Middle School

The Middle School teacher is Mackenzie Nofziger.

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The Classroom blog is written by the students.

May 26, 2017

Pictures from the Middle School trip to the Zoo.

  

May 19, 2017

This week has been a blast!  On Wednesday, we went to Cedar Point for Physics, Science, and Math Days.  Apart from going to the various booths set up around the park, we also rode many roller coasters and played bumper cars!  On Friday, we performed during the music informance.  We had a great time singing and dancing to the song “Our States Are Great”, and we think the audience enjoyed the song as well.  This is the last joyous blog you will read for the rest of the year, so have a fantabulous summer peeples.

May 5, 2017

Happy May everyone! This week our class has been doing a ton of very fun science work and experiments. On Wednesday, our class experimented with making our own electromagnets and seeing how many paper clips each of our electromagnets could hold. An electromagnet is a super strong magnet that can be turned on and off. Another experiment that Abbey and Maddie did was filling a glass cup up halfway with water and placing a light bulb in it.  Then they microwaved the glass dish, water, and light bulb for 20 seconds and watched as the light bulb glowed in the microwave. In music class this Thursday we had so much fun making silly dance moves to a song that we will be performing for the spring music program. I’m sure you’re all looking forward to that. We also practiced our other pieces that we will be performing at the program.   The picture of us is using PHET simulations to learn about electromagnets.

April 28, 2017

This week we have been having a great deal of fun! On Monday, we had five Woodlane guests visit our school. We gave them a short tour of the building and walked along the trail. On Tuesday, we had a superb time making magnetic slime! What makes it magnetic you may ask? Well, the iron fillings that we mix into it do! Whenever you bring a magnet near the slime, you can see it move slightly toward the magnet. If you make the slime really thin and put the magnet close to it, you’ll be able to see the individual iron fillings lining up and facing the magnet. It is magnetically AWESOME! Another exciting thing we were able to see was the plants in the classroom beginning to sprout! We also began our brand new science cycle, which will last three weeks. After we finish, we will have another three weeks of humanities work. That will drop us off at the end of the year.

April 21, 2017

Happy Poetry month! This week the middle schoolers have just finished reading Farewell to Manzanar, an autobiography by Jeanne Wakatsuki. In honor of her and poetry month we all wrote haikus a type of Japanese poetry. On Thursday Miss Holly came to
show use how to make a worm bin. Thank you Miss Holly! We will be giving away the bin on earth day! As for the rest of the week we have been making three dimensional shapes for math like cubes, rectangular prisms, octagonal prisms, dodecahedron. Etc. If the weather holds up wehope to be working on the garden, planting seeds and weeding! 

April 14, 2017

  

Yo, yo, my name is Joe, how ya’ been?  The middle school classroom has been great!  This week we have been taking advantage of the warm weather and having as many lessons as we can outside by the playground or in the garden. Plus we have gotten more time to work on our roller coasters  We have also been weeding the flower beds in the garden and preparing them so we can grow new plants in them.  To celebrate poem month, which is April, we have been writing a poem on the front sidewalk everyday.  The visitors really seem to like reading them! We also have been exploring perspective work in geometry with the volume cubes. The picture below has 107 cubes in it! 

April 7, 2017

  

This week we’ve continued working on our roller coasters for science. It has been a radical process, bros and brosephinas. We also had quite the experience when the blender blew up. Let me explain further, we were trying to cook, or should I say, blend...this shake concoction. However, when making it, the blender began smoking and we all panicked (other than Monica who was oblivious to the smoke and didn’t turn the blender off). But don’t worry, no one was harmed in the making of this drink.


*Note that this took almost 12 hours to write because the middle school students get so side-tracked*

 

March 24, 2017

Week of March 20 This week we have been doing a lot of really fun activities!  One of them has been trying to solve various riddles that we found online.  They have proved to be quite challenging, but we have solved a few of them!  If you are interested in solving some of the riddles we’ve been trying, here is the link to try a few out: https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/03/07/three-fun-riddles-filled-with-math-problem-solving/

On Wednesday, we did a super fun science experiment!  We went out in the hallway and set up two chairs, with a string attaching them both.  Then we all blew up our own balloons and, when it was our time, we taped them onto a straw attached to the string.  When the air blows out of the balloon, the balloon races down the string.  It’s been a really exciting week that we all seemed to enjoy!

