• How Do Animals Stay Warm?

    Posted by Sarah Matheny on 2/11/2020 2:00:00 PM

    In Kindergarten and First Grade we are learning about how animals stay warm. We began by learning how penguins are able to survive in the coldest climate on earth. By huddling together and changing positions from the center to the outer edge, penguins keep each other warm. We tried this out ourselves and boy oh boy did it get warm inside that huddle. 

    In first grade we tested out gloves and how they hold the heat our bodies produce to keep us warm. We tested our thinking by measuring the temperature of an empty glove and then after a classmate wore it during a story. It worked!

    Kindergarten listened to the story The Mitten by Jan Brett and then got to experience being inside a gigantic mitten with their entire class!!! Again, we learned about how our bodies create heat to keep us warm.

    Take a look at some of our kindergarten classes below in their giant class size mitten! (All kindergaten classes participated, I just forgot to take a picture. Oops!)

    M m1 m3

     

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  • Dash the Robot

    Posted by Sarah Matheny on 1/14/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Thanks to the Pottsgrove Education Foundation for awarding us a set of Dash and Dot robots! We are now able to work with all students K-2 to build problem solving skills in a fun and engaging way! This week we learned how Dash the robot works, how it uses bluetooth technology and why, and explored the robot. Utilizing our partners we figured out how to do all sorts of amazing things! We are looking forward to many more exciting experiences ahead! Thank you Pottsgrove Education Foundation!

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  • Force, Friction, Gravity, Oh My...

    Posted by Sarah Matheny on 1/10/2020 8:00:00 AM

    In the library we learned about Rube Goldberg. He was famous for his cartoons depicting very complicated ways of doing simple things. We created very complicated ways to ring a bell in the library all while learning first hand about force, friction, weight, and incline. Take a look at some of our work in the video below.

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  • Book Character Parades (First and Second Grades)

    Posted by Sarah Matheny on 11/19/2019 6:00:00 PM
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  • Insects on Parade in Kindergarten

    Posted by Sarah Matheny on 11/19/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Continuing our study of bats, we learned what they eat. As a class, students drew 100 insects. They drew like a scientist including 3 main body parts (head, thorax, abdomen) and 6 legs. Later, our kindergarten classes made insect puppets and put on an insect parade. Take a look at our parade in the video below. 

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  • Bats, Echolocation, Oh MY!!!

    Posted by Sarah Matheny on 10/27/2019 9:00:00 PM

    In library we learned about bats and how they use echolocation to find where they are and what they will eat. Using the book Nightsong by Ari Berk and a few informative videos, we mimicked bat behavior in the library. Turning out the lights, our bats hunted for insects sending out their signal and listening for it to echo back. 

    Practicing Echolocation

     

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  • STEAM Day in the Library

    Posted by Sarah Matheny on 10/27/2019 9:00:00 PM

    In the Library, we worked with LEGO WeDo 2.0 robots! Students wrote and manipulated programs to run LEGO rovers using an iPad. Using block like code, students added sounds, moved the rover forward and backward, raced each other and tried to do everything without touch the rover!

    Take a look at the video to see us in action!

    Robots in the Library

     

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  • We read the book The Dot...

    Posted by Sarah Matheny on 10/27/2019 9:00:00 PM
    Students created a beautiful and meaningful art display in the hallway this month. In the Library, they were read the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Students discussed the story and thought about all the ways they have been helpful to other children. Each child made their own dot and it was hung in the hallway. In Computers, the second graders typed how they can be helpful while learning to use Microsoft Word. As students pass by their dot each day it reminds them to always be helpful! 
    Click on the link below for a retelling of the story and reflection on how students can be helpful to each other. 
     
     
    The Dot Book
     
     
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