Allapattah Flats third graders visit the planetarium

Allapattah Flats third graders visit the planetarium

As part of their Science curriculum, third grade students at Allapattah Flats are beginning to study the sun and other stars in our solar system. The students are learning how to compare and contrast the brightness, sizes, shapes and colors of various stars. This week students attended a field trip to the Indian River State College Planetarium.  The students enjoyed watching the night sky light up in front of their eyes and discussing burning questions they had with Planetarium Director Jon Bell.  Pictured, from left, are Trinity Scott, Madison Garcia, Isabella Westling, Dylan Maloy and Zachary Estep.

Time to learn at Allapattah Flats

Time to learn at Allapattah Flats

Students in Susan Funari’s second grade class at Allapattah Flats K-8 School have been busy learning how to tell time on an analog and digital clock. They have learned that there are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour.  They’ve even made their own clocks to practice telling time to the hour and half-hour. Pictured is Mrs. Funari’s class proudly showing off thier home made clocks.

Sixth graders learn the art of debate through writing

Sixth graders learn the art of debate through writing

Students in Michelle Mullins’ sixth-grade Language Arts class at Allapattah Flats K8 are learning how to utilize the writing process to write creatively, informatively and persuasively. As part of learning to write persuasively, students participated in a debate project in which they were grouped and asked to analyze a specific scenario and record the “pros” and “cons” of each. Some examples included consideration of a four-day school week or the positive and negative aspects of a school-enforced dress code. Students then split into sub groups and prepared a formal debate in which they had to argue in favor for, or against, a specific scenario. The debaters’ classmates then voted on whose argument was most convincing. The winning team was awarded with Gator Bucks. Pictured, from left to right, Deven Jones and Shan Askari counter-argue a point presented by Vincent Ancewicz and Justin Nolasco. Onlookers, Desiree Nolasco and Amber Kolbinskie, listen to the debate and consider which team deserves each of their votes.

All County Chorus on the air again

All County Chorus on the air again

In celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, over 120 elementary students from st. Lucie County public schools descended on the WLX Education Channel tv studio to record the annual Elementary All County Chorus. This year’s theme was Agents of Change! Songs included Agents of Change, Live Well, I’ll Be There, Big Heart, Kindness, and Think on These Things. The concert will be up on the WLX Video on Demand site on the district web site at www.stlucieschools.org soon for all to view. Tune in and take a look – Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month with the 2013 All County Chorus.