This week in English, students finished reading I Am Malala. In addition to reading, students also completed Reading Assignment #4. This assignment is due Monday, November 16th, in preparation for our comprehension summative. Students will be assessed on their knowledge of the content of this on Wednesday, November 16th.
In addition, our class discussed dialogue and point of view in narrative writing, and students selected the point of view from which their narrative will be told. Students practiced formatting dialogue to include in their stories. Here is the story map template students completed in class, and here is the assignment sheet for this project. The rough draft will be due for in-class peer feedback on Thursday, December 3rd. We will continue to work on our narratives next week in class.
Here are a few creative writing resources for students to use this weekend when working on their narratives!
This week marked the end of our exploration into water resources and the water cycle. Students completed an interdisciplinary assessment that involved investigating water issues that face communities across the globe. The assessments were turned in on Thursday this week. I was so impressed by the effort students put into these projects. Many of the projects will be hanging on the walls in the middle school section of the building. Stop by and check them out! On Tuesday, Vicky Runnoe from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game visited our class along with Fiona, an American Kestrel. Students learned about characteristics of birds that make them unique.
Our next unit will delve into the relationship between form and function in living systems and explore how the environment impacts the growth and development of living systems. On Thursday students had a brief introduction to the unit by creating working definitions of systems and learning a bit about the microorganisms that help humans survive.
Here are a couple of links to keep you thinking:
Our week was filled with wonderful presentations. All students had the opportunity to deliver their researched issues and solutions to a water issue throughout the world. The opportunity to stand up and present their ideas verbally is just one of the many ways of presenting researched information for scientists.
Coming up next, we are moving into Biology. Living or non-living...That is the question! In elementary, students understand living things have basic needs such as food, water, and air. They focus on the life functions they can see such as eating, drinking, breathing, growing, and moving. In middle school, students need to investigate and realize that all living things are composed of cells and that the many life processes they know take place at the cellular level.
Health with Stelzner
This past week we finished our chapter, Meat, in the book, Chew On This. The chapter was a chapter that definitely tiptoed on the ethical side and made the students think where their food comes from. A question proposed to them is, What are some of the environmental consequences of the way our food is produced today and do you feel the fast food industry is responsible for them?
They will finish the book and have their summative this week.
Next week will be my last week with this group of students. From health, they will go to Art for the next 12 week trimester.
Math with Mrs. Axtman
This week the students continued their work with rational numbers by learning how to convert between decimals, percents, and fractions. This ended with a formative quiz where students were asked to place 6 rational numbers in order from least to greatest, and place them on a number line. Students also learned about absolute value.
Next week, students will begin their learning with operations with positive and negative numbers.
Great reviews of all of these topics can be found on Khan Academy!