Friday, December 22, 2017

3D Printing!!!

Good Afternoon FDA Families,

I wanted to share our newest addition to STEM Rec and the Science and Math Labs...a New Matter 3D Printer.  Thanks to our totally awesome FSO and their Teacher Grant program we were able to purchase a brand new 3D printer and additional filament refills.  We were able to complete our first test runs and created small keychains of the New Matter symbol.

As you can imagine the students are EXTREMELY excited!  In the 40 minutes they experienced the 3D printer several fifth and sixth graders came up with wonderful ideas for builds.  Teachers and Coaches are already working out plans and activities the students can work through related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (yay STEAM!), all while using the 3D printer.

Thank you all for your support of your children and our school!  I cannot say enough how much we appreciate you.  We are so looking forward to so many great projects in 2018!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

STEM Rec Challenges / January 2 -5, 2018

STEM Rec Challenges
January 2 - 5, 2018

Sight Focus Challenge.  This week we'll be talking about our sense of sight. The cone cells and rod cells in our eyes give us the ability to detect light, movement, and color. We'll be talking about their different contributions to our sight.

Literacy -
Spelling with a twist. This week we are going to play twister with a twist! Before you land on a spot, you have to spell a word correctly.

Social Studies
Empathy and Kindness., This week, Social Studies will host a Wellness challenge! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in someone else's shoes? To see life from your friend, parent or sibling’s point of view? Well this week you can……..come learn about empathy and kindness!!

Snap Circuits.  Students will be reviewing / continuing their work with snap circuits.  

Fraction Practice. In math students will be learning about fractions and how they work.  Students will use playdough to make a circle and practice cutting it up into equal parts showing 1/2, 1/3 and so on.

Mandalas from India.  The art station will be travelling to India for our next adventure. We will learn be learning about mandala art in 1st an 2nd grades, and 3rd-6th will be looking at the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

STEM Rec Challenges / December 18 - 22

Wishing you a season of gladness, a season of cheer and to top it all off --
a wonderful year !

Happy Holidays to all of you from the STEM Rec team at FDA

STEM Rec Challenges
December 18 - 22

Touch Focus Challenge.  We can learn a lot about an object through a single touch. This is possible because of the many different nerve cell types we have in and under our skin. We'll talk about where these nerve cells are concentrated and what that means for our brains.

Literacy -
All aboard the Polar Express. Students will participating in activities centered around the book, The Polar Express. Will they be able to hear the magic Christmas bell? There will be games, puzzles and even a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows!!

Social Studies
Givers Unite. You’ve surely heard of Santa Claus, but he’s not the only generous character this time of year.  Let us introduce you to some new-to-you winter-time gift givers from around the world.

Gift Workshop.  Creativity and ingenuity will be in demand as students prepare presents from materials in the makerspace.  

Frosty the Snowman and the power of Pi. For this challenge students will be building snowmen and measuring the radius and circumference of each of their circles. They will then see how close they can get to Pi using those measurements. On the back of the snowmen  students will try and write down as many digits of Pi as they can memorize throughout the lesson.

Christmas Ornaments. Students will be making a variety of ornaments this week. Glitter will be involved again much to the excitement of the students and the chagrin of the art station masters.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Dinostars, the Musical

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Dinostars, the musical, will be presented by the First and Second Grades during the next block. (Jan-Feb)
Sadly, we couldn’t fit all the younger students into the Christmas Musical,
so, the next block will be dedicated just to them.

Thank you for all your support!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

STEM Rec / December 11 -15

STEM Rec Challenges
December 11 - 15

Hearing Focus Challenge. We have a single mouth and nose, but two ears. Do we benefit from hearing in stereo? We're going to experiment to see if two ears are really better than one and compare our ears to some animal super-hearers.

Literacy - Morgan D
Letter Writing.  In literacy this week students will have the opportunity to practice their writing skills as they write letters to those who might need a pick-me-up. In the spirit of the holiday season, students will have the chance to brighten the lives of others such as children in the hospital or military members serving away from their families. Tis the season to spread some warmth into the world!

Social Studies
Chinese mythology.  When I say ‘dragons’ you probably think King Arthur.  When you hear about gods and monsters Ancient Greece likely comes to mind.  Perhaps we should stay in China another week and open up a new world of mythology.

Engineering / Math / Art
Foxville Christmas Village. Students will continue the design and construct of their own building to be included in our FDA Christmas Village. Students will then paint and decorate their building at the art station. The village will be on display through the month of December. We are hopeful this will be an exciting and unify project for our student body.  We need parents to help in the design/construction process and the painting/decorating process. Thank you to all those who helped last week. Please see sign up page on facebook if you are interested.