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  • Monday, April 13, 2015 | Filed under REAL Reflections

     

    Kinder students practiced more than, less than, and equal to using natural objects.

    Students also developed a garden character using these concrete manipulatives.






    A simple leaf helped introduce and engage 1st graders into fractional thinking. 
     






    Students demonstrated their understanding of the concept using sidewalk chalk and trash collected from around the garden.

    In 45 minutes most of the students left the outdoor classroom with a REAL experience of how to make fractions using their hands and their heart, not just their head. 

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  • Friday, March 27, 2015 | Filed under REAL Reflections

     

    This first grade journal demonstrates the scholars' understanding that living things depend on nonliving things in order to survive in the great cycle of life.

    We used natural plant resources to color, measured air temperature, and reviewed the properties of matter in this short experiential learning lesson.




    Ms. Alexander is seen here experiencing this writing lesson with her students. The garden is a natural teacher...it wants us to read, write, and research her.

    Scholars worked in teams to explore and read plant labels. Students practiced being authors to help inform the school about their favorite plant....

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  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Filed under REAL Reflections

       REAL WORLD MEASURMENT


    Upper grade students practiced identifying measurement units within the customary and metric systems using natural objects found outside.


    Scholars also predicted the air temperature using what they know and the outdoor clues (inferential thinking) in both Fahrenheit and Celsius  before actually reviewing the thermometer.  

    REAL WORLD MEASURMENT

    Upper grade students practiced identifying measurement units within the customary and metric systems using natural objects found outside. 

    Scholars also predicted the air temperature using what they know and the outdoor clues (inferential thinking) in both Fahrenheit and Celsius  before actually reviewing the thermometer.  
    REAL WORLD MEASURMENT...

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  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | Filed under REAL Reflections

      Colorful Collage

    Ms Fisher’s picture collage captures her students using the schoolyard as a tool for practicing descriptive writing.  These students also used natural dyes to color their plant sketches and taped in a piece of their plant to help them remember their learning experience. 

     
    YOU ROCK! 

    1st grade students gather in a circle to play Ispy using their special rock.  The students that really excel at this game are the ones that can properly use the physical properties and sensory details in their descriptive writing explanations. 
    1st grade students gather in a circle to play Ispy using ...

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  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | Filed under REAL Reflections


                                                                                             

    Mrs. Berry's 3rd grade students collected tree (front schoolyard) and veggie data (garden) outside, and returned inside to practice real world problem solving with the objective being taught (fractions).

    Student driven inquiry and science vocabulary were naturally embedded into the format of this math lesson.

    This particular student's engagement and ...

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