PBL Math – Geometic 3D Shapes During Remote Learning

Sixth grade students were tasked with creating 3D spaceships using geometric shapes as part of a larger PBL (Project Based Learning) project during the last several weeks of remote learning. Students had to research spaceships in order to be able to create an accurate model. Additionally, they had to find the area, perimeter, and surface area of each shape on their spaceship.

Outdoor Science Activities During Remote Learning

During this remote learning environment that our students and staff have been experiencing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, elementary science teacher, Ms. Emily, has included activities in her science lessons that get students outside exploring the outdoors.

Students were tasked with an outdoor challenge to build a fairy fort or a troll tower to welcome tiny outdoor friends. Students had a wonderful time at home interacting with the great outdoors to create beautiful dwellings.  

Additionally, students were also guided on how to take tree and leaf rubbings to help properly identify trees in nature.

Students Study Space and Constellations Remotely

Nebula in a jar!

Teachers at The Learning Center Charter School have not let school closure and remote learning stand in the way of teaching effectively, engaging students deeply in core curriculum, and embarking on interesting projects.

For example, Jay Ward teaches sixth grade science at the charter school and implemented an entire science unit studying space exploration and the constellations remotely with her class.  She called the unit “Space Exploration” and it involved students researching planets, creating 3D models of the solar system, and writing a paper from the point of view of a scientist hoping to colonize a distant planet.

The assignments were completed either via Google Classroom or hard copy.  Physical projects such as the 3D models of the solar system were dropped off at the school during the weekly drop off times on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 am and 3:30-5:30 pm.  As the project progressed, students were expected to view a series of “Crash Course Kids” science videos on YouTube.  Finally, at the conclusion of the unit, students had to create a Nebula in a jar or comparable space feature depending on supplies students had available to them at home.

“In March when we began remote learning, I had great plans that mimicked what we regularly do face-to-face in the classroom,” said Ward.  “However, as I spoke with parents and students through email, Facebook, phone, Google Classroom, Zoom, and Skype, it became clear that what we could accomplish at school in a short time was taking longer at home as families tried to figure it out and deal with all of the distractions.”

Ward added that based on the parent and student feedback, she pivoted and altered her plan quickly in order to meet the needs of her students while making sure that they continue to learn.

Charter School Shines in Remote Learning During Covid-19 Pandemic

With all schools across the state being closed by order of the governor for the remainder of the school year, remote learning has been in place at The Learning Center Charter School since late March.

Head of school, Ryan Bender, worked with teachers and staff to implement a comprehensive remote learning plan that supported families during the transition and continues to lead, support and encourage families as remote learning classes continue.

“It took our entire staff to mobilize the extensive resources that we’ve made available to our students,” said Bender.  “We knew that in order to give our students the quality education that they deserve that we had to ensure each and every student had access to technology and materials to enrich the lessons and projects that teachers developed.”

All students in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade are either participating in online meetings with their teachers and classmates or having supplemental educational materials supplied via technology supplied by the school when necessary.  This includes laptops loaned to families that need them as well as each week’s online materials that cannot be accessed at home by some being supplied via a jump drive weekly.

“It’s a massive undertaking for our I.T. department to make sure each and every student has what they need each week to get the rich education that our teachers are providing remotely,” said Bender.  “But they’ve made it happen successfully and I’m incredibly proud of them and our entire team.”

Each Monday morning and afternoon from 7:30-9:30 and 3:30-5:30, families arrive on campus drive-thru style and drop off and pick up any supplies that they need for the week.

“The remote learning happening for our students is impressive,” said Tammy Fleischer parent of an 8th grade student at the school. “These teachers have poured their hearts into creative lessons that stimulate and engage our students, keeping them on track with their standards. Every staff member has bent over backwards to meet individual student’s needs and I am eternally grateful for the love they have shown my daughter and the work they continue to do daily to keep her class connected.”

TLC in the time of Covid-19

Each Monday from 7:30-9:30 am and 3:30-5:30 pm, families can drop off and pick up assignments, technology, and additional resources as part of our remote learning system at TLC during Covid-19 school closures.

Since the middle of March, students have been sheltering at home as part of statewide state-at-home orders proclaimed by the North Carolina governor in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Remote learning, though not ideal for students or staff, has been in place since that time.

We invite you to use the hashtag #TLCStrongerTogether on social media to proudly showcase how we are, each of us, stronger together as a TLC family during this time.

6th Grade Science – Earth Structures

Sixth grade students learned about Earth structures, natural disasters and layers of the Earth recently. As a final project for the unit of study, students worked with partners and chose to make, among others things, a video, a children’s book, a 3D model, a Google slide, and a crossword puzzle in order to show understanding of the science standards. They then presented to class what they learned and what their project was about. 

1st Grade Explores Dyeing Fabrics

As part of an ongoing exploration of science in first grade, students experimented with dyeing different types of fibers with both artificial and natural dyes.

They dyed wool fiber and cotton string and were very surprised by some of the results. They hypothisized that the Kool-Aid dye would result in brighter colors than it actual did. They also thought that the purple cabbage would result in a similar purple dye when, in fact, it did not.

All of their findings were on display in the classroom at our annual School Maker Faire in March.