Can you explain how density differences cause convection?
Can you explain where the energy for plate tectonics comes from?
Can you model and explain the different types of plate boundaries?
Can you explain landforms that are created at each type of plate boundary?
This week sixth grade inquirers explored the role of convection in plate motion and the ways in which plates interact with one another. Students used a variety of materials to simulate what happens when different types of lithosphere collide. Through modeling, students discovered that thinner, more dense oceanic crust tends to sink under, or subduct beneath, less dense continental crust. This process leads to the formation of volcanic chains such as the Andes and Cascades. I decided to postpone our summative assessment until Wednesday, March 3 in order to provide more time for processing the information learned this week. The links below contain information to solidify and extend your knowledge.
Plate Boundary Animation
Plate Boundary Animation
Plate Boundary Animation
Hot Spot Animation
How did the Hawaiian islands form?
Exploratory Art with Ms. Newstadt
Students are working in their Leonardo DaVinci journals with one point perspective. Their learning target for the lesson is that they will understand and use one point perspective. They are working on expanding a small city scene into a larger one with ruler and pencil, using the horizon line and vanishing point provided. It is always amazing how a class of learners can all start with the same thing and end with something totally different and unique!
Sixth Grade Art with Ms. Newstadt
The theme of 6th grade art this semester is “A Sense of Place”. After creating special trees showing positive and negative space last week, this week students used the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) in a color mixing activity to create a nature-based color wheel showing primary, secondary (orange, green, violet) and tertiary (red orange, yellow orange, yellow green, blue green, blue violet, and red violet) colors. The learning targets for this lesson were to (1) draw personal trees showing positive and negative space, and (2) correctly mix secondary and tertiary colors and paint them correctly on the tree wheel (there should be 12 different colors that are obviously different represented).
- Students demonstrated an understanding of how to improve their narrative.
- Students explored our question of inquiry (What is Right?) within our class text, as well as in their own lives.
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. (See last week's post for the list of these sources!)
Students also began working on the final project for our Exploratory class. For this, students were able to choose any topic of interest from this unit and develop a research question about that topic. Here is the assignment sheet for this project, and here is the inquiry sheet students will be responsible for turning in next Thursday, March 5th.
Fitness with Mrs. Stelzner
This week, a new workout concept was introduced. The Tabata workout is a time-based interval workout. The base of the Tabata is :20 work followed by a :10 rest. Each round repeats itself and there is a :30 rest in between each round. Our rounds were: 1) mountain climbers, russian twists; 2) burpee, squat jacks; 3) full sit-ups, superman; 4) wide fly push-ups, plank jacks; 5) (burnout round) :60 plank.
The second workout of the week was a walk along the greenbelt with 10 squats and :30 second planks every 2:00.
Urban PE with Mrs. Stelzner
There is a new meaning to 'student teacher.' We didn't have interns from local universities; the students themselves were the teachers! The students were responsible for designing and presenting a new game to the class. They had the reins from everything from getting equipment to/from the park, setting up, giving instructions, answering questions, and problem solving and making adjustments if something didn't go as planned. It was a great leadership learning experience for them!
The games they made up were very well thought out, had a great deal of strategy involved, and I was very impressed. Great work, all!
Math with Mrs. Axtman
This week we wrapped up our unit on Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities. Students completed their summative test on Thursday. Next week we are starting our Geometry unit, specifically focusing on area and volume!
This week, students aiming for a "6" in solving equations also shared their board games with the rest of the class! I was very impressed-the games were well thought-out, challenging, and a great review before our test.
Use this link to preview what's coming up next in math!