The children enjoyed having a special guest join them at school in the afternoon for Special Persons' Day. Below click the link to listen to the song the students wrote to greet their guests. Also, there are some photos of everyone enjoying the afternoon in the classroom together. It was a very special day!
Students participated in an Artist Residency with Derron Wood and Victor C. Through the residency, shadow theater art form was explored while exploring the new concepts and content with NGSS, the New Generation Science Standards. In the photos below you can see students "Juggling" light, exploring the movements of the sun and planets, and much more!
The students in Room 17 have been busy engineering as they prepare for their winter games. Students are using their Social Studies focus on Africa to create STEAM Teams to represent the African nations of Egypt, Kenya, Zaire, and Zambia. Students researched the flags of each nation, then got to hear their National Anthem in our opening ceremonies. At the opening ceremony the torch "run" occurred while listening to the Olympic Theme. After, each participant enjoyed a torch snack. To prepare for the events, each team needed to design and build elements for three Olympic sports. First, was the challenge of making a luge track that was 5 feet long with two turns to guide a marble quickly and smoothly down the course. Next, the teams built bobsleds that would go down a toy train track. The final challenge was to develop a curling stone that was smooth on the bottom, no bigger than 3 inches in diameter, and weighed exactly 40 grams. While designing was fun, competing against the other teams was the most fun. After each event we had a lot of complex math to do together in order to total scores of time and length to determine the places. There was great sportsmanship as each team strove to go higher, stronger, faster.
The Room 17 Students have all selected a tide pool animal to research. For this science learning, the students are using tech tools, studying the animals collected at Hammonasset, but also using dance elements to strengthen their understanding of the physical qualities of the animals. Students are discovering the unique features of the animals, variations within the species, discovering differences and similarities between the adults and offspring, and more! As we work, their scientific understanding and dance qualities are both improving! Check out our moves in the links below to see if you can identify the characteristics of the crabs, fish, pipefish, and moon snails:
The students have created a newsletter to describe some of the happenings in Room 17. Each student contributed to write the articles and to take photos. We hope you enjoy their work!
Tis the season to be jolly! Please tell us about your holiday reading. Is there a favorite holiday book you love to read? Do you have a special book you read as a family? Do you enjoy reading with a special person, or in a special place? If you don’t have a special reading tradition, think of one you would like to start! Please respond to one or more of these questions. Use correct spelling and punctuation, have an adult check your work. Make sure to check out what your classmates are writing as well, then respond responsibly and kindly. I can’t wait to read your posts!
Today was Jumpstart's Read for the Record Day. All across the world, millions of people read the book Quackers by Liz Wong. Room 17 read the book Readers' Theater style. If you would like to check out the electronic version of the book, check out the link here:
If you read the book today, post your numbers on Jumpstart's site to be counted in the record book!
Room 17's Durham Fair Project for 2017 was a green sea turtle and a yellow tang fish with an ocean background. The turtle and fish are made completely out of recycled plastic, except the eyes, which the students designed themselves and printed on the school's 3D printer. The quilt background was made with fabrics we brought to school for a getting to know you activity. Everyone's fabric went into the piece. The only additional item was made to the jellyfish. Mrs. Davis taught several students how to finger crochet to make these creative and colorful tentacles. The rocks at the base were collected on our field trip to Hammonasset. The students created the structure to hang the quilt and sculpture out of PVC piping we had in the classroom (plus a bit extra that we needed to purchase). They also wanted the turtle to be able to spin, so we had to engineer a solution to that as well! There was a great deal of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication that had to occur to make all of the elements of this project work!
Below is a sneak peek of the structure the students designed to hold up the quilt, and the turtle support, including the extra post they decided to add for stability when it kept tipping over. Also, we filled the base with rocks to add weight to help the counterbalance... then we taped it all to a piece of wood just to make sure it could make it to the fair ground without falling apart!
To start working with this concept we learned the following song about Commutative Property. We had fun flipping our hands around to this little tune as we thought about math. The students then worked on flipping numbers using dominoes to learn addition problems. We used a lot of dominoes to practice these facts!
Hi, I'm Mrs. Sibiskie. I love teaching first and second grade students at John Lyman School.