Mathematics: “What’s going on in this graph?”, dot plots/bar graphs, binomial cube, fourth power of a binomial, mean, median, and mode, box plots, 5-number summaries, and more!
Language: Verb-agreement exercises, writing and identifying thesis statements, themes in works of literature, dialogue as a tool for characterization, dialogue skits, parts of speech quizzes.
Humanities: Defining humanities, defining a civilization, introduction to the humanities timelines, introduction to Ancient Mesopotamia, Mesopotamia seminar, current events
Expressions/ Occupations: Winslow’s Farm visit, American Iris Society introduction (Thanks Erin and Jean!), Bush Honeysuckle table construction (Thanks Dale Dufer!), AP Inc. marketing and advertising for the Grillfest
Committee work: CMSAP compost program, GTC garden planning, Land School field guide/plant identification, Pink Tower Button quote, yearbook and technology
It has been a great week of bonding, adventure, and science. Nothing like a campfire to bring us together. Here are a few photos from the overnight:
The AP had a great start to the year. Students transitioned well into their new space and were happy to return to the Land Campus. The group is looking forward to the fall trip next week at Babler State Park, where they will be commuting to the Land Campus to begin a habitat assessment in collaboration with the St. Louis Audubon Society. Students will also begin documenting and cataloging the unique plant and animal life in the Bonhomme Creek Watershed with hopes of creating their very own Land Campus Identification Guide.
Mathematics: What is Algebra? Skills review, fractals, geometric sequences, Sierpinski’s Triangle, recursive sequences, quadratic pop-quiz.
Language Workshops: 6 Traits of Writing, guidelines for creating paragraphs, what makes a good paragraph, word choice (verb and adjectives)
Literature: Summer reading discussions (Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and The Sea, John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, Robin Lee Graham’s Dove, and student choices including The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer , The Book Theif by Markus Zusak, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, and No Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat), Verb and adjective work s
Occupations: Omnivore’s Dilemma (family farms vs. agricultural farms, seed corn, U.S. food production), Hungry Planet activity
Expressions: Illustrated Maps, sketching/observations Land Campus, Latin
Community/micro-economy: Trimester 1 committees, prep for the fall overnight, AP Inc. introduction, key components in a business concept
On the first day of last week (Monday, if you didn’t know), we had our last presentation day of the year. We presented topics such as Trigonometry, the Slave Trade, Economics, and Bees. At the end of the Presentation Day, students each presented a summary of the year in their own words. Two students (The Awesome Amazing Alpaca Anna as one and the Extravagant, Extra-cool, Elliptical and Elastic Embry as the other) chose to write a poem for this assignment. Here they are:
by The Awesome Amazing Alpaca Anna
September was first.
I portaged a large canoe
And ate great burgers.
Haunted house reading.
We rode our bikes every week
While leaves fell from trees.
November brought firsts:
My first presentation day
And student conference
December lacked snow.
But we had a winter break
And saw Star Wars Ⅷ!
Back to school, we came.
We had a Shaw overnight
In the cold winter.
All of a sudden,
All of our projects were due:
Reports, essays, math.
In March, no big things.
We did have a nice spring break,
Still with cold weather.
Well, guess what? It snowed!
In the last week, we tested.
I hope we did well.
May feels like summer.
We’ll go to Memphis this week.
Last day of school soon.
-By The Awesome Amazing Ambush-safe Alpaca Anna
by The Extravagant, Extra-cool, Elliptical and Elastic Embry
We made some bowls and cups out of clay,
We played a game with a paddle and a ball,
We watched the leaves of a burning prairie sway,
We got to act out scenes big and small.
I drew a ship high and mighty,
I performed a monologue about dinosaurs,
I helped build a home for things that are flighty,
I helped dig a trench, too small for wars.
My class started to present our big projects
My class went to a general assembly
My class had many Irises to collect,
Presentation day be later we plea!
In the end we did just fine,
Everyone just seemed to shine!
-By The Extravagant, Extra-cool, Elliptical and Elastic Embry
We thank all who have taken their time to read this post. We think you’re just fantastic!
Memphis Tennessee, what a cool place, you don’t even realize how jam-packed everything is until you are there. Everything you want to do is so close, leaving you with time to explore. Upon arriving we had nothing planned for Tuesday so we just chilled, having fun, playing games, and cooking. It was great, we all were able to laugh and have a delicious meal. The cabins were quaint, definitely a place we could call home for the next few days, and the cabins were always a place of fun and laughter.
Waking up the next morning we immediately got to cooking, making eggs, toast and a rack of very burnt bacon (Not on purpose). The drive was short to our next destination, but we were met with some beautiful scenery in Shelby National Park while driving. After we parked the vans we realized that the museum we where visiting had not opened yet, thus giving us our first exploring opportunity. After a little walk we came across the Peabody Hotel, a place famous for (and obsessed with) their ducks. The hotel was beautiful but sadly we there too early to see the ducks waddle into the lobby, which was sad. But we did get to explore the rooftop where the duck’s cage was as well as the awe-inspiring gift shop. There was duck swag everywhere, rows upon rows of duck stuffed animals, duck toys, key chains, and even soaps, the list goes on, this kept us occupied until it was time to go.
Every museum we went to was amazing. Each one was different and unique. We were always intrigued everywhere we went. We went to the Civil Rights Museum, Sun Records, and The Mississippi River Museum on Mud Island. We also went to the Gibson Guitar Factory, and to Beale Street, we had a blast seeing all of the shops and people. On Thursday we went to a place called Central BBQ where we had the most amazing and delicious Memphis BBQ. After we left we drove to sun records to get milkshakes and take a tour of the museum they had there.
All of us had fun in Memphis we took some tours, went to some cool places, cooked, ate some good food, and made a lot of memories. Until next time Soulsville!
Here are few more pics from the class trip to Memphis: