Fridays are always very engaging and exciting at Laurel Mountain because of our Enrichment Slot, or E-slot. The E-slot happens every Friday from 8:00-9:00 am. This is a time for enrichment, a time for students to explore an area of interest, a time for the students to explore their talents. Below is a small sampling of the fantastic E-slots that took place last Friday.
Mr. Hance's 5th Grade Class: We had a great E-slot today as we paired up with Mrs. Rung's 2nd grade class. It was a lot of fun for our fifth graders to take on the role of "teacher" or mentor to the younger students. We placed Alka-Seltzer in film canisters with a little water inside and timed how long it would take for the lids to pop off. The kids really enjoyed it. We recorded our data based on the amount of water and the size of the tablets. The students our turning into some great science predictors.
Mrs. Neely's 1st Grade Class: My class really enjoyed their e-slot today. Yesterday they listed a long list of fish they wanted to learn about. I told them we did not have time to research that many fish as a class but we could do independent research for e-slot. They were thrilled with the idea so off to the computer lab we went this morning. Check out our finished products. The gnomes are very proud!
Mr. Hance and Mrs. Ferriola's 2nd Grade TAG Class: This morning as Mr. Hance was huffing and puffing in the garden and Mrs. Ferriola walked by and said that her second grade TAG students were about to design some of their own garden beds on graph paper.
He told her that was an awful idea because we had beds to design in the garden and he needed them to help! He quickly sent her the layout for the beds, the sizes he was planning, and a quick breakdown of the "3-4-5" method that explains how to "set a corner" when you build something. The 3-4-5 method is based on the Pythagorean theorem and says that to set a corner, pick a spot, measure 3-feet in one direction, 4-feet on a perpendicular line and if the distance between the two far points equals 5 feet, you have created a right angle.
Mrs. Ferriola delivered her mini-lesson in class and then they met Mr. Hance in the garden. The students set to work, measured 6" off the sidewalk (which corresponds with our other stone beds) and set their corner. Attached is a picture of proud LME second graders at work, hammering their first stake away from their very well formed corner.
About half-way through, one of the students said, "Mr. Hance, why are we even doing this?" He explained that the bed they were framing was going to be constructed by 5th graders, and that for the rest of their time at LME and beyond, it was also their bed. What fun, what an adventure...
Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Markle's 3rd Grade Class: This morning Mrs. Markle and Mrs. Campbell's were in the science lab experimenting with fruit to see which fruit would sink or float. They spent 90 minutes experimenting and TALKING a lot about the whys of everything.
Continuing to develop the whole child...