During library time this week, students learned about Drew Daywalt, author of some of our most popular picture books like The Day the Crayons Quit, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, and Monkey & Cake. We really enjoyed finding out what inspired Drew to write his many imaginative and hilarious books, reading Rock Paper Scissors together, and playing the game together afterward.
This week students learned how insects and plants have a symbiotic relationship by exploring how pollen can travel from plant to plant with an experiment! Students took their ‘insects’ from plant to plant and pollinated different flowers and saw how the pollen started to mix in the different flowers! Students then drew and explained how insects and plants help each other.
Mr. Ledesma, our school counselor, came in and taught our class about team work. Each group was given a bag of supplies and were given the instructions to build the tallest rocket they could. The students quickly figured out they had to work together to make their structure strong and tall. They also learned about what makes a good teammate!
In 3rd grade we have been learning how to design a solution to a problem in which a device functions by using scientific ideas about magnets. Each team was given a different problem, such as, “Your teacher has some paper clips stuck on top of her cabinets. She isn’t tall enough to reach them. Your task is to design something that can retrieve the paper clips.” Students were given some items to use in any way they wanted-they could use some of them or all of them! Together they designed a solution and then tested their design.
In Music with Mrs. Blair we have been learning about Rhythm and Tempo. To practice, we listened to Vivaldi’s (winter) while ice skating on paper plates in the classroom. Fast and slow, loud and soft. It was a great time. We have some talented skaters at Meadow Brook.
In Computers we have been busy learning new skills. Kindergarten has worked on iReady. They passed off logging into iReady without their cards! First and Second Grades have worked hard to pass off logging into the computers without their cards. First Grade is practicing logging into the Chromebooks and are getting faster. First thru Third Grades have gone on virtual field trips, practiced spelling words by unveiling a mystery pixel art, made an animation on ABCYa Animate and retold a story using Google Slides.
6th Grade had the awesome opportunity to have our school counselor come in and talk to them about future careers. It is important to 'Begin With the End In Mind'. All the 6th graders took an online interest profiler that categorized their interest into different categories. Once they were able to find out what category they were most interested in, they were then able to look up jobs in that category. Each job gave them an overview of the job, the education required, local schools that provide that education, and other related jobs in that field.