Posted in May Posts

This week May 26th – 31st

Hello friends,

It’s the last week of school!!!! It has certainly been a crazy ride and I cannot think of anyone on the planet with whom I would rather go through all of this with than YOU! Each and every one of you has blessed my life immeasurably and I will miss you this summer so much. You all showed the world that nothing will stop you and you have impressed me with your ability to be flexible. Just think of the stories you’ll tell you children one day. “I lived through a world-wide pandemic. Did you know that we couldn’t even go to school?” =)

This week we are having a super-fun event. It’s a school-wide Kahoot! game! The event is THIS Tuesday, May 26th, 2020!! Please make plans to attend!

Posted in May Posts

This week 5/18 – 5/20

** Task 1 – Double -Check

This week, you will go through every task that has a mark like this ->** next to it and make sure that you have completed the work. Make sure that it does not have the word “missing” next to it.

Next, check Gradespeed.

Does the grade say MISSING? If so, you need to go back again and check. If something you previously turned in is now showing as missing, something is wrong and you need to go back and make sure that you actually turned in work that was complete.
After you submit your LATE WORK YOU MUST EMAIL Mrs. Cortes at
Turned in something and don’t see a grade? No worries, please email Mrs. Cortes at and let me know that your work is submitted. No need to tell me that you don’t have a grade, once you tell me, I will go grade it.

**Google Classroom does not automatically notify me when work is submitted. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know.

Sifting through every assignment looking for late submissions takes a tremendous amount of time.

*** MATH TIME!!! ***

Every new click takes time to load….148 x 6 = 876… multiply this times 1 minute = 876 minutes….. 14.6 HOURS. This is not including any actual grading, this is JUST time spent waiting on the screen to load.

Posted in May Posts

This week 5/11 – 5/17

Here is a look at the week ahead:

Wednesday check-in – Make sure you check in by Wednesday. You do not have to wait, you can check in early.

** Task 1

Use the link in Google Classroom to access the Nearpod Learning Module

  • Classifying Living Organisms

During this learning module, you will move through a series of slides and complete the activities as directed by the instructions. If login is necessary, please follow the instructions. Please remember to use your HISD email login information.

Look for class codes in the directions on Google Classroom.

Posted in May Posts

Week of 5/4 – 5/10 Assignments

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all are doing well and starting to settle into our “new normal”. Even though, these last few weeks have presented countless challenges, I am proud of ALL of us because of the way we have persevered! We didn’t let a few challenges get us down because we are Pin Oak Chargers!!

Here is a look at the week ahead…

**Task 1 – All About Cells Nearpod

This week, I am proud to present my very first Nearpod lesson!

Using the link I provided, you will complete a Nearpod learning module – All About Cells.

Nearpod will require you to work through several tasks. Please complete each one as you move from slide to slide. Some slides will open a new window and may require you to log in or sign up. Please do so using your HISD email and password.

Don’t let the simplicity of this week’s assignment make you feel like you can wait until the last minute to complete it.

Posted in April Posts

Week of 4/27 – 5/3 Assignments

Task 1 – BrainPop Solar System

Use the link watch BrainPop:

Solar System

Test your knowledge using the online assessments for this video.

Task 2 – Gravity and the Solar System Games

Use the following link to access the Gravity and the Solar System Games playlist.

If you haven’t already created your account, you must use your HISD and Google Classroom Login to create your account. You may be asked to create a username so please follow the instructions.

**Task 3 – Space Travel Guide Project

Use the attached instructions to choose and create a travel guide to the planet of your choice. Please follow the instructions carefully to receive full credit.

You can choose to create your guide in ANY format that you choose. For example, Prezi, PowerPoint, Moovly, Powtoon…etc.

YOU MUST make sure that the format you choose can either be accessed by a shared link (double-checking to ensure that it works) or can be uploaded to one of the Google products (slide, doc, etc.) Please ask if you need help.

Posted in April Posts

This Week 4/20 – 4/26

Task 1 – BrainPop Plate Tectonics

Use the link to access the Plate Tectonics BrainPop

Test your knowledge using the online assessments for each video.

Task 2 – Plate Tectonic Games

Use the following link to access the interactive Plate Tectonics Games playlist. If login is necessary, login in using the “Google Login” option and use your HISD Google Classroom account.

**Task 3 – Plate Tectonics Webquest

Complete the Plate Tectonics Webquest sheet using the following link:

Go To:

Instructions for using documents assigned to you:

To edit this document, you must click “view assignment” and click on the document.

