Thursday, September 29, 2016

Greek Mythology

Students have been studying the nature of heroes and monsters in Greek mythology so far in the first quarter. Students marveled that ancient Greeks asked similar questions about nature, human behavior and the origin of things in myths created thousands of years ago. Ancient Greek myths have persisted for so long because they explore mysteries that we still face today, and because they are so emotionally and intellectually engaging. Students first studied the myths of Pandora, Arachne and Perseus to understand the four functions of myths.  They reviewed key vocabulary and ideas using the Quizlet App, Castle Learning and Kahoot! Then students began an independent reading project using digital books in the EPIC! App and books from South Middle's library. They are tracing a theme through multiple myths in notes in their digital notebooks in Google Drive and then in a formal essay.

Google Classroom
Kahoot! Review
Quizlet Vocabulary Review
Epic! Digital Library
Castle Learning Review

Team Day

Team Day was a success! In the morning, students were presented with information about what makes seventh grade so special. Administrators and staff told seventh graders that they are now in the middle of middle school and are expected to be role models to sixth graders and to prepare to be the leaders of the school next year as eighth graders. They were encouraged to participate in sports and after school clubs and activities. Students watched a film created by Mr. Nahoum that showcased important seventh grade activities (Technology Field Trip, Talent Show, Minute-to-Win-It, Career Fair, etc.) and even featured words of advice from seventh graders from the past. It was touching to see the siblings of some of our seventh graders speak to their younger brother or sister to share words of wisdom from when they were in the seventh grade.

In the afternoon, students created logos and slogans for Team Hero. In the end, students voted on the one poster that would represent our team. See all the posters below; the first poster is the poster that earned the greatest number of votes.
Team Hero 2016-2017 Logo and Slogan
"Follow the path of a hero."

Open House

Thank you for joining us at Open House.  We appreciate your time.  Click here for the evening's presentation.  Remember to check the web site and the calendar for news and information about our class.  We look forward to a wonderful year with you and your children.