Students received their formative assessment back Wednesday, September 9th, with feedback. Please look it over with them. This week students continue to understand the meaning of the square roots and the cube roots of a number. They also practiced applying the laws of exponents. Below are websites to support the skills students learned this week.
Square and Cube Roots
Laws of Exponents
This week, students had a formative assessment on muscle tissue types and were able to identify the type of cell with a microscope slide. We are moving onto muscular anatomy next!
Language Arts with Mrs. Konkol
Students are reading Outliers by M. Gladwell. We have read and finished chapter entitled "The Matthew Effect," taken notes and summarized the chapter in our interactive notebooks. Students left off September 8 with the beginning of the chapter entitled "10,000 Hours." Students are asked to keep track of their reading by entering questions, important vocabulary and significant passages during and after the reading process. I also have been showing these short reading synopsis' for pre-reading but please access them to review or discuss the chapter in your home.
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT Thursday, September 17th!! Students will take their first summative assessment over the transmission, reflection, absorption and emission of energy on September 17th.
Does Venus have phases? Using small light sources and Styrofoam balls, learners modeled the Copernican and Ptolemaic models of Venus in the Solar System in order to determine which model best explains Galileo’s observations of the phases of Venus. Learners reflected on how the use of the telescope for astronomical observations revolutionized our understanding of the organization and motion of the objects within our Solar System. In addition, students began to kinesthetically model the motion of Earth that causes diurnal cycles and the seasons.
We also discussed how the recent photos of Ceres and Pluto demonstrate how the way light interacts with a surface can lead to scientific inquiry. Check out these links for some recent photos.
Dawn Mission to Ceres
New Horizons Pluto Mission
On Thursday, Sage middle school students had the unique opportunity of participating in the construction of a small wetland on campus. The project was facilitated by the US Fish and Wildlife service, with technical expertise from Tom Biebighauser of Wetland Restoration and Training LLC out of Kentucky. The wetland will provide excellent opportunities for outdoor scientific inquiry for years to come
Seventh Grade Artists have been looking at the art of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh to study the Elements of Art. We looked specifically at his self-portraits to discuss Identity and Sense of Self (see National Gallery slideshow link below or just Google this under 'Images'). Students paid close attention to Van Gogh's use of color (especially complimentary colors) in his self-portraits as well as his use of line and brush strokes to convey mood or personal characteristics of some kind. Students are now creating their own self-portraits, using Van Gogh's work as inspiration. They will write Artist Statements to explain and reflect upon their work and how their paintings may show aspects of their own identities via color choices and use of context and line.
Vincent Van Gogh and the Elements of Art
Vincent Van Gogh Slideshow from the National Gallery of Art