Monday, April 23, 2018

Week of April 16, 2018

Purple Curriculum Updates
Pre-Algebra I with Seema:
We have spent another week reviewing for the end of year assessment which will be next Wednesday and Thursday. This week we focused on multiplying and dividing fractions, ratio/proportion, converting between decimals, fractions and percentages, calculating % of a given number and reviewing area/perimeter/circumference formulae. We are nearing the end (whew!) of our mammoth review and will spend the last few days on inequalities and Pythagoras' theorem. Essentially if the students have diligently worked through their review packet, they are ready for the assessment. Please take a look at the cumulative review quizzes 1 and 2 and help your child with any concepts they may need to review. Please also reiterate the importance of slowing down, showing and checking their work because I am seeing a number of careless errors. 

Pre-Algebra II with Jared:
We started a new unit on different approaches to graphing data. We explored frequency plots, histographs, double-bar graphs, double-line graphs, Venn diagrams, box-and-whisker plots, and stem-and-leaf diagrams. Students worked on analyzing these types of graphs, and on creating them themselves. On Thursday we worked on making charts in order to solve logic puzzles. We'll be having a quiz on these graphs on Tuesday.

Pre-Algebra III with Ann:


Algebra I with Molly:
This week we began our study of Quadratic Equations and Functions. Students reviewed graphing quadratic functions using a table of values, then learned several steps to shorten the process of graphing, by finding the axis of symmetry and the vertex. After that they are able to find the y-intercept and an addition point before easily mirroring the points across the axis of symmetry.

Language Arts with Jared:
Students worked this week on last minute preparations for Authors' Tea. They then presented their stories on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday nights, and everyone did a wonderful job! We wrapped up our novel units with a book test on Witness (for the 6th and 7th graders), and an essay test on To Kill a Mockingbird (for the 8th graders). We then introduced our Shakespeare unit with a comparison between The Lion King and Hamlet, and a stick-figure summary of the plot. 7th and 8th graders began reading Act 1 together in class.

World Studies & U.S. History with Ann:



Earth Science with Molly:
This week we finished our focus on weather with some productive discussions about climate change. They took an online google classroom quiz on the water cycle terminology. Our focus has shifted to the magnetic field of the earth, which protects us from solar particles and allows us to navigate, among the many uses and effects of the magnetic field. Next week, there will be a weather unit test on Wednesday, April 25th.

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

Sixth - Weaving - Small Woven Tote: Students explore fiber arts 4/18 - Students added two more "wingspans" of yarn to their small totes. Foreground, Middleground, Background Students will complete a project that includes foreground, middleground, background, overlapping elements, and diminishing size. Students are encouraged to BE CREATIVE with theme choice, thinking beyond typical landscape. Art Project: "Fun" Reflection For this project, students create 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. Art Project: Symbolic Portrait Think about portraiture in an abstract way. What are likes, how time is spent, favorite foods, hobbies, family representation, favorite places to visit, personal beliefs, how you define yourself. Create an artwork that is a representation of yourself, combine several visual illustrations to convey a composition of imagery representing self without the focal point being a self-portrait. Paint, collage, draw, text and lettering can be used to create this work.

Seventh - Art Journal/Warm Up - Clay Slab Trinket Box 4/18 - Students chose colors and glazed their slab boxes and lids. They made sure to use three coats for an opaque glaze. Self Guided Clay Project Students are using the skills and inspiration from the clay trinket box they have completed. They are exploring other ways to use pinch, slab, coil, sculpting and joining clay pieces of their own design. Art Project: Using "Space" Students completed an art journal warm-up, which features positive and negative space. For this projects students will expand on the idea of using the element of art, space. How do artists create the look of depth, and add dimension on a two-dimensional surface? Students need to think about foreground/background, how to use value, how to use size, how does color change to show depth? 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.

