Grade 6 Humanities students continued to work on their organizational writing. They watched a brief TED talk by time-lapse photographer, Louis Schwartzberg who shows some of his work on a documentary about gratitude. Then students responded in writing, discussing how they can show gratitude each day. Students were encouraged to read each other’s responses and comment on their writing. This builds their written discussion skills as well as practice giving positive, specific feedback when peer reviewing writing. Next they looked at and discussed how form affects writing, using two poems by E.E. Cummings as their exemplars. Finally, 6th grade students also practiced their editing skills and completed a unit of vocabulary.
Grade 7 Humanities worked this week on their Religions of China research presentations. They completed research using guided questions to help them, and then they began Google Slides presentations that they will be giving to their classmates next week to teach them about the religion and the role it plays/played in Chinese history. Students also completed a unit of vocabulary.
8th grade Humanities classes finished reading short stories to prepare them for their irony in literature essay. This week, they read, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “Sentry” by Frederick Brown, both with excellent examples of situational irony. For Poetry Tuesday, students read “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost and discussed the notion of boundaries and tradition. When are boundaries necessary? When should traditions be preserved v. changed? Finally, they completed an additional unit of vocabulary.
6th year Earth Science students just finished their unit, Fossils and Studying Earth’s Past. This week they began their unit, Tectonic Plates. Within this unit, students will learn about the literal driving force behind what shapes our planet. Next week, students will begin planning their stop motion videos representing the effects that convection currents have on the movement of tectonic plates and formation of our continents.