Second grade had an amazing field experience when they visited Dylan Cotton’s Hotspot Glass Studio. Currently studying matter in science and Dale Chihuly in art, visiting a glass studio was the perfect excursion. We learned about the properties of glass and received an overview on the studio. We then got to choose which glass object we wanted to make. Working side by side with the professional glassblowers, we learned the basic techniques of the trade, including forming and shaping glass with tools and adding colors. In the end we all went home with a gorgeous finished product!
With the drumbeat and chant from our kindergarteners, the excitement of performing to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dog began from the first moment. Students performed songs and chants using their own traditional crafts as props and introductions and background were given by our older students in… Mandarin and English!
Making these crafts gave students the opportunity to learn the Chinese traditions involving food, decorations and the history of this holiday. Very quickly each student knew the character – 福（fú, luck and happiness)and the traditional gesture for wishing a good Chinese New Year with the expression – 恭喜恭喜 ( gōng xǐ gōng xǐ). Students in third and fourth grade were very proud of themselves when they made their 福（fú）character crafts. As students learned in class, when福(fú）is upside down, it means “luck and happiness have arrived.” There are several upside down 福（fú）characters in the first grade students’ crafts, so luck and happiness have just arrived around us at Unquowa. Upper school students also made their own 春联 ( (chūn lián), adding happiness and best wishes to the celebration.
As you are watching this video full of our students’ enthusiasm and talent, we wish you and your family 狗年大吉大利 (gǒu nián dàjí dà lì)…luck and prosperity in the Chinese New Year of the Dog!
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.
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.
In PE class, Unquowa students celebrated the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang with some winter events of their own! Walking behind their torch bearer, along with the Olympic theme song set the stage for an unforgettable class. The figure skating routines were graceful and the ski jumpers were smooth at take off. Skiers cruised through the biathlon and torch relay while curlers showed great strategic maneuvers. Go Gators! Go Team USA!
Grade 2 worked really hard on their Informational Writing unit. First they chose an animal they wanted to learn more about. Using a research planning sheet as a guide, they looked through a variety of non-fiction books to find key facts about their animal. When they completed their research, they compiled the information to make a book. Their books included a table of contents, chapter headings, illustrations, and a glossary. We then read our books to anyone and everyone! Grade 1, Grade 3 and Grade 5 stopped by to enjoy all of our hard work.