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what is happening in your student's core classes.
March 11 - 15:
Hayden - Social Studies: This week students finished presenting their manor projects on Monday. Students also learned about International Women's Day and researched and presented on past and present influential women. On Thursday, the entire Gallatin team will celebrate Pi Day. The remainder of the week will be spent on a STEM project. Students will build and
March 1 - 8:
Hayden - Social Studies: This week students will work as a group to create a hand drawing of a manor. They will present their manor on Thursday. Friday is Gallatin's ski day.
February 25-March 1:
Janssen English/Language Arts: Final Fictional Narratives are due Tuesday, February 26. Students will be completing a self-reflection about their narratives and the process. My goal is to have standard grades recorded by Thursday, March 7. The remainder of the week will be devoted to sentence practice in No Red Ink and library time.
Hayden / Social Studies: Students will spend the week learning about feudalism. They will be collecting evidence to answer the simple question, "Is feudalism good or bad?" On Monday, we will do an activity that simulates the distribution of wealth in a feudal society. Students will learn about feudalism by watching videos and reading the textbook. Additionally, students will draw and label each part of a manor. Next current event is due on March 29th.
Babcock - Data Analysis (Samples & Population): Students are working on gathering samples in order to make inferences and gauge the accuracy of their inferences. Information needs to be gathered by Thursday.
Babcock - Linear Equations (Moving Straight Ahead): Students are learning how to solve equations for x. They started off with pictures and then transitioned to number sentences. They will be adding negative numbers and distributive property into the mix later in the week. Students will have a quiz on Friday.
Holland - Science: Tuesday, we finished up a modeling cell division lab and moved on to examining meiosis, which they will finish Wednesday. We will also compare and contrast mitosis and meiosis. Thursday, we will do an onion root tip lab, where we are hoping to be able to view mitosis taking place in the cells. Friday, we finish the onion root lab and do the cross pollinating of our Wisconsin Fast Growing plants.
Hayden - Social Studies: This week, we are diving into the next unit - Europe in the Middle Ages. This week, we will talk about what occurred after the fall of Rome. Students will explore fuedalism by doing a close read of an imagined community that collapses. Students will problem solve what they would do if a town such as Bozeman no longer had access to outside resources. On Thursday, students will engage in a Socratic Seminar discussing how they would respond if the community no longer had resources. On Friday, students will present and discuss their current events. This is homework. Here are the current event directions. Here is an example of how to do a current event.
Janssen English/Language Arts: Students are working on revising their fictional narratives this week. They may be asking you for help. Please resist the urge to "take over" the editing and revision process. Instead, ask your student clarifying questions about their stories and have a discussion about errors. Mistakes and confusion are excellent opportunities for learning. Final narratives are due Tuesday, February 26.
Holland Science: Monday we finished our Organism Reproduction Research, reported out to the class, created a table that identified the 12 different organisms as reproducing, asexually, sexually, or both. We did a Coleus lab, black worm observations, and dividers for our fast growing plant. Thursday we begin lesson 4, Where do cells come from?" Introduction to lesson and Friday will be a Mitosis lab.
Hayden/Social Studies: Students are exploring the Silk Road through the 5 themes of geography. At the end of the week there will be an assessment on relating the Silk Road to the 5 themes of geography. Students should know where the Silk Road started and ended. How the silk road fueled the ancient economy. Additionally, students should be able to write about how the Silk Road led to cultural diversity. Here is a link to the questions the students are researching. Here is a link to the Padlet wall students are using to research.
Janssen English/Language Arts: Students continue writing their fictional narratives. We will be discussing showing, not telling, researching details to maintain believability, and revising like the "house is on fire." We will begin revising and editing next week. I have yet to assign a due date, but I think it will be in two weeks, give or take.
Hayden - Social Studies: This week we are exploring China's Golden Age. Students are researching in groups and then presenting a portion of the chapter to the class on Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, students will explore the Grand Canal and the Silk Road. This month's current event is due February 22nd. This is homework.
