This week's learning target: Read and comprehend complex literary and informational text independently and proficiently.
This week in English, students finished reading Wonder. Our class reviewed context clues and vocabulary, and students completed two vocabulary assignments as they read independently. Here are the directions for the first assignment (to be completed with the use of a dictionary) and here is the second assignment (to be completed using context clues and without a dictionary).
Students also practiced finding evidence from a text by completing this activity. Students selected character traits from this list to describe their favorite character, and they found evidence in the form of direct quotes to support the existence of those traits. On Tuesday, 12/17, our class will have a comprehension summative over the the text. To be prepared for this summative, students need to have finished reading Wonder, as well as completed the formative activities for our class.
Ancient Civilizations with Mrs. Shebley
This week in Ancient Civilizations, students learned about ancient Maya. Using IPAD's for research, students completed this Webquest in class. Students also took notes on this powerpoint presentation about different aspects of the culture of the ancient Maya.
Students used their knowledge of the ancient Maya to create an informational poster --the directions for which can be found here. Students watched the documentary, Breaking the Maya Code, as they finished their informational posters.
Students, you will find the links to the ancient Maya video clips below! :)
The Maya Creation Story
About the Maya
The Rise and Fall of the Maya
Reenactment of the Ancient Ball Game
The Maya Today
Next week, we will learn about the ancient Aztecs. Students, to get a head start on your learning, visit the links below!
About the Aztecs
The Fall of the Aztecs
All About the Ball Game
Math with Mrs. Axtman
This week was dedicated to preparing for our summative! Here is a great website to prepare for everything that will be assessed next WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY! On this website, the green lines are links to sample problems for that learning target! (Be sure to stay in the Ratios and Proportional Relationships section (look at the orange headers). Attached here is the list of the standards that will be assessed on the test and a little brief description to break it down for students and parents! Please use this weekend to prepare!
Wednesday students will begin part one of the assessment which is what I am calling a "regular ol" math test, including basic rate, ratio, and proportion word problems for students to solve. When they finish part 1, they will start part two, which includes a real-life application of these concepts and asks the students to really stretch their thinking-this is their opportunity to get a "6" on this assessment. The maximum score for part 1 if they complete it correctly is a "5" meaning they are proficient at the skill. A 6 or a 7 includes stretching that knowledge on their part. As always with math, it is required that we show our work on our test and use words to explain how we got our answers to show complete understanding. Showing no work is not counted as a correct answer, because they aren't proving to me that they have mastered the skills to get there.
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
Standard: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that a material is living by applying the characteristics of living things.
This week the students were introduced to both the dissecting and compound light microscopes. Students spent approximately fifteen minutes practicing focusing the microscopes on different objects. They should have images of each type of microscope along with five key rules glued in their notebooks. This activity was in preparation for a lab during which students will be evaluating simulated samples from Mars to determine whether life is present. In addition to working with the microscopes, students reviewed the characteristics of living things as they completed their notes. On Wednesday, December 17th students will be taking a summative assessment that will require them to use the characteristics of life to evaluate whether a new substance should be classified as living. Below are a few resources to help students prepare for this assessment.
Are lichens alive?
Are viruses alive?
Is yeast alive?
Art Exploratory with Ms. Newstadt
Student artists continue working in their artist’s sketchbooks and associated activities using Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook as inspiration. This week students worked on their 3D animal sculptures in clay, studied and drew the anatomy of their hands using contour lines, invented an instrument and composed a song before building their own lutes, acted as botanist illustrators by drawing flowers, and used secret codes and quotes by being mirror writers in their journals. Oh my!
On Wednesday, the students' exit ticket was to either play a song on their lute or share something they learned by investigating, inventing, and being a musician.
Art students are continuing their study of another artist of their choosing by studying style and techniques through individualized assignments. Chosen artist studies include great masters as well as modern living artists and include Paul Klee, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Keith Haring, Bill Waterson, John Cogan, Luma Jasim, Rachel Teannalach, Drex Brooks, Gaudi, Friedensriech Hundertwasser, Thomas D. Mangelsen, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Theo Janson, and many others! The students are immersed in their work, and they are teaching me (and each other!) a lot about artists whose work I was not previously familiar with.
The first workout of the week was fitness 4 square. Upon getting 'out' of the game, students did 10 pushups, a sprint, and 20 lunges prior to rejoining a game. We went across the bridge to our weights (rocks) for the second workout. There, the students worked deltoids, ran with weight, squats, and heel raises.
Urban PE with Mrs. Stelzner
Upcoming FIELD TRIP! Thursday, January 8, we will be taking the bus to Camel's Back Park. We will leave the school at 2:55 and return by 4:10. If the weather is cooperating, we will go on a hike and if it snowing, students are more than welcome to bring sleds for some fun in the snow!
Please expect a permission slip to be sent home this upcoming week.