It has been a complete tragedy in sixth grade Humanities these past couple of weeks… well, more of a complete ‘study’ of tragedy, as the classes have been exploring the plot structure of Greek tragedy, and comparing it to William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
In our middle school Comic Books and Graphic Novels class, eighth graders have been practicing different techniques for illustrating and writing comic strips. Students have been studying all the different aspects of creating stories, from character development and illustration, panel design, avoiding redundancy, to creating a comic without panels at all! The students are about to embark on a publishing odyssey so that during the Middle School Exhibition of Learning students can have copies of their comic compilations available for the masses!
In the world of our fifth grade STEM math class, students have been continuing the study of parts of a whole, exponents, and square roots. Most recently they have learned how to round decimals, as well as multiply and divide them. The class has mastered the skill of finding equivalency between fractions, decimals, and percents and the proper use of each. Lastly, students have learned how to multiply fractions with challenges of tying exponents, square roots, fractions, decimals, and percents together in complicated equations and word problems.
In science class this past month the class began a new unit on landforms, weathering and erosion. Students studied these concepts through many investigations where they looked at soil composition, as well as physically and chemically weathered rocks. The students froze glass jars to show how cracks in rocks form. They built their own landscapes and studied different ways they erode. They then put on engineering hats to find ways to control and limit that erosion using examples observed in our everyday world to give them ideas. Lastly, students are learning how streams form by building stream tables and experimenting with what factors increase erosion and deposition.