Eighth - Romare Bearden: Collage 4/19 - Students arranged and glued their pieces together to create a collage.
4/18 - Students cut out drawings and painted papers into shapes. Art Journal/Warm Up - Clay Chia Planter with a slab tray 4/19 - Students added glaze to their trays and planters, being careful not to glaze the portion where chia seeds will grow. 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. Art Project: All About Color To further explore color (one of the elements of art) students will create a representational project where the composition includes all of the hues in the color wheel, plus neutrals, and black and white.
Check out the art blog at http://bnsartstudio.weebly.com/

Computer Lab with Lorraine:
This week the students are continuing to work on their ThingLink projects in 6th and 7th grade.  (Due to the schedule this week, 8th grade students did not meet on Friday.)

7th-grade students will START a new project using a software program called Padlet.  This software program uses a virtual bulletin board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location.  Students will use Padlet to reflect on all of the different Computer Applications/Projects that we have covered so far this year.   Using images and lots of text, students will write a positive comment about how they have used these applications in class. 


P.E. and Health with Matt: 

Life Skills / Sex Ed with Molly:
6th grade students listed what they consider to be the 5 most important things for a healthy growing body. After discussing these, they watched a video explaining important things like nutrition, sleep, mental health, exercise, and generally, keeping yourself safe. Next week, students will again split in gender groups to continue discussing the different aspects of growth and maturity during puberty.
7th grade students did not have Life Skills this week, due to the half-day. We will continue our focus on sexual orientation and watch a documentary about a student who was bullied, based on his sexual orientation.
8th grade students discussed what it means to be male or female, then learned more about gender identity. We then discussed sexual orientation and attraction. Next time, students will watch and discuss a video about sexual orientation.

Thank you from, 
The Purple Team

Week of April 9, 2018

Purple Curriculum Updates
Pre-Algebra I with Seema:
We have been in intense review mode this week. So far we have covered place value, prime factorization and GCF, equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting decimals and fractions (LCM/LCD), order of operation including exponents and mean, median, mode, range. The students took a cumulative review 1 quiz today and this will help me recognize which areas from these we need to review more. Next week we will continue with multiplying and dividing fractions, setting up ratio and proportion equations and percentages. I anticipate that the PA1 end of year test will be around Wed April 25th. 

Pre-Algebra II with Jared:
We spent this week working online with transformations. Students learned how to translate an image, reflect an image, and rotate an image on the coordinate plane. We then reviewed what we had learned this chapter. On Friday we took our chapter test.

Pre-Algebra III with Ann:
We worked with graphing data this week. Students studied frequency tables, histograms, scatter plots, trend lines, and bar graphs. They took a quiz on the material on Friday. We have also begun our review for the end of the year test that will be May 1. Students are taking short review quizzes each day so that I may provide them with individually focused review sheets from which they may study.

Algebra I with Molly:
This week we finished the chapter by learning how to factor a four-term polynomial. We practiced different styles of factoring as a review. After we finished chapter 9, we reviewed, and took a test on polynomials and factoring on Friday.

Language Arts with Jared:
This week students finished their novels, and will be taking a test on these books next week. We also finished our Authors' Tea projects, and have been practicing reading them aloud, in anticipation of next week's Authors' Tea presentations.

World Studies & U.S. History with Ann:
This week, we have been studying the Great Depression and the New Deal. Students have had some great questions related to credit, banking, and the stock market. In pairs (6th and 7th, individually in 8th), students are putting together collages to illustrate how the depression and the New Deal impacted various groups of people during the 1930s. It is amazing to see the connections they are making to today!


Earth Science with Molly:
This week we continued our focus on weather. 7th & 8th grade students learned more about changing weather and warm vs. cold fronts. Both groups learned about the climate and different things that cause climate change. Next week they will take a quiz on the water cycle terminology. They also received a study guide for the weather unit test, scheduled for April 25th.

