Students first created a self-portrait drawing of their faces using contour line and pencil before adding magazine collage elements to the composition. Students will self-assess using the following criteria and questions related to the Approaches to Learning Skills (Communication, Affective, Organization, Reflection, & Critical-Thinking):
*You demonstrated careful technical skills (measuring, cutting, arranging, layout, gluing, etc.) of collage.
*What does your collage say about you?
*Where would you rate yourself in terms of being mindful (did you...practice focus & concentration, practice strategies to overcome distraction, practice being aware of mind/body connections)?
*You created a well-considered, balanced, thematic composition by the due date.
*All areas of your collage are completely filled in, and/or there is very little white space without details.
*What do I already do (now)?
*How can I share my skills to help peers who need more practice?
*What could I/will I work on next?
*Did you consider multiple alternatives for artistic problems, including those that might be unlikely or impossible?
*Did you make unexpected or unusual connections between objects and/or ideas?
*Did you create an original artwork using materials and ideas in new ways?
This week students finished their research papers and had an assessment on Sampling and Inference. Students then worked in groups to create a game that their peers will play the following week. The content of the board games will be what we have covered this year. The board games will be due Monday, June 1st. They will all be created in class.
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
Students, can you…
-explain how the species you are studying has been impacted by human consumption and population growth?
-explain how the ecosystem of your species is changing, and how these changes are impacting the population of the species?
This week students explored human population growth by simulating how our population has changed since 1510. In addition, student s learned about some of the unique species such as the American bison and Peregrine falcon that at one point were near extinction, but their populations have now increased due to human interaction. Students completed their research on Thursday and will have some class time for edits, revisions and putting together their projects on Tuesday. All projects are due on Thursday, May 28th. The key parts of the project are as follows:
-A description of the levels of organization in the ecosystem studied (organism, population, community etc)
-A labeled food chain
-A food web with at least six species
-A discussion of how the population of the species studied is changing over time.
-A discussion of the changes to the ecosystem that are leading to changes in population.
-Connection to human population growth and consumption.
Here are a few great resources for research
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
IUCN Red List
US Endangered Species
Arkive Endangered Species World Wide
Changes to the food chain due to climate change
Humanities with Mrs. Axtman
This week students received their final assignment for the class-A Renaissance Common Craft video. Students are working in groups to research, write scripts, and then film a video to educate their classmates about their topic area. These videos will be presented during the last week of school.