Edgeworth Elementary Library
Creative Expressions @the library
So check out what has been happening this quarter!
The Alphabet and Winter Preparations
We then used Voicethread to share our silly alphabet sentences. You can view it here!
Our next unit had us exploring nonfiction texts to understand how animals prepare for the winter. We learned that not all of our feathery and furry neighbors migrate or hibernate. Some stay here and spend much of their time hunting for food. We created ornaments for our feathery friends to help them during this chilly time. Read more about this design challenge here.
First and Second Grade Create for a Cause
The Elephant and the Ant: Opportunities to Share our Talents
In order to take this theme and apply it to our bigger community, the students created holiday cards and notes for seniors in nursing homes. Two nursing homes were selected from a list provided by the group, The Forgotten Ones: International Card Exchange. One was a local nursing home and one was a facility in the Appalachian area.
We brainstormed messages to write and then went to work using dye-cuts of winter objects, markers, pencils, paper, glue and crayons to create one-of-a-kind cards.
New Titles in the Library!
First Grade News
The students are working in groups to retell a fairy tale. After identifying the characters and setting, they sequenced the plot. Next, each person in the group selected a part of the story to illustrate. Beginning next class, students will upload a digital image of their illustration to the Little Bird Tales website and then record their retelling of the story.
Links to the finished tales will be shared when they are completed.
The next unit was Storytelling Around the World. We discussed how storytellers from long ago shared their tales. We discovered common traits of these tales such as repetitive language and enjoyed listening to stories that have stood the test of time.
Visit our wikipage to view our students performing stories in a Reader's Theater style. (Mrs. Peduzzi's and Mrs. Flower's class will be filmed and uploaded next week)
Third Grade Explores the Reference Collection
The Commonwealth of Old Pennsylvania
Beginning in February, each class will create a new and unique way to share this knowledge. You can listen to Dr. Lodge McCammon's song, The Commonwealth of Old Pennsylvania, which inspired this lesson.
The Commonwealth Of Old Pennsylvania by User 879174828
Fifth Grade Research Project
January 20th is the kickoff for 5th grade's research project!
This year we are working with the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium to create an enrichment item for some of the animals.
Enrichment items are "toys" that are introduced into an animal's space to encourage natural behaviors like foraging or to keep an animal interested and curious.
The Zoo's veterinarians identified 7 animals that could benefit from enrichment. Students will work in groups to research the animals' habitats, behaviors, and body features. This information will be necessary as they design an item.
The students may only use the materials specified by the zoo in their design. One of the biggest challenges will be to connect the pieces without using glue, tape, staples or string.
The items will then be introduced to the animals by the zoo handlers while I record the interactions. Students will view the videos and evaluate the design based upon the animals' responses.
We are using Google Classroom to share resources and documents!
A special thank you to the Edgeworth PTA for underwriting the cost of the Zoo Assembly!