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!
It has been a blast in STREAM!
3rd grade has been busy studying weather. This week we continued to learn about hurricanes and the massive destruction they can cause. We tied this to the 3 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf by engineering houses that could withstand hurricane forces. They engineered houses made from different materials and then tested their durability with a fan. None of their houses were destroyed! Excellent engineering!
8th grade has been very busy figuring out how to modify rain barrels to reach all the beds in our vegetable and butterfly gardens. They have come up with some amazing ideas! Once they complete the modification process, the entire 8th grade class will paint their names and the year on the rain barrels.
Kindergarten read Pete the Cat and His Four Buttons and engineered a tower out of play-dough and buttons. It was so much fun! The towers they made were amazing! We definitely have some future engineers.
1st grade is continuing to explore light. They made a kaleidoscope, which creates beautiful images by using colored, translucent objects and reflective surfaces inside a long tube. Light waves enter the tube by first passing through colored objects and then are reflected inside the tube to create colorful patterns. The kaleidoscope operates using two principles of science. These would be fun to make at home on a rainy day!
4th grade read a graphic novel about roller coasters and race cars. They learned about force and motion, and friction. They then raced cars using ramps at different heights and different surfaces to see which was most effective. Ask them which height and surface worked the best.
Since 5th grade missed their field trip due to rain, they tested out a STEAM activity for me. They built towers using Keva Planks to see who could get the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk back up to his castle. They then created beautiful pieces of architecture from the planks. Here is a link to Keva Planks, http://www.kevaplanks.com/new-to-keva
8th grade will be conducting a very cool experiment. They will be creating Elephant's toothpaste, which is a foamy substance caused by the rapid decomposition of hydrogen peroxide using potassium iodide as a catalyst. How rapidly the reaction proceeds will depend on the concentration of hydrogen peroxide.
The natural dry bed in the butterfly garden has the first layer or river rock down. It is beautiful! Students have begun placing their painted rocks in the dry bed.