Fifth graders worked on their weaving skills in art with Mrs. Wiggins to make some cool and cozy scarves just in time for the extra cold weather!
Fifth grade classes practiced doing a Mystery Skype with each other on January 18, 2019 to prepare for their upcoming challenge. Mystery Skype is a game where two classrooms from different states Skype in with each other and take turns asking each other questions to see who can narrow down which state the other classroom is from first. The students are challenged to use their geography knowledge and skills to ask thoughtful questions and their quick researching skills to answer any questions they don’t know.
Learn More about Mystery Skype: https://education.microsoft.com/skype-in-the-classroom/mystery-skype
This year the Chinese New Year is February 5. In preparation for it, Ms. Chen, mother of Jayden in kindergarten and Liam in second grade, came in to share a tradition with Mrs. Carlsen and Mrs. Perry’s kindergarten class. Ms. Chen showed the class how to make dumplings, which represent good fortune for the New Year. 2019 is the Year of the Pig.
Mrs. Carlsen’s class also welcomed Mrs. Taradena, mother of Jordyn in kindergarten and Ryan in third grade, who shared an Italian folk story of La Befana. La Befana is an old woman who travels on a broomstick and delivers small gifts such as chocolates and candies to children in Italy on Epiphany Eve (January 5th).
As part of a weather unit, Ms. Coggin’s second graders are learning about extreme weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes, weathering, and erosion. Students had fun participating and making observations during an experiment on erosion. Students were asked to consider what they can do “in real life” to prevent erosion after seeing the effects of precipitation on unprotected soil. Some thought planting plants would help and explained why (the root system helps to retain the soil or sand). We tested their idea by placing a paper towel over the the second pile of soil. When it rained and stormed upon the soil, it did not erode like the unprotected soil did.
This month the girls in the Norge GEMS Junior club were challenged to build a bridge from the book The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Each team was given the same materials and then the bridge was tested to see if it could hold the three goats (large marshmallows) for at least 30 seconds without breaking.
Want more information on the GEMS Junior challenges so you can recreate them at home? Just contact one of the staff sponsors: Rachael Davis, Christine Koenig, or Cindy Cattell.
Screening for Gifted Services
Referral Deadline: February 1, 2019
The Williamsburg-James City County Program for Gifted Students is currently accepting referrals for the following students:
- Initial referrals for current K-4th grade enrichment;
- Initial referrals for current 4th grade students for 5th grade specific academic classes (language arts and/or mathematics);
- Retesting referrals for students who have not been tested within one year.
Parents or teachers are welcome to refer a student. Screenings will begin in March. If you are interested in learning more about this program or would like to know if your child is a candidate for screening for gifted services, please contact your child’s teachers or Mrs. Collins, the gifted resource teacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 564-3372, ext. 47405.
Norge fifth graders participated in MAD Science workshops on January 10-11, 2019. Cosmo Chelsea came in to each fifth grade classroom to do a hands-on lesson on atoms, elements, molecules and compounds with the students. She also reinforced the concepts of physical versus chemical change, and the kids had so much fun! A huge thank you goes out to our PTA for fully funding this experience for our fifth grade students!
Find out more about MAD Science: https://hamptonroads.madscience.org/