Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Week of February 5, 2018

Purple Curriculum Updates
Pre-Algebra I with Seema:
This week the students took their chapter 9 test and we started our study of probabilities (theoretical and experimental) and permutations. This is a short chapter so the current plan is to take the test on Friday Feb 16th. I will hand out the review packet by Tuesday.

Pre-Algebra II with Jared:
We began the week with a quiz on the first few sections of this unit, before working on definitions of various polygons. Students folded paper, origami-style, in order to measure the angles of the folds. We ended the week by discussing congruence and circles.

Pre-Algebra III with Ann:
Students took their Chapter 7 test at the beginning of the week. On Wednesday, we began Chapter 8- GEOMETRY! We explored different types of angels and parallel lines cut by a transversal. On Friday, students practiced their new skills in IXL.

Algebra I with Molly:
This week students learned to use the substitution and elimination methods, both of which require careful manipulation of the equation and calculations. They applied these to word problems and are now able to choose the best method to use for a given situation. They also graphed linear inequalities on a coordinate plane, shading above or below the line. This was in preparation for next week’s graphing to solve a system of linear inequalities. 

Language Arts with Jared:
This week students took a grammar quiz on linking verbs, and then a unit test on Friday. Sixth and seventh graders have begun writing a five-paragraph essay, comparing the protagonists in their past two novels. Eighth graders have learned about the author of Education of Little Tree, and we'e been discussing other authors who have fabricated elements of nonfiction books. They will be writing an in-class essay next week.

World Studies & U.S. History with Ann:
This week, we discussed the aftermath of WWI. 7th graders participated in a Treaty of Versailles simulation (the other classes will have this opportunity on Monday) and discussed the effects of the treaty on Germany as well as the reasons why the US failed to ratify the treaty.

On Wednesday, students worked on their NHD projects. They should continue to use their calendars to keep track of checkpoints.

Earth Science with Molly:
This week students learned more about stars. We focused on their formation, the differences in their life-cycle depending on their mass, their brightness, and their life-zone (potential for supporting a planet with liquid water. Students did a lab measuring the intensity of different colors of stars, as they were simulated by incandescent light bulbs of different wattages. This helped them to compare the size of the “life-zone” of each type of star. We followed that up with a scaled down model of how long the star will continue to shine from birth to death.

Spanish with Corinne:
Sunshine Spanish

HS Spanish I, part II

HS Spanish II, part I

HS Spanish II, part II

Art with Patti:
Students are given engagement grades for each class. As a reminder, students are informed about their work in different ways. They submit work/create an online portfolio, assignments and grades are sent home weekly through Google Classroom, they reflect on their art in both Artsonia and with Google Classroom. This is a great way to check in with students about grades and assignments.

Sixth - Torn Paper Collage 2/7 - To fill the shapes, students began filling the shapes with colored paper. Throwing on the wheel Students are rotating in pairs each art class to practice throwing on the wheel. They are exploring how to center the clay, open it up, and pull to create a cylinder. They also will use sculpting tools to finish the piece. Oscar, Pierce, Audrey, and Sara worked on the wheel. Art Project: Compositional Layout Students drew a layout for six different types of compositions; L, curved, layered, radial, diagonal, and cluster. Students will choose one of the compositions and create an artwork based on the layout. Theme and media will be personal inspiration.

Seventh - Cut Paper/Collage 2/7 - Students chose color strips of paper to fill their paper loom, using an alternating pattern. Throwing on the wheel Students are rotating in pairs each art class to practice throwing on the wheel. They are exploring how to center the clay, open it up, and pull to create a cylinder. They also will use sculpting tools to finish the piece. McKenna, Sam, Ryland and Carson worked on the wheel. Art Project: "Fun" Reflection For this project students created an artwork based on the theme "fun". They are to use any medium that best fits the project, thinking about composition and creating a focal point. Please answer the reflection prompts below.


Eighth - Throwing on the wheel Students are rotating in pairs each art class to practice throwing on the wheel. They are exploring how to center the clay, open it up, and pull to create a cylinder. They also will use sculpting tools to finish the piece. Julion, Norine, Mason and JohnCole worked on the wheel. Art Project: "My World" For this project students created an artwork based on the theme "My World". They are to use any medium that best fits the project, thinking about composition and creating a focal point. Please answer the reflection prompts below.

