Middle School Math Assessments
getting into Daily Routines including
- Class Job Chart
writing in our plan books and color coding our subject areas
learning where things are stored
Morning Pages daily creative writing time
water and stretch breaks (10 minutes at the top of every hour)
- Bringing Materials to Class
Contributing to Discussions
Virtue of the Week: Caring
- Bus Ride by Nancy Jewell
Everyone is Good for Something by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
Do You Know What I'll Do? by Charlotte Zolotow
Lessons on Montessori materials including the Waseca Biomes Parts of the Biome Jars, dynamic multiplication with the Checker Board, dynamic addition and subtraction with the Stamp Game, identifying fractions and adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with the Cut-Out Labeled Fraction Circles, practicing compound words and prefixes with the Word Study material, symbolizing sentences with the Grammar Symbols, and learning the locations of the 50 states with the United States Location Color Set
Independent Work Choices including making a personal set of flash cards up to 15 x 15, rolling 10 sided dice to create your own math problems, and using the Washington School Rock Collection to identify the 40 specimens of rocks & minerals in the Washington Student Rock Pack
continuing with the Literature Group for Bridge to Terabithia
enjoying Farm Day!
homework for the older children including practicing operations with fractions in Goblin Goulash, a nonfiction reading passage on Ecology, and Multiplying and Dividing Integers
Art including a pulled string activity (for fun) and rubber band snap art (for potential and kinetic energy)
And, last but not least,
Physics notes including the Hovercraft, the 3 Hole Bottle Inquiry Experiment, Newton's cradle, an egg toss in the yard (learning about momentum and impulse and "big t = little F"), our awesome EGG DROP off the roof of my house (two contraptions kept the egg safe and two contraptions did not), the biography of Galileo from Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians, kinetic energy vs. potential energy (the archery they've been doing at the Farm helps with this concept), the also-awesome LEVER set up on my front walkway ($7 well spent on a 2x8x8 from Lowe's, because they were thrilled to discover that one child can lift all the other children in our class and me), learning the two definitions of Work, (Work = mass * gravity * height) and also (Work = force * distance), unpacking the big box which arrived from Nova Natural with the Cable Car Kit and the Block and Tackle and looking forward to Pulleys next week!
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