The Slammin’ Salmon completed their unit on the Holocaust and WWII this week. The students were asked to reflect on the importance of ‘memory’ in a situation like the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel, the author, begs the audience to never forget what happened in order to not repeat our past mistakes. In order to help this process of remembering, the students were tasked to create a memorial of the book through art. The students could write a poem, or create a collage, or memorialize the book however they chose. The classroom was transformed into a museum gallery and the students had the opportunity to view and take in everyone’s hard work. After viewing the work the students were asked to respond to one final journal prompt, as a last reflection on an intense and powerful unit and book.
Drumroll…The Slammin’ Salmon appropriately chose their name this fall, unbeknownst to them. This May the TVC middle school will be travelling to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington for their Spring Journey. Last week, the students were tasked in playing a custom game of GeoGuessr, one of the students favorite pastimes during advisory breakfast. They were told that all of the Geoguessr locations were in the region we would be heading for our journey. They all had the opportunity to take an educated guess based off of the pictures. Many of them came quite close! On the journey, we will be studying topics including, salmon migration, indigenous cultures, biology. Activities include, tide pool adventures, Elwha River restoration project, sailing, and inner city Seattle exploration, and much much more!
The final step to the Forensic project, was for the students to solve a crime using all of the skills they have acquired throughout the project. Two weeks ago, the students arrived into the Sage House to an active crime scene. With minimal guidance from teachers, the students were encouraged to use the ‘seven steps’ of a crime scene to get started on their analysis. Careful to adhere to all of the crime scene rules we learned from the Sheriff’s Office, the students got their nitrile gloves ready to check out the evidence. The students spend a few classes making a map of the scene, cataloging location and details of evidence. After documenting the scene, the Slammin’ Salmon entered the crime lab in order to process and get more information from the clues. Using high tech CSI skills, the kids lifted prints from cups left at the scene, tested the PH of the liquids found, tested hair fibers, and looked at DNA sequences. After compiling all of the information from the scene, and comparing it to what they knew about the suspects, the middle schoolers compiled affidavits to present to teachers in order to receive and arrest warrant for their prime suspect(s).