Mariposa Elementary students learn math and measuring through baking

Mariposa Elementary students learn math and measuring through baking

In fourth grade to practice learning about fractions, students in Michele Graci’s class at Mariposa Elementary decided to do some real world application. This project was helpful for the class to be able to answer the question fractions’ purpose. The students each got a chance to make a cake mix and end up with cake pops to eat at the end of their experiment. The class was put into four groups, and each afternoon a different group was put to the test. They were given a cake mix box and all the ingredients and tools they would need. It was then their job to read the directions on the box to measure and mix the ingredients properly with no help from the teacher.  Once they were sure it was ready, the cake pops were prepared in a small oven. The students were then able to taste the results when they were finished baking.  At the end of the week, students votec on which batch tasted better. Students realized that it is important to be able to not only read directions, but also measure fractions properly because if not done so the cake pops will not bake properly. One of the groups did measure incorrectly and the students were able to tell right away because once baked the cake pops did not come out properly. Pictured are students reading the directions and preparing the cake pops.

Northport garden wins fair accolades

Northport garden wins fair accolades

Northport K-8 fifth grade instructor Judy Fowler and her students won accolades, money and ribbons of all colors at the St. Lucie County Fair for vegetables home grown in the class’ garden and for journals that students submitted. Students exhibited vegetables such as kohlrabi, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, basil, dill, mustards, collards, onions and strawberries. Two students, Trevor Walk and Kaitlyn Friedt, won ribbons for their gardening journals which detail daily gardening activities. Students in Mrs. Fowler’s class were provided clearly stated learning goals, scales and rubrics for the
engaging project and the very special long range lesson provided for learning needs of every student including ESE and ESOL special learners. The garden and the final exhibit provided positive interactions with teacher, students and parents as well as community services.

Northport students excel at history fair

Northport students excel at history fair

Northport K-8 middle grades students excelled at the 2013 SLC School District
History Fair. Three Northport students, Moriah Weir, Michael Gorbach
and Casey McCowan,  were finalists in the second round of judging at the fair
held on March 2, 2013. Michael Gorbach’s exhibit, The Russian Revolution of
1917 was chosen as a finalist for the top three slots. Michael will be presented
with a second place award at the presentation ceremony on Wednesday, March 13 at
Fort Pierce Central.  Northport History Fair coordinator is instructor Bob
Burdge. Pictured, from left, are Bob Burdge, students Moriah Weir, Michael
Gorbach, Casey McCowan and principal, Glenn Rustay.