This week in English, our class started working on our Historical Narratives. Here are the prompts for the Lizzie Bright narratives, and here are the prompts for the Esperanza Rising narratives. In their learning, first students discovered what a narrative is. We also read Laurence Yep's "Ribbons" and discussed the similarities and differences between this story and the Chinese foot binding article we read in class. Students then conducted research for their Historical Narrative, which we will begin writing next week. Lastly, students met with their Literature Circle groups on Thursday to discuss the first assigned reading from their self-selected text.
Students, please see the links on the previous post for the websites to use when researching for your narratives. They are categorized by class text. Please feel free to start drafting your narratives this weekend! :)
Ancient Civilizations with Mrs. Shebley
This week in Ancient Civilizations, our class finished our learning of ancient Egypt, and then students learned about the ancient Maya. Using IPAD's, computers, and books for research, students worked and inquired to answer the question, "Who were the ancient Maya?" Students also viewed this powerpoint presentation about different aspects of the culture of the ancient Maya.
Students, you will find links to ancient Maya video clips below! :) Please see the previous post for a variety of links to continue learning about the ancient Maya and to extend your learning further.
The Maya Creation Story
About the Maya
The Rise and Fall of the Maya
Reenactment of the Ancient Ball Game
The Maya Today
Links for Aztec Inquiry Project:
- History Channel - The Ancient Aztecs
- BBC - World History
- Indians.org - The Aztecs
- Mr. Donn - About the Aztecs
- The Aztec - National Geographic
- Photography of Aztec Remains
- PBS - The Fall of the Aztecs
- Aztec Timeline
- The Top Five Aztec Inventions -
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
Standard: Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions
Words Worth Knowing: geochronology, seismology, viscosity
This week sixth grade learners explored the role technology plays in providing new evidence for scientific theories, by looking at the development of Plate Tectonic Theory over time. Sonar, radiometric dating, satellites, GPS and seismic waves provided additional evidence supporting the idea that Earth is divided into plates that move. Learners analyzed a series of maps to identify patterns in the locations of mountain ranges, earthquakes, volcanoes and age of the sea-floor. This site does a great job of highlighting some of the patterns we observed. Learners also took a simulated journey from the core of the Earth to the surface to begin exploring the processes that allow the plates to move. We will continue to study Earth’s interior next week. On Thursday, students completed a summative assessment over evidence for Pangaea and Plate Tectonics.
Deepest Drill Hole
How we study Earth’s Interior
Layers of the Earth Song
Math with Mrs. Axtman
Maybe this should say math with a substitute...I was SO sick all week. Thanks to all the kiddos who were super helpful and respectful while there were guests in our classroom-you are a great example to your peers!
This week was all about solving equations for the value of the variable. The students started Monday by solving simple one- and two-step equations, and by Thursday, they were combining like terms on either side of the equal sign to isolate the variable and solve. They also had to identify the equation in a word problem, write it, and then solve for the variable. There were two assignments this week: here and here. Next week we will begin solving and graphing inequalities.
"Teach Me How to Solve It"-Solving Equations Rap
Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides
Students continued to work on their “mozaizine” collage self-portraits inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. They were due Thursday, February 5. Please check in with your student to be sure that they have finished theirs (or they will need to over the weekend). Thank you!
Students continued their study of COLOR this week by finishing up their color wheel collages, which show correct placement of primary, secondary, and intermediate or tertiary colors. If your kiddo has not yet his or hers, please be sure (s)he has it with him/her this weekend to finish as homework, as next week we will extend the lesson and so some critiquing and assessment activities using the completed projects. NOTE: Students were given ample time in class to do the work at school if they were on-task.
Thank you to all who have donated colorful magazines to the Sage Middle School Art Room for this and other projects. Please keep them coming! Also if you have not seen it already, please check out the Art Materials Wish List in the Sage Community Network Email Newsletter this month (lower left hand yellow column). Thanks!
Tuesday's workout: Due to the rain, we took a walk on the greenbelt and did our squat workout under the orange bridge near our school. 5x10 :60
Thursday's workout: We walked to near the river to our rock stash and their workout was 4 rounds of the following. 5 burpees with push-ups and presses with the rock then a 50m sprint and 50m recovery jog.