Third grade students learned much about a clam’s anatomy from the dissecting activity last week. They had a great time seeing all the body parts up close. Thank you to all our adult helpers who assisted us in this exciting activity!
As part of Social Studies, Fifth Grade students enjoyed “living” the life of a colonist and “set sail” for the “New World”. They played a simulation game where colonists (students) travel, establish a colony and pull “fate cards” to determine how their colony survives. Each group can choose to attack or trade with natives or other colonists. Like our first settlers, colonists needed to plan their daily labor, ration food and supplies, and make life or death decisions. At last, students celebrated Colonial Day on March 17th. They dressed up and lived the life of a colonist for a day, and ended the experience with a “Liber-Tea” and dance!
Thanks to teachers and parent volunteers for making Colonial Day such a great learning experience!
In science, our second graders completed their unit on Simple Machines with an Invention Convention in the iLab. They discovered that simple machines are part of bigger, more complex machines that make our work easier. The students designed, sketched and built their own inventions using recycled/scrap objects. They tested different ways to move loads more easily using less force. They shared them with their classmates and took them home. We have a lot of inventors in this group! The students also participated in a handy dandy gadget scavenger hunt, where they needed to identify the types of simple machines found in household items like scissors, can openers, nutcrackers, etc.
Parents, thanks for your help gathering materials and for the extra hands in the iLab!
Our second graders had a lot of fun reading their suspenseful Spooky Stories at their publishing party. They gathered in small groups to read their original stories to an audience of their peers and parents and were very proud to share the fruits of their labor. They even kept their spooky stories for a while longer so they could read them to the first graders.
Thank you so much to those of you who were able to attend our Spooky Story Breakfast!