East High Elementary 2019-2020

  • 11/11/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 11/11/2019

    3rd

    We finished researching information for our Airbag Landing Systems and brainstormed ideas.  A few students were able to design their chosen solutions and one student was building their Airbag Landing System. 

     

    2nd

    First, we became penguin scientists and checked in on the Antarctica researchers through their daily journal, selected a penguin nest to observe over the course of the next two months, and checked to see what the penguins are doing today through the penguin camera.  Then we answered a few questions about penguins and read chapters 2 and 3 from Waiting for Joey.

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  • 11/06/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 11/6/2019

    3rd

    I shared the Engineering Design Process with them.  Then they wrote three questions that they wanted to answer in order to design their Airbag Landing System.  After they wrote their questions, they could explore the provided materials and complete research on the computers.  One student was able to move on to brainstorming and designing.  Next time, we will all get to that step.

     

    2nd

    They read two short articles on Adelie penguins today and filled in a graphic organizer with interesting facts.  Then we became penguin scientists as we read the daily journal of Jean Pennycook, the author of Waiting for Joey, and observed the penguins using the Nest Check and Penguin Camera websites.  The students journaled about what they saw, any questions that they had, and made predications.  Each time we meet, we check in on the Adelie penguins at Cape Royds!

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  • 11/01/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 11/1/2019

    3rd Grade

        We began two new projects today.  I began by introducing a new enrichment folder project called Alien Edition.  They create a magazine documenting a new planet that was given to them.  This project connects with their Science and Government units.  They can work on it when they finish things early in class or at home, if they would like.  

        Our main project for the next month will be designing an Airbag-Landing System.  First, we read Rosie Revere, Engineer and discussed what engineers do, using a notebook, and the need to modify a design and try again.  Then we read the design brief for our Airbag-Landing System design challenge.  Students will be designing and building an airbag-landing system in the style of those used with the Spirit and Opportunity rovers.  They will try to build an airbag-landing system to protect their rover (egg) from the Martian surface (classroom floor). We watched a video animation of NASA’s airbag-landing system.  Finally, they wrote down a few questions that they want to answer when we conduct some research on the Chromebooks next week.     

     

    2nd Grade

    We also began a new project today.  Students will be learning about the Adelie penguins of Antarctica and eventually designing postcards that we will send to a researcher named Jean Pennycook.  She will return them to us stamped by the Antarctica post office! 

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  • 10/29/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 10/29/2019

    2nd and 3rd Grade

    Today we finished typing our essays for the Name the Rover Challenge!  I will submit their essays and we should find out if anyone made it to the semifinals January 9th.

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  • 10/21/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 10/21/2019

    2nd and 3rd Grade

    We worked on writing our rough drafts today.  I met with students to discuss their ideas.  As students finished their rough drafts they swapped their essay with a peer to give feedback.  Everyone made it to the point of typing their final draft.

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  • 10/09/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 10/9/2019

     2nd and 3rd Grade

    Today they worked on filling out a persuasive essay graphic organizer with their selected name and reasons why the judges should pick their name.  After meeting with me to discuss their ideas, some students began writing a rough draft.

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  • 10/04/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 10/4/2019

    2nd & 3rd Grade

    We discussed ideas for rover names, acronyms, the landing location for the Mars 2020 rover, and how to write a persuasive essay.  Students researched and brainstormed ideas for names.

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  • 9/30/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 9/30/2019

    2nd & 3rd Grade

    Today everyone researched rovers and brainstormed ideas for the Mars 2020 rover’s name.  They explored four website links to learn about the science goals for the Mars 2020 rover, the names of previous Mars rovers, and to gather more information about the Mars 2020 rover.  They watched some videos from NASA too. 

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  • 9/26/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 9/26/2019

    2nd & 3rd Grade

    We began our Space Unit today by learning about the Mars 2020 rover and a contest to name the rover.  After watching an introductory video, we reviewed the requirements for the contest.  Then we watched some short videos from NASA on rovers and brainstormed ideas.

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  • 9/23/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 9/23/2019

    3rd Grade

    Today we worked on the Continental Mathematics League (CML) problems.  These are multi-step word problems that challenge even our strongest math learners.  Then we tried a few of the logic problems.  They had a great time solving these.  Ask your student to show you a few of the problems.

     

    2nd Grade

    Today we worked on the Continental Mathematics League (CML) problems.  These are multi-step word problems that challenge even our strongest math learners.  Then we tried a few Perplexors.  These logic problems give students a story and clues to use to determine which items belong together.  Ask your student to show you a few of the problems.

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