From September’s opening day to June’s closing ceremonies, we document and share events from all over our campus in an attempt to continuously communicate all the diverse goings-on at The Unquowa School. From school-wide events, assemblies, visiting presenters and other highlights from around campus, here’s a sample of what’s happening…
Posted by Megan Kirk
Students in first grade have been learning about all of the instruments in the orchestra. A great piece of music to help student listen to and identify different instruments is Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and The Wolf. This symphonic fairy tale for children is an excellent way to show students how music can tell wonderful stories! Today students were able to act out the different characters in the story with a listening game. I chose a character from the story and played their musical theme and the students had to act out which character they heard! What a fun way to assess student’s ability to recognize different instruments and musical themes! Can you tell which animal these students heard?
Posted by Karen Engelke
Second Grade has been studying earth’s natural resources in Science and have been exploring renewable resources and non renewable resources. Trees, although identified as a natural resource, were the source of an interesting conversation. We discussed how, in the case of trees, humans take more of this natural resource than nature can provide. To illustrate this dilemma we conducted an activity with pretzel sticks serving as trees. During each round, the protector of trees planted four trees from their source. The lumberjack doubled the number of trees they ‘cut down’ in each round, starting with one. After 8-12 rounds, the 2nd graders observed that the trees were quickly consumed.
Posted by Lloyd Mitchell
Sixth grade continues to explore robotics! To gain a better understanding of how sound waves travel and are measured, we first used an app for measuring the room’s sound in decibels. We then used our robots to see how various different sounds are measured so that we could understand how to program the robots to successfully follow sound commands. Our initial trial run ended in a robo crash, but trial 2 proved successful! We are about to begin our culminating activity in our robotics unit – students will use their new sensor skills to program the robots to tackle a real world problem with automation. We look forward to seeing the results of our hard work!
Posted by Karen Engelke
Grade 2 has been working very hard to build a strong foundation in math. We have been exploring early multiplication and division through repeated addition and subtraction. Moving on to tackle our 2, 5, and 10 multiplication facts presents a fun challenge! Through the use of hands-on activities these bright mathematicians are enjoying the process and mastering this important math concept.
Posted by Maureen Diallo
To extend our learning of the solar system, the first grade scientists traveled to the Discovery Museum to view the planetarium show The Little Star That Could. The class felt as though they traveled into outer space as the stars and planets surrounded them in the planetarium. The class recharged with snack and blasted off to the museum galleries to explore all of the exciting things at the Discovery Museum. Our trip was out of this world!
Posted by Eric Werner
Unquowa fifth grade math students are learning how to solve the Rubik’s Cube in a year-long curriculum that teaches algorithmic process and spatial reasoning. Some enter the process already knowing the solution patterns and are serving as instructors, while others are picking up The Cube for the very first time. The majority of our students are still mastering the first and second steps, but in doing so they have already learned much about order, precision, and even self-confidence. Students who never thought they would be able to solve a Rubik’s Cube are now approaching the solution with focus and determination. Stay tuned for more updates as we make progress!