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The Middle School

Welcome to the middle school’s home on the web!

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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Monthly Newsletter

  • Middle School Language Arts

    In early May we wrapped up the multigenre project that we had been working on since late March.  There were such a wide range of topics, from scientists, athletes, politicians, and even some semi-famous family members.  These projects are fun and creative.  Look for them at curriculum celebration!

    In May we turned our attention to mystery, reading several different mystery books in literature circles.  Each group will be tasked with creating a companion book for their mystery book…  a form of literary analysis.  We’ll wrap up our mystery unit with the closing of the school year.

  • Middle School Social Studies

    It’s been six long years since the last one, but the middle school is gearing up for Trader Joe’s Big Bartering Bonanza this Thursday, May10 and Friday, May 11. During this event students incorporate all of their knowledge about microeconomics and create a product to market to students in younger grades. In return, K-5 students bring in items needed at the local homeless shelters – the Delonis Center, Alpha House and Food Gatherers – to trade. In the end kids will gauge if prices were too high or too low, whose product was demanded most, and who ran out of their supply too early. More importantly, we’ll have truckloads of items to donate and students will have a deeper understanding of how market economies work. The top sellers will get the respect and admiration of their classmates, as well as a free dinner from me. For a final assessment, students will be incorporating their experiences at the bonanza into a “report” which will be on display at the curriculum celebration.
    Thank you all who volunteered at the event. Your help was crucial to its success.

  • Middle School Math – May 2018

    I some ways the school year seems to have flown by, like we just returned from Camp Tamarack and getting into the flow of classes.  And, at the same time we have learned so much, me, as well as the students, that it’s a good years worth of work. In three of the classes we have been using Eureka Math curriculum that has provided us a new approach to concepts and lots of opportunity for discussion and exploration.

    In Course 1 our most recent unit was on understanding integers and how we use them in everyday life.  The students will presenting their project creating art in the coordinate plane at curriculum celebration.

    Course 2 has been diving head first into algebraic expressions and equations.  It is quite a transition from solving word problems using arithmetic to solving word problems algebraically.  They have created a word problems of their own for you to solve at curriculum celebration, come see if you can solve it algebraically.

    Linear equations has been the hot topic in Course 3.  From understanding that the graph of a linear equation is a line, to comparing standard form to slope-intercept form, to solving systems of linear equations.  For curriculum celebration they too will be presenting art on a coordinate plane, but theirs will be defined by linear equations.

    Algebra has had an very productive year beginning with a review of linear equations and functions, to solving quadratic and radical equations.  They will be presenting their discoveries of parabolas (the graph of a quadratic function) in the real world along with their regression equation at the curriculum celebration.

    As you can see the students have worked to creatively display their knowledge of the new math skills and concepts they have gained this year.  We look forward to seeing you at the curriculum celebration.

  • Middle School Language Arts

    In the month of March, we finished up reading Nancy Farmer’s The House of the Scorpion, and turned our attention to nonfiction.  Middle school students are completing the “big project” of the year, a multigenre biography project.  Students self selected a biography or autobiography to read, and they are constructing a project with multiple different pieces of writing to communicate what they learned from the book.  Look for these projects at curriculum celebration!  They will keep us busy until then!

  • Middle School Social Studies

    We’ve just wrapped up a very successful unit on homelessness, culminating with a huge poverty simulation involving nearly all of the middle school students and many of their parents. MLive did an article on the event which can be found at http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2018/03/middle_school_homelessness_sim.html. Students also participated in a debate taking on a variety of roles, as well as wrote persuasive essays on topics ranging from the elimination of the food stamp program to the criminalization of homeless people. April will see a new unit called Little Entrepreneurs, which will cover a variety of concepts in microeconomics. Students will work towards creating products to market and “sell” to younger students in exchange for items needed at the local homeless shelters in an event called “Trader Joe’s Big Bartering Bonanza.” So please start looking in closets and drawers for toiletries, hand warmers, disposable cups and plates, etc.

  • Middle School Math – March 2018

    The change in curriculum to use Eureka Math has been going well.  The program is inquiry based and has provided the students with lots of opportunities to explore, practice, challenge, prove, and discuss various mathematical concept.  I have learned a lot myself.

    In Course 1 we are finishing up our understanding of the four operations as they study division of whole numbers, division by a fraction and operations on multi-digit decimals.  This expanded understanding serves to complete their study of the four operations with positive rational numbers.  As we move forward, we will be working with negative rational numbers; focusing on understanding, locating, and ordering negatives numbers.

    Course 2 is also completing a unit.  We have been exploring operations with signed rational numbers, in other words, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative whole and rational numbers.  Next, we will be using these skills to evaluate expressions and solving equations and inequalities.

    At the end of February Course 3 completed a unit that students learn about dilation and similarity and apply that knowledge to a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem based on the Angle-Angle criterion for similar triangles.  The unit begins with the definition of dilation, properties of dilations, and compositions of dilations.  As March begins students extend what they already know about unit rates and proportional relationships to linear equations and their graphs.  Students understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations in this unit.

    And, in Algebra we have explored properties of exponents and polynomials, learning how to add, subtract, and multiply various polynomials to prepare us for our current unit on factoring polynomials:  from factoring a GCF of an algebraic expression to factoring a trinomial into the product of two binomials.  Learning how to factor quadratic trinomial prepares the students to be able to solve quadratic equations (our next unit).  It’s all good fun!

     

  • Social Studies

    We are currently in the heart of our unit on homelessness, having hosted Dan Kelly – head of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County – for a Q & A a few weeks back and having just taken a field trip to the Delonis Center in Ann Arbor. Students have moved beyond common stereotypes and have been researching reasons people become homeless, support and services across the country and in Washtenaw County, and a variety of theories about best ways to address the issue. They assumed roles – city councilmen/-women, nice neighbors, business owners, police officers, etc. – and debated a number of different topics surrounding the issue and are currently writing persuasive essays on some of those same issues. We are also in the early stages of preparing a simulation for parents, which will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at 5:00 PM in the gym. This is one of my favorite events and I can’t wait to see what twists this year’s students put on it.

  • Middle School Language Arts

    In February, we began our study of Science Fiction, reading Nancy Farmer’s The House of the Scorpion.  We have talked about issues of science, ethics, the future, and what sets the genre of sci-fi apart from realistic fiction and fantasy.  Additionally, students have been writing around or in the genre of science fiction, focusing their monthly writing assignments on topics or issues within the book, or exploring the genre of science fiction.

    In March, we are shifting to nonfiction, studying biography and starting on our multigenre projects, which we will work on until curriculum celebration in May.

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