Holland Science: Monday, we begin our new lesson on Organism Reproduction. We will do the following labs Tuesday-Friday: 3:3 Hydra Reproduction, 3:2 Paramecium Reproduction, 3:4 Regeneration of Blackworms, and 3.5 Examination of Coleus. Each lab with have students check their background knowledge by answering pre-questions, then students will conduct the lab and record their observations and take measurements, and finally, students will respond to wrap-up questions and read in informative readings attached to the lab. It is difficult for students to complete these labs outside of class, they are welcome to come in at lunch time to make up any work they have missed due to an absence.
Janssen English/Language Arts: We began the week with classroom spelling bees on Monday. The rest of the week is devoted to fictional narratives. Students will be receiving instruction on transitions and endings. Ask your child how their narrative is progressing.
Babcock - Comparing and Scaling: Students are spending the beginning of the week preparing for their unit test on Thursday and Friday. Please check with your child to make sure they are completing their homework and ask them to explain how they solved each problem. Also please encourage them to make corrections on their quizzes, which is an excellent way to prepare for their unit test.
Babcock- Samples & Population: The class will be starting a new unit on Tuesday. This week, they will be reviewing how to calculate measures of central tendency and variability of data. Reviewing their notes and asking them to explain how to calculate the measures of central tendency would be a great way to review at home.
January 28-February 1
Eraser Challenge - We noticed some students are participating in the eraser challenge. They are using an eraser to create scabs on their hands. If you notice a scab on your child's hand, please talk to them about this.
Bridger Bowl Paperwork - Team Gallatin will be skiing at Bridger Bowl on Friday, March 8th. Your child brought home the paperwork on Friday. Please have the paperwork filled out and returned by Friday, February 15th.
Holland Science (Genes & Molecular Machines): This week in science we will be doing labs each day. Monday, we are wrapping up our onion leaf lab and begin a lab on Zebra Fish. Tuesday, students finish the Zebra Fish Lab and move on to the Examination of Slides. Wednesday, wrap up slides and move on to Parents and Offspring. Students are given the opportunity to look at variations in different species of organisms and variations in cells. Students a pre-thinking the events of each lab, conducting the lab, gathering background information and responding to questions. If your student is absent they will need to make up labs during lunch.
Janssen English/Language Arts: We continue to work on our fictional narratives. A plot diagram is due in their notebook by Wednesday, January 30. We will continue to work on the narratives during class. Ask your child what their story is about.
Hayden: On Monday through Wednesday, students will explore The Spread of Islam. We will discuss Muslim Americans and explore Islamic inventions and contributions. On Thursday and Friday, we will begin exploring China's Golden Age. The next current event is due on February 22nd. This is homework. Here are the current event directions. Here is an example of how to do a current event.
Babcock - Filling & Wrapping: Students will be prepping for their unit test Thursday and Friday. They will be assessed on their ability to calculate the surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes and solving problems using the formula for the circumference and area of a circle. Please encourage your child to make corrections on their two quizzes to help them learn from their mistakes before the unit test.
Babcock- Comparing & Scaling: Students will be preparing for a quiz on Friday. They will be learning how to use unit rates, proportions and percents to solve word problems. Have them review their notes and homework to help them be even more prepared for the quiz.
Holland: Students finished their district assessment on Monday. Students that still were not done had the opportunity to come in Monday and Tuesday to finish the test. Monday we began a new unit, "Genes and Molecular Machines." We completed three labs and began a 4th on Friday. The labs were as follows; Investigation 1.1, 1.2, & 1.3. Students that have been absent are expected to make up work that they have missed.
Hayden - Social Studies: Current events are due this Friday. This is homework. Here are the current event directions. Here is an example of how to do a current event. On Tuesday and Wednesday we will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by exploring the 1963 Children's March in Birmingham, Alabama. Here is the link to the video we are watching. We will connect the Children's March to the current Women's March and Indigenous March that occurred in communities across the United States this past weekend. On Thursday, we will return to focusing on the Spread of Islam. On Friday, students will share and discuss their current events.
Janssen English/Language Arts: Students are beginning to explore characters for a fictional narrative. We have discussed plot diagrams and will begin drafting stories next week. (I will attach an image of all notes in the Google classroom.) As homework, students should complete a plot diagram due on Wednesday. Please know that final narratives might mirror their plot diagrams or their stories may veer from them. The goal of the diagram is to have students think through an entire arc of a story so they can use it if needed during this writing process.
