Thinking about relaxing with a picnic lunch on the beach, the PreK scholars had a job to do in Eagle U. They had to construct a waterproof container big enough to hold a sandwich and durable enough to keep that sandwich fresh for lunch. The scholars were given a box full of materials including paper plates, wax paper, tin foil, some plastic lids, pipe cleaners, and tape to create their containers. They worked in teams to create the waterproof lunch container. However, before the building began, the teams observed the materials and discussed which ones would be the best to use. The conversations and discoveries of their little minds were incredible. Each team created a container and tested it in a tub of water. One team was successful from the first construction using two plastic lids, wax paper and tape. The other teams examined what could be changed within their containers and got back at it. By the end of the session, each team built a durable waterproof container! They were ready to take their lunches to the beach. It was a great last session for the Eagle U Pre-Kers. Throughout the summer, a spark was lit within their thinking brains as they learned how to solve problems by trial and error, work together as a team and listen to each other for ideas. They also gained a great deal of reasoning skills that allowed them to become brilliant engineers!
1st grade has been busy these last two weeks learning all about farms! Students have really enjoyed building a model fence for Old McDonald. We began this expedition by brainstorming the various types of fences and their uses, students then sketched a “blueprint” of what they hoped our classroom fence would look like, and built a smaller version of it on their own. We then worked as a class to vote on the best model that met all of the criteria and got busy creating it on a larger scale. 1st graders successfully built a rectangle fence out of popsicle sticks, clothespins, and clay. After we were done building we measured our fence using paper clips. Our fence measured 1 ½ paper clips tall and 20 paper clips long! Old McDonald’s animals are safe because of the teamwork and planning of our 1st graders.
The basketball class this session has been focused on improving ball handling skills, passing, and shooting techniques. Dribbling was the priority the first couple days and the students improved greatly. Next, the students worked on passing and shooting by participating in layup and passing drills, and shooting games such as “Around the World” and “Knockout”. These games created a fun yet competitive environment. Once the basics were established and understood, we started games of 2 on 2. This allowed the students to get the feel for how an actual game would play out. It was also an opportunity to teach defensive skills. Throughout the week the students enjoyed themselves while developing a love and understanding for the game of basketball.
Eat. Sleep. Play volleyball…The Eagle U volleyball team had a great time learning the ins and outs of the game, while working together as a team and learning the importance of team spirit and sportsmanship. They became skilled passers as we worked on passing each day through fun drills and games. It was exciting to see the students giving each other tips on how to pass correctly by the end of the session. Also, they learned the basics of setting, spiking, and serving. Along with practice each day, the students were able to see the game in action as they watched many Penn State Women’s volleyball games and the USA Men’s team. They were amazed and some inspired to try out for volleyball in high school.
RCS CSI Students Solved the Case!
Felix Navidad was found dead in his home on Monday, August 10th. RCS CSI students were quick to be on the case. They surveyed the crime and broke it down into sections. Each piece of evidence was photographed and documented. Later in the lab, students created an evidence and suspect board. Pieces of evidence were tested for fingerprint analysis, ph balance, scents, and more. Based on the evidence, students came to a conclusion and solved the case. Kendra Goode won't be out of jail anytime soon. Students then set off and documented their case through narratives. Students shared their narratives with the class. What a great group of detectives!