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

Sixth - Weaving - Small Woven Tote: Students explore fiber arts 4/10 & 4/11 - Students continued to add to their small totes. Two "wingspans" each day.  Foreground, Middleground, Background Students will complete a project that includes foreground, middleground, background, overlapping elements, and diminishing size. Students are encouraged to BE CREATIVE with theme choice, thinking beyond typical landscape. Art Project: "Fun" Reflection For this project, students create 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. Art Project: Symbolic Portrait Think about portraiture in an abstract way. What are likes, how time is spent, favorite foods, hobbies, family representation, favorite places to visit, personal beliefs, how you define yourself. Create an artwork that is a representation of yourself, combine several visual illustrations to convey a composition of imagery representing self without the focal point being a self-portrait. Paint, collage, draw, text and lettering can be used to create this work.

Seventh - Surrealism: Students learn about Salvador Dali and the surrealistic art style 4/11 - Students finished their Surrealistic artwork with finishing coloring and mounting together with realistic for the completed artwork. 4/10 - Students added color to their surrealistic line drawings. They worked in layers, filling in with the lightest value and adding darker shapes to imply dimension. Self Guided Clay Project Students are using the skills and inspiration from the clay trinket box they have completed. They are exploring other ways to use pinch, slab, coil, sculpting and joining clay pieces of their own design. Art Project: Using "Space" Students completed an art journal warm-up, which features positive and negative space. For this projects students will expand on the idea of using the element of art, space. How do artists create the look of depth, and add dimension on a two-dimensional surface? Students need to think about foreground/background, how to use value, how to use size, how does color change to show depth? 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.


Eighth - Romare Bearden: Collage 4/12 - Students finished their observational drawing by adding color. They filled the shapes with the lightest value and added darker shapes to imply form.  4/11 - For this drawing, students drew from observation, but using realistic lines. 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. Art Project: All About Color To further explore color (one of the elements of art) students will create a representational project where the composition includes all of the hues in the color wheel, plus neutrals, and black and white.

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

Computer Lab with Lorraine:

This week the students are continuing to work on their THINGLINK projects in correlation to the the novel they are studying in English.
The 6th and 7th Grade students are creating a THINGLINK for the novel, "The Witness" and 8th Grade students are creating one for "To Kill a Mockingbird".
Students are researching an event that occurs in the novel and are creating a Google Slides presentation, finding unusual facts, and even music that pertains to the event.

These projects are due 

At the end of class on Friday, April 13th for 8th GradersAt the end of class Monday, April 16th for 7th GradersOn Friday April 20th for 6th Graders.


P.E. and Health with Matt: 

Life Skills / Sex Ed with Molly:
6th grade students read letters from our rising 6th grade students from Blue Room. They wrote return letters answering some of their questions.
7th grade students reviewed last week’s discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation/attraction, then watched a short video set at a school. The scenario used students and guidance counselors to work out issues.
8th grade boys learned about internal and external female reproductive parts, as well as menstruation. Female students focused on the reproductive parts of males. Next time the group will discuss gender identity and sexual orientation.

Thank you from, 
The Purple Team

Week of April 2, 2018

Spring Elective Updates
Psychology
We have been studying Personality this trimester. Students viewed a portion of "Inside Out" and learned about the various parts of the brain that influence our personality. Students created Brain Superheros to represent the various parts of the brain and how they impact personality. We have also taken multiple personality tests. Everyone loved seeing what the tests had to say about their personalities and we had some great discussions about reliability and validity of these types of test- especially over time. Next up- Twin studies and approaches to personality including Freud and Maslow!

Literary Magazine
We have worked on getting things organized for creating this year's literary magazine. Students have set up the digital file for InDesign, and have begun scanning and editing artwork.

Cooking (M)
The Monday cooking elective is off to a great start! Spring Break and a Snow Day have limited our time to cook a little bit. They have made mini-cheesecake bites and fudge to share with the Purple Roomers for birthday treats. They wanted to try to make flan and they did a fantastic job! Next up, chocolate nests for Spring.

