Novel Labs- Mock Crime Scenes and Candy Class Warfare! Venn Diagrams- NOT just for Reading anymore!

Hello! 

We are loving living our novels! Even the few of us that proclaimed “there are no books I will ever like” have changed our tunes are now trying to sneak read the next section! Miss B has to hide the books so we don’t spoil the fun!!!! 

In 7th grade we are rocking evidence and are noticing things that bring so much more depth of understanding to our reading! Our novel is a mystery. We have been piecing together evidence about Janie trying to figure out if she really was kidnapped! We are far enough into the book that we are getting some AMAZING clues! We have discovered that her “parents” are really her grandparents!!!!! In order to fully develop our evidence honing skills we were surprised last week when we came to class and there was a mock crime scene!!! We had to go into full CSI investigation mode and collect, document, and log the evidence. Based off the evidence we then had to hypothesize what happened to our victim. Here are some shots of the investigation and the scene as we found it!

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There was even “blood” on our radio!

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Collecting evidence!

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We pieced together the ripped up papers to reveal a message!!!!

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Here is what it said!

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We hypothesized the our victim was a girl that was kidnapped from school while she was listening to a book on tape. She cut herself while trying to free herself from the cord- we were correct!!!!!

In 8th grade we are almost halfway through Freedom Writers Diary!!!! We argue over who can take the book home to read ahead! A common thread and theme that we keep coming across is racial perceptions and stereo types. We have decided that much of the issues the kids write about are due to this. In fact many of the issues we deal with relate to this as well! That is the great thing about this book- there is so much the kids experience that we do as well- we can make amazing text to self, text to text, and text to world connections! 

Miss B had us play a game- we called it the “Candy Game” to start. We have been talking about stereo types in reading and social skills- we discussed how passing judgment based off of perceptions and looks can cause conflict and keep people apart. We talked about labeling based off what is really there – not what we think (evidence) – we used a bottle of Windex as an example- 

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Here is our labels for Windex 

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Now we had to close our eyes as Miss B passed out trays of candy – we had to apply this same skill to the candy. 

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We labeled the candies ( there were three types) We classified them using our senses, sight, feel, smell and then taste. 

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After this we looked over our results and decided that even though they all has different attributes they were still- in the end- candy. Then Miss B through a curve ball and asked why the candy was like the book!!!!! Then to even make things more interesting she asked why the candy game was like world peace! We has this!!!! We told her that the candy was like the kids getting bullied in the book – they might look different – they are in the end- all people who have feelings and can be hurt. We said that the candy was like world peace because even though there are differences there is more to people that is the same than different!!! We went on to say that if more people figured this out there would be less bloodshed and hate. 

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Venn Diagram Discoveries!!!!

We are old pros using Venn Diagram’s to show us what is the same and different about a topic in Reading but Miss B showed us we can take that same graphic organizer and we can use it for math!!!! We used Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple since we just finished it and were almost there but needed something else to push us into the mastery area!!!! Well guess what- WE TOTALLY GOT IT!!!! Here are some shots of us mastering GCF and LCM using a Venn Diagram!

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We rock!

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We also wanted to show you how we ace the VENN in reading! We had to compare our characters in the book to Romeo and Juliet and then compare and contrast choices made- 

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Come visit next time to see our Science Magnification Lab , live coverage of our first debate and  our interpretation of the song Gangsters Paradise!!!!

 

 

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