December Den

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Once again, as winter break rapidly approaches and the late fall  milestones pass, I feel profoundly lucky to be part of the AJA family and work side-by-side with such amazing kids. Take a peek at our last month middle school, and you will see what I mean…

 

The middle school science students contributed this Hanukkiah to the school collection.
The middle school science students contributed this Hanukkiah to the school collection.

Our Hanukkah celebration was not only a day of fun and learning, but also an opportunity to see the middle school students shine as role models and teachers to their younger peers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The middle school students did a wonderful job sharing their learning with the community on Portfolio Day!

Ally shares her periodic table of Apple apps.
Ally shares her periodic table of Apple apps.

 

Eli Meyers explains the organization of his periodic table.
Eli Meyers explains the organization of his periodic table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aiden demonstrates poise and confidence!
Aiden demonstrates poise and confidence!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What an amazing turn out we had for VIP day! So much fun to invite these guests into our lab and share our learning!

Eddie works with his grandpa to solve a density puzzle.
Eddie works with his grandpa to solve a density puzzle.
Ally's Grandma watches the students solve a density puzzle.
Ally’s Grandma watches the students solve a density puzzle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th Grade Life Science

This month we focused on the cell. The students created cell analogies to better understand the functions of the cell.

Courtney's horse ranch analogy blew her classmates away!
Courtney’s horse ranch analogy blew her classmates away!

 

Nir, Roy and Lue share their submarine analogy.
Nir, Roy and Lue share their submarine analogy.
Dekel and Carlos explain the gas station analogy.
Dekel and Carlos explain the gas station analogy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madison and Abby built a bakery analogy.
Madison and Abby built a bakery analogy.
Daphna and Shira created an airplane analogy.
Daphna and Shira created an airplane analogy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the students had a strong understanding of the cell’s organelles and their functions, we moved onto cell processes like osmosis and diffusion, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, and mitosis.

Abby and Madison look for evidence of photosynthesis using Bromothymol Blue.
Abby and Madison look for evidence of photosynthesis using Bromothymol Blue.
Courtney demonstrates how carbon dioxide turns this chemical green.
Courtney demonstrates how carbon dioxide turns this chemical green.
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Carlos tries to determine if the egg is hypertonic or hypotonic.
Shira observes osmosis with eggs.
Shira observes osmosis with eggs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week, we began to look at heredity by modeling meiosis. Moving forward, we will examine more closely how genetic information within a cell is passed from one generation to the next.

Students model and role play mitosis.
Students model and role play mitosis.
Abby and Shira model meiosis.
Abby and Shira model meiosis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th Grade Science

This month, the students in sixth grade have begun to build an understanding of weather by first studying the varying composition, temperature, and pressure of the atmosphere. We then moved on to examining the differential heating of the Earth based on solar angle and beam spreading. This week, the students conducted investigations designed to build an understanding of how heat transfers to the atmosphere through radiation, conduction, and convection.

Eddie and Noah design an experiment to prove that air has mass.
Eddie and Noah design an experiment to prove that air has mass.
The girls work together to solve the air mass problem.
The girls work together to solve the air mass problem.
Ally and Nathan investigate heating of different earth materials.
Ally and Nathan investigate heating of different earth materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica works to solve a conduction challenge.
Jessica works to solve a conduction challenge.

 

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Ben and Liora are surprised at the temperature difference between air and water.
Katie and Eden diligently record the temperatures in their investigation.
Katie and Eden diligently record the temperatures in their investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Lead the Way

The students are fully engaged in our present engineering project where teams are tasked with building and testing an efficient wind turbine.

Yehonathan measures and cuts the blades.
Yehonathan measures and cuts the blades.
Aiden's team is testing different materials for their blades.
Aiden’s team is testing different materials for their blades.
Eddie uses the drill press to construct his blades.
Eddie uses the drill press to construct his blades.
Eli sands down the tower before attaching the nacelle.
Eli sands down the tower before attaching the nacelle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liora's team has a unique fish blade design.
Liora’s team has a unique fish blade design.
This team is experimenting with different numbers of blades. Here they are busy constructing their blades.
This team is experimenting with different numbers of blades. Here they are busy constructing their blades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sixth Grade Math

This month, the students in sixth grade math have been immersed in fraction operations! As we add, subtract, multiply, and divide our way through this unit, the students are learning how to apply these skills to word problems and algebraic expressions. The Unit 5 test will be next Thursday. When we return from the break, we will jump into Unit 6: Collecting and Displaying Data.