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!