East High Elementary 2019-2020

  • Coding, Postcrossing, and Critical Thinking

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/21/2020

    3rd

       The Name the Rover results have been posted, so we visited the website to see who is representing Pennsylvania from K-4 entries across the state.  A student from York, PA made it to the semifinal round with the name Tenacity.  We checked out the rest of the rover names that made it for each level; K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.  We also read the winning essay for PA from each level.  We will check back at the end of January to see which names made it to the finals!  Then we did some computer programming through the hour of code website: https://code.org/learn.  Students worked with either the Dance Party or the Make a Flappy Game tutorial.

     

    2nd

    I introduced our Postcrossing project (sending postcards around the world) by reading the story The Day the Crayons Came Back.  We completed a KWL chart along with the story to document what the students already knew about postcards, what they wanted to know, and what they learned from reading the story.  Next time, we will take a closer look at the Postcrossing website and write our first postcard! 

     

    KPM

    We spent some time on “getting to know you” activities as well as an introduction to my classroom.  Then we worked on critical thinking and spatial skills with Picture Patterns.  We also worked on creative problem solving by completing a few pages in our Scribble Journals.  This activity has students turning a scribble into a different picture.

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  • Penguins & Postcrossing

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/14/2020

    3rd

    We checked in on the penguins for one final time today.  The researchers are leaving Antarctica for the season and won’t be back until November, 2020.  Then I introduced the Postcrossing website to the students.  We will be learning about places around the world through sending and receiving postcards.  Today we looked at a postcard that came from the Czech Republic, then we wrote a postcard to someone in Germany.  The class was split into three groups and each group picked a topic to write about.  They did some research on Germany and wrote 1-2 sentences to be included in our postcard. 

     

    2nd

    We checked in on the penguins for one final time today.  The researchers are leaving Antarctica for the season and won’t be back until November, 2020.  Then we analyzed our graph of penguin feeding habits during the breeding season.  Students wrote down questions based on the graph and we discussed how they would go about answering those questions as researchers. 

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  • Antarctica Penguins

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 1/9/2020

    3rd

    Today I checked in with them on their reading progress for the Battle of the Books.  Then we checked in on our penguins.  We read through the online daily journal and checked on the penguin nests.  The researcher, Jean Pennycook, accepted our penguin chick name submission and named Oreo and Cheesecake’s chick Cookie!  Unfortunately, Cookie did not last long in the difficult Antarctic environment.  We were able to look at other nests, though, that have thriving chicks.  Next, I introduced our Postcrossing project (sending postcards around the world) by reading the story The Day the Crayons Came Back.  We completed a KWL chart along with the story to document what the students already knew about postcards, what they wanted to know, and what they learned from reading the story.  Next time, we will take a look at the Postcrossing website and write our first postcard! 

     

    2nd

    Today we checked in on our penguins.  We read through the online daily journal and checked on the penguin nests.  The researcher, Jean Pennycook, accepted our penguin chick name submission and named Oreo and Cheesecake’s chick Cookie!  Unfortunately, Cookie did not last long in the difficult Antarctic environment.  We were able to look at other nests, though, that have thriving chicks.  Then we continued working on the Penguin Feeding Habits activity.  Today we finished making the graph.  Next time we will analyze our results. 

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  • Antarctic Penguins and Feeding Habits Activity

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 12/20/2019

    3rd

    Today we didn’t have a lot of time to meet because of the Carol Sing, but we were able to check in on the penguins.  Cheesecake and Oreo’s egg hasn’t hatched yet, but a few of the other nests have chicks now. 

     

    2nd

    We checked in on the penguins today and then continued counting the number of fish, krill, and squid that the penguins ate.  After finishing it, we started adding the information to a graph.  We will finish the graph and analyze it in the new year.

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  • Penguin Postcards & Feeding Habits Activity

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 12/17/2019

    3rd

    We finished the penguin postcards today.  The next time that students see the postcards, they will have traveled to Antarctica and back.  After sharing their postcards with our group, we checked in on the penguins through the Cape Royds journal and the nest check.  Students are invited to check in on the penguins over winter break:  https://www.penguinscience.com/classroom_home.php

    Pay special attention to Cheesecake and Oreo.  We might be able to name their chick Cookie when it hatches!

