Science, Technology, Art, Music, Media and Physical Education
Read below to find out what's happening in each of the special area classrooms!
Mrs. Adams, Music Specialist
This month we are continuing to learn music through our online learning platform, CANVAS. I miss seeing you all in person and look forward to moving back to a traditional teaching and learning setting when we can. Thank you for your patience as I learn to teach in a whole new way for me.
This month we will be reviewing concepts learned earlier in the year—rhythm, steady beat, and melody. Students will practice reading music notation as they sing, play learning games, move to music, create music, and play instruments (acoustic, body percussion, homemade, app based, or computer based).
You should spend about 15-20 minutes once per week on your music course. Do your best with the CANVAS assignments and remember to contact me with questions before you get frustrated. I am available from 7:30 to 3:00 each school day to help you through each assignment as needed. You can message me through CANVAS, email me, or add a post to the discussion board for the assignment.
Have fun making music!
Ms. Baldwin, Science Specialist
I miss everyone so much!
I am enjoying this beautiful weather and hope you are too. Visit a trail, play or explore your backyard or observe the insects found in a grassy patch in the parking lot (with your parent's supervision). You could also try your hand at gardening, it is fun to watch and you don't need much space. I have even used an egg crate to start green beans.
I know you are probably wondering what to do now that we are not at school. I have updated my website so that it has virtual field trips to zoos, aquariums and more. There are also some cool animal cams and science kid podcasts.
Have you seen our new posts on Social Media? Our Instagram handle is @Gatorslab and our Youtube channel is GatorsLab, Ms. Baldwin. Both of these platforms will be updated once a week.
Canvas: I know that learning at home is not as fun but I am learning new and fun ways to share science with you at home. I have added a few assignments, one on pets and another on the American Alligator. If you are a third through fifth-grader, I have also assigned LegendsofLearning.com activities. (Just make sure you choose "Play at School" or you will be sent to free play.)
More will be coming soon but I will send information with your classroom teacher.
Wash your hands, cover your mouth, be kind to others and have a great week!
Mrs. Lambillotte, Technology Specialist
Mrs. Lambillotte is on her flexible schedule for most of February which means that classes will go to Media but Mrs. Lambillotte will push into classrooms to do a variety of technology projects that wouldn't necessarily be able to be completed in the lab. The focus of this flex time has mainly been on coding and programming. We have many coding resources available. Check out the list below to see what some classes are doing.
Kinders are learning about the Coding Mouse and will learn how to use Education Galaxy
First Graders are creating their own reading center story by recording themselves reading a short text. Mrs. Lambillotte will put it all together to make a class story that can be listened to in the listening center of their classrooms.
Second graders are researching animals as a part of their science unit. They will then use this material to learn how to create a PowerPoint.
Fourth graders have programed the Dash robots to roll down a timeline and tell different key events of the Civil war.
Fifth graders will be programming the Ozobots to make their way through an obstacle course they've built representing the different challenges that Auggie faces in the book Wonder.
Happy Spring everyone!
As you all know, we have moved to an online learning platform.
In your student's Art Canvas course...
I have posted a Greetings and Getting stARTed Introduction video :)
I have a "Contact, Resources & Ideas" assignment that includes my email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and some videos/apps to keep students drawing
(You do not have to submit any response to these assignments)
I have started listing Assignments/Lessons for students. I want you to keep in mind, since students usually have Specials once a week, whenever I post an assignment students are NOT required to submit something the same day. I don't want to overwhelm you all since you have other classes to keep up with.
We are all swimming in uncharted territory here, so let's just be patient and positive with each other :) I am happy to hear any questions/concerns you may have, just send me an email.
I look forward to beginning a Virtual Art journey with you all! Let's use our imaginations and have some fun :)
Mrs. Collins, Media Specialist
March has been an interesting month! We began the month with the annual General Greene Scholastic Bookfair! We had wonderful attendance from parents, grandparents, to the Dads and Dudes event during book fair week! With generous donations from our community, there are many new books to add to our library collection! I will be working on a "Book Tasting" in Canvas, so be on the lookout!
North Carolina Book Award Nominees - Students in all grades listened as I read from various books listed on the book award nominee list for North Carolina. Among the favorites were: "Breakout" by Kate Messner and "Potato Pants" by Laurie Keller. Students will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite! Voting has been extended indefinitely due to many schools using distance learning. Look for that information in Canvas as well.
Flex in the Media Center: Flex time in Media can include STEM projects to digital breakout rooms for students -- really the opportunities are endless when teachers collaborate to extend student learning.
2nd Graders: Students participated in an interactive story online that centered around their Civil War Unit. Students also explored a "Thinglink" Mrs. Collins created for students to learn more how women contributed to the war efforts. A "Thinglink" is a picture with access points attached to it for students to explore. The Civil War Thinglink included: videos, quizzes, facts and pictures. We also learned more about Mary Bowser - a spy with a photographic memory!
3rd Graders: participated in a breakout room called, "Cinderella: Destination Greensboro." Students used this breakout room to learn more about the city of Greensboro and to get ideas for their own fairy tales to take place in the year 2020 with Greensboro as the setting. Really cool stuff happening in Ms. Hanks classes!
4th Graders: did research on different sports. Mrs. Collins joined Mrs. Smith's classes to provide online and print resources to learn key terms and rules of competitive sports to use in their own realistic sports narratives and poetry. Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Collins also worked together to create a digital breakout room based on poetry elements and novels read in class.
Mr. Rice, PE Specialist
Let me first say, I miss you guys so very much!!! As we conclude March, let's focus on staying safe and healthy. I have created some exercises that require no equipment as well as a fitness calendar created by a great resource "OPEN". I will update Canvas every week with new fun ideas Thank you so much for your support of Kids Heart Challenege - we raised $12,569.99! If you have questions regarding PE lessons at home please email me at email@example.com. I live by this motto and my hope is you see it in me every day, “There is nothing GREATER than being a GATOR!”