The seventh graders have been working on a printmaking project that pushes their previously learned skills to the limit. Reduction printing, a favorite technique of Picasso, utilizes a single block to create a print of several layered colors. The block is carved out systematically, starting with the largest areas and lightest colors, and printed each time until the block is “destroyed” and there is only a small area remaining to print. The seventh graders have been doing a fabulous job with this process, starting with designing the multi-colored images that they would print. They then had to determine the order in which they would print the colors and started carving accordingly. Each student makes at least three prints because once the block is reduced, there is no going back, as the subsequent colors are printed directly on top of the previous colors. This advanced technique is an exciting and challenging process, and the seventh graders have created some truly amazing images!
This one? That one? That one over there? We’ve all been in a scenario where we’ve had to point at something to indicate our preference. It sure does help to accompany the pointing with words, not only to be more specific, but also to avoid being rude. The seventh grade Spanish classroom was recently converted into a clothing store to bring this scenario to life. Student shoppers entered the store to purchase an item, only to find that pointing didn’t suffice. Correct use of demonstrative adjectives to indicate preferences was required for the shopper to leave the store with the item he/she wanted! Successful shoppers were hired on as employees to help increase sales. Although typically a difficult concept for student learners to grasp, when set up like this, students easily identified key factors involved in tackling this feat: taking into account the point of view of the speaker and the distance between the speaker and the item in question. Now that students have the gist, they have been charged with creating their own store skits to evidence their mastery of this type of shopping scenario. Can’t wait to see/hear their finished products!
The Unquowa School Upper School Chorus performed the song I Have a Voice at last week’s assembly. When I first played this song for the chorus, they were immediately drawn to the simple and powerful melody and lyrics. We knew we had to perform this song. Since there is no written sheet music for the song, we had to listen to the recording many times to figure out the chord structure, melodies and harmonies. We also talked greatly about how this song has such a powerful message in such simple words. The song speaks for itself. We all have a voice. Each and every one of us. Please enjoy this wonderful piece of music!
Seventh graders have been studying the organelles or the “little organs” of plant and animal cells and have learned much about the function of each organelle and how complex a cell is. To illustrate both the function of organelles and how busy it is in the cell, students had to come up with a movement or dance to demonstrate their knowledge of a chosen organelle. Students worked together to keep the cell alive inside the membrane and danced!
In preparation for their test covering the parts of speech, the seventh grade humanities class completed what we called the “Mad-Lib Challenge.” In partnerships, our students created their unique Mad-Libs. Then, as a class, the groups traded and completed them. The member who supplied the parts of speech to complete the Mad-Lib had to listen to the entire piece being read aloud by their partner – with a mouthful of water. The challenge was this: try not to laugh! As everyone knows, grammar can be a messy business. Luckily, we had enough garbage bags to keep everyone dry (mostly). The students had a great time and were well-prepared for their test.
Kindergarteners and seventh graders collaborated together recently in Spanish class and had so much fun learning together! The class began with kindergarten students singing “Buenos días” to their big buddies. Then, within small groups, kindergarteners learned verb songs created by their big buddies. The themes of the songs were so fun and different! One song was about planets orbiting the sun, another about chewing gum and yet another about glazing donuts. Little did the kindergarteners know that they were actually learning a bit about how regular verbs work through song and movement! Seventh graders were proud to see the fruits of their labor bringing so much joy to their little buddies. Each group was excited to share a piece of their work in front of the entire group to wrap up class.