New Subjects

Hello Everyone! The students have just completed the first week of a new unit of classes this quarter; the focus has now shifted fo Sewing and Gymnastics! The students have been very enthusiastic about the change and are even more excited about the class projects that they have started.

Monday/Thursday Theme: Home Economics

  • Measure Me!: In ‘Measure Me!’ students will use the craft of sewing to learn new units of measurement, and practice multiplication and division by 2. Students will use measuring tapes and sticks to practice finding measurements in inches, feet and yards, and translating lengths to different units (i.e. 6 inches= ½ ft).

Intelligences: Logical/Mathematical, Spatial/Visual

Main Manipulatives: Fabric, Yarn, Measuring sticks/tape

Goals of this course:

  1. Students will learn to competently use a measuring stick and tape to find length in feet and inches.
  2. Students will learn to double measurements that include both whole numbers and mixed numbers.
  3. Students will practice dividing whole numbers in half.
     
 Students have been learning about writing in a straight line with appropriate letter sizing, as well as how to determine the meaning of a word based on context clues in the surrounding text. They are doing this through the study of Story Blankets that exist in different cultures.

Students have been learning about writing in a straight line with appropriate letter sizing, as well as how to determine the meaning of a word based on context clues in the surrounding text. They are doing this through the study of Story Blankets that exist in different cultures.

  • Story Blankets: In this Language Arts course students will learn the art of storytelling through quilt making/story blankets. Students will first be introduced to the presence of these “story blankets” in several different cultures. They will then learn the history and purpose of story blankets specifically within the Hmong refugee communities. They will read through accounts and identify key vocabulary, using context clues to break down new word meanings. Students will then create short stories to go with the story blankets they will create in their “Making Story Blankets” class.

Intelligences: Linguistic

Main Manipulatives: Notebook, Pencil, Supplementary articles

Goals of this course:

  1. Students can use context clues to break down new word meanings.
  2. Students can answer text-based questions and refer back to the text for the answer.
  3. Students can write a short story, capitalizing proper nouns appropriately.
     
  • Making Story Blankets: In this Creative Arts course, students will apply the elements of quilt-making that they learn in “Story Blankets” to work together as a homeroom to make a room quilt. Each student will be responsible for a block of the quilt to make sure that the block reflects either them and their story, or the story that the class decides to tell as a whole. Each student will be responsible for designing their block, measuring, cutting, and arranging their blocks, and then sewing/crocheting the blocks together with the aid of an adult and a sewing machine. This class will continue to develop the students’ ability to tell stories as well as work on their fine motor skills through stitching.

Intelligences: Bodily/Kinesthetic, Spatial/Visual, Logical/Mathematical

Main Manipulatives: Fabric, Thread, Needle, Scissors

Goals of this course:

  1. Students can successfully stitch fabric with evenly made stitches.
  2. Students can measure and cut a block of fabric accurately.
 Thank you to the wonderful parents who came in to help us start our Story Blankets! The students worked hard to measure their fabric to the correct size, cut it out with straight lines, and began the process for decorating their blocks.

Thank you to the wonderful parents who came in to help us start our Story Blankets! The students worked hard to measure their fabric to the correct size, cut it out with straight lines, and began the process for decorating their blocks.

Bible

  • Bible: This class will continue to be a constant throughout this quarter. Here is the synopsis again for what the students are learning with Mr. Duffy:

This class is the second installment of Leviticus and will address more Levitical considerations such as sustainable communities, identification of culture, treatment of immigrants and foreigners, generation of fair and integrous business, increased responsibility of community leaders, festivals and calendars, rest, recreation and health, and debt forgiveness. These words are big now but soon the students will be able to understand what they mean and why they are important for us as we consider how to live out God’s word in our day-to-day.

During these next two weeks, students will work through Leviticus 10:10-11 and the responsibility that God has placed on leadership.

Goals of this course:

  1. Student can give a biblical definition of leadership.
  2. Student can name two self-discipline techniques.
  3. Student can set two attainable self-discipline goals.

Tuesday/Friday Theme: Anatomy & Biology

  • Gymnastics: This class will look at the strength, flexibility and balance required in gymnastics. The students will demonstrate focus, concern for their own and others safety and ultimately will be about displaying self control in their body control.

    Intelligences: Spatial/Visual, Musical, Bodily-Kinesthetic

    Main Manipulatives: Students' own bodies

Goals of this course: 

  1. Students will learn and display 25 balance poses.
  2. Students will create a simple routine and perform it.
     
 Students learned several exercises that would strengthen their core and increase their flexibility to help them with gymnastics.

Students learned several exercises that would strengthen their core and increase their flexibility to help them with gymnastics.

  • Gym Rats: Anatomy of the Torso: Students will continue learning about the anatomy of the human body by learning the names and locations of the major muscle and bone groups in the torso. They will review the functions of both muscles and bones, in addition to tendons and ligaments and how they all work together to provide movement. Students will also learn the different types of muscles that are in the body (skeletal, smooth, and cardiac) and the three main functions that skeletal muscles have. Learning these different categories within the body will help students to understand the physiology of their bodies better.

    Intelligences: Bodily-Kinesthetic, Linguistic, Spatial/Visual, Nature

    Main Manipulatives: iPads, Skeleton Model

Goals of this course: 

  1. Students will learn the names and locations of the 4 major muscle groups of the torso.
  2. Students will learn the names and locations of the 3 major bones/bone group in the torso.
  3. Students will learn location and functions of skeletal, smooth, and cardiac muscle.
     
  • Training of a Gymnast: In this Language Arts course, students will learn about the training that gymnasts undergo. They will read about the daily schedule including workouts regimens and dietary restrictions. Students will also read stories from the perspective of gymnasts about the different aspects of their training. As they read students will utilize the academic skill of note-taking during research, and using context clues to infer meeting with unfamiliar content. At the end of the 2-week block, students will write a schedule of what their day would look like if they were training to be a competitive gymnast.

Intelligence: Linguistic

Main Manipulatives: Paper, Pencils, iPads

Goals of this course:

  1. Students will learn to write a daily schedule in a sequential manner.
  2. Students will learn to create a schedule based on their needs (i.e. homework time, "getting ready" time, meal times, etc.).
     
  • It's Shake and Break, and I Helped!: Following the theme of Gymnastics, this Creative Arts course utilizes the creative form of dance to emphasize the students’ senses of balance, muscle isolation, and body control. The students will learn several dance moves which they will practice and utilize in a self-choreographed group dance. This creative arts course encourages interpersonal development as the students work together to accomplish a 1 minute dance.

Intelligences: Interpersonal/Social, Musical, Bodily/Kinesthetic

Main Manipulatives: Students' own bodies

Goals of this course:

  1. Students will learn and perform specific moves which focus on body control, muscle isolation, and balance.
  2. Students will work in groups to produce a one minute dance.
  3. Students will develop coordination of movements with rhythm.