This week Kindergarten students participated in a digital breakout session with our Technology Specialist, Mrs. Berns. The students used their critical thinking skills and worked together to solve problems using shapes, numbers, and directions. It was fantastic to see the children working together in small groups and the excitement as they opened three digital locks to receive the key to open a physical lock. Our Kindergarten students are wonderful problems solvers. It was exciting to celebrate their successful problem-solving.
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Ms. Thomas’s 3rd grade class had the best experience with writing! We had a real author, Keri Measom-Francis, come visit us and share with us her love of writing. She introduced us to “Creative Notebooks”, which we all made. She then encouraged us to write, write, write! (A few students were so excited about these books that they made another one to use at home!)
As part of our Social Studies Unit on Folktales, legends and local authors and artists, First Graders became local artist today. After looking at the pictures of some of the sculptures by Gary Price around the town of Springville, the students were given the opportunity to create their own unique pieces. Some students chose to sculpt their own statues and some choose to paint their own watercolor pictures. They were also able to define what 'local' means. What a great group of artist!
2nd grade had a habitat day where they got to "explore" the different habitats. They learned about the polar regions, the desert, the wetlands, the grasslands, the mountainlands and the ocean. These exploring second graders learned about plants and animals that live in each habitat. Soon each student will become an expert on one of these animals and their habitat.
Mrs. Berns, the school's technology specialist, visited Kindergarten today and taught the students how to do a "breakout" session. In these sessions, the students must think critically and work together to solve problems and open locks. If the students successfully open all the locks, then they "break out" and win. The students loved the lesson and are excited to try another breakout session soon.
This month in computers grades 1-3 are learning about pixels and making our own pixel drawings. We are also learning by combining flat shapes we can create different shapes in our tangram game. In the next few weeks we will be “teaching our monsters how to read” and exploring SORA an online library.
Second grade students learned about New Year's resolutions and how to set goals earlier this week! They set goals for what they would like to be able to do in the second half of second grade. Students thought about what they are going to be able to accomplish in reading, math, writing, and what they hope their class will be able to do. We hope you can come down the second grade hall and read some of our goals!