The quest for the next Bill Nye the Science Guy continues. Students in all cohorts worked on creating a science video that included a experiment demonstration. Students conducted this video project in two weeks. The first week included researching and creating a project outline. During second week, students used the first days to record their demonstrations. Then students spent the remaining two days to edit and put together their movie. Students used the camera on an iPad to record their demonstration. Then students dropped their footage in iMovie to begin editing and adding sound effects. Also, students used garage band to create music for their video. During this process, students collaborated to create their science video. Lastly, students participated in the Bill Nye Oscars in Room 4. Students walked the red carpet while being interviewed and photographed. During our award ceremony students view all videos and used the iMovie rubric to evaluate their peers. We used Edmodo polls to finalized the winners on May 22, 2017.
Check out our red carpet moments below!
During our intervention block, students have been designing and implementing lessons. Each student picks a topic that he or she is comfortable with. Once students select a topic they need to prepare a fifteen minute lesson. We start by creating a project plan proposal essay. Guided by the teacher, students write an essay with details of their lesson, materials, and expectations. The students carry this essay with them so that they can read it to any teacher or administrator who is curious about their project. The lesson must include an introduction explaining the rules of equipment, explanation of learning objective and student practice. In this intervention group, students picked robotics, garage band and virtual reality. Students conducted their lesson with first graders and second graders.
The first annual X-Games were a blast! This event was the first of many to kick off SBAC. Grade levels were assigned a color to wear as all students participated in 8 different field activities. Grade levels travel to each station. It was an amazing event were students took turns participating. Lastly, the day ended with a film and tasty treat in the cafeteria. The X-Games was an excellent send off for our spring break.
Rockwood students celebrate the day of love and friendship at the annual Valentine's dance. Students were eager to know who won the coronation for sixth grade King and Queen. Our candidates for king were Ethan, Ralph and Kevin. Our queen candidates were Mia, Athenna, and Mariana. Overall, the event was cheerful and funky!
In groups, students worked together to create a poster presentation on an assigned topics. This project allowed students to practice presenting in front of others. This project was used for the Science Video where students had to create a script and create an iMovie. Sixth graders developed 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration and creativity to complete this project.
During RTI, students worked on genius hour projects. In these projects, student chose a topic that they were interested in. During a four week period students conducted a project cycle. First students had to generate an inquiry question. To generate a question, students discussed about different ideas across several disciplines. Students get together to share ideas and questions. Once teacher approves genius hour project, students begin their research. Students collect information using a google document. After a week of research students bring materials to create a product. During week 3 and four, students work on presentations and present in other classrooms. If you are interested in seeing our genius hour projects click on the tab called Projects.
We had a small party at the end of the day. Each student designed a box over the weekend. Creativity was evident in student box design. Students shared Valentine's Day cards with each other. Overall, it was a lovely day.
Students at in room four celebrated the winter holidays. Students brought snacks to share. They watched The Secret Life of Pets. Students decorated a holiday gift for their family. Overall it was a pleasant day in room four.
The Winter Festival rehearsal took place today. All Rockwood students brought out their sparkling winter outfits. This year our stage was closer to the cafeteria. The stage had lovely decorations resembling a house decorate for the winter holidays. Enjoy the rehearsal video with the sixth grade performance of Sleigh Bells by Ronettes Remixed by PhatCat.
As November finishes we recognize the efforts of all students. Today students wil receive a Pizza Hut Book It voucher for meeting their monthly AR goal. Students work hard to read 30 minutes every day to reach their goal. Additionally, Citizen of the Month was Marian and Student of the Month was Ashlee.
I am truly grateful for all the sixth grade students. Each students comes to school and gives their best effort. Many students have been learning how to become more independent. The sixth grade class of 2016 -2017 will definitely be ready for middle school. Peace, Miss V
Miss V is a sixth grade teacher at Rockwood Elementary in Calexico, Ca. Also, student authors contribute to this blog.