On Thursday, June, 4th, 19 second grade students stepped back in time and transformed into some AMAZING American leaders! The afternoon started with a the dedication to our beautiful new Freedom Shrine that was donated by the Exchange Club and the Boy Scouts of America. Guests then walked from the cafeteria to visit the shrine, and then into the media center where they could walk about freely and visit various leaders. The leaders did an amazing job of portraying their self-selected leader in front of an authentic audience of their peers, parents, and various members of the community! I was beaming all day at how well the students presented themselves! Congratulations second grade students!
Stepping Back in Time!
For the remainder of the year the second grade GATE students will be learning about leadership. To do this properly we must go back to the time of our Fathers. This week the students listened to a story about three different colonial figure-heads and identified different character traits/attributes that made them great leaders. We will also take a quick look at the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. The students will then choose an American leader, research him/her and present on June 4th as a celebration of learning during a ceremony for our brand new "Freedom Shrine." Stay tuned for details!
A Fantastic Day for an Amazing STEM Fair!
Today (4/11/15) students from our second grade GATE groups participated in the Washington County STEM Fair that was held at Hagerstown Community College. The students were amazing ambassadors of STEM learning and far exceeded my expectations in sharing their knowledge with those who visited! I am beyond proud of all of the students and thank all of the parents/guardians who made their child's participation possible! Here are just a few snapshots from the day!
This week the students learned how to test soil for organic matter. I'll bet that you are wondering why we need to test for organic matter or even what organic matter is?? If you are then come and see us on April 11th at the S.T.E.M. Fair that will be held at Hagerstown Community College!
This week the students had to write about their worms. They created "sloppy copies" or rough drafts and then ventured into the computer lab to type their writing. The students had to name the parts of a real worm, explain how worms help us, and then explain the extra part that they gave their worm and how it would help the worm perform it's job.
The students have been doing a lot of research to better understand the structure of worms so that they can understand how worms help us. This week, they were challenged to put that knowledge to the test. The students were challenged to create a "super worm!" The studetns had to create a worm with all 8 essential worm parts that our worms do have AND add one new part/adaptation that will help the worm do its job even better! The students are now working on a writing piece that will explain their new worm. Check them out!
Researching the "structure" of worms!
This week researched and analyzed the "structure" of worms. You may be asking yourself why are we doing this? The answer would be that to be an expert on worm composting, we need to learn everything we can about our worms so that we can provide the best possible habitat for them so that they can produce rich compost/soil for us! The students will use this knowledge to perfect the worm bin design that they created.