There are so many amazing resources available to provide our students with enrichment, such as; websites, camps, programs, books, etc. Throughout the year check here for different resources that our students will enjoy and will also be beneficial to their cognitive and socio-emotional development.
Please feel free to email me any time with questions or concerns.
Math Prodigy- Prodigy offers 1,400+ math skills ranging from first- to third-level DOK. On the lower end, students practice fluency and knowledge of basic concepts and routine procedures. On the higher end, they interpret and understand what the question is asking.
Educators and parents use Prodigy to help elicit a deeper understanding of the underlying math principles to ensure students don’t just grasp new knowledge — but learn to apply it, too. https://www.prodigygame.com
Arcademics-Fun and free educational games for kids in K-8. Featuring multiplayer learning games, math games, language arts games, and much more!
Free Rice (personal favorite)- Free rice is free-to-play website and mobile application that allows players to donate rice to families in need by playing a multiple-choice quiz game. For every question the user answers correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated via the World Food Program.
William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.
STREAM News and Updates
Check here to find out what fun things we will be doing!
The garden is overflowing with tomatoes! The cafeteria will now be using our overflow of vegetables.
School gardens teach students how to grow and harvest their own food – which is perhaps one of the most vital skills a person can possess. Additionally, research shows working in school gardens can:
Increase students’ science achievement scores.
Improve social skills by cultivating empathy and teamwork.
Increase students’ knowledge of nutrition and their willingness to consume fresh produce.
Improve emotional literacy.
Develop a sense of community and responsibility.
Instill lifelong appreciation for the natural world.
We will also be making and marketing our own salsa straight from our gardens.
Middle school will be modifying rain barrels to water our gardens.
Please let me know if anyone would like to help with gardening. No skills needed!
What's been happening in the STREAM lab!
The STREAM lab has been super busy!
Pre-k has been doing activities and experiments that have do with the letter of the week they are learning. Last week was C, so we learned all about corn. They shucked corn while they learned the different parts of the plant. They then cooked it and ate it! This week they are learning the letter F, so we are celebrating the beginning of Fall. They conducted an experiment to see which Fall items would sink or float. They are so smart!
Last week, Kindergarten made apple volcanoes, painted with apples, and engineered apple towers. This week they will be doing experiments using their five senses. There just might be some slime involved....
1st grade is continuing to explore light. They made whirligigs, but hypothesized what would happen if they added reflective Mylar. It was really cool! We even viewed the famous portait by Jan Provoost:: The Virgin and Child in a Landscape. If you look really closely, Baby Jesus is playing with a Whirligig! https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Attributed_to_Jan_Provoost_-_The_Virgin_and_Child_in_a_Landscape_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
2nd grade is reading all about pets, animals, and habitats. They researched reptiles and amphibians in STREAM class and made habitats for them to live in using real-world objects.
3rd grade made towers from Keva planks to help get the giant back up the beanstalk. They then built an addition for the giant to his castle. Some castles even had a swimming pool!
4th grade is reading a story about the economy and marketing products. They be will creating products within their groups to market and sell in class. What a great real-world experience!
5th grade is reading about vehicles of the future. In the STREAM lab, they will engineer a vehicle of the future using various materials. I wonder what they will look like?
6th grade used Starburst and hairdryers to simulate the rock cycle. Next, they will be using sugar cubes to simulate weather and erosion.
7th grade will be doing a very cool activity based on genetics.
8th grade will be making catapults and launching mini pumpkins to further explore force and motion.
The natural dry bed in the butterfly garden has the first layer or river rock down. It is beautiful! Students are almost finished placing their painted rocks in the dry bed.