Mariposa Elementary students learn reading skills in media center

Mariposa Elementary students learn reading skills in media center

An exciting enrichment reading group activity was held in the Media Center at Mariposa Elementary. Third grade students assigned to Charlotte Pennington enjoyed reading a folktale titled “The Paper Crane” by Molly Bang. While reading the story, the students were encouraged to use various reading strategies taught by Charlotte Pennington:  phonics, word decoding, clarifying, story mapping, predicting, questioning and summarizing.  The story taught the students about the nature of gift giving and caring for others that are less fortune then themselves. As an activity, the students learned how to fold their very own origami cup following Mrs. Pennington’s
directions.  Before the students returned to their regular classes, Charlotte Pennington presented a paper crane created by her and Christina Bondi, the media clerk, to each student as a  reminder of this wonderful folktale. Pictured, back row, from left, Omarion Paul and Thomas Mehler. Front row, from left, Ian Ottinger, Joshua Pierre, Hayleigh McCune, Danielle Diaz, Alanna Rivera and Layla Brown.

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.

Mariposa Elementary students learn in cooperative reading groups

Mariposa Elementary students learn in cooperative reading groups

Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary School were organized in a cooperative reading group with Kagan structures. There are four to five students in a group and each student has a specific job. One student will read aloud while the others read silently. When the page is read, each student has a task following a pyramid in the middle that says what that job is. Someone will summarize, then another student will predict, and the last student will connect the story to their lives, another book or a movie. After one round, the pyramid is turned to the left and the next person reads the next page. Each student will go through the cycle at least once. Students are accountable for what they are reading and learn to share their thoughts appropriately. They also get to verbalize their thoughts. It will take time to develop the skill of conversation and discussion, but the results will be fascinating. Pictured, from top left clockwise, are Jaden Derocha, Erik Paz, Joseph Potts, Jacob Guerrero, and Joey Peterson.

Mariposa Elementary students learn hands-on about nature

Mariposa Elementary students learn hands-on about nature

Mariposa Elementary School fourth grade students were enthralled with a Hobe Sound Nature Center presentation about raptors, also known as birds of prey. Staff from the Center brought in a rescued owl and hawk.  After learning about these amazing creatures, students role-played being scientists. They needed to find out what owls had eaten from an owl pellet. They broke the owl pellet in half, then used tools such as tweezers to pull apart the fur, and find the bones that could not be digested by the owl. Students took home the bones and fur and were asked to re-create what the animal looked like by gluing the bones back together. It was a spectacular opportunity for the students to have a relevent, hands-on experience with nature, and expand their scientific
knowledge. Pictured is Jan Feliciano Alvarez.

Mariposa Elementary students learn about Pilgrims

Mariposa Elementary students learn about Pilgrims

The students in Elizabeth Forbes’ class at Mariposa Elementary learned about the Pilgrims in the month of November. The students read books and poems that described the Pilgrims’ exciting journey to their new land and wrote about how it would have felt to have been a Pilgrim child. The overwhelming consensus was that they would have missed electricity! Each student told one or more things for which they are thankful  at the end of the activity. Pictured, from left, are Michael Anderson-Cline, Louisa Davila, Angelee Amperez-Jorge and Aiden Busch.

Mariposa Elementary students learn about marine animals

Mariposa Elementary students learn about marine animals

Mariposa’s first grade students studied marine biology on a recent field trip to the Manatee Center in Fort Pierce. The students were engaged in a presentation on Florida’s manatees hosted by the center’s educational coordinator. Students learned fascinating facts about manatees and other marine animals like sea turtles, tropical fish, and eels. After the presentation, the students got to walk around the observatory deck to search for manatees, take photographs, and purchase souvenirs in the gift shop. Students, parents, and teachers had a wonderful time in spite of the rainy conditions that prevailed. Pictured, from left, are A. J. Cummings, Remington Jones, Tatiana Negron, Nicholas Laliberte, Alex Jean-Pierre, Niesha Caldwell, Angelo Camerata, Kiarrah Jean-Baptiste, Kristian Csapo and Janellie Alverez.

Mariposa Elementary students learn about animals and their habitats

Mariposa Elementary students learn about animals and their habitats

Students in Toni Baptiste’s first grade class at Mariposa Elementary School have researched a zoo animal and made a cereal box report about their animal. Boys and girls were excited to share their animal’s habitat, diet and fun facts to the class. In addition, students were able to share information they learned about each other’s animal to a chaperone on a field trip to the Palm Beach Zoo. Pictured, from left, are Brandon Schwochert, My Nguyen,  Isaiah Bissram, Samuel Montgomery, John McCallum, and Sophia Mohammed.

Mariposa Elementary students learn about advertising writing

Mariposa Elementary students learn about advertising writing

Students in  Ashley Coe’s class at Mariposa Elementary participated in a fun activity to learn about author’s purpose. Using a candy wrapper, they had to find the facts that informed the consumer about the product. Then they had to write an advertisement using figurative language to persuade the consumer to purchase the product. Finally, the students created an imaginative story about the candy product to entertain the purchaser.

