Band Weekly Updates

Choir Weekly Updates

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    This Week in Choir:

    Students rehearse in ensemble daily developing music reading, music performance and music history skills. 

    This week in General Music:

    Students work daily developing music reading skills, studying/researching music history lessons and music appreciation.

     

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Drama Weekly Updates

  • This Week in Drama (Week of 10/28) 

    6th Grade: 

    This week in Drama, students will practice expanding their creative sides with a series of creative writing prompts. They will also work on their drama/theater games presentations and practice reading their manuscript, "Completely Unbelievable but Incredibly Entertaining Excuses for not Doing Your Homework". Students should be practicing their lines and working on memorization at home as well. 

    7th/8th Grade: 

    This week, students are continuing their presentions of drama games to the class. Students are also presenting their 250 word monologues to the class in a performance that has clear voice choices, focus in performance, and portrays emotions.  Students should be practicing their monologues at home and memorizing their script as they cannot use them on stage when performing. 

     

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Journalism Weekly Updates

  • This Week in Journalism (Week of 10/28) 

    7th/8th Grade: 

    This week, students will be learning about what it means to be a citizen journalist and the important role journalists play in society. They will learn all about the "Letter to the Editor" section of a newspaper and have the chance to write their own Letter to the Editor of the Milan Eagle. Student work will be published via the Milan Eagle later this year. 

    6th Grade: 

    This week, students will learn how to write a profile feature for a newspaper. Students will study profiles and learn how to interview someone in order to write their own profile feature. Voluntary submissions will be sent to the Milan Eagle, where one hardworking student will have their profile published. 

     

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PE Weekly Updates

  • News for week of 11/11/2019

    This Week in P. E. Class

    Monday: Cardio Day
    Tuesday:  Basketball Lay-up
    Wednesday: Basetball
    Thursday: Basketball
    Friday: Bat Ball

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8th Grade Art Weekly Updates

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    Last week was very busy. Students made clay bowls for the Empty Bowls Event which is a fundraiser for the Aid In Milan food pantry on November 19th. .  Students will have the opportunity to purchase their bowls before the event and will also receive a ticket with the purchase of their bowl to attend the event. More details to come. 

     

    This week we are beginning a fun painting for The Day of The Dead. We will be painting with fluorescent colors under black light.

     

    Our first art show will be during parent/teacher conferences in November, please be sure to attend! Student artwork will begin coming home after Thanksgiving break. 

     

     

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STEAM Weekly Updates

  • I will be emailing a biweekly newsletter to all families. Please check your email inbox or below for current information!

     

    Link to STEAM Newsletter 

     

    Thank you for your continued support for our classroom and our curriculum. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

     

    Contact Information: 

    Mrs. Smith

    smithe@milanareaschools.org

    734.439.5226 

     

     

     

     
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  • Monday

    • Robots
      • Sophia The Robot
      • Little Sophia
    • Oceans
    • Logic Puzzle
    • Contemplate Question: How do we define humanity in the age of robots, artificial limbs, 3D printed body parts, etc.?

    Homework:  In Google Classroom: Sophia The Robot

    Tuesday

    • Robots
    • Oceans

    Homework:  In Google Classroom: Sophia The Robot

    Wednesday

    • Javascript

    Homework:  In Google Classroom: Sophia The Robot

    Thursday

    • Robots
    • Oceans

    Homework:  In Google Classroom: Sophia The Robot

    Friday

    • Create Oceans Jeopardy

    No Homework

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  • Monday

    • Radio Astronomy data collection: Joint program with the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio telescope, NASA, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and select K-12 schools from around the world.

    Homework:  Go to Google Classroom and respond to the images on the article "Nasa Astronauts Train In Underwater Space Station" (1 question per day, Mon-Thurs).

    Tuesday

    •  Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission (Data Collection Day 1)
      • request Earth photos from the International Space Station
        • By longitude and latitude
      • analyze images 
    • Oceans

    Homework:  Go to Google Classroom and respond to the images on the article "Nasa Astronauts Train In Underwater Space Station" (1 question per day, Mon-Thurs).

    Wednesday

    • Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission (Data Collection Day 2)
      • request Earth photos from the International Space Station
        • By longitude and latitude
      • analyze images 
    • Oceans

    Homework:  Go to Google Classroom and respond to the images on the article "Nasa Astronauts Train In Underwater Space Station" (1 question per day, Mon-Thurs).

