Language Arts & Humanities
I am so glad that we’ve finally been able to settle into a (more) normal rhythm of school! Students recently gave humanities presentations on their country projects. The goal was to persuade people to move to their fictional country and to explain how their country’s identity was shaped by its geography. It was very clear to me that students have made presentations before and I was impressed by the creativity included.
In Language Arts we have just begun researching teen activism. Students are learning that before writers write about any subject, they first take in a broad cross section of information about that topic, making sure to read different kinds of materials from different kinds of sources. Some students have read about Malala Yousafzai and the fight for girls’ education. Others have learned about a teen from New Zealand named Faye Carey who started her own pet adoption service. Ask your child who they have studied and why they decided to stand up for their cause. If you see anything in the news about a teen working to make a difference, be sure to bring it up with your child!
Math & Science
The students are doing a great job of understanding the Golden Rule of Inequalities and writing inequalities from word problems. We will taking an end of unit assessment next week on writing and solving inequalities.
In science we are in the process of finishing up the Plate Tectonic unit. Once we finish this unit next week we will transition to the unit on coding/computer programming. I am looking forward to this next unit and introducing students to this field.
The past two months middle school students have been learning about the Olympic sport team handball and the newly popular sport pickleball. Both of these sports require hand eye coordination, teamwork, and strategy. Along with our sports units, student have been learning new exercises and the muscles they use while working out.