What a fun/exciting/busy week! The AP students welcomed CMS and OakHaven 6th year students into their new environment at the GTC on Tuesday and Thursday, and the entire upper elementary visited the Land Campus today to participate in a plant and tree identification scavenger hunt. On Wednesday, the AP students canned over 80 jars of apple butter and made over 100 buttons for the CMS Pink Tower Campaign. We modeled exponential growth with m&ms and skittles. We discussed the elements of a piece of horror fiction through Roald Dahl’s Royal Jelly and A.A. Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw. We wrote stories, developed characters through physical characteristics, and studied the use of the transition word ‘however’. The class finished Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and decided on their occupations group project for the T1 Presentation Day. Next week, we switch back into our humanities studies as we begin to prepare for individual and group research projects. Have a great weekend!
Mathematics: Binomial theorem, probability, factorial notation, permutation, constructing regular polygons, describing ellipses, factoring, exponential growth/decay, direct variation, scatter plots, collecting data, and capture/recapture population estimates.
Language: Transition words, supporting answers with evidence from text (introduce, cite, and explain), COMMAS!, selecting research topics, Dr. Maria Montessori’s From Childhood to Adolescence seminar, introduction to Rhetoric Analysis, exercises in finding Ethos, Pathos, Logos, introduction to Gothic Literature
Occupations: Seminar and research on fertilizer, Omnivore’s Dilemma seminar, garden clean-up, cool-season vegetable planting, analysis of ingredients in processed food
Expressions: “I am” project, plant identification field guide, Land Campus Map, Community Lunch
Micro-economy: Market Day Prep (apple butter, Pink Tower buttons, honeysuckle tables), Pumpkin Hunt planning
Yesterday the students met with volunteers from the St. Louis Audubon Society (thanks Mitch and Gary!) to survey the Land Campus’s unique ecosystem. Students were asked to identify ways to bring the Land Campus back to a natural state where food and energy systems are flowing naturally. The initial habitat assessment, offered through the Bring Conservation Home program, helped us to identify native and invasive plants growing on the property as well as the areas that we could most efficiently transform for the benefit of plants, animals, and the community. We would also like to create interpretive signs for the special places on the land such as our spiced bush grove in the back of the property. Scientific and historic lessons really are limitless on the Land!
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