Rheems Elementary 2019-2020

  • STEM Bowl & Name the Rover Results, Enrichment Folders

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 3/11/2020

    3rd

    The results of the STEM Bowl were shared with Mrs. Douglas’ class today.  After playing 4 matches on Monday, our team won first place in the Lancaster-Lebanon Mini STEM Bowl!  We shared pictures with the group as well as the wind turbine that the student designed and built as part of a STEM project created by Millersville University students. 

     

    Next, I checked in with our Battle of the Books participants.  We are quickly approaching the competition and the more books they read, the better prepared they will be.  We also checked on the results of the Name the Rover Competition.  From a field of over 28,000 entries, a 13-year-old boy from Virginia wrote the winning essay, naming the Mars 2020 rover Perseverance.  We watched two videos from the name unveiling event and listened to him read his essay.  Then we completed a few problems from our Enrichment Folders.

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  • STEM Bowl Practice

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 3/4/2020

    3rd

    I checked in with students on their progress towards reading the books for the Battle of the Books competition.  Then we practiced for the STEM Bowl using a set of Eggspert buzzers!

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  • Postcrossing & STEM Bowl Practice

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 2/25/2020

    3rd

    We received a postcard from Japan, so we explored the area using Google Maps.  Then we practiced for the STEM Bowl using Mrs. Douglas’ buzzers.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the quiz bowl-style game.

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  • Postcrossing & CML

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 2/20/2020

    3rd

    We received two postcards through Postcrossing today, so we spent some time learning about those areas: Singapore and Corpus Christie, Texas.  Then we worked on some Continental Mathematics League Problems (CML) from our Enrichment Folders.

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  • Battle of the Books & Coding

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 2/13/2020

    3rd

    Students participating in the Battle of the Books took the qualifying quiz today.  As they finished, they could join the other students who were coding with the Minecraft tutorials.

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  • Penelope Perfect & Coding

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 2/10/2020

    I checked in on their progress reading books for the Battle of the Books.  On Thursday they will take the qualifying quiz.  We read and discussed the book Penelope Perfect.  Then they did some computer programming through the hour of code website: https://code.org/learn.  Students worked with either the Minecraft or the Harry Potter coding tutorial.

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  • Coding

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 2/5/2020

    3rd

    We continued working on coding today.  Students worked on the Star Wars and Dance Party tutorials.

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  • Postcrossing Display & Coding

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/31/2020

    3rd

    Today we reviewed the answers to the STEM Bowl qualifying quiz.  Then we finished creating the Postcrossing display.  Students found the locations where we either sent or received a postcard and marked them on the map.  Next, we did some computer programming through the hour of code website: https://code.org/learn.  Students worked with either the Star Wars or the Creating Art tutorial.

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  • STEM Bowl Quiz & Postcrossing Display

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/28/2020

    3rd

    Today I shared with them the finalists for the Name the Rover Competition.  They were excited      to see that the York, PA entry (Tenacity) is a finalist.  Then any students who were interested, took the qualifying quiz to participate in the Mini STEM Bowl at the IU13.  After that, they designed and built a bulletin board display to keep track of both our sent and received Postcrossing postcards.

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  • STEM Bowl Introduction & Postcrossing

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/23/2020

    3rd

        I introduced the Mini STEM Bowl competition to the students and we watched a short video on it.  We worked through a few practice problems too.  The Mini STEM Bowl is a quiz bowl style competition where teams of four students compete using buzzers to try to be the first one to get to answer questions on STEM topics.  If your student is interested in participating, we will be taking a qualifying quiz next week during our enrichment time.  We are only able to bring one team of four students to the competition at the IU13, so we need to take the quiz in order to select our team members. 

        Then we registered a postcard we received from Switzerland through Postcrossing.  Everyone was very excited to see that the sender answered some of our questions about their country.  Language = German.  Currency = Swiss Francs. 

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