Students collaborating in Writing Workshop and Reading Independent Books in Reading Workshop
Sixth grade students in the Orchestra are working hard on some fiddle music we have in our folders. Fiddle music is typically quick and active; you can see how much everyone is concentrating on reading this new music!
It is exciting to play music from different cultures in our class. The fiddle style of playing has roots in 14th Century Norway, Ireland and Scotland, but has now spread to many different parts of the world, like India, Israel, Turkey, and even our own Appalachian Mountains.
The students recently mastered a short piece written by an Austrian, Franz Joseph Haydn, which was dedicated to, and premiered in London, England! Coming soon, sixth grade will perfect what is considered the first national anthem of the United States, “Chester,” written by the first American-born composer, William Billings.
As you can see, one of the performance techniques we are polishing is always keeping the bow hair perpendicular to the string as we draw the bow across the instrument.
Hands-on learning of the concept of friction and how it moves things! The students were able to understand this through a friendly game or two of Tug-of-War!
7th grade science is starting a new unit on weather. Today students worked collaboratively to research the last week’s weather of various cities around the world. Students put their recent social studies geography skills to the test by locating their cities on the world map and presenting their findings to the class. We will continue to track weather around the world to identify patterns and eventually put our weather forecasting skills to the test.
After learning about the Age of Exploration in Social Studies, students attempted to prove why the era is both tragic and triumphant. They organized their thoughts earlier in the week and now are working over a double block to turn their ideas into topic sentences and a thesis. Great connections are being made across content areas!
After reading short stories and exploring the NASA and Mars One dreams of future Mars colonization, students tried their hands at creating their own science fiction stories using a futuristic visual to guide them. They are focusing on the exposition and rising action of their story while adding in sensory details, action, and figurative language to hook their readers. Ray Bradbury would be proud of the creative ideas that were circulating around the classroom today!
In Connections this afternoon, the whole school participated in the #whalesforacause initiative led by FirstBook and Vineyard Vines. For each whale drawing and social media post we upload, a book is donated to a child in need! Support this initiative like we did in school by checking out the hashtag online. Post on social media at home so more books get donated! #goIV #workingtogetherforgood