Lower Elementary shared a trip to Hueston Woods with the Upper Unit. We saw Great Egrets, Blue Herron, baby geese, Cardinals, Robins, and even a Baltimore Oriole. After our bird hike, we joined the Uppers for a romp in the stream where we hunted tadpoles and crawdads. We ended the day with a picnic and a great game of freeze tag.
The Upper Unit was invited to formally test a new exhibit at the Hueston Woods Nature Center. The exhibit, designed by alumni parent Dr. Michael Vanni and his students at Miami University, focuses on teaching people about the local Watershed. Our students took a pre-test before seeing the exhibit and a post-test afterwards. Dr. Vanni discussed watersheds, the development of the exhibit and the kinds of educational experiences one would want to have before going into Science in college. Thanks to alumni parent Dr. Chris Wolfe and to Dr. Vanni for coordinating this opportunity for our students!
At the Last Day of School Potluck, Thursday, May 28, we will hold our annual Egg Drop. This is a tradition at McGuffey that goes back decades!
Prior to the last day of school, students will spend time at home designing a package that will hold a fresh egg. This “vehicle” will keep it from breaking when it has been thrown off the roof over the kitchen onto cold, hard cement.
For novices, the use of bubble wrap is appropriate, however, as the years creep by, many students begin to consider packaging that is more creative and “engineered.”
Although no dangerous materials are permitted, creativity is much revered. There is much respect for innovative schemes, even when they don’t succeed.
– Raw eggs only! No eggs may be hard-boiled.
– No dangerous materials may be used.
– Students may not go on the roof at any time for any reason.
– Egg packages should be delivered to the collection point when they arrive at school.
– Only the designated adult may drop eggs from the roof.
– Students must stay behind the designated “drop zone” boundary.
Good luck and get busy creating!
As we wrap up our studies of “The Star Spangled Banner,” students in Grade 4 reviewed rhythmic dictation, with a twist. The class divided into two teams. One team read then clapped the rhythm; the other team listened then wrote it out. The class moved on to the next rhythm only after all agreed the dictated rhythm was correct.
In the past, the music teacher played the rhythm and students took dictation. This time, the reading/clapping team was responsible for making sure their beat was steady and everyone on the team understood and could play the rhythm. Starting with simpler rhythms, the challenges got progressively harder until one student proclaimed, “This is hard! And fun!” which is music to any teacher’s ears.
Lower Elementary kids sure know how to start the weekend!