Our most recent inquiry presentations included a hurricane costume, a ninja demonstration, a special visit from a talented dog named Max, and a journey into space, and an informative plea to help save the whales.
This morning students were busily reading, writing, and practicing their spelling. Two of our student teachers introduced the new genre we will be immersed in for the next couple of weeks- Realistic Fiction. Below you will see Miss. D and Miss. Dawnavyn reading books in our new genre; Ms. Vonder Haar modeling attending to punctuation and reading with expression with students; Miss. Megan reading a book to discuss beginning, middle, and ending.
“Those who teach, must never cease to learn.” – John Cotton Dana
Hi!! My name is Miss Megan and I am so excited to start my second semester of my senior year in the Children’s School here at Stephens. I was at Lee Elementary last semester student teaching and that was a lot of fun! It helped me learn how integrating the arts into the curriculum can change a child’s learning; I try to integrate the arts into as many lessons as I can! I can’t wait to see what adventures SCCS brings me in on! I am thrilled to be teaching here!
(soon to come but not pictured..Miss Allison…stay tuned!)
We started our new winter unit — ice,weather, and Frozen! We began our unit with an ice castle in the loft and introduced many different musical instruments. The students enjoyed exploring the instruments and dressing up as different princes and princesses.
In our block area, the students worked together to build a castle!
Welcome back families! This week was packed full of learning opportunities and time spent inside. This week we went right back to our normal schedule. The students have been producing new writing pieces, started new book club books and a new topic for Math.
Measurement and Data analysis is our new topic this month.
In the oldest group we learned that statistics is the study of data. We can collect information and organize it and then look for patterns. In the following pictures you can see that we each got a small box of raisins. We made predictions about how many raisins were in each box. After we estimated, we opened the top of the box and then made new predictions. After we opened them up and counted them we found that 3 out of the 8 boxes had 21 raisins. Last we broke up into groups and brainstormed ways to organize our new found data. We will continue exploring ways to organize data and defining words such as range, median, mean and mode.
How long is a minute? These students estimated by taking a guess as to how long they could do each of these tasks in a minute. Tasks included: say ‘six sick sheep’, bounce a ball, write your name, count to 30 by 3’s, and jumping jacks. Most of of us found at the end of the activity our estimations were either too short or too long.
Today we had three independent inquiry presentations. Rachel started us off with chocolate. She told us about how chocolate is made and all about cocoa beans. At the end of her presentation we all got to sample some of this delicious treat! Nora studied Athena. Rather than standing up and just telling us about Athena, Nora wrote a script to a talk show. In the talk show her peers asked her questions about this well-known goddess. Maggie shared her knowledge of the Raptor Rehabilitation Project and even had some special friends come to visit our classroom!