Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Five Best Toys of All Time! This is a great article about what kids really need for creative play: sticks, boxes, string, cardboard tubes, and see if you can guess the last one...
Pre K 4 teacher Michele says:
I have great respect for the stick, especially since Muddy Boots Club. The children measure the stick, carry it along, carry things on it, whack things but not too hard, poke, drag, but never hit each other, and then discard the stick at the end of the trail.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Julian and Bailey were Head for the Day today.
Bailey says: We had lunch at Alexis Diner. I had pancakes, a milkshake and ice cream! Julian had chicken fingers and a milkshake. Julian held his nose when he made a phone call to his Dad. "Is this Dr. Wenacur?" We held the door in the morning and we are going to give popsicles to everyone in the school. I like Meg's little hammer with the screw drivers inside.
Julian says: Pulling the fire alarm for the drill was fun!!! I love the flip book on Meg's desk. I flipped it 20 times!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
See the swarm of bees clinging to the tree trunk?
|Tony poured the bees into a nuke box|
For some truly amazing honey collectors, look at these photos from Nepal and the world's largest honey bees! Honey Hunters
Friday, May 4, 2012
It turned into a beautiful day for a rocket launch! All rockets were successfully sent skyward and then retrieved. The showing of students' video ads for space tourism was another highlight of a great week of science, technology, engineering , arts and math.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
STEM week in 6-7 (or STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) involves students forming Space Tourism Companies. Goals are set and pathways to success agreed upon: "consider all options" and "learn to work with others." Each company develops a budget and a rocket model for space tourism. They will create an ad to attract customers and at the end of the week present ads and launch their rockets.
Each day there is a discussion of ethics. Today's socio-scientific topics concerned ethical implications of space pollution, who owns space, and terrestrial currency (in case space becomes privatized). Engineering and math skills came into play as students calculated angles of launch via projecting a missile at a target - in layman's terms, shooting a spitball.
4-5 students are animating their autobiographical timelines. I think their teacher is as excited as they are - devoting her weekends to figuring out the animation program. As you can see from the photo, the kids are pretty good at creating animated versions of themselves. What's harder is making a younger self. Students were discussing, "Tomorrow we're learning how to make babies."
Meanwhile in 6-7, I rhetorically asked with wonderment, "In what school is shooting spitballs an assignment?" With a smile, Hannah said, "Parker."