Today we had an exciting visit to the URI planetarium and science labs!
In the planetarium, the children saw two presentations. The first presentation was about our sky and various constellations. We then viewed the “Cosmic Colors – Spectrum of Light” presentation. We learned that each color has a different energy level (blue has higher energy then green.) All of this information tied into our tour of the science labs. For example, the children viewed cells in a microscope. When the microscope utilized different colors of light, different parts of the cell could be seen. The children were fascinated by an instrument that could measure 2 molecules bumping into each other and they could observe the resulting spectrum of colors to see how fast it was happening. Yana and Oleg told us that in their science lab, they are trying to create a drug to cure cancer! By the enthusiasm of these children in the science lab, it seems that we have several future scientists in our classroom.
Thank you so much to Yana and Oleg for a wonderful experience today!
Jennie and Gary
In Spanish, the Lower Elementary students worked on a project in groups. The topic was “Animals in different habitats.” Through this project they learned the names of animals, nature elements, colors, adjectives and numbers. They also presented the project orally in Spanish.
On Wednesday, Lower El invited the Children’s House classroom for a visit to hear The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. The children ate gingerbread cookies then Lower El lead a craft so that Children’s house could create their own Gingerbread babies! We thought you would enjoy these pictures.
Thank you to Jami Ouellette (Emmie’s mom) and Jeffrey Morse for bringing in their wonderful new books and sharing them with the Lower Elementary class!
Please visit their website to see all of the fun titles. If you use the coupon code “Quest”, %10 of any set purchased will be donated to our school!
Lower Elementary Goes to France
Lower Elementary is exploring music from all around the world from now until winter break. For the first three weeks, we have been in France.
Tête, épaules, genoux et pieds (Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Feet)
Un éléphant se balançait (One Elephant Was Swinging on a Spider Web)
J’ai perdu le do de ma clarinette (I Have Lost the C of My Clarinet)
Django Reinhardt, “The Best of Django Reinhardt”
Claude Debussy, “Debussy: Images 1 & 2 and Children’s Corner”, pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Claude Debussy, “Debussy: La Mer & Prélude À L’après-midi D’un Faun”, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Camille Saint-Saëns. “The Carnival of the Animals
Eric Satie, Gnossienne, Nos. 1-3; Gymnopédie nº 1, pianist Patrick Cohen
Maurice Ravel, “Bolero”, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein
All listening music is available as part of the listening library in the classroom. We listen during music lessons and the students are encouraged to listen on their own.
We read this delightful book in class last week. The children were interested in Django’s story and how he came back from a horrific injury to his left hand to become one of the world’s greatest guitar players.
This book, with new verse by Jack Prelutsky, and illustrations by Mary GrandPré, has a companion CD. This will be our book for class on September 28.
Hilarious depiction of one of the first “surrealists.”
Lower Elementary students have been busy creating all kinds of fantastic glue prints! Each student began by creating a line drawing on cardboard, then applying glue and string to the line work. During the second class, we began the inking process.
Once the ink is applied to the original board, students use a dry brayer to press the inked image onto a clean sheet of paper. There is a feeling of cooperation between the students and peer teaching and assistance exists each step of the way!
The objective of this lesson is to create original work and become more proficient in the preparation and process of print making. Students were all enthusiastic and everyone participated