Field Trip and Forest Exploration Fun!

Field Trip Recap

The students loved the adventure science center! They were so excited to see that many of the exhibits were related to subjects they have been learning in class!

The students have been learning rates, ratios, and fractions this year. One particular exhibit gave students the opportunity to test and play around with these concepts. A few areas even allowed them to test the hertz and frequencies of various sounds which they have been learning about in Mr. Nava's musical instrument-making class. 

The students spent a session learning to program mini robots to follow a series of commands to complete various goals. Many of the students loved being able to apply some of the skills they learned from computer programming class with Mr. Cameron. 

Students experienced zero gravity on the moonwalk! 

The students explored several exhibits related to the anatomy of the brain, bloodstream. bones, digestive system, and immune system. These were fun opportunities to explore concepts they have already learned in Anatomy classes with Mr. Munoz! 

The field trip allowed the students to apply many things they have learned while having fun and exploring with their friends!

Class of the Week Highlight

In Fraction of the Forest Class, students are putting the skills they have learned to the test as they compete to create the best design for a parking lot in the forest behind the school. They are choosing the area and mapping out the design to submit as an option for a new parking lot. If their design is accepted, they get a real parking lot named after them! 

 

 

 

 

Music and Exploration Takeover!

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     The last week has been so much fun! Students have said the current two themes, Music Movements and Nature Exploration have been two of the their favorite themes. Here are a few recaps from the last two weeks and descriptions of current classes. 

 These girls won the verb tense Language Arts class challenge, so they got to cook the recipe they wrote in class - COCONUT SHARK! 

These girls won the verb tense Language Arts class challenge, so they got to cook the recipe they wrote in class - COCONUT SHARK! 

 The whole class got to cook their own coconut shark! 

The whole class got to cook their own coconut shark! 

 In Cooking Presentation Class, they learned how to form chocolate in different shapes! 

In Cooking Presentation Class, they learned how to form chocolate in different shapes! 

 In Fraction of the Forest, students mapped out various geometric shapes and calculated the area!

In Fraction of the Forest, students mapped out various geometric shapes and calculated the area!

 In Paper Potter's Guild, they learned to use inexpensive materials to make clay structures!

In Paper Potter's Guild, they learned to use inexpensive materials to make clay structures!

 In Instrument Design, they learned how length and width of parts of the instrument, determines the rate of vibrations making various notes!

In Instrument Design, they learned how length and width of parts of the instrument, determines the rate of vibrations making various notes!

 

 

 

 

Current Two Week Class Descriptions

Mon/Thur - Music Movements

Theme: Music Production
Course: Music on the Brain
Discipline: Life Science - STEM
Main Manipulative: Ipad
Teacher: Mr. Munoz

Description: Students will explore the effects of music on the brain. The major parts and functions of the brain will be introduced. Music therapy will also be examined as a way of bringing holistic healing to various types of illness. Students will be able to 1. build a brain model using construction paper 2. Explain basic brain function according to major brain locations. 3. Recall the four basic components of music therapy on the brain. Intelligences addressed: visual-spatial, logical and mathematical.

Theme: Music Production
Course: Musician’s Documentary
Discipline: Creative Arts - Media
Main Manipulative: iPad
Teacher: Mr. Olson

Description: In this class, we will explore the art of documentary filmmaking. By watching a series of clips students will develop specific criteria to identify the distinguishing characteristics of documentary films. Students will then use these criteria to create their own short clips in a documentary style. In the second week, students will enhance their project by selecting specific media and processes to express moods, feelings, themes or ideas. Multiple Intelligence used: natural and kinesthetic. 

Theme: Music Production
Course: The Way You Move
Discipline: Language Arts
Main Manipulative: Ipad / Keyboard
Teacher: Mrs. Hartnell

Description: This is a Language Arts course in which students will write informative/explanatory texts to examine music’s influence on societal shift and convey information through the selection, organization, and analysis of the content they find. Students will be able to 1. introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow. 2. Develop the topic. 3.  Use appropriate transitions. 4. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary. 5. Establish and maintain a formal style. 6. Provide a concluding statement. Multiple Intelligence used: Linguistic and Logical. 

