On Thursday, March 28th, all kindergarten to grade 8 pupils took their art work out of the classrooms and displayed them outside. This event, called “The Big Laundry” is a global event organized the same day all over the world in French schools.
This is an opportunity to appreciate the extent of the creativity of all our students, from the youngest to the oldest.
The fourth graders have started learning about energy transfers in science. They were able to use toy skateboards to demonstrate the effect that mass has when transferring kinetic energy. They documented and collected the data of the distances that the skateboards traveled when “transferring their energy” (ie crashing) and took the average to learn which collision had the greatest impact.
During our Economics unit, the 3rd grade students had the opportunity to become economists and entrepreneurs. All students tapped into their creativity in creating a paper good to market and sell in their classrooms. Student created paper dolls, dragons, airplanes, cartoons, and wrote books of poetry, and informational books on how to take care of animals. Through this S.T.E.A.M. based project, students developed a deeper understanding of important concepts: opportunity cost, the difference between needs and wants, scarcity, supply, demand, consumer, producer, loans, import and export, and much more. Through the experience of being entrepreneurs, the students also wrote persuasive commercials scripts, kept a balance sheet to track inventory levels, costs and profits, managed money wisely, and created an artistic and attractive store front.