Thank you to all the families who were able to join us for Kids Court. The day involved meeting Judge Scott Pearson, putting on a mock trial, and learning more about the Washoe County jails and judicial process.
Certainly, the highlight was the trial and ultimately B.B. Wolf was awarded the $3100 in damages he was seeking.
Today we were visited by NevadaTeach students who guided us through an Engineering lesson. The experience focused on constructing a “skeleton buildings” that could make it through a simulated earthquake. Students soon discovered that some structures were more stable than others.
Today we started our work with fractions. Although it was Halloween, we made it through the lesson with kids partitioning, finding equivalence and using number lines to compare.
The kids also shared their Pro/Con writing and reviewed work around early explorers.
Thank you to all the parents who helped put together our celebration. Having multiple stations kept everyone engaged and having a great time. (You have set the bar high for our Holiday Celebration!)
Today we learned how to build a sun dial and measure the Sun’s apparent movement. The study began with learning about why people needed to measure time and how Egyptians, measuring the number of finger segments in two hands settled on 24 hours in a day. If you don’t know how the Egyptians did this, it would be a great question for your kid.
Today we got a visit from University of Nevada Reno students and the NevadaTeach program. It was a chance to work with engineering standards and learn to use the Richter scale by modeling earthquakes.
The NevadaTeach program is a great way of getting science and math students into Washoe’s classrooms.
Today we did a Socratic Seminar with Richard Wibur’s A Game of Catch. This is a particularly difficult text that requires some time to fully understand and comprehend. Although the story is pretty straight forward, the subtext or hidden message, takes some effort to get to.
To the credit of the students, they got there. They saw the symbolism of the apple tree and what it meant that Scho ends the story by saying, “I want you to do whatever you’re going to do for the whole rest of your life!”