This is our last week of science fun!
Students, after learning about the properties of waves and the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, have been asked to look into 4G vs 5G. Why? Because cellphones are the most widely used piece of technology these days that utilize the electromagnetic spectrum.
What does 4G or 5G mean?
What can 5G do that 4G cannot?
How do the frequencies and wavelengths differ with 4G and 5G?
Students are taking a look at karst topography to gain a better understanding of the area we live in.
What are some unique features of karst topography?
What is it about karst topography makes it more susceptible to pollution vs other types of topography?
How did this type of topography form?
Reminder: Teachers are available next week for optional conferences. Please reach out to mentors or content-area teachers to schedule.
Middle school students are wrapping up their studies in American history by sharing their final projects. These projects range in student choice, spanning 1945 to 1980 in United States history. Students began their research for these projects before spring break, returning to them on a weekly basis to build on their layers of understanding. Students utilized primary sources, database research, documentaries, and helpful articles throughout this process. The first few presentations yesterday showed fantastic growth, mastery, and significance of the topics chosen.
Next week, students will have the option to attend live classes via Zoom to continue their learning of the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
High school students are also completing their final projects, which span the 20th century in Missouri. Some have elected to look at more current topics, including healthcare and politics in Missouri over the past few decades, while others are digging into older sources to understand the 1920s and the Great Depression. Students are utilizing primary sources, census data, government documents, and databases to conduct their research and understand their topics more fully. They had the option in how to share their learning in this project; some have elected to write argumentative papers, some have made white board videos, others will record their presentations on Loom, and still others are choosing to meet via Zoom to share one on one what they have learned.
Happy Monday! Today kicks off the start of the last full week of academics, can you believe it?! Work plans for the week have been posted in Classroom. As you’ll notice, the work plans are designed for all assignments to be completed by end of day Thursday, as Friday is Culture Day!
This week in math, seventh and eighth graders will review the major topics we studied this year, including ratios and proportions, three-dimensional figures, statistics and data analysis, and more! Students will do so by choosing three activities from a choice board (accessible via the work plan on Classroom). The choice board includes a variety of activities from a variety of sources used throughout the year.
This week in Algebra II, high schoolers will also review the major topics we studied this year, including systems of equations, quadratic and exponential functions, polynomials, and more! Students will do so by choosing at least three activities from a choice board (accessible via the work plan on Classroom). The choice board includes a variety of activities from a variety of sources used in Algebra II this year.
This week in Pre-Calculus, students will engage in a brief introduction of three conic sections. Throughout the week, students will learn the key features of circles, ellipses, and hyperbolas. To conclude the study, students will reflect on from where conic sections are derived, the key features of the graphs and equations, as well as compare and contrast the three.
High school English students are entering the final leg of our argument research and writing unit. They completed extended outlines last week, and many have already begun implementing my feedback in their essay drafting. Essays are due Friday, May 8th at 11:59 PM. Students have a standing invitation to conference with me about their writing on Zoom this week during office hours from 11:00-12:00 daily or by scheduled appointment. I’ve really enjoyed the conversations I’ve already had; students are researching deeply and synthesizing all of the key concepts we’ve considered over the past several weeks. I look forward to reading final drafts.
Passion Project viewing week was a wild success. Students spent the week learning from each other and providing positive feedback for peers. In the end, our feedback form had a total of 202 responses! Each student received a personalized chart of peer feedback via email this morning and narrative feedback and assessment details on Classroom. I could go on and on, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll simply say that the quality of student work during our Passion Project unit has been unmatched by anything else we’ve done this year. It is so good to finish the year with such an engaging, meaningful endeavor. Thank you, students, families, and Summit staff, for your investment in this process.
Middle school students will begin the week by writing reflectively about our Passion Project work. Next, we’ll take on our final task of the year: a Google Slides project that will allow students to gather well wishes, memories, and even photos from classmates to commemorate the 2019-2020 school year. Slides project details will be posted in Classroom by Tuesday, and students will have the rest of the week to “sign” grade level classmates’ digital memory books.
I look forward to a strong and fun finish to the 2019-2020 school year.
The photo journalism team is nearly done with the 2019-20 yearbook! Although we won’t have an in-person signing party before the school year is over, TreeRing allows students to add electronic signatures to each other’s books. This can be done by requesting someone to sign your book, and it’s a great way to still have that personalization and notes from friends.
Model United Nations
Students in MUN have done a great job in recent weeks studying the political response to COVID-19 from their country’s perspective. They were given the optional extension of comparing their representative country’s approach with that of the United States, as well.
Seventh grade students are nearing the end of their geography course with an examination of North America. Their recent work to learn about South American geography allowed for them to create fun “Carmen Sandiego” style quizzes for each other to test their knowledge of landmarks and geographical elements of the continent.
Middle school students did a great job with their creative projects last week. I loved seeing the photos and slideshows they put together to share their learning!
This week, students are learning about the tumultuous end of the 1960s, Vietnam, and the early years of the 1970s. We have had two live classes to visit about these topics, and students are tasked for Thursday with identifying and sharing about a primary source that connects with this era. On Friday, middle school students are continuing to work on their larger research projects representing an area of interest in the second half of the 20th century. They are drawing closer to wrapping those up and sharing their final products. Next week, students will finalize those projects and continue with live classes to discuss important events of the 1970s and 1980s.
High school students are also closing in on finalizing their research projects and are preparing to turn in drafts and bibliographies to represent their recent work and learning.
6th Graders are wrapping up their study of statistics this week and next by developing their own questions that generate categorical and numerical data. They will be collecting data from their classmates, friends, and family in a variety of ways. This data will be put into various displays next week in order to answer their questions and analyze the results. Students have developed questions related to number of pets, favorite colors, time spent doing a variety of activities, favorite food, and several other topics.
Students will be learning about the electromagnetic spectrum and how the different parts of the spectrum are utilized today with modern technology.
What is amplitude, frequency, and wavelength?
How do cellphones use the electromagnetic spectrum?
What are natural sources of electromagnetic radiation?
Students will be looking into cloud formation and precipitation.
How do clouds form?
What are some types of clouds, and how do they differ?
How do cloud types relate to types of precipitation?
Good Monday morning! In honor of Grandfriends Day, I encourage students to take Tuesday off. However, should students want to challenge their grandfriends to an in-person or virtual Game of Hex, details are posted in Classroom. Here’s what’s coming up this week in math:
Students will finish their study of dilations this week with a combination of video lessons and practice problems. To wrap up the week, students will show what they’ve learned about dilations in the Dilate It! activity, in which students can get as creative as they want to draw a shape then dilate it. See the work plan below for suggested pacing.
Students will deepen their understanding of exponential functions and change by studying real-world applications of exponential growth and decay. For an additional challenge, students have the opportunity to further apply exponential functions to compound interest problems. See the work plan below for details.
This week in Precalc, students will study the final method in solving systems of equations: Cramer’s Rule. See the work plan below for details.