This week in English, students worked on writing a summative detailed paragraph. Here are the guidelines and learning targets for this assignment. With their final draft, students were required to turn in a rough draft and a peer revising sheet as evidence of their formative work. Students also met with me for a writing conference to receive specific, one-on-one feedback on their formative detailed paragraphs.
If necessary, students needing more time to either extend their learning or to get caught up can take Thanksgiving Break to finish this summative. At the very latest, it must be turned in on Monday, December 1st.
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 cities of Sumer, Babylon, and Assyria. After, students learned about the Mesopotamian math system and worked hard to to try and solve ancient Mesopotamian math problems.
Students: Click here and here for the links to the Egypt Daily Life project!
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
This week, the students had the opportunity to transfer their detailed paragraph writing skills from English to science. This paragraph was the summative assessment for the learning target "Construct an argument for how population growth and per-capita use of water impacts natural systems." Students wrote a rough draft, peer edited and turned in a final draft this week.
After the break we will jump into our life science unit beginning with an investigation of the characteristics of life. Below are a few resources to start thinking about our next unit.
Life on Mars?
Characteristics of living things
Search for life in the Universe
Art Exploratory with Ms. Newstadt
Leonardo da Vinci’s legacy to us was his notebook of observations and ideas that went far beyond his time. We call him a “Renaissance Man” because he was an artist, scientist, botanist, engineer, musician, mathematician, social director, architect, and the list could go on. New Exploratory Artists were introduced to the idea of keeping an artist’s sketchbook using Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook as inspiration.
This week students specifically learned about Leonardo’s Mona Lisa and guidelines of the face before they drew their own replica of the Mona Lisa portrait and then their own self-portraits.
Then artists investigated perspective drawings. They looked for the horizon line(s) and vanishing point in Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. They experimented with block letters and began expanding a city scene using correct perspective and adding their own original details.
Foundations of Art with Ms. Newstadt (formerly Visual Arts Design)
Student artists spent time this week studying artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her work. They put finishing touches on their oil pastel apple compositions inspired by O’Keeffe’s Apple Family just in time for Fall. They read about the artist in Scholastic Art’s “Georgia O’Keeffe: Working with Abstraction” edition. They then used oil pastels and silk flowers to draw the lines and shapes observed and then creating abstractions similar to the style of the artist.