MS Blazer Buzz 26 Jan
This week's highlight: Once Upon a Time
Hand-stitching, set construction, paper engineering - sixth grade students have now acquired these skills which are necessary if they are to explore art careers such as costume designer, set designer, or illustrator. Elements of fiction, complex sentences, introductory phrases, clauses, and transition words - now those are the skills of a successful writer. Put them together and what do you get? Sixth grade artists and authors. Add a Woodlawn challenge to this integrated project and what do you get? Sixth graders who have not only written their own version of a classic fairy tale in exactly twenty-six sentences, with each sentence beginning with the next letter of the alphabet, but have also designed costumes, sets, or 3-dimensional book pages in order to capture the essence of their fairy tale. Mrs. Packard, Ms. Lysne, and the sixth grade students hosted a fairy tale luncheon for their parents to showcase their creativity in writing and art. Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm Brothers would certainly be proud!
MS Blazer Buzz 12 Jan
This week's highlight: Geo Bee
Are you smarter than a 7th grader? When it comes to geography, you
would have to be to beat Mitch Porter, who took first place in
Woodlawn’s Geography Bee last week. Each year thousands of schools in
the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee. The
contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their
classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public
awareness about geography. Because not all of the schools have held
their contests at this time, we cannot publish the exact questions from
this year’s Geo Bee. But here are two similar questions that just might
stump you, unless you are a geography whiz! 1. Oyala, a planned city
located in the rainforest 65 miles east of Bata, is being built as a
capital for what African country? 2. The Sea Island chain, including
Hilton Head and Cumberland Island, runs along the coast of which
state-Michigan or South Carolina?
Congratulations to Mitch P., Hank G., and Josh E. who took first, second, and third place respectively.
1. (Equatorial Guinea)
2. (South Carolina)
MS Blazer Buzz 15 Dec
This week's highlight: Preterite March!
Eighth graders in Señora Laine and Señorita Morgan's classes are studying the past tense in Spanish, which has a lot of irregular verbs. In order to help students remember all the irregulars, they learn a chant repeating the irregular, first person verbs! Watch the video of the Preterite March here!
MS Blazer Buzz 8 Dec
This week's highlight: Treats and Toys
MS Blazer Buzz 24 Nov
This week's highlight: Fall Trimester Portfolio Viewing
This week, middle school students invited their parents to class for portfolio viewings, culminating presentations highlighting their work from fall trimester. They shared the many projects, essays, art pieces, and videos that they produced. 6th graders shared some tasty greens straight from their own gardens and a garden plot project in math. Highlights included communication with their German pen pals, Perfect World essays, composition projects with garageband, and observing the aqueduct built in the gardens. 7th graders entertained their guests with a skit about the process of making a movie as they described their work with producing stop motion animated films in LA, Art and Music. Mitch narrated an incredible video explaining a rather complicated chemical reaction in science and Jesse discussed the atomic bomb debate. 8th graders demonstrated their impressive Rube Goldberg machines in science, Old Salem films produced in math, and original pieces of artwork from their Choice-Based Art Class. Our Woodlawn middle school students never cease to amaze us!