ELBERTA, Ala. — In the Pre School Department Pre-K3 has been learning all about the exciting letter J. The class has been learning how to count in Chinese and we have also learned how to say the words eyes, ears, and mouth. The students have really enjoyed learning about when Jesus was born and the import meaning of Christmas.
Many great things are happening in third grade. We are working hard in Math be practicing our money counting skills and figuring out elapsed time from word problems. We are discussing different types of landforms in Science and using online resources to support the topic. We are focusing on our Discipline with Purpose skills during Religion as we work to improve “listening” and “following directions”. Our Smart board continues to be a wonderful asset to our daily studies. We can’t seem to find enough uses for it.
The 5th grade just finished a fabulous jigsaw project to study the different seasons in the Liturgical Year. The children worked with a partner to study a particular season, created a PowerPoint presentation to convey their information, and then reported back to the whole group to create a comprehensive presentation of the entire year. We have also begun a study of mean, mode, and median, having finished our study of algebraic equations in math. We continue to focus on writing 5 paragraph essays on a variety of topics and will begin working on timed writings in the month of December.
All middle school students are studying poetry for the next few weeks. To help students learn poetry and literary concepts, there is “Poetry Café” once a week. It is a relaxed atmosphere where students perform a designated task with poetry and enjoy treats and hot chocolate while doing so. This week for “Poetry Café”, 8th graders worked with a partner to analyze a poem of their choosing. At Poetry Café, students shared their poems and the analysis of it with the class. They liked it so much they asked to do it again! Wow! At Poetry Café, 7th graders went on a poetry scavenger hunt, looking for two poems, one with alliteration, and one with onomatopoeia. Students shared their results with the class. They also had a lot of fun! At Poetry Café, 6th graders memorized a poem and acted it out with props. What an awesome job they did!
In eighth grade science, the students have made a compass using a needle, water, cup and a magnet. They “magnetized” the needle, then place it on a floating cork, and watched as the needle pointed to magnetic north.
The seventh graders have been classifying shapes and animals to use the Animal Classification System starting with kingdom which includes: animals, plants, bacteria, protists and fungi. They then divided their shapes and animals into more complex groups.
The sixth graders made a poster showing an ocean food web. They read about twelve different sea animals, and then they placed them onto a poster showing the ocean from surface to the bottom. The animals were placed according to their habitat. They then drew arrows showing the food chain for each animal.
Mr. Brown would like to thank Mrs. Hughes (Tripp) and Mrs. Schaff (Carson) for donating drinks for the boys during the flag football season.