New Art students were introduced to the Art Room and a new Visual Arts class with the question of "What is Art?" via a writing activity and small group and whole group discussion. We read about and discussed IB Attributes and how they relate to Art Learning and Art Room Behavior Expectations. Young artists were introduced to the Elements & Principles of Art via an interactive slideshow and whole group discussion: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/124130533455807431/
This week students found the surface area of three-dimensional objects whose surface area is composed of triangles and quadrilaterals. They use polyhedron nets to understand that surface area is simply the sum of the area of the lateral faces and the area of the bases. They also found the surface area of three-dimensional objects whose surface area is composed of triangles and quadrilaterals, specifically focusing on pyramids. Then students used the known formula for the volume of a right rectangular prism (length x width x height). They understand the volume of a right prism to be the area of the base times the height and then computed volumes of right prisms involving fractional values for length. Students used the formula for the volume of a right rectangular prism to answer questions about the capacity of tanks. For additional extensions and videos here are some websites:
Fitness/Health with Mrs. Stelzner
Welcome new students! I am looking forward to getting to know my new group of learners this semester. Based on this week, I can tell that we are going to have some amazing, in depth discussions! This week provided an introduction into what we will be covering for the semester. We focused on the three sides of the health triangle. When we focus on being 'healthy', we aren't just focusing on our physical self. We also take into consideration our social self and our mental/emotional self.
Within the lesson, students learned that they will be studying about a multitude of topics- all to be studied as a continuation in 8th grade. The topics we plan on covering are personal injury/safety prevention (peer relationship), substance use and abuse focusing on the effects of the brain, substance use and abuse focusing on the US vs. other countries, body systems, communicable diseases, human growth and development, and nutrition.
In fitness, students learned the correct biomechanics of a squat and a push-up. Once we have learned the correct biomechanics of a multitude of basic maneuvers, we will be able to combine them for workouts such as endurance, strength, and HIIT (high intensity interval training). Please make sure that on the fitness days, you are dressed in the appropriate fitness clothing and shoes. It's difficult to do a squat in skinny jeans!
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
What evidence suggests that the Earth’s climate is changing? What factors contribute to planetary climate? These are two of the questions that students began investigating this week. Students learned about the island nation Kiribati and how rising sea levels have caused the government to implement a plan to move all 110,000 citizens to other countries. Students also explored this animation of the changes documented in Arctic sea ice over the past 40 years. In order to be able to make inferences about how different gases might impact climate, students began creating a graph of the thermal structure of Earth’s atmosphere. This graph will be used to ask questions and make inferences about how different gases absorb, reflect and/or emit electromagnetic radiation. Students will complete the graphs next week.
Check out the resources below to extend your knowledge.
State of the Cryosphere (ice sphere)
Plant growth and climate change ( a positive note!)
Himalayas Video from class
Audubon Climate Report (birds)
Sea Surface Temperature and Hurricanes Video
Astronomy with Mrs. Gnojewski
Constellations, Messier Objects and Exoplanets!
We kicked off exploratory by investigating some of the constellations that are visible in the Northern Hemisphere sky. Students were assigned a constellation to research and present to the class. As part of this activity, students created their own mythology to accompany their constellation. I was impressed by the creativity students displayed in their stories. In addition, students learned about the Messier catalog and researched some Messier objects near their constellation. Finally, students learned about the Kepler's mission 1000th exoplanet. Check out the resources below to learn more. Next week students will begin working on a team research project.
Northern Hemisphere Constellations
NASA's Super COOL exoplanet explorer page
Medieval Times and The Renaissance with Mrs. Axtman
This week we began studying what kicked off the Middle Ages-The Fall of the Roman Empire! Students have been analyzing different theories as to what caused the empire to fail, and are stretching their thinking to connect it with a modern day issue in the United States...HIGHER ORDER THINKING SKILLS! Next week we will dive into the middle ages...and another play: Shakespeare Unshackled!