On Thursday, April 1st, we held our spring Celebration of Learning event. This online event featured some if the exciting learning our students have been working hard on this past year, such as: a 9-book analysis of the Three Little Pigs; an oceanic mural and extensive ocean-life study; a brilliant, student-made art installation; animal research dioramas and habitat books; and more!
This biannual, community-favorite event:
- Allows our teachers to share with families the specific content their students have deeply explored during the current thematic unit,
- Lets our students to share some of the incredible learning experiences they’ve had, and
- Gives families and friends an opportunity to see their children at work (and play!)
Without further ado, here are some highlights from this year’s event!
Student-run Dinosaur Laboratory & Time Travel Adventure
Mazama (4 and 5-year old Pre-K)
Over the last three months, Mazama students showed curiosity and enthusiasm around dinosaurs and paleontology. In a book we read called, “How the Dinosaur got to the Museum”, students learned about the work that goes into creating a dinosaur exhibit and how various experts work as a team to get the job done. This inspired our class to create a museum of their own! Our driving question for our project was: “How can we turn our room into a dinosaur museum to teach others about dinosaurs?”
Insect Observations & Mazes
Loowit (1st & 2nd grades)
Loowit’s theme this learning period was Animals Around the World. It has been a great learning experience offering many opportunities for increasing our knowledge. We’ve also been able to experience and engage in activities like scientists who focus on animals.
This project was challenging! In the middle of our work we realized our mealworms were not going to be able to run the maze we were making because they had become pupas and weren’t moving! We had to start over to build a maze a larger animal could go through. We persevered and got it done!
Wetlands Field Study
Klickitat & Tahoma (5th-8th grades)
In our new thematic unit, students have turned their focus to learning about the theory of evolution, through the lens of ecology, by conducting a student-directed field study. This experience encourages students to observe and measure the physical and behavioral adaptations of the living things that inhabit our school wetlands.
Our field study investigation of the wetlands includes recording observations in an “indestructible” field book, collecting data from experiments and measurements, identifying species, and researching how those species are adapted for survival in a wetland environment.
This project is a work in progress! After spring break, we will be finishing up observations, writing field study reports, and creating interpretive signs to educate the school community about the living things that call our school wetlands home.
Kindergarten through 8th Grade Students collaborated on creating an art installation. Students painted in ink and watercolor to create the layered stories that cover this installation.
We look forward to sharing another adventure-filled Celebration of Learning update this coming fall!
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