• 6th grade - Bainbridge Island geology

    Posted by Joelle Cowan on 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM

    We've been digging into the geological record of how Bainbridge Island came to be as it is. We discovered together that our island was once 1000s of feet underwater then, over time, exposed, shaped, and groomed by glaciers and earthquakes. We hope to visit Restoration Point later this month to be able to view some of the geological details we learned about in our work together.

    Next week, we will embark on understanding how the first people came to this region and the details we can learn about their lives here then. 

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  • WA State History

    Posted by Martha Wells on 3/6/2020 12:45:00 PM

    In Washington State History, we complete our study on the geographical features of Washington State and have begun studying the Native Americans of our state.  The students have been busy researching different historical aspects of the various Coastal and Plateau Indians.  We are reading and dissecting "The Medicine Creek Treaty of 1854" made between Issac I. Stevens and the Nisqually, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Squawskin, S'Homamish, Stehchass, T'Peeksin, Squi-aitl, and Sa-heh-wamish tribes.   On their own,  they are reading whether the treaties were broken or not. 

    After the Native American unit, we will be learning about Early European Explorers. 

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  • Visit to Bainbridge Historical Museum

    Posted by Martha Wells on 2/14/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Had a great visit to the Bainbridge Historical Museum.  The students were fully engaged, respectfully listened to the Docent and learned many interesting tidbits about the different cultures and their contributions, early explorers, the people who worked in the mills and shipyards, and what happened to the Japanese-Americans during WWII.  

    A very worthy fieldtrip. 

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  • 6th grade - Bainbridge Island History

    Posted by Joelle Cowan on 2/7/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Our 6th grade group began the week by diving into writing their Raven stories. I was lucky enough to hear a preview of them yesterday, and I'm already impressed. We'll finish the story telling on Tuesday.

    Additionally, the students tackled getting to know today's Bainbridge Island a bit better. Using google maps as their resource, students found and recorded familiar island locations on their own paper map of Bainbridge Island. Everyone worked industriously and enthusiastically and their output was carefully made. It was a pleasure to watch them work.

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  • WA State Regions: assignment due Tuesday, 2/11/2020

    Posted by Martha Wells on 2/7/2020 9:05:00 AM

    The students have been researching the five regions of Washington: 

       Coastal Range
       Puget Sound Lowlands
       Cascade Mountains
       Columbia Plateau
       Rocky Mountains/Selkirk

    Must define: geography, climate, recreation, business/industry

    Grade: on time, complete, neatness


    Next Unit Study: Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest 

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  • 7-8 gr WA State History & 6 gr Bainbridge Is History

    Posted by Martha Wells on 1/31/2020 7:50:00 AM

    This semester, the class has been divided, as the 7th and 8th graders are working on their high school requirement of completing Washington State History before entering high school. The students will earn a grade, must be engaged in this study for approximately 90 hours, so there will definitely be homework. Each student has been given a copy of the text, The Washington Journey, which will be used throughout the semester, so the students need to bring it to class each session. Also, each student will be responsible to read either an additional novel or non-fiction about WA and to write a concise summary.  I have a few novels that have been approved by BISD that the students may read:The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch, and The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.  Please know that these books contain some adult themes and language, so if these books don't meet your approval your student may self-select a book, but it must be approved by me. 

    thanks for supporting your child with assignments, etc

    First assignment: 

    Washington State Regions Project

    Due Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    class time/ home work


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  • Balloon animals and Why Little Things Are Big - an essay by Jesus Colon

    Posted by Joelle Cowan on 12/20/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Within the past few class sessions, we've had some wonderful opportunities to learn new crafting skills! We all contributed our creative energies toward luminary bags that were featured at the Parks and Rec Winter Wonderland. Then, one of our wonderful 8th graders led us all on a balloon animal lesson! Lovely flowers and dogs were created under her able leadership. 

    We've also continued our thoughtful work on stereotypes, identity, single stories, and the ways these ideas can collide and have a big impact. We underscored this by reading Little Things Are Big by Jesus Colon and reflecting on how we might have reacted to his momentary dilemma. 

    We'll be diving right back into this tricky topic after we return from break, when we tackle the big ideas represented in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

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  • A Single Story

    Posted by Martha Wells on 12/10/2019 9:00:00 AM

    In the last week or so, we have continued discussing stereotypes and the impact of a single story. To that end, we finished our stereotypes concept map and watched a lovely TED talk by a Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie. 

    This week, we'll explore the concept of a single story and "street calculus" in the context of a short story/essay by the author Jesus Colon. 

    We're working hard on diving into these challenging concepts! The students are showing some great depth of thought and serious consideration of these themes. 

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  • Identity and Society

    Posted by Martha Wells on 11/25/2019 3:00:00 PM

    For the last few weeks, Joelle has been leading the students through a continuance of our examination of human rights in society.

    For Veteran's Day and a few more class periods, we discussed the rights and equality issues around the draft during the Vietnam War Era. Students seemed to especially enjoy examining music of the era. 

    This past week, we have begun diving deeper into questions of our own identity and how we see others' identities. Students began making concept maps of the concept of stereotypes, and we will move from stereotypes into further discussion of seeing past "a single story". 

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  • Harrison Bergeron

    Posted by Martha Wells on 10/31/2019 8:40:00 AM

    We have spent much class time reading, discussing, dissecting the short story, Harrison Bergeron. The students had several writing assignments regarding Harrison Bergeron such as "What was your reaction to the ending of the story?", "Outline three alternate endings to Harrison Bergeron" and "Write and Alternate Ending to Harrison Bergeron".  We had a Alternate Ending to Harrison Bergeron SLAM and the students' endings were superlative!  Many of the endings, were original in thought, concisely written, and thought provoking.  This was a very interesting and informative unit of study regarding EQUALITY.


    We will be studying modern wars for Veterans' Day.

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