Theme: Music Production
Course: Instrumental Ideas  
Discipline: Creative Arts - Applied Arts  
Main Manipulative: Strings, Wood, Tools
Teacher: Mr. Nava

Description: Students will create their own musical instrument through initiating new ideas and employing inventiveness and innovation. They will make knowledgeable choices about materials, techniques, and processes to implement ideas and develop the ability to describe how their choice of materials, techniques, and processes influenced the sound of their instrument. Multiple Intelligence used: spatial-visual, natural, kinesthetic, and logical. 

 

Tues/Fri - Nature Exploration

Theme: Nature Exploration
Course: Shape of the Forest
Discipline: Geometry - STEM
Main Manipulative: iPad
Teacher: Mr. Davis

Description: Students will learn and apply geometric techniques in their attempt to map and chart areas of the forest on the school campus. Students will be able to find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes. Multiple Intelligence used: logical-mathematical, natural, spatial. 

 

Theme: Nature Exploration
Course: Environmental Ways
Discipline: Language Arts - Vocabulary Acquisition
Main Manipulative: Ipad
Teacher: Mrs. Hartnell 

Description: Students will read about how landscapes contribute to the development of a cultural and its traditions. Within these readings, students will determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases. Students will be able to 1. use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. 2. Use common, and age-appropriate, Greek or Latin affixes, and roots as clues to the meaning of a word. 3. Consult general and specialized reference materials both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech. 

 

Theme: Nature Exploration
Course: Potter’s Guild
Discipline: Creative Arts - Applied Arts
Main Manipulative: Paper Clay
Teacher: Mr. Nava

Description:  Students will use their own paper clay to make pottery based on traditions that are found in different cultures. Clay will be taken to a kiln and hardened in order to then be painted and displayed in the student's cultural arts festival. Students will walk away having learned 1. skills in traditional hand building techniques of pinch, coil, and slab. 2. Identify famous ceramic artists throughout history. 3. Utilize varied stain, glaze and textural surface treatments for ceramic finishing. Multiple Intelligence: Natural and Kinesthetic.  

Beginning 4th Quarter!

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Review week has wrapped up and progress reports have been sent!

It's time to start the 4th quarter! The subjects of classes will still change every two weeks but benchmarks will continue to flow through these classes. The first two week themes are Comic Creation and Cultural Cuisine! Below is a list of course description.

Mon/Thur - Comic Creation

Theme: Comic Creation
Course: Cell Wars
Discipline: STEM
Main Manipulative: Ipad
Teacher: Mr. Munoz
Description: Students will dive into the world of cellular wars within the human body. Students will learn about the immune system and its offensive and defensive strategies to keep the body healthy from foreign invaders. Students will also learn the structure and function of the human cell as a basis for understanding how immune and pathogenic cells function. This course will develop students visual/spatial and mathematical/logical intelligence.

Theme: Comic Creation
Course: Comic Design
Discipline: Creative Arts
Main Manipulative: Pen and Paper
Teacher: Mr. Olson
Description: In Comic Design, we will take a look at comic strips as a creative art form. We will analyze how they are made and develop a set of rules that explain how they work. We will then use our newly established rules to design our own set of frames. In the second week, we will focus on the design elements and principles. We will apply the elements of line, shape, texture, and text to achieve balance in our comic frames.

Theme: Comic Creation
Course: Comman
Discipline: Language Arts
Main Manipulative: Ipad
Teacher: Mrs. Hartnell
Description: This is a language Arts course in which students will be writing the script for the comics they are creating in their comic creation classes. Students will develop linguistic, intrapersonal and visual/spatial skills. Students will be reviewing how to develop exposition, climax, and resolution. They will also learn how to properly format dialogue in their writing and use commas to communicate an emotion or inference.

Theme: Comic Creation
Course: Character Design
Discipline: Creative Arts
Main Manipulative: Paper and Pencil
Teacher: Mr. Nava
Description: This is a Creative Arts Course in which students learn how to use the elements of design to draw comic characters that communicate character development within the design of the character. Students will learn to consider function, shape, form, and proportion to communicate personality and emotion. This course will develop students visual/spatial and intrapersonal intelligence.

