All over St. John’s we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss, his contributions to children’s literature and the value that books can have in the lives of our students. They were able to come in costume as a favorite character of author. It was so fun to see so many different book personalities and writers represented!
The day began with a D.E.A.R. time in each classroom. Students were able to hold and read real books or listen to books on iPad sites. In first grade we were able to go around the room and scan QR codes that were displayed for several of about 25 Dr. Seuss books. We watched a power point presentation detailing his journey from advertising agency artist to one of the most influential authors of books for children. They learned that his books were sometimes centered around societal issues such as environmentalism, diversity, equal rights and self-esteem. They practiced writing skills by listing four of their favorite Dr. Seuss books. All in all, it was a great day!
4th and 5th Graders at St. John’s have the opportunity each year to participate in a competitive book club affectionately referred to as “BOB.” The Battle of the Books program runs from September to February and this year’s students attempted to read 15 books across the genres for a total of 4,009 pages! During weekly practices BOB readers answer questions that always begin “In which book…” and which they must answer by identifying the correct author and title. Honing their skills as close readers, BOB members learn to pay attention to details other readers often skip over, details found in dedications, prologues, introductions, maps, drawings, photographs, chapter headings, notes from the author, glossaries, etc.—skills that will serve them well throughout the rest of their lives.
This year’s February 23rd tournament was fierce with a two-point difference in scores between the first and second place teams. Congratulations to: Battle Book Queens (1st place), The Bobbers’ Secret (2nd place) and The Book Bombers (3rd place). Our top 14 students will go on to form two new teams which will compete in the Orange County BOB tournament on March 30th. Go Mustangs!
In 4th grade, one of the science standards students learn about is the human body and body parts. In order to extend their knowledge about the human body, the 4th graders created a Keynote presentation and animation that would tell about the chosen body system. The body system story was told from the perspective of an object that travels through that system. A few examples are a musical note traveling through the ear or a pizza moving through the digestive system.
To complete this project, the students first chose a body system and had to write a script using key anatomical words that relate to the body system chosen. Next, students had to find pictures related to their script and create their Keynote presentation. Third, the 4th graders added in the animation of the key character or object as it moves through the body system on Keynote. Last, students added transitions and audio to the presentation. Through this science project, the 4th graders had fun learning about script writing, digital media presentation, animation and video creation. The video below shows an example of three completed projects. Enjoy!!
Recently, Lutheran Schools united in celebration across the country. National Lutheran Schools Week was celebrated with fun dress-up themes, virtual assemblies, games, video devotionals, and more! This year’s theme was “Sent to Serve.” After being reminded of so many who serve around us, here at St. John’s and in our families each day, the students had a chance to serve a special group of people… our military.
Operation Gratitude sends thousands of care packages each year to deployed troops, veterans, new recruits and first responders, and a personal letter is often the most cherished part of that care package. Each student had the opportunity to write a personal note of thanks and encouragement to a soldier hero. Students in grades K-8 participated in this service project, but here are a few pics of some 2nd graders and their letters.
The 5th graders were presented with a real-world problem and challenged with the task of finding a solution to the problem by using the engineering design process. The problem? Work in small groups to redesign the front of school to improve the areas where students are dropped off and picked up before and after school. They were given almost unlimited options. The only limit was that they could not move buildings.
The students created a detailed map that outlined their plans which they presented to their classmates at the end of the project. There were many great solutions, including adding turn lanes on Almond and Shaffer streets, creating a pedestrian walkway over Shaffer street, using Moreland Drive as a pick-up area, and adding a stoplight at the intersection of Almond and Shaffer to help with traffic flow. It is always fascinating to see these young minds create awesome solutions to the challenges they are given, especially one that we experience on a daily basis.