    Thursday

    • Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission (Data Collection Day 3)
      • request Earth photos from the International Space Station
        • By longitude and latitude
      • analyze images 
    • Oceans

    Homework:  Go to Google Classroom and respond to the images on the article "Nasa Astronauts Train In Underwater Space Station" (1 question per day, Mon-Thurs).

    Friday

    • Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission (Data Collection Day 4)
      • request Earth photos from the International Space Station
        • By longitude and latitude
      • analyze images 
    • Oceans

    No Homework

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  • Monday:

    • The effects of water table depletion
    • Introduction to subsidence (the creation of fault lines when water, oil, or gas is pumped out of the Earth)
    • Continue with Oceans presentation

    Homework:  Students will be reading sections of an online High School etext on Earth Science: Introduction To Oceans from WikiBooks during this week: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/High_School_Earth_Science/Introduction_to_the_Oceans

    Section:  How The Oceans Formed.  Task: Write a brief explanation on ocean formation (a sentence or 2).

    Tuesday:

    • Powerpoint on Colorado River and water use in the Southwest and Western U.S.
    • Continue with Oceans presentation

    Homework:

    Section:  Present Ocean Formation.  Task: The largest ocean during the time of Pangea was called what?. 

    Segment: 

    Wednesday

    • Complete Oceans presentation
    • Analyze data from the Geological Survey regarding subsidence in the United States

    Homework:

    Section:  Significance Of The Ocean Task: List 3 impotant ways that the
    ocean affects the planet. 

    Thursday

    • Logic Puzzle/Brain Training

    Homework:

    Section:  Composition Of Ocean Water.  Task: Briefly explain how ocean currents occur (102 sentences)?. 

    Friday

    • Continue with Logic Puzzle/Brain Training
    •  Analysis of a Twilight Zone Episode

    No Homework

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  • Monday

    • Students, in pairs continue with the following:
      • research an ocean or ocean level
      • maintain notes on info gathered and their sources
      • create a PowerPoint
    • Student pairs receive a review, feedback, and suggestions on their work
    • Students add a notes page (notes for peers to copy)

    Homework: Read the NASA article:  Earth: What We study.  All questions for the week reference the NASA article:(https://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/focus-areas)

    Q: Why does NASA study the Earth?  

    Tuesday

    • Complete Ocean Projects

    Homework:  Look at the NASA photo of the U.S. at night. Speculate and explain what is revealed from the map.

    Wednesday

    • Pairs present their PowerPoint

    Homework:  What specific areas of research are being prioritized? Which of them do you find to be most important and why?

    Thursday

    • Spanish science article
      • interpret
      • determine main points

    Homework: "The plan reflects the need to collect key climate monitoring measurements ― which are critical to informing policy and action, and which other agencies and international partners had not planned to continue." What does this statement from the article mean?

    Friday

    • Students create Jeopardy boards on their topics.

    No homework

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  • Monday

    • Discussed Oceans Presentation
      • Select ocean or ocean layer
      • Document research
        • Draft of info from specific sites
      • Create slides
      • Include visuals
      • Include video clips (about 5 minutes)

    Homework:  On Google Classroom: Exploring the Ocean

    Tuesday

    • Begin Ocean Project

    Homework:  On Google Classroom: Exploring the Ocean

    Wednesday

    • Teacher presentation of Sunlight Zone

    Homework:  On Google Classroom: Exploring the Ocean

    Thursday

    • Javascript practice
    • Spanish language article

    Homework:  On Google Classroom: Exploring the Ocean

    Friday

    •  Oceans Project

    No homework

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  • Monday

    • 1st day of Radio Astronomy
    • Collecting real time data from a Black Hole in conjunction with GAVERT, NASA, and the Jet Propulsion Lab

    Tuesday

    • Logic and deductive reasoning activity
    • Continue with writing feedback from Propaganda and Public Information project.

    Wednesday

    • Continue with Logic activities and feedback

    Thursday

    • Complete presentations
    • Spanish language activities on the ocean:
      • articles
      • maps
        • tectonic plates
        • oceans & continents
        • ring of fire
        • tectonic movement

    Friday

    • Science Jeopardy
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  • Monday

    • Final feedback on writing
    • Intellect-developing games
    • Homework:  On Google Classroom: Respond to Interview Part 2 on Sylvia Earle, Aquanaut

    Tuesday

    • Continue presentations
    • Videos on Ocean research
    • Homework:  On Google Classroom: Respond to Interview Part 2 on Sylvia Earle, Aquanaut

    Wednesday

    • Spanish language science article on space
    • Spanish language space video
    • Homework:  On Google Classroom: Respond to Interview Part 2 on Sylvia Earle, Aquanaut

    Thursday

    • Intellectual activities to stretch thinking: puzzles
    • Homework:  On Google Classroom: Respond to Interview Part 2 on Sylvia Earle, Aquanaut

    Friday

    • Java Script
    • No Homework
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  • Monday

    Tuesday

    • Complete writing project
    • Java
    • Homework: On Google ClassroonL Sylvia Earle interview.

