Spring Homework Assignment
- a) Explore the topic of food in more depth – everyone eats and most people want to make the world a better place, so most students find these assignments authentic and/or interesting
- b) Practice the skills of reading/ following directions/ managing time in order to prepare for high school.
DETAILS OF ASSIGNMENT
Students will choose to complete THREE of FOUR of the following options. It is suggested that they complete one every two weeks so that they are done before the week of 5/28. Each assignment is explained with a summary sheet in the Google classroom.
- Watch and complete the study guide for the film Forks Over Knives. (please do not choose this one if the student has already seen it) It is available to stream through Netflix. This movie makes a thoughtful case for the power of a diet with less meat.
- Watch a total of one hour of TED talks related to food topics and summarize each episode. There are MANY talks to choose from – lots of choice for the student.
- Research and prepare a sandwich for a family member. Research will include components of food, chemicals, food miles, etc.
- Do a Roths/ Safeway scavenger hunt to learn more about the food we eat.
You know your student better than I. You know their time commitments/ their study habits/ and you can ask their interest in this unit. If you prefer, you may opt out of the entire spring homework assignment.
How to Opt Out: Simply respond to this e-mail or send a note to school with your child clearly stating that you want them opted out. Your communication should include a) child’s name b) your name c) your signature d) the words “Opt out.”
IMPACT ON GRADE
If you choose to have your child complete the assignment, doing so successfully will help strengthen their grade. Not completing the assignment will negatively impact their grade. If you opt your child out of the assignment, it will not help nor hurt your child’s grade. They will be excused.
FINAL PERFECT FOOD FEAST project at the end of the year
The week of May 28th, we will be working on our final project of the semester summarizing our knowledge of the topics we have studied this spring. With that information, students will prepare a food item (muffin, sandwich, casserole, cookie – their choice) based on their criteria – what is important to them. They will research their chosen food and complete a Google slides presentation summarizing their research. They will also prepare their chosen food.
On Tuesday evening, June 4th (one day before the 8th graders last day of the year), they will bring their food and Google slide show to the SMS cafeteria and share with the public at our 4th Annual Perfect Food Feast. Depending on how well they work in class this project can involve some work at home. That project is not optional.
LOTS more information about this PERFECT FOOD FEAST will follow.
NOTE: If you know your child cannot come to the school to present their food for 45 minutes on Tuesday, 6/4 (from either 5:00 – 5:45 or 5:45 – 6:30) please let Mr. Jamsa know. There is an alternate project available.