This week in English, our class wrapped up our "What is Courage?" unit. Students had an in-class discussion on ideas from our unit's Anticipation Guide, as they completed the "After Reading" section on this handout. Students' conversations reflected open-mindedness and their reflectiveness for ideas in our unit. Our class also watched the documentary The Whale and reflected on the courage of individuals in the documentary, as well as made connections to other ideas in our unit. In addition, students completed practice ISAT problems in preparation for our ELA ISAT. This was to help familiarize students with the format of the test and help prepare them to be confident test takers of this test. I was very proud of their hard work this week! :)
Students are continuing to produce amazing results from their workouts! The workouts are not easy and I truly appreciate the effort they are putting forth. They are getting stronger everyday; physically and mentally.
In health, we are continuing the reading of Chew On This. We have learned about the advertising and marketing schemes that fast food restaurants use on children and had a class discussion on whether or not that was right or not.
We also are learning the secret to french fries! From the fields of potatoes to the carton of fries you get at a restaurant...what happens during the entire process?
Science with Stelzner
This week, students continued their quest in finding the story of Earth and finished their brochures on the Paleozoic Era, Mesozoic Era, and Cenozoic Era. We are switching gears from Relative time to Absolute time...how do scientists know the exact dates of fossils from hundreds of thousands of years ago?
This is a great starting point for our next discussions!
Math with Axtman
This week students learned all about volume of rectangular prisms in geometry. Students learned how to use the dimensions of a rectangular prism to find the amount of space inside, and then related this to real-world examples (ask your student about the banana bread problem)! Students also learned how to graph a polygon on a coordinate plane, and find the area by decomposing the irregular shape into rectangles and triangles. Students will wrap up geometry next week and will get their summative exam on Wednesday, May 4th. This test will be a take-home exam, and students will be given more information about it next week!
Also, ISAT tests are going on right now at Sage. We will be doing practice problems in class next week to help students become familiar with the format. Our Math ISAT is May 5th at 8:50, and our Math Performance Task ISAT is May 10th at 10:50. I have confidence that they will do great!
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
Garden Work Party: This Sunday, May 1 from 10 -11 am
Audubon Society Bird Walk: Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve 10 -12 Sunday, May 15th
Learning Goal: I can explain the concept of half-life of a radioactive material
Radioactive Decay? Half-life? The students have been investigating the properties of radioactive materials in order to understand how scientists determine the absolute ages of rock and minerals. Students used licorice as a means to model the breakdown of a sample of radioactive material over time. On Wednesday, students moved from licorice to pennies as a model of the radioactive decay of atoms. Next week students will wrap up this unit by completing the lab and begin our investigation into plate tectonics.
Half Life and Radioactive Decay
Radioactive Decay Explained
Visual Art with Ms. Newstadt
6th Grade artists have been comparing the artwork and style of artist Miriam Schapiro with that of artist Keith Haring! We have been discussing the ideas of symbolism and semiotics in art.
Field Trip, Boise Art Museum, Tuesday, May 3, 11:15am-1:15pm., to view Adonna Khare's wonderful and wild animal drawings~please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to chaperone. Thanks!