You should be able to see the sheet. You will then need to open this document in Google Docs. To do this, you will click on the three dots in the upper right corner.

Click on “open in a new window”. Once the new document opens, click on “open with Google Docs” found at the top, in the center.

Complete the Web Search and fill out the attached sheet. . DO NOT HIT THE BACK BUTTON. To save, simply close the doc. You can reopen it later and edit.

To submit, you must click the “Turn In” button.

Posted in April Posts

This week 4/13 – 4/19

This week we will be having live help sessions on TEAMS. I will post the link each day. Please check the schedule and go to the time that corresponds with your class period. We will have a 30 minute Team Time every day if you cannot make it to your scheduled time. Please read our online meeting guidelines and be ready with any questions you may have.

Here is a look at our week ahead!

Task 1 – BrainPop

Go to and watch:

~  Earth

~  Earth’s Atmosphere

~  Earth’s Structure

Test your knowledge using the online assessments for each video.

**Task 2 – GIZMOS

Complete the Convection Cells exploration and student exploration guide sheet. Don’t forget to submit.

When you are finished, take the quiz.

Don’t forget to come back and tap the “Turn it In” button when you are finished.

Task 3 – Create a Model of Earth’s Structure

Using household items, create a model of the Earth’s layers. Take a picture and upload to a Google Docs PPT slide presentation.
To submit your presentation, copy the “shareable link” and paste it as your answer here. DO NOT EDIT EACH OTHER’S WORK.
Once you submit the photo of your model, please take a “gallery walk” of the work submitted by other students and make comments using the Discussion Board Guidelines as a guide.

Once you submit the photo of your model, please take a “gallery walk” of the work submitted by other students and make comments using the Discussion Board Guidelines as a guide.

Comment on at least 2 other students’ posts.

Discussion Board Guidelines

In your communication with other students, please:

• Be constructive and respectful.

• Politely critique a position on an issue, but not the person.

• Expand on or clarify an important point.

• Offer an additional argument to support a position taken in an answer.

• Suggest ways in which an idea could be more clearly expressed.

• Identify areas where the student misunderstood a concept or applied it incorrectly.

• Agree with a point or position made in an answer.

• Never use sarcasm, swearing, or language that would be considered rude or argumentative.

Posted in April Posts

This week 4/6 – 4/12

Good Morning!

We made it through our first week. I have a couple of notes.

  1. Please make sure when you complete a task that you hit the “Turn it in” button.
  2. You MUST complete the Wednesday Check-In every week. Many of you did not complete it last week. This is NOT hard to complete, and it is not optional.
  3. We will begin having TEAMS meetings later this week so be looking for more information later this week.
  4. I am sorry that you weren’t able to edit the document last week. I am still learning how to do all this. In this case, just copy the information onto another Google Doc and submit it to the assignment.

Here is a look at our week ahead!

Task 1 – Watch BrainPop – Rocks and Rock Cycle and take self-assessment online.

Task 3 – Complete the Rock Classification Lab and the attached exploration sheet and submit. When you are finished, take the quiz.
I will reset it only one time if you have a failing grade. Please let me know if you need it reset.

Task 3 – Create a rock cycle either using a Google Slide or on paper (will take photo and submit to GC)

Task 4 – OPTIONAL – Watch the video and answer questions for Lesson 4.6 Rock Cycle Processes using Google Docs and submit to Google Classroom.

Posted in March Posts

This week 3/31 – 4/3

Monday is a holiday.

Tuesday – Sunday:

We will be learning and reviewing about Minerals. We will focus on mineral formation and identification. Remember. you have until Sunday evening to complete all your work. Please refer to the contact information and office hours posted in your Google Classroom if you need help accessing anything.

Log into your Google Classroom and look under the Classwork tab.

You will have two folders for this week. 3/31 – 4/3 Assignments and 3/31 – 4/3 Class Discussion. You must complete all the tasks assigned to you.

3/31 – 4/3 Assignments – you will have your tasks listed for you.

Task 1 – click on the link for you to join your Ck12 class and view the assignments listed for this week. Pay attention to the due dates

Task 2 – please use the appropriate video to answer the related questions. You do not have to submit anything when you are finished, the Google Document will save it for you. You can open it as many times as you need to.

3/31 – 4/3 Class Discussion – you will answer the question that is posted for you. You must also respond to a post from AT LEAST 2 other students following the Class Discussion Guidelines.