Cohesive Projects

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Students from Red, Teal and Silver recently spent the day retelling stories from Germ Wars in the form of a comic strip. The project combined the Language Arts, STEM and Creative Arts disciplines into one cohesive project. The students really enjoyed the project, and they produced some great comics which communicated educational stories about what is actually taking place inside our bodies with our cells.  It was great to be able to see the students utilize the theme being taught throughout the day, and incorporate it into every aspect of what they are learning.  I'm certain there will be more great projects to come.

Additionally, I want to thank all of you for the way you assist our students.  Whether it's volunteering or simply doing your part at home to help your child thrive...it's working!  The academic growth is evident, but we are also witnessing spiritual, social, ethical and emotional development take place all the time.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

REAL-ly Inspired

REd and teAL are ready for weeks three and four of the fourth quarter!

 Students have been playing music all semester, and they are very excited to learn the in's and out's of how it works.

Students have been playing music all semester, and they are very excited to learn the in's and out's of how it works.

Mon/Thur - Music Production

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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: Comic Design
Discipline: Creative Arts - Media
Main Manipulative: iPad
Teacher: Mr. Olson

Description: In this class we will explore the art of documentary film making. 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 at a developing level. They will make knowledgeable choices about materials, techniques, organizational principles, and processes to implement ideas and communicate intended instrument function. Finally, students will 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. 

 In Language Arts and STEM, students have been actively engaging in practical content associated with the class themes.

In Language Arts and STEM, students have been actively engaging in practical content associated with the class themes.

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 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. Student 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 off 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 students 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. 

 

 Eved and Shiloh opted to take a short fishing trip as their Dojo Point reward.  It was cold, but the fish were still biting!

Eved and Shiloh opted to take a short fishing trip as their Dojo Point reward.  It was cold, but the fish were still biting!

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 descriptions.

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

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.

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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! 

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

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In Langauge Arts, Students wrote their own recipes and presented them on a cooking show. 

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Percentages, Strategy, and Survival

 Students play a Paper, Rock, Scissors Tournament and compile their statistics from their matches in order to determine what method has a higher probability of winning for them.

Students play a Paper, Rock, Scissors Tournament and compile their statistics from their matches in order to determine what method has a higher probability of winning for them.

For the last two weeks I have had the great enjoyment of teaching our STEM discipline to the Focus level via the class "Game Science”.  One of the class objectives was to show how daily decisions are often based upon percentages, or estimates, that develop into a strategy. 

In this course the students became more aware of statistics and how to process them for practical use. One example was how to compare their soccer shot percentages to the shot percentage of Lionel Messi, the best soccer player in the world. Students also explored statistics in playing Paper, Rock, Scissors, and determining the most effective choice as they played in a tournament. Additionally, they participated in a scavenger hunt to identify how certain hunt objectives with lower odds were designated higher points. Lastly, students took a survival skills quiz where they utilized formulas in the Google Sheets app to determine percentages.

 This is data compiled from one of the students' survival quizzes where they utilized a formula in Google Sheets to determine their overall percentage.

This is data compiled from one of the students' survival quizzes where they utilized a formula in Google Sheets to determine their overall percentage.

Game Science class emphasized an autodidactic (self-teaching) learning method where students were allowed to think through their own statistical analysis.  Plus, the students exercised the following intelligences:  Mathematical-logical, existential, natural, and interpersonal.

As a teacher I really enjoyed the students’ opportunity to experience critical thinking and mathematical skills while they eagerly attempted to answer questions, competed in the games they played, laughed, and appreciated their opportunity to learn.

So many students were sincerely thanking me for this course, and I was happy to make such a valuable lesson so practical for them.  When I was in school, this type of content was presented to me as numbers that made little sense outside of the worksheets we viewed them on.  Our students got to receive this content in a way that will allow them to retain the information and practically apply it throughout their lives.

 

Making Considerations!

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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.

How To Save a Life

This last week has been very exciting.  Students have worked with content related to Audiology (a branch of science that studies hearing, balance, and related disorders), and CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation).  They have studied the anatomy of the ear (STEM), developed media for those with disabilities (Creative Arts), debated the most beneficial method for deaf communication (Language Arts), and practiced drawing sign language (Creative Arts).  Additionally, the students have learned CPR (STEM), worked with division to study heart rates and averages (STEM), increased their medical vocabulary related to CPR (Language Arts), and developed their photography skills (Creative Arts).  These classes have been so helpful as they are expanding the worldview of the students and teaching them not only how to save lives in emergency situations, but also how to implement the resurrection power of Jesus in situations where consideration and creativity are necessary to assist those in need around you.

*See our Class Dojo stories for even more descriptions about what we are doing during the day

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In Bible, as you know from my last blog, 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.

Lastly, this week our class was blessed by the school administration with brand new instruments to use during our Worship Band class.  This was incredibly exciting for everyone.  I found myself a little emotional thinking back on my own experience in Elementary school.  I shared with the students how I was never blessed with such wonderful gifts intended to further develop me.  I am very touched by the belief that the teachers and administration have in our students.  I know I am one of those teachers, but I believe in these students, and see this belief displayed from other teachers and administrators every single day.  I praise God for everything that is currently happening at the Academy for G.O.D.!

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Two Amazing Weeks!

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Wow!!! The last two weeks were packed with enjoyable content for the students.  It was inspiring to watch them learn content in the morning and be practically implementing it by the afternoon.

For the STEM portion of the day, students were learning the science and technology that has been implemented related to First Aid, as well as crunching the numbers to solve problems related to shipping and delivery industries.  The class activities during this portion were very interactive and helped the students gain a better perspective into how to solve problems that hinder our ability to communicate.  In this block students developed their Natural, Mathematical-Logical, and Interpersonal Intelligences.

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In the Language Arts blocks, students utilized the terminology related to First Aid and Writing Letters.  They learned how to appropriately apply such terms, how to spell key terms, and how to draft a cross-cultural letter displaying understanding of the one(s) being written to.  Students developed an understanding of context, the need to be concise, and how to be considerate of another’s culture.  This class block introduced many fun class challenges that had the students engaged from start to finish as they developed their Linguistic intelligence.

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During the Creative Arts Blocks students had the opportunity to develop their kinesthetic and spatial intelligence as they worked with media production related to First Aid, and they learned how to be resourceful in moments where a need is present, but the materials may not be so easily obtainable.  Students created bandages and used bamboo to create an ink writing utensil.

In Bible, students have been exploring Deuteronomy 16.  We have discussed the need for just judges, examined how they are appointed/elected, and considered what role they play in society.  We also looked at the significance of holidays/feasts/celebrations.  In Deuteronomy 16, the feasts are to serve the purpose of remembering God’s faithfulness in the historical events of the Exodus out of slavery up to entry into the promised land.  The Feasts specifically mentioned are:  The Passover, The Feast of Weeks, and The Feast of Booths.  These celebrations have led us to talk about the significance of our modern holidays.  In Bible students are developing their Spiritual, Interpersonal, and Interpersonal intelligences. Next week we begin exploring the uniqueness of the Levites in Deuteronomy 18. 

I’m really looking forward to all that God is going to continue to do with us as we move through this semester.  I’ve attached a picture of our schedule for the next two weeks.  I’ll be posting more about what is happening in each of these classes, but feel free to email me if you have any questions.  Be sure to keep checking Class Dojo for more pictures and updates throughout the week.

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