This Week’s News

In addition to testing, reading Greek mythology, discussing the hallmarks of argument writing, and practicing for the Eastside Relays, students continued their study of ancient Greece.  As part of that, students learned about red-figure and black-figure pottery that was prevalent in Greece.  Students then designed their own two-dimensional Grecian Urns.  The collage below shows some of the steps of this art project, and the Greek vase art will be displayed at Open House as well.

As a reminder, Monday, April 21, is a professional development day for teachers, so there is no school for students.

Grecian-Urns

This Week’s News

This week, we continued our study of Greece and Greek mythology.  During our study of ancient Greece, students explored one small portion of the Winged Sandals website, which is a fun, interactive way to learn about different aspects of ancient Greece.  Many students asked that the Winged Sandals site be made available here so that they could explore ancient Greece on their own.  Students will also explore a portion of the British Museum’s website, which is an interactive site that explores life in ancient Greece, and this is another educational and entertaining site, Adventures in Ancient Greece, that allows students to interact and take part in games while learning about the way of life in ancient Greece.

Additionally, as many of you may be aware, this year there has been a shift from the CA State Standards to the Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards, which have been adopted by most of the states in the country.  Below is information from the Common Core website, linked below, to provide you with an overview of the purpose of the new standards and the major shifts.

Mission Statement:
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

The Shifts in English Language Arts/Literacy

  • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction
  • Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational
  • Regular practice with complex text and its academic language

The Shifts in Math

  • Focus strongly where the Standards focus
  • Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics within grades
  • Rigor: In major topics pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity

To accompany the new standards, there is a new testing system, and all testing will be administered online.  This year, students will use Chrome Books to take the tests, and the testing window is from April 7 through May 16.  Look for more information here about when specifically these tests will be administered, but currently we are scheduled to test at least two days next week and two days the following week.  If you would like to learn more about these tests, check out the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium website.

Update

Inspired by the collage depicting last year’s mummification project, Marika used the PicCollage app to create a collage of some of this year’s sixth graders preparing their “bearaohs” for the Field of Reeds, the Egyptian afterlife.

Mummies PicCollage

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