• ### Tier 2 STEM and Math News

Students in tier 2 Advanced Math & STEM have lots of fun activities to enjoy in the Google Classroom, including a wide range of topics from Space to Logic to the Fibonacci Sequence!

### Tier 3 STEM News

Our 6th grade STEM students are learning how to graph data by creating a rubber band bungee cord for a barbie and extrapolating how many rubber bands it will take to drop Barbie (safely) from a height of 305 cm.  First they collected data on the distance Barbie drops with 2 - 6 rubber bands.  They will graph the data, calculate the slope of the line of best fit they create, write a linear equation in slope-intercept form, and use that equation to predict the number of rubber bands they will need.   The final drop is always a fun event.  Do you think Barbie survived the bungee jump???

Our 7th grade STEM students are learning about fractals.  They will understand that a fractal is a simple repeating pattern in which the size of the original shape is reduced with each iteration.  They will also learn about self-similarity and that a part of a fractal is geometrically similar to the whole.  We will be exploring topics in proportionality and geometric similarity.  Students will find their own fractal in nature and learn about how an understanding of fractals can be used to predict natural phenomena.  Finally, students will use mathematical tools with precision to create their own fractal to be judged by the 6th grader STEM students.  I can’t wait to share what they create with you!

### Tier 3 Advanced Math News

Our 6th graders have been learning about numbers and their inverses, such as squares and square roots, additive inverses and multiplicative inverses.  They have practiced operations with integers.  Now, they are using their knowledge of these number-relationships to solve multi-step equation problems.  At the end of this unit, students will be creating their own evidence of learning.  They may choose to create a quiz (written or Kahoot), a board game, a Google Slide presentation, etc.  This is their chance to show what they know and maybe use some creativity.

Our 7th graders are learning about real and imaginary numbers.  They have learned how to  approximate the value of the square roots of non-perfect squares in decimal form, and to simplify these numbers in radical form.  They are now performing operations with radicals.  Students have learned that “like terms” extend beyond algebraic terms to all numbers.  This is foundational in math and they will take the knowledge into all of their future math classes.  They will also understand that a number cannot be divided by an irrational number, and so they will practice “rationalizing the denominator”.  Finally, they will be learning about imaginary numbers, their history, and how and why they are important in higher-level math.  At the end of this unit, students will be creating their own evidence of learning.  They may choose to create a quiz (written or Kahoot), a board game, a Google Slide presentation, etc.  This is their chance to show what they know and maybe use some creativity.

### Tier 2 and 3 ELA Grades 6 and 7

The votes are in, and I am pleased to announce the winners of this year’s ELA Gateway Creepy Story Contest!

1st Place: Mathue DaSilva

2nd Place: Mena Collins

3rd Place: Haven Hill

4th Place: Elise Paananen

1st Place Tie: Arden Farrington and Wyatt Del Negro

2nd Place Tie: Audrey Christensen and Mayte Dutra

3rd Place Tie: Brenda DeSouza, Lauren Sajdak, Emma LaPointe, and Madison McLaughlin

Congratulations to all of these talented authors! Your stories were fantastic!

#### Tier 2 Opportunities in the Google Classroom

Some students who have been working in our Tier 2 Advanced ELA Google Classroom just completed a creative writing prompt based on a photograph of a painting. The stories that they came up with were imaginative and very fun to read! Other students used a choice board to write about the courageous qualities and behaviors of different characters they have encountered while reading. In the months ahead, the Tier 2 Google Classroom will be offering even more choices and opportunities for students to showcase their interests, opinions, and ideas through various writing prompts.