The young chemists in 8th grade science class have been busy at work conducting “wacky” chemistry experiments and documenting them with entertaining and educational videos. These young scientists have learned first-hand that the best way to learn new concepts is to teach them! With an audience of elementary students in mind, the 8th graders created short, engaging videos explaining the chemical reactions involved in experiments with exploding pumpkins, “elephant toothpaste,” and homemade “snow,” among others! In addition to acquiring a deeper understanding of chemistry, students also learned key principles of video production and editing, and they demonstrated excellent teamwork and collaboration skills.
Fifth grade social studies classes have had multiple lessons in information literacy with both upper school librarian Victoria Robins and middle school technology teacher Devin Wolfe. Students learned why it’s important to carefully evaluate the websites they use for research and information gathering, and they used these critical thinking skills to determine which websites of a list of seven were real websites and which were “hoax” sites, meant to fool them. The students definitely learned that you can’t believe something just because you read it on the internet—just ask them about the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!
Over Spring break 5th graders in language arts class had a Spring break reading challenge! To share our reading life and our vacations, students took a selfie of themselves reading, and wrote a one sentence book review of their good fit book to post on their class padlet page. We are doing lots of great reading in ELA 5th grade and remembering good readers create a BUZZZ about the books they love! Take a look!
The main focus of this research project was for students to understand the true meaning of La Catrina, and the history behind this iconic Mexican image. Also, students learned about the impact of Halloween, and how certain communities in Mexico have been adversely affected by this American tradition.
To demonstrate their learning, students were given three options to create a short two-minute video: an enhanced podcast with images and audio, a Newscast video using a green screen, or a StopMotion video. All photos and audio that students used for their video must have been published under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Share-Alike licensure. Each video that was uploaded to YouTube, was also published under the same licensure. Feel free to view an example from Ms. Rosana's 2nd period class.
If you have any questions about this project, contact Mr. Nelson.
and then created their videos individually. Most students used their YouTube account for the first time on this project so we discussed creating channel names which protect their identity and how to add music to videos following copyright laws.
Today, all 7th grade classes are using the 7th Grade Technology website to help students make the transition from Windows to Mac and get organized for the year. Students are also joining their teacher's Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a new way for students and teachers to share resources and assignments. There is excitement in the air!
The expectations of ASFG and the 8th grade teachers were also discussed at the meeting. This year, teachers will be using a Google Form to track 8th grade behavior with regard to laptop use in class. Students in 8th grade are expected to be respectful, responsible and kind as they use their laptops in class. In other words, they are expected to be good digital citizens.