March into Middle School

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As our third week comes to a close, I can honestly say I am thrilled with this diverse group of middle school students and the promise of an exciting year of learning. Here are some highlights as well as curricular updates for each of the classes I teach.

ADVISORY

Advisory is to a way to strengthen connections between the teachers and students and foster a personalized and supportive school culture. While we will often use that time to discuss school business, we will also use that time to develop relationship among our students and staff.

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Shira, Abby, Kylie, and Daphna enjoy a dip in the pool!
Sixth grade boys enjoy a pool, pizza and Popsicle advisory!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIXTH GRADE MATH

The sixth grade students recently completed Unit One: Whole Numbers and Patterns. This unit covered the Order of Operations, estimating whole numbers, exponents, and patterns and sequences. Next week we will jump into Chapter Two: Introduction to Algebra!

ENGINEERING

Engineering students were presented with the Marshmallow Challenge as a way to get their feet wet. Students had 20 minutes to create the tallest structure with 20 strands of spaghetti and a marshmallow.

Federico, Benji, and Charlie build a 48" marshmallow tower!
Federico, Benji, and Charlie build a 48″ marshmallow tower!

 

Way to go boys!
Way to go boys!
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Steady hand Brooke!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second week of engineering, students were tasked with building a hovercraft from various materials, and yesterday they worked on improving their designs. We also began building a hovercraft with a leaf blower, only to discover our design needed improvements. Back to the drawing board!

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Carlos and Matan test their first design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

In our first unit, Science Skills, our essential question is: What skills do scientists need to study the natural world? In this unit, students are exploring lab safety, the scientific method, valid experimental procedures, the metric system, and measurement. Front loading the kids with these important skills and concepts will set the students up for success for not only a year of scientific study, but also independent work on the science fair project.

Noah and Daphna discuss different solutions to the Save Sam dilemma.
Noah and Daphna discuss different solutions to the Save Sam dilemma.

 

Noah is practicing lab safety by wafting!
Noah is practicing lab safety by wafting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kendall and Marley design an experiment to test their hypothesis.
Kendall and Marley design an experiment to test their hypothesis.
Careful measurements with the triple beam are important!
Careful measurements with the triple beam are important!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PASSION PROJECT

The middle school students are grappling with important questions: What would I like to do, create, test, change? How can I make an impact? This innovative independent project will provide students with the opportunity to build on their specialist subject knowledge by making connections to real life situations, develop the key competencies and demonstrate initiative and enterprise. Check out our website to discover more about the AJA Passion Project

https://sites.google.com/site/ajapassionproject/home

Important Dates and Info:

  • I look forward to seeing you all at back to School night on Tuesday, September 16th
  • We are getting pumped for our upcoming trip to the Nature’s Classroom on September 30th through October 3th. Please remember to complete all necessary forms and return to school by Friday, September 19th.
  • Science Fair is officially underway! Students were given science fair folders full of important information. The first deadline is September 24th when the Science Fair Proposal is due.
  • The first field trip for sixth grade is to the Heliostat at UT on October 28th at 9:30. Drivers needed!
  • All weekly grades are updated in Renweb by 5pm on Sunday.