PYP and MYP Enrichment, Ms. Alexa Banks
This week in 2nd/3rd Grade Enrichment…
We are nearly finished with our cultural convergence unit. Students have used their math skills to create a radially symmetrical mandala that represents their cultural background (or the modern traditions that define their family now). They utilized their creative writing skills to express memories of their childhood through an “I am” poem…very beautiful!
This week in MYP Enrichment…
January 30, 2017
Hello 2nd/3rd Grade parents!
This week we are taking all of the great information that we researched about New Orleans and putting it together in a visual organizer. We are using the model of an insect to demonstrate the different parts of our research (antennae = topics; head=thesis, body=main ideas and opinions, legs = subtopics, etc.) We are having a great time getting organized and it will eventually by a large model to represent all of the information we gathered, should be great fun.
Hello 4th and 5th grade parents!
Hello 6th grade parents!
Hello MYP parents!
Hello 2nd/3rd Grade Parents
This week we are continuing our unit on cultural convergence, focusing on New Orleans and the Creole/Cajun cultures and the traditions unique to them. Please encourage your child to finish their research so that we may move forward to our concept analysis.
Hello 4th/5th Grade Parents!
Hello 6th Grade Parents!
This week in Enrichment we continue to work on the kid’s Exhibition projects, which is a wonderfully interesting and complex task. If you haven’t already, ask them about their topics! Additionally, we will now meet on Thursdays as well to work on creativity, critical thinking and problem solving projects/challenges. Any suggestions for cool puzzles, mind-challenging games or hands-on problem solving projects would be appreciated.
Hello MYP Parents!
We are well into the year and our Enrichment classes are doing some amazing things!
2nd/3rd Grade is reading Seedfolks by Paul Fleisher as we explore the Hero’s Journey and the impact on individuals on social change. It’s a fairly challenging book for our younger readers, and has some great discussion starters about racial diversity, family dynamics and the power of community. We are working on our critical thinking and making connections as we read.
4th/5th Grade is finishing up their big genetics unit. Thanks again for the giving our kids the opportunity to talk about their identities, families and passed down traits, it’s such a fun and enlightening conversation that spilled over into our class time. Great stuff. As I am sure most of you are aware, there is a final project due October 5th, and some of it may need to be done at home. If there is any confusion, stress, misunderstandings or meltdowns related to this assignment, please email me!
MYP may have the coolest projects to date! If your child has not yet shared with you what they are working on, let me shed some light. Each student has picked a year-long theme that is of interest to them. They have a new partner every Quarter and are tasked with delving into how their respective year-long themes intersect and producing something creative to show their understanding. Some examples so far include a cookbook based on literary characters and recipes adapted from books, a musical presentation about the effects of art therapy in prisons, and more! These projects will be completed by the end of the Quarter, so if your child needs support in completing their project on time, please communicate with me!
Our first Gifted Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for October 27 at 4pm. Please attend if you can, it is such a good opportunity to participate in our Enrichment program, as well as share resources that may benefit all our students.
Your kids are great, I’m excited for another year at CIS!
4th and 5th grade parents,
The final project of our Genetics Unit has been sent home. There will be plenty of time for the kids to work on it in class, but please chat with them about it so they can get their creative juices flowing. Since there is a creative component, there is a chance they will want to complete it at home, which is fine. We went over all the expectations today in class, but, as always, if there is any uncertainty, please let me know.
September 19, 2016
Hello 4th/5th grade Parents!
We are finishing up our unit on Genetics, and it is getting so exciting. We practiced the Punnett Square to get very good and understanding dominant and recessive genes, as well as how traits are passed on from generation to generation. Now we are ready to experiment with the idea that personality traits may be passed on as well. Students have been sent home with a quick worksheet to help them map out some family traits, and they need your help. They have been instructed to ask both parents about the personality traits of both sets of grandparents and whether or not they have been passes down genetically. We are using the Punnett Square as a loose outline to keep ourselves organized, but the assignment is largely designed to get the students thinking about their own personalities. If there are step-parents, guardians, or not family but “family” members, that you would like to include, please do. It will only give us a chance to further our investigation of the “nature vs nurture” debate.
This is due next Wednesday 9/21/2016, so please help your child with some good stories about their family. We will follow this up with a final assignment, including an abstract family tree and some good data analysis. I will send out that rubric as we get closer.
Students received a copy of this today, but I have attached the files as well, just in case. family-mapping-for–personality-traits-1
Please let me know if there are any questions, thank you for your support!