The fourth grade students brought some of their unused books or the ones that have been read and reread many times to exchange with others in their class. The books were in French or English. They were exchanged to encourage and motivate other students to read as well as create a sense of community through sharing and giving to others.
On Thursday, November 15th, the 5th grade students demonstrated their science projects in the auditorium. After reading about William Kamkwamba, a Malawian boy who had designed a windmill out of discarded items in order to provide water and electricity to his home, the students set out to design their own useful machines with discarded materials. Student projects included pet food dispensers, weight-reducing levers, water dispensers for plants, and many more. On Thursday, they presented their finished projects to parents and to fourth grade students.
Project based learning allows students to work with a purpose and to use their skills in real life situations. After the 5th graders measured the area of artificial grass needed, the order was made. The facility team is working hard to install everything. The result already looks clean and beautiful.
4th graders have been working with Jacob Johnston during art class. After a step by step process, the result has been presented in front of the school. These additional touch of color welcomes everybody to SDFAS.
Technology in education allows students to work on multiple skills in one lesson. That’s what Caroline Dumas’ 2nd graders did, using the BookCreator app. Students were able to write, draw, organize what they had learned during their class delegates elections. They could even record their voices to repeat what they had written: a great way to practice oral language and share their work with their parents! Collaboration was also key in this process: many questions were answered by peers on how to create their very own interactive books.