Babcock - Comparing & Scaling: Students are learning how to solve story problems with proportions and unit rates. They are also learning the foundation of equations. They will have a quiz at the end of next week.
Babcock- Filling & Wrapping: The students are going to learn how to calculate the area and circumference of circles. They will have a quiz on Friday.
HOLLAND SCIENCE: On Monday, we begin a Information processing lab that will take us through half of the period on Wednesday. Students will be required to travel to 8 stations, record data, respond to questions from the text book, read informative text and respond to more questions. Wednesday, during the second half of the class we will begin a second lab, "Confusing the Brain". The directions for the lab will be the same as above. Thursday, we will use part of the class to review for Friday's test. The review will be homework Thursday night. Friday's test will be a multiple choice and written response test.
Students that are not finishing the lab write-ups during the given class time, have the opportunity to come in at lunch time, or check out a book at the end of the day and return it the following morning. Not all students are taking advantage of this opportunity and will receive a incomplete grade.
Hayden - Social Studies: On Monday and Tuesday, students will spend class time creating their graphic novels about the Rise and Spread of Christianity. Students will share their graphic novels during class on Friday (January 18th). If they do not finish during class on Tuesday, this assignment will need to be completed at home. On Wednesday and Thursday, students will explore the Spread of Islam through mapping and document based questions.
Babcock - Comparing & Scaling (1st - 3rd Period): Students are starting to learn about how to compare numbers with percents and ratios. Students also got their Stretching & Shrinking unit test back and they have until next Wednesday
Hayden - Social Studies: Monday through Wednesday this week students will be participating in the geography bee during Social Studies. If they miss less than one question, they will advance to the written test. The written test will be held this Thursday (January 10th) during lunch. The top ten scores on the written geography bee test will advance to the school geography bee which will be held at 3:30pm on Thursday, January 17th. Students are also working on The Rise and Spread of Christianity graphic novel. Here is the link to the graphic novel directions. This is due on Friday, January 18th. This Friday, we will have our first current events discussion of the year. Students will be asked to bring in a current event to discuss on Friday, January 25th. Here is the link to the current event assignment.
Janssen English/Language Arts:
This week we will ease into the new year by reading, Ted Talk Tuesday, and No Red Ink. Next week we will begin the process of writing a fictional narrative.
Movie field trip on Friday, December 21st. Students are allowed to visit the concessions before the movie.
Hayden - Social Studies: Students will begin a graphic novel about the Rise and Fall of Christianity. We are using pages 342 - 365 out of the Journey Through Time Textbook. Students will complete their graphic novels by Friday, January 11th.
Babcock- Math: The students are learning how to calculate the probability using area models and tree diagrams. They will have a short quiz on Wednesday. They will also be working on their carnival game throughout the week. They will be presenting their game on Thursday.
Janssen English/ Language Arts: Happy Holidays to all! Please enjoy your student over the next two weeks. I have given them a pep talk about the importance of reading over the break. Please encourage your child to read everyday. Better yet, why not snuggle up with your family and read together? I can't think of a better gift during this holiday season.
*Permission slips are due Friday, December 14th*
Babcock - Math: Students will be using tree diagrams and area models to calculate the probability of compound events. Each student will create a carnival game that they will present to their peers next Thursday. Students will need to create the game and instructions, calculate the theoretical probability and determine the experimental probability of their game.
Hayden / Social Studies: We will wrap up the trading game this week. On Friday, students will be assessed on the Byzantine Empire concepts we covered during the game.
Hayden / Social Studies: We will spend the week playing The Byzantine Trading Game. Students will learn about economics throughout the game. Ask your child about the game. They are super engaged and having a lot of fun trading goods, earning gold and accumulating empire points.
Holland Science: We are currently learning about levels of organization in living things (cell - tissue-organ-organ system-fully functioning organism). Monday we finished up work on levels of organization in plants and also the human digestive system. Tuesday through Friday we are doing research and putting together a presentation on one of the Human Body Systems. Students will work with a partner to research and design a three minute presentation on their assigned system. We will present in class on Monday and Tuesday of week.
