Dollarton's HapPENings

A Peak Inside our PEN Classroom

December 2015

It is hard to believe winter break is upon us and 2015 is coming to a close. We have been working hard and growing during our PEN time, and this newsletter offers a sneak peak into the projects we have been focused on. I hope that you enjoy seeing our class in action. I also hope that you and your family have a wonderful and relaxing break!

6th Grade Giving Project

Every year our 6th grade PEN students run the Barclay School Store, and the profits go to charity. This year we decided to use our profits to sponsor some local children in need and buy them gifts for the holiday. We had a lot of fun picking out the perfect gifts at Target!

2nd Grade

Our second graders have been having fun putting on their detective hats and using their problem solving skills to solve crimes. So far they have analyzed finger prints, lip prints, hair samples, liquids, and shoe prints to determine the culprit! We are looking forward to Detective Science Day on January 12th at Titus Elementary.
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3rd Grade

Our third graders have been working hard to create their PEN Facilities for their Architecture Unit. Their structures are complete, and now they are using an online program to design their floor plans. They have thought a lot about the PEN program and how the space should function, and they have created unique and effective schools. If only we could actually have them built!

4th Grade

Our 4th graders have been continuing to study the elements of creativity. They just finished the last element, elaboration, and created a Rube Goldberg machine to show what they learned. It was a lot of fun and a lot of mess, and they learned a lot about problem solving along the way! I hope you enjoy the video of their projects.
Rube Movie

5th and 6th Grade

Our 5th and 6th grade students are continuing to prepare for the LEGO Robotics competition on January 21st at Gayman Elementary. They have been vigorously working to program their robots to complete missions, while also preparing to present a project to help reduce the amount of trash that humans produce. This unit has definitely forced students to show grit, but the reward that comes with successfully completing a mission makes it worth it!