East High Elementary 2019-2020

  • Snowflake Science, Bee Hotel Design, Mystery Powders

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 3/11/2020

    2nd

    First, we 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 started our Snowflake Science unit.  I had hoped to start it with snow on the ground, but it doesn’t seem to be happening this year.  I read the book Snowflake Bentley to them and we discussed it.  Then they completed a cause and effect worksheet.

     

     

    KPM

    Today we continued working on designing our Bee Hotel for solitary bees.  We researched two types of solitary bees, mason and carpenter bees, and sketched ideas for the hotel. 

     

     

    3rd

    First, 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.  Then I shared the results of the STEM Bowl with our class.  After playing 4 matches on Monday, our 3rd grade team won first place in the Lancaster-Lebanon Mini STEM Bowl!  I also shared pictures with the group.

     

    Next, we 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 I introduced our Mystery Powders unit.  The students need to identify five white mystery powders.  We started with discussing how scientists solve problems and explaining the scientific method.  Then we talked about possible ways to identify the mystery powders.  Last, the students looked at the powders and worked on making guesses (hypothesis).

     

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  • Coding, STEM Bowl, & CSMP

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 3/4/2020

    2nd

    Today was our last day coding.  Students created their own Minecraft games using block-based computer coding.  Great job!

     

    KPM

    Today we worked on CSMP math problems.  After working through 6 pages, I assigned another 6 for them to do.

     

    3rd

    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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  • The Bee Tree, Postcrossing, & STEM Bowl

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 2/25/2020

    2nd

    We received a postcard from Japan, so we explored the area using Google Maps.  Then we registered our postcard from Singapore and designed a way to hang it up on the wall.   

     

    KPM

    We started the STEM project portion of The Bee Tree unit today.  First, we looked for various examples of 3D shapes in the room.  Then we learned a little about the differences between solitary bees and bees that live in a colony.  I introduced the available materials for the project and then we moved to the brainstorming phase where designs are sketched.

     

    3rd

    We received a postcard from Japan, so we explored the area using Google Maps.  Then we hung up our postcard from Corpus Christi, Texas.  Last, we did a STEM Bowl simulation.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the quiz bowl-style game.

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  • The Bee Tree, Postcrossing, & CML

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 2/20/2020

    2nd

    We reviewed some of their CSMP material today.  Then we read the note emailed to us from the postcard that we sent to Germany through Postcrossing.  We received two postcards, from Singapore and Corpus Christi, Texas, so we looked up some information about those areas.

     

    KPM

    We continued working on the Bee Tree unit.  We figured out the lesson of the story through the creation of a flip-flap book.  Then we explored onomatopoeia words and wrote some examples.  Last, we read some more from the Spider Kane book.

     

    3rd

    First, I shared the results of the Battle of the Books qualifying quiz.  Then we read the note emailed to us from the postcard that we sent to Germany through Postcrossing.  We received two postcards, from Singapore and Corpus Christi, Texas, so we looked up some information about those areas.  We registered the postcard from Corpus Christi and sent her a short note.  Last, we worked on a few Continental Mathematics League (CML) problems from our enrichment folders.

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  • The Bee Tree, Battle of the Books, and Coding

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 2/13/2020

    2nd & KPM

    Today we met as a group because of the early dismissal.  We read the story The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco.  We discussed the story, vocabulary words, and how to determine the lesson or central message of a story. 

     

    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 Star Wars or Dance Party 2 tutorials.

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  • Penelope Perfect & Coding

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 2/10/2020

    2nd

    We read the book Penelope Perfect and discussed perfectionism.  Then we did some coding with the Minecraft tutorials.

     

    KPM

    We read chapter four of Spider Kane and discussed the questions from the packet.  Then we worked on critical thinking skills by completing some Picture Patterns.  Last, we completed another picture in our Scribble Journal.

     

    3rd

    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 Star Wars or the Dance Party 2 coding tutorial.

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  • Coding & a Novel Study

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 2/5/2020

    2nd

    Today we continued coding.  Students worked on the various Minecraft tutorials.

     

    KPM

    We discussed chapter 3 and reviewed the answers to the questions in the packet.  Then we worked on using our problem-solving skills to create an innovation.  One student example was a lunch box that glows and buzzes when it is time for lunch!

     

    3rd

    I checked in on the students participating in the Battle of the Books qualifying quiz.  They have read a lot of books!  Next, we reviewed the answers to the STEM Bowl qualifying quiz.  We will find out who made it on the team next week.  Then students continued working on coding using tutorials such as Star Wars and Flappy Bird.

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  • Postcrossing, Coding, & a Novel Study

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/31/2020

    2nd

    We finished writing our postcard to the Netherlands!  They included information on local foods, weather, and animal.  The students were excited to see it finished and ready to be sent.  Then we did some computer programming through the hour of code website: https://code.org/learn.  Students worked with one of the Mincraft tutorials. 

     

    KPM

    We continued working on the novel study today.  After reading chapter two, we colored in a picture of one of the main characters based on the description in the book.  Then we answered some questions.  The novel study will be worked on in class and I will continue to check in when we meet.

     

    3rd

    We worked on some more coding today with the two Dance Party tutorials on code.org.  The students loved sharing their creations with each other.  They had to use their problem-solving skills to debug their code quite a few times today. 

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  • Postcrossing, Coding, & a Novel Study

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/28/2020

    2nd

    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 we used the Postcrossing website to get an address to send a postcard.  We will be sending a postcard to the Netherlands!  After learning about the Netherlands and our recipient, each student picked a topic.  Then they wrote a few sentences about their topic.  I combined all of their entries into one postcard.  We will finish writing it next time.

     

    KPM

    Today we started a novel study of the book Spider Kane and the Mystery Under the May-Apple by Mary Pope Osborne.  After doing a preview of the book and a picture walk for chapter one, we read chapter one and answer a few questions in the novel study packet.

     

    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 students finished the quiz, they continued working on coding using the Dance Party coding tutorials.

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  • Coding, Postcrossing, & Critical Thinking

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/24/2020

    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 they continued coding using the Dance Party or a Minecraft tutorial.

     

    2nd

    Today some students were out, so we are going to wait to write our first postcard until they come back.  I shared some videos and other information about mail in order to answer the rest of the questions from our KWL chart.  Then we explored the Postcrossing website and we added some information to on what we want to learn.

     

    KPM

    We worked on some more Picture Patterns and the Scribble Journal today.  Next time we will start a novel study.

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