Beth Holland

Food for thought…

6th Grade Renaissance Project

You are going to do a project on the Renaissance. For this project, you will research a person, place, or thing and then give a short presentation to the class. Today, you will learn a bit about each of the potential topics and then submit 3 choices. Ms. Schlichting will then assign your official topic in history class.

  • Names: Michelangelo, Dante, Shakespeare, Guttenberg, Albrecht Durer, Petrarch, Tiziano Vecellio, Giovanni Bellini, Raphael Sanzio, the Medici family, Donatello, Filippo Brunelleschi, Masaccio (Tommaso di Giovanni di Simone Guidi), Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano), Girolamo Savonarola, Leonardo da Vinci, Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Niccolo Tartaglia, Marco Polo, Bartholomew Diaz, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Francisco Pizarro,
  • Places: Vatican in Rome, Sistine Chapel, Duomo in Florence (Florence Cathedral), Tower of Pisa, Fountains in Rome (Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, etc), Palazzo Pitti
  • Art Work: Last Supper, Mona Lisa, The David,
  • Written Work: The Prince, The Inferno, Don Quixote,
  • Other Things: alchemy, medicine, astronomy, Sextant, navigation, time pieces

To learn about these topics, search Answers and read through the results.

6th Grade Video Notes

  1. Create a new project in iMovie
  2. Make sure all photos are in iPhoto
  3. Make sure that poem is in Garageband and visible to iMovie
  4. For music from Jamendo, you need:
    • Song Title from Album by Musician and then paste the link
    • Use the download button to download the song (Not the album) and let it get sucked into iTunes. You may have to click “Agree” on your iTunes account.

You can drag your music in the same way as your audio file. One thing you may want to do is adjust the audio settings so that the music doesn’t over-power the words. By clicking on the gear for your audio track, once it has been dragged into place, you have some audio controls. Feel free to play with them.

6th Grade Video Poem Project #2

Ok folks, let’s see how much you have learned. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open either Holden or Schlichting English and then the Vive La Paris Poem folder. Create a group folder inside of there.
  2. As a group decide whether or not you are going to publish your poem to the web when you are done and let Mrs. H know.
  3. As a group decide whose account you are going to use for production and let Mrs. H know.
  4. Go get your images
    • If you are going to publish to the web, you may ONLY use Mrs. H’s images, and you will need to make a Bibliography file in your folder.
    • If you are not going to publish to the web, you may use either Mrs. H or Mrs. Schlichting’s images, and you do not need to make a bibliography file.
  5. Schedule a time to record your audio narration
  6. Find music
    • If you are going to publish, then you may ONLY use music from You must document your music in your Bibliography.
    • If you are not going to publish, then you may use any music that you like.
  7. Put everything together and then export your final version in HD to your Vive La Paris Poem folder.

6th Grade Spanish Project

You are going to create your fashion slide show. With this slideshow, you need one picture of yourself that you are going to take with Photo Booth, and then use two other pictures that you are going to get from the St. Michael’s Flickr Site. You may not use Google Images.


  1. Open Keynote and choose White or Black
  2. File>Save As>Name-Fashion (ex: Billy-Fashion) and put it in your Documents folder
  3. Your first slide should be the title of your fashion show and your name
  4. Add three photo horizontal slides and delete the text box
  5. Take your picture with Photo Booth. Once you have your picture, click on the iPhoto button so that it imports into iPhoto. To add it to your Keynote file, use the Media Browser.
  6. Drag your other pictures straight from Flickr into your Keynote slides
  7. Print out the handouts for homework to write your script.

6th Grade Poem Videos

Here are a few samples to help you start your thinking.

With iMovie, you do not have quite as much freedom with your typography, but something similar is still doable.

This is a great example of using captions and images to illustrate your poem.

Though this isn’t technically a poem, it’s a great example of how images and music complement the text.

A final resources is the Poetry Foundation.

Here are two more very cool videos.

Great use of imagery.

Excellent use of animation.

6th Grade – Final Graphing Project

The goal is to finish this final challenge today. Remember, use to find the area of the countries. For those where you could not find both the area in square kilometers as well as square miles, here’s a hint: can you create a formula to automatically compute the calculation.

To find the populations for 2010, I’d like for you to use the Google Public Data engine. This will let you analyze the population for each of the countries.

Finally, see if you can use your completed data table to create the following 3 graphs:

  1. Compare the countries by area in square miles
  2. Compare the countries by population
  3. Compare the countries by population and area in square miles

What can you infer from your data?

6th Grade Graphing Activity #2

Now that you have the basics under your belt, see if you can tackle this challenge on your own. You need to compare the male and female population in the United States for the years 2000-2003. See if you can:

  1. Add a new sheet to your GraphingActivity file and name it Male & Female Population of the US
  2. Build the table below
  3. Create a double bar graph and a double line graph to illustrate the information
Year Male Population in Thousands Female Population in Thousands
2000 138,456 143,721
2001 140,009 145,085
2002 141,533 146,441
2003 143,037 147,773