Check out the art blog at http://bnsartstudio.weebly.com/

Computer Lab with Lorraine:
This week, the 7th and 8th grade  students have worked really hard on making finishing touches on their Digital Breakouts. It has been a week of finding out the rooms/jails each group has decided to have their classmates to guess clues to "Break  Out " of places.  Some of the places included "Freeing Kittens", Helping Yoshi and others decipher clues to find the "keys"/answers to the digital locks.  Next week, Computer Lab class meets one day for class, which is Monday, 2/12/18. This will be the last in day class to work on this project.  It is due by 2/23/19.  Others who are finished can start trying to solve their classmates Digital Break Outs.
6th graders
The sixth grade students continued to work on their websites in Weebly or Wix.   


P.E. and Health with Matt: 

Life Skills / Sex Ed with Molly:
This week 6th grade students did one last session on brain development. They learned about the science behind deception. Next time 6th grade students will focus on puberty growth spurts. 7th grade students focused on Bullying. We watched and discussed a video scenario where high school students dealt with a couple of kinds of bullies and came to some resolution. Next time 7th grade students will continue to discuss bullying. 8th grade students split into gender groups today. The boys finished a focus on the male reproductive system with a focus on ejaculation, foreskin, circumcision, and self-examinations. Next time 8th grade students will focus on female reproductive parts.

Thank you from, 
The Purple Team

Week of January 29, 2018

Purple Curriculum Updates
Pre-Algebra I with Seema:
This week we wrapped up the first six units of chapter 9. The students understood the derivation of the formulae for area of a parallelogram and circle. They also learned how to calculate the circumference of a circle and realized that pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. They took a practice quiz yesterday and I met individually with them today to go over what they needed to study in preparation for the test next Wednesday. They also received a handout summarizing how best to learn this material.

Pre-Algebra II with Jared:
On Monday we reviewed our chapter one last time, before taking Tuesday's test on percents. We then celebrated the 100th day of school by doing 100 math problems! We launched into our unit on geometry by working on a giant list of definitions, and then by reviewing skills that they learned last year. We ended the week by learning how to use a compass to make bisectors of segments and angles.

Pre-Algebra III with Ann:
This week we finished Chapter 7. Students took a quiz on the properties of exponents before learning to use scientific notation and exponents to solve world problems. We spent the last two days learning how to translate Base 10 numbers into Base 2 numbers (binary) and back. On Friday, students used the ASCii table to write secret messages in binary. The Chapter 7 Test will be Tuesday.

Algebra I with Molly:
This week students continued to review working with the three forms of linear equations. Students created scatter plots from data, looked for trend lines, wrote equations for the trend line, and were then able to predict further data. They also learned about graphing and translating the function y=lxl. We finished the chapter and took the chapter test in the middle of the week. We began learning about solving systems of equations. We practice the first method of relating two equations by graphing them carefully to find their intersection point.

Language Arts with Jared:
We wrapped up our vocab unit, and took our quiz on Friday. Students are also reaching the end of their first unit on verbs, and will have a linking verbs quiz on Tuesday. Sixth and seventh graders reached the tragic end of their novel Kira-Kira, and are working on organizing their thoughts to write an essay comparing the journey of the two main characters from the two novels we've read so far this year. Eighth graders got to the end of their novel, The Education of Little Tree, at the end of class on Friday, and we will discuss the role of the author next week.

World Studies & U.S. History with Ann:
Students had the opportunity to explore, in depth, one area of WWI that interests them. Some students chose to use their knowledge of MyMaps to chart important battles, some created trading cards about the new technologies, others drew propaganda posters, and others wrote letters to troops describing war efforts on the home front. Each choice was accompanied by an extensive data collection sheet to help students focus their research. The final products are due Tuesday.

On Wednesday, students began creating skeleton outlines/sketches of their NHD projects for History Night. They have a timeline for each project choice to help guide their preparation. We will continue to use Wednesdays as NHD work days! BNS History night is March 1st! NHD Regional competition is March 23 at Radford!

