All NEW art students will need a visual arts process journal (sketchbook) measuring 9" x 12". Book bound or spiral non-perforated paper journals work best. Please see photos below...we found these at Fred Meyer (red ones under $5 each/black or green ones under $10 each). Thank you!
A. Knowing & Understanding
B. Developing Skills
C. Thinking Creatively
To show personal responsibility with these objectives, students will be keeping a visual arts process journal. This is a record of their own progress, kept by them, and will be a crucial, fundamental part of the art curriculum.
The visual art process journal is a continual document that students will use to show their thought processes and ideas over the course of the trimester. It will be a way for them to reflect on their growth in art, and it will also be used as a basis for grading. For the best grade, students must show evidence of all four objectives by the end of each term. During this first week of art class, we will be learning how to use these wonderful tools properly.
This week we are working on the following objectives: Know and understand the basics to Visual Note-taking & Hand-lettering, and Develop the skills necessary to organize the VAPJ and complete full and interesting exploration pages.
Each page needs a title (see capital letters below) and a page #.
Page 1: NAME/IDENTITY PAGE. Skip for now...You will complete a page with your name and identity after completing pages 3 and 4.
Page 2: TABLE OF CONTENTS. Students glued in a table and labeled Page #, Title, Date, Teacher using creative font.
Pages 3 (Back of page 2) & 4: HANDLETTERING EXPERIMENTATION. Students viewed these videos and practiced these design skill sets in your Visual Arts Process Journals.
Intro to Hand Lettering
Hand Lettering Step by Step
Hand Lettering Accents
Page 5: DOG. Students practiced drawing a dog based on this tutorial. Dog Tutorial Hints: Draw the dog lightly with pencil to fill at least 90% of your page. You may erase guidelines and add details, fur, collar, etc., as you wish. Now add color (paint, marker, colored pencils, etc.), texture (drawing, collage, found objects, etc.), and text (perhaps write a story about a dog or a favorite dog quote around the dog) to complete a full page mixed-media composition.
Field Trip! 6th Grade Art Students are scheduled to visit the Boise Art Museum for a class field trip on Tuesday, December 8, from 11:15am-1:15pm. Students analyze the mathematical and scientific applications of origami in the exhibition Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami. In the BAM studios, students transform a single piece of paper into a folded work of art. Students will actively participate in the experience discussing the artwork, using art vocabulary, and making meaningful, personal connections. Please email me directly (email@example.com) if you are interested in joining us as a chaperone. Students will miss some other class period(s), and they will need to make up all classwork for the portion of class(es) missed. Thank you!
English with Mrs. Shebley
This week in English, students continued working on their narrative rough drafts. Our class discussed figurative language and looked at these videos as examples. We also worked on incorporating descriptive language into our writing, using these examples as a basis for discussion. Lastly, our class looked at narrative models and discussed different ways to organize the content of our stories. Students practiced incorporating transitional narrative words and phrases into their writing, as well. On Thursday, students met with partners for in-class feedback. They were able to use this success criteria checklist to help guide their feedback on the areas they desired feedback.
Students will have next Monday, December 7th in class to work on the final draft of their stories. The final deadline for their final draft is Monday, December 14th. Students may turn it in sooner, if they finish it early.
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
NGSS Standard: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells: either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
Words Worth Knowing: cellular respiration, cell, mitochondrion
Week in Review: Students wrapped up their search for life in simulated Martian samples. Some students were able to discover that yeast was present in sample A. Excellent work using your scientific inquiry skills! Lab conclusions (see outline below) and data must be turned in by Monday. On Thursday, students began exploring different types of cells by analyzing differences between prokaryotic cells and eukaryotic cells. Students learned that bacteria are single celled organisms called prokaryotes. Plants and animals are made up of eukaryotic cells. Next week, students will create slides of different materials in order to identify organelles.
Lab Conclusion Outline
Sentence 1: Was your hypothesis rejected or confirmed? (NOT PROVEN)
Sentences 2 - 4: Explain the data that supports your claim about your hypothesis. What did you observe (or not observe) during your experiment? How does this relate to the characteristics of life?
Sentence 5... on: Make connections to other discussions, readings, videos etc in class.
Learn more by following these links.
Methane on Mars
Tour inside a cell
Were mitochondria and chloroplasts once bacteria?
How cells divide (Mitosis)
How cells divide (Meiosis)
Math with Mrs. Axtman
This week students studied coordinate planes. Students learned how to graph a point and label all parts of a coordinate plane, how to reflect across the x- and y-axis, and also how to rotate a point(s) on a coordinate plane.
Next week, students will learn how to multiply and divide positive and negative numbers.
Please use Khan Academy to review these concepts if needed, or to preview what's coming up! Students will not only need to know how to multiply and divide positive and negative numbers, but be able to prove it using reasoning and properties of mathematics!
Welcome to a new trimester! These 12 weeks, we will be learning three contents in one class; fitness, PE, and health. We will work on a three week rotation beginning first with PE followed with fitness/health. PE will consist of walking a minimum of 2 miles daily plus participating in team sports (ultimate frisbee and speed ball) in which certain skills will be assessed and the students will have an opportunity to show their inventive side by making up games that they will teach to the class. More info on fitness/health to come after Holiday break. Please make sure that you are prepared to be outside daily in snow, rain, or shine!
This trimester had an awesome start as we had a field trip the first day to BSU to learn badminton. The future-teacher-Kinesiology-majors at BSU are doing a great job teaching the skill set needed for badminton. The groups are 2 teachers per 4 students so there is lots of one-on-one help. The students are having a blast. Next week will be our final week at BSU.
Continuing with our quest to look for characteristics of life, students had a lab this week in which they were to study two "samples from Mars." They designed an experiment to use their expert knowledge to test for the presence of life in each sample. We will finish our experiment on Monday and will write up our conclusions on Monday. Next week, we will be moving onto cells.
WWK for this week: Mrs. Gren (you should have this memorized), system
Lab Assessment Criterion: Cii- Interpret data and outline results using scientific reasoning. Ciii- Discuss prediction based on the outcome of an experiment.