possible, by telling your student that cellphone usage is not permitted while doing school work. Students crave a routine, so keeping the routine will most likely result in the most work productivity. For example, start your day with the morning offering that we do at school: “Oh my God, I offer you this day – all I think and do and say. Uniting it with what was done on earth by Jesus Christ your Son.” Allow your student to take two, (5) minute brain breaks in the morning and two in the afternoon. Taking a walk during our scheduled recess time will help your student reduce stress. Please let them know, that I am always available during school hours, should they have questions regarding any and all assignments. I am an e-mail away. This “open door” e-mail policy, will hopefully reduce the stress of completing assessments.
Also, it is okay for them to work on assessments via FaceTime, or other method of communication with their peers. Only if an assignment is marked, “to be completed individually”, must a student use the “honor code” and not consult anyone else for advice in responses.
Most of all, we must have faith that this is a temporary situation, and God does not give us anything that we can not handle. Before we know it, we will look back on this situation as one having brought us closer together. We are a learning community who cares about one another, and we are not going to let the small obstacle of having to socially distance ourselves, temporarily, break the bonds that we have created thus far, this school year.
Thank you for your support, and please continue to check this homework website, every Monday. Instructions will be given as to whether to submit assignments via SeeSaw, or to my personal email, email@example.com