    Wednesday

    • Present writing to class
    • Logic Problems continued
    • Homework: On Google ClassroonL Sylvia Earle interview.

    Thursday

    • Assign oceans for research
    • Homework: On Google ClassroonL Sylvia Earle interview.

    Friday

    • Java
    • No Homework
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  • Monday

    Tuesday

    • Java

    Wednesady

    • More on oceans
    • Continue with propaganda/public information project 

    Thursday

    • Java

    Friday

    • Wrap up projects and submit.
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  • Monday

    • Propaganda versus Public Information
      • source
      • outcome sought
      • info versus manipulation
    • Analysis of effective versus ineffective ads
    • Career in Public Health
    • Use of public service notices and news sources to seek funding in research and development
    • Homework: Use the Skyview App:
      • What planets can you find above the horizon?
      • Where are they in relation to the moon (north, south, east, west)?

    Tuesday

    • Discuss ads for e-cigarettes
    • Select or be assigned an ingredient in e-cigarettes for research
    • Create posters for and against the ingredient (note: this is not a poster about e-cigarettes, but about its ingredients, such as formaldehyde and toluene)
      • Practice in reasoning from 2 opposing directions
      • Foreshadowing promotion of a NASA goal
      • Begin to learn how science is disseminated
    • Homework: Use the Skyview App:
      • Can you locate the International Space Station?  Why or wht not?

    Wednesday:

    • Present poster
    • View: A Trip To The Moon 
    • Homework: Use the Skyview App:
      • What planets are below the horizon?

    Thursday:

    • Javascript
    • Homework: Use the Skyview App:
      • Search for debris in the sky.
      • Which one stands out to you and why?
      • What information about the chosen debris does the app provide?

    Friday:

    • Javascript
    • Homework: No homework
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  • Week of September 2

    Monday

    • Labor Day - No School

    Tuesday

    • Go over class expectations
    • Introduce astronomy apps
    • Introduce the interplay between science and sci fi: view first film (silent) on travel to the moon.
    • Complete a questionnaire on interests and goals
    • Homework:  If student has access to a phone, download free astronomy app.  Explore the skies at home.

    Wednesday

    • Logic problems
    • Introduction to astronomy
    • Homework:  List planets visible above the horizon using teh astronomy app.  For students without the app, count the planets visible to the naked eye.

    Thursday

    • Begin Javascript programming
    • Homework:  Look at the satellites circling above the horizon.  List 5 with their names or locations.  For students without the app, mkae note of the moon and its phase.  Is there a planet near the moon?

    Friday

    • Continue Javascript programming
    • No Homework.
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  • Monday

    • SETI Project

    Tuesday

    • Ethics and Society
    • Programming

    Wednesday

    • Ethics and Society
    • Programming

    Thursday

    • Black Hole Patrol

    Friday

    • Science Jeopardy

    Homework:  No homework

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  • Monday

    No School

    Tuesday

    • coding Javascript

    Wednesday

    • ethics and science
    • coding Javascript

    Thursday

    • Radio Astronomy Project

    Friday

    • coding and Javascript
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  • Monday

    • Javascript for animation and gaming
      • students work on Javascript in pairs
      • students paired by differing levels of progress
      • one partner who is advanced provides verbal explanations and/or demonstrations to assist the other partner in advancing through JavaScript

    Tuesday

    • Presentation on the black holes studied during the previous week.
    • Video clip on travel that approaches the speed of light
    • Continuing with JavaScript pairings. 

    Wednesday

    • Preparation for the SETI Project

    Thursday

    • The SETI Project

    Friday

    • Javascript
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  • Monday

    • Video clip on relativity
    • Finish GAVRT calculations
    • Code.org

    Tuesday-Wednesday

    • Code.org

    Thursday:

    • GAVRT Radio Astronomy Black Hole Project

    Friday

    • Code.org

    No homework.

