Friday, December 1, 2017

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada: Meet the Sea Horses

Seahorse educator Danielle Eisner discussed how Ripley’s prepares and “enriches” the food for seahorses and pipefish, while aquarist Kaitlyn Wagner demonstrated how she feeds both the adult and juvenile seahorses under her care. Questions and answers also covered the rearing system for raising newborn and juvenile seahorses born at the aquarium. Seahorse breeding and conservation were also discussed.

Seahorse Hangout 11/17

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Peer Editing Between 6th/7th Grades

Peer Editing between 6th-7th

Catalyst 6th-graders have been writing narrative monster stories as part of the Global Monster Project.  Today, 7th-graders joined the 6th-graders to help them edit their stories.

Here is a link to the conferencing sheet that they used.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

7th-Grade "Habits of Mind"

7th graders are working on planning and carrying out service projects (applying the "Habits of Mind" that was learned about in class).  The students are learning how to contribute positively to their communities, and be active and engaged citizens ("global citizenship" social studies standard). 

Projects that students in our class are working on:
   - Fundraising and accepting donations to provide baby formula to the local food pantry. Goal: To donate 100 cans of formula (roughly costing $2,000).
   - Organizing youth basketball camps, organized and run by students in our class who play basketball.  They will ask teachers if they have any young students who are going through a hard time and need a strong role model. These students will be invited to participate in the camps.
   - Building food-donation boxes to place around town where people can leave donations for the food pantry. Students are working on designing the boxes themselves, gathering the necessary materials, and learning to build them on their own!
   - Hosting a brat fry (or multiple events) to raise money for St. Jude's.
   - Animal Adoption Day -- students are working with the Oshkosh Humane Society and the Green Lake Humane Society to organize Animal Adoption Days.
   - Donation drive to collect items to give hospitals and fire-fighters (for children in need). Students will contact them to find out what the kids need -- stuffed animals, blankets, etc.
   - Fundraiser to help people pay their medical bills.  Students are collaborating with ThedaCare to help provide medical needs and assistance for families in the community. Money raised will help pay for transportation to and from the hospital, cancer treatments, etc.
   - Collaborating with Habitat for Humanity (in Oshkosh) to build shelters for homeless people. These shelters will be donated to the city of Appleton.
   - Movie night fundraiser (projecting a movie onto the wall in the gym) to raise money for the Green Lake Animal Shelter.

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Turtle Hospital 10/23/17

6th-Grade Catalyst was a part of a Google Hangout with The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida.

"The Turtle Hospital opened its doors 1986 with four main goals: 1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, 2) educate the public through outreach programs and visit local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles. The Turtle Hospital contains up-to-date equipment needed to perform a variety of surgeries on different species and sizes of sea turtles. More than half of this equipment has been donated by local hospitals and doctors, and some equipment has been donated by environmentally- friendly organizations and individuals. There are 7 species of sea turtles throughout the entire world. Five of the seven are found in Florida: Green, Loggerhead, Leatherback, Hawksbill, and Kemp’s Ridley."

The Turtle Hospital

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Beginning Stages of Monster Building

The monster building has begun for the Global Monster Project. Teams planned their strategies and divided up the work.  Supplies were evaluated.  The beginning stages of the building can be a time of messy construction and experimentation. Teams need to reevaluate their structure each day and determine how it will connect to the other pieces in the final product.

The premise of this project is that each of the schools describes a different part of the monster challenging teams to bring these ideas together into one creation.  This year we have 5 teams building monsters.

Beginnings of Monsters 10/19/17