GPS Learning Commons December News

Hour of Code!

GPS scouts will again participate in the Hour of Code sponsored by Code.org. Each child will have the opportunity to learn about coding in two 30 minute session in the learning commons. Ms. Stepp and Ms. Byars will be leading the lessons using materials we obtained while attending a Code.org workshop. We will also once again us the Bee Bots that our GPS PTO purchased for our students last fall. You can see some of the activities and listen to testimonials on the importance of coding at this link. Be sure to ask you Scout what they are learning!

RESEARCH

Scouts are learning the basics of Research

GPS scouts have been researching many different topics this year. Second grade has researched Native Americans and the regions they lived in. Some first grade classes have researched winter in SC and shared their learning on a global google drive! Other first graders researched the Pilgrims and Native Americans. Kindergarten students have even researched pumpkin life cycles! Here is a wonderful visual of things to keep in mind as you research. This visual was borrowed from a colleague, Sharon Matney, who is a teacher librarian in a neighboring Lexington district.


GPS students are using the Super 3 research model. We plan, do and review!

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Reading Activities for the holidays!

The winter holidays are a great time to create low-key learning opportunities centered around books, storytelling, writing, and family adventures. While your child is out of school, take some family time to try some of these activities to show your child how important reading and writing are to you!


Click here for some ideas from Reading Rockets!


Click here for some activities with picture books!


Click here for 15 things to do over break!