The 4th and 5th grade enrichment clusters started this past Friday, on October 7, 2011 (more on that later). Here are some updates on the enrichment happening in some first grade classrooms and kindergarten during our E-slot time last Friday.
Mrs. Hall’s 1st grade class: This year, several Hoppers expressed interest in airplanes on their interest survey. Today we learned all about how planes fly, different types and parts of planes and how to make our own. We tried out several styles of planes, the "Loop" and the "Tube", and compared their flight. We also tried making an airplane move using the force of the air leaving a balloon. It was amazing to watch it push through the air. One of the Hoppers brought a book about how to make paper airplanes. We experimented with different folds and practiced different throwing techniques. After many trials and errors, we lined the hallway for the first annual Hopper Air Show. Hoppers stood on the line and threw their airplanes. We measured with a tape measure and took pictures. The longest flight was 17 feet, 9 inches. Our excitement soared as we learned about airplanes!
Mrs. Clements 1st grade class: The Clements Cubs turned ordinary paper into extraordinary art during our origami E-slot on Friday! A fun "Reading Rainbow" taught us about Japanese culture and the origin of origami. We even got to see special paper made out of blue jeans! We used books and a great website http://www.en.origami-club.com/ to show us how to make origami art. The room was busy as students made giraffes, ninjas, flowers, swans, trees, frogs, and sailboats, just to name a few. We had origami experts and students who developed a new love. We can't wait to keep exploring our interest next week!
Kindergarten: In Kindergarten, we're interested in learning more about Community Helpers. Mrs. Fox invited Fireman Herman to come visit all six Kindergarten classes. He is a community helper and a LME dad! Below is a photograph of him demonstrating how he can get completely ready in his fire fighter gear in less than 90 seconds! Mrs. Donna Lee timed him. He did it in 85 seconds! Way to go Fireman Herman! We had really good questions for him: "Why do fire fighters use dogs to help them?" "How does the helmet protect you?" "On average, how many fire trucks do you have at each station?" "When did you know you wanted to be a fire fighter?" Kindergartners are full of questions! E-slot gives us a chance to explore our interests. Thanks Fireman Herman!