Science: Students have been exploring global weather patterns through making models, drawing diagrams, and creating graphs to show how patterns of sunlight changed throughout the year based on your location on Earth. In addition, students have been collecting weather data over a few weeks in order to conduct an experiment to see whether or not two weather quantities may be related to each other. They are conducting their final steps of analyzing their data and writing reports to show what they have learned from their weather experiment.
Spanish: Spanish has taken the leap into complete paragraph writing as well as longer text reading! Our grammar focus has been on using regular verbs in the present tense as well as the quirkiness of gustar and encantar. Students have done well recognizing patterns and going with the flow of language by using their English background to take good guesses at Spanish texts. Our vocabulary has had a food focus lately, so we finished up our first half of Chapter 3 with a lesson all about tamales. It was great being here in person this last month, but I look forward to our continued progress as we work together virtually on more food stuff, family vocab, and new descriptors.
English: Students have rounded the corner and are on the final stretch of our second unit. 6th graders deconstructed the monomyth and will use those tools to build their own original monomyth. If you watch a film over the break, ask them how it abides by the monomyth genre. 7th and 8th graders have shown such wisdom and empathy in this unit as we discuss the effects of WWII through memoir and historical fiction. Central ideas have been discussed and students will use their understanding of formal academic writing to finish their end of module task: exploring the effects of war on a minor character in the two books we’ve read in this unit.
Math: In math, 6th grade has been working on representing division problems in a variety of ways, including dividing fractions. 7th grade has been exploring negative and positive integers in a variety of contexts, including many real life applications such as analyzing bank account balances and understanding elevation. 8th graders have been exploring the complex relationship between three common 3-D shapes: cones, cylinders, and spheres. They have been observing these shapes in real life and exploring why an understanding of these shapes is essential to a variety of topics in our world.