The 8th graders culminating physics project was to design and create a rollercoaster for a marble, that utilized the four forces we learned about in class, had enough momentum to fulfill a loop, and had a slow down stop. Each group used their creativity, math skills, and the scientific method to design, redesign, start over, and eventually create their coasters.
We are extremely impressed with their designs and efforts in this project. They are a great class and we are glad to see they are ready for high school!
Maestra Morales and Ms. Natalie are working on cross curricular material with the 5th Grade Spanish class to bridge expression through art and relevant material covered in Spanish class this year.
The mural preparation lasted weeks where the students explored symbolism, design and historical themes. The Mural project covers the history of Los Zapatistas, Standing Rock and the United Farm Workers Movement in California. The project is set to be completed by June 5th. Please come by and see it in the library soon!
As part of the 7th grade biology unit on animals, we look at different phylum found in that kingdom. We talk about the characteristics and important adaptations each have for survival. In doing so, the students take part in multiple dissections in order to learn and compare the different anatomy’s of common organisms.
So far, they have dissected a squid (part of the mollusk phylum), worm (the annelid phylum) and a sea star (a member of the echinoderm phylum). They dissected their first vertebrate, a fish, this past week. Each organism has a different circulatory system, number of hearts, different sequence of body parts, and some have no brain at all. From this, the students have been able to see how diverse all life is.
Last Friday, the 8th grade class went to Great America to put their physics to the test by riding roller coasters and other amusement rides, determining speed, acceleration, and which forces were acting on them. Then, they applied Newtons 3 Laws of Motion to see how physics plays a key role in the design, fun and safety of roller coasters. Students timed the rides, wore accelerometers to test the amount of g-force the ride exerted on their body and filled out a packet of physics! It was a fun day and a great last 8th grade field trip!
Once back, they worked to create promotional, educational posters for their rides. Here is a sample!
On Wednesday, students from The Saklan School participated in the Twenty-Sixth Annual Moraga Rotary Field Day: Dashiell, Bjerre, Ryan from third grade; Lindsay, Jordan, Makenna, Reese, Colin, Isabel, and Evy from fourth grade; Ben, Bianca, Leo, Rachel, and Nick from fifth grade. They competed against other schools from Moraga in five events. Good job to all the competitors the event was fun!
Makenna (4th) won gold in the softball toss and Nick (5th) won gold in the steeple race.
The students of Saklan have learned a backyard cricket game known as bats. They have become very skilled at using a plastic bat to hit a tennis ball. Unfortunately, during this process many tennis balls have been lost to the creek. So we would like to make a call for old tennis balls. If you have a collection sitting around and you are not sure what to do with them, please consider giving them over to the recess bat games.
2017 Volleyball Season
Saklan Suns Volleyball Team Fifth Grade thru Eighth Grade
Thursday, May 4 at 4:15PM, East Bay Waldorf vs Saklan
*Wednesday, May 17at 4:15PM, Saklan vs. East Bay Waldorf away
Thursday, May 18 at 4:00PM, Ecole Bilingue School vs . Saklan
*Tuesday, May 23 at 4:00PM, Saklan vs. Ecole Bilingue School away
Wednesday, May 24 at 4:00PM, CCJD vs. Saklan
Tuesday, May 30 at 4:00PM, The Berkeley School vs Saklan