We so much enjoyed our Field Trip to the Boise Art Museum on Tuesday, December 8, from 11:15am-1:15pm. Our museum tour was scheduled from 11:30-12:30, and then we made a "fox box", a wonderful hands-on art-making activity, in the BAM studios from 12:30-1:00pm before returning to Sage.
We reflected on the tour, making connections in our Visual Arts Process Journals for the rest of the week, while exploring other hands-on origami work including paper cranes and flapping birds. Check out this amazing TED TALK video by one of the BAM Origami artists, making real-world links between the art form and technology! Robert Lang TED Talk
English with Mrs. Shebley
This week in class, students were given class time to write the final draft of their narrative. The final draft is due on Monday, December 14th. Here is the assignment sheet for this writing project, here are the success criteria, and here is the rubric for this assignment.
In addition, students learned about different sentence types and learned the components of compound sentences. Students completed this formative handout to demonstrate their understanding of these ideas. Students' formative scores for this assignment will be recorded in Skyward by the end of this weekend.
Lastly, we began our final project for this unit, where students will demonstrate a creative answer to our class's essential question for this unit, "Why is education important?" Here is the assignment sheet for this project. Students will have all of Monday and Tuesday in class next work to work on this, and the final product will be due Wednesday for in-class presentations.
Math with Mrs. Axtman
And here we are at the end of our unit! Test next week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I decided to split the test into chunks so the kiddos could tackle it in parts instead of feeling overwhelmed but a huge test.
Here it is:
- Graphing on a coordinate plane
- reflecting over the x and y axis on a coordinate plane
- distance on a coordinate plane
- rotations on a coordinate plane (90, 180, and 270 degrees) *Added
Community Event: Sunday, December 13th from 10am to noon Audubon Kid’s Holiday Bird Count at Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve. Click this link for more information.
NGSS: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells, either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
Week in Review: This week sixth grade inquirers completed their investigation of cells under the microscope. Students were able to view several different plant cells (bamboo, lettuce, celery, onion and tomato), as well as, their own cheek cells. This activity not only allowed students to practice using the microscopes effectively, but also reinforced scientific illustration skills. Students identified the cell wall, nucleus and cytoplasm in the cells. In addition, students started to learn about the role played by several different organelles in plant and animal cells. On Thursday, we focused on the mitochondria by exploring how mitochondrial diseases impact individuals across the globe. Explore the links below to learn more about cells.
Interactive Cell Investigation
How Cells Work
Cells in Your Body
Cell Membrane and Heart Disease
Gene Editing and Buff Dogs
This week, we learned that of all of the different kinds of cells there are in the world, they fall into two major categories; prokaryotes and eukaryotes. We studied the differences between the two, and moving forward with eukaryotes, began studying the organelles that allow the cell to function.
Currently, the students are working on an organelle analogy project. The were given a list of cell organelles and after discussing the jobs that the organelles have, we talked about a 'nickname' that we could give them to help them remember their specific job. Then, the students were asked to think of a real-world system to relate the organelles to. For example, if they chose a jail, perhaps the outer wall on the jail would serve as the cell membrane because it provides protection for the inside people as well as being able to allow movement in and out...like the cell membrane protects the cell and controls the movement of materials into and out of a cell. So far, the students have come up with some amazing ideas and I can't wait to see their finished product! (This will be due at the end of class on Tuesday, December 15.)
It was so inspiring to see such growth during the final two days of badminton at BSU. Having lessons for 4 days with tournament play towards the end of day 3 and all of day 4, they showed tremendous improvement. Many suggested that we go there every day!
The days we weren't at BSU, we could be found at Municipal Park honing in on our Ultimate Frisbee skills. We are making progress with our flat throws and alligator catches. The next step is working on our cohesion and collaboration as a team while incorporating some specific plays.
REMINDER: YOGA with Yoga in the Hood on MONDAY!