Life Science

Right or Left Pawed???

Group A: Are cats right pawed, left pawed or ambidextrous? We will develop an experiment using the scientific method to help us find out. Image result for cat reaching out paw



Group B and C Book Options

These are some books that sound interesting and have received good reviews.  We need to decide on the next group book. I welcome any of your suggestions as well.  Once we pick a theme for September (on Thursday) the process of picking the next book may be easier.

Boy, Snow, Bird

Fun Home

All The Light We Cannot See

Why We Can’t Wait

Running With Scissors

The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie




We Will Start with Creative Writing….

The practice of creative writing helps to train our mind and enrich our soul. By practicing you become more able to concentrate, to sort and understand emotions and information, to read people more clearly, to take a broader view, to make finer distinctions.

“Okay, so why is that?  I thought creative writing was fiction, crazy made up stuff….”

Agree or disagree with me, but I think the practice (and study) of creative writing is:

  • Learning to pay closer attention to the world and human experience;
  • practice rendering, with words, those experiences, in a way that makes them alive in the reader’s mind;
  • using writing and words–both yours and others–to expand and extend who you are and what you can know.

Can you or I become a creative writer? What if I don’t have anything to say? What if I am boring? What if I’m not inspired? What if someone criticizes my work, and I don’t want to write at all?

We are starting with creative writing because for some it is the hardest type of writing; all these questions and concerns are valid. You as a writer are vulnerable, there aren’t rules.  We will learn together – no judgments in this class, only willingness to help one another.

Let’s start with the advice you read yesterday from “famous” writers and go from there.

Life Science

Wild and Domestic Cats

Image result for tigerChoose a species of cat, big or small, from this collection for further study. Another good website to use:

Be sure to include the following in your presentation:

  1. Species or breed and the scientific name
  2. Size/shape
  3. Conservation status – are they endangered, extinct, vulnerable, doing fine?
  4. Diet – what is their prey? do they have predators?
  5. Habitat – what type of ecosystem do they live in?
  6. Geographic location – on which continent and in which country are they found?
  7. Cool facts

Book Groups

Group A: Majority read to Chapter 5 in The Giver for discussion on Wednesday.

Group B & C: Finish Part-Time Indian for discussion on Friday.

Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship Competencies


Graduation Proficiencies Global Citizenship
  1. Students make sense of the world around them through questioning.
  2. Students analyze information to develop reasonable explanations that support inquiry.
  3. Students communicate in ways that foster the exchange of ideas in a democratic society.
HISTORY Students use historical inquiry, including the use of primary and secondary sources, to gather information about the past that will help them make sense of the present and decisions about the future.
GEOGRAPHY Students propose solutions to local and world issues by using geographic tools to analyze data and examine cultural information.
CIVICS, GOVERNMENT & SOCIETY Students act as citizens by understanding how governments function and by exercising their rights and responsibilities within their current societal structure(s).
ECONOMICS Students make economic decisions through their understanding of the interaction between humans, the environment, government, and the economy.
  1. Students show skill development in various forms of non-native language communication.
  2. Students demonstrate understanding of customs, beliefs, cultural differences, and traditions worldwide.
  3. Students access new information through using a non-native language and experiencing its culture.
  4. Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
  5. Students show understanding of how language and cultural knowledge influences their lives.

What is Good Writing?


Communitas Schedule

We have set Thursday right after lunch as the meeting time for Communitas. It could take the full afternoon or it could take 15 minutes depending on the agenda. Speaking of agenda, please add comments to this post to add items to the agenda for this week.


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