Last Friday, students participated in a real world activity involving applying for a job, earning a salary, cashing a check from the bank, and spending money using exact change or making change at the market. It was a great capstone project to not only practice our money skills, but also experience how math is applied in the real world.
To begin the activity, students had to apply for jobs. Jobs included teacher assistants, store associates, store clerks, store manager, bank tellers, bank manager, and a police officer to monitor the halls. Teacher assistants assisted various teachers at RCSAI to complete a specific task. Once the task was complete, students received an envelope with their checks inside. They could then cash their checks at the bank. The bank tellers and bank manager were to collect the checks and distribute the correct amount of money. Finally, students would be able to use their money at the store. At the store, students had two options: use exact change to pay for an item or pay with more to get change. The store clerks and store manager were responsible for making sure all sale transactions were accurate and issuing correct change to customers.
For our Thanksgiving-themed challenge, students had to plan, design, and build a mini “Mayflower” ship to float and hold the weight of 100 pebbles (representing the 100 people that traveled on the Mayflower) using only the materials provided.
Materials (per team)
5 sheets of aluminum foil
2 small dixie cups
10 popsicle sticks
tape (1 meter)
1 pair of scissors
Build a boat that must float and be able to withstand the weight of at least 100 pebbles.
You do not have to use all of the materials.
Materials will not be replaced.
Arctic Ocean’s design
After designing and building their boats, it was time to test them! All of the boats floated, but the real challenge was seeing if the boats could withstand weight.
The winner was Indian Ocean’s design, holding a whopping 43 pebbles! Great job, Indian Ocean!
Have you ever petted a rhino before? If you have, you might have been scared! Some rhinos are nice and some are mean! Yesterday, we went to White Oak Conservation to visit and learn about our animal of the year. First, we visited the Indian rhinos. Then, the Black rhinos. And then, the White rhinos. We can tell the difference between the rhinos by their mouths. The White rhinos were the most curious and let us pet them. They were smelly and felt rough.
After the rhino tour, we went see giraffes, gazelles, and cheetahs.
Today was election day. Second grade students got the opportunity to vote for their favorite class presidential candidate. After counting all the votes, Ms. Dumerlus declared which candidates were elected president and vice president.