Electricity Stations at Trevvett ES

Electricity Stations at Trevvett ES

Librarian Marsha Moseley collaborated with Mrs. Grossman’s 4th grade class in late February for a lesson on electricity. She set up electricity stations where students used an “energy stick” to learn about open and closed circuits, a static electricity generator and a variety of materials to learn about conductors, and littleBits to learn about series and parallel circuits. It was a fun 45 minutes of hands-on learning! Below are some pictures of the lessons.

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Dr. Seuss Day at Lakeside ES

Dr. Seuss Day at Lakeside ES

Here are some pictures from National Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day at Lakeside Elementary School last Thursday. Teachers, Staff, and students had lots of fun dressing up as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters and reading! To learn more about Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day, click here, and make sure to check out the HCPS TV videos of other Dr. Seuss Day events here.

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Coding the Continents

Coding the Continents

In last Thursday’s library lesson, the students in Ms. Parrish’s 2nd grade class at Montrose Elementary were provided with a template that has the map of the world and two sprites, one to show the continents and one to show the oceans. They logged into their Scratch accounts and remixed the template.  The students programmed the alligator to move to the different continents and say where they were located. As a follow up, students can program the diver to move to the five different oceans.

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Henrico Reading Warriors Visit Ratcliffe ES

Henrico Reading Warriors Visit Ratcliffe ES

Last week, Henrico High School librarian, Christina Thrasher, arranged for her Henrico Reading Warriors to come to Ratcliffe Elementary School to read holiday stories to the students. About 20 football players along with their coach came. They went to each classroom and were greeted by surprised and mesmerized students. The students and teachers really enjoyed their visit and these young men were such strong reading role models for our students. Kudos to Christina for having this program available

Group pic--Henrico HS reading warriors  HHS Wide Receiver reading to 1st grade

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Eric Litwin visits Fair Oaks Elementary

Eric Litwin visits Fair Oaks Elementary

Eric Litwin visited Fair Oaks on Oct.12. He signed books and had lunch in the library with writing contest winners. Everyone had a great time!  The event was the provided for as part of a collaborative literacy grant written by librarian Kim Slayton and art teacher Corinne Schofield. The grant was awarded by the Henrico Education Foundation and will support a school-wide literacy project.  Before the visit, Slayton created hands on lessons that incorporated singing and reading in preparation. A video of highlights of these lesson can be seen here.  More information on the HEF grants can be found here.

 

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Crestview hatches chicks

Crestview hatches chicks

Crestview Elementary School is currently a remake of The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens. Everyone is “a buzz about fuzz”. Only theirs is the fuzz of tiny chicks! It started with a simple life cycle project with PreK-second grade. Research was done through PebbleGo and other resources, Pixies and other projects were made, and then live animals were ordered. They started with caterpillars (easy) and ladybugs (easier). These lovely insects were released on Earth Day into the school’s Learning Garden. Most grade levels attended and our flying friends did not disappoint! Then the project instantly got bigger with the idea of chickens. The librarian, Kristen Cross, found a local (Gum Springs) hatchery that had fertilized eggs on hand. After a quick trip to the farm and an incubator order through Amazon they were the proud owners of 6 eggs. Incubation time for the eggs was a long, long, long 21 days. J On day 20, they heard the much anticipated sound of cheeping through the eggs and a few even cracked open. By day 21 they had 4 little chicks and the school even got to watch #4 hatch live! Unfortunately 2 of them did not make it, but we discussed during every class that some may not be “chicken” eggs, they may be the “eggs you eat” so there were no hard feelings or disappointment. Luckily these little guys are tough and have been touched and poked by 451 little fingers. They will be leaving next week to join a farm in New Kent County where we will receive updates. All in all, it was an amazing experience for everyone!

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