Upcoming Due Dates:
Narrative Rough Draft - Due Monday, April 11th (To be on track, 250 words need to be finished by Monday, 4/4)
Narrative Final Draft - Due Monday, April 25th
This week in English, students completed Reading Assignment #3 in preparation for our summative over Chapters 1-15 of the book. This summative took place in class on Wednesday of this week. (Please check Skyward in the coming days to see these summative scores!)
We continued reading the book together as a class. Next week, students will continue reading, as well as practice "close-reading" to enforce their skills as text annotators. In addition, students watched this short film and our class discussed America's involvement in World War II, as well as the events that led to the end of the war. (In Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne's family is leaving the camp, as the camps are closing because the war has ended.)
Extension Links for Narrative Research:
PBS - The War
From Citizen to Enemy
Visual Art with Ms. Newstadt
Students finished up their dog compositions in their Visual Arts Process Journals this week, utilizing a minimum of two media (other than pencil) and text. They added various design elements to make the work their own. The results have been amazing. I am always so pleased to see how each student receives the same information in class and yet makes an innovative work of art unlike that of anyone else!
As students continue to become familiar and comfortable with working in a "sketchbook", I have been introducing them to different styles and formats for expression. This week we learned about Vignettes (sometimes referred to as thumbnails). Students chose "Goldilocks" images (not too small, not too large, but "just right" for the space) from magazines to incorporate into each of 9 smaller sections on a page before they added a narrative context element to the image using just contour line with pencil or black marker. Students will be asked to respond to their work and the work of others on Thursday via preliminary critique writing which will prepare them for writing artist statements. Students will describe, analyze, interpret, and judge the work of others before reflecting on their own work using the feedback they receive. Students will also participate in a peer review of Visual Arts Process Journals to provide formative feedback to others and allow them to see what their peers are creating. The focus this week is on the ATL skill of Organization.
***Open note summative on Wednesday, April 6. Relative time and fossils.
Learning Target: I can explain how fossils provide evidence for past life and environments on Earth.
The weeks have been flying by, literally. This week we were visited by Monte Tish and his Golden Eagle “Slim”. Monte acquired slim after she had been taken illegally from the wild. As a raptor rehabilitator, Monte was able to nurse Slim back to health and now uses her as an education bird to teach students about raptors. In the classroom, students continued to explore ways scientists “tell the story” of Earth through fossils. Students were able to get their hands on several different fossils including amber, petrified wood and trilobites. Students will complete the fossil lab on Monday. There are a few spots remaining for our optional field trip to the Intermountain Bird Observatory’s River site along the Boise River. We will be assisting biologists with banding and releasing song birds. Please let me know if your child is interesting in participating. The trip is free and will take place from 9am - 11am.
Links to Explore
Explore Geologic Time_
Interactive Geologic Timeline
Tour Through Geologic Time
Fascinating Interactive Tour of Geologic Time
This week, students took a summative exam over Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities. Look for updated summative scores in Skyward this week-this test consisted of 5 different scores. On Tuesday, we began our unit on geometry, learning about area and surface area. Through our activities, students have discovered the formulas for finding area of quadrilaterals and triangles, and are using that knowledge to find area of irregular shapes. This coming week, we will move on to more with surface area and volume. Our Thursday quiz this week will be over division of decimals! Please, use Khan Academy for review and to work ahead!