1st grade: These little cuties only attending class two times this week. Their focus on both days was to finish building their straw bridge and the keynote about it. The students responded well to the parameters and challenges of the project. They faced many obstacles and set backs along the way, but each one of them was able to produce a bridge they can be proud of. Learning Keynote was an added bonus to the project. The cuties really enjoy putting the project experience into words and photos. They also very much enjoy the animation features of the app.
2nd grade: The puppet show "Underground Ella" is going to be spectacular! The script is written and all of the puppets have been made. This week, the 2nd grade GT cuties each made a design for the theater. They drew and labeled their idea. Then, they presented their idea to their classmates. The students then voted for their favorite theater design. Congratulations to Landon who won the vote! Now we will begin building the theater :-)
3rd grade: The students have been very scientific in this phase of the Speedometry project. Each day they are building a race course designed by one of their classmates. They work together under the supervision of that day's designer. Once the course is built the students test each car and diligently record the results. They are using strong critical thinking, communication and cooperation skills at every turn :-)
4th grade: This week the 4th grade cuties attended GT two days. They spent both of those days watching a documentary and absorbing knowledge about NASA's Voyager missions. NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft launched in August and September 1977. Aboard each spacecraft is a Golden Record, a collection of sites, sounds and greetings from Earth.
Each identical Golden Record contains:
— 117 pictures explaining Earth. This includes drawings and images that convey information about our solar system, images of people doing various activities and a variety of plants and animals, as well as scenes from around the world.
— Greetings in 54 different human languages and greetings from humpback whales.
— A selection of sounds from Earth. This ranges from natural sounds, like storms and volcanoes, to human-made noises such as trains, airplane and rocket take-offs, animals, tools being used, and a mother kissing a child.
After learning more about the mission, the students will be making their own Digital versions of The Golden Record.
5th grade: The 5th grade students had a week of variety. On Tuesday they had 5th Day Free Day. Wednesday the GT teacher from Hill Country visited the students and parents. Mrs. Raygor gave an very informative presentation about what GT is like in middle school. She answered lots of questions from the crowd too! Thursday was dedicated to building marble roller coasters. Next week the cuties will have more time to build, test, and improve these roller coasters.