The incredibly quick transition to remote learning has been a big leap for many of us and much harder than anticipated. We have been staying connected through virtual meetings with our colleagues. We are conitnuing to plan for student learning and schoolwide strategic improvements, despite the circumstances. While this has become our new normal, we certainly hope to be back in-person soon. So thankful for such a wonderful group of educators who remain committed to providing our students with the best possible education!
Students in third grade read a biography called The Man Who Invented Basketball. They learned about James Naismith and his tough love and tough life in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. They used a graphic organizer to write about key moments in his life, major accomplishments, and the power of perseverance. Students worked together to come up with character traits to describe James Naismith. They learned that although he faced many hardships and challenges, Naismith rose above. Not only did he invent the game of basketball in 1891, but he also: became a minister, director of the YMCA, becomes a medical doctor, helped American soldiers in WWI as a military chaplain, and was honored at the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany.
Second grade has been learning about famous African Americans throughout the month of February. In addition to learning about people like Marian Anderson, Wilma Rudolph, Duke Ellington and others, students also chose an African American person to research. They shared their new knowledge and doll replicas with each other last week! Below is a sample of a few of the projects.
The 6th grade science students are finishing up their introduction into Earth Science this week after studying the spheres of the earth and the layers of the earth over the past couple weeks. Students participated in many critical thinking concepts, focusing on the two questions: “What is inside our earth/Could we dig to the center of the earth?” and “What are the layers that make up our earth?”. During this time, we created a model of the earth on a small sphere. The students had to incorporate math to figure out the scale of the earth and the layers to the sphere they were given. The models turned out great! Students also spent a day using their creative side making a ‘graffiti wall’ where they expressed why it is important to know the layers of the earth. The 6th grade is looking forward to getting out of this world and leaping into the atmosphere next!