The kindergarten classes have been studying winter and learning how to conduct research to find out what they want to know. They recently shared trivia with each other. Each student wrote and illustrated a question and then read the question to the other students.
The pre-kindergarten class recently visited the Please Touch Museum. Check out photos here.
The Caldecott medal is awarded to the illustrator of a children’s book for especially distinguished work, and the Caldecott committee announces the winner of books published in 2014 at the start of February. LFS first and second graders held a mock Caldecott vote in their classrooms. In preparation for this, students read many of the previous award winning books as well as a large selection of books published in 2014 that were being touted as potential winners this year. As they read, they focused on how the artwork in a book enhances the story and noticed the different media and techniques that each artist uses. Everyone wrote book reviews of their favorite books. Students wrote to the Jon Klassn, the illustrator of their pick, Sam and Dave Dig and Hole. Jon Klassen wrote back! Read more here.
Following directions is an important developing skill for third and fourth graders. Recently third and fourth grader science has tested those skills as students worked with wires, batteries and bulbs to test some of the vocabulary and concepts they have read about and played with at the Franklin Institute. The words conductor, insulator, and circuit have taken on very concrete meaning as students have explored materials. Unlike some earlier experiments, they have instructions to guide their exploration and do perform little tests with the materials. There is such joy in watching the light bulb go off, and there has been a lot of that in the classroom this week.
Due to weather conditions school will open two hours late today. Students may arrive beginning at 9:30. Classes will begin at 10:15.
Tr. Misha, the Physical Education teacher helped the pre-kindergarten students hone their dribbling skills with a host of games and activities.
The fifth and sixth graders have embarked on a new partnership with local artists and the residents of Germantown House in Philadelphia, which will result in an intergenerational art project to be hung at the Tyler School of Art. The class recently experience sensitivity training to practice sensitive interpersonal relations with their new friends at Germantown House.
First and second graders baked bread in preparation for the school's observance of Martin Luther King Day, which included a simple all-school lunch to benefit the Khan Foundation.