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The middle school is an amazing and unique part of Honey Creek, providing students with a challenging and yet creative approach to learning and being in community with one another. The middle school is divided up into 4 main subject areas (Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science) as well as other afternoon specials/electives classes (Technology, Art, Gym, Band II, Chorus, Swim, Tech and Art Electives). Students are in multi-age classrooms (6th/7th/8th mixed together) and experience each subject through a project-based and thematic approach.
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- Middle School Math – March 2017
During second semester we tend to push through quite a bit of math in all the classes…
Algebra – March finds us learning skills to factor quadratic expressions so that we can use it as a tool to solve quadratic equation.
Course 3 – We have been learning about different ways to display data and the different types of data that you can collect (quantitative, qualitative, and categorical). We will be surveying the middle school student to collect data that we can use to “get to know” our middle schoolers better. Watch for our displays at the curriculum celebration in May.
Course 2 – Finishing up on our unit about proportional thinking, we are doing a 2-D dilations of various spring themes (considering how unseasonably warm it’s been). We will begin to learn about solving algebraic equations next.
Course 1 – We have recently completed our unit on Fractions and Fraction Operations… a most important skill for middle school math. Next, we will be moving on to Integers.
- Middle School Social Studies
Students are cruising right along in American history. They have recently studied some of the challenges facing the young nation, including passing the political torch after Washington, living with the hypocrisy slavery, and balancing relationships with Spain, France and England. What’s taken a fair amount of time in the past few weeks has been our efforts to better understand the United States’ relationship with native nations. We asked the question, “What happened?” after such peaceful relations emerged with Lewis and Clark. This led us down a path through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries all the way to the Standing Rock Tribe’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. As most of you know, we’ll be taking a trip to Washington DC on March 9th to march with and support Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies. Thanks to everyone for your support.
For the rest of the month of March, students will begin comparing the economies and politics of the Northeast and South and start assessing the impacts of westward expansion.
- Middle School Science – March
We are just wrapping up our Light Waves mini-project “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Middle school students incorporated their understanding of how light waves behave into a digital photograph that they captured. Artistic components were included and at curriculum celebration we hope to display and run an art exhibit/competition. Stay tuned! In March we will quickly move to sound waves and learn more about them. We hope to include an ASL (academic service-learning) project involving everyone’s ears, so listen for announcements!
- Middle School Language Arts- March 2017
In the month of February, we continued working on informational and persuasive writing, focusing on finding and citing trustworthy sources to back up our claims. We also started making use of a new web based tool called Citelighter, which helps students compile and properly cite internet research. Parents, remember the days of using the MLA style guide? They are growing ever more distant.
As we wrapped up our work on nonfiction writing, we have turned our attention toward narrative writing. We are focusing on how to choose meaningful topics, developing a “so what” for the piece, and filling it with thoughts and feelings and meaningful details.
- January- Middle School Language Arts
We returned from winter break in full workshop mode. Students worked on drafting and revising pieces of their choice, while our journals and minilessons focused on writing in the informational genre. Our first publishing deadline was February first.
Also in January, students wrote letter essays to their peers about a book they chose to read. By writing to each other (and not just me), they get valuable practice in writing for a specific audience.
In February, they will write to someone of their choice about their reading… some plan to write to authors. In writing workshop, our minilessons will focus on the narrative genre.
- Middle School Science – February Sound, Lights, Wave Action! In the middle school classrooms we are working with waves and how we interact with them on a daily basis. We will be taking a look at both sound and light waves to help us understand how they are similar and different. Each will result in a small project to demonstrate our manipulation respectively, and we hope to better understand the nature and behavior of them both. In the first week of February, the middle school will take a field trip to the University of Michigan Physics Demo Lab where we will experience waves at a different level.
- Middle School Social Studies
Students are bubbling through American history topics, having spent a chunk of December analyzing the debates between delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. For January, we are going to dive deeper into the Constitution by looking at the seven articles within and then the Bill of Rights. I have some ideas rattling in brain of mini-mock trials or a simulations as a project for this unit, but I have not fully solidified how it will look. The short of it would be for the kids research and perhaps re-enact actual court cases where the rulings were decided by amendments within the Bill of Rights. If we can pull it off in the next couple of weeks, we’ll create some sort of interactive activity to coincide with the Curriculum Celebration on January 20th.
- January 2017 – Middle School Math
The big motivation in middle school math classes this time of year is the Curriculum Celebration (January 20th). Each class will presenting a different project. The algebra students completed their project just before winter break. Some created line segment art and some made “stained glass windows”. Their task was to create the lines, write an equation for each, and define its range and domain. Course 3 students also completed their projects before winter break. They have dilated various items. Some student enlarged their item others reduced it depending upon the scale factor they chose. Their task was to accurately measure the original object, dilate each measurement with their scale factor, then create the dilated item. We began our projects in courses 1 & 2 before winter break and will be finishing them early January. The students in course 2 are working on the Amateur Architect project. So far we have worked on our measurement skills, striving for accuracy and consistency. Their next task is to decipher directions, and use fractions and mixed numbers to create a house. The students in course 1 are working on a project with pattern blocks. Their task is to work with fractions and mixed numbers, understanding how they add together, setting a foundation for reviewing fraction operations (addition, subtraction, and multiplication) and leading into fraction division. We look forward to seeing you during the curriculum celebration.