Last week, Mrs. Lampe's grade four class came up to CLIC to dissect owl pellets. We used tools, such as tweezers and toothpicks, to pull apart the pellets and used hand lenses to see what types of bones were inside. We found mice, other rodents, and even birds! Then, the students worked together to identify the bones they found and assembled them together to create skeletons. Great job, grade four!
The fifth graders at Proctor created, designed, and built cardboard creations inspired by Caine's Arcade and the Cardboard Challenge. What is the Cardboard Challenge, you ask? Check out the video about Caine and his amazing cardboard arcade.
Isn't that an incredible story? Caine's creativity is contagious.
The fifth grade watched this video and discussed the importance of creativity. They also learned about the engineering/design process. With their homeroom teachers, the students brainstormed, sketched, and developed ideas for their own cardboard creations.
The students utilized the CLIC room for three days to design their projects. They taped, cut, positioned, taped, painted, and taped their cardboard. (They did a lot of taping..)
Here are a few students working on their projects:
Once the projects were finished, the fifth graders had the opportunity to share them with the entire school. For the first half hour, they were able to go around and play the games other classes had made. For the second half hour, the fourth and sixth graders got to play, while the fifth graders were in charge of running and explaining their creations. Fun was had by all!
My name is Mrs. Kristen Condon and I am thrilled to be the CLIC teacher and coordinator this year at Proctor! Creating engaging and memorable lessons, while building confidence and instilling a love of learning, is paramount to a child's success. Being able to incorporate creative and hands-on activities in my classroom has always been one of my favorite aspects of teaching and I'm excited to bring that energy and passion to the CLIC program.
A little about my professional background: I am a certified elementary teacher in the state of Massachusetts. Prior to coming to Proctor, I taught fourth grade math and science for seven years. This past May, I received my M.Ed from Northeastern University in Learning and Instruction with a concentration in STEM Education.
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy creating and making jewelry, playing tennis, and gardening.