March 17, 2017

How was everyone’s spring break? Now that we’re back in school, we’ve started a new cycle. This semester we will be studying “Force of Change”.  One big thing we’ve been focusing on is Newton’s first law. We’ve already completed a few fun science experiments on friction and we’re diving deeper to explore gravity and other things. As you all probably know, Pi Day was on Tuesday! Sadly, there was no pie that day. So we enjoyed a late blueberry pie on Wednesday. On Tuesday there was also a lack of people due to the snow, so Miss Mackenzie let us eat an early lunch while enjoying a movie: Flushed Away. Another fun thing we relished this week was music class. Songs like “You’re My Special Friend,” and “Macnamara’s Band” make our hearts come alive! We’ve been playing and singing some pretty cool songs and instruments in music. Other songs we’ve found on Youtube have proved to be educational and very funny! An example of one of the songs we discovered was about Newton’s first law of motion. It was a parody to the original song, “What Does The Fox Say?”.

 

March 3, 2017

  

This week was Montessori Education Week and in order to celebrate it, we did something special each day of the week.  On Monday, we celebrated our unique school by having crazy hair.  On Tuesday, we celebrated our unique parents by wearing MSBG attire and having a special gift for the parents.  On Wednesday, we celebrated our unique teachers by dressing like them!  On Thursday, we celebrated our unique community by wearing our favorite sports team attire and donating canned and toiletries food to community members in need.  And on Friday, we celebrated our unique students by wearing PJ’s!  Who doesn't love wearing pajamas?  And the teachers made a special sweet treat for us all!  Last week on Friday we also went to the Toledo Art Museum to find special pieces of art that related to our identity.  We all had lots of fun looking at all of the wonderful masterpieces and discovering ourselves through it!

February 24, 2017

This week in science we participated in a fun blood lab! Now, don’t worry, we didn’t use real blood, it was fake...unfortunately. We figured out whether or not the newborn babies were switched. We put together all of the information we had gathered and solved the puzzle. In order to do this, we tested the “blood” from two sets of parents and kids.  Based on the results from the blood tests, we were able to find out if the babies had been switched or not.  The final result was that the hospital had NOT switched the babies. On Wednesday, we went to Wood Lane and played Bingo with the residents.  We all had lots of fun and really enjoyed ourselves.  Another thing we did this week was go for a fun walk down the bike trail, where we watched and listened to nature as well as being silly and having fun!  Monica and Guo went to Finding Your Place (the Dementia program) this week, where they had fun passing balls and playing with pool noodles.  Overall, it was a great week!

February 10, 2017

This week, we participated in a fun science activity to represent the offspring of a momma bug and and a poppa bug. We invited the 5th graders to join us, and we were placed in groups of three. Each group received two popsicle sticks. The sticks were there to show the traits of both the male and female. We recorded our data in the order of the combination of traits to see what our baby bug’s genetics would be. After completing this project, we created our baby bug according to the data we had written down. It was very enjoyable, and we love science experiments! Another thing that we worked on this week was “Jump Rope For Heart”, a program we participate in during P.E. We work on different ways to jump rope. For example: backwards, fast, slow, and criss-cross. We also attempted double dutch, but none of us were much good at it so instead of using two long ropes, we used one. That worked a lot better. It was really fun to see how many people we could get jumping at once!

February 3, 2017

This week we did a lot of fun things, and one of those things was celebrating the 100th day of school on Thursday.  In the middle school classroom we celebrated by eating Cookie Jar cookies and drinking hot chocolate (which basically just tasted like normal water with a little bit of chocolate in it).  Below is a picture of Monica, Marah, and Abbey enjoying their cookie and hot chocolate along with being just a little silly, of course!  Some of the other classrooms celebrated by bringing in 100 of the same thing and wearing 100 of the same thing.  It was a lot of fun and I think just about everyone in the school enjoyed the various celebrations that went on! We also had a new Dementia training session where we learned more about communicating with citizens that have Dementia.

