High School Government
Students are currently learning about the structure and purpose of the legislative branch of the government. They will learn about the two similarities and differences of the two chambers of Congress and the responsibilities of each. Students are also learning about how events in the modern world are affected and impact by the US government.
Students are learning about the basic structure and principles guaranteed in the US Constitution. On Wednesdays, students are tracking a journalist and his attempt to walk the path of human migration. Throughout the unit, they are learning about the cultures, events, geography, and effects of climate change that the journalist encounters along his way. On Thursdays, the students are learning how to manage their personal finances and other skills related to adulthood.
MS Social Studies
We will be learning American History, starting with the pre-historic era in the “New World” (the Americas) and ending with the American Civil War.
Thus far, we have wrapped up our first Chapter on the early Americans, how their cultures developed, what they were like, and how they varied from one corner of the country to another.
Currently, we are in the middle of learning chapter two, European Explorers and the Early Colonial Period. We held an open discussion over how we think the arrival of Europeans to the New World in 1492 would affect the indigenous cultures that we had just learned about. The students were able to think critically and discuss with me how they thought European arrival into the New World would both adversely and advantageously affect indigenous groups.
Students are given typical grade-level texts and, along with supports, are able to complete the work that would see in a typical high school setting. Students are taught the necessary skills to read the text closely and come up with a verbal or written analysis based on the novel. Students are also taught the best way to utilize textual evidence to support answers as well as learning how to pick out the best evidence to support their answer. This skill is the basis for many other activities completed in the classroom and helps to build the foundation for better ELA skills.
Students are given texts that most closely match the average functional reading level of the class as a whole. Through these kinds of texts, students are able to learn many of the same skills as the traditional English class but adapted to a level that helps them to better understand the concepts and academic vocabulary used within the classroom. Along with adapted material and presentation, the content being taught is differentiated according to the needs of each student in order to make it as accessible as possible. Each week, the students will read a chapter of the novel being used. When the chapter reading is completed there are various supplemental assignments provided based on elements of the literature
Middle School ELA:
Students are given texts that are both age and ability-appropriate. Within the small English class sizes, the content being presented is differentiated according to the needs of each student. If a student is closer to grade level, then they are given the appropriate material and presentation; the same goes for when a student is below grade level. Each week, the students will read a chapter of the novel being used. When the chapter reading is completed there are various supplemental assignments provided based on elements of literature.
Journalism is a new class being offered as an elective this year. The class is being designed around student collaboration and student interest. When working on the school newsletter, students are asked what topic they would most like to work on this month, and then it is mostly independent work for them to write their article. The students work on the writing process from beginning to end: brainstorming, mapping, drafting, editing/revising, and final draft. In between editions of the newsletter students are working on their grammar, editing, and sentence structure skills as well as learning about the ethics of Journalism and the history behind it.
Math: We are currently learning about how to identify triangles. Students are looking for clues to find if a triangle is an Equilateral, Isosceles, or Scalene. They are on the hunt to look for equal sides and angles to help determine the classification of each triangle.
ADL: Students are improving their independent living skills. They're practicing vacuuming, washing dishes, and task boxes. By doing these activities, students are earning money to spend at our upcoming classroom party. Each student has their own wallet and practices money management.
Science: Our students are learning hands-on differences between chemical and physical changes. We are conducting experiments to decide if a chemical change or physical change has occurred. They are learning that sometimes a chemical change can be tricky to see.
Social Studies: Our class loves to keep up with current events such as the recent oil spills, fat bear week, and much more. Students watch CNN 10 every day to support the current events we are learning about.
Ms. MyKayla's room
This year in Transition Math, our seniors are working on the functional math skills needed in life such as time, money management, budgeting, cooking, and measurements. We have started the year learning about elapsed time.
Middle School Science
We have started the year off learning about the difference between scientists and engineers. The students practiced the scientific method with a paper towel experiment, where they worked to see if Bounty paper towels were more absorbent. We are wrapping up our unit on the engineering design process, where the students worked in groups to design and build a balloon rocket!
