Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Friday, April 13, 2018

Stop, Collaborate and Listen (Maclay Middle School Installation)

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."  -Aristotle
This is the quote that we used to base our Stop, Collaborate and Listen thematic unit with 6th grade at Maclay Middle School

You can see below the projects that were created with this unit. We have one of the best 6th grade groups of teachers that I have ever worked with here on this campus.
Links to why thematic units are successful with student learning:
See below for the Visual Arts collaboration with this unit:

The letter that went home to our families in 6th grade:

Dear Sixth Grade Families,

Our sixth-grade students have been working on a thematic unit combining the space race, the future of space exploration, and the notion that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” based on a quotation by Aristotle. These elements have been woven throughout all the sixth-grade classes over the past several weeks. Our students have read the novel Freak the Mighty and written "space poems." They have learned about the Space Race and studied the future of space exploration. They have built and launched their own rockets, while learning how to calculate angles, altitude, and speed. They have created scaled models of various crafts from past space explorations. They have even engaged in debates and discussions about space-related issues. All the while the importance of collaboration (the heart of the Aristotle quotation above) has been at the forefront.

On Friday, April 6th we invite you to visit the wonderful display our sixth-graders will have ready in the Langford Library during the Celebration of the Arts from 12:30-2:45pm. You will have the opportunity to see the activities and skills applied by our students as they launched into this thematic unit.

We sincerely hope to see you all there.
Please feel free to contact the Middle School office with any questions.

On behalf of the sixth-grade team

We are taking this collaboration to the next level next year. I can't wait to see the results to be able to share with you guys...

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