G6 Week 15 – S2

Friday, May 25th

Today in science: The entire class period was made available to students to work on their Scratch songs. At the moment, here are the songs being worked on (or composed) by the students:

01H – DJ/Remix (3 parts programmed before the end of class)
02H – We Don’t Talk Anymore (C. Puth)
03H – Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – C, G, A, F, E, D (6 notes) on an instrument made from our class dissection kit.
04H – Hamilton
05H – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – C, G, A, F, E, D (6 notes)
06H – DJ/Remix (2 or 3 parts programmed before the end of class)
07H – Für Elise (Beethoven) – progress on the right hand notes
08H – [Absent]
09H – Untitled (self-composed) – it’s a song!

Homework: Students should continue spending time at home composing a song in Scratch. Students were given their Makey Makey to take home this weekend, so that they can begin experimenting with the type of ‘instrument’ they will use to perform their song in front of their H period classmates during next week’s Makey Makey concert.

Thursday, May 24th

Today in science: Dr. M announced that the two make-up portions of the Acids & Alkalis test–the experimental variables (Q9) and states of matter (Q10) sections–will take place on Monday. At the moment, here are the songs being worked on (or composed) by the students:

01H – DJ/Remix?
02H – We Don’t Talk Anymore (C. Puth) – ? notes
03H – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – C, G, A, F, E, D (6 notes)
04H – Hamilton
05H – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – C, G, A, F, E, D (6 notes)
06H – DJ/Remix?
07H – Für Elise (Beethoven) – right hand notes ()
08H – [Absent]
09H – ??? (self-composed)  – ? notes

Homework: Students should continue spending time composing their Makey Makey song in Scratch.

Wednesday, May 23rd

Today in science: After receiving an email on Monday night, which informed students of their Acids & Alkalis unit test score, students were given the opportunity to look over their graded test in class. While Dr. M did not take the time to discuss all of the questions (and answers), he did make a point of discussing the most missed questions. In particular, he took time to discuss and diagram the answers to Questions 9a, 9b, and 9c. These questions assessed students ability to design a ‘fair’ test when using a metal (Mg) and various types and concentrations of acids.

Homework: Students should continue spending time composing their Makey Makey song in Scratch. In Thursday’s science class, each student will share their progress with their classmates.

Tuesday, May 22nd

Today in science: H period science class does not meet on Tuesdays.

Homework: 

Monday, May 21st

Today in science: Our guest teacher, Mrs. Bloodworth, kindly and generously taught students how to 1) open a Scratch account, and 2) write a program in Scratch that will allow students to compose more sophisticated songs to play on their Makey Makey devices. Over the next two weeks, students will be composing a song and building an instrument for their Makey Makey recitals.

All of Dr. Merritt’s 6th grade science students should try to bring a pair of earphones or earbuds with them to science class for the next two weeks. They will keep us from going insane while others around us compose and test their songs in the classroom! 😉

Homework: Students should spend time composing a song in Scratch for use with the Makey Makey device. In Wednesday’s science class, each student will share their progress with their classmates.

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