During the past two weeks in French, we finished up our unit on greetings and took our first summative assessment on Thursday. In preparation for the summative, we went over a written cultural assessment we had done previously and also did a practice listening assessment that we corrected in class. We also received a handout on gestures that we will continue to discuss next week. Finally, if you were absent for the assessment you must see me next week to arrange a time to make it up. Remember that I do not have normal office hours and am only available in the mornings.
English with Mrs. Shebley
This week in English, students continued reading A Long Walk to Water.
1) Here are the reading comprehension questions students answered for Chapters 9 and 10.
2) Here are the activities for Chapter 11 through the end of the book. (Students also took this formative reading quiz over the week's reading.)
On Tuesday, October 21st, students will have a summative reading quiz over our class text, A Long Walk to Water. Students must have all formative reading assignments completed in order to take this summative test. This is to ensure students' success on our in class summative.
Our class also reviewed compound sentences and coordinating, "FANBOYS" conjunctions. Here is the handout students completed in class. Students, please see the additional resources below for extra practice!
World Geography with Mrs. Shebley
This week, World Geography was all about maps! Students took notes on this map features presentation and created a map of our classroom. Students also learned about several different map projections and took notes on these in class. These notes were used in a group activity where students assumed the role of a "Cartography Firm" to select the appropriate map projection for their client.
Lastly, we reviewed the continents and oceans of the world, and students labelled these on their own world map. Next week, we will begin our study of "Place!" :)
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
What a whirlwind of a week! On Monday, students began gathering data about the permeability of a simulated aquifer. The level of diligence in data collection, materials management and cleaning up at the end of class among the students was incredible. I was so proud of how principled they were throughout the entire process. We will complete data collection this Monday. On Wednesday, students toured the Marden Lane drinking water treatment facility. Did you know that Boise uses approximately three times more water in summer than winter? Learn more about your drinking water by following this link https://www.unitedwater.com/idaho/water.aspx . Here are a few additional resources to explore groundwater and the water cycle.
Groundwater motion simulation
Naturalist with Mrs. Gnojewski
This week the students explored properties of wetlands. On Tuesday, we walked over to Warm Springs Park to meet with Ann DeBolt from the Idaho Botanical Garden. Ann has a special connection to Warm Springs Park which she shared with the students along with teaching them about the plants and animals commonly found in wetlands. On Thursday, students explored the "vacant" field next to the school to identify invasive weeds. Among the species identified were Cheat grass, Medusa Head grass, Curly-cup Gum Weed and Rush Skeleton Weed. To learn more about noxious weeds in Idaho follow this link.
Fitness with Mrs. Stelzner
After weeks of working on proper technique of squats, lunges, push-ups, planks, and our dynamic warm ups, we are finally able to put things together for total body workouts! This week, we completed our dynamic warm up, 2x25 yards front and back lunges, 3x10 squats, upper body endurance work with relays that included movements such as backwards bear crawl and cartwheels. We also worked on lateral agility skills to help strengthen the knees to avoid injury to the knee.
The fall weather is beautiful, but can also be a little iffy at times. We will be outside regardless of the weather. Please make sure your child is paying attention to the weather and is dressing accordingly. Also, there are kiddos showing up in flip flops or sandals to participate in fitness. To be safe, they need to wear proper athletic footwear on fitness days. Their fitness days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Math with Mrs. Axtman
We are so close to mastering fractions! This week was all about building a solid foundation for our next and final fraction skill-dividing fractions by fractions! We have been applying our knowledge of all things fractions into a project called Amateur Architect! This project allows the students to put fractions and measurement skills into a context to construct a 2D house made entirely of math problems. The kids are really enjoying this hands-on math!
We have also implemented our math workshop model full time!
Within the class we have 4 rotations, two per day, to be completed in two days!
Rotations are as follows
Math Facts-where students can practice past skills to not only keep those skills fresh, but to also fill gaps they might have.
At your seat-where students work independently on practice on skills we are currently covering in class.
Teacher's Choice-which is exactly that, teacher's choice! Depending on the group, we might be doing a small group lesson, having conferences, learning a new concept, or practicing a skill!
Hands On-where students get hands-on practice at math skills, usually through a game, task cards, or project.
...and the rotation acronym is M.A.T.H....how clever is that :-)
The students are I are working extremely hard to make this a successful model that we can continue to keep doing in the math classroom. Using this model, students need to be diligent about completing their work at independent stations, and need to be organized and structured so that the rotations run smoothly. This week went pretty well, and I know we will all get better and better.
As I am sure you are familiar, math is an area where we all truly bring a wide array of abilities to the table, I feel that this model will help me better meet the needs of each student, rather than giving the same lesson to the entire class, not leaving much time to fill gaps if needed. This model will allow time to not only keep up with the 6th grade math demands, but also to fill in gaps or do enrichment projects, whatever the needs may be.
The students also know that I am keeping track daily of behaviors and recording what I see, even while I am running the "Teacher's Choice" group. They have the potential to either earn a + or a - for the day. If your student acts as expected and completes the week's tasks, then you can expect a positive email from me at the end of the week letting you know that they had a great week-I really love focusing my Fridays on recognizing the good that I am seeing throughout the week in math!
As always, it's best to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions about the new workshops!
French with Madame Zahn
We have finished up our unit on greetings and have taken our first summative assessment (Thur.). Those of you who were absent for the assessment must talk to me next week to arrange a time to make it up. In preparation for the summative, we went over a cultural formative assessment that we had done previously and did a practice listening assessment for the greeting vocabulary. We also received a handout last week about other gestures in the French language and will continue to discuss this next week.
Visual Arts Design with Ms. Newstadt
Design students have each chosen an artist to explore and study during the remainder of the semester. This week we created Artist Bio Poems to get to know the artists and their work using the following format:
Line 1: First Name
Line 2: 3-4 adjectives that describe the person or their artwork
Line 3: Important artwork (title)
Line 4: 2-3 things, people, or ideas that the person loved to show in artwork
Line 5: 3 feelings the person experienced or showed in his/her artwork
Line 6: 3 fears the person experienced
Line 7: Accomplishments
Line 8: 2-3 things the person wanted to see happen or wanted to experience
Line 9: His or her residence
Line 10: Last Name
Students shared their rough drafts aloud with classmates, and each poem was received positively. Typed and centered final drafts are to be turned in next week with an example of an important artist’s work pasted below. Each poem will be copied and gathered into a ‘’class” poetry book, and students are creating their own artist collection books for review at semester’s end.
Design students continue to explore the elements and principles of art by creating their own texture creatures.