This week students finished working on volume and surface area of multiple shapes and composite figures. Students began looking at transformations. They began drawing the image of a plane figure in the coordinate plane under a reflection and translation. There will be a summative April 12th on Geometry.
Transformations: Translation and Reflection
Visual Art with Ms. Newstadt
Students finished up their dog compositions in their Visual Arts Process Journals this week, utilizing a minimum of two media (other than pencil) and text. They added various design elements to make the work their own. The results have been amazing. I am always so pleased to see how each student receives the same information in class and yet makes an innovative work of art unlike that of anyone else!
As students continue to become familiar and comfortable with working in a "sketchbook", I have been introducing them to different styles and formats for expression. This week we learned about Vignettes (sometimes referred to as thumbnails). Students chose "Goldilocks" images (not too small, not too large, but "just right" for the space) from magazines to incorporate into each of 9 smaller sections on a page before they added a narrative context element to the image using just contour line with pencil or black marker. Students will be asked to respond to their work and the work of others on Thursday via preliminary critique writing which will prepare them for writing artist statements. Students will describe, analyze, interpret, and judge the work of others before reflecting on their own work using the feedback they receive. Students will also participate in a peer review of Visual Arts Process Journals to provide formative feedback to others and allow them to see what their peers are creating. The focus this week is on the ATL skill of Organization.
Learning Target: I can identify biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem.
This week marked the beginning of our last unit of the year: ecology. Students explored different issues in ecology through text and practiced writing research questions. We had some lively discussions about the challenges faced by communities dealing with the overpopulation of white-tailed deer on the East coast. Students also began exploring the abiotic and biotic components of an ecosystem by analyzing a pond. Next week students will write a research question that will drive their work for the next month or so. Students will be applying the ecological concepts explored in class to their own area of interest.
There are still a few spots remaining in an optional field trip to the Intermountain Bird Observatories Boise River site to assist biologists with banding songbirds on April 7th from 9am - 11am. Please let me know if your child is interested in participating in this experience.
Links to Stretch your Knowledge
Biotic and Abiotic Factors_
_Encyclopedia of Life
Human Wildlife Conflicts
Science Daily Ecology News