This week students use a triangle correspondence to recognize when two triangles match identically. They also use notation to denote a triangle correspondence and use the triangle correspondence to talk about corresponding angles and sides. Students are able to label equal angles and sides of triangles with multiple arcs or tic marks.
Students understand that two triangles are identical if corresponding sides are equal under some correspondence; two sides and an included angle of a triangle determine a unique triangle. They understand that two triangles are identical if two pairs of corresponding angels and one pair of corresponding sides are equal under some correspondence; two angle measurements and a given side length of a triangle determine a unique triangle. Students understand that the two angles and any side condition can be separated into two conditions: (1) the two angles and included side condition and (2) the two angles and the side opposite a given angle condition.
They understand that three given lengths determine a triangle, provided the largest length is less than the sum of the other two lengths; otherwise no triangle can be formed. They also understand that if two side lengths of a triangle are given, then the third side length must be between the difference and the sum of the first two side lengths. Students then understand that two angle measurements determine many triangles, provided the angle sum is less than 180; otherwise, no triangle can be formed. Lastly, students construct viable arguments to explain why the given information can or cannot give a triangle correspondence between identical triangles.
Fitness/Health with Mrs. Stelzner
Fitness: The first workout of the week was 10 rounds of a 70 meter sprint and 10 full air squats every 90 seconds followed by stretching. The second workout of the week was a game of Sprout Tag.
Health: We introduced a new concept of an upstander vs a bystander. Media literacy was also a new term that was introduced. They worked on a project in which they had an advertisement and they had to 'read' the advertisement from an ad designer's perspective- why did they design the ad the way they did? What is the target audience? What is the ad wanting you to believe?
The second day of health, 4 different communication styles were introduced. Since we want to be assertive most of the time, that is the one we focused on. We had role plays and a real life scenario presented to them in which they had to 'talk' their way out of.
Exploratory With Mrs. Axtman
Three things went down this week-a GREAT play rehearsal, work towards completing our inquiry projects (due next Thursday), and reading and writing about Charlemagne's life. The students did a great job at digging deep into theirs and each other's inquiry questions to think of questions to help us become historians and uncover connections between the past and now.
And officially, our play will be performed February 25th at 3:30pm in the cafeteria!
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
This week student’s demonstrated their understanding of the absorption and transmission of energy in the atmosphere on a summative assessment. In addition, students explored the industries in Idaho that are the largest emitters of greenhouse gases using this site. Next week we will continue our study by comparing our own ecological footprints to those of other students around the globe and start designing a lab to explore the concept of albedo. Here are a few resources to expand your knowledge about climate change.
NASA Climate Change Page (lots of great visuals and news articles)
State of the Cryosphere
Climate Change Indicators
Trash is For Tossers (Zero Waste Lifestyle Ideas)
Ted Ed: Climate Change
Astronomy with Mrs. Gnojewski
I am always so impressed by how articulate our students are when presenting their learning to their peers. Students began presenting their learning publicly this week. Students used stop-motion video, websites, Prezi, posters, models, animations and videos to demonstrate their knowledge. We will wrap up presentations next week. This week students also took a short summative over the structure of the sun and circumpolar constellations. Here are a few interesting links to explore based on questions from the presentations this week.
Largest Stars in the Galaxy
Will the Universe Expand Forever?
Solar System Simulator (the one Gannon used)
New Horizons Mission to Pluto
Students continued their study of COLOR this week by self-assessing and reflecting on their color wheel collages, focusing on performance and creativity. They used ATL (Approach to Learning) markers to self-assess their learning strategies, performance, and critical/creative thinking skills.
BSU Art Teacher Intern presented a wonderful lesson on what LOVE means, its symbolism, and mixed media to Sage Art Students. Students worked in mixed media on small cardboard tiles that have been assembled together outside the art room in a cooperative art piece showing individual tiles brought together as a whole with artist statements included. It was a wonderful lesson. Many thanks to Krista Rogerson for sharing such a meaningful activity and teaching with Sage Art students!
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All 7th grade students experienced artwork first hand at Boise Art Museum on a field trip Thursday to interact with A Matter of Taste: Food for Thought exhibit, tour, and studio activity. Thank you to Sage staff and parent volunteers who accompanied us!! Students created their own artwork showing food idioms, puns, etc., with watercolor pencils (and water if they wished) after a docent-led museum tour. The Boise Art Museum has generously gifted all students a return ticket where they and a guest have free entrance to the museum. Please see the follow up worksheet that students are encouraged to complete and return to Ms. Newstadt before the end of the semester.