Earth Science with Molly:
This week we created a scale map of the solar system, helping us to understand the relative sizes of the planets and their distances to one another in different scales. Students began learning about stars at the end of the week. They compared constellations visible to us in the Northern Hemisphere at different times of year. 

Spanish with Corinne:
Sunshine Spanish

HS Spanish I, part II

HS Spanish II, part I

HS Spanish II, part II

Art with Patti:
Students are given engagement grades for each class. As a reminder, students are informed about their work in different ways. They submit work/create an online portfolio, assignments and grades are sent home weekly through Google Classroom, they reflect on their art in both Artsonia and with Google Classroom. This is a great way to check in with students about grades and assignments.

Sixth - Auction: Mosaic Accent Table Pair 1/31 - Students added grout to the glass mosaic to finish the table top. 1/30 - Students finished attaching glass design to tabletops. Throwing on the wheel Students are rotating in pairs each art class to practice throwing on the wheel. They are exploring how to center the clay, open it up, and pull to create a cylinder. They also will use sculpting tools to finish the piece. Gideon and Kyle worked on the wheel.

1/31 - Students glazed their tiles. 1/30 - Students discussed and decided on black, white, and gray glaze pallet for the tiles.

Eighth - Auction: Kitchen Set 2/1 - Students added yellow, orange, green dye to mats, added grout to trivets, and wood burned tree and mountains on cutting board. 1/31 - Students added glue lines to the place mats, glued glass pieces to trivets, and burned tree design on cutting board.

Come to the Chocolate Party on Saturday, February 10 to see all of the collaborative art the students worked on, plus all of the other fun booths!

Check out the art blog at http://bnsartstudio.weebly.com/

Computer Lab with Lorraine:

7th - 8th Grade
This week the students are continuing to work on their Digital Breakouts and have started to design their Google Sites and building "their locks" using Google Forms.

6th Grade
Students continued building their websites using Weebly. Some students are using Wix as they like the added features in Wix. However, if student desire to build a website for their History Day project, the students must use Weebly.

P.E. and Health with Matt: 

Life Skills / Sex Ed with Molly:
This week students worked on a Mid-Year Self-Evaluation, which includes academic and social goals we hope all middle school student achieve before heading to high school. These will be shared during our next conference, along with teachers’ evaluation of their skills.

Thank you from, 
The Purple Team

Week of January 22, 2018

Purple Curriculum Updates
Pre-Algebra I with Seema:
After reviewing chapter 7, the students took their test on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday we started Chapter 9 on the metric system. The history of why the metric system likely isn't the one in use in the US today is a fascinating one. Your children may enjoy reading more about this:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/09/19/pirates-yes-pirates-may-be-why-the-u-s-doesnt-use-the-metric-system/?utm_term=.02ff69c0a3da
We will continue studying area, perimeter (circumference) of different shapes and tentatively their chapter 9 (units 1-6) test will be on Tuesday February 6th.
Pre-Algebra II with Jared:
We spent this week finishing Chapter 6. As many of the topics this chapter have been challenging, we also spent time starting our review of the units we covered before winter break, and reminding students of the strategies they use for problem-solving. We focused on solving percent problems by setting it up as proportions and as equations, and we discussed tips, taxes, and commissions. We ended by taking about percent-of-change. On Friday we reviewed, and played with advertisements and coupons to have a fun "shopping day".

Pre-Algebra III with Ann:
We reviewed for the Midterm on Monday. Students took the midterm Tuesday and Wednesday. Later in the week, we began Chapter 7 which focuses on exponents. Students reviewed and extended their knowledge of scientific notation. They also had the opportunity to "prove" the properties of exponents through an exploration activity. The Chapter 7.1 to 7.4 quiz will be Tuesday.

Algebra I with Molly:
Students continue to work with the point-slope form of linear equations with the substitute. We’ve been practicing when to use each form of linear equation and applying them to real-world situations. Students have also learned to write equations that are parallel and perpendicular to a given line.

Language Arts with Jared:
Students who didn't take their vocabulary quiz last week took their quiz on Monday. We continued making progress in our class novels, and students spent some time working on reading comprehension questions. In grammar we focused on linking verbs, getting ready for a quiz next week.