     

    2nd

    We finished the penguin postcards today.  The next time that students see the postcards, they will have traveled to Antarctica and back.  After sharing their postcards with our group, we checked in on the penguins through the Cape Royds journal and the nest check.  Students are invited to check in on the penguins over winter break:  https://www.penguinscience.com/classroom_home.php

    Pay special attention to Cheesecake and Oreo.  We might be able to name their chick Cookie when it hatches!

     

    We had time today to begin an activity where the students analyze the “stomach contents” of Adelie penguins and then look for changes over time.  They set up their data table and checked the stomach contents for over half of the dates.  We will finish it the next time that we meet.

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  • Penguin Postcards

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 12/12/2019

    2nd & 3rd

    Today everyone worked on creating their penguin postcards!  They brainstormed ideas and practiced drawing them on a separate piece of paper.  Then they drew it on the actual postcard.  Some students added little notes to Jean Pennycook or themselves.  We will finish them next time.

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  • Airbag Landing System & Penguin Postcards

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 12/9/2019

    3rd

    They evaluated how they did with the Airbag Landing Systems project.  After they finished the packet, they shared their Alien Editions with the group.  We had a lot of creative planet ideas!  Then I introduced our Penguin Postcards project.  I shared some information about the Adelie penguins of Antarctica and the Jean Pennycook, a researcher at Cape Royds. 

     

    2nd

    We checked the Cape Royds journal and saw that the lone penguin nest is still doing well.  The researchers at Cape Royds used a drone to take some photos of the penguin nests.  We counted the penguins in the photo and found that it was much easier to see the penguins then with the P-cam, which takes photos from the side.  We also checked on our individual penguin nests.  One penguin has been waiting a long time for its partner to return.  We are worried that it might not make it back on time.  Then we continued working on our penguin postcards. 

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  • 12/04/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 12/4/2019

    3rd

    Today we tested the Airbag Landing Systems.  After adding the egg and balloons to their contraptions, they each dropped it from a height of 1 meter.  All of the eggs remained uncracked!  Then I dropped their contraptions from a height of 2 meters.  All of the eggs were uncracked!  We took the Airbag Landing Systems outside and dropped them from the tallest piece of playground equipment.  The eggs were fine!  They did a great job with the project.  Next time we meet we will evaluate how well they used their time and how well their project turned out.

    2nd

    We checked in on our penguins through the Cape Royds journal, penguin camera, and the nest check webpage.  One of our penguins lost an egg.  We compared how long each penguin has sat on the nest and discussed what might make a penguin leave a nest.  Then I introduced the penguin postcard part of this unit.  The students brainstormed designs for their postcards today.

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  • 11/22/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 11/25/2019

    3rd

    Today we finished building our Airbag Landing Systems!  Next time we meet we will test them.  As students finished, they worked on their Alien Editions.

     

    2nd

    First, we checked in on our penguins.  The students were excited to see how many nests now had two eggs!  Then we read chapters 6 and 7 in Waiting for Joey and discussed some questions about penguins.

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  • 11/19/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 11/19/2019

    3rd

    Today I introduced the Battle of the Books competition to the students.  Students read at least 8 books and then answer questions with the help of teammates at the competition in April.  We are only able to bring 9 students to the event and will need to have a qualifying quiz in February for those who are interested.  Please see the letter that I am sending home with them today for more information. 

     

    Next, we continued working on building our Airbag Landing Systems.  A few students were able to finish today, but we need to use Friday for a few others to finish.  Early finishers worked on their Alien Edition enrichment.  We will test the Airbag Landing Systems once we get back from Thanksgiving break.

     

     

    2nd

    Today we checked in on our penguins in Antarctica.  Students read the online journal, checked their nest, and viewed the penguin camera.  They journaled about their observations as well as any questions.  Then we read chapters 4 and 5 in Waiting for Joey and compared the adaptations of penguins, seals, and seagulls to living on the ocean. 

     

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