If you walked the halls of the elementary building during the month of March, you'd see international decorations and artwork by students covering the walls. We recently celebrated the International Fair with Kindergarten through 5th grades. Excitement filled the air as students learned about different cultures with classroom presentations and International Fair Family Night.
In the beginning of the school year there was an overwhelming need for our students in Mrs. Paukovitch's 2nd grade class to improve their focusing and attending skills. Mrs. Paukovitch sought assistance from Mrs. Stewart, who was already supporting several of Mrs. Paukovitch's students. As they collaborated, they decided to expand lessons to involve the entire classroom.
In the fall, two lessons were presented in the classroom that addressed the basic sensory systems and how use of these systems are important for learning. The students also learned about how use of the same sensory systems can make it challenging to learn. A variety of learning tools were provided for classroom use. Students were taught rules of how to use the tools to enhance their learning. Their motivation planted a seed that grew into an opportunity for them to make their own stress ball fidget during a co-teaching math lesson. Two follow-up lessons occurred which emphasized the different types of learning tools that are available in the classroom. These tools addressed the need for movement, oral needs, auditory sensitivity, visual distractions and the need to touch items. Students discussed the importance of individual needs and they demonstrated good understanding of specific tools that met his/her needs at different times of the school day.
Room 22 students were nominated for a COCOA award for Ownership and received the award during the February COCOA assembly.
Congratulations to the students in Room 22 for their dedication to learning!
Third grade students in Room 18 had their first Junior Achievement visit today. Mr. Dillon from Hershey Entertainment volunteered to teach students about the community, local businesses and career opportunities. These lessons help us gain a better understanding of the world around us while reinforcing class curricula. In this picture, students designed businesses and decided which type of zone they would be found in the community.
Mrs. Yingling's Community Contribution
Room 51 participated in Penny Wars in an effort to raise money to donate to the Hershey Middle School Mini THON. Room 51 is ready to present the "check". The goal was to dance for 5 minutes for every $10 raised! They will be dancing during indoor recess. This demonstrates a great sense of community and...It was fun too!
If you walked down the third grade hallway this week you would've seen
students excitedly dropping money in containers placed outside the
classrooms. Why? These students were working to help their community by
raising money to support the Harrisburg Humane Society and the local Derry
Township Community Cat program. After collecting the money, the students used their academic math skills to carefully count and add all of the money raised. A grade total of $2,2015.00 has been raised! Great work third grade!