Intermediate SAGE

5th grade- 4th quarter

Unit of Study Update

Enjoy a final look for this school year into work SAGE students have done in their Units of Study!
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Medical Mysteries - Diagnose This!

So many scientific experiences have occurred this past year in Medical Mysteries! Students worked hard this part quarter, conducting work in the manner of medical professionals. They specifically learned about vector-borne diseases – infectious agents that are most often transferred through arthropods. They solved a mystery involving Lyme Disease, and they conducted an ELISA simulation to test patients’ blood for antibodies. They also solved a mini-mystery about the West Nile virus. Throughout the past few weeks, they have been designing their own Medical Mysteries or games to learn more about an infectious disease of their choosing. I have been amazed at their creativity in these designs. It was a pleasure to have them in my class this past school year.

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Design Your Thoughts in Drawing - 5th

This last quarter the students were able to use all the different skills they have learned from this year to create a picture book. They learned the publishing process starting with storyboarding and drawing thumbnail images to organize their stories. Based on their storyboards, they then created an illustration for each thumbnail sketch where they sketched the setting and the characters, and then added color, shading, and details. Due to MAP testing some students were not able to finish. However, please make sure that they show you all their best drawing samples they created this year. It was so much fun getting to know everyone!

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Digital Photography—5th Grade

This quarter photography students focused on the editing process using Photoshop on the MacBooks, along with Photoshop Apps on their iPads. Students were able to understand how often retouching and edits are made in what we see in the media today. Many students were surprised by how much retouching goes into a photo, which led to many interesting discussions. Once students were able to identify and analyze those edits, they began editing their own photos for the purpose of enhancing them for lighting, saturation, composition, etc., for the artistic intention, not to completely change the look, mood, or theme of the image. Along with editing photos, students continued to broaden their photography skills by using the rule of thirds and identifying why the golden hours are the optimum time to achieve natural lighting. I am so proud of the progress each of the students has made this year, not only in their photography skills, but also in their knowledge of the power that the editing process can bring.

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Lights, Camera, Broadcast!

Fifth grade broadcasting crews have been busy creating SAGE News shows to share with their peers at the NIC. They have continued taking turns learning and practicing important roles both on air and behind the scenes. Students have also been busy writing scripts, conducting interviews, filming and creating packages, and coming up with new ideas for our show! This quarter, we also experimented with new virtual backgrounds to make our shows more interesting and entertaining!

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Makers' Miniatures

This past semester students learned how to use the power miter saw, the belt sander, a back saw, a router, and a miter box to construct a wooden box. That's a lot of learning! In addition, they had first hand experience with how important it is to make accurate measurements! Like the pros say - measure twice, cut once! We have had fun learning and making. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again next year up on the middle school floor!

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Spanish with Señora Myers

To put our second semester in context, I’ve come up with some numbers. Your child has had 18 Spanish classes this semester. Each class is 30 minutes in length. That equates to 9 hours of Spanish instruction, which is less than 2 weeks of a high school Spanish program. Wow!!!! When I think of that, I am even more impressed with what the kids can say and do in Spanish!

When reading in Spanish, we look for words we’ve memorized, cognates (words which look similar in English) and context clues. Students need not only memorization, but also problem solving, flexibility in thinking and creativity in order to understand and process the text.

I’m so proud of all of the students for taking risks and working to improve their skills over time.