Mar 15, 2016

Will it float?

Mrs. Hartz's second graders explore buoyancy as they design, create, and test boats in media class. Success! 

Apr 3, 2015

Shape Scavenger Hunt and PicCollage FUN!

We're loving the concentration and focus from these first graders as they continue learning about shapes. Our All-Stars went on a shape scavenger hunt around the building, took pictures of their findings, then put together a PicCollage to showcase their learning.

When a Line Bends...A Shape Begins

What do you do in media class when first grade studies shapes in their classroom? Well you teach them how to insert, transform and create shapes in Microsoft Publisher, of course! We began with reading When a Line Bends...a Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler Greene. Then our All-Stars got busy creating something - whatever they chose - out of shapes in Publisher. Some of the shape creations included cities, robots, houses, monsters, trucks and more! We love incorporating technology skills with what's happening in the classroom! Way to go creative first graders!

Mar 6, 2015

Readathon in the Media Center!

We had some special visitors with us in the media center today. Rudy, Lassie, Rosie, Skittles and Yogi, five of the best-behaved dogs in town, hung out today during our Readathon fundraiser! All day, students came in and out of the media center to read with the dogs, celebrating our great Grant All Star readers and the end of Readathon! Thanks to the generous dog owners who spent their day with us and to everyone who donated to our biggest fundraiser of the year.

Mar 3, 2015

Symbols for the First Graders

Our first grade Grant All-Stars are moving into their symbols unit. What fun we had showing them online information about the symbols of our country! To get in the patriotic mood, we first read George Washington's Teeth by Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora. They were intrigued by the fact that a non-fiction book had "pictures that look like fiction" and disgusted by the fact that George Washington kept losing his rotten teeth! Ask your first grader to show you some of the online resources we used to study our nation's symbols. Hint: there are two helpful links on our K-2 page!

Feb 19, 2015

"Too Much Fun" with Tangrams

At Grant, we celebrate our diversity and welcome an opportunity to incorporate cultural celebrations into our daily learning. Today, our second graders celebrated the Chinese New Year by reading Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert, then exercising their brains and practicing their computer skills by solving Tangrams. These fun Chinese geometric puzzles consist of a square cut into seven pieces that can be arranged to make various other shapes. Follow the link to try it out; as one of our wonderful students said, "This is too much fun!"

Feb 11, 2015

It Looks Like a Newsroom in Here!

The computer lab was buzzing with excitement today with one of our fourth grade classes working hard on the Grant school newspaper. The students applied for various jobs (editor-in-chief, copy editor, comic writer, and various reporting duties including features, events, and sports), and are now pulling it all together as they prepare to publish their work. We can't wait to read more about what's happening at our great school!