We spent most of second semester working on TAG fair. We researched for two months using resources from the AEA and the school library. After the students had their notecards, they organized their information into paragraphs. They added the info and pictures to their tri-fold. We used the Cricut to cut out the titles. Then the students organized their paragraphs into a speech. The students spent time memorizing their speeches, and we attended the Fair at PAC HS. Matthew Hardy, Airplanes, and Adlen Wheelock and Case Korleski, 9/11, tied for Best in Show for 3rd grade. They each won a medal with their name on it. Great job everyone!
Adlen Wheelock wasn’t even born when airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City.
But on a recent weekday morning, Wheelock and fellow South Central Calhoun Elementary School third-grader Case Korleski spoke knowledgably about the terrorist attack, as part of their informative speech they would give later that day at Pocahontas Middle and High School. Members of the SCC Talented and Gifted program, the students were the youngest competitors at the event, going up against fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students, teacher Marleta Smith said.
The students began working on their speech projects in January, first writing down a few topics they were interested in researching and talking about.
A group of South Central Calhoun Elementary School students tried their hands at engineering before the holiday break.
Marleta Smith, the school’s technology and talented and gifted teacher, saw an online posting offering schools the chance to teach some engineering concepts by taking apart and reassembling a Dyson vacuum. She requested a kit and received a vacuum with eight heads that the children could work with, as well as some instructions about how the parts fit together.
“On Tuesday, we had our instructions,” she told the group on a December morning not long before the holiday break. “We dismantled it. Today, we do not have our instructions. We’ll see if we can put it back together.”
Students took turns, with each trying to place the next part. One bit stumped them for several minutes, but after a few tries and testing new ideas, they found the right way to put the parts together.
We are going to start the year with some robotics and coding. We will receive the materials below for two weeks (four Sphero balls, one hummingbird robotics kit, one Recon 6.0 Programmable Rover Robot, one Pro-Bot kit, and three lego mindstorm EV3). Watch the videos on each piece of technology and write a post about your top two choices you would like to work on. We will work in groups of two or three. You will get to spend one week working on each choice. We will start our plans this week.
We are beginning research and projects on heroes. Last week, we talked about what makes a hero: kindness, generosity, forgiveness, joy and peace. The students wrote their thoughts on the question: Do you think that the character of a hero is as important as the heroic deed itself? To help explain what that meant, I gave the students this situation.
A man is robbing a bank. As he exits the building, he sees a car accident and drops the money bags to help the person in the car and saves her life. Is his character (being a robber) as important as the heroic deed (saving a life)?