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  • Monday

    • Go over word ladders
    • Students create word ladders
    • Work on code.org

    Tuesday

    • More on radio astronomy

    Wednesday

    1/2 day

    • Watch a video on Radio Astronomy

    Thursday

    • More sounds from the universe
    • code.org (animation and game creation)

    Friday

    • code.org (animation and game creation)
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  • Monday

    • Complete the math calculations from the radio astronomy black hole project from last Thursday.

    Tuesday

    • Wrap up math calculations from the Black Hole Patrol
    • Go over Visual Reasoning skills and activities that enhance its development and expression.
    • Logic activities

    Wednesday

    • Radio Astronomy

    Thursday

    • Reread, edit, and rewrite of previous writing

    Friday

    • JavaScript practice
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  • Monday

    • No school

    Tuesday

    • Cover black wholes

    Wednesday

    • More on black holes
    • Prepping for the GAVRT activity for Thursday

    Thursday

    • Students will participate in a NASA activity:
      • collecting real time radio data from a black hole
      • access to a radio telescope located in California

    Friday

    • Debrief on GAVRT activity
    • Editing and strengthening writing
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  • Monday

    • Receive and give peer feedback on writing

    Tuesday

    • Second editing of writing

    Wednesday

    • Readings on the first photo of a black hole

    Thursday

    • Back to JavaScript

    Friday

    No School

    No homework for the week.

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  • Monday:

    • Open class discussion on students' interest and questions
    • Discussion of writing project

    Tuesday:

    • Analyze a sci fi episode of Twilight Zone
      • predict ending
      • discuss implications of action and dialogue
      • discuss its relevance or lack of with human behavior and thought

    Wednesday:

    • Continue writing project
    • peer feedback and editing

    Thursday:

    • Logic activities

    Friday: 

    • Continue writing project

    Homework:  none this week

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  • Monday-Wed

    • Jeopardy Open Challenge
      • competion between groups
      • student-generated Joepardy boards

    Thurs-Fri

    • Javascript
      • creating online Javascript manual
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  • Monday:

    • Complete Ocean Levels
    • Finish notes

    Tuesday

    • Complete group-generated Jeopardy boards

    Wednesday

    • Groups compete in Jeopardy

    Thursday-Friday

    • Programming continues in JavaScript.
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  • Monday

    • No school-Presidents' Day

    Tuesday-Wednesday

    • Complete Ocean Layers presentations
    • Finish Jeopardy

    Thursday-Friday

    • Compete in small groups on Jeopardy boards.
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  • CTIM:

    Mon-Thursday

    • Continue Ocean presentations and notes
    • Read hig school online Earth Science text
      • pages 16-27
      • list science positions and descriptions
      • respond to unit questions

    Homework:  No homework.

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  • This week, students will be:

    • presenting on the ocean
    • competing through small group-created Joepardy boards.

    Homework:  No homework.

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  • Monday:

    • Snow Day

    Tuesday-Wednesday

    • Final Wrap-up of Oceans project

    Thursday-Friday

    • Oceans presentations
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  • This week, CTIM students will:

    • Watch video clips of AI and robotics
    • Discuss:
      • the challenges of AI and robotics
      • possible future trends
      • the benefits of AI and robotics
    • Compolete the group generated Jeopardy challenges.

    Homework:  No homework this week.

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  • This week, CTIM students will:

    Mon-Fri:

    • Continue their ocean research
    • Receive feedback
    • Incorporate feedback
    • Present before their peers
      • including a notes page of highlighted information
    • Create Jeopardy boards of the information
      • compete with other groups
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  • This week CTIM students will be engaged in the following:

    Monday-Wednesday

    • Brain development activities focused on strengthening the following:
      • problem solving
      • verbal-spatial reasoning
      • eye-hand coordination
      • logic
      • predicting outcome
      • theory-testing-planning
      • perceptual organization
    • Videoclips on AI, computers, and robotic advances

    Thursday-Friday

    • Continued ocean and ocean level research

    Homework: There is no homework this week.

     

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  • Monday-Friday

    • Continue research into oceans (3-person research groups with different assigned oceans or ocean levels, including gathering information on:
      • impact on weather, geography or atmosphere
      • typical lifeforms
      • adaptations 
      • a sample food chain
      • unique characteristics

    Tuesday

    • Revisit a college level logic problem, step-by-step
    • Continue research

    Wednesday:  Guest teacher

    • Continue research or work logic problems worksheet

    Homework:  No homework

     

     

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  • Monday:

    • Divide students into ocean research groups
    • Practice previous Solar System information with small group Jeopardy.

