MATH AND SCIENCE:
Do you know the probability of rolling a Yahtzee in one throw? Our seventh graders do, and they were not allowed to simply search online for the answer. We are studying probability and chance events, and this was a challenge problem they eagerly embraced. This came after analyzing more simple dice games, spinner games, and coin toss scenarios. They also investigated the difference between theoretical probability and experimental data. Given how often these students won the chance games they played, compared to their predicted probabilities, they sure are “lucky” kids!
LANGUAGE ARTS AND HISTORY:
Seventh grade has been engaged in its Renaissance Academy Awards project for the last 3 weeks, and the awards day is finally here! Each student was tasked with researching two individuals in a category, creating a biographical outline of each individual, and then evaluating their research to determine a winner. Each student designed and constructed an award representing the winner and presented it, together with a slideshow of the nominees. What a terrific job the students did in presenting their nominees and explaining their reasons for choosing the winners. Again, this project involved a myriad of skills, from analysis to creativity to public speaking, underscoring the value of project-based learning.