6th Grade artists finished up their Elements of Art summative projects and took a small post test to further assess their understanding of these concepts. I noticed via this formative assessment that they need to expand their understanding of texture and color mixing, so we will be experimenting with further lessons in these areas in the coming weeks.
We will be visiting the Boise Art Museum from 11:15am-1:15pm on Tuesday, October 20, to further explore the Elements of Art & Design. Students do not need to bring anything special with them except for their lunches. They will not miss any other classes to take part in this activity. Thank you to Deborah Nelson, Kerry Marshall, and Ligaya Welsh for agreeing to chaperone our trip! We still have room for one more! Email email@example.com if you are interested in joining us next Tuesday at BAM.
English with Mrs. Shebley
This week in English, students completed the rough drafts of their detailed paragraphs, which focused on creating an argument for their selected world water issue. Our class looked at student models and discussed what made these strong examples, as well as what the anonymous students could improve upon. This discussion was to help students make better informed decisions in the writing of their own detailed paragraph. After, students met with partners in class to receive advice and feedback to improve their own writing. After this revision and editing, students wrote a final draft of their detailed paragraph.
Our class also began our new unit, which focuses on the essential question: Why is education important? Our central text for this new unit will be the young reader's edition of I Am Malala. Here is the anticipation guide for our new unit, which students completed independently in class. On Thursday, students completed a See-Think-Wonder activity with various nonfiction sources including articles, photographs, and videos in class. I have listed a few of these resources below for students to review and to find additional information to extend their learning this weekend. :)
- Schools Around the World Powerpoint
- Neeraj - India
- Night School - India
- Nananvi - Benin, Africa
- School in Benin, Africa
Math with Mrs. Axtman
Standard: Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions.
This week students worked in their workshop groups to extend their knowledge of fractions, as well as review past concepts. Students played a game that helped them model addition and subtraction of fractions, as well as Fractionopoly, that helped them practice all four operations with fractions. Purple and Green workshop groups also started their fraction project, "Fraction Architecture". Next week students will continue with fractions, as well as converting between fractions, percents, and decimals.
Please encourage your student to use Khan Academy a couple times a week to further progress their math skills!
Here is a great video to help students model multiplication and division of fractions.
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
Standard: Create a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by the sun and gravity.
***Reminder, 6th grade field trip to Celebration Park coming up Wednesday, Oct. 21
The smoke caused a bit of a change in plans this week. Unfortunately, the students were not able to sample macro invertebrates in the river due to the air quality. In order to collect the data need to wrap up the testing, I was able to collect a sample before class. The students worked in groups to identify the different species collected. Through this process, the students identified a wide variety of organisms which seems to suggest the water quality in the Boise River is relatively good. In addition to wrapping up our data collection, students started learning about groundwater. Seventy percent of the water used in Boise area households comes from groundwater. On Wednesday, Cindy Busche from the Boise Watershed visited with a groundwater model. Students learned about ways in which groundwater and become polluted and created model aquifers. A few of the vocabulary terms we discussed this week were porosity, permeability, groundwater, infiltration and aquifer. Students will be working on a summative assessment over creating a data table, constructing a graph and writing conclusion and evaluation sections of a lab report next week. These assessments will be due on Thursday, October 22. Here is a link to the assessment instructions.
Here are some resources to learn more about water:
Snake River Plain Aquifer
Water Use in Idaho
Ogallala Aquifer Water Decreasing
Decline of aquifers around globe from NASA
**Field trip to Celebration Park: Wednesday, Oct. 21!
This week in science, students worked on compiling their results of the macroinvertebrate collection from the Boise River. They will use this data, in addition to their chemical and physical testing of the river for their summative assessment. Their summative assessment will consist of the following sections of a lab report: data (graph), data analysis, conclusion, and evaluation. Most of them should have them this weekend that they are continuing to work on.
On Wednesday, we had a guest speaker talk to us about aquifers. The students learned the difference between a confined and unconfined aquifer and also were able to make a model of an aquifer using a layer of aquitard! An aquitard is a layer of ground that lacks significant permeability and therefore provides little water transport.
Due to the poor air quality, we had health every day this week. Next week we will have PE every day.
In health this week, we started the book, Chew On This. They have read how fast food got its start, what working conditions are like in a fast food restaurant, and how large corporate companies market to children. Next up: The Secret of the Fries!