World Studies & U.S. History with Ann:
This week, we began exploring the causes for World War I in Europe. Later, students practiced their historical thinking skills by exploring many events that brought the United States into The Great War. Students also had the opportunity to begin making changes to their NHD papers- armed with comments from their classmates and myself. Final NHD papers are due Feb. 1.

Earth Science with Molly:
This week students worked with a substitute teacher to create fact cubes about a chosen celestial body. They researched through library books, their textbook, and the internet finding important facts to help us understand the conditions on that celestial body. Students took a brief quiz on the celestial bodies. Students were given an optional extra credit project to create an alien with specific adaptations to one of the celestial bodies.

Spanish with Corinne:
Sunshine Spanish
This week we continued to work with the vocabulary in Chapter 3A, talking about food. We learned how to conjugate –er and –ir infinitive verbs, and practiced conjugating a new verb “comer” (to eat).

Sunshine B
This week we continued to work with the vocabulary in Chapter 7B, shopping and store names. We learned the preterite (past) tense and completed several activities and workbook pages to practice.

HS Spanish I, part II


This week we finished Chapter 7A, clothes, shopping, and numbers. The test for this chapter will be on Tuesday January 30th.


HS Spanish II, part I


This week we finished Chapter 3A, shopping and store names. We practiced with irregular preterite verbs, and students had several days of review work to prepare for the test on Tuesday January 30th

HS Spanish II, part II

This week we finished Chapter 6A, talking about tv shows and sporting events. We reviewed reflexive verbs and their uses, and practiced conjugating several new reflexive verbs that change meaning in the preterite (past) tense. We will have a test on this Chapter on Thursday February 1st.

Art with Patti:
Students are given engagement grades for each class. As a reminder, students are informed about their work in different ways. They submit work/create an online portfolio, assignments and grades are sent home weekly through Google Classroom, they reflect on their art in both Artsonia and with Google Classroom. This is a great way to check in with students about grades and assignments.

Sixth - Auction: Mosaic Accent Table Pair 1/24 - Students began transferring their glass pieces and attaching them to the table. 1/23 - Students were divided into two groups. They work together to create glass mosaic designs for the table. Throwing on the wheel Students are rotating in pairs each art class to practice throwing on the wheel. They are exploring how to center the clay, open it up, and pull to create a cylinder. They also will use sculpting tools to finish the piece. Sam and David worked on the wheel today. Self Guided Clay Project Students are using the skills and inspiration from the clay warm up trinket box they have completed. They are exploring other ways to use pinch, slab, coil, sculpting and joining clay pieces of their own design.

Seventh - Auction: Non-representational Framed Ceramic Tiles 1/24 - Students finished their clay tiles, and contributed to a group tile piece. 1/23 - Students decided on a frame size to use. Decided to do non-representational designs, and rolled slabs to cut tiles.


Eighth - Auction: Kitchen Set 1/25 - Students continued working on the kitchen set for the auction. 1/24 -Students divided into groups to work on a leaf and tree themed kitchen set. They are doing a resist dye technique on place mats, wood burning a cutting board, and glass mosaic trivets.

Check out the art blog at http://bnsartstudio.weebly.com/

Computer Lab with Lorraine:
7th and 8th Grade
This week, the students completed their digital jigsaw puzzles and worked each other puzzles. Also we started our new project, a Digital Breakout. Exactly, what is a digital break out. This critical thinking project is based on the "Escape Room" entertainment, except students use Computer Technology applications. First, they will create Google Sites, and then embed a Google Form that has a place to answer any clues asked on the Google site. Students will used 3 to 4 character clues to "Unlock" digital locks on the Google Form. Students will use other Google apps and websites used in class. Also, it is important to add, Google Sites will need the students to login using their Google accounts.

6th Grade
Students also completed their work on the Puerto Rico Jigsaw puzzle projects. Also students started a new website, building a website using Weebly. We started creating the Home Page today with a few elements, adding images, texts and titles. Understanding the parts of a website, i.e. header, heading and body.



P.E. and Health with Matt: 

Life Skills / Sex Ed with Molly:
This week students worked on their science research projects with the substitute teacher.

Thank you from, 
The Purple Team