Seven Peaks students have unique opportunities throughout the year to participate in various field trips. This is an important aspect of extending their learning, and a high emphasis is placed on creating opportunities outside the classroom. Finding these awesome learning opportunities in the community allow students to apply their knowledge learned in the classroom to the real world around them, both in Central Oregon and beyond. Our first field trip this year was the annual Water Festival at the High Desert Museum. We just wrapped up our unit study on water so it was fitting for the students to attend, “show what they know,” and learn some deeper concepts/applications. Students participated in a variety of stations, covering topics like: surface tension, invertebrates, water cycle (evaporation/condensation/precipitation), groundwater, clouds, density and aquifers which we were already equipped with background knowledge. Below are some photos of a few groups in action!
We just started our rainforest unit on Monday and with this we will also be incorporating the study of various rainforest animals/insects/bugs. After a general introduction this week and next, students will select one rainforest animal/bug/insect. Then, they will research facts and create a presentation to show the class. Using a kid-safe search engine (www.kiddle.co), students will be allowed class time for self-exploration; gathering facts on their chosen animal. They will then be instructed on how to create a presentation using Google Slides to incorporate their facts into a readable, viewer-friendly presentation with pictures.
Second grade has been working hard with our new curriculum called Quaver Music – and enjoying the journey to learning more about music theory basics like strong and weak beats, rhythm, notation, meter, ostinatos and the names of the notes on the grand staff, starting with the treble clef. We’ve even been able to have some time on the iPads in our classroom working on Treble Champion – a Quaver game that encourages students to quickly learn these basics.