Monthly Archives: October 2016

More Fun with Robots!

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Here are a few student creations from Coding with Robots last week. These robots have arms that can swing and hit a ball they can also move forward and backward. Students worked in pairs and made their robots by stacking two Edison robots together. They used Legos to attach them and to make their own designs. Students also learned how to control their robots by programming remote controls and learned how infrared remotes work.

First Quarter Recap, Previewing Second Quarter

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It’s hard to believe that our first quarter is almost over! Here is a recap of what we did:

6th Grade

  • Practiced typing skills by writing a short personal essay
  • Created a spreadsheet to track progress in typing speed and accuracy tests
  • Practiced using screen captures to take pictures of what’s happening on our computers
  • Created a reference pocketbook of useful keyboard shortcuts to remember using Google Slides
  • Learned about how search engines work and the tips and tricks of effective searching
  • Completed an independent research project to practice what we’ve learned about searching

7th Grade

  • Completed a Presentation Creation Boot Camp assignment in Google Slides (or Prezi) for the prompt: What is Your Passion?
  • Created a reference pocketbook of useful keyboard shortcuts to remember using Google Slides
  • Created a spreadsheet to track progress in typing speed and accuracy tests
  • Worked with partners on a collaborative research project about important pioneers in computer science and technology, culminating in a research document and presentation.

8th Grade

  • Completed a Presentation Creation Boot Camp assignment in Google Slides (or Prezi) for the prompt: Who is Your Inspiration?
  • Created a spreadsheet to track progress in typing speed and accuracy tests
  • Brainstormed and collected our thoughts on what makes a great website
  • Worked independently on the creation of portfolio websites using Wix. This is a project we will revisit and work on throughout the school year

What’s Next?

In the second quarter, we will continue to build upon our theme of research and curating good information from online sources. We will also introduce some new applications and disciplines.

Here are some key topics we plan to cover:

  • Coding month, starting at the end of November and throughout December
    • Independent practice in coding discipline of choice using self-directed tutorials
    • Hour of Code participation
  • Designing 3D objects using SketchUp
  • A Refresher on Collecting and Manipulating Data with Google Forms and Sheets
  • Continued practice in typing and research skills

 

Busy Kindergarteners!

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In the last few weeks we have read some wonderful stories about the importance of always trying our best and not giving up. We may not be able to do the task just yet, but by continuing to try, great things will happen! We’ve also focussed on expressing ourselves clearly and learning what empathy means. We read the story The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and completed an art project in the classroom where we created our own beautiful Dots.

"Dot" art

“Dot” art

Reading groups are going great in Kindergarten! We’ve been focussing on print concepts, sight words, and retelling.

Responding to reading!

Responding to reading!

Buddy time is one of our favorite times at NDV. Recently the Kindergarteners made lunches for the Gubbio Project. We love our buddies, but we especially love giving back to the community!

buddy-sandwhiches

packing lunches and making yummy PB&J sandwiches.

Packing lunches and making yummy PB&J sandwiches.

Upcoming Science Events

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Hello All – wanted to share two upcoming science events occurring in the Bay Area!

Bay Area Science Festival

Discovery Day at AT&T Park – Saturday, 11/5/16, 10AM – 4PM

attpark (1)AT&T Park becomes a science wonderland when the Bay Area Science Festival concludes again with this FREE science extravaganza. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. With more than 150 hands-on exhibits, get ready to unleash your inner scientist.

 

 

Expanding Your Horizons

A Science and Mathematics career conference for young women in 6th – 8th grade. When and Where: Saturday November 19th at San Francisco State University.

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Second Graders with their new Faith Family!

We have had such a great time learning  about new ideas in Second grade.  We have learned about photosynthesis, Georges Seurat and pointillism, light and perspectives, and Loving Our Neighbor with our new Faith Families.

In our Eureka Math program we are continuing to learn how to measure in centimeters and meters. We know that a centimeter is as big as  the end of a second grader’s pinky. We know that a meter is about as big as a second grader’s hug!

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Second graders with their new Faith Family!

We will keep you posted with more updates about all the activities we are participating in.

what’s going on in the atelier!

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hi all!

a quick update of the projects we are working on currently —

K: spooky pasta skeletons & watercolor forests

1: mr bones skeleton hanging & kandinsky paintings

2: dia de los muertos drawins

3: sumi-e cat & spider paintings + color wheel review & drawing exercises

4: clay totem poles

5: drawing skills unit

6: finishing up our chair sculptures & beginning japanese tea bowls

7: finishing up picasso plate sculptures & beginning cindy sherman

8: finishing up clay viola frey figures & beginning our self portraits