    Tuesday-Wednesday:

    • Research oceans
    • Create a presentation 

    Thursday:

    • Programming

    Friday:

    • Quiz on Solar System
    • Programming.

    Homework:  Mon-Thurs:  Read the articles on ocean exploration and write a response to both  (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oUd7wfNsBu_xakTuMIOXCinNPbs9NXDBG_Xw4x5gXbw/edit#).  The articles are on Google Classroom.

     

     

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  • Mon-Tues

    • Continue practicing logic problems as a means of understanding If-Then statements in computing

    Wed-Thurs

    • return to coding HTML and CSS

    Fri

    • Review Solar System Facts through Jeopardy 
    • Homework: Read and answer questions on Space Flight Preparation in Google Classroom.
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  • CTIM: Nov. 26-30

    Monday-Tuesday

    • Work on logic puzzles to experience cognitively the If-Then statements used in computer programming.
    • Spanish terms and text for computers, its history, parts, and functions.
    • Viewing the NASA live feed on the landing of Insight on Mars

    Wednesday-Thursday

    • Back to programming in HTML and CSS.

    Friday

    • Review the planets through Jeopardy

    Homework: Complete the Deep Sea Life on Google Classroom.

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  • Monday-Tuesday:

    • Spanish article on the Solar System
    • Mind challenge and logic puzzles 

    Homework:  None

    Wednesday-Friday:

    THANKSGIVING BREAK

     

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  • CTIM students will:

    Monday-Tuesday: 

    • Complete solar system presentations
    • Work on websites

    Wednesday

    • Complete websites 

    Thursday

    • Present websites

    Friday: 

    • Jeopardy Solar System Activity

    TEST on Monday Nov. 19 based on notes and teacher commentary of the planets and moons.

    Homework:  Complete interview of a second Aquanaut Peggy Lucas

     

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  • This week in CTIM, students are engaged in:

    • completing the Code.org HTML and CSS activities
    • continuing their creation of a personal, multi-page website
    • wrapping up and presenting their team Solar System presentations.

    Homework:  Complete a second interview on Sylvia Earle, NASA aquanaut available on Google Classroom.

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  • This week, students will:

    • Read an article on the requirements for life
    • Annotate the article (solo or in teams-each member must subhmit their own annotated article)
    • Incorporate information from the article in creating a slide for their planetary body project with a statement as to whether life is possible on their planet, dwarf planet, or moon(s) with evidence
    • Submit their presentations for feedback
    • Edit presentations and prepare to present.
    • Presentations must include a notes page for peers to copy.

    Homework:  In Google Classroom, students will be responding to an interview with Sylvia Earle, a legendary Aquanaut who did undersea research for NASA (astronauts train underwater for future space missions and undersea research is informing how to explore possible life in space).

     

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  • This week CTIM students will:

    • rank order from a selection of planets and moons preferred topics for research
    • be assigned to a group to:
      • research the planet or moon
      • create a Powerpoint presentation that includes:
        • images
        • video clips
        • main points
        • an article to share with the class
        • answers and questions for a Jeopardy style quiz
      • present the information

    Note:  All homework is now assigned on Google Classroom.  Students will again be searching the skies with SkyView.  Students will track its position each night and notes the nearest and furthest planets from its position.

    Alternate assignment:  Track nightly changes in the moon and answer whether it is waxing or waning.  Are there nearby planets (seen as untwinkling stars)?

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  • This week CTIM students will continue with their exploring HTML and CSS to build personal websites.  Included are discussions and lessons on:

    • creating a safe digital footprint
    • ascribing credit to online sources of information
    • manipulating:
      • color
      • text size
      • paragraphs
      • headings
    • considering what makes an effective web page.
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  • This week, CTIM students will:

    • begin building websites
    • explore HTML
    • explore CSS
    • discuss and consider the components of an effective website
    • thoughtfully design a personal website.

    Homework:  Astronaut interview with Kate Rubins, microbiologist and astronaut.

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  • This week:

    • Computational Thinking
      • Uncovering methods of problem-solving
      • The Problem-Solving Process
        • Define
        • Prepare
        • Try
        • Reflect
      • Analyzing a range of problem samples and applying the problem-solving process
    • HTML & CSS.

    Homework:  Astronaut Interview:  Tim Peake and Marsha Ivins                                                                                                    

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