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Before Thanksgiving Break Sr. M.A.P.P. went upstairs to Ms. Lori’s science lab to learn how to create slides of their bacterial samples. With the help of some Upper School students, we used fire to heat fix our slides, stained the samples, and viewed them at different magnifications. We also learned how bacteria are named after their shapes. Here are some pictures of our adventure into Ms. Lori’s Laboratory!

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Module 6 had many weather interruptions, but we made it! Here is a recap of what we did in Senior M.A.P.P.:

MATH: Everyone is working hard in math and making progress. We may add a few extra Math classes to help students maintain math pace since we lost so many days due to snow. Keep practicing those math facts at home and let me know if you have any questions!

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS: We completed our biographies for Academic Fair and have started a poetry unit. I have found many great poetry books via The Gutenberg Project and the Durham Public Library, including one of my personal favorites Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman. We are reading and writing different forms of poetry including pyramid poems (pictured below), haiku, and limericks. We are also studying the poems of Shel Silverstein and even looking at Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”. We will finish our poetry unit in Module 7 before we start our drama unit.

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SOCIAL STUDIES: This module we have been studying the economy of the United States, including supply and demand, advertisements, budgets, and taxes. We have read articles about how the recession has affected the unemployment rate in the United States, and we will have a discussion about Governor Pat McCrory’s State Budget Proposal (just released this month) and how it affects the people of North Carolina. We are thinking critically about why and how individuals spend money and why taxes are so important to the community. We will carry this unit through the end of Module 7 before learning about North Carolina folklore and cultures in Module 8.

SCIENCE: After learning about rocks and soil, we started exploring the structure of Earth and how land-forms are created. Going into Module 7 we will continue our study of tectonic plates, mountains, volcanoes, valleys, rivers, canyons, and more. We will study relief maps to learn why mountain ranges formed where they are and study continental drift to learn how our planet has changed and continues to change over time. We will also take some time to learn about Marie Tharp, the geologist whose map of the ocean floor revealed the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and led to the scientific community’s acceptance of the continental drift theory. Next, we will study weather and climate.

FINAL NOTE: Rather than sending student work “home” (since that’s rarely where it goes), I have started filing it in a crate in the classroom. Parents are welcome to come in and look at work before or after school. When the calendar says “Crates Out” I will move the crate upstairs to the Big Table. If you have any questions or are wondering how your child is doing in class, please send me an email or call me at school.

Thank you for everything you do at home to support the education of your children!

 

In Science class we are studying simple machines. Today the students built pulleys out of grooved wheels, axles, and string, and they used spring scales to measure the force needed to lift weights with and without the pulleys. Next week we will test different pulley systems to learn how they make work easier. Enjoy your weekend!

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The first three days of school for Senior M.A.P.P. included creating huge bubbles, building physical and metaphorical bridges, and tumbling around Bull City Gym. These activities gave my class opportunities to orient with each other, Middle Grades, Junior M.A.P.P., and KinderM.A.P.P.

You will find some photos from the first two days below; click on a photo to see a larger version. There are also more pictures of Middle Grades and Upper School (in addition to these) at the Camelot Flickr page. I will post pictures from Friday’s trip to Bull City Gym soon.

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Last week, Senior M.A.P.P. learned about the circulatory and respiratory systems of the human body. We talked about how blood carries oxygen throughout your body through arteries and carries carbon dioxide out of your body through veins. Today we used the bottles brought in last week to create a model of how the diaphragm “pulls” air into your lungs. Below is an animated .gif of how the model works and a picture of the class with their models:

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