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Deserts

Having discussed North American deserts last week, this week we expanded our scope to deserts all across the world. We started with the biggest desert of all: Antarctica! We read a book, colored some Antarctic wildlife, and talked about cold deserts. We did a desert-themed word search with some good words (arid! burnoose! dromedary!). Next […]

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Action

Our mini-lesson of the day was about writing introductions that both capture reader attention and clearly state a thesis. We talked about “starting in the action,” and the use of questions and quotes. We also discussed making a thesis statement that is simple and clear. Students had writing time to make and work on their […]

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Cardboard

This week we created door hangers with our name from card board and tissue papers. Some kids created cardboard projects.

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Data

Today the sociology class looked at research methods, starting with the idea that we take in, assess and draw conclusions from social data all the time (show of hands; whether a restaurant has good reviews; number of texts received; which days are better to go to the museum [ahem, homeschoolers!]) We talked about research methods […]

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Fall

This week we created beaded pipe cleaner – inidian corn and other fall themed creations. We will continue to work on beaded pipe cleaner projects next week. We were sad to miss our electrons friends that were sick and we hope they feel better soon. Looking forward to meeting all electrons back next week in […]

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Apples

We began the class with a reading of 10 Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss. Then we set up red, green, and brown paint and invited the children to use apples cut in half as stamps and create apples trees. It was great seeing how each child decided to use their apple as a […]

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Persuasive Topic

Last time in writing workshop, we created an outline for a persuasive topic, working together as a group. We discussed reasons and details to support our position, and considered counter-arguements and how we might respond. Students had some writing time and sharing time. So far, I am quite impressed with the creativity in our group!

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Sociological Theories

This week we laid out four major sociological theories/movements that inform the way we might look at society, social institutions and social behaviors (see Chap 1 in the book). We looked at how these “lenses” can be used to understand any number of social phenomena. Also, we have our own experiences, identities, and values which […]

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3

In our last class we talked about 3 things to think about when taking photos. 1. When is permission appropriate vs. documentation. 2. The difference between horizontal and vertical. And how it changes the story of your photos. 3. The rule of thirds. The teens then practiced using these ideas.

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Dessert

We began two weeks of looking at deserts with a focus on North America. We thought up some words that might describe a desert, and discussed how desert life has adapted in some clever ways. We looked at plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert, and read “The Desert is Theirs” by Byrd Baylor and […]

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