Author Gillian King-Cargile shared her writing process with 4th graders from Sheridan School today. She talked about her writing recipe and the students were able to create their own stories while experiencing STEM activities throughout the day to enhance their story ideas. This was a high energy day filled with great experiences.
3rd graders loved their first STEM Read experience!
After a lot of planning we hosted our first D87 STEM Read field trip for 3rd graders. The day was filled with first hand experiences from Hurricane Katrina, engineering challenges and a great energy. Students worked in teams of 4 to protect their time travel lab from a hurricane, determined what equipment would help them survive in a disaster, were challenged to help the class bully when in need and learned what their chances of survival might have been if they were on the Titanic. We weren't able to coordinate our date with author Lauren Tarshis, but we did enjoy a great video she created for us about her writing process and inspirations.
District 87 Elementary Schools Read the Bluestem Nominees
This year all 6 elementary schools participated in our 4th Annual Battle of the Books event. Students read books from the Bluestem 2017 nominee list and studied the plot, title and author. Our Sheridan School team came in 3rd place and had their best showing thus far. I had a wonderful judges panel including: Cindy Helmers, Dr. Hannah, Shirley Jacobs, Jim Cooper, Stacie Ochiltree, Laura Wilson, Janice Ochiltree, Bridgette Beasley and Mary Yount. Washington School came out on top of the double elimination bracket and everyone had a wonderful day!
I was very excited to volunteer at the I Survived STEM Read event at the Invocation Center in DeKalb today. Knowing that we would be doing a similar event in Bloomington next month, I had the opportunity to help out with this event to better plan for ours. 800 5th through 9th graders were actively involved in the design challenges based on the I Survived series. Beyond engineering design challenges
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