New Art students were introduced to the Art Room and a new Visual Arts class with the question of "What is Art?" via a writing activity and small group and whole group discussion. We read about and discussed IB Attributes and how they relate to Art Learning and Art Room Behavior Expectations. Young artists were introduced to the Elements & Principles of Art via an interactive slideshow and whole group discussion: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/124130533455807431/
New Art Exploratory students were introduced to the Art Room and a new Visual Arts class with the question of "Why Is Art Important?" (see above) via a writing activity and small group and whole group discussion. We read about and discussed IB Attributes and how they relate to Art Learning and Art Room Behavior Expectations.
Young artists were introduced to the great Artist and Renaissance Man Leonardo da Vinci and his acts of observation, writing, and sketching via an Artist's Journal or Sketchbook. Students will complete their own explorations and observations throughout the 6 Week Workshop via their own sketchbook inspired by Da Vinci.
Our first art project is drawing portraits and self portraits after being introduced to Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/124130533455762281/
Students first observed and drew the lines and shapes carefully observed in the famous portrait of Mona Lisa. Then they learned about proportion guidelines of balanced facial symmetry before practicing drawing facial features and their own faces using a mirror. The next step will be to draw themselves again using contour lines and using a "Mozaizine" collage method to complete the self portrait design. Please donate colorful magazines (preferably those with large faces) to the Sage Middle School Art Room for this project. Thank you!
Tuesday's workout: Students completed their dynamic workout. The activity consisted of a sprint on the long side of the basketball court, jog to the middle, complete a specific exercise (squat, push-up, plank, lunge), jog to the opposite long side, and repeat. There was a total of 10 laps.
Thursday's workout: We went for a walk and every 2 minutes paused to complete 25 squats. We had 2 hill repeats in the middle of the walk, and a jog back to the school.
English with Mrs. Shebley
This week in English, students learned what the qualities of a good discussion are, and we practiced how to implement these in small group and class-wide discussions. Students filled out this anticipation guide regarding the themes of our new unit. We had a class-wide discussion in which students had to "vote with their feet" to show whether they agreed or disagreed with a given statement. Students gave each other feedback in the form of Stars and Stairs on the contributions made in our discussion.
Our class had English Learning Center time this week, as well. For this, students were broken up into groups to work on a given skill including word choice, spelling, and sentence fluency. I emphasized to the students the importance of continuing to independently practice the skills and strategies from our Learning Center groups. Please see the following links below for specific directions and ideas to practice each skill!
We will continue with our next Learning Center meeting next week.
Ancient Civilizations with Mrs. Shebley
Our first week of our Ancient Civilizations class was spent learning about ancient Mesopotamia. Students watched this Ted Ed video about this civilization. Students also broke into groups to complete a group jigsaw activity about different cultural advancements in Mesopotamia. Students used their in-class notes to create an advertisement for The Ancient Times Newspaper where they tried to convince nomadic hunter-gatherers to move to Mesopotamia. Here are the guidelines for this activity.
Students also took two-column notes on the benefits of the land. Students also learned about the Mesopotamian math system and worked hard to to try and solve ancient Mesopotamian math problems. Students, see the links below for more information on Mesopotamia!
Students: To get a head start on your learning for next week, click here and here for the links to the Egypt Daily Life project!
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
How is the Earth like a puzzle? This week we kicked off our new unit by identifying and sharing prior knowledge about plate tectonics and Pangaea. Students completed a simple puzzle to get them thinking about how evidence can be used to reconstruct past events. They also evaluated a map of Earth’s surface in order to make inferences about why oceans and continents are shaped in the particular ways they observed. Finally, students read a short passage about Alfred Wegener’s Continental Drift Theory. To demonstrate understanding, students began working on a series of illustrations (cartoons) that represent events described in the text. Students will complete the passage and illustrations on Monday.
Pangaea Interactive Reconstruction
Continental Drift Animation
Continental Drift Video (Greatest Discoveries)
Formation and Breakup of Rodinia Animation
Math with Mrs. Axtman
I apologize, Mrs. Axtman's migraine is going to cause this to be short and sweet. See last week's post for games to play related to our current unit on Expressions and Equations. On Monday we are halfway through our unit, and will do a quick review over everything we have learned so far having to do with expressions. Tuesday will be our formative over Expressions-this will not go in the gradebook, but will inform the students and myself of our current progress. See last week's post for homework as well! Mrs. Axtman out!!