Janssen English/Language Arts: Students worked on understanding the differences between plural and possessive nouns this week. After reading several pieces of their writing, this seemed a logical skill to practice. On Thursday, students will take the Star winter reading benchmark. I will ask for the results to be printed and distributed as soon as possible. Keep encouraging your student to read. Time on text (lots of sustained time reading) is key to improving comprehension and fluency.
Babcock- Math: All classes are starting the probability unit this week. They will be learning to determine theoretical and experimental probability and compare results predicted by theoretical probability. All classes will be taking their STAR test on Friday.
Janssen English/Language Arts: In an effort to address the speaking and listening standards, we began the week with "Ted Talk Tuesday." Students watched, listened to, discussed, and responded in writing to a Ted Talk titled "Ten Ways to Have a Better Discussion." You might want to view this 15-minute talk and discuss it with your child. The talk prompted great conversation and reflection in class. The rest of the week was spent identifying the theme of "Ribbons," by Lawrence Yep.
Hayden / Social Studies: We are focusing on the Fall of Rome. Students will write an essay or an editorial focused on three reasons why Rome fell (ie: the plague, barbarians, ineffective emperors, many emperors in a short period of time, inflation).
November 19 - 23
Happy Thanksgiving! Trimester 2 ends November 20th.
- Janssen English/Language Arts: After completing a practice and quiz covering commonly confused words at the beginning of the week, we will be in the library learning about research databases and citations. During the remainder of the week and next, we will be practicing identifying theme using a short story called "Ribbons," by Lawrence Yep.
- Hayden / Social Studies: Students spent the week working on their Roman Contribution zine. Zines are due November 19th.
- Hayden / Social Studies: This week students continue to explore the importance of voting. Additionally, students will begin their Rome Contribution zine project. Students will have time in class to complete this project. It is due November 16th. They will present their zines on November 19th. Here is the link to the zine rubric.
- Janssen English/Language Arts: This week students have been learning to identify theme through song lyrics.
- Babcock - Moving Straight Ahead: Students will be learning how to identify slope in a table, graph and equation
- Babcock - Stretching & Shrinking: Students are learning the rules of how to change the size and location of images.
October 29 - November 2
- Hayden - Social Studies: Students will explore the emperors during Rome's 200 years of peace and prosperity (Pax Romana). They will create a Flipgrid video about one emperor and learn about the other emperors by watching other students videos. Students will also explore Roman contributions. Their individual Rome contribution project will begin next week. Additionally, students will participate in a Mock midterm election on Friday. Before they vote, we will spend time discussing the candidates for the Montana House and Senate.
- Janssen ELA: Students are reflecting upon their writing, growth, and their recently completed information essays. I will be grading these as quickly as possible and adding proficiency scores as I go. My goal is to have all class sections graded one week from Wednesday. Thank you for your patience and understanding in regards to grading times. Author's techniques and goals are also going to be discussed.
- Babcock -Signed Numbers: Students are preparing for their unit test Friday. There will be homework every night this week to provide more independent practice, so check in with your child each night.
- Babcock-Linear Equations: Students are learning how to use tables, graphs and equations to answer questions. They will have a quiz on Friday. As a group, the students are being encouraged to step-up their explanations and how to best use their work to support their answers.
- Hayden - Social Studies: Students will write a paragraph about Julius Caesar. They will then explore different emperors that reigned during Pax Romana.
October 15 - 17
- Hayden - Social Studies: Students are working on a mind map of what they have learned in social studies to share with parents at student led conferences. Students also mapped the Punic Wars and are starting to explore the Fall of Rome.
- Janssen English/Language Arts: I am changing the due date of the figurative language essay to Tuesday, October 16. I felt students needed more direct instruction about writing expository essays and I wanted to give them more time to work in class and give direct feedback.
- Hayden - Social Studies: Students are exploring how the Roman government was organized. They are learning about the Roman Republic and the Twelve Tables. Students are comparing and contrasting similarities and differences between Rome's government and our government structure. In addition, students are learning about the Punic Wars and will be mapping the expansion of Rome by the end of the week.
- Babcock - Accentuate the Negative: The students took a quiz on Tuesday adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers. They will then move onto multiplication and division of positive and negative numbers before working on order of operations.
