Second grade students in Room 24 completed the culminating activity for their unit on Balance and Motion by utilizing science concepts and the COCOA principles. Academic science concepts such as movement of spheres, acceleration, gravity, force, and friction were used to create a 22-piece foam model roller coaster. Each student took ownership of his/her learning by taking the opportunity to contribute 1 of the 22 individual pieces to complete class model. Each citizen in our science community contributed to both the physical engineering and the collaborative ideas of the roller coaster
In an effort to spread school wide kindness, Mrs. Yingling's class created a “Wall of Kindness” outside Room 51. Adults and children are invited to come by and take a note that speaks to them and add a new one to the wall for someone else. The kids are very excited and motivated to share! The ideas and positivity are overwhelming! It’s exciting to see how it is evolving! Come by and take part! We all need a little kindness every day!
Elementary students work hard during each month to earn "Hershey Passes" by showing our school COCOA Principles and postive behaviors. At the end of each month, students have the opportunity to "cash in" and choose from a menu of rewards. Some students chose to participate in a photo booth and enjoyed taking pictures together with our photo props.
Right before winter break, 5th graders had the opportunity to check out a book recommended by someone else. Over 200 library books were wrapped in preparation for this engaging activity. Books were selected by library volunteers, library staff, and other students. 5th graders who wished to participate selected a book and checked it out. Students were filled with suspense and anticipation; they had no idea what book they had chosen until they unwrapped it! These “mystery” books included a variety of fiction genres, and students seemed quite pleased with their picks. This activity was a fabulous way to introduce students to books, authors, and genres they might not typically select or read on their own. Students who enjoyed their books were encouraged to share their love of reading and recommend these books to others!