Kid Chess Lessons!
We've had two FULL weeks in TARGET! Chess lessons from the coaches at Kid Chess were definitely the highlight of our TARGET time together! If your child enjoyed the chess lesson, please go to www.kidchess.com to check out additional resources and opportunities like summer camps and tournaments. It really was an awesome experience!
1st Grade - Around the World
1st graders said Bon Voyage to America as we set off on an adventure to China just in time for Chinese New Years' celebrations! Students loved learning about the customs and traditions of China, especially listening to Chinese music as they worked! We discussed the ancient art of puppetry and the symbolism of the dragon and the color red in China for luck! Next time in TARGET we'll travel to another Asian country and learn about the rice harvesting in Vietnam!
2nd Grade - Cubism
2nd graders LOVED creating Doodle Cubes! We learned about lines, patterns, continuation of artistic ideas, and introduced geometry with the folding of nets for the Doodle Cubes. Students completed their Picasso-style self-portraits by highlighting their best features with a fine point black marker to really make them pop! We're working diligently on solving the white cross and white face on the Rubik's Cubes and have had many students reach this goal! As our unit continues, we are continuing to study the life and artwork of Pablo Picasso.
3rd Grade - Mini-Society
All is well in our mini-society and the development of Logictopia is advancing nicely. We've established currency (Smart Cash) and minted our first bills! Students elected their first community officials, the mayor and vice-mayor of Logictopia after presenting their campaign speeches and a very close election! We discussed the difference in a plurality and majority and even had a run-off because the competition was so stiff! Congratulations to our winners. Your constituents are expecting great things!
4th Grade - National Parks
Students in 4th grade have chosen a National Park to research and are in the process of creating brochures as well as other products to teach the class about their National Park of choice. We enjoyed "traveling" to Yellowstone and are looking forward to learning more about the National Parks, thought to be "America's best idea" as quoted by Wallace Stegner. As our unit continues, we'll study the historical impact of the development of National Parks and take an in depth look at the instrumental work and of conservationist John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt.
5th Grade - Epidemic
Our Epidemic Unit concluded as health officials from Barrow County met one last time to discuss existing E.coli cases and develop a plan to prevent future outbreaks from occurring at next year's fair. Students prepared to present their findings as a team of epidemiologists and we had a round-table discussion to debrief their presentations and look for commonalities between the suspected source of the outbreak and their prevention plans. This has been an exciting unit but we're looking forward to finishing our year in TARGET studying Shakespeare!
Gifted Specialist Teacher at Teasley Elementary