English with Mrs. Shebley
Upcoming Due Dates:
Letter to the Editor Rough Draft - Due Monday, May 23rd
Literature Circle Role #3 - Due Thursday, May 26th
This week in English, students began drafting their Letter to the Editor. This has been an opportunity for students to apply the detailed paragraph formula in a new way. For this, students were able to self-select an article based on a topic of interest, and their letters were written in response to ideas presented in their chosen article. Our class spent time browsing recent articles from The Idaho Statesman. Students used this template to create their rough drafts, and here is the student model our class looked at for ideas. The rough draft of the letter to the editor is due on Monday, May 23rd. Students will meet with me next week to receive feedback on their writing and discuss their next steps before creating their final drafts. Here is the rubric that students will be summatively assessed on in this final draft.
Our class also spent time reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Students met in their Literature Circle groups to discuss Reading Assignment #2 (Chapter 4 & 5 of the text) and review their individual roles. Next Thursday, May 26th, students will meet again to discuss chapter 6, 7, & 8 of the text.
Visual Art with Ms. Newstadt
Students finished up their Keith Haring inspired tempera paintings, which intend to raise awareness about an issue through semiotics. Students have been participating in critiques to describe, analyze, interpret, judge, and reflect upon their art and the artwork of others. We are exploring 3D figures in paper mache which use color to reflect the mood of the gesture.
Math with Mrs. Axtman
This week was all about the box-and-whisker plot. Students learned how to make box-and-whisker plots, and practiced calculating the different measures of center with many different kinds of data that they had to collect. Ask you kiddo about the fun stations they had in math this week! Next week, students will learn about Mean Absolute Deviation, and will design their own (group) statistical question to test. We will resume Thursday Quizzes this coming week, and students will need to be able to create a box-and-whisker plot, and calculate mean, median, mode, and range on their own by Thursday! This will count as a formative score.
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
Learning Goals: I can explain how at least three new technologies provided evidence for the movement and existence of tectonic plates.
I can explain three pieces of evidence that support the theory of plate tectonics.
This week the students investigated how sonar, magnetometers and seismometers provided evidence that the Earth is broken into several different tectonic plates that slowly move around Earth’s surface. Students modeled the process of seafloor spreading. This process forms new basaltic crust on the ocean floor. In addition, students explored how patterns in magnetism, age of the seafloor, volcanoes, earthquakes and mountain ranges all lend support to the theory of plate tectonics. Finally, students learned about some of the more hazardous volcanoes across the globe including the Yellowstone hotspot and Mt. Vesuvius.
Explore Plate Tectonics
Community Event: Join us this Sunday, May 22nd from 10am - noon in the garden behind the K-2 building. We will be pulling weeds, moving rock and soil, planting and setting the boxes for the barefoot walking path. Bring tools (some will be available), gloves and water. Hope to see you there.