Art and Skills Buddies – Session 1

This year we are happy to announce that we are continuing  our “Buddies” Program! This year we are partnering up with Mrs. Meyers room. Our new friends are in Kindergarden and First grade! We are so excited to be starting – this week we created a lesson plan based off collaboration, friendship and growth. We worked with our buddies on a watercolor that we will transform into one big collaborative tree of friendship! Here are some photos of the session- it was amazing and ALL the kids were engaged and excited to work on our lesson! We were also so impressed with how mature and kind our new friends are!

What a Week! Look what came today! <3

We are pleased to announce that our tablet/ laptops came!!!! When we get called that UPS has something in the office we know it’s got to be good! Check us out! Now we are fully capable to set off on a financial literacy adventure!

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The Tablet/ Laptop! The Key boards detach so we can use them MANY ways!!!

The Tablet/ Laptop! The Key boards detach so we can use them MANY ways!!!

It’s a GREAT day to be in Room 108!!!!!

Great news everyone- WE GOT FUNDED!!!! Thanks to the AMAZING souls at Donor’s Choose we got another project funded! We are now the PROUD  owners of 4 new laptops and will now have a Financial Literacy center in our room! We are thrilled and thinking of what great things we can do next!

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Financial Literacy – Our Newest Donor’s Choose Adventure!!!!! Help us get our laptops!

Hello Everyone!

It has been a VERY busy week around here- we are completing our first round of the PARCC test. Everyone did really well !!!!

Financial Literacy

We want to share our newest Donor’s Choose Grant! We are working on securing 4 laptops with cases! This much needed technology will help us embark on our financial literacy project! Financial Literacy is a skill that is often lacking in adults- did you know that over half of all American’s are in serious credit card debt? We have pledged to become informed in all things money, credit, loans, and budgets! Help us reach our dream by checking out our project proposal here is the link;

http://www.donorschoose.org/pbaldocchi?rf=link-siteshare-2015-03-teacher_account-teacher_2246000

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Until Next Week!

We are back!!!!! Algebra All stars- Novels- Debates and we travel to Ancient Greece!

Hello everyone! We have missed you all so much! We are back- please tune in to see our weekly posts. We have had a TON of changes here, and are doing the most amazing work in Room 108! Spring is trying to sprout here in Chicago but we think it’s jackets and sweaters for a few more weeks.

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Algebra All Stars- Exponential Growth and Functions- 8th Grade 

Wow! What a unit- we are exploring exponents, exponential growth- decay and functions. Following our 90% hands on and or creative curriculum promise we made to ourselves this year we set about on some Algebra challenges. Miss Baldocchi began our unit by posing a question- here it is

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Most of us choose the $100.00 but then we watched the legend of the gain of rice and tried this theory out ourselves- Wow!!!! We were shocked!!!!!

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Then we took out our trusty chess board ( 101 uses!!!) and tried the theory ourselves

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This we discovered is Exponential Growth! Simply amazing! We went on to learn and practice- growth- decay and the functions of exponents. We learned the “Laws of Exponents”. We love Algebra!!!! Our mid term was to calculate a Zombie Apocalypse-  it was awesome!

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Ratio and Proportions – 6th and 7th Grades 

While our 8th grade buddies are plugging away 6th and 7th has been learning all about ratios, proportions, and proportional relationships! There are literally limitless ways you can learn about these concepts and another fav of ours ( UNIT RATES!!!!!) using hands on and real world experiences.  We took over 150 photos of this unit ( yes – we love the camera! 🙂 ) Here are just a few ways we show mastery and meaning!

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We no longer tell anyone we are bad at math!!!!!!! This unit was so much fun and we are not over with it yet!

Math Intervention as “Out of the box” as we can make it! 

Some of us are still working on personal math goals and sharpening basic operations- we built these cool “operation hangers” so we can have a visual, tactile and concrete way to learn. They are not fancy, pretty or expensive but THEY WORK!!! Here is a shot of them.

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The Lightning Thief and our travels to Ancient Greece! 

Our latest novel for grades 6-7- and 8th is Percy Jackson the “Lightning Thief” By Rick Riorden. Miss B had planned 3 different novels for this reading unit but when the rest of us hearing the 6th graders talk about it we demanded a change! This is our favorite novel of the year and we are so enthralled with Percy’s journey that Miss B ordered the rest of the series for us!!!!! The novel delves into Ancient Greek culture and we learn about the Gods. Miss B loaded us up on all things ancient Greek! We studied Greek Math and Science , are learning the alphabet and are in love with all things Greece

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Writer’s Workshop Reaches New Heights! 6-7-8

We are serious authors and poets in Room 108. We decided that we needed a designated writing area that was only for drafting ideas, writing, editing, revising and publishing. Welcome to our new 6+1 Writing Center!

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We have been hard at work on the “Idea” and “Fluency” traits- here is our new visual aide- “THE RAFT” 

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We have been writing up a storm- if you come visit please make sure to ask to see our portfolios!

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Debate Over What Counts ! 

Twice a week we have “moral centers” Miss B sets up an issue- we study both sides to an issue and then pick a side and debate/ argue our point.  Here are some shots of an issue hitting Chicago this winter!

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We then created a podcast of our debate!

Odds and Ends-

We are still using our core social skills and have weekly sessions, we are still incorporating art into our social emotional time !

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Thanks for reading and see you next week!

Miss B’s Crew