- Babcock - Moving Straight Ahead: Students are learning how to identify linear relationships in tables, graphs and equations.
- Hayden - Social Studies: Students are learning about the settling of Rome and the Roman conquest of Italy. We will also start learning about the structure of the Roman government. Students will record a short Flipgrid video about their new knowledge. Have them show you their video!
- Janssen English/Language Arts: Students are reading an excerpt from the book, Lizzy Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary Schmidt. They will be analyzing the figurative language found in the story and completing a written response which will be due Wednesday, October 10. Any work not completed in class will be homework.
- Babcock - Accentuate the Negative: Students are learning algorithms (rules) to add and subtract positive and negative numbers. Students will have some printouts given to them in class and they will also be sent to their e-mail. They will have a quiz on Friday.
- Babcock - Comparing & Scaling: Students are learning how to solve story problems using a variety of strategies. They will take their second quiz on Tuesday and spend the rest of the week reviewing for their unit test on Friday.
- SCIENCE - Holland: This week in science; Monday, we finished our investigation on Structures of Embryos, next, we spent Tuesday and Wednesday Reflecting on what students have learned about cells so far. Students had observations to make, reading material to read and discuss and written response questions. Thursday and Friday we will begin our section on cell organelles, asking the question, "What Cell Structures Does a Cell Need to Survive?" We will begin by see what organelles students are already familiar with and apply the knowledge to written response questions and cell diagrams. If your student is absent he or she will have to come in to make up the work they have missed. There has been no homework assigned for this week.
- Babcock - Shapes & Designs: The students are preparing for a unit test on Wednesday. They will work Monday and Tuesday during class to review the main concepts. On Tuesday, they should look over their doodle notes and their quizzes to study for the test.
- Babcock - Comparing & Scaling: Student are going to use ratios, percents and proportions to solve story problems. They are welcome to take notes during class so that they have a worked sample to take home to reference when they are working on their homework. Next, they will be using rate tables to solve story problems and will learn how to create equations out of unit rates.
- Janssen: English/Language Arts: This week we will be exploring figurative language.
- Hayden: Social Studies: This week we will continue to explore the 5 themes of geography through the lens of Ancient Rome. We will also brainstorm what we know and what we wonder about Rome. Next, we will dive into learning about The Rise of Rome. With this topic, we will practice note taking and how to effectively use a textbook. On Friday, we will take time to celebrate National Indian Heritage Day as well as learn about our monthly current events. Current events discussions will occur monthly. Students will be asked to present and discuss their first current event on Friday, October 5th.
Janssen English/Language Arts: Due to a mishap at the print shop, (it turns out you have to have every page of a short story, not every other page), we are reading, annotating, and discussing the short story "Thirteen and a Half" this week. Students will be completing an assignment in class due Tuesday, September 25. If they do not finish in class, they will need to finish it as homework.
*Please note: I will be absent Friday and Monday. We are leaving after school on Thursday to take my son to college. Because of this, I will be missing Parent Night. I am sorry to miss meeting with you. If you have concerns or questions regarding English/Language Arts, please email me. email@example.com
Hayden - Social Studies: On Monday, we celebrated Constitution Day and wrapped up the Reading Like a Historian assessment. For the remainder of the week, students will work on World Geography. First, they will work on their mapping skills, and then they will explore the 5 themes of geography (location, place, human-environment interaction, movement and region).
Babcock - Shapes & Designs: This week students are learning if given angles and side lengths can create triangles. They will have a short quiz and then begin to prepare for their unit test. Encourage them to use their quizzes as a study tool.
Babcock - Comparing & Scaling: This week students will learn how to use proportions to solve story problems. Scale factors used in solving proportions will connect the stretching of geometric shapes to scaling up and down proportions. Students will have their first quiz on this content next week.
- Hayden - Social Studies: This week students will continue practicing their skills of reading like a historian. Students will source, contextualize, corroborate and close read documents about 9/11/01. In addition, students will practice their mapping skills and use Google Maps and Google Earth to draw a map of Bozeman. On Friday, students will be assessed on their reading like a historian skills.
