First graders love learning about matter. Solids, liquids, and gases are even more fascinating when you try to combine them to learn about their properties! Last week, the 1C students mixed up Ooebleck--a mix of solids and liquids that act as both types of matter at the same time! It pours, but it cannot be splashed! It forms into a ball, but it runs out of your fingers!
As part of Mr. Mark's capstone graduate project, first graders participated in mini-lessons and hands-on classifying and identifying activities in the courtyard. Each station was labeled with a number that matched their recording sheet, as they decided if each had corners, faces, and curves. If you'd like to use the numbers to make stations of your own for any investigation in any subject, they are now located in the bench in the stone classroom bordering 1C. Be creative and get outdoors!
Word Whiz buddies in 6th and 1st grade joined together out in the courtyard for a punctuation investigation. Each group traveled the path looking for clues that needed to be solved by adding punctuation or correcting ones already there. Sixth graders had the opportunity to guide the 1st graders in their choices and review important concepts they learned when THEY were six! It was a great day in Word Whiz Club!
The winter months bring big changes to our courtyard as most of our plants become dormant and wait their turn to bloom again in the spring. With the warmer winter, some are already "getting confused" and sprouting, but we know they'll be back with vigor in March! This winter we've enjoyed some beautiful weather events from our windows bordering the courtyard. From our first snow to a double rainbow after a storm, the courtyard is always full of surprises and God's hand of beauty in nature.
Fifth grade has been studying weather for the last two weeks and been making weather observation and recording their data. We have been watching the weather report and then going outside to see what kind of clouds are in the sky. The students have been recording the courtyard temperature and looking at the rain gauge to see how much rained in the 24 hours. They have made a homemade weather instruments such as a rain gauge, anemometer, hygrometer, and weather vane.
Our courtyard technology projects were just recognized by a TIP (Technology Innovation Program) Award from the South Carolina Educational Technology Association! Way to go, BJA teachers and students! A team of teachers and administrators from BJA just returned from an exciting trip to Charleston, SC to receive the award and participate in the SCEdTech convention. Dr. Klipp and Miss Klipp presented a rousing session on some of our favorite tools like Kahoot, Plickers, AWWapp, and Answer Pad! Over 130 people in the session were logged in at one time (in a room that seated 50)! This award, though, is about so much more than just our devices or the great times we have using them in our courtyard, it represents our BJA spirit of teamwork and desire to never stand still when it comes to learning and progressing! Keep GROWING, BJA!