And, we are back!

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