Math with Ms. Rodgers:
Our Emerald group has two math groups. They have chosen the names Pandas and Nutcrackers.
The Pandas are our on-level 6th-grade math group. These students are currently working on a whole numbers and operations unit. This unit includes a review of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as exponents, the order of operations, and prime factorization. The next unit will introduce students to integers and basic operations with negative numbers.
The Nutcracker Group is our accelerated 6/7 group. They have completed working with integers and have begun a review of operations with fractions. This group of students will be primarily working on a 7th-grade curriculum with the ability to review 6th-grade concepts as necessary to ensure a solid foundation as they move to pre-algebra and algebra.
Science with Ms. Rodgers:
The 5th- 8th-grade science classes have started off our year with a unit on the Nature of Science. Students have learned that science is both a body of knowledge and a process that we can use to answer questions about the natural world. We’ve learned the differences and similarities between scientific laws, theories, hypotheses, and assumptions/opinions. Finally, students learned about and practiced the steps of the scientific method which we will continue to apply ae each class engages with their science curriculum. Through our History of Science Timeline project, students have researched famous scientists and their contributions to science. As we complete this unit with a test, each class will begin focusing on the life science standards for their grade level.
Literature with Dr. Thomas:
The Emerald book club has been reading One Crazy Summer, a book about three sisters and the Civil Rights Movement in 1968. In this text, we are exploring the topics of family, responsibility, American History, and Civil Rights. During this unit, students have practiced writing and citing textual evidence to support their ideas. Our upcoming book is American Born Chinese, which is a graphic novel about a Chinese American boy navigating school and life. We are excited to read a different format and to see how authors and illustrators use this mode to convey ideas! Students have been doing a great job keeping up with their reading and assignments. I have been so impressed with their initiative!
Writing with Ms. McGlathery:
Hello Parents! For the month of August, the Emerald group has been working on exploring both creative storytelling and the fundamentals of Essay Writing. The students have been working to build a persuasive essay using the five-paragraph structure. Topics for these include: Supporting organizations that support the preservation of Pandas, Baseball and its identity as America’s pastime, and why Ecuador is the perfect vacation location. In addition to this, the students showcased their persuasive writing in a debate where they found themselves on either side of a discussion about Social Media’s place in society. It’s been an eventful August; as we proceed into another month I look forward to continuing to build a strong relationship with academic writing while continuing to foster those creative instincts!
History with Ms. Freck:
Wow! We have started the year with a dramatic subject. We are in the Medieval Times this year, and it is was not all turkey legs and court jesters. Since many of the students have learned about European history during this, we decided to go in a completely different direction. We are starting with Japan first, then China, and will keep moving our way West from there. We have learned about the hierarchy of Japan and all the waring that went on for over 700 years. Please feel free to quiz them on some important vocab words that they definitely have a great handle on including Shogun, Daimyo, figurehead, Ronin, Samurai, and (everyone's favorite) Ninjas. All of your amazing learners have soaked up this time period with great enthusiasm. We are about halfway through a graphic novel version of one of the most famous historical Samurai stories titled 47 Ronin. We have acted it out in class and really gotten into what the story says about the culture of Japan during this time. It is said that to know 47 Ronin is to know Japan.
Art with Ms. Cornwall:
Hello families! I am looking forward to meeting you all in person. I am very excited to share what we have been working on in art class this month.
Most of the teams are working on the same projects, but this will change in the middle of September. I just wanted to gauge each age group and their skill level so I could have an idea of what everyone’s strengths are and what we can work on with future projects. So far, we are doing two large projects each month. From August to mid-September, we learned about Surrealism, and we are getting ready to learn about Realism and Expressionism in our future lessons.
During our first week, we began creating backgrounds for our Self Portraits, which is a great "Getting to Know You and Your Materials" project and a fun way to start the school year. We learned about different brainstorming techniques such as automatic writing and automatic drawing to get our creativity flowing.
We practiced drawing thumbnail sketches in our sketchbooks that helped us plan and prepare for our final project.
During our second week, we learned about Surrealism and talked about artists such as Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo. We watched a short surrealism video on Youtube by “Tate Kids” that you can search if you would like to watch it.
We drew our Self Portraits in a surreal style and drew a minimum of three objects that
hold some sort of memory or meaning. This was a great way to learn more about each student and their own individuality. These projects were intended to push creative thinking instead of realism. Each student presented their self-portraits to the class, and we learned how to have a positive art critique. This was a great way to make each student feel special about their
work, and it gave them experience in understanding and explaining their creative process in front of people.
This last week, we began working on our next project where we will be making "dreamscapes" by using mixed media materials and collage. We learned about “juxtaposition” and how to pair images that don’t usually go together to make an interesting piece. We will be using creative techniques that are all inspired by surrealism to complete this project.
Yoga with Ms. Hurst:
Hello families! What a joy it has been to get to know each student and practice yoga with them. We have started the year with a concentration on breathing and discussing different breaths and how they can help us off of our mats. We have introduced binds and will continue to work on them over time. We have been focusing on balancing postures and using our breathing to increase concentration and move from one balancing posture to the next without breaking in between. Each class ends with a meditation that allows each student to reset before they finish their school day.