 

Mariposa Elementary students jump for the heart

Mariposa Elementary students jump for the heart

Students at Mariposa Elementary School recently jumped for pledges for the local chapter of the American Heart Association. The goal this year was $7,000. All students spent their resource time, skipping, jumping rope, running an obstacle course and hopping to music.  We thank all those who have made donations on behalf of the students.  It is nice to know students are able to have compassion and place the needs of others before themselves.  Pictured, from left, are Brianna Locklar, Ariya Mosley and Zechariah Araya.

Mariposa Elementary students join in annual fundraising event for heart health

Mariposa Elementary students join in annual fundraising event for heart health

Jump Rope for Heart is an event that takes place at Mariposa Elementary School’s PE field each year as a fund raiser for the American Heart Association. The program was formed to educate students and the community of the importance of a healthy heart free from cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Pictured, from left, are Kervens Saintil, Javon Clarke and Connor Bagnall participating in the fundraising event.

Mariposa Elementary students investigate their senses

Mariposa Elementary students investigate their senses

Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary School have been exploring their senses and how to describe what they interpret with them. Pictured, from left, Anthony Serrano, Joshua Pierre, Devon Barbour, Joslyn Patterson and Faith White were presented with four centers:  listening, smelling, touching, and seeing. The students had to describe the objects using ONLY their senses. It was an enthralling activity that will help them both in writing and science. Students were engaged and so excited about tying in science lessons previously taught and applying them to their writing.

Mariposa Elementary students honor local veterans and first responders

Mariposa Elementary students honor local veterans and first responders

Students at Mariposa Elementary recently invited local veterans, firefighters and police officers to a Hero’s Breakfast in their honor. After the breakfast, students honored the local heroes through songs from the Mariposa chorus directed by Mary McCartney, a “Thank You” presentation from Michelle Smith’s first grade class, poem readings from second grade students and thank you cards from the entire school. The heroes were thrilled to receive the hugs and thank you cards from the students! Afterwards, the local police and fire department invited students outside to view the emergency vehicles and learn about safety. Pictured are Jonah McCrory, from left, Noah Corsiglia and Daymon Boatswain enjoying spraying the fire hose. Students from grades Pre-K through first sat in the back of a fire engine and learned about the computers in the front of police vehicles. It was a fabulous day and a tradition that will continue.

Mariposa Elementary students hear messages about respect and academic excellence

Mariposa Elementary students hear messages about respect and academic excellence

Students and staff at Mariposa Elementary School recently enjoyed an assembly with remarks presented by the esteemed international Strength Team, rated #1 in the nation for school assembly programs. The group’s presentations promote anti-bullying, anti-peer pressure, anti-drugs, and anti-alcohol, while respecting others and academic excellence. A great morning was had by all with this motivating message on making the right choices and was received with applause, laughter, and cheering. Pictured is one of the team members addressing a question from the audience.

Mariposa Elementary students explore using scientific instruments

Mariposa Elementary students explore using scientific instruments

Theresa Delancy’s third grade class at Mariposa Elementary School practiced being scientists as they explored scientific tools. The students rotated through six centers using tools like a pan balance, measuring tape, thermometer, graduated cylinder, eye dropper and hand lens. The students worked in small groups and performed an experiment at each of the six centers. They recorded their observations and collected data in their science journals just like real scientists do in the lab. Pictured are Joshua Pierre,left, and Juan Navarro.

Mariposa Elementary students experimented with flight

Mariposa Elementary students experimented with flight

Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary did a spectacular experiment recently. Students created Spin-Copters to determine whether the mass of an object would affect how well the copters flew. The students found out that when you add a paper clip to the copter, it would fly a little farther away and spin a little faster on its descent.  However, when you did the same thing with cardstock or heavier paper, the copter did not fly so well because it had too much mass.  The students were engaged in this activity and enjoyed testing the copters further by adding more and more paper clips for weight. 

Mariposa Elementary students delve into science

Mariposa Elementary students delve into science

Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary is working on a science experiment to see how much water an organism can hold. The students in the picture demonstrate how to use a balance and a ruler to determine growth. The students were amazed on how much growth took place in one day.  The experiment will continue for another 7 days to allow for collection of data. Pictured, from left, are Anijah Shuford-Moore and Nazeer Dunn.

Mariposa Elementary students create timelines of their lives

Mariposa Elementary students create timelines of their lives

Students Allison Pozo’s class at Mariposa Elementary created timelines comparing and contrasting the past, present, and future of their own lives. The students used words and phrases related to chronology while making personal connections to the social studies content. Pictured, back row, Nicole Cifuentes, left, and Lina Rodriguez. Middle row, from left, Julona Garber, Natalie Pineda, David Lemus and Kevin Ferdinand, and in front, Riley O’Dowd.