For STEM time today, students explored shapes, colors, patterns and symmetry by creating flat or 3D structures from their LEGO LearnToLearn kits. Here are a few of their designs.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday. Aren't these pictures adorable? If you didn't get a present from your child, look in their back pack!
Today was Gingerbread House Building Day. First students constructed the houses in the morning by using frosting to "glue" a milk carton to a plate and attaching 6 graham crackers to the sides and roof of the house. Then they decorated them 2 hours later after the houses set. What masterpieces! Thanks to all the parents who sent in supplies, and to Simon, Vincent, Noelle, and Pepper's moms for helping out.
Last week we began sharing the stories students wrote at home about our holiday traditions. Each morning a few students would read their essays while the class looked at their sketch on the document camera and then the author called on three students to tell what they saw in the drawing that t hey heard about in the essay.
Then today we used watercolors to paint the pictures. The students really took their time and did a fabulous job! Here they are collectively on our bulletin board outside our door. I hope to take individual shots and post them when we take them down.
Thanks to the parents for helping with this Holidays Traditions homework assignment.
During STEAM time these last two weeks student have been working on this project based activity to show what they learned about how geography affects culture. This was a great way to wrap up our our first section of our American Indian unit. Starting with just a 3-D canoe and a longhouse made earlier in the unit, students were asked to add details to show evidence of how available natural resources influenced the Powhatan's choice of homes, occupations, transportation, and food. I was amazed at how detailed the students were in showing their evidence!