Biology classes at the High School are just finishing the ecology unit and are now preparing to move into the unit on cells, the building blocks of life. They will be working on introducing cells and the parts of a cell.
After learning the anatomy of cells, they will study they physiology, how they work, within an organism to ensure survival. To extend knowledge, they will study how a once single cell can grow and divide to become a complete living organism.
Then they will study heredity and the passing of traits from one generation to the next. The students generally find great interest in this topic, as they recognize their own traits and which relative possibly passed the traits to them. To round out this unit they will learn about genetic disorders, causes, and possible treatments.
Submitted by Jennifer Fuchs
Sixth graders are learning about the elements of line and creating visual textures. After practicing drawing many different textures students will create a texture critter by applying five different visual textures to its form. Seventh grade art students have finished the Vincent Van Gogh unit. Students learned how to layer oil pastels on construction paper to create a replica of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”
They have been busy with the clay unit this past week. They’ve also created coil pots, pinch method containers and a project of choice. Eighth graders have worked on a variety of projects in the two different classes. One class has paper mached their candy bags and the other group has done a unit on pop art.
Submitted by Michelle Johnson
Madison 2-3 Center
Teachers in third-grade Team 2 at Madison 2-3 Center have been working on building classroom communities as an integral part of classroom management and an overall successful year. They are getting to know each of their students and letting them get to know them over the course of the year.
They are all huge fans of Growth Mindset-thinking, and They try to incorporate it throughout the day whenever they can. As educators, they are not only teaching students to be academic scholars but also great humans that are kind, curious, and have empathy. Here is what they are working on in our core curriculum in their rooms.
• Math: Common core standards for multiplications. Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide
Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem
• ELA: The My View Literacy materials for Grade 3 include high-quality anchor texts that support student learning and build content knowledge, including a variety of fables, myths, folktales, poems, and informational texts. There are a broad range of text types and disciplines to support students in a volume of reading.
• Science: Using Project Lead the Way provides students a rich learning opportunity through an integrated curriculum. This program promotes cross-curricular learning, and the PLTW Launch modules allow for easy integration, especially with their literacy model. They also loved PLTW’s focus on the process of learning, rather than the outcome. With complex topics in science, it is not always about what you produced in the end, but rather what you learned along the way to that product.
• Social Studies: Third grade social studies involves the study of geography, national and world history, economics, and government. This year, students will further explore how local communities are run and the roles elected officials play. As they learn about historic events and explore new concepts, they’ll also further their reading comprehension, writing, and analytical thinking skills.
Submitted by Angel Clark, Dru Strand and Melissa Peterson