This Week in Lower School 10/5-10/8, 2020
Lower School Team
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Fourth & Fifth Grade Science
As part of our Lower School science curriculum, students are engaged in active investigation of concepts in the areas of earth, life, and physical sciences. Students ask and answer focus questions, complete investigations and begin to develop the understanding of scientific inquiry. Here are a few highlights from Ms. Garner’s fourth and fifth grade science classes.
Science has been a blast so far this year in fourth and fifth grade. Students got right to work on the Ilan Ramon Challenge the first week of school. We enjoyed going outside to launch the water rocket in remembrance of our Israeli hero, Col. Ilan Ramon whose life was cut short upon his return to Earth aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 2003. Inspired by Ramon’s legacy we began our study of physical science focusing on science practices and engineering.
Fourth graders have been working through the investigations in the FOSS Energy module. Our eager learners have become more aware of evidence of energy such as motion, electric current, sound, light, and heat. Studying the related effects of electricity and magnetism has stimulated a variety of engineering designs to produce desired outcomes. Our young electrical engineers have designed series and parallel circuits to light bulbs and start motors. They have challenged themselves to add switches to easily create open and closed circuits. Students used a circuit and a collection of objects to determine which materials can complete an electric pathway thus discovering for themselves the difference between conductive and insulating materials. Moving onto investigating the invisible magnetic field has been exciting and we look forward to building and exploring an electromagnet.
Fifth graders have taken turns shifting their role from learner to teacher as they have worked through the Simple Machines and Matter unit. Working in partnership with another classmate, they accepted the challenge to take a deep dive into one of the six basic simple machines. After much research into the screw, lever, wedge, wheel/axle, inclined plane, or pulley, our young student teachers started creating a one-hour lesson plan for their classmates. Following CDC guidelines and including our remote hybrid learners made their task even more challenging this year. The results have been AMAZING! These young teachers created a behavior plan/quiet signal, chose a short instructional video or made their own, assigned reading material, put together a class demonstration, and even came up with hands-on activities for their learners. It has been exciting to see our Adelson Lions willingly assume the role of the teacher. They even assessed learning through paper quizzes and the engaging online Kahoot quiz game. Of course these student teachers had to offer an Ilan Ramon Challenge based off of “their” machine to extend the learning experience to their eager pupils.
All of our Lower School students enjoyed spending time in the Sukkah as well as shaking the Arbaat haminim- Four Species.
First grade students learned that a Sukkah must have at least three walls and a special roof that shades the sun, but still lets us see the stars at night. They learned what each part of the Sukkah is called in Hebrew. They then made their own mini Sukkahs and labeled the parts using Hebrew words.
Third grade completed their Sukkah projects about locations and where you can build a Sukkah.
Our fifth grade classes learned about the Ushpizin (guests we welcome to the Sukkah). They were excited to welcome our new Shinshinit (Shai) as a guest to their Sukkah time..
Students from 18 months to fifth grade were able to parade and dance with the beautiful flags they made for their Simchat Torah celebration. WATCH VIDEO
Our 3’s and JK students took a field trip to see a real Torah outside of our Beit Midrash. They learned the Torah is very special, has old stories, and that we keep it safe while dressing it with beautiful decorations.
T-Shirt Design Contest
Our annual T-shirt design contest submissions are due on Monday, October 12th. Each year we open up a T-shirt design contest to students in Kindergarten - 5th grade. The winning design is featured as our spirit wear T-shirt for the school year. Each student and teacher from 18 months - 5th grade will receive the shirt and can wear them on Wednesdays showing our school spirit and pride. This years’ theme is “Everything is Better Together.”
10/09 - Professional Development for Teachers - No School For Students
10/15 - End of Quarter 1
10/29 - Virtual Parent Conferences and progress report distribution - No School for Students
10/30 - Nevada Day - No School
11/03 - Student Council Elections (Grades 3-5)
11/11 - Veterans Day program K-5
11/19 - JK Thanksgiving show (virtual)
11/20 - Kindergarten Thanksgiving Shabbat (virtual)
11/25 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving - No School
12/13 - Virtual Gala - More information to come.
12/11 - PS Hanukkah Shabbat (virtual)
12/17 - K-5 Hanukkah Night (virtual)
12/18 - End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
12/21 - 1/1 - Winter Break - No School
1/04 - School Resumes -Beginning of Q3