We have started the year off learning about the difference between scientists and engineers. The students practiced the scientific method with a paper towel experiment, where they worked to see if Bounty paper towels were more absorbent. We are wrapping up our unit on the engineering design process, where the students worked in groups to design and build a Balloon Rocket!
We have wrapped up our unit reviewing the parts of speech and identifying them within our own writing. Every week, the students complete journals to practice putting their thoughts on paper. We are starting a new unit, where the students are working on writing both stronger sentences and using a variety of sentence structures (simple, compound, complex). In the next few weeks, we will begin working on a narrative essay!
Science: This quarter is all about Life Science! We recently wrapped up our chapter on cells, so we are about to begin our research on the different types of ecosystems. Students will be learning about the life cycle, food webs, and how to identify the difference between a predator and prey!
Reading: Students in our Elementary Novel Study are about to wrap up their first Novel, Space Case, a murder mystery set in space! They have worked hard trying to follow the storyline of the who-dun-it mystery case while also studying the different characters presented in the novel!
Math: In math, we are all working on our own skills within our Math Ladders program. Students work at an individual pace to learn in areas where they need the most support to help them access the math curriculum. Currently, we are working on Numbers and Operations.
Language Arts: We are working on improving our grammar in class! Students have been practicing identifying and using different parts of speech such as nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions. Currently, we are working on identifying correct subject-verb agreement!
Social Studies: We are starting our unit over Mesoamerica! We are researching some of the oldest civilizations of Central America including the Olmecs, Mayas, and Aztecs! We have been reading about the different cultures and the inventions they created!
Middle School Math: Middle school math is a course designed for 7th and 8th-grade students, and the course follows the Ohio 7th and 8th-grade math standards. Topics include ratios, equivalent ratios, integers with adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing, basic probability, percents, fraction operations, equations and inequalities, expressions, and real-world problems.
Integrated Mathematics I and II: Integrated mathematics is a course designed for high school freshmen and sophomores. This course is designed as an alternative to Algebra 1. Topics taught are similar to those learned in MS Math, Pre Algebra, and Algebra 1 but with more real-life applications. Students learn about integers, ratios, equations, inequalities, and expressions with a focus on how these topics are used in the real world.
Transition Mathematics I and II: Transition mathematics is a course designed for high school juniors and seniors. This course is designed as an alternative to Algebra 1 and Geometry. Topics include some content from Algebra 1 and Geometry as well as topics on money, budgeting, time, and schedules.
Algebra I: Algebra 1 is a course designed for freshmen and sophomores and is the study of the fundamental skills of algebra. Algebra I builds on solid arithmetic knowledge. Topics include: signed numbers, evaluation of expressions, the addition of like terms, addition and simplification of rational abstract expressions, solutions of equations with one unknown, solutions of systems of equations in two variables, graphing of linear equations, simplification of irrational expressions, and solution of simple work problems are included in this course.
Geometry: Geometry is a course designed for freshmen, sophomores, and/or juniors and assumes that the student has demonstrated a solid foundation in algebra. Topics include the relationships between points, lines, and planes; the axiomatic system; logical thinking and proof-writing; measurement, including area and volume; congruency; similarity; two and three-dimensional geometric figures; parallel and perpendicular lines; and the coordinate plane.
Algebra II: Algebra II is a course designed for juniors and seniors and assumes that the student has demonstrated a solid foundation in algebra and geometry. Topics discussed in algebra 1 are revisited in this course and examined at a deeper level as well as new topics are introduced and discussed. Some of these topics include solving systems of equations and inequalities, writing, solving, and graphing quadratics, polynomials, absolute value, and other functions, and the introduction of imaginary numbers, matrices, and logarithms.
Recently art students learned all about lines, patterns, and texture. They then learned how to make Zen tangles with what they learned and created their own Zen tangle-themed artwork! Students also included their favorite foods on this project as a focal point and enjoyed getting to know each other's favorite foods.
Physical Education class will give students the tools to live a fun, active, and healthy lifestyle. Each week students participate in Yoga to improve their flexibility, fitness stations focused on increasing cardiorespiratory endurance and muscular strength, and a variety of games that require the use of teamwork, strategy, and sportsmanship.