January 27, 2017

This week we are going to be talking about gym! Now you may be thinking: “Why gym?” Well, we have the answer! Gym class is tons of fun and can be very educational at the same time! Today in gym we played the Wii. Mrs. Antonia brought in a few games, one of them being Just Dance 4. Now, if you don’t know what that is...well, it’s in the name. We all participated in dancing even though it was a little embarrassing. She also brought one other game called Wii Sports. We played a few of the features on the game: Tennis and bowling. Overall, we love gym class!

 January 20, 2017

This week we added a new member to the classroom! Her name is S’more and if you didn’t already know, she’s a guinea pig. So, here is the story on how we got our new fuzzy friend. We planned a trip to Petco and made a list of items we would need. After waiting forever, we finally got to go! Everyone was excited to get the new classroom pet. We loaded into the car and drove to Petco. We bolted inside and went over to the rodent section. We found the perfect guinea pig! We carried all the other items to the checkout and bought them. Then we headed back to the school. We set up the cage and put her food in a dish before bringing her to her new home.

January 13, 2017

   

At the end of December the middle schoolers participated in various services projects. The first took place at woodlane lane. All of the students performed two skits for the residents and we're able to meet with them afterwards. We hope to be able to work with them more. The second was baking dog treats for the humane society. At the end of the day we took our treats and the crafts that the other classrooms made to the human society. We even got to take a tour and play with the cats to help socialize them! Since being back from break, we have gotten into our work cycle and are getting into topics such as cell division and westward expansion. 

December 2, 2016

This week we came back from Thanksgiving Break and many of us had a hard time adjusting to school again!  However, I think we are all finally getting adjusted!  On Monday we started off by doing some activities that relate to the start of our new cycle: Identity and Narrative.  One activity we did was making a “card” that shows who each of us are.  It had things like physical description, likes/dislikes, strengths/weaknesses, etc.  This week we have also been talking about getting a class pet, which has been really fun! 

 
This is a picture of us doing one of our works for science as it relates to our study of geologic time.

November 18, 2016

This week and the two days of next week are the last days of our current cycle, Exploration and New Beginnings.  Needless to say, we worked on all of our cycle long projects this week.  All of these projects are to be presented on Tuesday, November 22.  This week in Art we had fun experimenting with how to put cardboard into different shapes without using tape or glue.  All of us made fun creations!  In Spanish class we are working on expanding our Español vocabulario on things we like and dislike.  And Guo and Abbey got to help with our Dementia service project.  

November 11, 2016

 

This week, we went on a thrilling field trip to Kelley’s Island. It started off early in the morning with a one and a half hour drive. When we arrived, we loaded our car onto the ferry and it gave us a ride over to the island itself. Most of the students thought the ferry ride was fun, but some were a little more motion sick. Once we arrived, we met our tour guide and got the chance to experience bird banding. Where they put small bands corresponding to the size of the bird to track their migration routes. After that, we went to the quarry and had great fun looking for different types of fossils. There were big fossils, little fossils, and a lot of rocks! Following our trip to the quarry, we had lunch and got to eat the cinnamon bread that we had made earlier in the week. It was delicious! After lunch, we toured the Glacier Grooves and played for a few minutes on the beach. At the end of the day, we rode the ferry back over to the mainland and drove back to the school. Everyone thought the field trip was a blast! In the days following the field trip, we enjoyed preparing for our musical program in December. 

November 4, 2016

This week, along with last week, were a blast; and more fun is soon to come! Last Tuesday, we went Geocaching. It was an interactive lesson in geology studying maps; specifically, GPS maps. The point of geocaching is to find a certain kind of marker and then log your name into the log book provided there. There’s even a free geocaching app available to download on your phone! To celebrate our finding, we took a selfie. This last week in peace pals, we presented a small skit to teach the younger kids about the new Buddy Bench we’re going to get! The point of the bench is to help lonely kids get new friends along with solving conflicts.

October 21, 2016

This week we went on a field trip to Grand Rapids Isaac Ludwig Mill. When we visited, we had the opportunity to ride a boat through the last working gate lock nowadays. They are made out of limestone. It was a very informative and enjoyable trip. Continuing our week, Zach, Maddie, and Guo helped out with the year round dementia service project. We also baked HUGE cookies that were really good!