Music Games
During our first meeting of Music Games, the students and I decided that we would change our elective to "Games of the Arts." With that idea in mind, we have played singing board games and music card games, acted out various improvisation (theater) scenes, played Pictionary, and reviewed some rhythm notes. When the weather warms up we will enjoy some music games outside and also continue our improvisation activities as well as some games that the students have chosen or created.  

Typing

In the the Typing Elective, each student has been given a user account. Meeting only on Mondays, students  have been reviewing the keyboard  through a fun way to type using Dance Mat Keyboarding.  Students are enjoying the overall pace of this software program.  Many have seen an improvement in their typing  speed.  When we take typing test drills in class; many are excited to see that their speed has improved. So coming to class for this elective is fun!! It definitely has built their confidence.

Red Room Learning Buddies
Learning buddy time coincides with afternoon center time. The Red Roomers love having the middle schoolers join them in their play. These learning buddies often help to extend the use of materials in ways the kids really benefit from (snap circuits, Lego, magnets, etc). Always a highlight of the week!

Handwriting
Students have been learning efficient methods of writing. We've focused on letter formation and hand grip. We've also entertained the "personality" of writing, as well as forensic study of hand-writing.

Graphic Design
In Intro to Graphic Design we have talked about how graphic designers create an image for a business. Students have started sketching ideas for a logo to represent a business they have created, or redesigning a logo that already exists. They have drawn an image that they will convert to digital art to use in their logo, and have started learning some of the basic tools in Adobe Illustrator.

Bucket Drumming
This is a fun, talented group of students. We "hit the ground drumming" the first class as we discovered and played various drumming techniques for buckets. The students can now almost play 2 full songs with techniques such as head hits, rim hits, stick clicks, and floor hits. The students are all doing an amazing job reading the music for these techniques. The music includes rhythm notes as well as lines to represent the various technique to be played. We plan to perform for one or two of the classes soon and then begin new songs that we can showcase at the end of the school year. 

Children's Garden

Public Art
So far, the students have examined what is public art. They learned about the roll it plays in public spaces and how people interact with the objects. Since they will be participating in creating  a public art piece for the NRV in a given format of a window pane; they have to decide as a group what to display and how it relates to the space it will be exhibited in. The show will be at Montgomery Museum sometime in June.

The students have brainstormed ideas about what is the NRV on a personal level, what objects to represent the NRV, and what materials to use such as painting, drawing, stencil or laser cutting to use on the window. There is still not a complete picture on what the final piece will be, hopefully in the next few weeks this will develop as they student begin to experience with ideas and materials, and begin to work on the window pane.

Stock Market Games
The Stock Market Elective has rocketed with students learning about stocks and mutual funds.  While we have had limited time in class due to spring break and other events, students are enjoying their participation in a "REAL-TIME" market  game with fictitious money.  Students  are investing carefully.  While the markets seems to  rise and fall due to the unexpected events of today's economy.  For example, pending trade wars with China, the scandal at Facebook and even the President's tweets with Amazon have made students aware of how these events can affect their stock's value. 

Greenhouse
Students have jumped right in where the previous greenhouse group left off. They're enjoying the harvest of cherry tomatoes, starting seedlings for our spring sale, and weeding the plots.

Cooking (F)


Purple Curriculum Updates
Pre-Algebra I with Seema:
After finishing up chapter 12, we reviewed for the assessment and the students took their test. Next we move on to review weeks for the end of year assessment. I will keep you posted on our progress and let you know when I think we will be ready to take that test as soon as I know. 

Pre-Algebra II with Jared:
We spent the week graphing. Students learned about slope, and practiced how to measure the slope of a line, determine the slope given two points, and graph a line with a given slope and point. On Thursday we took a brief quiz on this. Then we started discussing non-linear graphs.

Pre-Algebra III with Ann:
Students finished chapter 9 and took their test on Thursday. We will begin Chapter 10 on Monday- focusing on graphical representations of data. Our end of the year test will be May 1.


