May 4

This week we prepared for the Maker Faire by creating “kits” that our friends could try for themselves. This involved a lot of problem-solving, team work, and- of course- creativity! We have such an incredible assortment of talent. Each student/team will host a “Creation Station” on May 12th, where they teach people how to make jewelry, build video games, make Mind Bender games, build fairy houses and decor, create their own slime… We will do a trial run on Thursday with parents, to see how it will all be laid out and presented on Saturday.

In Reading we worked on Penpal letters, letter construction, and spelling. Students have been taking turns reading aloud during Math Gnomes, learning new words, like Shepherd, which I realized is literally “sheep herder” shortened… I always wondered about that weird spelling!

In Math we continued with Math Assessments and worked on regrouping to add and subtract, as well as multiplication tricks. On Thursday we continued with Math Gnomes, looking at grouping to multiply and divide, as well as learning key summary skills.

On Tuesday we did a run through of the whole play (on script) to see how long the play should take. Students worked with partners on individual scenes, which is what we will do for the new few weeks, until lines are down. We talked about stage directions and set building, which we will start to design soon.

In the afternoon we worked on Go Karts, working on painting the body, drilling in the steering disk, as well as drilling holes for wheels. We will have a rally soon, once they are tested and painted with lightening strikes! I was really impressed with team work, as well the way each team was planning the next stages of the project.

On Wednesday we had an extended Art class, creating self portraits, and learning to trace work to practice new skills.

In the afternoon we cooked Rice Crispy Squares. Yum!

No Class Friday…


MAKER FAIRE 11-2 next weekend! May 12th Cobble Hill Youth Hall and Stu Armor Hall.


Published by zomacreative

While I have always looked towards teaching for my profession, it was the two years as I spent in Japan an ESL teacher that convinced me I had found my calling. I enjoy the challenges we face in the classroom—the variety of learning styles, the creative versus the scientific mind—and see the day-to-day impact that teachers have on students’ lives. In my own classroom I try to create a sense of excitement and adventure. I strongly advocate for Multiple Intelligence as a central pedagogy.

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