Sunday, November 4, 2018

STEAM Lab 2018-19 Week 10

A great week for creative expression in the STEAM lab!

K-2 were all about Robo-retells this week! BeeBots and OZOBOTS were the zipping around student-made story maps for The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns and P. D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? Students also put in some time on a little Pair Programming in their courses.

3rd - 5th grade had practice sessions for the Bebras Critical Thinking Challenge, so every day brought a new group to the lab except for Wednesday. For Halloween the STEAM Lab classes worked in Scratch creating spooky games and animations!

K-2 Name That Book Club is making rapid progress with their book list; lead readers finished their 17th book before everyone headed out for their Friday Book Buddy read-aloud.

Monarch Heroes have reached the ½ point towards their fall Monarch Money goal and will start painting their new garden beds next week.

Next week 3rd – 5th will be cycling through again, this time to participate in the actual Bebras Challenge! Good luck, Panthers!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

STEAM Lab 2018-19 Week 9

It was a big week for Arts Education at Piney Point!

The Alley Theatre brought their show Oskar and the Big Bully Battle to the whole school on Monday, Kinder and 1st grade attended a Musiqa performance at the Hobby Center and 4th grade had their second meeting with their Arts Partners from MET Dance.
In the STEAM Lab we started a new rotation that focuses on integrating literature. The primary students read the Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns and made their own BeeBot mats to practice retelling the story. The 3rd grade broke into groups based on their choice of story and created literal story maps for their Robo-retells! They used the OZOBOTS to retell stories from Chris Van Allsburg and Eric Carle.
Students continue to work towards their programming goals in; the 5th grade in particular made really outstanding progress this week!

Next week 3rd-5th grade will be working through the practice session for the Bebras Critical Thinking challenge!