Middle School has New Friends From Korea -Reflections from 6th Grade

What a great day to begin a visit with our guests from Korea! Over the next couple of weeks, thirty students from Korea will be shadowing our Middle School students. Fifteen are shadowing our 6th graders and we had fun meeting them for the first time today!

Each guest from Korea traveled from class to class, with a St. John’s partner, to see what American schools are like and to immerse themselves in the English language.

In 6th grade science, the guests got to see active learning with the laptops as we reviewed for an upcoming test in a FUN way. Our students came to class with digital flashcards that they created on Quizlet to help them prepare for the upcoming test. We used some of the student sets to play games with the whole class. The students were shuffled into random teams and then challenged to collaborate and identify the answers to the questions the quickest.

We also got to know each other better in Christian Faith and Life as our St. John’s students shared their New Year’s resolutions and how God can support them throughout the upcoming year in accomplishing their resolutions.

In language arts they played Kahoot games together using the laptops. They learned about ancient Greece in history, and translated a story about a secret agent in Spanish. In math, they worked on solving pre-algebra problems and got to explore the universal language of numbers together!

We all ended the day watching our school’s Geographic Bee in the Auditorium.

In talking with our St. John’s 6th graders at the end of the day, some of their additional highlighted moments occurred during lunch when they really got to know each other better.

Some of these highlighted moments were:

  • Learning how to say words in Korean including greetings and the names of different types of sports balls
  • Teaching our guests how to play volleyball
  • Teaching our friends how to play Duck, Duck, Goose and enjoying fun laughs together
  • Introducing American foods to our guests such as Cheezits and Takis

Overall, we had a fantastic day and are very honored to have guests all the way from Korea!  It was very exciting to see our students take the Korean students “under their wing,” guide them around in such a kind way, and truly show interest in learning about them and their culture as well as introducing them to our school and culture.

As we continue the visit over the next couple of weeks, our prayer is that our guests from Korea see Jesus in us, learn about our culture, and develop strong friendships with our St. John’s students! What a blessing for us all!

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Walk through the Ancient World

On January 8th and January 10th every 6th grade student participated in our annual Walk Through the Ancient World “on campus” field trip.  Each 6th grade Ancient History Class was divided into 3 teams – Egypt, Greece and Rome. Depending on what team a student was placed on, they were given a blue character card from their team’s ancient civilization. All students were encouraged to create a costume and props for their character. Many of the students memorized the lines that they recited in front of their peers (which were on their blue character card). In addition to this, each team wrote a skit script that taught their peers (and all of the parents who were in attendance) about the daily like of their teams ancient civilization.  This fun, engaging, interactive event was held in the Garage Youth Room.  A fun, education time was had by all.  Events like this definitely make history come alive!

By: Mr. Nathan Mercier, 6th grade teacher

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Third Graders Explore Native Americans

The students in third grade have been learning about Native Americans in many ways.  They used the textbook and watched short documentary videos to complete learning activities about the Navajo, Yurok, Cherokee, and Haudenosaunee tribes.

They did sand paintings to reflect Navajo art.

They wrote short stories on “skins” using only pictures. After the stories were written, they were recorded on the Seesaw App and are able to be shared over and over again in class.

Skin Story

This is the story: There was good weather at Indian camp.  The campfire was good. A bear came to Indian camp. Help!  Now there is peace.  Have a good night!

Currently, each student has a tribe assigned to them and they are doing research and taking notes in the computer lab in order to use Discovery Education’s Boardbuilder to share their information. They are researching location, crafts, clothing, housing, food and the daily life of children in the tribes.  The final product will include a picture that correlates to the research and will be uploaded in the class Seesaw account.  

By: Miss Amy Neben, 3rd Grade

First Grade Hands-On Science Investigation

First graders love getting their hands on tools and trying out new methods to investigate their world. During this activity, first graders were given the assignment of measuring a variety of objects using scientific tools. Students had to decide which instrument was best for accomplishing each task.

Learners measured water temperature, both hot and cold, using a thermometer. The students were surprised and excited to see the red liquid in the thermometer rise and fall quickly when immersed in water of varying temperatures. Afterwards, they were all ears when they learned how and why the liquid moved up and down. It was amazing how many children thought the answer was magic! No, curious learners,it’s not magic. It’s science!

Students also measured the length and circumference of objects in the classroom using rulers and measuring tapes. They soon realized that rulers were better suited for measuring flat objects such as books and measuring tapes work better for measuring round things like the head of a classmate.

Through science, we are able to investigate the amazing and glorious world God has created. He continues to amaze us. What a loving God to provide so many wonderful and interesting things for us to ponder and enjoy!

By: Mrs. Pilar Demarest, First Grade

 

8th Grade Science: Four Cs of 21st Century Learning and S.T.E.M. in Action

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  • Collaboration– Teams of 3-4 students worked together to design an egg vehicle that would protect a raw egg during a head on collision.
  • Communication– Students communicated their ideas with one another during the process and communicated their project through a narrative presentation.
  • Critical thinking– Students had to identify, analyze and solve a problem systematically using the engineering design process, science and math to complete the project.
  • Creativity-Students used creativity in their design solutions and in the materials used in the project.
    • Science- Newton’s 3 laws of motion, force, motion, mass and speed were some of the scientific concepts learned to help students solve the problem.
    • Technology- Students used a motion sensor and a laptop to test the speed of their egg vehicle, a digital scale to determine the mass of the vehicle and a laptop to create a narrative presentation of their project.
    • Engineering- Once the problem was given to the students, they researched vehicles, identified the constraints and criteria, brainstormed ideas, drew up their designs, selected a design to create a prototype, built their vehicle, tested it, made modifications, retested it and communicated their results.
    • Mathematics- Students measured their vehicle’s length, width and height to make sure they followed the criteria of 15 cm x 13 cm x 5 cm.  In addition, they drew their designs to scale and compared the mass and speeds of each vehicle.