Tues/Fri - Cultural Cuisine 

Theme: Cultural Cuisine
Course: International Cuisine
Discipline: STEM
Main Manipulative: Cooking Measurement tools, Pen and Paper
Teacher: Mr. Davis
Description: This course will build on students’ understanding of multiplication, division, and fractions by working with recipes. They will double, triple, quadruple or cut recipes in half, and calculate amounts for individual ingredients accordingly using western measurements(tsp, tbsp, cups, pints, quarts, and gallons). Students will learn to translate teaspoons into tablespoons and vice verse. Students will develop Mathematical/logistical Intelligence.

Theme: Cultural Cuisine
Course: Recipe for Adventure
Discipline: Language Arts
Main Manipulative: Ipad
Teacher: Mrs. Hartnell
Description: This is a language Arts course in which students will be learning about another culture and then writing their own recipe ideas based on the foods that are traditional for that culture. Students will develop linguistic and interpersonal skills in this course. They will learn how to format a recipe and what considerations are made when formatting and why formatting is important to effective communicate. They will also be learning about verb tense, how to keep verb tense consistent, and why it's important.

Theme: Cultural Cuisine
Course: Cuisine Presentation
Discipline: Creative Arts
Main Manipulative: Food
Teacher: Mr. Nava
Description: This is a Creative Arts Course in which students will learn elements of design through the art of food presentation. Students will learn how to use lines, framework, simplicity, balance, and proportion to create a visually appealing plate of food. This class will develop students visual/spatial, kinesthetic, and interpersonal intelligence as they work together to develop a tasty work of art!

First Week Snapshot

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Comics!

Students learned in Mr. Olson's class how to use various shapes to add to the storyline of a comic and fill the frame.  Gracie's was highlighted as one of the best examples!

In Cuisine Presentation class, students were given 5 ingredients to use the design elements to make a visually pleasing presentation of a PB&J sandwich! 

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Book Worms!

Numa and Finn asked to organize the library. They have been alphabetizing and displaying reading suggestions ever since! 

Students loved Mr. Davis's cuisine class! They learned foreign recipes and how to increase and decrease measurements proportionally! 

In Langauge Arts, Students wrote their own recipes and presented them on a cooking show. Esther, Aunika, and Emmeline won best recipe descriptions! Finn, Gracie, Thatcher, and Blessing won most creative because they came up with the hilarious idea to have a Russian host and Chinese cook that couldn't speak each others langague. Both groups did very well! 

Another Quarter Ends!

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WOW, I CAN’T BELIEVE THE 3RD QUARTER IS COMING TO A CLOSE!

     It is always this time of year that I really start to get emotional as I observe the ways each student has grown over the year. On Friday, I began highlighting some of the achievements of individual students in the classroom. Unprompted, the students began to frantically raise their hands to point out ways they had seen other individuals grow as well. None of them talked about themselves. Instead, they enthusiastically spoke about specific and genuine ways they had observed their classmates improve and achieve! The Lord’s spirit moved among us as you could feel and see the unity and love for one another fill the classroom. Though they have all achieved so much, the greatest highlight is the bond that has grown among these students.

Exploring Kirigami 

     As the people of God, we must be critical thinkers able to navigate the abundance of information that exists in our world and filter it through His Word. Our students are taught that they must not be passive learners simply banking information; they learn how to seek out knowledge for themselves and formulate their own thoughts and opinions. By doing this, students are given the key to unlocking any knowledge they seek. Exploratory Hour gives them the opportunity to practice teaching themselves so they develop as autodidacts. 

    Exploratory Hour is a favorite among the students! Recently in Exploratory Hour, students were given various channels to explore Japanese art. By exploring these resources students taught themselves the art of cutting and folding paper known as Kirigami. Their final results are the diamonds and hyperbolic parabolas displayed here.

Survival Skills 

     During the final class for Survival Skills, the students competed between classes to implement the skills they learned! Students were shipwrecked and had to build a shelter using the lashing technique, set up water filtration, and make smoke before the storm hit! Teal class dominated meeting all of the objectives in time! 

Academy TV

     Each Wednesday, the students have Academy TV class. The students are learning script writing, music composition, videography, and editing as they develop various segments for their Academy TV class. In the picture below, Emmeline is filming, Aunika is assistant producing, and Elijah is hosting an interview with these two ridiculously cute kindergarteners! 

