Northport K-8 Students in Tracey Healy’s fifth grade class were so excited to participate in a Mystery Literature Unit as an end of the school year promotion of an intriguing lesson. Students read the mystery book, The Power of the Scarab, the story of an Egyptologist and his daughter who uncover a mystery while working an Archeological dig. During the unit, students read a case summary, used an evidence organizer and built background knowledge of ancient Egypt to make those all important connections to the mystery. Students researched ancient Egyptian deities, used math to uncover information about the building of the Great Pyramid at Giza, designed a personal cartouche with their names written in hieroglyphics, investigated the science of mummification, taste tested the foods of the region and made their own decorative collars using geometric shapes. Student Sebastian Palomino when asked if he enjoyed the lesson stated, ” It was awesome! It was like we really went back in time for a few weeks!” Student engagement, community building and investment in the lesson are keys to opening up students willingness to extend into deeper learning! Pictured are students from Tracey Healy’s class sporting their handmade Egyptian collars.
Samuel Gaines Academy students in grades 3-8 enjoyed being served delicious, icy snow cones by our parents and volunteers. How did they earn them? Students attended all the days of FCAT testing without having to take any make-up exams. We aren’t sure if it was the snow cones that motivated them or their excitement to show all the learning they acquired this year, but a whopping 99% of students took the test without having to take ANY of the exams on make-up days…that’s a lot of snow cones!
White City Elementary ‘s fourth graders visited St. Augustine on Saturday to conclude their year-long study of Florida history. Students were able to see history come to life as they visited the famous Castillos de San Marcos Fort and toured the city where explorers such a Menendez and Ponce de Leon once settled.