During our fall Earth Day activity, 8th graders spent part of the morning researching current environmental issues across the globe, collecting facts and statistics. After sharing their research, students explored poetry about the planet. From Emerson’s idyllic meditation on the indispensable bumblebee to contemporary pieces on environmental issues such as Alison Hawthorne Deming’s “Human Habitat,” students discussed ways in which poetry can express our love and our concerns for our wonderful planet. It was a wonderful prelude to our Earth Day hike and activities. For the rest of the week, students worked in their writer’s notebooks to create their own Earth Day poem, reflecting on nature or shedding light on recent environmental issues.
This year, 8th grade has linked during their Friday math class and are spending that time working with the kindergarteners. Each week, the 8th graders will lead a different math lesson for kindergarten through various activities and games. We are excited about this linking opportunity!
Last week, 6th-8th graders boarded a bus headed to Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Norwalk for their first after-school social of the school year! Students jumped, jousted, dodgeball-ed, and of course, enjoyed snacks (including all-you-can-eat pizza!) for two hours. It was a fantastic way to end the week! Many thanks to the chaperones and UPA for helping make this outing possible!
We don’t have all the winners of cups, eyeshadow, bath products, batteries and food listed. But students have learned mostly that a bargain is usually not what it appears. The day before projects were due, students tested dish soap brands Ivory, Palmolive and Kirkland’s to see which brand produced the biggest bubbles. Bubbles aid washing by lifting dirt. The method of the test is shown with our 8th graders.
6th-8th Grade After-School Improv has gotten off to a very productive (and hilarious) start! We are 16 players strong; constantly taking risks and learning how important it is to work as an ensemble-based performing team. One of the main components of improv is “don’t try so hard to be funny.” The goal is to make everyone ELSE onstage look good and by doing so, everyone is funny! By closely listening to your scene partner and reacting quickly to what they say, the comedy comes very naturally. Students are also learning the crucial element of acceptance in improvisational comedy. We begin every class with a warm-up activity called “Yes, And…” to highlight this critical component of improv. Each week brings lots of learning, listening, and of course laughter!