Over the past three months the 5th and 6th graders have been fortunate enough to have two Americorps volunteers visit their classrooms weekly. Aletha and Christian have come prepared to teach the students an array of science topics in a hands-on and constructivist way!
Christian, Aletha, and the rest of the Americorps volunteers will sadly be leaving us on March 15th to pursue other things, but on this rainy/sleety day I thought it might be nice to think back to our trip to Hawley where students were given the opportunity to explore and appreciate nature.
Let's hope for sunny days to come and happy long weekend to everyone!
6l Prepares to present
As a culmination of our African unit, students were given the opportunity to study any topic of choice regarding current conditions in Africa. Students have largely been independent in their research gathering, organizing, and presenting.
Today students placed the final touches on their presentations and are rehearsing with the expectations in mind: a confident body posture, presenting voice, and memorization of the spoken portion to accompany their slides.
Considering how successful 6L has been during this project, I look forward to seeing what 6P accomplishes!
In sixth grade reading with Mrs. Palasciano the students have been reading the book Wonder. This is the story about a boy born with a facial deformity who had been entirely homeschooled until he entered middle school. The plot follows the boy and the adversities he faces.
The students are currently participating in a Wonder competition, and a portion of this competition was to create a precept, or words to live by. Enjoy some of the creations that the students made below!
Given that our class consists of twelve students, we have already had a great deal of time to enjoy the beginning of the school year by bonding with one another!
We've completed #Selfies and Apps that represent our lives, are working to create our unique Bug, have played Two Truths and Lie which revealed some interesting facts about one another and Would You Rather which produced some lively and engaging discussions. Most impressive was the discussion over whether one would rather end world hunger or end wars. Students included arguments such as: ending world hunger would enable people to better contribute to our societies, and ending wars would prevent the destruction of towns and the immigration of people, which in turn would reduce the amount of people starving.
We've also begun our morning routine of responding to the morning message in order to promote a positive classroom environment. Pictures of this can be seen below!