4/14/2018 7:27:00 AM Integrating science and language arts at Pelican Elementary
During the months of February and March, first graders at Pelican Elementary School participated in an integrated science and language arts unit. This unit was not only cross-categorical, it also involved collaborative conversations and problem solving. The first graders worked in small groups to make predictions, hypotheses, and to complete hands-on activities such as examining and dissecting a lima bean.
Throughout this two-month unit, first graders explored animal and plant adaptations. For example, students discovered how animals use different body parts and/or behaviors to protect themselves from predators as well as to find and catch their prey. First graders also examined the different parts of plants and how those parts help the plant live and grow. The students also examined different photographs and used knowledge gained from multiple resources to compare and contrast parent animals and their young and to find similarities and differences within one animal species.
With every science-based concept, the first graders listened to nonfiction and fiction texts focused on the topic for that lesson. These were some of the resources the students used to gather their information, but also these resources were used to guide the first graders into learning and applying several reading-based standards; such as collecting information from both illustrations and text and asking and answering questions about key details in a text. This new unit was an engaging approach for students to master both science and reading standards and one the Pelican first grade teachers plan to implement again.
NCES Math Project Day
The students at Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) have been hard at work. NCES prides itself in having students demonstrate their learning through shared projects. They recently welcomed families in to see the students' learning of math through real-world activities. The students showed families how to build scale models, plant gardens using area and perimeter, determine the size and distances of different Wisconsin counties, build a dinosaur park using time, measurement, addition, and arrays, measure a snowboarders distance and speed, and build and identify 3-D shapes. The students had a great time showing off their projects to their families.
The World of AIS
Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Coordinator Stephanie Boismenue recently visited fifth-grade classrooms at Central Intermediate School to introduce the students to the world of AIS. She had plenty of hands-on tools and preserved critters to help actively engage the students in a fun, learning experience and prepare them for the seventh annual Northwoods' Invasive Species poster contest. Students learned about a variety of aquatic invasive species that are living in the Great Lakes, area lakes and streams.
In the month of March, the third-grade students at Pelican Elementary were given a special project to complete at home. Each student created a timeline that showcased important events that happened in his/her life.
The students were given two options of how they wanted to create the timeline. They could fill out a timeline worksheet or create a picture timeline. Each timeline reflected the unique qualities of each student and it was a wonderful way for the students to be able to share some special stories about their lives.
The timeline project was part of a unit that focused on biographies of famous historical Americans. The project also provided families an opportunity to feel more involved in their child's education. Throughout the school year, the third graders were assigned various projects that encourage families to spend some quality time together at home. The staff at Pelican School believe that the child-parent relationship is central to a child's success in school and overall well-being.
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