October 14, 2016

 

This week we’ve done many fun activities; one of them being cooking! We made amazing pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, they were (especially for being our first time) delicious. 10/10 would cook again. As shown, Abbey is the only one in the pictures, but don’t worry, we all helped bake them. This week we also had our second Peace Pals where we discussed the theme this year, which is positivity.  It was great fun!  And don’t forget, the new people to Peace Pals got to sign the Peace Rugs.  Many of our classmates also had fun making and reading our Reform Movements magazines.

-Monica and Abbey  

October 7, 2016

This week Monica and Abbey got to go and help with our service project. This years project is helping people with dementia learn different exercises, stretches, and ways to be safe when completing daily activities. When both girls were helping out, they demonstrated the exercises to the patients and partnered up to support/assist each person individually. While completing these activities, Monica and Abbey got the chance to talk to their partners and get to know everyone a bit better. It was very enjoyable and we can’t wait to do it again! We will be rotating every time we have our service project so that everybody in the class has an opportunity to help with it.

-Monica and Abbey

September 30, 2016 

  

 

This week we presented our social study presentations on the different colonies of New England. The goal was to persuade our classmates to immigrate to whichever colony we selected. We also did a science lab where we modeled S and P waves and took measurements and used geometry to find the epicenter of the earthquake. We completed this lesson by adventuring out into the parking lot, such great fun! Using chalk, we made measurements on the ground and timed our “Seismic waves”, Maddie and Guo. Last, but certainly not least, we had our final Great Lesson. What a pity, *dramatic sigh*.

-Monica and Abbey

 

September 23, 2016

  

This week in the Middle School Classroom we have been doing so much!  One of our main focuses was working on our Earth Model Science Project.  We are supposed to make a model of Earth to scale, showing the different layers of Earth, sea floor spreading, mid ocean ridges, continents, and different types of boundaries.  We also learned about a new community service project we will be doing; we are going to be helping elderly people with Dementia by leading them in different simple body and flexibility exercises.  On Tuesday we had two training sessions to learn what we will be doing and how to keep the older people safe when doing their exercises.  And on Wednesday we had our fourth Great Lesson focused on how writing came to the Earth.  The Upper Elementary kids helped us learn this subject by putting on a mini play which was quite entertaining!

~Abbey

September 16, 2016

Step outside and breathe the fresh air. As soon as school started we were out in the garden, working hard! Weeding, watering, and keeping it overall healthy! It was very overgrown when we returned, but we're making good progress and reverting it back to looking as good as when we first planted everything. As you see here, middle school can't do something without goofing off at least a bit...

Something more we've had this far in the school year is our annual Great Lessons! We've heard about: Creation of The Universe, The Coming of Life, and our most recent, The Coming of Man. They've been very informative and enjoyable with numerous props and pictures. Branching off further on the subject, in class, we held a lesson on the first people who came to North America. 

 

September 9, 2016

Would you rather be an apple or banana? Would you rather be a giant rodent or tiny elephant? Those are some of the questions that were asked in our class’ morning meeting. We have done tons of fun activities like Writers Workshop, Reading Workshop, and Solo Time. Now let me explain them: Writers Workshop is a 20 minute time period where we get to write and work on our narratives. Reading Workshop is also a 20 minute time interval set out to read any book we choose. Finally, Solo Time is a time after recess that we just relax and chill out! So far, we have all (that I know of) had a great time doing these things!

September 2, 2016

This year the middle school students have eased into the school year by taking time to reflect, do some mindfulness and get to know one another. Last week we did many team building activities that challenged us to problem solve, communicate, and learn from our mistakes. One aspect of the middle school program that we have implemented is solo time. Everyday after lunch we take a moment to relax and reflect from our busy days. This has been a favorite time for many of our middle school students. 
 
This week we dived into learning and started lessons. Our theme for this cycle is new beginnings and exploration. In social studies we had a lesson on Spanish exploration. For science, we journeyed to the center of the Earth by taking an "Earth Walk" to learn about the layers and make up of the interior of the Earth. Next week, we hope to dive deeper into lessons and start project work.