Math & Science
If you attended the annual Earth Day Fair in downtown Bend last weekend, you probably noticed how wonderful the Environmental Center looked with it’s newly planted bee garden, trash-free sidewalks, and freshly spread mulch! This is largely due to the hard work our 7th graders put in last Friday for our annual Earth Day project. For nearly 3 hours last week, students worked tirelessly to make a difference in our community, and learn positive habits to help us preserve our planet. This is the second year we’ve partnered with the Environmental Center for our Earth Day volunteer mission, and we’re looking forward to continuing this partnership in the coming years. As an added bonus, students were also able to count their volunteer hours as money raised for our Sparrow, Hudson.
Students have been learning about the fantasy genre by reading the novel A Wrinkle in Time as a class. This has been a very fun and challenging unit for all students. Students are using what they have learned to write a short story in the fantasy genre. Like with any genre, a good story contains strong elements of character, setting, plot, and explores a theme that goes beyond the story itself. Last week students used pre-writing techniques to brainstorm possible stories. After writing a rough draft, students have been working hard to edit and add to their stories, which are due on Friday.
Additionally, students have been participating in a literature circle in a group of 3-6 students. They are reading a book of their choice and each week students take on roles such as Discussion Director, Summarizer, and Illustrator. As they read, they are looking for specific ways that the author has crafted the story. Groups will meet weekly for the next few weeks to discuss their thoughts and share their ideas. These discussions will help students as they ultimately write a comparative essay between A Wrinkle in Time and their literature circle novel.
Our next humanities unit will begin next week and we will be studying the European Renaissance.