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Game Science 

       The students in Game Science Class learned how to calculate percentages and how to utilize stats to make strategic decisions. They experimented with how close their soccer shot percentage was to Lionel Messi; they explored which instrument in Paper, Rock, Scissors is most effective as they played in a tournament, they participated in a scavenger hunt where higher points were given to objectives that had lower odds, and they took a survival skills quiz where they utilized formulas in Google Sheets to determine percentages.

Mr. Ownby was the Instructor of this course and he wrote, "From start to finish the students were laughing, eagerly attempting to answer questions, competing in the games they played, and appreciative of their opportunity to learn.  So many students were sincerely thanking me for this course.  I was happy to make these valuable lessons practical for them.  When I was in school, this type of content was presented to me as numbers that made no sense to me outside of the worksheets we viewed them on. Our students got to receive this content in a such a way that will allow them to retain the information and practically apply it throughout their lives."

Game Creation 

     Students utilized the strategizing skills they learned from Mr. Ownby along with design skills from Mr. Nava to design their own boardgames! 

                                                                 

Debate Review by Mr Ownby

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The Deaf Debate was one of the students favorite final projects last week. In deaf culture class, students were introduced to the modern debate about how deaf children should be taught to communicate. On one side was Clerc's argument that sign language should be the primary way of teaching the deaf and on the other was Bell's argument that oralism should be the primary way. The class was presented with the argument and given the choice to choose which side. 

Through the process of this debate, students adamantly asked me several times which side I was on. I refused to tell them until after the debate was finally over. I told them, that my goal as a teacher was not to tell them what to think but to help them discover how they think and how they learn as an individual. Students were given the opportunity to choose their side of the debate and then search out information to bolster their own arguments. This was a metacognition exercise allowing students to hone an awareness and understanding of how they learn and think as individuals. Then I gave them the final challenge to filter this process through what they have learned in God's word. 

These kids are growing into critical thinkers that can both articulate a well-informed argument and respond to another's differing argument with consideration and respect. Praise the Lord! 

Below is an article that Mr. Ownby wrote as he was a secondary teacher walking through the process with the students!

Do you remember having arguments when you were younger that were based upon your sense of right and wrong?  Do you remember feeling like there was no way you could ever get through to your counterpart, and the frustration associated with that?  Do you even remember other people taking that person’s side for reasons that you felt were completely irrelevant to the conflict?  Do you remember the judge (whomever it may have been) even ruling against you, but you still felt you were right?  I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there.  The students in Red and Teal classes have likely been there before whether it was with a sibling, classmate, family member, or someone at a sporting event.  This past week however, was not one of those occurrences.  

This past week in Language Arts, the students got to experience a facilitated debate where they did research, chose a side based upon their perspective of what was more accurate, and brought their interpersonal and linguistic abilities to the proverbial table.  The topic was the ongoing sign language debate.  Was it better for our society to teach sign language to the deaf community in schools, or to teach them to utilize oralism (the system of teaching deaf people to communicate by the use of speech and lip-reading rather than sign language)?  I often see our students enlivened by their own perspectives, but I was encouraged in the way that they made valid points based upon their research, considered the perspective of those they were arguing for, and utilized the vocabulary related to the those they were representing!  At times, each group would take turns, at other times we would allow the intensity to build letting the students engage in individual debates across the room (not a typical debate format, but it was an exercise we were willing to let the students engage in for the sake of being able to express themselves in a healthy way), and at other times they would even concede to the arguments made by their opponents.

“This is so intense.”  “I love it!”  These were a couple of the comments made by one student.  Students were meeting together during lunch to discuss what points they were going to make next.  Most importantly, you could hear the ethic that is developing within our students.  You could hear their sense of justice and righteousness based upon the holy ethic they have been learning from God’s word.  These are no ordinary kids.  God is doing something great with these students!  I’m really appreciative of Mrs. Hartnell for organizing such an exciting opportunity for the students.  If you want to know the outcome of the debate…just ask one of them!  Thanks for reading.

Written By Mr. Steven Ownby 

 

Another Two Week Session Comes to a Close!