- Holland (Science): On Monday, students completed last Friday's lab and began a new lab called "Observing Different Organisms", students looked at prepared slides of both single celled and multi-celled organisms, made and recorded observations and responded to questions. Tuesday, a second lab was introduced "Plant Versus Animals", again, students were practicing using the microscope, recording observations and answering questions. We will begin our study of cells on Friday. There is no homework this week, I have asked students that have been absent to make up work that they are behind on during lunch,
- Babcock (Accentuate the Negative): Students will take an assessment to wrap up their review of positive and negative numbers. Next they will move into ratios and proportions.
- Babcock (Shapes & Designs): Students will be assessed on complementary and supplementary angles on Tuesday. They will then learn about vertical angles and be assessed on them on Friday.
- Janssen ELA: Students created a slide show in Google Classroom, introducing themselves to their classmates and me. If possible, have them log in and show you their show. Students will take the Fall Star Reading Benchmark assessment on Tuesday. We will begin reading, discussing, and writing about the short story "Thirteen and a Half." Students should be brining home a book of their choice and reading for 30 minutes for their nightly homework.
- Science: This years disclosure document should be coming home on Wednesday and returned to class by Friday, 9/7, with a parent or guardian signature. This week in science I will be working with students to find out what they already know about cells, body systems and how body systems get their energy. We will learn how to use a compound light microscope, practice using the microscopes and recording their observations. There is no homework this week other then returning the disclosure document by 9/7.
- Math (Accentuate the Negative): The students will be review positive and negative numbers this week. They will use a variety of strategies to add, subtract, multiply and divide positive and negative numbers. They will have a short assessment at the end of the week to review their skills.
- Math (Shapes & Designs): Students will be learning about angles this week. They will learn to estimate angles using benchmark angles. They will use angle rulers to measure angles and by the end of the week, they will be identifying complementary and supplementary angles and writing equations to find unknown angles.
- Health Enhancement: We looked at some running videos and will begin running as part of our warm-ups. We will play ultimate Frisbee and cricket(ish). We are planning on rotating from games into a possible yoga class and perhaps an archery unit. I will keep you posted as things change.
- English/Language Arts: Students will be using Google Classroom for most written work this year. They will be completing an "All About Me" assignment in class this week. Students need to bring a book everyday and read it at home for at least 30 minutes as homework. Thank you for your support. Please ask your student for the ELA disclosure document. Please sign and return the document as soon as possible.
- Social Studies: We are working on brushing up on our historian tool box this week. First, we will finish up the artifact activity where students are practicing the following History Habit of Mind, “Interrogate artifacts and pose questions about the past that foster informed discussion, reasoned debate and evidence-based interpretation.” Next, we will explore how to recognize primary and secondary documents as well as practice close reading, contextualizing and corroborating evidence. Students need to return their Social Studies disclosure document by Friday.
Math - This week all students are reviewing fractions. They are starting off by defining the parts and different kind of fraction forms. They will be learning/reviewing how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and a short quiz will be given on Friday to assess their understanding of fractions.
Social Studies: The first week is already off to a great start! We have spent the first 2 days appreciating world architecture and collaborating on different STEM designs. Next, we will begin to add to our historian toolbox and practice thinking like a historian with a few hands-on activities. We are also spending time getting to know each other and learning the class procedures and expectations. We will be using Google Classroom as a platform for distributing and turning in assignments. This is a good place to check and see what we are working on in social studies. I am looking forward to a fun year with your child. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Kelly Hayden email: firstname.lastname@example.org
English/Language Arts: This week was spent getting to know one another. I presented a Prezi about myself and students learned my expectations and classroom procedures. Students should have a notebook only for ELA which will be kept in the classroom. A composition or spiral-bound notebook works well. Students will be expected to bring a book to class everyday. We will visit the library on Friday. Their homework, each and every night, will be to read for, at least, twenty minutes. Holly Janssen: email@example.com
Science: This week in science we are getting to know each other and classroom procedures. On Tuesday we set-up our science journals and put in our first journal entry. Students are bringing home a Lab Safety Contract to go over with you and get your signature. This contract is due back on Wednesday, the 29th. We will practice communication skills, making observations, drawing scientific illustrations and begin learning how to use a compound microscope. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with your student and am looking forward to a great year!