Morning Huddle

Our classroom is more than just a community of students; we are a family.

Take a peak into room 109 and see how we begin our morning carpet time, or as we call it, our “morning huddle.” During our huddle, we express bucket fillers and give shout-outs or compliments to our friends.  Then, we recite our affirmations to build inner confidence and a positive mind.  Last, we finish off with a few minutes of mindful meditation to calm down and re-center before beginning the academics.

Affirmations:

Affirmations

Solar Eclipse 2017

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Monday, August 21, 2017 will be a day to remember.  Learning about the solar eclipse, anticipating the event, and actually being able to witness the phenomenon was a very special learning experience for our students and one I will forever treasure.

To lead up to the event, we learned as much as we could about the eclipse and created lapbooks to demonstrate our learning.

As a school, RCSAI planned an Eclipse Blackout Party where students were allowed to dress down in all black, received NASA glasses, and were invited to view the eclipse together.  After viewing the eclipse, we held a class party with “space” snacks, such as Milky Way and Caprisuns, and completed a quick craft.

Despite the clouds, we were able to get a glimpse of an orange crescent through our glasses around 2:40 p.m. Though it took a while for many students, it was such an exciting feeling that moment they saw it and instantly screamed, “I can see it!”

Jade: “In the glasses, the sun was orange.”

Demarieon: “When it went away, it was getting smaller each minute.”

Lucas: “It was cool!”

Cool, indeed!

News Coverage of our school:

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/video?videoId=596120940&videoVersion=1.0

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/river-science-academy-hosts-blackout-party-for-solar-eclipse/466196308

http://www.fox30jax.com/video?videoId=596135160&videoVersion=1.0

STEM Friday: Saving Sam

Our traditional beginning-of-year STEM Friday activity: Saving Sam!  This activity not only promotes teamwork, but requires critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

This Week’s Challenge

Use the materials provided to put life jacket on Sam, the gummy worm, without him falling into the water.

Materials (per partner)

  1. One gummy worm
  2. One gummy lifesaver
  3. One clear, plastic cup
  4. Large paper clips (2-3)

Rules

  1. Students will be in pairs.
  2. Students may NOT touch “Sam,” the “life jacket,” or the “boat.”
  3. Students may only touch the paper clips.  They are allowed to bend them.
  4. Students are NOT to poke “Sam” with the paper clips.
  5. Set up: Place gummy lifesaver under cup (the cup is flipped over) and place gummy worm on top.
  6. The goal: Students want to get the “life jacket” from under the “boat” and onto him using only the paperclips.

For our very first cooperative learning activity, teams worked really well together sharing ideas and not giving up.  After many trials and errors and lots of “This is impossible!”s, this was the end result:

Congratulations to Team Elise, Ray, and Chris for solving the challenge the quickest!

Way to go, friends!