This week in English, we continued working on the skill of creating a coherent detailed paragraph. (Please see last week's post for directions and examples of what this type of writing looks like.) Students wrote their second detailed paragraph on this topic, and we discussed how to create s strong thesis for our writing. Students used a graphic organizer or color-coded their detailed paragraphs to ensure that all of the required components were there. On Thursday, students met with partners in class to receive feedback on their detailed paragraphs. In addition, students finished reading A Long Walk to Water. For students who were unable to complete the reading in class, the book needs to be finished by Monday, September 14th.
Students will have their first summative assessment in English on Monday, September 14th. Here are the objectives and success criteria for this assignment, which will require students to create a detailed paragraph of their own in class. To prepare for this, students can review class resources and the feedback they have received on their writing so far. They will also be able to use all of these resources on Monday for the summative. I have held Detailed Paragraph support during Sage Time this week, as well.
Students: To continue learning over the long weekend, here are extension links related to our unit of study :here is a great resource to use when practicing spelling. Click here to go to Spelling City ---another fun resource to practice spelling words.
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
Summative Assessment on Thursday, September 17th. Be sure to review observations, inferences, qualitative, quantitative, independent variables, dependent variables, theories, constants and hypotheses.
Objective: Outline how to manipulate the variables and design a scientific experiment
On Monday, scientists made edits and additions to their papers analyzing the paper cube. This summative assessment addresses the ability of students to logically construct a scientific argument using sufficient evidence. Students will receive their papers back with feedback on Monday. Learners also explored how independent, dependent and controlled variables differ from one another. This link contains some practice problems to help with identify variables. Students will continue to practice with variables next week. Finally, students used their knowledge about writing hypotheses and identifying variables in order to begin designing their first science experiment. The experimental design process will be completed on Monday, with the experiments being completed on Tuesday next week.
In addition to the in class learning, Sage students had the unique opportunity to participate in the construction of a small wetland behind the K-2 building at Sage. This wetland will serve as a learning space in the future. I was so impressed by how principled the students were as the moved rocks, and shaped the wetland with shovels and rakes. What a great group of kids!
Our bird of the week this week was the black-billed magpie. Follow this link to learn more about this beautiful bird.
Math with Mrs. Axtman
This week students applied what they know about decimals and operations with decimals to problem solve a real-world problem.
Health/PE with Michelotti-Stelzner
For the next two weeks, students have an amazing opportunity! We are traveling to BSU on Mondays and Wednesdays to learn tennis from BSU's Kinesiology majors. The students are in groups of 4 with two BSU students per group and it has been fantastic to see all of the progress within the small groups! The are representing Sage well, being cognizant of the IB Attributes even when off campus. We will pick back up with health class after tennis.
Our first scientific experiment is in the books! This week, my scientists designed their own scientific experiment, set up the procedures, and completed it. They started their lab report and will be able to peer-edit it next week prior to turning it in.
We were also lucky enough to help construct the base of the wetlands area in the back of the little Sage building. The students learned what a wetlands is, what the importance of having a wetlands is and what native animals would begin to show up.
Students cooperatively used only black paint to create a value scale on white paper, moving from light to dark. Their respectful communication with one another was a key component of the activity. Voila!
Art with Ms. Newstadt
6th Grade artists continue their study of the Elements of Art, specifically Value, Space, and Shape/Form through activities in painting and drawing. Please come down and see their cooperative Value painting displayed in front of the art room (on our fancy and newly installed wire display system)! Students have also been practicing using a compass and working on their shading skills (hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, and blending), turning circles (2D shapes) into spheres (3D forms) with graphite and pencil.