Third grade students got to experience 'Ssuuna', a musical performer from the 'Young Audiences Arts for Learning'. His energetic performance had students and teachers out of their seats, singing, dancing, and interacting with musical instruments from his native country of Uganda. We extend much appreciation to our PTO organization who brought this learning experience to our students.
How can an elephant sit on an egg? Anything is possible in a Dr. Seuss book…or in a STEM lesson. Students all over Hershey Elementary celebrated 'Read Across America Week' and Dr. Seuss last week. In this particular challenge, third grade students created a nest that will protect an egg, even when an “elephant” is sitting on top.
Second Grade students took the Rube Goldberg Challenge. Each group was given three pieces of track, a marble, a golf ball, a tennis ball and a car. Their goal was to build an incline that would allow each of these objects to roll down the track and into the box. If completed, the track would be extended to see how they would have to change their design to reach the box again.
Last week many classrooms at the elementary building participated in a classroom Valentines exchanges. Room 18 Students, in 3rd grade, used their creativity to design valentine mailboxes and bring them to school to collect all of their goodies. We had a lot of fun celebrating this special day and spreading kindness.
Second grade students in Mr. Paukovitch's class explored and practiced math while perfecting their basketball skills. Students took turns throwing foul shots at different distances, then recorded data for the number of baskets made. After working together to add and subtract the data, they discussed the probability of making baskets from different distances. The students showed excitement while they supported each other in making baskets and applying their math skills!
First Graders from Miss Helsel’s Room came to visit Mrs. Sachs’ Kindergarteners and played with “Loose Parts”. Loose Parts are ordinary objects that the children use to construct a variety of creations with daily! This develops their creative thinking and allows every child to play with something that interests him/her! The First Graders had fun and are excited to incorporate this play into their day!
Fifth graders participated in our annual “Get Wrapped up in a Book” activity which challenges students to select and read a book they might not otherwise have discovered in the library. In preparation for this activity, more than 130 library books were wrapped by our fabulous library volunteer “elves”. Brief summaries of the books helped the students to make their selections. The students enjoyed the element of surprise and are looking forward to reading their books over winter break!
Third grade mathematicians are really getting into their work as they learn about perimeter and area as they build rectangles to scale. Students in Mrs. Snyder’s math class are developing an understanding of how area and perimeter are related and how to determine each measurement. The square foot tiles on the floor are a perfect place to model the math concepts!
Congratulations to 2nd grade teachers, Kristen Ober and Andrea Morrison, on successfully completing the National Board Certification process and becoming Nationally Board Certified teachers.
The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning. They must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show that they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.
The COCOA Council have been sharing out a message with their K-3 elementary peers of "Be KIND." This student-led group of 5th graders with awesome leadership qualities meet bi-weekly and discuss ways to build a strong school community and support our COCOA Principles. So far the outreach has been mainly in the 4th and 5th grades, with topics of bullying awareness and red ribbon. Our building themes for November and December are “Pay-it Forward” and “Inclusion.” They wanted to bring these themes to kindergarten-3rd grade classrooms by reading a book on kindness and sharing their insight with them. They also used a short slide show that they created. These themes connect into the shirts that they have seen staff wearing “be kind” and World Kindness Day on November 13th.