1st Grade - Around the World
Our last stop on our travels around the world was to Australia! Students enjoyed learning about the fascinating animals, geographical wonders, and people in this country and continent! 1st graders made Aborigines inspired dot hand paintings and didgeridoos. We also had a special treat as one of my 3rd grade students, Madeleine, came to teach the students about her travels to Australia! This was a really exciting unit and a fun conclusion for our 1st graders.
Our last two TARGET days were spent in the Media Center as a combined 1st grade TARGET group with mine and Mrs. Herbel's students. Students participated in Exploration Stations focusing on convergent and divergent thinking skills the first week.
Our last TARGET day was all about ROBOTS! Students loved previewing just a few of the activities they'll get to do next year as part of our 2nd grade Robotics and Coding Unit. A special "thank you" to our 4th grade TARGET students who volunteered to help the younger students with their robotics stations.
2nd Grade - Picasso
We concluded our Picasso unit with original works of art inspired by Picasso's A Bouquet for Spring. Mothers, I hope you enjoyed this homemade gift for Mother's Day! Students worked so hard on these over several weeks in TARGET!
Second graders also worked on constructing and creating different types of cubes! Students made "Magic Cubes" out of straws and chenille stems then made movable number flags to work out "magic" equations solving for the same total sum on each face of the cube. This was challenging but students persevered! Way to use those quantitative reasoning skills, 2nd graders!
Students used their visual and perceptive reasoning skills to create a cube using only card stock and glue! This challenge took some patience and team work, but again, the 2nd graders impressed me with their determination and their willingness to help other students!
For our last TARGET day, Mrs. Herbel and I combined our classes for some fun Brain Stations! Mrs. Herbel's room served as our Convergent Thinking Headquarters with chess and Ozobots and my room was the Divergent Thinking Headquarters with watercolor painted bookmarks and Echo Drawings. What a fun summer send off!
3rd Grade - Mini-Society
The citizens of Logictopia have been working feverishly to prepare for Market Day! These 3rd grade entrepreneurs and small business owners created and manufactured products to sell to 2nd grade TARGET student consumers, and then to each other! I'm not sure which group of TARGET students enjoyed themselves more, the business owners or the shoppers! I loved seeing the creativity and perseverance of 3rd graders as they worked to meet deadlines, problem-solve, and trouble shoot when things din't go their way.
4th Grade - National Parks
I can't say enough about how proud I am of the 4th graders! Students admitted that this was probably the biggest school project they've completed thus far in terms of scale and information, but they completed the assignment and exceeded my expectations! The 1st grade TARGET students were in awe as they "toured" the National Parks created by the 4th grader TARGET students. Just WOW! I would definitely say our first National Park Fair was a success! Parents, thank you so much for your ongoing support of this project! From purchasing materials, to allowing computer time for research, encouraging your student to meet deadlines, and supporting our National Park Fair with your presence, we couldn't have done it without you! Many thanks!
5th Grade - Shakespeare
Our culminating project for our Shakespeare Unit was performing excerpts and adaptations of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Fifth graders have been rehearsing for weeks, practicing their lines and stage notes, creating props and scenery, and at last, performing "on stage" for Mrs. Herbel's TARGET students. My class was also the audience for Mrs. Herbel's students as they performed several scenes from The Tempest. Fifth graders, some of you were made for the stage! I can't wait to see what you become and make of your futures, whether it's theatrical or not! We will miss all the spunk and sass you bring to our TARGET classes next year when you're in middle school! Best of luck on all future endeavors, 5th graders!
Have a wonderful summer, Teasley TARGET students! See you in August!
Gifted Specialist Teacher at Teasley Elementary