In Mrs. G’s First Grade they are reading some books by Laura Numeroff about a mouse that likes cookies and goes to school!
The mouse does the same things at school that we do. He eats lunch, plays soccer, and eats cookies! He also reads books and does hard math problems.
He makes such a mess at the science experiment table that he must take a bath in the school bathroom.
We made our own books with sentences and here we are with a picture of the mouse that we drew and colored ourselves.
We hope you like our drawings!
Mrs. G – 1st Grade
The 5th grade students and teachers wrapped up their school year by exploring the tide pools at Little Corona Beach. Before going to explore the 5th graders studied what the tide pools are made of and the different types of animals that can be found in the tide pools. After visiting the tide pools, the students had to use the information they learned from the field trip to create an animal that they thought would be perfectly adapted to live in the tide pools. The students also wrote a haiku to describe what they experienced on their trip and to summarize their learning.
This year was quite the year for rain. With so many rainy days, it can be very easy to lose the interest of students during a Physical Education period. This situation entices a teacher to be creative, spontaneous, and most importantly find an activity that the kids have never tried before.
This year, the middle schoolers were introduced to a few amazing and creative ways to get exercise, even when locked inside for days at a time. Two favorites stood out, Tic-Tac-Toe relay and Opposites Race.
Tic-Tac-Toe Relay is taking a classic and putting a big twist on it. First you tape the traditional grid on the floor, the you set students in teams, and hand out colored bean bags. Let the fun begin, the students get to sprint, dive, and slide to put their bean bag where they want it to go. The students have a ton of fun and really enjoy the exercise through friendly competition.
Next is Opposite Race: It sets up to be so simple… yet so confusing. Fun for 25-80 students, this game incorporates quick muscle reflexes (type 2 muscles) and the ability to listen and process directions before doing the opposite. What a blast to watch the students sprint the wrong way, laugh and have fun with each other, with no hard feelings. The best part was watching all the kids cheer for their peers who made the finals. What a great game for a rainy day.
Mr. Harrison, 8th grade
Step right up! Come one, come all to the 7th grade Probability Carnival! The seventh grade math students have been busy as we wind down to the end of the school year. We have been in our probability unit discussing the difference between simple and compound probability. To help the concepts sink in more deeply we finished our unit with some project based learning.The students first needed to brainstorm ideas for their own games that were based on probability and not skill. From there they had to calculate and compare the theoretical and experimental probabilities of their games. What better way to test out their probability than to host a carnival for the school! The STEM Lab was filled with dice and spinners, candy and bubbles, and lots of learning. And oh boy was fun had by all!
Ms. Forrest, Middle School Teacher, 7th and 8th grade math
Our 7th graders do! This past week they have been conducting labs to see the impact of height and mass on the amount of potential energy stored in an object. Understanding that to calculate the potential energy of an object you multiply the mass times the gravitational acceleration (9.8m/s) times the height, they first isolated the height of the drop of a ball as an independent variable. They dropped a tennis ball from 50cm, 75cm, and 100cm then recorded the height of the bounce. After the collection of their data, they used their information to calculate the potential energy and analyzed their data to draw a conclusion on the impact of the height of the drop on the amount of potential energy.
Next, the 7th graders decided to isolate the mass of the object as the independent variable and designed another experiment. This time they dropped a tennis ball, ping-pong ball, and golf ball from 100 cm and measured the height of the bounce. Again, they analyzed the data, calculated the potential energy, and drew conclusions. Their 21st Century Skills were put to the task as they thought critically, created an experiment, collaborated with their lab partners, and communicated their results! Way to go, 7th Grade!!
By: Yvette Stuewe, MS Science
A huge benefit that we have at St. John’s is the ability to partner with our specialist teachers to tailor lessons across curricular areas. This year, Mrs. Barber our librarian, had students create poems using the spines of books in the library. Students were given no limit on the books they were allowed to utilize. Not only did students enjoy wandering the library with their arms full of literature, but many students ended up reading the books that they had chosen for their poetry.
In technology, Mrs. Grack taught students how to program using 3D printing technology. The fourth graders were able to print a 3D map of California with the location of their Ca Project gold site, mission, presidio, rancho, or Native American tribe. Students not only learned a new technology, but reinforced what they have been learning in the classroom.
We are blessed at St. John’s with awesome specialists that make it a priority to partner with classroom teachers and allow students to reinforce standards with creative projects and play!
Miss Goins, 4th Grade