The fourth graders each read a biography of their choice about a famous African American. As they read, they took notes. After reading the book, each student used his or her notes to write a report. Then, on Friday, February 7, the students presented their information in an “African American History Museum” in the library. Students had objects that honored their person, and they explained why that object was important in the life of their subject. Students in grades K-8 toured the fourth graders’ museum with fourth grade students acting as docents.
Our fifth grade students have been powering up their creativity and problem-solving skills through building bridges in their Makerspace session this trimester. In this project, students design a truss bridge, which gives them practice with the math concepts of scale and ratio as well as right, acute and/or obtuse angles. More importantly, it also helps them understand how math is used in a real-world context.
By learning how to build bridges, our students have learned more about how engineers work and what goes into designing and building a complex, but necessary structure that is used by people in all parts of the world every day.
Congratulations to Kai Gray whose bridge held an amazing 277 times its own weight!
3rd grade learned about animals and the differences between physical and behavioral adaptations. Students chose an animal to research and learn about. They learned about the animal’s habitat and other facts relating to what the animal eats, how it defends itself, and how it raises its young. 3rd graders then made dioramas including all of this information and presented it to Kindergarten and their classmates. The creatively used all types of materials including cotton balls, paper, candy, yarn, slime, and coffee grounds to name a few.
Our fourth graders braved the chilly December weather to visit Jamestown last week.
Students toured the actual site where the original palisade and buildings were constructed and learned how artifacts help us understand the past, (in this case, what life was like Jamestown). Students left with a deeper understanding of settlers life and will enrich their Jamestown unit in class.
Our kindergarten’s Friday Spanish class was extra special as they joined our eighth grade students to create hojalata tiles for the upcoming holiday. One of the least known, most versatile, and most beautiful expressions of Mexican folk art, hojalata (tin art work) is also known in some parts of Mexico as, lamina or lata. Since the 1500’s, this humble metal has been made more pleasing by being shaped, stamped, punched, painted and cut into a wide variety of decorative and functional artwork. Everyone had a great time creating something beautiful for the holidays.
The fifth grade has been working to harvest seeds from our native plant garden. Students worked with a volunteer from Tricycle Farms to diagnose local watershed and pollution challenges and how those issues can be addressed by promoting native plants. They studied the specific plants in our garden and worked over successive weeks to harvest, label, and store the seeds from those plants. The students are now learning how to germinate new plants. The class will soon have to decide how to use their new seedlings to positively impact the local ecosystem.