Students are blindfolded and must retrieve the correct color ball and return it to their team. Blindfolded students must rely on the communication and directions from their teammates who are able to see, but not enter the space. Lesson focus is on communication and how precise directions are crucial to a teams' success.
7th Grade eMusic students continue develop their musical knowledge by exploring MIDI keyboards in class. During this unit, students will be applying their working knowledge of music theory to keyboards by recording and manipulating music electronically. A very special thank you to the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation for their significant contributions to the eMusic Lab and Program.
The Hommocks Chamber Orchestra practicing The Beatles' “Come Together” during lunch in preparation for the MLK Assembly.
These recipes are part of our unit about the environmental impact of food waste. Hommocks Students have been learning about using kitchen creativity to reduce waste in the kitchen. For the scraps that can't be used, we are feeding them to our classroom compost bin filled with red wiggler worms. The compost will then be placed into our garden this spring.
Health and Wellness
Above is a picture of our Wellness Library including a variety of both fiction and non fiction YA books relating to health and wellness. Students in my classes have been reading books and encouraging others by writing wonderful book reviews.
As part of the 8th grade curriculum students learn how to set action based SMART goals. The best part of this assignment is that students choose a goal that is meaningful to them and then have the opportunity to make it happen throughout the quarter. Student examples include, I am going to reduce stress by organizing my accordion folder once a week and I am going to turn my phone off an hour before bed to get more sleep during the school week.
Students learn the importance of the process, reflecting on the question "What do you do when things feel challenging? Here students make the connection that goals are flexible, noticing when to pull back and when to stretch further. Here 8th grade students are hard at work writing in their Wellness Journals reflecting on their process.