Fabulous February

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Top ten things I love about teaching middle school kids

  1. They experience a wide range of emotions, usually within a 30 second time period. 
  2. They can shock you with their incredible insight.
  3. Honesty. If you aren’t sure about whether the new haircut you tried is flattering, you will find out in 0.2 seconds.
  4. Just in between acting “too cool” and “awkward”, they want an adult they can talk to. 
  5. They have a ready sense of humor. They have no filter and say any old thing that pops into their heads, often with unintentionally hysterical results.
  6. They are just starting to find their way in the world, and I get to be a tiny part of it.
  7. No need to teach those that know it all.
  8. Hormones with feet!
  9. Its not a job, it an adventure.
  10.  Apparently, “Your mom” is an acceptable response to just about any question.

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6th Grade Science

The students in Earth science have been crafting explanations for the question, “What causes have wind?” by synthesizing their understandings of heat transfer, pressure, and density. The students have also been exploring Earth’s precious resource, water , and conducting investigations designed to understand the delicate nature of that finite resource.  In our final two weeks of this unit, the students will focus on air masses, global climate changes, and severe weather.

Yehonathan and Nathan conduct an experiment on water pollution.
Yehonathan and Nathan conduct an experiment on water pollution.
Eli and Liri calculate ppm and ppb.
Eli and Liri calculate ppm and ppb while diluting a solution.
This group built a model to explain land and sea breezes.
This group built a model to explain land and sea breezes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This model shows global wind patterns.
This model shows global wind patterns.
Yona and Eddie present their model.
Yona and Eddie present their model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land breeze!
Land breeze!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLTW

The students in engineering are busy designing and constructing models and prototypes that use alternative energy, including biogas generators, hydrogen cell cars, geothermal power plants and more!

Yona adds the hydrogen cell to his car.
Yona adds the hydrogen cell to his car.
Katie tinkers with her innovative wind powered car.
Katie tinkers with her innovative wind powered car.
Noah is constructing a hydropower generator.
Noah is constructing a hydropower generator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th Grade Science

The students in life science are busy learning about evolution and adaptations. Last week the students focused on plant adaptions such as turgor pressure and tropisms. This week we turned our attention to animals, beginning with observations of 4 animals from different phyla. Next week we will begin dissections of 9 different animals, comparing form and function.

Noah counts the fins on this goldfish.
Noah counts the fins on this goldfish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th Grade Math

This week teams presented their scientific research on water usage in the United States after participating in a global study called “Down the Drain,” aimed at getting students to examine and compare their water usage with other schools across the globe.

Meanwhile, the students are nearing the end of our unit on proportions and percents and will be taking the end-of-chapter test next week.

Liora's group looked at the relationship between altitude and water usage.
Liora’s group looked at the relationship between altitude and water usage.
Natasha, Dimitri, Noah Joey, and Ilan wondered whether water usage and water cost are related.
Natasha, Dimitri, Noah Joey, and Ilan wondered if there is a relationship between water usage and the cost of water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Fitness

Students in personal fitness are learning different ways to get in shape including weight training, spinning, running, circuit training, and cross fit training.

Jessica and Aiden are working their entire bodies in this partner exercise.
Jessica and Aiden are working their entire bodies in this partner exercise.
"Squats for a whole minute while holding her legs? Are you crazy Rosenmann?"
“Squats for a whole minute while holding her legs? Are you crazy Rosenmann?”