The students took it to their classmates to learn some information about a typical Green Woods 6th Grader. The students came up with a statistical question and then asked their classmates to gather data. The students were then asked to display and analyze their findings. The students were very creative in their questioning and analyzing of the information. It was definitely a fun project to wrap up our data analysis unit.
As we spring into "Spring" we welcome some snow that didn't stand in our way. As we trudge onward we tackled Geometry this week and definitely got to see some fun shapes in nature as the snow came down. Over the break students are being asked to do some practice with all of our math concepts and figurative language. Feel free to find examples of figurative language in your everyday life with your students and examples of geometry in the real world. Enjoy your time off from school, but never do want to take time off of learning opportunities. See you in April!
We had so much fun in the woods learning about adaptations in nature and discussing the adaptations we noticed in Hatchet.
As a middle school, we participated in the nationwide walkout to raise awareness about school safety and gun violence. The students walked out of class to pay tribute to the 17 people who died in Parkland, Florida because of a school shooting. Some of the older students read poetry, spoke about the individual people who were killed, and the choir sang "Where is the love?" by the Black Eyed Peas.This was a very special moment of solidarity among the students and staff. Thank you for being a part of this.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
Oh the places we went this week. This week the school had a chance to celebrate Read Across America week, which culminated in a buddy reading activity. The students were able to read with their 2nd grade buddies and share in the joys of reading together. We also read a few Dr. Seuss books throughout the week and discussed the many hidden themes in the wonderful books. From a discussion about the Lorax and our impact on the environment to the Sneetches and their need to be unique, everything had great meaning for the sixth grade class. What an honor to celebrate such a wonderful man and his many impactful works.
This week we celebrated random acts of kindness by recognizing our classmates and friends for the kind things they do each day. Students had the chance to pick an act of kindness they wanted to complete by the end of the week and display it for the whole school to see. Students also wrote down acts of kindness that others completed toward them, to be looped in a school wide chain of kindness. This week is just a beautiful reminder that the world is colored with kindness. It just takes one act of kindness to brighten someone's day. Remember to be kind!
This week we took time to discuss the power of failure and what one can do with their failure. Truly, failure is a chance to learn and grow. The power of YET is a facet of growth mindset, which empowers students, parents, and teachers to believe in their ability to grow in mental capacity. It was important for the students to be reminded that a failure can be the next step in one's success and as Nick Foles says "[failure] is an opportunity for your character to grow." Remember to always encourage your students to ask what else can I do? What can I do more of? It's important to be reflective on what you have done and what you can do more of. Want to know more about growth mindset, check out this link.
Along with a super fun day of tubing, the students got to explore the science behind the fun. The students were each given responsibilities in order to track mass, time, distance, and friction. They were spread out throughout the mountain and the indoor spaces to run tests, gather times, and conduct experiments. Today, back at school, they were able to calculate the average speed of objects traveled at different weights. The calculations also took into account friction and outside forces that might have skewed the data. Check out the fun we had on the mountain!