Recently seventh grade students participated in a lively debate where they renegotiated the Treaty of Versailles.
The Treaty of Versailles was one of the most important peace treaties that brought World War I to an end.
After spending time studying WWI and learning of it’s historical importance, students then got a first hand education on all the important factors and country interests in securing a peace treaty. This process allowed students to better understand what factors were at play that caused the war and the difficulties in ending it.
Sixth grade students recently just finished literature circles. Literature circles like book clubs. The intent of a literature circle to allow students to practice and develop the skills and strategies of good readers.
After the books were finished, students created original board games based on the novels they read.
The Learning Center Charter School is celebrating making of
all kinds at their 5th annual School Maker Faire on Thursday,
March 12 from 3:30 – 6:30.
Maker Faire, an official brand and trademark
for this worldwide phenomenon, is a celebration of invention, creativity, and
resourcefulness. It’s a place to show what you’ve made and to share what you’ve
learned with others. Schools host Maker
Faires because they are a perfect combination of part science fair, part county
fair, and part something entirely new. School Maker Faire exhibitors, or
“makers,” are primarily students—either as individuals, clubs, classes or
groups. And Maker Faire exhibits can be from any discipline — from science to
art to gardening to engineering to craft.
within the community are invited to have booths featuring their own unique
there will be hands-on activities, demonstrations, and delicious food available
for purchase. Students in 4th-8th
grade will be selling spaghetti dinner tickets to raise funds for their respective class trips.
Bender, organizer for the School Maker Faire, said “People in our community are
inherently curious and creative. Given the space and opportunity to build and
create, they do and we invite you to come out to witness the awesome things
added that having makers from the community sharing and interacting with the
young people make the event truly special.
Learning Center is an official host of the fifth annual School Maker Faire open
to the Murphy area and is looking for Makers to join the festivities. The event
will be held at the school on Thursday, March 12th, from 3:30 – 6:30
Visit www.naturallygrownkids.org/school-maker-faire to learn more and sign up
to be part of this event.
Every semester, we present a different choice of electives to our 5th-8th grade students. Offerings can vary wildly, but our focus in electives is always to give students a place to apply the skills they are learning during the academic day in a fun way.
Offerings have included Aquaponics, Pottery, Art & Design, Web Design, Drama & Theater Arts, Knitting and Crochet, Hiking, Forest Management, Puppetry, Primative Skills, Coding, Chess, Cooking, Robotics, Choral Singing and many more.
Students at The Learning Center Charter School are no
stranger to the use of state-of-the-art technology as part of their every day
learning experiences. The school has 3D
printers in several classrooms, Smart Boards in every classroom, computers and
laser printers available to every student, and more.
The school has cultivated an E-STEAM environment where students
learn using a variety of methods, tools, and techniques. E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science,
technology, engineering, arts & agriculture, and math.
Head of school, Ryan Bender, said, “We use technology as part
of our inquiry-based learning approach and have found that students gain a
deeper understanding of a subject by means of experimentation with it.”
Bender pointed to a science class as an example of technology enhancing student learning. “By giving our students access to technology and tools, we allow our students to “do” science instead of just “learn” science.”
For example, third grade students studied conduction,
friction and heat transfer on January 20, 2020.
They conducted an experiment using infrared thermometers. Students experimented on how the properties
of different objects affect friction when rubbing with a cloth. Temperature was
taken with the infrared thermometers and measured at different times through
the course of the experiment.
Conduction, convection and radiation were all concepts that student
learned as a result.
Bender added, “Using technology not only helps young students
learn the skills required to operate the newest devices and latest software,
but also allows them to research and solve problems in a collaborative and
cooperative manner with their peers.”
Back in December, fifth grade students worked with Kindergarten students to design and construct gingerbread houses. The classes joined forces for this fun engineering project and the collaborative effort was enjoyed by all.
Collaborative learning has been shown to not only develop higher-level thinking skills in students, but boost their confidence and self-esteem as well.
Plus, collaborative learning has been shown to:
Enhance problem solving skills
Inspire critical thinking
Improve social interactions
Aid in the development of self-management skills
Improve and develop oral communication skills
Foster the development of interpersonal relationships
Clearly the students were building gingerbread houses. . . and so much more!
You might recall that our fifth graders spend the year doing field work with Muddy Sneakers.
The Muddy Sneakers program exists to enrich the standard course of study through experiential education in an outdoor setting where students connect with the land, become more active, and gain self-confidence while improving science aptitude. Muddy Sneakers began as a pilot program in the spring of 2007 with Brevard and Pisgah Forest Elementary Schools in Transylvania County and has grown each year to now serve 36 schools across 12 counties and 13 school districts in the Carolinas.
Students spent the day at Hanging Dog Campground learning about Energy and Heat Transfer. Students learned about heat transfer, insulators, and conductors, by testing the temperature of a rock in its original setting, then taking the rock and trying some different methods to warm the rock up and then testing the temperature again.
They also created a habitat out of only natural and native materials to see who could create the warmest environment. They tested their habitats by inserting a heated bottle of water and checked the temperature before inserting the water and at about 10 minutes after inserting the water. They also got to sample some pine needle tea as they learned about conduction, convection, and radiation.
Did you know that there is a student run coffee cart open on Friday mornings? This coffee cart business is part of a combined functional math and social studies focus.
On Friday mornings, students use a Keurig to brew coffee and hot chocolate from 7:30 – 8:30 am in the Dining Commons. Each cup is $1.00. The proceeds are used to sustain the business and hopefully fund a field trip at the end of the school year.
This business is giving students the opportunity to practice life skills such as social exchanges, taking orders, sequencing, taking money and making change.
Additionally, these young entrepreneurs are learning about collaboration across grades because there are two upper grades students who offer so much support with ensuring the coffee business goes smoothly!
This coffee business is teaching so much to these young students and is just another example of our school’s commitment to an E-STEAM culture.