Fourth grade students had an incredible display of the famous people in history sculptures that they made at our annual School Maker Faire in March.
Students researched famous people in history and then recreated them as seen here. The photos do not do them justice. They were incredible to see in person.
These sculptures, of course, allowed the students to experiment with a new form of art but also required them to delve into history, sharpen their research skills, practice their writing skills in a written report, and dive deep into their studies.
Eighth grade students have been studying Gilded Age in American history.
The Gilded Age was an era that occurred during the late 19th century, from the 1870s to about 1900. The Gilded Age was an era of rapid economic growth, especially in the Northern United States and the Western United States.
During their studies, students worked their way through an “escape room” scenario based on the Gilded Age. After they escaped they got to play monopoly. The students will go on to play another round teamed up based on their first round rankings. They are competing to see who lands on top –“Robber Baron” or “Captain of Industry”.
The Learning Center Charter School is excited to announce a
recently awarded grant of $3,500 by the Tennessee Valley Authority, in
partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated for a STEM (science,
technology, engineering and math) education project.
“Students will design and construct a putt-putt golf course
on our campus,” said Jess Stephens, eighth grade social studies teacher at the
school. The design will center around
North Carolina history and will include replicas of historical artifacts.
“We’ll be using the grant for building supplies and hope to
continue adding holes to the course every year,” said Stephens.
The grant award is a part of $600,000 in competitive STEM
grants awarded to 142 schools across TVA’s service territory. The competitive
grant program provided teachers an opportunity to apply for funding up to
$5,000 and preference was given to grant applications that explored TVA’s
primary areas of focus: environment, energy, economic and career development
and community problem solving. Schools who receive grant funding must receive
their power from a TVA distributor.
“This is the second year we offered this program to the
entire Valley and we saw a major increase in grant applications this year,”
said Community Engagement Senior Program Manager Rachel Crickmar. “There is a
demand in the Valley for workforce development through STEM education and I am
proud of the way TVA and our retirees are responding to that demand by supporting
teachers in the classroom.”
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.
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.
Prior to the holiday break, students in second grade learned about many different countries and their cultural celebrations during the winter season.
Students worked on a Holidays Around the World project and invited families into the classroom to share the experience.
Students shared their hard work with their families. They also gifted them with a special holiday photograph and card, shared in holidays snacks and treats and ended the visit with a special holiday performance.
Second grade has had an amazing few weeks learning about cultural celebrations around the world. It was an honor to share the experience with student families.
Third graders use natural materials to make mini scarecrows on Halloween. Students learned about Appalachian heritage and history crafts and the time honored tradition of using what you grow on the farm. They used corn shocks and corn husks along with dried fall leaves to make their scarecrows
grade students at The Learning Center Charter School spent the month of October
immersed in a STEM and PBL project all about bats.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and PBL stands for project based learning. Students at The Learning Center charter school are very familiar with each since students at the school engage in STEM and PBL education daily.
A targeted STEM
education approach ensures students engage in science, technology, engineering
and mathematics regularly. PBL is a teaching method in which students gain
knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate
and respond to an authentic, complex question, problem, or challenge.
Of course the second grade students read about bats but they also expanded their studies across the curriculum. In science, students learned that bats are flying mammals that are important for our environment. In geography, they learned that bats live in warmer climates, closer to the equator and that no bats live in the continent of Antarctica. In math, they learned how to read thermometers as related to the preferred climates of bats as well as measurements of bats’ wingspans.
“Bats are a good fit for students in the month of October due to Halloween,” said second grade teacher Stephanie Hopper. “The kids are interested in spooky things and I take the opportunity to harness that curiosity and use it in every subject we study and really delve into the subject deeply.”
Hopper added that “What we could have learned about bats in
one lesson on one day is nothing compared to the deeply engaged learning that
we participated in during our PBL unit with bats as the overall theme,” said
Fifth graders recently made paper mache Trojan horses as part of their social studies on ancient Greece. As a school that works to foster an E-STEAM environment, mixing a hands-on art project with a study of history is a perfect example of how we do it.
E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art & agriculture and math.
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