Our Medieval China STEAM project was based around the voyages of Zheng He. A famous Chinese admiral who led 7 voyages with over 25,000 crew members and 300 ships. They sailed as far as Africa, bringing back treasures of jewels, gold, and exotic animals such as giraffes, lions, and rhinoceroses. The students built their version of these enormous treasure ships that could be 210 feet wide and 500 feet long.
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
The djembe drum was created in West Africa approximately 400-800 years ago. It is an open goblet shaped drum traditionally made of a single piece of African hardwood with animal skin pulled taunt as the drumhead. There are many oral stories passed down through generations explaining the history of the drum. One definition includes the phrase, “Everyone Gather Together”. This describes the joy these drums have added to our class.
Friday, March 25, 2022
The students enjoyed practicing rhythmic patterns with scarves and balls to Leroy Anderson’s Syncopated Clock music.
While studying an overview of Islam during the Medieval Period, students learned about merchant commerce and the trade routes. The students created Caravan Board Games, using materials (gold, jewels...) found in the Maker Space. They created rules for their game and designed their grid on large tiles. Some students also created a Caravan Cart. "It was really fun making my own board game," remarked a student.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Friday, December 3, 2021
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Electronic Snap Circuits are a favorite during our math center time. Through exploration building and experimenting, the children have figured out how a circuit works, and how to problem solve connections when not working. They have also figured out that if they add additional batteries and create the shortest circuit possible, the lights will be brighter and the fan will spin so fast, it will fly off its post and hit the ceiling. Collaboration on builds, has encouraged better listening skills, and additional practice with our friendship and social skills. Sometimes it even inspires "The Happy Dance!"
Our Medieval China STEAM project was based around the voyages of Zheng He. A famous Chinese admiral who led 7 voyages with over 25,000 crew ...
As we prepared to enter the 90-Second Newbery video contest, the children read the book, Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt De La Pena....
Growth mindset describes a way of viewing challenges and setbacks. People who have a growth mindset believe that even if they struggle with ...
Ms. Angela's Dragon Eye Art Project using air dry clay, markers and glass "eyes." The children were very excited to share the...