6th grade students researched the seven wonders of the ancient and modern worlds. The project required students to learn more about the people and cultures who constructed these amazing buildings. Students were motivated to learn how and why ancient and modern people constructed huge structures. This project also required to student think about their process for finding information on the internet and use good citations. Learn more about the Great Pyramid and Machu Pichu from one student's work.
how to stay healthy by washing your hands. They prepared review questions to discuss the information in the presentations and offered prizes to their young students. The 7th graders were engaged in learning about microscopic life and excited to share their knowledge.
created a powerpoint slide with their information. Finally, students shared and presented about their wonder to the class.
Presentation skills are very important. In 7th grade Language Arts we are using a graphic organizer (an Essay Outline Guide) in Google Docs to improve student's writing and help them prepare a presentation of their ideas. Google docs allows students to see the organization of an essay in a very visual and flexible format, which helps all learners, but especially visual learners. The fact that it is a Google doc makes it easy for teacher Pat Micelli to give ongoing feedback.
First students wrote their thesis and topic sentences, and then got feedback from the teacher. Then they filled in their supporting details, followed by their “hook”. They then filled in the background section and will write their conclusion last. The last column helps them to plan out what images and text they will include on each slide and to match the slide with the content. Nelson Taylor, middle school technology teacher, will also work with students to learn best practices for creating and presenting using Keynote.
In order to engage the 5th grade students in service learning, the teachers are asking students to make decisions about their projects. Initially, students chose which group to participate in, and now they are helping to guide the projects. The Animal Rights group works with CAAN Centro de Adopciones Avanzadas. The group is led by Laya Waldman, but it is driven by the students ideas and interests. Using Google Classroom helps the team get organized and share their ideas. Students can comment and connect using the discussion stream.
Students used a link in their classroom recently to fill out a survey to determine what they want to accomplish. One student wrote: "An animal right issue is that people abandon animals when they stop being cute and little, but they are still THE SAME DOGS." You can see all the survey answers to learn more about students' ideas about how to help animals in need in Guadalajara.
Students in middle school band classes are improving their music skills with the help of a variety of technology tools. All our band music is shared to students digitally through a folder on their Google Drive so they can use smart devices anywhere to access it. This way students who forget their music at school can still practice at home.
Speaking of practice, students fill out their weekly practice record using a Google Form they access from the band website. Students can also sign up for lessons when Mr. Boreen has free time by viewing the Google Calendar with appointment slots open whenever he is available. You will be able to hear the results of all their hard work and practice at our next concert on December 4th at 6pm in the auditorium.
and online safety are important skills for our students. These posters demonstrate how students can engage and teach each other about strategies for staying safe online.
rewarding. Students are using a variety of online tools to learn coding skills. In these pictures, students are logging in to Tynker for the first time. Tynker uses a visual drag and drop interface to introduce coding with fun graphics and tutorials.
Photos of students by Nelson Taylor Tablet photo by Xataka
Students in 7th grade math are beginning bimester two with a unit about scale and proportion. In order to introduce students to scale and engage them in the concept, we began with a scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Throughout the filming of the Harry Potter movies, the producers used a scale model of Hogwarts to create amazing scenes like this. Movies are just one example of how scale is used every day.
After the introduction, students measured a geometric object and drew it on their paper. Next, they were assigned a scale factor. Students redrew the object with the new dimensions, and then they were ready to model both the original and the scaled object in Sketchup. Students submitted their models to a shared folder in Google Drive. Last, each student downloaded a peer's drawing and determined the scale factor. Students were engaged in designing their models in Sketchup and learning the basics of using a scale factor to enlarge or shrink an object.