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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- Middle School Math – April 2017
Once Spring Break is over math class seems to fly by, it always seem to be a mad dash to the end. Fortunately, in most classes we get to explore different aspects of geometry… which is always fun.
Course 1 will be learning and reviewing some geometry basics right after a quick lesson in decimals. We will be reviewing what decimal are and where you find them on a number line. Converting fractions to decimals and then to percents to see how they all relate to one another will be an important focus. In addition, we will be reviewing mathematical operations with decimals, always taking it one step further. Our focus this time will be on multi-digit division.
Course 2 is jumping into a longer unit in geometry beginning with areas and perimeter of polygons and adding circumference and area of circles. We will be exploring the Pythagorean Theorem and therefore needing to learn more about square roots. The second half of this unit will involve surface area and volume of different 3-D figures.
In Course 3 we will quickly review what we know about geometry so far, so that we can use that knowledge in transformational geometry. Learning to translate, reflect, and rotate objects on a coordinate grid.
As we just completed our unit on quadratic functions the Algebra will be using that knowledge in a fun project examining parabolas in the real world. They will be identifying parabolas in photos and learning to derive an equation for them. We will also learn how to manipulate radical functions as a tool.
- Middle School Language Arts- March 2017
In the month of March, middle school students participated in book groups. Each group chose a realistic fiction book with a character that has a disability. They discussed (online in Google Groups and in person during class) the ways their characters worked through their challenges and successes as the plot progressed. Additionally, during class, we watched videos, participated in simulations, and did some reading on disabilities. As we return from break, we will start on our major project of the school year, the multigenre research project.
- Social Studies
Students are rolling through the nineteenth century in American history. In our most recent unit, Expansion, student will be putting on a news show, promoting major events in the nineteenth century within one of three regions: South, West or Northeast. Major themes include agriculture, technology, industry, labor and transportation, as well as race and class relations. Following this unit students will learn about major reform movements and the year will end with a unit on the Civil War. Look for a few big projects relating to these units at the Curriculum Celebration in May.
- 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.