This afternoon both Elementary and Preschool went to watch a Dance Demonstration. The current dance resident artist Brandi Coleman has been working with the college students at Stephens on a dance technique called Jump Rhythm Jazz. Today they shared with us what they have been learning about this exciting approach to dance. Call and response, syncopation, and scat singing are a few of the terms that we learned about today.
We are deep in research and transforming our classroom into Fort Stephens. Students are very excited about this topic! We want to welcome you all into our classroom Wednesday, March 4th at 2:30 to observe their work. This will be an open house and your family can walk through our fort to learn about the colonization of America.
Students received a letter from President Obama today after they sent him letters to stop whale hunting in Japan. Syler introduced us to what was happening in his last Independent Inquiry presentation. Afterwards, he handed out letters that students could send to President Obama to bring awareness to this issue. Today, we received a response.
This morning we began integrating our inquiry study, Colonization of America with Literacy. Ms. Dawnavyn and Ms. Megan discussed the elements of a newspaper. As a “colony” they voted on the title of the Fort Stephens newspaper. They decided on The Stephens Story and the first edition will be titled Fort Stephens Blockbuster News. Stay tuned for this captivating newspaper!
Students are enthralled with our new topic Colonization of America. Immersing ourselves in the time period, students have decided to build their own colony. They have named our classroom, Fort Stephens. After making decisions of what businesses to include in their colony, students chose their roles.
Blacksmith- Syler, Eric, Konrad, Abe
Houses- Ellie, Marley
Ship(s)- Connor, Michael K., Beatrice, Alexander
Tavern- Thomas, Joshua, Rachel, Michael P.
Clock Maker- Taye’, Elliott
Bakery- Kaylee, Mackenzie
School- Eleanor, Madison
Milliner- Nora, Maggie
City Hall/Jail- Leo, Eden
Wig Shop- Sydney, Evie
Church- Elena, Bri
Print Shop- Karli, Katie
In their small groups, colonists planned their business by making a materials list, sketching their building, and discussing their roles. After all their planning, they began construction in their assigned areas in the colony(classroom). Please encourage your child to discuss with you their roles, plans, and materials of their colony.
Two of our small groups focused on mixing colors, today.
One group gathered snow outside and used liquid water color and pipettes to color the snow! The observed and discussed what color their snow was turning!
The second group read Mouse Paint and then used the primary water color paints, and practiced creating secondary colors!
This week, students have become scientists and have had many opportunities to participate in various science experiments.
The students learned a song, to the melody of London Bridges– see below!
To begin, ask a question, ask a question, ask a question; to begin ask a question, like a scientist.
Then predict what will happen, what will happen, what will happen; then predict what will happen, like a scientist.
Make a plan, test and observe, test and observe, test and observe; make a plan, test and observe, then we tell what happened.
This song is a great resource for students to recall what to do next when participating in a science experiment.
One group decided to take it upon themselves and created their own science experiment — they had to use the song to remember what to do next…
We had a variety of items for Showcase, today. The students have gotten into a routine and know what to expect when Showcase begins. They walk around the room, independently, to view various Showcase items. The students then ask questions and get a chance to interact with the various toys, pictures, and instruments students bring into share.