Think Tank Team Open Team Meeting December 6, 2006
Math Mrs. Lapp
Upcoming Topics for 6th grade Math • Divisibility • Factors - GCF • Multiples - LCM • Prime factorization • Fractions
Upcoming Topics for 6th grade TAG Math • Proportions • Similar figures • Percent of change • Stock Market Game • Begins 2/12 - 4/20 • Math Olympiads 12/12
Mrs. Young’s Language Arts Classes Think Tank Team Open Team Meeting December 6, 2006
Author & Poet Research Project Major Accomplishments 1.Developing questions to guide research (this requires abstract thinking, so students are in the beginning stages of doing this well) Whew! That was tough….. Sharon Creech http://cms.westport.k12.ct.us/cmslmc/resources/authorstudy/creech.htm
Research Project Major Accomplishments: 2. Using multiple resources to find information 3. Knowing the difference between summarizing and paraphrasing 4. Knowing when to utilize the skill of summarizing or paraphrasing 5. How and when to incorporate direct quotes 6. Analyzing the writer’s craft (also an abstract thinking skill)
Research Project Major Accomplishments: 7. Deciding on a sequence for the information to be included in the paper 8. Developing a thesis statement 9. Using word glue and logic glue to write a coherent piece of writing (grammar work focusing on phrases and clauses) 10. Preparing a presentation with a visual aide to share new knowledge with classmates.
Six Research Station Tasks: Illustrated Timeline Pop-Up Alliteration Card Piece of writing for the “Copy your Author” Station Main Character Questionnaire Decorated Folder Cover Visual Aide for your presentation Final Due Date, Monday December 18th Due Dates and Guidelines for the Research Project
Class Time to work on Research Projects: TAG: December 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14 are station work days First typed draft of research paper due Tuesday, Dec. 12 Second typed draft with revisions due Friday, December 15 Final project with all station tasks and completed research papers due Monday, December 18th.Students have handouts that detail how to write the paper, the calendar, etc. Due Dates and Guidelines for the Research Project
Class Time to work on Research Projects: Regular: December 4, 5, 6, 11, 13, 14 are station work days First typed draft of research paper due Tuesday, Dec. 12 Second typed draft with revisions due Friday, December 15 Final project with all station tasks and completed research papers due Monday, December 18th. Students have handouts that detail how to write the paper, the calendar of due dates, etc. Due Dates and Guidelines for the Research Project
Literature Circles Philosophy/Goals: Instilling the habits of lifelong readers into my students Learning various aspects of reading comprehension, writer’s craft, and intellectually rigorous discussion skills Gives students another rich reading experience (endorsed as a best practice by NCTE and IRA) Promotes deeper comprehension relatively painlessly (through discussions) Language acquisition theory shows us that when kids start talking in a more sophisticated manner, they will begin writing in a more sophisticated manner – YES!!! http://peacecorpsonline.org
Constant cycle of reading, writing, and talking. I’m the teacher when I teach mini-lessons; I’m the coach when I monitor groups The kids made all the decisions- choice of book, reading assignments, and ground rules for good group discussions Lessons revolve around: discussion skills, issues relevant to the text (in this case, culture/heritage/race), writer’s craft, comprehension strategies, etc. Assessment is done by the group members themselves and me- they monitor discussion skills, I monitor both that and the various cognitive and comprehension strands I hear as I visit with groups Literature Circles- What’s involved?
What’s next? Mystery TAG reads Murder on the Orient Express and some Sherlock Holmes selections Regular classes read a Sherlock Holmes play and solve “Whodunit” mysteries Both sections write and perform a mystery skit which includes elements of both dramatic writing as well as writing elements particular to the genre of mystery Both sections study deductive and inductive reasoning, some principles of logic
Letter to the Editor A colleague and I wrote a letter the editor of The Dallas Morning News asking people to write and tell our students what reading has meant in their lives. We got letters! I share them with the kids on occasion. They’re so inspiring, and the kids seem to marvel at the fact that someone wrote letters to them. They are honored…. We were inspired by Jim Burke’s book, I Hear America Reading.
Knitting Group I love to knit! There are a few students who already know how and some who wanted to learn, so we decided to meet once a week for lunch and knitting in Mrs. Young’s room. We usually meet on Wednesdays at noon. Kids bring lunch and knitting stuff, and we teach the basics if anyone wants to learn. Requirements: Knitting needles Yarn Sack lunch
Think Tank Science Open Team Meeting December 6, 2006
To everyone involved with the Science EXPO • Mr. Bill Warner at the Museum of Nature & Science for his Fire & Ice Show • Mr. Kennen Schmitz for his oil drilling presentation • Mr. Dennis McLaughlin for his presentation on an alternative energy source
Energy Unit • Topics Covered • Forms of Energy • Energy Transformations • Generating Electricity • Energy Sources • Petrochemical Project – due Tuesday • Unit Test – Friday, December 15th • Energy Project • Regular Classes • January 3-12, 2007
Spring Semester • Astronomy Unit • TAG Classes Space Day Design Challenge • Regular Classes Tiny Teacher Planet Presentations • Biology Unit • Ecology Unit
General Observations • Lab Time ≠ Play Time • Labs & activities are designed to reinforce new concepts and/or to discover new information. • Think → Act • Helps keep us safe. • Spares others’ feelings. • Keeps us out of trouble.
World Studies Ms. Demcko
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Thanks for coming! Next Open Team Meeting Thursday, February 22 @ 11:45