Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The second grade students are exploring and comparing the historical cultures of Native Americans from various regions of North America. In lieu of a written language, the tribes of the Pacific northwest carved wooden totem poles to record important events and stories. In the classroom, each second grade student crafted a short story in the spirit of the northwest tribes. Symbols were chosen to represent the characters/objects in their stories, which were drawn on paper strips and scanned into the computer. Using the laser cutter in the BCI, students watched their designs being transferred on to 8” x 3” wooden blocks. Later, the children added color to the poles. The stories depicted on the poles will be recited during a potlatch party.
On April 22 Lower Schools students participated in Earth Day Design Thinking Projects throughout the campus. Working together is mixed greade level teams, students chose between the following activities: What I Love About Nature, GaGa Court Paint Project, Redesign the Leas Hall Playground, iPad Designed Public Service Announcements, Design your own boat, Collect and Build in the Nature Nook, Earth Day Celebration Nature Walk and Campus Clean Up, Build a Bean Bag Toss Game, Save the Bats - Building Bat Boxes for Campus, Earth Day Song Writing, and the GA Planting Project.