Algebra I with Molly:
This week students learned methods for factoring more complex polynomials. They also learned to recognize special cases to apply “short-cuts” when factoring. We will finish the chapter 9 lessons early next week, review, and take a test on polynomials and factoring by Friday.

Language Arts with Jared:
Students finished writing the rough draft of their Authors' Tea stories, and then worked on revisions. We also made progress in our novels. 8th graders watched the first half of the film To Kill a Mockingbird, as we have finished the first half of the novel.

World Studies & U.S. History with Ann:
We wrapped up the 1920s this week by presenting FakeBooks. Students also took a quiz on the material. Next week, we will begin the Great Depression.

Earth Science with Molly:
Students continue to focus on the water cycle, as we learn more about our weather unit. We’ve done demonstrations and labs to create clouds and make them disappear, filter water through different sized grains, and measure humidity with a psychrometer.

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 - Weaving - Small Woven Tote: Students explore fiber arts 4/4 - Students add 2 more "wingspans" of yarn, overlapping "tails", and continuing pattern. 4/3 - Begin weaving: (students review how to use the yarn wall) and weave in a "wingspan" length of yarn. Foreground, Middleground, Background Students will complete a project that includes foreground, middleground, background, overlapping elements, and diminishing size. Students are encouraged to BE CREATIVE with theme choice, thinking beyond typical landscape. Art Project: "Fun" Reflection For this project, students create 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. Art Project: Symbolic Portrait Think about portraiture in an abstract way. What are likes, how time is spent, favorite foods, hobbies, family representation, favorite places to visit, personal beliefs, how you define yourself. Create an artwork that is a representation of yourself, combine several visual illustrations to convey a composition of imagery representing self without the focal point being a self-portrait. Paint, collage, draw, text and lettering can be used to create this work.

Seventh - Surrealism: Students learn about Salvador Dali and the surrealistic art style 4/4 - Realistic v. Surrealistic: On a new piece of paper, and the same object, students thought about how they could change their object (animate it, add a different texture, change the environment, etc.) and drew the object in a new form. 4/3 - Using pencil, students added value to imply dimension in their drawn objects. 3/28 - Students chose an object from around the art room to draw from. They concentrated on contour line only. Self Guided Clay Project Students are using the skills and inspiration from the clay trinket box they have completed. They are exploring other ways to use pinch, slab, coil, sculpting and joining clay pieces of their own design. Art Project: Using "Space" Students completed an art journal warm-up, which features positive and negative space. For this projects students will expand on the idea of using the element of art, space. How do artists create the look of depth, and add dimension on a two-dimensional surface? Students need to think about foreground/background, how to use value, how to use size, how does color change to show depth? 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.


Eighth - Romare Bearden: Collage 4/5 - Students drew from observation. They chose an object around the room or one of their printed images to practice drawing contour lines and gesture lines. 4/4 - Students continued to print images 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. Art Project: All About Color To further explore color (one of the elements of art) students will create a representational project where the composition includes all of the hues in the color wheel, plus neutrals, and black and white.

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

Computer Lab with Lorraine:
This week the Purple Room students continued to work on their Thinglink projects. Many were continuing to work on the image in Google Drawing which will be uploading to Thinglink. Secondly, after choosing a relevant topic from the book, students will create a five slide Google Slides presentations. This part of the project requires research and citing their sources. Next students will upload an appropriate Youtube video about their topic, an appropriate sound and an usual fact and short discussion. We will present this projects during the third week in April.
The 6th and 7th grades students are creating their project on the novel, The Witness and
The 8th grade students are creating their projects on the novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird".



P.E. and Health with Matt: 

Life Skills / Sex Ed with Molly:
6th and 8th did science during Life Skills this week to make up the time missed during our field trip. 7th grade students discussed what it means to be male or female, then learned more about gender identity. We then discussed sexual orientation and attraction. Next time, 7th grade students will watch and discuss a video about sexual orientation.

Thank you from, 
The Purple Team