Sunday, September 19, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Coding, and Science, and Art, Oh my!
Another set of awesome classes doing excellent work made the short week fly by. Ms. Allende, Ms. Nicholson, Ms. Mosquera, Ms. Reilly, Mr. Torres, and Ms. Pena's classes were in the lab this week. K-2 got acquainted with Code.org while 3-5 let their imaginations run wild coding in Scratch.
All classes went out to do the sun investigations: sun print, shadow clock and a comparison of temperatures in the shade vs. the direct sunlight. Students were shocked how very dramatic the difference was! When we reviewed all our results the next day we acted out the rotation and revolution of the earth as well.
Green Heroes completed their first campus clean-up and 4th grade Hero Helpers did all their data collection and calculations; Monarch Heroes toured the habitats, learned the Monarch Song, the life cycle, and to identify the 5 most common butterflies in our area! 4th and 5th grade Hero Helpers stepped in to assist all 8 Monarch Hero classes with their Monarch Money envelopes. Hopefully, cooler temperatures will allow these Helpers to get outside and assist in the habitats as well.
GT classes have been hard at work preparing for their various performances. 5th grade is staging a mini-show for Constitution Day, 4th grade finished the props and has their lines memorized, so just a few more touches to the set are required. Second grade is in full rehearsal and can't wait to take the stage. First and 3rd grade won't be far behind! GT finished the week with a fantastic guest speaker, Ms. Lily Dove, a polar oceanographer from CalTech. She sent us an experiment to do beforehand that was an excellent review of mixtures, solutions, and density as well as a great introduction to her work on sea ice changes.
Next week is only 3 days, but I am sure our Panthers will accomplish all sorts of amazing things!
Monday, September 6, 2021
Another week packed with fantastic student effort!
Sunday, August 29, 2021
A stellar start to the new school year!
I was delighted to welcome: Ms. Colmenero, Ms. Maldonado, Ms. James, Ms. Martin, Ms. Lee, and Ms. Purvey's classes - the first classes in the lab since 3/12/2020!
This year's theme in STEAM Lab is GROW
and our first rotation is focused on investigating and exploring attributes of the sun. We made sun prints, a shadow clock, and 4th and 5th created mini planetariums. Of course we worked in Code.org (K-5), pushed our creative coding with the new Getting Unstuck curriculum for Scratch (3-5), and had a blast on Free Build Friday with blocks, LEGO Bricks, or art.
Kinder Green Heroes, 1st Monarch Heroes, and 4th grade Hero Helpers were introduced to their Eco-School Green Jobs, but it was just too scorching for 5th grade Monarch Mentors and 3rd grade Water Wardens to be out for theirs unfortunately.