Several 7th and 8th grade students volunteered for some manual trail maintenance labor. We focused on rebuilding places on the trail where erosion had negatively impacted the trail. What a great way to give back to an amazing Ridge to Rivers Trail System!
Students have been continuing to work with Los Dias de Los Muertos (Days of the Dead) motifs via line, shape, and color. We are also working with the Elements and Principles of Design via preparation for and attendance on a wonderful field trip to the Boise Art Museum, where we specifically looked at sculptures by contemporary artist Paul Vexler.
- aluminum foil
- liquid starch
- images from greeting cards, old calendars, etc.
- face paint or make up
- any and all old books
- anything and everything you can think of that might be repurposed into artwork
This week students continued to work on different content and skills to prepare themselves for the assessment they had Thursday, October 22nd. Next week we will begin Unit Two: Linear Relationships and Proportionality.
NGSS Standard: Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
This week we wrapped up our investigation of scale in the solar system. Students chose a data set about one property of the planets in the solar system to analyze as a summative assessment. The data were then transformed in some way to create a more relatable set of information. For example, rotation in hours might be transformed to Earth days. Students then graphed the data and used it as a jump off point for scientific inquiry. This assessment involved students transforming data, presenting data and writing scientific questions. Next week we will launch into our investigation of gravity, our last topic in the astronomy unit.
Resources to Explore More
NASA PlanetQuest (cool exoplanet info)
The Solar System to Scale