Our students have finished up another two-week session this past week! In review, the first two weeks they had classes related to the themes First Aid and Global Pen Pals! This past two-week session was related to the themes CPR and Deaf Culture.elow are some Highlights from both sessions. 

Students really enjoyed the final debate! After doing research they forme their thoughts about various techniques in regaurds to Deaf Education. It was a heated deabte but in the end the Clerc side one rooting thier final argument in the ethics they have learned from the Word of God! 

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Teal has been working hard along with the Jr High and High Schoolers to finish the first few episodes of Academy TV. They are mixing music, making sets, and learning the new video editing software they received this semester! 

Students finished up their final medical improv class with an improve off between groups! In this class, students learned key medical terminology to use in an emergency situation and they learned various techniques they can utilize to learn vocabulary of any subject they are interested! 

Students have learned the steps of CPR as well as how heart rates are calculated. They have made their own heart pumps to see how compression and decompression moves blood in and out of the heart. They also experienced aspects of volume. 

In Bible, the students have been learning about feasts/holidays from the Bible related to God’s faithfulness.  The students had the chance in class to present a new holiday or edit a current one.  They seemed to really enjoy developing a testimony to God’s faithfulness based upon their knowledge of Scripture.  I was blessed to listen to them testify about the way God has been, and is, revealing himself to them.

Homework 

This is a quick reminder that homework is not mandatory. Students receive incentives for finishing homework such as points and special privileges in classes but they do not lose points of any kind for not doing homework. Students will receive assignments in all of their classes as supplemental opportunities for practicing what they are learning. 

Canvas

If you are wanting to check in and see what our students are learning each day in their classes go to Canvas to see daily objectives and assignments! 

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DOJO

Finally, make sure to check out Dojo for daily pictures and updates on what is happening in the classroom! 

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Spring Semester Kick Off!

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Hello Teal Parents! 

With the many changes going on, we have decided to bring back the teacher blogs so we can give you more detailed updates that you can easily reference! Below is an explanation of the 3rd Quarter Schedule and Class Descriptions for the semester. Please feel free to ask any questions via dojo or email! 

Spring Class Schedule 

As Mr. Garner explained in his recent video, we did our best to put every topic the students requested in their schedule this semester. When you look at this schedule you may be thinking, "Wait, wheres reading, writing, math, and science?!" If you look to the left of the calendar, you can see that students are still having Language Arts and STEM classes. They will have typical benchmarks related to learning to multiply fractions, measuring volume, and properly structuring an essay. These benchmarks are integrated with the student's topics of choice. It took a lot of consideration but we did it! Now students are more excited than ever for school!  

First Two Week Unit 

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Second Two Week Unit

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Third Two Week Unit 

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Final Quarter Review 

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Now, your likely thinking, "What possibly could my child be learning in a class Called Deaf Jams or You Got Mail?" Below I have listed all of the classes as well as a description of what they will be learning in the class.

First Aid Fundaments: Students will be shown necessary skills for attending to common injuries and illnesses. Students will also workshop these skills in a small group setting.

Emergency Room Media: Students will be challenged to use creative thinking, innovation, intrapersonal, and interpersonal skills to develop short video segments within the content of First Aid. They’ll be introduced to skills associated with the media arts.  

Intro to Medical Terminology(First Aid): This is a language arts course exploring various historical pen pals who have collaborated by the pen to change their society. This class will give students the opportunity to begin writing to their own pen pals as well. Students will be utilizing Pages as a word processor and they will be hand writing letters. This class will develop linguistic, interpersonal, and spatial intelligence as students will be learning to properly format and handwrite letters to a pen pal. This course will teach students to analyze multiple perspectives of particular historical accounts, write and send letters both via email and mail, and teach them to communicate and collaborate meaningfully through writing.

Where There are No Bandages: Students will learn how to be resourceful in creating splints, bandages, and other First Aid related material.

You've Got Mail: Students will be challenged to thinking analytically, logistically, and mathematically as they are immersed in the world of packaging, transportation, shipping, and communications.

Bible: This class will take more of a Creative Arts approach towards surveying Deuteronomy 16-34. Students will utilize their iPads to develop their ability to take notes, as well as collaborate on assignments such as video production and document collaboration. The students will develop their interpersonal, intrapersonal, musical, linguistic, and existential intelligences. 

