In 2nd Grade, students recently participated in a book study on Leo Lionni and other Caldecott Award-winning illustrators, discussing the illustrations and the mediums used. Work soon ensued on Caldecott Projects in which students conducted research, learned more about different art mediums, wrote reports, and presented on their illustrators. As a follow-up in January, students will illustrate one of their published writing pieces using one of the mediums they have access to such as paper collage, watercolor, acrylic, and pencil/ink drawings.
In 5th Grade, students conducted group research and activities on assigned states. In reading, students became experts on a famous/noteworthy figure from that state and wrote a research report and gave an oral presentation on that person. In math, they calculated a budget to travel from Houston to that state, including travel, hotel, and recreation expenses. In social studies, students researched noteworthy landforms/landmarks and the weather of that state. In science, students incorporated their learning of force and motion to build a “state float” that showcased everything they had learned about their state through their research. The floats were showcased during a school-wide state parade through the Travis hallways.
December 3-9 was Computer Science Education Week and Travis led all students through coding and computer programming activities as part of ‘The Hour of Code.’ We partnered with Coder Kids to provide all students with one class of coding during the Core Enrichment rotation. Students engaged in age-appropriate lessons exploring computer programming concepts and coding elements like logic and ‘if statements.’ They also learned about careers in computer programming. To learn more about the ‘Hour of Code’, click HERE.
Project Based Learning and other creative and innovative learning activities are taking place school-wide. Stay tuned for more highlights across the grade levels.