Today was the first day we read with our Buddy Reads from Mrs. Hamel's 4th grade class. We will be getting together with them every other week for buddy reading and other activities.
Today we completed the final stage of getting our Building License with the LEGO Learn to Learn building sets. First we watched Fable Vision's Above and Beyond. to open the discussion about the endless possibilities there are even though every student has the same LEGO kit. Then students were asked to use the same 8 bricks to build a duck anyway they wanted. The students were amazed at how many ways the ducks could be built, and really got the point of the lesson...that everyone is unique and there is more than one way to build.
Finally, students had a chance to free build! Here are some of their creations.
Today our UVA Ed Students led a fun and engaging lesson on counting coins. After an interactive white board introduction, students learned a new game called "Make 50 Cents" where one student plays the banker and two other students take turns to roll dice to determine the amount of money they get from the banker, eventually both getting to 50 cents. Ms. Elcan and Ms. Mun did a fabulous job presenting and the students loved the game!
Today was our first field trip of the year! We traveled to Richmond to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. During our guided tour, Plants, What Good Are They?, we got to smell, taste, plant, and collect all kinds of plants in the Children's Garden.
After our tour, we wandered through the other gardens and saw the cool LEGO sculptures scattered around the grounds as part of the Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit.
In the conservatory we were awed by the many species of butterflies, the orchid exhibit, and the GIANT cacti. This was a favorite stop for many of the students!
Time on the climbing tree rounded out stay. So much fun!
Libby is a senior at Western Albemarle High School. Through an independent study program, she comes in for 4 hours a week to work one-on-one and with small groups as well as help with teacher tasks. The students look forward to her visits and love to work with her. Here she is with our happy class gathered around.
All this week we have been sharing our Baby Memories, some object or a story from birth to kindergarten that tells about themselves. It was so much fun to hear the student's stories about "when they were little!"
Today we finished up our Pop-Up cards that we started on Friday during STEAM time. The students were really taking their time and adding details and Washi tape for decorations, so needed some extra time to finish up. The cards were a novel way to invite parents to Back to School Night this Tuesday at 5:30 pm. Hope everyone can make it!