1.8: October 22-26

Green Team Wish List
Important Dates:
11.9 Teacher Planning Day- NO SCHOOL
11.12 Veterans’ Day- NO SCHOOL
11.13 Oaks Bottom Walking Field Trip, Time TBA
11.19 & 11.20 Parent/Teacher Conferences- NO SCHOOL
11.21-11.23 Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL
*Call the office to schedule your conference time
12.6  Grades 5-8 Science Fair (6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.)
12.12 Two-hour late opening, 10:45 start time
12.17-1.1 Winter Break- NO SCHOOL

This week in…
Bits and Pieces II: Using Fraction Operations
Investigation 1: Estimating with Fractions
1.1: Getting Close-Using Benchmarks
1.2 Estimating Sums
Investigation 2: Adding and Subtracting Fractions
2.1: Land Sections: Writing Addition and Subtraction Sentences

Science Fair
Revise Part 1

  • Question
  • Hypothesis, including hypothesis graph
  • Background Information
  • Journal- continue gathering information

Part 2
Materials List and Procedure-
Include a step by step list of the procedure you followed in your experiment. Write this section so that someone who doesn’t know anything about your project can follow what you did. Explain as though your audience is intelligent, but uninformed. Using diagrams along with your explanation of the procedure is a good idea.

Omnivore’s Dilemma

Part Two- The Industrial Organic Meal
Chapter 11: More Big Organic
Socratic Seminar
Discussion without hand raising and without a leader
About Revenge
 by Francis Bacon
Diamond Painting by Piet Mondrian
Socratic Seminar Ground Rules

  1. Read the text carefully. Your opinions are important, but these opinions are your thoughts about the text.
  2. Listen to what others say and don’t interrupt. A discussion cannot occur if you don’t listen carefully to what other people say.
  3. Speak clearly. For others to respond to your opinions, everyone must be able to hear and understand you.
  4. Give others your respect. A discussion is a cooperative exchange of ideas and not an argument or a debate.  You may become very excited and wish to share your ideas, but don’t talk privately to your neighbor.  In a Socratic seminar you will talk publicly for the whole class.

Socratic Seminar Goals
You will learn to
a) listen better to what others say,
b) explain your own ideas,
c) speak and work with others whether you know them or not,
d) receive correction and criticism from others,
e) ask about what you don’t understand
f) admit when you are wrong,
g) think about questions for which the answers are uncertain,
h) learn from others,
i) teach others,
j) teach yourself, and
k) become more aware of how people see you.

“Socratic questioning recognizes that questions, not answers, are the driving force in thinking.  Socratic seminars explore ideas, values, and issues drawn from readings or art works chosen for their richness.  They also provide a forum to expand participants’ familiarity with works drawn from many cultural sources.  Leaders help participants to make sense of a text and of their own thinking by asking questions about reasoning, evidence, connections, examples, and other aspects of sound thinking. A good seminar is more devoted to making meaning than to mastering information.  Seminars strengthen participants’ learning by getting them actively engaged in rigorous critical thought.  Practical activities are always followed by periods of reflection and discussion about what has been experienced.  The goal here is to allow learners to create a community of inquiry for the purpose of making meaning cooperatively” (Raider)
Systems Thinking
Positive Change Project –  one minute presentation, include your personal connection to your project, how it increases good and decreases bad, and how your project promotes positive change (i.e. What are you going to do?).
Green Team work time– groups will discuss their vision then begin constructing their plan. Permaculture principles:

  • Many hands make light work.
  • Start small and build on success.
  • Integrate rather than segregate.
  • Greatest Impact with the least effort, let nature do the work for you.
  • Observe and Interact.
  • Integrate Permaculture ethics: Is it good for the Earth? Is it good for the people? Will the surplus be shared.

Permaculture- Ethics and Principles to help guide Green Team visions

1. Zero waste system beginning with food waste from cafeteria to feed black soldier fly larvae
2. Black soldier fly larvae to feed fish and produce leachate to feed plants in garden
3. The role of fish: production of ammonia to feed bacteria called nitrosonomas
4. The role of bacteria nitrosomonas to feed on ammonia, waste becomes nitrites
and feeds bacteria called nitrobacter
5. the role of bacteria nitrobacter is to feed on nitrites, waste becomes nitrates
6. The role of plants: consumers of nitrates to purify water for fish