Thursday, April 21, 2016

Let's Make It Happen!

Our school year is winding down quickly. But just because our days in school are coming to an end,  doesn't mean that our learning has to! To end with a bang, we are immersing ourselves in the Maker Movement and several challenges. Here's a recap of what we have in store and completed so far: 

Current Projects 

So far all our grades made corner bookmarks and tinkered with computer programming through programs such as Scratch and  Our 4th graders are hard at work in finalizing their Paper City, where they are creating their own 3D city display to reflect their personalities, wishes, or hopes for the future. 

Maker Challenges 

We are excited about our bi-weekly Maker Challenges and tasks! These challenges are unique in that they are practical and allow us to come up with solutions to everyday problems. From creating a stand for an electronic reader or device to using cardboard to organize our classroom, we are putting some recyclables to use- just in time for Earth Day! 

Earth Day Celebration 

Speaking of Earth Day, we also enjoy helping out our school by participating in school-wide projects. For this year's celebration our school is decorating paper bags for a local grocery store. We had a blast designing these!

Here are more pictures of our projects. Feel free to follow us on Twitter at @reachrocketers for updates. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Channel One Meets Creativity

REACH is a fan of Channel One! Thanks to our teacher Ms. Carter, Channel One is a fixture in our program and how we start our day.  Our students like the fact that this kid-friendly news source provides in-depth coverage on different topics that affect our world today.

Recently, we have added to our discussion of topics by tapping into our creative sides. One segment we especially enjoy is the "Next Big Thing," which introduces new products. We love to debate whether the item featured will be a hit or a flop. This week, our teacher Mrs. Deyamport challenged us with creating a jingle for this week's next Big Thing: The Ruggie. Check it out below.

We came up with some catchy tunes for the Ruggie and the self-filling water bottle from last week. Check them out below and let us know what you think in the comments!