Spanish Class News
Ms. Rauland is mixing technology with traditional learning in Spanish class. On the left, the girls are working at one of the vocab stations to sort words into the four article groups (el, la los, las). The right picture is of students working at the listening station on their ipads to work on pronunciation of the unit's vocabulary words.
Valentine's Day Fun in Second Grade
Valentine's day was full of fun activities in 2nd grade! For math, we sorted candy hearts into groups and then made a bar graph to show our results. We also did a lot of estimating activities such as "how many candy hearts would it take to make a foot?" and "how many candy hearts can you balance on your desk before they fall over?" We wrapped up our day with our Valentine's party where we exchanged valentine cards and played a few games such as pass the tissue paper heart and heart lava.
Valentines in Spanish Class
The kids in Spanish classes spent the class period learning Spanish vocabulary related to Valentine's Day, creating an acrostic poem and eating some sweet treats!
First grade students joined 2nd through 4th grade in a special day learning about the Arctic. After learning about the amazing animals that live there, our class wanted to create a BIG bulletin board about them! The students traced large pictures from a projected image onto paper. They carefully added details and a little color. The result is very COOL indeed!
Grades 4K though 4th grade attended Camp-Read-A-Lot during their library class recently. The students bought blankets, pillows and stuffed animals and made themselves comfortable around the “campfire”. A tent and twinkling stars (Christmas lights) helped the students imagine they were on a campout. They listened to campfire stories and participated in chants.
Fifth through eighth grade students at Traver School participated in an “Amazing Race”-style activity last Wednesday as part of “Day 6” activities. Instead of a race around the world, they raced around Traver School.
Students were introduced to the “Amazing Race” concept via YouTube videos and were instructed on how the Traver version would be played. Students were then put into mixed-grade level teams of three and handed their first of many envelopes they would receive during the race.
The teams ripped open their first clue and were off! Students had to answer questions about European countries, then use the clue to arrive at the correct classroom. If they found the correct classroom, the staff member in the room would give them an envelope to their next clue.
Some envelopes led to challenges of physical and mental ability, such as a game called Kub (from Sweden) or a game on the Internet that challenged knowledge about identifying European countries.
After answering all the questions and completing all the challenges, students completed the final challenge by alphabetizing all fifty European country names. And, by the way, they had to figure out that alphabetizing was what they were supposed to do with fifty slips of paper!
The winning team was Zander, Rigo, and William F. They finished in one hour, three minutes. The other teams averaged about one hour, forty minutes to complete the race. Unfortunately, three teams got stuck in challenges and didn’t finish in the time allotted.
Wondering what “Day 6” is? Day 6 is Traver’s modified six-day schedule that allows the fifth through eighth graders to meet in the morning all together. About once a month, students meet all day for more activities. Themes of Day 6 curriculum are based on global awareness and issues. The middle school team strives to bring in speakers to help students learn different perspectives as well.
Students choose sessions hosted by the middle school team on various topics on a given theme. This year’s theme is “Our World: Part II-Europe and South America”.
This is the fourth year of Day 6 activities. Past themes were: “The Earth Will Be Yours--What Will You Do With It?”, “Living in the 21st Century and Beyond”, and “Our World: Part I-Africa and Asia”.
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