In history, the fourth graders have been learning about the natives of San Diego, the Kumeyaay. They have learned about their skills, government, trade systems, and their management of natural resources. Today they were able to see and experience life as a Kumeyaay native at the Torrey Pines State Park. The park provided docents that took small groups around the reserve to explore the flora and fauna encouraging them to take on an archaeologist perspective regarding those who lived here before us.
Cathleen Anderson & Sylvia Aka
For the last 2 months, Kindergarten students have counted, added and subtracted by programming little robots called “Beebot”. Meanwhile, the 4th graders were learning how to code polygons using “Probot”, an advanced version of the “Beebot”. In addition to the required Geometry skills, they acquired specific coding knowledge: loops, logic and debugging.
All this work led to a meeting between both classes so they could share their new skills during a cooperative lesson. The older students had to program their Probot to trace different polygons. Then, they asked the younger ones to name the figures in French and English, and to point to the correct word among others on a document. A great active pedagogical experience, full of kindness and cooperation to learn better.
Project based teaching and hands-on activities have been one of several practices at SDFAS. This year, a whole school project is dedicated to gardening, planting, and water.
Today, 5th graders worked on measurements in a real situation. They had to calculate the amount of artificial grass that the school will have to order. After measuring all surfaces, planter boxes, and tree circumferences, they came back to their classroom and made the final calculation.
The artificial grass will be ordered during the weeks to come and the area will be ready to welcome students from 1st to 2nd grade, who will then use the planter boxes.
Fourth graders are learning about plant structures and how they aid them in their growth, reproduction, protection, and survival. The students were able to dissect flowers in class today to learn more about the crucial parts for the reproduction process.