Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Who's Fault is It?

The students recently completed a project based assessment based on the information they learned about fault lines.  Students were given creative freedom as to what their final project could look like.  Some students chose to make 3D models out of foam, and another group chose to use Google SketchUp to create 3D virtual models.  Students were asked to explain the 3 main types of faults: reverse, normal, and strike-slip.  I was very pleased with the results of their projects.  In addition, the students needed to imagine that an earthquake hit our school and talk about what type of damage it might cause.  Many worked very diligently to create products that they can be proud of.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Peanuts, Bernie Brewer, and the Racing Sausages!

On Tuesday, January 31st, we had a surprise assembly for the students at the end of the day.  To the students shock there were 3 major television networks, a local newspaper, and a Brewer's executive (Rick Schlesinger the Brewers COO) in our gymnasium. Not to mention, Bernie Brewers and the Racing Sausages eventually made an appearance!
The background to the assembly starts with a 5th grade student who wrote to the Brewer's about not having a peanut-free section available.  He and his brother are allergic and haven't been able to attend a Brewer game since 2006.  In TAG class this boy and other students were writing letters to try and "make a difference".  The 5th grader's letter was so well written that Rick Schlesinger took notice and decided to pay our school a visit.  Read the full article here.