# In the Middle Gazette

## English

In English, we just finished learning about literature in the Harlem Renaissance for Black History Month! Student's managed to look into how literature went into music and art as well as how the artists put their experiences in their works. We also just did our first book talk! Students chose a book to read for a month and just had a discussion with each other on what they read.

Moving forward, students are going to be looking into skills that they will need for the upcoming tests and what they will need to be successful!

## Math

6th Grade: 6th grade has been hard at work this month learning the foundations of Algebra and using variables to stand in for unknown values! They have analyzed patterns and had rich conversations around all the different ways to "speak" math. The best part is when they help each other to understand (see below)!

7th Grade: This month has seen many "A-ha" moments around Probability and Statistics! 7th grade students can now analyze the roll of the dice, the drawing of cards, and the spin of the wheel. They also understand if it's a good idea to challenge your friend to a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors (see below) to see who puts away the computers (or a sibling to see who puts away the dishes)!

8th Grade: February saw 8th grade expanding their Algebra knowledge to lines, lines, and more lines! Staring with single linear equations, students' studies culminated in calculating how much water is wasted over time from a dripping tap. They also took their first ever PSAT exam. WOW! It was a great morning of hard work and determination, and we all enjoyed a well-deserved and super fun afternoon off at the movies afterward (see below). We couldn't be more proud of how much effort they put into doing well for their future selves.

## Science

Have you ever wondered about any of the following questions? What would happen if you were forced to live in an extreme climate? How are natural disasters related to plate tectonics or what it would take to build a hotel in space? The middle school science students have pondered these questions and decided to find the answers using Problem-Based Learning (PBL) strategies. PBL is a method in which complex real-world problems are used as the vehicle to promote student learning of concepts and principles as opposed to direct presentation of facts and concepts. In addition to course content, PBL promotes the development of critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and communication skills. It can also provide opportunities for working in groups, finding and evaluating research materials, and life-long learning Problem-Based Learning projects to answers these questions. Problem-based learning is Problem-based learning (PBL) provides a structure for discovery that helps students internalize learning and leads to greater comprehension. Be sure to attend the Science Exhibition on March 11 from 1:00- 3:00 pm to find out what the students learned

## Social Studies

6th Graders - World Regions Case Study - Are the regions of the world similar or different? Working in groups of 3, the students have received a world region to research, study, and present. After identifying the countries in a given region, their mission is to create a data table with the following information for each country: Government type, Language, Religion, Literacy Rate, and Population Pyramid.

8th - ITS ALL ABOUT THE DECADES! The students will work in groups of two, select a decade in American history and research various aspects of American culture and politics (domestic and foreign). In addition to analyzing primary and secondary resources, this is an opportunity for students to work on research, communication and presentation skills.