Global Pen Pals: This is a language arts course exploring various historical pen pals who have collaborated by the pen to change their society. This class will give students the opportunity to begin writing to their own pen pals as well. Students will be utilizing Pages as a word processor and they will be hand writing letters. This class will develop linguistic, interpersonal, and spatial intelligence as students will be learning to properly format and handwrite letters to a pen pal. This course will teach students to analyze multiple perspectives of particular historical accounts, write and send letters both via email and mail, and teach them to communicate and collaborate meaningfully through writing.

Creating Utensils and Paper: Students will learn the art related to creating writing utensils and paper and get to participate in this construction.

Audiology: Students will explore the science of ear function in health and impairment with a focus on gaining understanding and compassion for the def community.

Deaf Jams: Students will be challenged to discover the unique media considerations as they create media for the def community.  

Deaf Culture: This is a Language Arts course where students will have the opportunity to explore a foreign culture. Deaf culture is a set of social beliefs, behaviors, art, literary traditions, history, values, and shared institutions of communities that are influenced by deafness. Students will be challenged to utilize the research skills they have learned to self-teach on various topics related to deaf culture. They will be challenged to enhance awareness of this culture for our school. This class will develop students linguistic and intrapersonal intelligence. Students will utilize research articles, websites, and library visits to integrate information from several resources to knowledgeably develop a well-crafted topic and concluding statement.

Sign Language: Students will learn how to communicate simple phrases in sign langauge. 

CPR: This is a STEM course teaching students how to administer CPR. They will also have the opportunity to experiment with various attributes of compression rates and blood and oxygen volume. Students will be utilizing CPR manikins to learn and practice CPR. This course will enhance students kinesthetic, interpersonal, and mathematical/logical intelligence. Students will learn essential first aid skills, gain an understanding of rates, and measure gas and liquid volumes under various pressures.

Intro to Medical Terminology(CPR): memory retention skills as well as develop their linguistic, kinesthetic, and interpersonal intelligence. Students will also be using the app Chegg in class to play vocab games with teams and to practice vocabulary at home. Students will learn essential medical and anatomical vocabulary needed when performing CPR. This class will teach students tactics in learning vocabulary, terminology necessary for administering CPR, and how to utilize this vocabulary in realistic emergency situations they may encounter.

CPR Shots:  Students will utilize photography in developing their own CPR certification course among their peers to ensure everyone has the information they need and is trained appropriately.

Impact Anatomy: Students will analyze the physical forces at work in accidental injuries and the healing process at work in the human body.

Impact Replay: Students will continue to develop and advance their knowledge and skill of media production as they explore the creation of video concerned with bodily impact within sports and recreational activities.

Impactful Stories: This is a Language Arts course where students will read various accounts of sports trauma stories and survival accounts. They will primarily use their Pages app to compare and contrast the overall structure of events from various stories. They will also utilize their first aid knowledge to draw conclusions about how the characters in the stories could have either avoided such trauma or responded differently. This class will enhance students linguistic, intrapersonal, and mathematical/logical intelligence. This class will develop students problem-solving skills as they self-guide through the analysis of a story and then evaluate the character’s choices.

Padded Ways: Helping kids to explore the equipment necessary for safely participating in sports, and they will make some of this equipment.

Game Science: This class will emphasize the engineering and mathematics portion of STEM. Students will focus on probabilities and statistics involved in the playing and creation of strategy games. They will use actual strategy games and work with adding and subtracting fractions to determine the appropriate possibilities and outcomes. Students will develop their logical-mathematical intelligence in this block.

Games Rule: This is a Language Arts course challenging students to work together to develop clear and concise steps and rules to guide others in a game of their design. They will engage in discussions to develop ethical reasoning for the rules created for their games as well. This course will enhance Linguistic, Interpersonal, and Spiritual intelligence. Students will use google docs to collaborate and concede with others when decision-making, learn what to consider when making rules to guide others, and write clear and concise instructions to actuate their decisions.

Game Construction: This class will focus on the actualization of the games that are being idealized in "Game Science" and "Games Rule." Students will be guided through building their games.