This week students continued to work on making detailed inferences based on both qualitative and quantitative observations. On Tuesday, students were challenged with analyzing patterns on a paper cube in order to create a logical inference based on their observations. We will complete "the cube" activity next Tuesday. On September 10 students will demonstrate their knowledge by taking a summative assessment over observations and inferences. Click here for a short video that reviews observations and inferences.
English with Mrs. Shebley
In class this week, we continued our practice of annotation by working on the literacy strategy of selective highlighting. Students learned how to selectively highlight the central ideas in an article and use these ideas to create a summary. Students independently read and annotated this article from National Geographic and filled out this summary sheet as a formative assessment. We will continue practicing the skills of annotation and summary-writing in the weeks to come.
Students also spent time in class preparing for their first spelling summative. This will be happening on Tuesday, September 9th. In order for students to participate in our in-class summative, they must complete their formative spelling practice. Directions for this practice can be found here.
Students: If you forgot your spelling list at school, here is a copy of that list! :)
Math with Mrs. Axtman
This week in math class was all about decimals. Students have been working on two different learning targets: Multiplying and dividing by multiples and powers of 10 & Rounding decimals and si. They looked for patterns on the place value chart.
World Geography with Mrs. Shebley
Our geographers studied the theme of "Place" this week by learning about and taking notes on the different types of physical features. We also discussed the difference between climate and weather and studied concepts related to the two. To promote our understanding of "Human/Environment Interactions," our class became environmental explorers and took a walking field trip to Warm Springs Park to help Mrs. Gnojewski's class pull weeds and update the area.
Students' interactive notebooks are expected to be completely up-to-date by Wednesday, September 10th. I will be conducting an interactive notebook check at that time. (As long as students have been attending class, participating in activities, and maintaining their notebooks, they will be good to go!)
Here is the article on biomes to use when taking notes for Tuesday's field trip.
Design with Ms. Newstadt
Artists have been working with various Elements of Design including line, shape, form, space, texture, and value in class. After experimenting with various shading techniques including hatching, cross-hatching, stippling,and blending, students drew and shaded 2D circles (shapes) as 3D spheres (forms) concentrating on their blending technique. They first used a compass to draw circles, creating an interesting design using only one shape (filling the entire page with circles of various sizes, often overlapping and/or running off the edge of the paper). After choosing a light source, students shaded the circles with pencil and stomps using graded value, going from light to dark away from the light to make the circles look 3D before mounting the final piece of artwork on large black paper.
Naturalist with Mrs. Gnojewski
Young naturalists have been learning about sound mapping, diagrammatic drawing, trees and common Idaho birds. Students will be expected to be able to identify twenty common Boise area birds by the end of the sixth week exploratory class. Click here for the set of slides with images of the birds. Bird sounds, along with a wealth of fascinating information about birds can be found at www.allaboutbirds.org. Students spent time on Tuesday and Wednesday exploring Warm Springs Park. Sage has officially adopted this park (between the Natatorium and the Boise River) through Boise Parks and Recreation. Sage students will have opportunities to periodically perform routine maintenance at this park throughout the school year.
French with Madame Zahn
This week in French we have been discussing the idea of formal and informal when it comes to language and gestures. We set up our interactive notebooks last week and defined some common greetings in French. This week we practiced those greetings with each other in both formal and informal role plays. The students were very enthusiastic and open-minded about la bise, the kiss on the cheek that French people use when greeting each other informally! Way to be IB, sixth graders!