Current GATE Modules
GATE Enrichment Module: Deep Sky Wonders Planet, Star and Lunar Observation.
Eighth Grade GATE Students and Parents are invited to join us at Bert Lynn Middle School to observe some of the “Deep Sky Wonders. On February 29th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm on the field near E-10. This year we will be joined with members of the South Bay Astronomy Club who will be bringing at least one large telescope, which will supplement our campus’ telescope collection.
Background: Astronomy is one of the oldest activities known to civilization.
When you look at the night sky, you—you!—participate in a tradition that spans uncounted generations across continents and millennia. This course will help you develop the skills and experience to join that tradition, assign a physical understanding to your observations, and equip you with the language to communicate with stargazers around the globe.
Learning objectives: By the end of the evening, students should be able to:
- name and identify the brightest planets, stars, and constellations visible.
- recognize and name the phase of the Moon and predict its location in the sky for a given time.
- discuss the relationships between Earth and other astronomical objects responsible for the apparent motion of the sky and the objects and phenomena observed there.
- predict how the night sky changes over the course of the night and over the course of the year
assess the impact of humans on the appearance of the sky.
After School GATE Enrichment Module: “Renaissance Art and Shakespearean Soliloquies”
Seventh Grade Students are invited to participate in a 6-week GATE module entitled “Renaissance art and Shakespeare Soliloquies.” This GATE module will study four different mediums of artistic expression reflected in Renaissance art and poetry. As the program progresses students will produce four products reflecting/mimicking student-selected artist studied.
Background: Renaissance is a significant period studied within our 7th grade social studies classes. The French word renaissance literally means rebirth and represents a rapid period of innovation and change. In Europe, Renaissance spanned over three centuries from 14th -17th centuries. The artists chosen are from different parts of Europe, however Shakespeare soliloquies will focus on both the tragedies and comedies. This after school unit will give students an opportunity to move beyond books, and notes. Our goal is to have the final day open to parents, so that we can share our experience the great works of art and some of short performances. (subject to your approval)
Projected dates: The Friday, March 2nd through Friday April 1st. Then we will resume from the week of April 11th through April 22nd.
Our program will meet after school on Tuesdays and Fridays for 50 minutes. Students are expected to attend all sessions and participate in some outside research and reading.
After School GATE Enrichment Module: “Small-scale Reef Ecosystems”
Eighth Grade Students are invited to participate in a four-week after school GATE module entitled “Small-scale Reef Ecosystems.” Students will learn to replicate environmental conditions similar to those on a coral reef by studying the effects of lighting, water quality, and nutrition on the saltwater organisms in their care. Hands-on activities will emphasize water chemistry, correct use of lab equipment, and students will plan ecosystem corrections based upon data analysis. As our program progresses we hope to include live coral and anemone propagation and establish live food cultures.
Due to program size requirements this Module will be limited to 8th Grade students.
“Small-scale Reef Ecosystems” is currently scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 1st at 3 pm in our school’s Café.
Our program will meet after school on Tuesdays for 50 minutes. Students are expected to attend all sessions and participate in some outside research and reading.
After School GATE Enrichment: “Poetry and Poetics”
BLMS GATE students are invited to participate in the first three week after school GATE module entitled “Poetry and Poetics.” During this first session students will enrich their language skills by analyzing, interpreting and composing poetry. In addition to delving into methods of determining deeper meanings in poems students will take what they have learned and demonstrate mastery by writing their own poems. At the end of this course students will take away enhanced reading skills and a bound collection of student writing.
Our program will meet after school on Tuesdays and Fridays for 50 minutes and there will be an expectation for students to attend all 6 sessions and to do some outside research and reading.
After School GATE Enrichment: “Exploration of Physical Geography”
BLMS GATE students are invited to participate in an exploration through the study of physical geography. Beginning with a map of the 13 colonies, students will study historic territorial maps. Then our exploration will expand to the 50 states. As we progress student will learn the regions and time zones. Become a cartographer and create contour and topography maps of a selected state. Conclude the study by creating individual maps based on ELA core books. The focus books to be used are Where the Red Fern Grows, Hatchet, and Greek Mythology. Will use map symbols, compass rose and legends.
Sources used for this unit: NEA, National Geographic, United States Geological Society, Google World, YouTube, and other similar resources.
Estimated Module Duration: Two days a week for 6 weeks Our program will meet after school on Tuesdays and Fridays for 50 minutes and there will be an expectation for students to attend all sessions and independent outside research and reading may necessary.