Can you demonstrate an understanding of our class text, Farewell to Manzanar?
Do you know how to employ strategies to aid in your comprehension of the text?
This week in English, students read from our class text, Farewell to Manzanar. In addition to reading this book, our class has been completing many nonfiction readings, as well as working with primary sources from this time period. As part of this exploration, our class viewed this newsreel from the 1940s made by the United States Government and made connections to what we have learned thus far in the unit.
- Here are the directions for Reading Assignment #1.
- Here are the directions for Reading Assignment #2.
Lastly, students are also working on their next summative writing project, which is a historical narrative written about a Japanese American internee. Here are the directions and success criteria for this assignment, and here is the Narrative Planning sheet.
Ancient Civilizations with Mrs. Shebley
These week in Ancient Civilizations, students learned about the ancient Incas. Students completed a Web Quest in class using information from sources provided by me, as they worked to try and answer the question: "Who were the Ancient Incas?" (See last week's post for the list of these research sources!)
Here is the assignment sheet for this project, and here is the inquiry sheet students will be responsible for turning in next Thursday, April 23rd.
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
Students can you…
explain the process of convection?
explain how density and temperature are related?
describe two processes that cause the plates to move?
explain how materials are cycled on Earth?
describe and model using your hands, three ways that plates can interact?
This week the students inquired into the processes that cause the plates to move. Students completed a lab that demonstrated the processes of convection, which plays a large role in transporting heat energy from Earth’s interior to the surface. Students also explored ways in which plate motions create oceanic trenches, mountains and volcanoes. Finally, on Thursday, the students traveled to the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center to explore the cycling of Earth materials on a local scale. Students learned about the evidence that supports the idea that a giant lake known as Lake Idaho once covered the Treasure Valley. By investigating the sorting, rounding and depositional patterns of sediment along Hulls Gulch, students determined that there is strong evidence that a lake once existed in the area. Next week students will continue to explore the relationship between plate tectonics and landforms. On Tuesday, students will take a summative assessment over Earth’s interior and plate tectonics.
Plate Boundary Animations
Plate Boundary Interactive
Urban PE with Mrs. Stelzner
Students had an epic field trip this week! Upon finding out that the river was closed, we switched things up at the last moment and Mr. Olsen from the outdoor program took us on a hike up the Homestead Trail then to the Lucky Peak Trail. I was so absolutely amazed and impressed with these kiddos. The hike was difficult and they persevered! We even had a couple of groups come within minutes from the summit! My legs are so sore today...I hope you all are doing better than me! :)
Art explorers continued working on “Mozaizine Self Portraits” and self-reflections about the success of our work and understanding of the concepts this week. Students who finished their portraits were introduced to Leonardo da Vinci as Architect and Mathematician through the idea of one point perspective drawings (key terms: horizon line, vanishing point). They practiced using one point perspective by first drawing their initials in block letters before extending the letters into solid forms.
Helen Kilgo, Adam Levielle, Pearl Udall, and Kyra Dimitrov were recognized for their outstanding tree photographs in the Arbor Day tree contest. More information and photos from all of the kiddos will be posted next week (or check out the Sage FaceBook page for more information)!
Art with Ms. Newstadt
Students read and studied about French artist Henri Matisse and his expressive color relationships before working with paint and a "model" or "sitter" for a classroom portrait.